DNT defers appointment of new party president

The decision to appoint the new party president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has been deferred for now, according to party’s general secretary Phurba. He said the party has not decided whether to elect the president and even not decided whom to be appointed. “We deferred the appointment of party president,” he said. According to […]

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We are yet to see bold Initiatives, says Opposition Party

While the Opposition Party congratulated the government on completing its first year in office and expressed interest to work together for the cause of the people and the country, it, however, maintained that the government has not undertaken any bold initiative in the past one year. “On the whole, we are yet to see bold […]

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TSMs recommended to promote women participation in politics

To encourage increased women participation in politics, many recommend that temporary special measures (TSMs) be put into place. This formed a core theme of discussion during the Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus orientation workshop conducted by Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) and National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) from November 5 to 8. In […]

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Top politicians struggling with past baggage

All three political parties – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Druk Nyamdrup Tshogpa (DNT) have issued party tickets to candidates who had cases pending in the court of law before election When the Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench I convicted Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen to two months in prison for claiming […]

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PDP issues 11-point suggestion on pay revision

Government not having followed parliamentary procedures by tabling the Pay Commission recommendations to the Parliament as a Money Bill among PDP’s 11-point suggestion As the government has presently tabled the Pay Revision Bill of Bhutan 2019 in the National Assembly, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has come out with their 11-point alternative views and comments […]

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A new political party on the scene

A new political party is in the offing. Though it could not register for the 2018 parliamentary elections, a former civil servant, JigmeDukpa from Lhuentse, and other core founding members are collectively coordinating their efforts to breathe life into their party again. Called the DrukKuenphenTshogpa (DKT), JigmeDukpa is the interim president and its founding member. […]

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Opposition to wait until govt. comes out with final report on pay revision

DPT has assured all that the opposition will perform their duty to the best In the wake of several media approaching the opposition party, the DrukPhuensumTshogpa (DPT), and seeking their views on the proposed pay revision of public servants by the Pay Commission, the party has maintained that they have not made any specific comments […]

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Dewathang-Gomdar MP disappointed with work done by last government

The progress of the works of the past five years is very disappointing, concluded Member of the Parliament (MP) from Dewathang-Gomdar constituency Ugyen Dorji upon the completion of his three-week visit to his constituency. After travelling the length and breadth of his constituency, and spending hours with the local people, where he patiently listened and […]

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Opposite Effect: Pay Commission’s recommendation to widen the gap

The financial implication of the pay revision is estimated at Nu 17.9bn over the next four years The Fourth Pay Commission’s recommendations, if implemented as it is, are likely to further deepen income disparity in the country instead of narrowing the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Pay Commission has recommended 29% to […]

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