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Bhutan better off with the current daily tourist tariff

Part I In the wake of the recent spate of discussions on the possibility of revising the country’s current tourism policy (i.e. liberalizing the daily minimum tourist tariff), many of us are left anxious and worried. Assuming that the Parliament endorses the recommendations, it's disconcerting to even imagine the ramifications of sudden influx of tourists in the country.

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“GNH should not baffle policymakers”

Q&A: What is the GNH Index and why do we need it? An index is a crunched number. If GDP is not so baffling to policy makers, GNH index should not be at all because it is simpler. GDP is a very useful measurement, especially for the short term.

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GNH and unhappiness

Kuensel's Gyalsten K Dorji caught up with Centre for Bhutan Studies President, Dasho Karma Ura, who provided some insight into some of the recent findings of the GNH 1015 survey. 

Why are there four categories of happiness in the GNH index?

One is not happy or unhappy in a clear two-way situation. There are also degrees of happiness in between being deeply happy or unhappy. That is why CBS came out with four categories to which people can be classified.

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BOiC… a Story Often Edited

The metamorphosis of BOIC from the initial idea of it being an agency in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to an agency outside the civil service and now possibly to an State Owned Enterprise (SOE) after a consideration of

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Will Paris wake up to Common Sense

Local adaptive resilient micro-eco-systems 

Can the largest ever gathering of UNFCC meeting in Paris give hope to the large majority of the world who are struggling to keep up with the climate induced weather chaos impacting their livelihoods?

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The Great Fourth


Since the coronation of the First King in 1907, Bhutan has had five kings. When it came to leadership transition there has never been a glitch. Interestingly, all of our kings ascended the throne when they were young.

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A gem of a King


Six decades ago, our nation was blessed with a wealth of happiness and a treasure to behold. The Royal Birth of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo marked a watershed in our history,

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