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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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GST issues

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an Indian tax reform policy affecting Bhutan primarily due to implementation issues from India. GST is posing a lot of headaches for Bhutan’s economy and particularly it’s industrial and export base. We already knew that GST is designed among other things by India to …

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The Harsh Truth About India’s Godmen

Late last month, when two Indian states and the national capital were held to ransom by rioting mobs protesting their spiritual leader’s conviction on two counts of raping minor girls, many Indians found themselves confronting several painful truths about their country. The leader who spurred these protests is Gurmeet Singh, …

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We are the architects of our own future

Not everybody in this world is born with a silver spoon in the mouth. All of us have our own share of problems to deal with as we move on. Nobody has had a perfect life so far and nobody ever will. The path to success does not run straight. …

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A changing climate

The record breaking hurricane Irma which has devastated the Caribbean region and is headed into Florida as this is being written has twice the destructive power of all World War II munitions. It is an irony that the USA which has pulled out of the Paris Climate accord has been …

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The strength of unity

During the Doklam standoff one thing that every Bhutanese can be proud off is the unity maintained by the country in the face of a grave crisis. It was heartening to see that political parties, who pick up every big and small issue, maintained a disciplined and important silence. Apart …

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Giving Bhutan its due

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In Doklam stand-off, Bhutan once again came to the rescue of India’s interests, with costs to itself The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the eventual resolution. It is …

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