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Bhutan’s ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index in 2008 was 45 out of 180 countries and number one in the SAARC region. 

 

The media really took off during March 2008 Parliamentary elections, as for the first time a grueling election process between the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saw the once mighty pre-democracy ministers going around in the most humble homes and villages begging for votes. 

 
The Bhutanese media’s initial role, like in many small developing countries, was primarily as a tool for development and keeping citizens informed of the government’s plans and activities. The media in Bhutan could have continued to remain as such, like it still does in many countries of the world.
 
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launched a website, Bhutan Citizens’ Initiative, which is hoped to bring together the Bhutanese community to help each other.    
 

For nature lovers and those interested in politics, Bhutan is a special place. I can think of few countries that are better suited to observe — at close range — the contest of tradition and modernity as well as the coexistence of the old and new.

 

This is not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year.  Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.

 

When the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s airplane lands in Paro on Sunday, the new Indian Prime Minister will be stepping on the soil of the only country in the SAARC region that does not hold any anti-India politics and where there is the genuine warmth towards India from both the leadership and the people.

 
Dorji, a special advisor with Bhutan's National Environment Commission, lost his son in 2013 to drug overdose - a deadly cocktail of alcohol and party drugs led to his death.
 

Six years after Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and as concerns mounted in Delhi as to how the Himalayan kingdoms would reconcile with changes in the region, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a note to then Foreign Secretary R.K. Nehru dated July 17, 1955.

 

The elections in Bhutan that began in spring and are due to culminate in a run-off this week show that democracy has taken root in the country. This is election season in Bhutan. On April 23, elections were completed to the National Council (the Upper House of Parliament). On May 31, another election was conducted, this time for the first of two phases to elect the National Assembly (the Lower House).

 


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