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Bhutan spreads happiness to UN
By Barbara Plett

This week the General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution that aims to make happiness a "development indicator".

Bhutan's ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk told the BBC the next step was to help UN members better understand the concept.

He admitted some were sceptical when Bhutan started lobbying for the resolution 10 months ago. But ultimately it won 66 co-sponsors, including the UK.

The idea is based on Bhutan's model of GNH, or Gross National Happiness, ... Read More

Bhutanese royal wedding to be held in October
The 31-year-old king of the Himalayan nation of Bhutan has said that he intends to marry in October, local media report.

The British-educated Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck said his future wife, 20-year-old student Jetsun Pema, would be a "great servant to the nation".

Wangchuck is widely revered in the country of some 700,000 people.

The king took over after the abdication in 2006 of his father, who began the country's democratic transition.

In March 2008, Bhutan became a constitutional ... Read More

Remote Bhutan Aims to Draw Investors to the Himalayas


THIMPHU, Bhutan—The government of this remote Himalayan nation, which didn't have television until the late 1990s, has a message for the outside world: Bhutan, once largely closed to foreigners, is open for business.

Among the world's most isolated places, Bhutan was ignored in the rush to emerging markets in recent decades. Tourists weren't allowed until the 1970s and even today, only a few thousand visit each year, with just a handful of major foreign ... Read More

The Meaning of Miss Bhutan
Even the tiny Himalayan kingdom can't escape globalization—and may even like it.

If you're looking for evidence that the hackneyed term globalization means something after all, then look no further than Miss Bhutan. On a crisp Sunday afternoon, dressed down in a sequined top, painted-on blue jeans and snake-skin stilettos, 25-year-old Tsokye Tsomo Karchung frets about Facebook. Someone has set up an unauthorized fan page and uploaded her photographs, she says. Friend requests from strangers—2,000 ... Read More
A Hike in Bhutan, Kingdom of the Hills

THIN AIR, an upset stomach, aching feet—these are a few of my least favorite things. My wife had pitched my two daughters and me on an “afternoon hike” in the Himalayas. By her telling, it was something any Girl Scout worth her weight in Thin Mints could handle.
Little did we know that we’d be trekking to an altitude of 13,000 feet and camping out in a snowstorm.
My wife, designer Cynthia Rowley, likes to ... Read More
Bhutan King breaks protocol to receive President Mukherjee
Source : PTI
Thimphu: Breaking protocol, the Bhutanese King and his wife today received President Pranab Mukherjee at the airport as he arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian head of state to the country in 26 years.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck along with his wife turned up unexpectedly at the Paro Airport as a special gesture to receive Mukherjee.

Mukherjee then travelled by road to Thimphu (about 50 km) as hundreds ... Read More
Meet the overwhelmed psychiatrist in the world’s happiest country
Bhutan is dubbed the world’s ‘last Shangri-La,’ but mental disorders are on the rise and Dr. Chencho Dorji can only do so much.

Bhutanese brothers Damchoy, left, and Chencho Dorji. Damchoy suffers from schizophrenia and his illness inspired his brother to become Bhutan's first psychiatrist.

By: Jennifer Yang Global health reporter, Published on Mon Sep 09 2013

THIMPHU, BHUTAN—High in the Himalayas, in a happy kingdom known as “The Land of the Thunder Dragon,” a ... Read More
Bhutan hails India's financial assistance as it passes budget
THIMPU: Bhutan called India as 'the principal development partner', as the country's Parliament passed its annual budget for the year 2013-14 and supplementary budget bill for 2012-13.

The National Assembly passed the bills after two days of deliberations.

In his opening address at the session, Speaker Jigme Zangpo said India has been the principal development partner ever since Bhutan embarked on its first Five Year Plan.

"Even today, despite the unfavourable economic conditions in India, it has ... Read More
Archery Gives Bhutan Its Sporting Chance

THIMPHU, Bhutan — By the final round Saturday, the baby-face prince and his team of ringers had an almost insurmountable lead in this reclusive kingdom’s national archery tournament, but a fierce fight broke out for second place.

Much depended on whether Gem Tshering, known as the Bull in a country of fairly small people, could keep hitting the target with arrows launched from 140 meters; whether Jigme Norbu, the tournament’s top-ranked shooter, could continue ... Read More
Bhutanese Refugees Are Killing Themselves at an Astonishing Rate
How unemployment, depression, and a lack of family ties lead to extreme desperation.
Danielle Preiss
Apr 13 2013

Jai Subedi still doesn't know why Mitra Mishra killed himself. Subedi, a case manager for Bhutanese refugees at Interfaith Works Center for New Americans in Syracuse, NY, was with the 20-year-old Mishra at Schiller Park the evening of July 3, 2010.
"We played soccer just the previous day until 6 p.m. and he was totally fine," Subedi said of Mishra, ... Read More
Bhutan’s capital Thimphu to have 1st Hindu temple
Bhutan’s capital and largest city Thimphu will have its first permanent Hindu temple in the near future.

Ground-breaking (Sa-long) ceremony, held on October 10 at Kuenselphodrang, was conducted by His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot); and was attended among others by national assembly speaker, opposition leader, cabinet ministers, national council chairperson, parliament members, business community and pundits, according to reports.

Construction work for this temple on 2.53-acre government land, which is on the way to ... Read More
Indo-Bhutan Friendship Rally winners: Pritul Dev and Nirav Mehta
Thimpu: Pritul Dev (co-driver Nirav Mehta) won the top honours in the Extreme Category in the week-long fourth JK Tyre Indo-Bhutan Friendship Car Rally here on March 8th..

In second spot was SK Asgar Ali (Debashish Ghosh) followed by Saptarishi Saha (Indranil Biswas).

Topping the charts in the Adventure category were Sudip Ghosh (Soumen Mondal) ahead of Soumya Jati (Chandan Sen) and Debdutta Mukherjee (Mukesh Thakker).

The rally was organised by Friendship Car Rally Association ... Read More

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