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I learned more than what I taught…

An expatriate teacher recalls his first day in Bhutan  With acute pain of swollen knee (arthritis), I have been lying in my bed, thinking about my past: why did I come to Bhutan leaving a fairly good job at home? Why did I stay here for 26 years…? I remember …

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ICIMOD-Bhutan Partnership

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region is sometimes called the Earth’s “third pole.” It contains the “water towers of Asia,” 6,000 cubic kilometers of snow and ice that, through 10 rivers and basins, support more than 1.9 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population. The region is a …

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The unsung heroes

The first 46 students in Haa, 1914

Sterling teachers, who serve the Nation in an un-advertised way Teachers’ Day in Bhutan is an occasion to pay our tribute to Their Majesties the Kings of Bhutan for their tireless effort in introducing and improving the education system of Bhutan. It is also an occasion to appreciate and honour …

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Moving beyond rhetoric

Transformative change, not affirmative action alone, will uplift the state of women in Bhutan “Transformative change’ is a common development jargon we often hear these days while talking about efforts to create conditions for women to enjoy a level playing field. Gender experts and development practitioners call for role-based transformative …

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How Costa Rica gets it right

With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are in the midst of trying to redefine their politics for the twenty-first century. Over the …

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Thank you, Mr R N Khazanchi

Just as he had entered Bhutan on Losar in February 1997, he exited the hydropower sector in Bhutan without fanfare. Hemmed in within a tight schedule, Mr R N Khazanchi handed over charges of the posts of Managing Director of both PHPA I and PHPA II on April 30, 2018. …

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There is no free lunch

Few months ago, I chanced upon a Facebook post addressed to the PM from our young overseas workers in Japan. The letter mainly sheds light on their struggles and aspirations of the so-called developed country. It also remarks on the challenges of having to keep up with the exorbitant living …

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Are we getting our priorities right?

Bhutan has made impressive progress within the last couple of decades in all spheres of development. We now have a fairly extensive road network; electricity supply has reached all nooks and corners of the country; there is adequate coverage of health and education facilities; we have our own airline including …

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