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Bhutan: Spatial Awareness

I spend the night above Chelala Pass, near a sky burial site that lay empty. With no body left exposed to the elements, ravens circle above but without reason to land today. Through my tent flap I watch the clouds lift, and for a moment Bhutan’s second highest mountain, Jomolhari, is revealed. With


Colorado Mountain College students to reflect on trip to Bhutan

Nineteen Colorado Mountain College (CMC) students ventured into the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan in November 2018 as part of a three-week field experience. On Feb. 19, some of those students will present their firsthand accounts of Bhutan's environmental conservation, social empowerment and gr


Coast Lines | Introduction to traditional music of Bhutan

Learn more about the music of Bhutan with Jane Hancock, Music of Bhutan Research Center (MBRC) USA Board president, during a music, video and lively introduction to this unique culture, 7 p.m. Saturday, Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz is at 740 Front St. in The Galleria, No. 155. Historically, the peopl


Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Perched in the eastern Himalayas between India and China and home to about 735,000 people, Bhutan is a unique country in terms of both its geography and society. It turns out that Bhutan also boasts a unique approach to policymaking.


Central Coast Voices: How do you measure happiness?

Many economists would argue that the key to progress and therefore, happiness, is obtaining and enjoying material goods. The tiny remote kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, has taken a different approach. Rather than trying to measure progress by the popular idea of Gross Domestic Product (


A Rough Ride to Bliss in Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is perhaps best known for its credo of Gross National Happiness, or G.N.H., an official index of prosperity and quality of life in place of gross domestic product. G.N.H. is based on four guiding pillars: good governance, sustainable socioeconomic development, environmental con


The Most Extravagant Royal Weddings From Around the World

Bruneian Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah and Bolkiah Sarah Salleh. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan. Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg.


In Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal, Off-Grid Renewables Bring Power to Remote Villages

Around 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity, with a majority living in rural areas. Given that electricity is essential for economic development, education, health and poverty alleviation, efforts to expand access around the world are critical. Yet simply extending the electr


Trump Reportedly Thought Nepal & Bhutan Were Part Of India During An Intelligence Briefing

Early last year, President Donald Trump claimed that one of his two greatest assets is "being, like, really smart." Despite Trump's claim, some intelligence officials have reportedly said the president actually displays a "willful ignorance" during intelligence briefings. In fact, intelligence and c


Commerce minister urges Bhutan to use Syedpur airport

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Monday urged Bhutan to use the Syedpur Airport for better connectivity. “If Bhutan uses Syedpur Airport, both the countries could reap a boost in trade and tourism,” he said while Bhutanese Ambassador Sonam Rabgye met him at his secretariat office, said a ministry re


February calendar features King of Bhutan

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, features in the February calendar of Yellow Bhutan in a drawing by an unknown artist. His Majesty will celebrate his 39th birthday later this month.


India-Bhutan Relations: Leveraging Ladakh

With its third successful assembly elections in 2018, the small Himalayan country of Bhutan is maturing as a democratic state. Despite initial apprehensions by the world and the people of Bhutan, the country surprised many. This success can be credited to the people and the former king of Bhutan, bu


The Eccentric Entrepreneur Who Put Bhutan on the Map With Talking Postage Stamps

In the 1950s, the Kingdom of Bhutan asked the World Bank for a $10 million loan. The secluded Buddhist country with a population of about 200,000 people had been closed off to the outside world for centuries, but the government of the "Forbidden Kingdom" was now contemplating reaching out—and it nee


Critics laugh off Trump's mispronunciations once again

It's back...Trump calls Nepal and Bhutan "Nipple" and "Button." CNN's Jeanne Moos says folks are once again tittering.


Taste Bhutanese food and craft beers in Ari

If dishes like ema datsi, sikkam paa and ezay mean anything to you, get yourself to Ari this Feb 22-23. For two nights only, Mikkeller Ari will ditch its usual Thai-focused menu to offer Bangkokians are rare try of Bhutanese food and craft beer.


How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

Will diversifying its economy help Bhutan address its youth unemployment, let alone its macroeconomic volatility and vulnerability?. With the right approach, yes. And to that end, the latest World Bank Bhutan Development Report: A Path to Inclusive and Sustainable Development [1]proposes solutions r


Nepal to resume talks with Bhutan on refugee repatriation

But formal discussions with Thimphu are yet to start, Foreign Minister Gyawali says. Nepal has decided to resume talks with Bhutan to repatriate the remaining 6,500 Bhutanese refugees who are living in two camps in Jhapa. The initiative will be first in the last one and a half decades after the 15th


Indian state set to launch world’s biggest basic income experiment

An Indian state has announced a plan to provide universal basic income to each and every one of its 610,577 citizens. This would be the world’s largest experiment of this type.


Top tax payers in Bhutan recognised | #AsiaNewsNetwork

The event was celebrated in Samdrujongkhar Regional Revenue and Customs Office (RRCO) themed SMART borders for seamless trade, travel and transport. SMART stands for secure, measurable, automated, risk management-based and technology-driven.


UN working group assesses deprivation of liberty in Bhutan | #AsiaNewsNetwork

On January 14, a delegation from the UN Working Group on arbitrary detention visited the country for 10 days to access the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty.