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Sipa Chidhoe, Lui and Dhoe

In the Buddhist theory of life, we have lived so many lifetimes in the past and, if we do not reach enlightenment, we will again live endless lifetimes in the future. In this process, we accumulate a lot of karmic debt, i.e. we commit actions which will lead to rewards …

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Demystifying Community Information Centres

Introduction Our policy-makers are in a state of confusion about the community information centres (CICs). This has led them to take capricious and often comical decisions even in the Parliament. The point of contention revolves mainly around the ambiguity of the ownership and management of these centres. According to recent …

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Uniqueness of Bhutan’s Democracy

The recent Round Table Meeting in Thimphu is a reaffirmation of Bhutan’s preparedness and readiness to graduate from the status of the Least Developed Nation to a middle-income country. It is heartening that the unilateral decision of our Kings to democratise the nation is the best that has happened to Bhutan: …

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Bhutan again slips in the World Happiness Report, 2019

Andrea Illy of the Ernesto Illy Foundation, part of the million-dollar coffee giant sponsoring the event of the World Happiness Report (WHF) launch on March 20, 2019 at the UN in New York assured the audience that happiness is sipping the perfect coffee recipe. John Clifton, the Managing Partner for …

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Rethinking development – what the world can learn from Bhutan

Last week I had the benefit of attending the fourth dialogue hosted by the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS), featuring the UNDP Administrator, Mr Achim Stenier, in conversation with Dasho Kinley Dorji, the former Editor in Chief of Kuensel and Secretary in the Ministry of Information and …

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Water security for all – a Himalayan task

The mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), commonly referred to as the “water towers of Asia,” provide two billion people across the continent a vital lifeline – water for food, energy, and ecosystem services. Rapid and often haphazard economic development and population growth coupled with climate change threaten to …

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Tashichhodzong: The Fortress of the Glorious Religion

“Thimphu Dzong is older than Paro Dzong, but it has been recently renovated, painted and extended and has the appearance of being a more modern structure.” This is what His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1929-1972) expressed to his visitor Nari Rustomji during a personal tour of the Tashichhodzong in 1955. …

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‘Trade, Not Aid’, or, ‘Aid for Trade’

Public economics is known to serve a menu of options and only a careful choice helps to achieve the desired objectives. Discourse on ‘Trade, not aid’, a new policy approach requires a better understanding. Let me begin with a brief historical visit to this topic. In 1950s, most developing countries …

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The changing landscape of Paro valley

Paro valley

Tshemdona farming landscape Tshemdona is one of the progressive villages in Lamgong gewog, Paro. It is about 2.3 km north of Paro town at an altitude of 2280 meters above sea level and surrounded by fertile rice terraces. Farmers grow a wide range of temperate crops. The village was one …

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Punatsangchhu, the wintering paradise of migratory birds and birders

The recent news of “Bhutan’s first water sports park to be developed along the riverfront in Wangdue” generated a mixed-feeling among some people although the larger group is rather least concerned. While the news conceivably brought a smile on the faces of tourism and business industries; conservationist, birdwatchers and nature …

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Prayers for Ever…

If a spot of this good earth were home at once to the divine, the natural, and the human, it has to be the sandalwood country, the land of life-herbs, abode of the peaceful dragon, suckled by the vital breath of the high Himalayas. The blessings of the trinity willed …

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