English | Dzongkha Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Issues related to water and road conditions dominate the public debate for Thimphu, Thromde Elections

Issues related to water and road conditions dominated the discussion as the three Thrompon candidates of Thimphu faced each other during the public debate yesterday. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this time, the debate was conducted with a limited audience seated maintaining physical distancing. It was telecast LIVE on national television.

Most voted ‘No’ to disqualify an aspiring Tshogpa, Samdrup Jongkhar Toed constituency

Samdrup Jongkhar Toed constituency under Samdrup Jongkhar thromde voted not to have a thromde tshogpa this time. 14 voters from 23 voted against the lone candidate in the bye-election held yesterday.

Third Thromde Election to take place next month

The poll day for the third Thromde Elections for Thimphu, Gelegphu and Phuentshogling will be held on the 28th of next month. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced the election dates and other details today. However, aspiring candidates can campaign only from the 2nd of April.

Voters of the three Thromdes anticipate realistic pledges

With the election of the Thromde Tshogdes just at the doorstep, people are hopeful of better facilities. Voters of Gelegphu, Phuentshogling and Thimphu thromdes are hoping for a better road network and enough water supply. They are expecting the new Thrompon to bring about equal development in the thromde areas.

ECB gearing up for the third Thromde Elections

The Election Commission is gearing up for the third Thromde elections. In light of the current pandemic situation, ECB has planned out things differently compared to past elections. Beginning today, ECB will contact one of the registered voters of a household to collect data prior to the elections. This is expected to not only make the election process easy and comfortable for the voters but also minimize the risks of the spread of the Coronavirus.  

Inflation in the country is due to import restrictions, PM

The inflation in the country rose to 7.4 per cent in August compared to 3.3 per cent in March this year. The Prime Minister while presenting the State of the Nation report said the rise in the price of the commodities in the market is mainly due to restriction in imports of goods.

GDP likely to drop further

The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is likely to drop further to -6.1 per cent. In the previous estimate in June, the economic growth was projected to decelerate at -2.1 per cent amid the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is as per the Prime Minister’s State of the Nation Report. 

NA proposes forming a Joint Committee to discuss the Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020

The  National Assembly today through a majority show of hands endorsed the proposal to form a joint committee to discuss the Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020. The decision came after two Houses couldn’t agree on the very principle of the Bill. The National Assembly’s Economic and Finance Committee said the National Council changed all the recommended sections including the preamble proposed by the National Assembly.

Government’s plan for tourist guides post-pandemic

Not only did the COVID-19 cripple the tourism industry in the country, but it has also left more than 50,000 Bhutanese unemployed. Presenting the State of the Nation Report, the Prime Minister said in the post-pandemic, government plans to make tourist guides, the country’s most valued tourism product.  

Hospitality and Entertainment Expense’s ceiling set at Nu 1.5 M

The ceiling for the Hospitality and Entertainment Expenses for ministers or minister equivalent post holders has been set to Nu 1.5 M. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering informed this during the Joint Sitting of the Parliament session today. With no ceiling for Hospitality and Entertainment expenses, ministers and minister equivalent post holders spent over Nu 5.5 M each as Hospitality and Entertainment expenses last year.

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