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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.

Getting off from her flight in Kolkata after her five day visit in Bhutan the West Bengal Chief Minister described her visit as ‘historic’ to the waiting Indian press saying it would bring the two countries as well as Bhutan and West Bengal closer together.


Today we are seeing three mega hydropower projects underway with mega attention from public eye and critics thereof. And recently we have been noticing appetite from lawmakers to review the Electricity Act-2001 and the Hydropower Policy-2008. Thus the Hydropower sector clearly stands in the limelight at present.


The Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has traditionally been seen as a preserve of the mainly big business houses representing and lobbying for their interests.


WHO South-East Asia Region has conferred  the Excellence in Public Health awards to Mr Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup  from Bhutan and Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao from Timor-Leste  for their path-breaking interventions that helped improve the health and well-being of people in their countries.


Bhutan is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are polite and friendly, and they love Hindi cinema! What more could one ask for


From the moment you land in Bhutan’s Paro airport, a small, traditionally designed building awash with crisp, chilly mountain air, you know that you’ve left Delhi behind. There’s a distinct impression of ease, which insists that you slow down and take in the view.


Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. In 2014, natural disasters affected 80 million people and accounted for nearly $60 billion in economic losses. Economic losses from disasters are rising rapidly, due in part to the increasing number of people living in disaster risk areas and rapid urbanization in the region. Asia-Pacific suffers from a variety of hazards, most recently the fatal earthquake in Nepal killing over 8,500 people.


After office hour on Friday, my 10th grade son comes home and says, “mama, did you hear the shocking news today? Bhutan is going to open a slaughterhouse. The news is splashed all over and everyone’s talking about it in school.” I visit a friend’s house and the first thing that I hear is, “Wai, did you hear the disturbing news that Bhutan is going to start a slaughterhouse.” At home, in the office, over lunch, we find ourselves anxiously talking about the subject. At first shock and disbelief and then a dark ominous feeling gnawing deeper and deeper.


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spotlight image Sergio Arispe Barrientos, Ambassador of  Bolivia to India is, at 37, the youngest head of mission in New Delhi. Only the second envoy from his country to India, Barrientos, who presented his credentials to the Indian President last month, feels he has arrived at a propitious time, when India’s focus is on so
On February 15, 2017 Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. 12 minutes later, writes Anil Bhat
While most Indians were observing recent domestic political developments; with surprise defeats for the ruling BJP in its pocket boroughs and a likelihood of the opposition uniting against the Party for the 2019 national elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday talked over telephone and pledged to deepen bilateral ties and promote mutual trust, writes Gaurav Sharma 
Famous for its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has a new cause for joy: In recognition of its Gross National Income (GNI) growth and social development, the kingdom is poised to graduate from the UN category of the world's poorest known as the Least Developed Countries (LDC), writes Arul Louis
With a dire warning about the looming future of a waterless world, Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev made a plea for mobilising humanity to save the rivers of India and the world before it is too late, writes Arul Louis

While India has regained its position as the world’s fastest growing large economy – with the uptick in GDP expansion at 6.7% in Q3 of 2017-18 – sustaining it critically depend...


A recent novel "Radius 200" by author Veena Nagpal has two facts at the centre of the fictional narrative that she weaves. "Impending water scarcity and the very real danger of an Sino-Indian conflict over this precious resource,...


What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the ...


A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school puts on a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible— and one goes missing. The incident sets off ripples through their already fraught education in lust and witches, and over the years ...


Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599


From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.