Monica Rai

Understanding mental health issues and stigma in Bhutan

A deep-seated issue that remains shrouded in silence is mental health. As the world grapples with the complexities of psychological well-being, many in Bhutan, too, find themselves at a crossroads, where understanding and stigma intersect in the narratives of the people. Tshering Yangzom, a resident of Tsirang, reflects on her …

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Trongsa 1 Monkey 0 in the fight against the monkey menace

Trongsa Thromde, has long grappled with a persistent challenge – the troubling presence of raiding macaques. However, recent collaborative efforts headed by dzongkhag officials have indicated a turning point in the town’s ongoing battle against the monkey menace. As residents breathe a collective sigh of relief, the journey towards reclaiming …

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Agriculture’s Nu 50 bn aim and how it plans to get there

During the second session of the Meet-the-Press held on Friday, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MoAL), Younten Phuntsho, unveiled the ministry’s vision contribution to help transform the nation into a USD 5 billion economy by 2029. MoAL has made a resolute commitment to bolstering the agricultural sector and elevating …

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Bhutan’s National Digital Identity struggles with judicial acceptance of digital documents

In a bid to revolutionize Bhutan’s digital landscape, the National Digital Identity (NDI) system was launched on October 2023, promising to empower citizens with control over their personal data and streamline bureaucratic processes. However, recent challenges have emerged, particularly concerning the Judiciary’s reluctance to accept digital documents in legal proceedings. …

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Bhutan and ICIMOD join forces to protect environment and improve lives

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MoENR) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have formalized a long-term collaboration through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU, signed on 5 March in Thimphu, signifies a strategic alliance between the two entities, poised to usher …

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