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An insight into the construction industry of Bhutan: Part III

The dilemma of construction waste The rapid development and construction activities have led to rampant disposal of construction wastes in undesignated places. Although regulations in the Waste Prevention and Management Regulation 2012 indicate legislations to control illegal disposal of waste, construction waste is generally treated similarly to household waste by …

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Smooth sailing on the “Seven C’s”

Austin, Texas – the place that I call “home” – has undergone a radical metamorphosis over the past five decades, from what was admittedly a provincial capital city in the 1960’s to what is now considered the number 1 place in the US to launch a “start-up” business.  This transformation, …

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An insight into the construction industry of Bhutan: Part II

Unreasonable tender quotes tarnish quality of work  The Annual Report 2018 states that in an analysis of Large and Medium Contractors, on an average, 7 bidders have participated for a single work, and of the total works, 93% of the works were awarded below the estimate at an average quotation …

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Connecting Shingkhar and Gorgan: Our Challenges

Road Networks in  Bhutan The Road Classification System of Bhutan approved in June 2017 defines the primary national highways with the traffic volume of more than 200 vehicles per day, formation width of 10.5meters and carriageway of 7.5meters; and the secondary national highways with traffic volume between 100-200 vehicles per …

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An insight into the construction industry of Bhutan: Part I

While the world prepares to extend the technological revolution and usher into the so called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, embracing the use of a fusion of technologies including artificial intelligence to increase efficiency in the delivery of output, and alter entire systems of production and management, the global construction industry, however, …

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Dzongkha is more than a language

Language is not only a medium of communication – in that you don’t learn a language just to be able to communicate with someone. Language is a bearer of culture and cultural values, it is a conveyor of feelings and belief systems. And language provides the key to unlock the …

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A close-up dig at the life of our roadside workers

It is estimated that there are about close to 2,450 roadside workers as part of the national workforce in the country, which is 0.32% of the country’s population.  This group of the national workforce that is scantly spread across the country continue to form the cornerstone workforce fervidly engaged in their own style and …

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Global Knowledge, Bhutanese Solutions

Listening live – in Thimphu’s Changlimithang Stadium – to His Majesty The King’s National Address, I was truly excited when it became apparent that the focus of the speech was on the challenges to the Bhutanese civil service, the topic I had discussed with junior civil servants the previous Friday …

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Our National Day

Of the many beautiful events that take place in our country on occasions big and small, the one that galvanises our people and binds us together as a family in a truly powerful and palpable way is the celebration of our National Day. The seventeenth day of December marks a …

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Do you have what it takes?

Sir Winston Churchill once said that, “success is moving from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” The axiom is true enough that failure breeds success; failures can be a tremendous source of learning and personal growth.  Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States of America, and …

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Celebrating progress and prosperity in Samtse

On December 17, 1907 when Bhutanese clergy, state officials, and representatives of the people unanimously elected Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary King of Bhutan, it signalled the beginning of a new era in Bhutanese history. This academic documentation of the significance of the National Day is what most Bhutanese …

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Making Gelephu an elephant-friendly town

Death is uncertain. That you will perhaps die at the hands of an elephant more so. I usually sleep on long flights. The WeChat message on my phone when I was aboard a plane from Vienna to Delhi didn’t allow me that simple pleasure. A friend had been killed by …

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Mission: A self-reliant economy

Recently, I read a book  Chalta Hai India: When ‘It’s Ok!’ is Not Ok by one Alpesh Patel. It’s about the so-called Indian attitude of Chalta Hai (‘it’s okay’, ‘let it be’). Somehow, I could not help drawing similarity with our own Kheymi (it’s ok, let it be) attitude. While there are many …

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