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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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An occasion to honour 36 years of friendship 

It is a very good opportunity to write on this happy occasion of the 58th National Day of the state of Kuwait, which is on February 25 and 28th Liberation Day from the Iraqi Invasion, which is on February 26. As a Kuwaiti, the occasion gives me the honour to …

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Chotrhul Dawa – The month of miracles

The first month of the modern Bhutanese calendar coincides with one of the holiest months in the Buddhist calendar: Chotrhul Dawa (ཆོ་འཕྲུལ་ཟླ་བ་), the month of miracles. It is believed to be the month when Buddha performed many miracles and outdazzled the rival teachers of his time. In the theory of …

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The Development of Bhutan’s Relations with India

Bhutan’s religious, cultural and historical ties with India go back many centuries. For many Bhutanese, India is the land of Lord Buddha and, therefore, the source of our spiritual heritage from which stems the Bhutanese identity. In modern terms, Bhutan and India began a new era of friendship and economic …

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An education Act for enlightened Bhutan?

Education and institutions of learning are regarded as the soul of the communities and societies as per the celebrated theories of socio spatial planning of the last century. Bhutan’s context is no different. In fact, it is more sensitive given the fact that our education system is deeply woven with …

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“Go and see” for yourself!

Legend has it that Taiichi Ohno, creator of the highly-successful Toyota Production System, would take young engineers to the manufacturing shop floor, where he would draw a chalk circle on the floor. The employee would be told to stand in the circle, observe, and note what he saw. When Ohno …

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