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Thimphu’s night crawlers

For a city with around 100,000 floating population Thimphu has one too many bars and discos, but aside from the health and social impact it is okay as long as any drinking and  other activities are done within the premises. The RBP comes around the anointed time to close down …

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The Two Backlashes Against Globalization

NEW DELHI – When I left India for graduate school in the United States in 1975, the word “globalization” was not in use anywhere in the world. Back then, crossing borders was still a big deal, and getting a US visa was no easy feat. When I did arrive in …

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An economic recovery

The latest GDP data from the NSB shows that the Bhutanese economy has not only fully recovered from the 2012-13 rupee and economic crisis, but is also booming. This boom importantly is from sectors like agriculture, services, construction etc. The strong performance of the agricultural sector, which is growing in …

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The Dangers of Demographic Denial

LONDON – Across emerging economies, the benefits of a “demographic dividend” have become a familiar refrain. Politicians and business leaders alike – be it in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, or Tanzania – talk glowingly of how a fast-growing and youthful population will create huge investment opportunities and fuel rapid economic growth. …

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Safety on the archery ground

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There is no doubt that archery has been an integral part of our social and cultural life since the time immemorial. For centuries, it has significantly contributed to the development of social, communication and interpersonal skills that have united the people from all social strata regardless of who they are. …

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For the lack of a maid

Bhutan is facing a growing ‘maid and baby sitter’ crisis, especially in urban areas where usually both the father and mother are working professionals. The major impact is on the economy as most families in urban areas are nuclear in nature mostly due to grandparents not being able to adjust …

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Lyonchhen at a diplomatic reception hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the occasion of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. ( White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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A sporting culture

Bhutan’s recent wins over Maldives and defending champion Nepal in the under-18 SAAF championship has naturally generated a lot of national attention and support for the young team. Predictions are already being made about this being the next national team. From the way the boys have been playing and with …

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Full address by Lyonchhen at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly focuses on climate change, poverty, terrorism and UN reform

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Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates. I  bring warm greetings of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Climate Change Distinguished Delegates. Today my thoughts are with the people of Mexico, who have suffered two terrible earthquakes this month. My thoughts are also with the victims of other natural disasters that have recently brought …

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