Analyzing the primary elections 2018

Well, the results of the primary elections 2018 are out. The runners up Druk Phuensum Tshogpa came out as the surprise winner. Despite all the negative mileage it has received in recent times including reruns of the seditious party tag and accusations from some quarters, it fought its battles well, and emerged triumphant. DPT has […]

Flower Power – Jurmi Chhowing

I thought the incumbent party would pull through the primaries. Man – you never know how this specimen known as the Bhutanese will vote. It doesn’t matter what you think or what I think – they are an alien species full of middling-fingering surprises. And I say that with a lot of admiration and a […]

A Vote for Yaks and Meadows – Jurmi Chhowing

I’m tired of partisan politics.  It took over 100 years of patience, precaution and planning to build the country today we are so proud of being proud of. Let us not tear it down in 10. It has taken the Greeks more than 2000 years to refine their democracy and they are still trying to […]

A review – Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi

Banter and revelry over phobs of ara, celebration of childbirth with food, drinks and dance, and the background depicting ancient dzongs, mountains and monuments are some of the aspects that have gone into the uniquely Bhutanese storytelling of Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi. The 2-d animation movie produced by the i-Best Institute has taken Bhutanese […]

DNT, DPT to submit papers of nominated candidates

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has asked the two parties that went through the primary round of the third National Assembly elections, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), to formally nominate one candidate each to contest the general elections in the 47 National Assembly Demkhongs staring from Monday. The submission of […]

Primaries 2008-18: an analysis

The primary round in the parliamentary elections is a crucial and important battle ground for political parties as it is the preliminary election to narrow down political parties in preparation for the final general round. Yesterday, the outcome of the primary elections 2018 were declared which saw Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa […]

Agri-Flori Fair 2018 to promote Indo-Bhutan bilateral ties

To mark and commemorate the 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India since 1968, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is hosting a series of trade fairs under one roof with three different themes this year. The themes include “Bhutan-India Trade and Investment Promotion Expo”, “Thematic Exhibition on Indian Handicrafts” and […]

Names of voters go missing from the electoral roll

Early morning, Sangay Dema, 45, prepares breakfast for her husband and three kids. After the meal and household chores, by the time its 9:30am, she wears her favorite kira (martha) and checks into her purse for her precious voter card. She is eager to cast her vote at the facilitation booth in Changjiji School in […]

Samtse-Phuentsholing highway maintenance to start next month

The Department of Roads (DOR) is expected to repair and maintain the Samtse-Phuentsholing highway as the road desperately needs restoration. The last resurfacing was done seven years back. However, DOR had been carrying out some minor maintenance works. Citing budget deficit, DOR was unable to execute the work earlier. Though the road from the Amochhu […]

Samtse town development in full swing

Samtse town development is in full swing since last year. After completion of the Local Area Plan (LAP)-I, the town has started developing. New structures are already visible in the core town and others are under construction. The newly constructed buildings are already filled. Almost 70% of the developmental work is complete in the core […]