OPINION

That in Other Words

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Rural-urban migration is a good indicator of many things gone wrong. People just do not leave their ancestral homes without solid reasons. In Bhutan there is an old proverb, which goes rang yue zampai woglu inru ga – ‘one would love his/her village even if it is located under a bridge’. And that …

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Stories From The King

Inspiring people: His Majesty in Thanza, Lunana, with Tenzin Wangdi who operates and manages the Flood Warning Station there.

It was an extraordinary moment in the life of a nation. The benevolent Fourth King, who had reigned over Bhutan for 34 years of unparalleled progress and peace, had just ushered in democracy and a new King was being crowned. As the Coronation was broadcast live on TV on November …

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Can we build energy-efficient houses?

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Before we know it, it is winter again! Almost! And like all winters this winter will be unforgivingly cold. Of course, some people think winter cold is far less severe than the extreme summer heat the likes of which you experience in Phuentsholing or Gelephu. The reason they give is …

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Vegetable vendors and sustainability of agriculture

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Agriculture is important for the socio-economic development of the country. More than 65% of the population is engaged in the sector and it contributes more than 20% of the country’s GDP. Sustainable development of agriculture is the key to food security and alleviation of poverty in Bhutan. Today, the sector …

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Modi’s Audacious Gamble on Black Money

A scheme to capture large rupee notes raises questions about New Delhi’s economic literacy. Even for a risk-taker, Narendra Modi’s abrupt announcement last week that his government was voiding India’s two highest value currency bills is an audacious gamble. Between them, the demonetized 1,000 rupee ($14.80) and 500 rupee ($7.40) bills …

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Trump’s election and the Paris Agreement fall out on Bhutan

One of the very real consequences of a President Donald Trump will soon be felt in the upcoming winter session of our Parliament when the government introduces ‘The Paris Agreement’ on climate change for ratification. The Paris Agreement is a global climate agreement to restrict increase in global temperature well …

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We need Potholes Org

This is in continuation of my earlier article last week where I mention that with the onset of winter the potholes on some sections of our roads “are finally giving us true pictures of how deep they are as the water in them dry up.” Like the dust in the air, …

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Millennials and Youths as vessels for Buddhism in Bhutan?

Bhutan as a state has undergone dramatic changes in less than a decade. We have transited to democratic constitutional monarchy in a most peaceful manner under the glorious reign of His Majesty The Fourth King and His Majesty The King. Generally, it is quite difficult to remain optimistic in the …

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What’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”?

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It’s been a long and unforgivingly wet summer! Now, our wet roads are drying up. Our swollen rivers are subsiding. Our muddy footpaths are solidifying. Potholes are finally giving us true pictures of how deep they are as the water in them dry up. And our biggest fear now is …

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Thailand in grief

A few days ago, I was in Thailand, a land fondly known to its people as “The Land of Smiles”. But quite surprisingly, this country of smile and joy was undergoing the feeling of great loss, pain and collective numbness. For their “Great Father”, their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed …

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