• DNT and DPT to contest general round

    As Bhutanese remained glued to television sets and mobile phones last night for the provisional results of the primary election, they witnessed a close race between one of the oldest parties, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), and a new party that gained popularity in recent months, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT)

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ACC looking into origins of dubious Lungtenphug holdings

Update: The Anti Corruption Commission is investigating the origin of the 33-decimal land at Lungtenphug belonging to former Chang gup Naku’s daughter. The commission had, in October, issued a freeze notice on the land, together with 11 landowners.  The land in question, according to sources, initially measured 19 decimals only.  …

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Dharmik yatra: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay began his spiritual pilgrimage in Varanasi yesterday. Lyonchhoen visited the Bodhivrisksha, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Chaukhandi stupa, Dharmarajika stupa, Dhameka stupa and the Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple.       

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Bhutan to source 2,000 cows from India

Amul’s expertise is being sought to make the country self-sufficient in milk and milk products Dairy: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, during his official visit to Gujarat, sought Amul Dairy’s expertise to source 2,000 cows from India. Minister of economic affairs, Norbu Wangchuk, confirmed this, saying, Bhutan needs more cows, since …

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Bhutan GDP growth bound to rebound

The govt. though can’t claim credit for this projection; it’s mainly due to Dagachu WB Report: The World Bank (WB) has projected Bhutan’s economic growth at 7.9 percent for the current fiscal year – higher than the government’s 6.8 percent target, and is further estimated to increase for the next …

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Six outdoor gyms to be set up by March

The health ministry initiative is to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people Fitness: The six open-air gymnasiums, which the health ministry announced to open in the capital to promote a healthy lifestyle, are planned to be in place by March this year. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk had announced last …

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GEP temp experiment provides useful experience

Internship: A total of 122 interns, 109 from the pre-employment engagement programme (PEEP), and 13 from the university graduate internship programme (UGIP) were employed under the guaranteed employment programme last year. According to labour ministry officials, about 84 graduates register themselves for the UGIP in a month.  The ministry’s target …

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Labour agents hang on with hope

FWRA: While some of the foreign workers recruitment agents (FWRA) from the 21 suspended in 2014 in Phuentsholing have cancelled their licences and moved on, some are still waiting with hope. Following an investigation, the anti-corruption commission (ACC) suspended the licences because agents were found guilty of corrupt practices. Later, …

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Fuel price likely to drop again

Petroleum: Fuel prices in the country is  likely to drop again, registering ninth straight cut since August last year. Figures from trade department reveals that price of petrol were revised 18 times last year reaching as high as Nu 73 a litre in July. Since then it has dropped nine …

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In the event of a case of conflict of interest

ACC workshop delves into the intricacies involved in such judicial incidences Judiciary: Concerned over a conflict of interest, Haa district judge Duba Drukpa is doubtful whether he can sit over the Lhakhang Karpo case, once it is registered with the court. District judge Duba Drukpa is a dorjipuen (spiritual sibling) …

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Putting an all but end to monopoly

Workshop: No monopoly will be created or allowed in the market, whether such a position is enjoyed by state-owned enterprise (SOE) or  private party. This is one of the objectives of the draft National Competition Policy 2014, which is being reviewed by the Gross National Happiness Commission.  The policy was …

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One body recovered; search on for the second

Accident: More than 40 people, comprising the Gyalpoizhing police, army and powerhouse staff, combed the banks of the Kurichu yesterday in search of the bodies of two men, after the car they were travelling in veered off road on January 12 night. A police source from Gyalpoizhing said the incident …

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Zhiwa Ling listed as ‘unique lodge’

A label places it among a set of boutique hotels in exotic places worldwide  Nat Geo: The National Geographic society has chosen Zhiwa Ling hotel in Paro as one of the unique lodges in the world this year. Zhiwa Ling was listed among 24 properties across six continents.  The announcement …

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  • What the results say

    The verdict is out. Bhutanese electorate, as many assume, are not ignorant. They remain, as unpredictable as ever. Before the poll day and when the provisional results started coming in last night, many thought that the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were the real shoo-in. As …

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  • The case of NICU

  • May the nation win!