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The Royal Bhutan Police is determined to fight against drugs with the nationwide drug crackdown that began on December 2, 2013 to continue.

 

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake on January 4 had affected 248 structures in the country with most damages reported in the eastern dzongkhags, as they are closer to the epicentre in Manipur, India.

 

Pinched between India and China, two of the most polluted and populous countries in the world, Bhutan is an anomaly: Tiny (in size and population), carbon-neutral, and committed to conservation, mandating that 60 percent of its forests remain protected.

 

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change. But on a recent visit I was impressed with how much this small country has achieved and also with its ambition.

 

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change. But  Bhutan has much to teach South Asia and the wider world.

 

The small Himalayan country where success is measured by Gross National Happiness (instead of Gross Domestic Product) has also set its own high standards for greenhouse gas emissions and reforestation.

 

The Gross National Happiness Commission has to align local development plan with hydropower development plans.

 

Bhutan stands at interesting crossroads today. While it has achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and prepares to forge ahead with a list of new development agendas called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as ‘Global Goals’ that it needs to achieve by 2030, it is in dire need of reliable and vital statistics to craft specific development plans.

 

People in Bhutan are getting happier as living standards improve, but social isolation is increasing in the remote kingdom that famously prioritises "gross national happiness" over wealth, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said

 
Issues related to meeting traditional architectural requirements vis-a-vis contemporary building materials and methods, which seek to minimize building costs, were raised in a panel discussion organized by Helvetas on Tuesday.
 


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