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Zhabten for the 4th Druk Gyalpo

Zhabten, literally stable feet, is a prayer made for the long life of an important person. Like tenzhug, it is a request normally made to enlightened figure to remain long in the world to benefit sentient beings and prayers to powerful deities to elongate the life of such a figure. …

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Right to Free Speech vs. State Control – A balancing dilemma

Right to publish forms the basic essence of freedom of speech and expression. Kuensel’s news on refusal of publication of Dasho Sonam Kinga’s book has generated numerous discourses on social media. This article makes no attempt in whether BICMA should or shouldn’t register the book, but dwells more on this …

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Mind Over Matter Bhutan

“Is it normal for a new mother to not feel excited or connected to her baby? How does one overcome/ deal with this low feeling?” It is a good question as this sort of feeling is quite common after child birth. While child birth is a time of excitement and …

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Court-annexed mediation: bringing justice closer to people

Mediation and litigation generally are considered completely different in any legal system and do not co-exist as one. They operate independently and are never recognised as part of formal adjudication within the court system. Mediation is often considered informal and its decisions are not binding, while litigation is formal and …

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The Bhutanese Spirit of “Service”

PM with NC Chair, UNDP RR, MPs, government officials and LG leaders on the second day of the Royal Highland Festival, which coincided with the 74th United Nations Day

Last week, as a humble partner, UNDP Bhutan had the honor to participate in the 4th Edition of the Royal Highland Festival, held in Laya. This festival was started by His Majesty The King in 2016 to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural tradition of the highland communities in Bhutan.  …

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Taking tourism to the top? A perspective from Taipei

 I have often wondered why Bhutan appeals a lot to foreign visitors. Why is that most tourists leave our country totally enamoured and with lasting impressions of our land and people – despite not staying in the best of hotels, and driving around in pothole-ridden roads and eating chilis whole …

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Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan’s human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH). But what they actually portray is different people’s perceptions of GNH. Some are philosophical, some are well researched academic constructions, and some are spaced-out theories. GNH is described …

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Bhutan joins world forum for intangible cultural heritage

International cultural experts and agencies safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (ICH) came together last week in Jeonju, South Korea, to discuss issues and share experiences. Former UN Secretary-General addressed the gathering and highlighted how ICH cuts across the 17 sustainable development goals. Loden Foundation’s president, Karma Phuntsho (PhD), who represented Bhutan, …

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Are you malnourished? Quite possibly

The word ‘malnutrition’ tends to invoke images of starving children in refugee camps, fleeing conflict or drought in lands far-away. While that image does reflect a reality of hunger, it does not solely define malnutrition, nor those who suffer from it. Certainly, with more than 820 million hungry people in …

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Exploring investment opportunities

Recently Kuensel reported that there is dearth of investment avenues in Bhutan. Further, another article says that five of the 21 listed companies on the Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan (RSEB), face threat of delisting. Initial Public Offering or IPO to raise capital from public investors is also very rare …

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Of appeal and of differing judgment – A misconception

There is a misconception among the general public in Bhutan on the differing decisions when a case is appealed to higher courts.  While some describe as two laws, others see it as court favouring the other. It is understandable that the losing party in either court will generally make such …

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