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‘Green’ buildings – Guidelines but no recognition

DSC_4610Prototype? With 35 windows, the building is designed to trap maximum sunlight

MoWHS has no rating system yet but when it does the new OAG edifice should qualify

Architecture: It may not qualify as a green building yet, but the newly constructed four-storied building that will house the Office of the Attorney General is worth noting for its visibly different features.

The building faces south, which is quite unusual for Bhutanese buildings.  This is done so that its 35 large windows can allow as much sunlight in [... Read More]

Electric fencing comes with promises

IMG_2297Better future: Farmers like Lhab Gyem will spend less or no time guarding their fields now

Four Haa villages benefit from an organic vegetable farming support initiative project 

Agriculture: For most of her life in the last 72 years, Lhab Gyem ended up guarding some two acres of fields, day and night, from wild animals in Talung.

Now in her twilight years, and although belatedly, she has found some respite.

The mother of three is among the 80 households from four villages in Talung chiwog, Haa, who need not worry about both [... Read More]

Indian President’s state visit to Bhutan on Nov. 7

Relations: At the invitation of His Majesty the King, the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, will be on a state visit to Bhutan on November 7 and 8.

The President will receive an audience with His Majesty the King on November 7, followed by a luncheon hosted by His Majesty at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong.

His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo will also grant an audience to the President, and host a luncheon on [... Read More]

Include absentee in-person voting: DNT

DNT has prepared a comprehensive report in support of this proposal

Proposal: Based on the cost analysis of past parliamentary elections, the Druk Nyamrup tshogpa (DNT) has proposed ‘absentee in-person’ voting to be included in the election Act.

DNT prepared a report, providing details on the cost of postal ballots and issues related to it, besides the drop in voter turnout, risk and future implications, among others, as reasons for the proposal.

Considering the cost implications [... Read More]

Ease of doing business – down, not up

A new formula means the earlier 16-place rise is actually a 3-place drop. 

Ranking: Bhutan has not climbed 16 places in the ease of doing business index, but has actually dropped by three places from 122 in 2014 to 125 in 2015.

This was confirmed, based on the new methodology the World Bank used in accessing the rankings of 189 economies around the globe this year.  Last week, it was mistakenly reported that Bhutan had [... Read More]

Picture story

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launches the Water Regulation of Bhutan document at the Ozone Day celebration for Bhutan yesterday

          

Some PHPA staff shift to completed colony

This ongoing exodus will alter the real estate scenario in townships like Bajo and Lobesa 

Housing: With the Punatsangchu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA) starting to vacate buildings in Lobesa, Punakha, some home owners are concerned that the housing market may shrink and lead to bad loans.

One five-storied building in Bajo town, Wangdue, occupied for PHPA II’s technical department is scheduled to be vacated by the end of this month, and some more flats and [... Read More]

Local government push for state funded LG campaign funds

LG: Local leaders across the country are once again pushing for state funded campaign funds for local government (LG) elections as the Election Act is likely to be amended in the upcoming winter session.

The dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Bumthang recently endorsed a resolution to be submitted to the national assembly to qualify LG elections for state funded campaign funds when amending the Election Act 2008.

“Local leaders from here asked the national assembly which [... Read More]

Editorial

More to the convenience of voters

Druk Nyamrup tshogpa is pointing out a pertinent issue on the minds of many Bhutanese.  The party has explicitly, backed by facts and figures, assessed the need for change in the election Act related to voting.

The party is recommending absentee in person voting facility.  In other words, voting from the place of residence.  This issue came up several times, mostly after elections, but didn’t go beyond the discussions.  The party’s effort is laudable.  They have [... Read More]

An altitude allowance ambiguity in Sakteng

Sakteng-villageHigh in teh mountains: Sakteng is located 11,200 feet above the sea level

Only civil servants at the dungkhag court receive the perk to the exclusion of all else

BCSR: What is now felt as a case of discrimination, civil servants working in the highlands of Merak and Sakteng say the altitude allowance is paid to only some, while the civil service rule makes them eligible.

Civil servants said that, although their colleagues working at the dungkhag court in Sakteng have been receiving the allowance every month, those [... Read More]

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