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My first week as a political candidate

The morning after I was announced as a candidate of a political party, I went to visit a close acquaintance. It was a warm sunny day in Haa and the usual thing would be for my friend to come out of his house and greet me. That day, he received …

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Malaria elimination in Bhutan: opportunities and challenges

Malaria is caused by parasites and transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes. It is one of the most important vector borne diseases in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world causing significant health problem and remains endemic in 91 countries. In 2016, World Health Organization (WHO) estimated approximately 216 million …

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Harvard Alumni from 14 Nations Discover Happiness in Bhutan

Kinga Tshering, former Member of Parliament, exudes pride as he gestures toward the mountain range through which he hiked for days to talk with his constituents.  I met Kinga eighteen months ago, 11,993 km away in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the start of the Master’s of Public Administration program at Harvard …

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Dzongpon Kunzang Thinley and the Raven Crown

Photo: Ap Dorji

Dzongpon Kunzang Thinley (1860-1920) has often been mistaken for the First Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. As cousin, father in law and ally, he was the King’s trusted man and served as the Thimphu Dzongpon. Popularly known as Apay Agey, his father Trongsa Penlop Dungkar Gyeltshen was the brother of …

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Illumination Dorokha…

This December, an otherwise forlorn Dorokha was twice-blessed. As the last month of the seventeenth year of the new millennium was unfolding, His Holiness, Bhutan’s 70th Chyabje Rinpoche Trulku Jigme Choeda, visited the Dungkhag and blessed our newly constructed Gatshelling Lhakhang in a most elaborate tradition of religious consecrations. In …

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His Majesty The King visits Haa and Samtse

Spirituality comes alive and dreams come true When His Majesty The King visited the lower region of Haa dzongkhag after the National Day celebrations, we saw fresh glimpses of the old Bhutan that we know and felt a powerful sense of the new Bhutan that is emerging. As the Royal …

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The Call of the Divine

The very heavens watched over our beloved country as His Holiness Chyabje Rinpoche breathed life into the glittering images of our country’s guardian deities who have made remote Dorokha dungkhag’s Gatsheling Lhakhang their home. The serene environs of Dogap village woke up to an extraordinary fervour as holy prayers filled …

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Imagining an institutional complex in Phuentsholing

The site for the proposed Shiva mandir in Phuentsholing

Inspired by the sanctity and grace of the Shiva Mandir in Samtse and mindful of the lessons from the painful journey of the Hindu temple construction in Thimphu, the   Shiva mandir construction in Phuentsholing is headed in the right direction, at least for the moment.  Planned on a land …

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The abilities of those living with disabilities

Couple of weeks ago, I returned from Japan, attending a course on Capacity Development of Leaders with Disabilities for UNCRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) Implementation from September 28 to November 8, 2017. We were a group of eight, from different cultures of different countries, yet …

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Replenishing Himalayan Springs, a lesson from Sikkim

Natural spring water emerges in a small steady stream from a pile of rocks and foliage by the roadside, somewhere along the long and winding stretch that connects Gangtok and Namchey in Sikkim. The Kaila Bhaji Dhara is one of the many perennial springs that have been revived through the …

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