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A second bash at building Bhutanese

A World Bank specialist, expressing his impression of Bhutan, wrote that Bhutanese are not valuing our traditional buildings.  That was quite a statement, but rightly so, if we look around, especially in Thimphu.

Except for few buildings constructed with strict architectural conditions and with government or donor fund, there is not much to be proud of when we talk of traditional architecture in housing these days.  This is after decades of enjoying almost legendary fame of [... Read More]

Towards purely Bhutanese buildings

A new “Traditional Bhutanese architecture guideline” is being drafted towards this effect

MoWHS: To ensure that traditional Bhutanese architecture is not compromised, the works and human settlement ministry is drafting a guideline, “Traditional Bhutanese architecture guideline”.

Although a similar guideline, drafted over a decade back, was already in place, it could not be followed.  Need for a thorough guideline was felt, after having received criticism from tourists, as well from within the country, on the [... Read More]

DoR assumes control over 17 Mongar gewog roads

GCR: The department of roads (DoR) took over 17 gewog connectivity roads in Mongar September 2.

With this, 226.06km of gewog connectivity (GC) roads will be blacktopped and maintained by DoR henceforth.

Although all the 17 gewogs in Mongar are connected with road, the Silambi gewog centre road (GCR) is still under construction.

Dzongkhag engineer Chabilal Das said as Mongar falls under DoR’s two regional offices in Lingmithang and Trashigang, 12 GCR would be under the [... Read More]

Bear scare in Bjok

IMG_5944The pigpen which the bear broke in

Two pigs had been killed and a man mauled in one week alone

Wildlife: Residents of Bjok, Bumthang, located below the dzongkhag court, are urging relevant agencies to consider options to deal with an increasing number of Himalayan black bear attacks, after one killed two pigs and mauled a man in the nearby forest in a week.

The man still recuperating in Bumthang hospital was attacked at around 2-3pm in a forest above the district [... Read More]

Wangdue court orders dismantling of illegal structure

The two-storied traditional house was built without let on government land in Langbi

Sephu: A two-storied traditional house that was illegally constructed on government land in Langbi, Sephu gewog, will have to be dismantled, as per the verdict of the Wangduephodrang district court, and the findings of the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon.

The Wangdue court passed the verdict this month.  The case was being studied by the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon, after the [... Read More]

Zhemgang DT ‘pony rule’ puts civil servants off

Resolution calls for them to seek dzongda’s prior permission to stop misuse of the perk

Tshogdu: The recent decision made by the Zhemgang tshogdu on the use of pony for civil servants on tour didn’t go well with the civil servants.

The highest decision making body in the dzongkhag decided that civil servants should seek permission from the dzongda, the executive chief, to use pony or forgo the pony charge they usually claim.

While some civil [... Read More]

Education needs to do more about gender imbalance

SWAN: Despite notable improvements in multiple growth indicators and women making remarkable achievements, a majority of women in South Asia are still subject to violence and lack dignity and respect that they deserve.

This was the general consensus shared by participants at the sixth annual South Asia Women’s Network (SWAN) in Thimphu that began on September 1.

To improve the situation, panelists, who comprise civil society organisation members, activists and educationists, said it was important [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates the newly constructed hostels and offices of the University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan in Thimphu yesterday.


Amochhu bridge makes breakthrough

DSC_0034Amochhu Bridge: A steel arch segment being lifted for the arch erection works in August

With the arch erection completed, the five-year-old ongoing project has crossed a major hurdle

DoR: More than five years since the construction started, the Amochhu bridge has finally made a breakthrough, with its arch erection completed recently.  The ongoing works are in full swing.

Officials with the department of roads (DoR) in Phuentsholing confirmed the bridge construction would be completed by December this year.

Although December is a tentative deadline the DoR has scheduled, the department’s [... Read More]


The tricky business of official travel

Are our civil servants paid too little to travel around the country?  Rather, are they paid too much, beyond what they actually spend, while on tour?

Civil servants in Zhemgang are not happy with the dzongda for doing away the pony charges, unless he approves their use while officials propose tours.  The civil service rule entitles an official both porter and pony charges while on tour to places without motorable roads.

This rule is very clear.  If [... Read More]

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