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Public questions on diplomatic relations and Rupee shortage

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates of the Chumey-Ura constituency fielded and responded to every public query confidently during the common forum on Wednesday, where issues on relationship with India and Rupee crisis dominated the Q&A session. The DPT candidate is the former National Assembly …

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Candidates back their party pledges

If the remains of incomplete pledges and economic goof troubled the former ruling party, same goes for the challenging party and its magnitude of pledges, which becomes a point to pick at in every public forum. The Rupee crisis, national debt, and foreign relations are the bold topics thrashed out …

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Of apolitical voters and postal ballots

The process of casting votes through postal ballots, while deemed by many as a convenient way to exercise one’s own franchise, is at the same time, the only set mode for a section of people mandated to stay apolitical. Many in the civil service feel the government servants should be …

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Suicide case on the rise in the country

Going by Bhutanese laws, committing suicide or attempting suicide is not an offence, but assisting a suicide is regarded as a crime. Perhaps for this reason those who rest their final decisions on this self-terminating move are most prominently increasing in numbers. Records maintained with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) …

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Social capital in the context of GNH

Social capital is defined as the network between the individuals, such that you help an individual with reciprocity effect – creating common benefits. For example, the help you render during a funeral arrangement of a person results in gaining the social capital. Social capital is important in Bhutan because such …

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PDP candidate in Samdrup Jongkhar wraps up common forum

Candidates of People’s Democratic Party in Samdrup Jongkhar yesterday concluded their common forum for the general round of election held last in Bangtar. The candidates covered five gewogs under Samdrup Jongkhar and discussed about the specific needs in different gewogs. More than 300 voters gathered in Karmaling High School to …

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Chukha candidates do their bit to attract votes

People of Chapcha-Bongo were treated to more or less the same scene enacted repeatedly across the other constituencies in the nation by different party candidates, when the two candidates from the constituency sang to the tune of conventional debate format with contents from manifestos and pledges. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa …

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Villagers promised payment in exchange of support

People in Drujeygang and Tshangkha under Dagana are ever more of the view that in their over-zealous drive to campaign for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), party workers are on verge of dividing households in the community. This, according to them, is happening through certain amounts being promised to individuals to …

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23 gamblers arrested by police for questioning

Gambling is considered a very serious offence in Bhutan, but with laws being lenient, gamblers tend to take advantage of the law, and it is going on rampantly in the capital. Under the Penal Code of Bhutan, the offence of gambling is classified under a petty misdemeanor. Thimphu police launched …

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