• Debt to GDP projected to decline to 76 percent

    The country’s external debt is expected to fall from 105 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year to 76 percent by the end of 12th Plan, the finance ministry projects. However, in absolute terms, Bhutan’s external debt would increase from Nu 204B to Nu 215B. This is because the country’s GDP is expected to grow by an average of 6 percent in the 12th Plan. Expansion of GDP base would automatically reduce the debt to GDP ratio, meaning the decline in ratio would not translate into absolute decline in external debt.

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Three innovative ideas recognised at wash innovation challenge final

Twelve out of 800 ideas were pitched in the finals

Indian cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), awarded certificates and prizes, USD 5000 each for the winners of wash innovation challenge in Thimphu yesterday. Tendulkar said that learning about new and innovative ideas to support handwashing with soap in South …

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DNT urges people to refrain from divisive politics

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) appealed to all Bhutanese, irrespective of which party they supported or voted for in the third parliamentary elections, to discontinue engaging in divisive practices and come together. A WeChat recording of a DNT supporter surfaced on social media the day after the poll day. The woman …

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East-West Highway widening in Trongsa to complete by year end

Machines parked along the highway between Bjizam and Yangkhil resort

Works on widening the East-West Highway in Trongsa is expected to complete by end of December this year, according to the Department of Roads officials in Trongsa. Officials also claimed that about 85 percent of the works are complete as of now. The 97km East-West Highway widening stretch in Trongsa …

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How Wangdue chose DNT over DPT

Wangdue went for change. The party pledges were at the heart of the choice that the electorate made. “Rich or poor, health is something that is important for everyone. So people might have understood its importance and the voted for DNT,” Ugyen Lhendup from Gaselo, said. In Athang-Thedtsho constituency where …

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Election results from Pemagatshel

Despite being penalised and suspended from campaigning by Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), Druk Phuenseum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Khar-Yurung candidate in Pemagatshel, Tshering Choden, won with the maximum number of votes. She secured a total of 4,738 votes, of which 3,072 were postal ballots and 1,666 from EVM. Tshering Choden said …

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CDCL bridge in Samdrupjongkhar to open to traffic soon

The bridge will shorten the distance from Samdrupjongkhar town to the check point by about a kilometre

The 51-metre bridge near Samdrupjongkhar Primary School will serve as a bypass for the travellers and help ease congestion along the highway. The bridge was supposed to be completed by June this year. Samdrupjongkhar Thrompon Karma Sherab Thobgyal said that failure to meet the deadline was due to monsoon that …

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How DNT took Paro

In Paro, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won both the constituencies in the dzongkhag. In the Lamgong-Wangchang constituency, DNT’s Ugyen Tshering won. One of the DNT party supporters said that people were impressed due to the pledges and doable plans of the party. “The win is attributed mainly to the health …

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DNT’s win not a surprise in Trongsa

After voting, voters wait for their friends at Draagteng gewog centre polling station to go home

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) winning both constituencies in Trongsa was not a surprise for the voters and the winning candidates. This is because the DNT won in Nubi_Tangsibji constituency and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won in Dragteng_Langthel constituency in the primaries. People from Trongsa, who followed the general election …

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DNT won in Tsirang because of the president

It was evident that Tsirang was Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) stronghold much before the primary poll after the party president, Lotay Tshering’s familiarization tour. The primary election results only gave DNT candidates more hope to make it through the general election. Both Bimal Thapa of Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang constituency and Garjaman Rai …

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Jakar tshechu might have affected the voter turnout, says dzongkhag

Pema Yangchen and Tenzin Dema come to cast their votes after the tshechu. The second day of Jakar tshechu coincided with the poll day.

While the overall voter turnout in Bumthang increased by almost two percent in the general elections compared with that of the primary round, actual voters using EVM decreased. The dzongkhag election team speculates that it could be due to the tshechu coinciding with the poll day as voter turnout decreased …

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DNT will form an inclusive government

Prime Minister elect Lotay Tshering catches up with colleagues before the press conference yesterday

The new government-elect, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, will scrutinize the competence of its ministerial candidates and ensure that they maintain a regionally balanced Cabinet. DNT president Lotay Tshering, at a press conference yesterday, said there will not be any issues on deciding the ministerial candidates as some good candidates from …

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When the country went to the polls…

If going to the polls is difficult, conducting elections is not an easy affair. With the elections over, the Election Commission of Bhutan shared their stories on how they conducted the 2018 Assembly elections yesterday. In Paro, the dzongkhag deployed an all-women team at the Drugyel polling station on October …

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