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Community sustainability at high risk: JICA survey

JICA has been working for long with the Royal Government of Bhutan in the decentralisation process, placing strong emphasis on human resource development. Currently, JICA cooperates with the Department of Local Governance (DLG) in implementing “Support for Community Engagement in Local Governance (SCLG) Project” with three target dzongkhags. In order …

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Smart phones, new media, and ignorant users

Whether you live in cities or in a rural Bhutanese village, the ability to shift through information and evaluate media messages is an important skill in 21st Century. Digital revolution has made it even more critical. The explosion of digital media and social networking platforms has transformed citizens into publishers …

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Dasho Wangchen

Aum Sangay Choden was in labour that night. Fire broke out on the second floor of her house. Before the blaze spread, she found time to gather just the clothes she wore and haul herself out of her bed to a neighbour’s house.

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Small Nations, Big Lessons

The story of Asia today remains very much one driven by its largest nations and economies. An increasingly assertive China, a slow-growing Japan, a rising India and a still emerging Indonesia dominate the headlines, along with mounting tensions from the Korean peninsula.

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The flying BEAR

Of the myriad events that rose to the occasion to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of our beloved King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in the country, one amongst many that have been speculated to reverberate with an accelerating vigor in the times to come have been vehemently foreseen with the establishment of the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (RBHSL).

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Forms of Address

“There is no such thing as surname or family name in Bhutan except for the royal family and a few other families.” Dasho Rigzin Dorji’s paper, Forms of Address in Bhutan clarifies several issues that many visitors to Bhutan wonder about.

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Trhuebab, the descent of blessed water

The Trhuebab (ཁྲུས་བབ་) festival is an important cultural event in Bhutan, observed mainly in the eastern districts. It literally means the descent (བབ་) of blessed water (ཁྲུས་) and refers to the blessing which falls on the waters on earth. The festival is neither a celebration of the rainy season nor of the end of it. There is no direct link to rain. Thus, the current rendering of Trhuebab as Blessed Rainy Day in English is wrong.

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