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Letter from Gata, a forgotten village

Election journey took me to every nook and corner of Dagana. It was a very enriching experience of my life. My love for the people and passion to serve them grew even stronger. I would like to share with my fellow citizens the charm and beauty of one of the …

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For strategic growth in South Asia: Q&A with Dr Sunil Motiwal

SAARC Development Fund’s Partnership Conclave 2018 on “Regional Integration through Project Collaboration and Investments” will be held from July 2-3, 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi, India to solicit cross-border project co-financing under the social, economic and infrastructure windows of SDF and to build partnerships with various organisations for …

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Infrastructure financing: Is there an alternative model of financing?

Infrastructure is perhaps the most fundamental feature required for the working of an economy.  Roads, bridges, laws and regulations, development of human resources and the financial system all contribute to the economy.  It is relatively simpler to understand the economic contribution made by development of transportation, communication and energy infrastructure …

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A simple way to save a life: Give blood

Most of us want to make a positive difference to the lives of others – people we don’t know; people we may never meet. Thankfully, there’s a simple, safe and effective way to make the biggest difference of all: give blood. Doing so is a uniquely powerful act. The blood …

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In praise of integrated education system

Remember graduating high school with a question – ‘Now what?’ Well, seems like there’s really a solution that only needs access and penetration into the educational systems of the nation. There aren’t many high schools in Bhutan that teach subjects like Psychology or Politics, so when a student signs up …

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A dog eat dog world, literally?

All dug up: Hungry stray dogs stole the carcass of a buried pet

In December 1986, an overseas volunteer wrote to Kuensel complaining about the stray dogs problem in the capital, Thimphu. The dogs, she wrote in the “Letter to the editor column” of Kuensel, were a menace even biting school children. Kuensel published a similar letter this year from a Motithang resident.  There …

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Back in Bhutan after 22 years

The only idea I had about Bhutan was through my school geography lesson – Neighbours of India. After post-graduation, I had joined as a junior lecturer in a college. Sometime in May of 1979, there was recruitment going on for teachers in Bhutan in SMV High School Trivandrum, India.  We, …

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Laying the foundation of a digital Bhutan

In April, my fellow Harvard Kennedy School alum Kinga Tshering wrote an article on his blog describing the potential of teaching the computer programming language Python to Bhutanese students. His post spawned a lively debate on the merits of Python versus other programming languages, and the value of teaching students …

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