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Taking inspiration from Bhutan, which focused on a "Happiness Index" to keep its citizens happy, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced the creation of a "Department of Happiness" along similar lines in the state to infuse positivity in the lives of people.
 

The tiny, landlocked nation of Bhutan gives priority to the holistic well-being of its citizens and the preservation of its culture and environment over economic growth.

 

Sonam Zangmo endured abuse at the hands of her husband for two years before finally walking out on him after the birth of her daughter.

 

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan, with a population of about 750,000 people, is known for the phrase “gross national happiness”—a slogan coined in 1972 to represent the country's commitment to that serves Buddhist spiritual values instead of Western material development. 

 

From wind power to biogas, bicycles and electric buses, Bhutan is exploring new ways to play its part in the global push to keep climate change in check.

 

Bhutan is faced with the problem of abundant waters. While the country has one of the highest per capita water availability in the world, accessibility for various purposes is fast becoming a growing challenge. Experts formulating the National Integrated Water Resources Management Plan for the past 16 months say so.

 

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.

 


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