Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 9:57 PM

Putting wastewater to work

GMWConstruction of greywater wetland underway

A greywater management pilot project at Sarpang HSS will be replicated elsewhere if successful

Recycling; A greywater management pilot project is underway in Sarpang higher secondary school (SHSS) in Sarpang.

Greywater is wastewater from washbasins, showers and baths, dishwashers and kitchen sinks.  It is, however, not water that has come into contact with faeces.

Although grey water may contain hair, food, grease and other traces of dirt, it is safe for use in landscape irrigation.

The wastewater [... Read More]

Colour code for Thimphu buildings proposed


First it was the signboards, now the edifices, one can’t help but wonder, what next?

Thromde: If Thimphu thromde’s proposal to have a uniform painting of buildings in the city comes through, all buildings, whether residential or commercial, will have to be painted white, grey, yellow, or mud-coloured.

The proposal has been submitted to the works and human settlement ministry last month.

Thromde officials said, they are waiting for the ministry’s approval.

Thromde’s head of development control [... Read More]

Planned outlet at Zimzarong godsend for Kengkhar

Market-stall-in-Kengkhar-but-if-gets-approval-soon-such-products-will-be-selling-from-ZimzarongA stall in the current market in Kengkhar

The arts and crafts of the gewog will find a ready market at this location on the highway

HAndicraft: Talk about Kengkhar in Mongar and you immediately think of Choeshums (altar) and Jandoms (wine container).  But the place will mean much more from now on, and evoke the recall of things other than just altars and containers.  If things go as planned, that is.

In Zimzarong, 12km from Gyalpozhing, a handicraft market will be established, [... Read More]

Picture story

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay awards certificates to participants of the 10th skills competition yesterday. Organised by the labour ministry in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan, 49 people from the service industry competed in different categories such as baking, food production, housekeeping, and tour guiding, among others. Winners were awarded cash prize. The competition was held from June 10-12.


Picture story

A team led by the Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi was in India to discuss with the Election Commission of India areas of cooperation such as Indo-Bhutan Joint training of electoral officers and possible funding of Electoral Training and Resource Centre for Bhutan. The team visited the Parliament of India to witness the election of the Speaker and the introduction of Council [... Read More]

Picture story

Tshogkyi Lopon of Zhung Dratshang, Dorji Rinchen, conducts zhiwai jinseg (burnt offering) at the Tendrelthang, Tashichhodzong, where names of deceased are symbolically burnt. It is believed that the symbolic burning of deceased names cleanses all the negative merit and defilements accumulated by the deceased, which is then offered to the lord of death to free them from samsara and the intermediate [... Read More]

A fatter pay package awaits MPs

But endorsement to come into effect at a later stage

Assembly: In amending the parliamentary entitlement (amendment) bill 2014, the National Assembly endorsed a monthly salary of about Nu 123,000 inclusive of allowances to members of Parliament (MPs).

However, the new salary and allowances will not come into immediate effect.  MPs will start drawing the salary and allowances proposed by the government, endorsed by the Assembly, and being discussed at the Council, from next month.

The [... Read More]

Drivers being deprived of precious drops

Survey: Ever wondered if you were cheated at the fuel station?

It may not be outright cheating, but Bhutanese motorists never got the exact volume of fuel on the actual amount paid, according to a survey conducted by the Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB).

It found out that about one to 1.35 percent from a litre each of petrol or diesel sold in the capital’s five gasoline outlets was negatively deviated, exceeding the deviation tolerance capacity [... Read More]

Council warns of likely inflation

IMG_6047Finance minister presents the budget report at Council

The finance minister says, govt. is fully seized of the gravity of the situation

NC: It was not a question hour session, but council members barraged the finance minister with numerous questions. Members also warned the government of possible inflation, income erosion, and seeking answers how the government would curb inflation.

One of the most vocal members, Gasa member Sangay Khandu, questioned what measures the government was taking to control inflation.  Word of salary and [... Read More]


Taxing the taxed

Vehicles are prized possessions, be they luxury or necessity.  The news of  lifting of the ban on import of vehicles would have sparked excitement, if it were not for the revision of vehicle import taxes, deliberated in the National Assembly, snubbing it out.

Instead, the feeling it has generated is one of exasperation and disappointment, despite the government’s reasoning.

The reasons are, to some extent, why there is a disgruntled lot.

But most importantly, the burden of tax [... Read More]

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