Bhutan

Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest set to climb a notch higher

Bhutans annual literary gathering, the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, and like no other thanks to its magnificent backdrop, will return this August for its ninth edition, featuring a diverse set of speakers who will participate in sessions ranging from spirituality and philosophy to films and environmental conservation.

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Of national dreams and aspirations

In a welfare society like ours, services like health, education, and agriculture, all provided free by the state, need to be understood in a more sensible term.

Poverty: Looking beyond reports

That Bhutan has been able to bring down national poverty rate from 12 percent to 8.2 percent in the period of five years is good news. As a nation that has always put happiness of the citizens at the centre of development initiatives, such a leap is both comforting and encouraging. For all the progress that we have achieved over the years, we have only to thank ourselves.

Poor country with rich people

Poverty rate has dropped to 8.2 percent from 12 and unemployment to 2 from 2.5 percent. Almost all households were found to have access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. Literacy rate has risen to 66 percent and the consumption power of Bhutanese has increased by 82 percent.

Bring women onboard

Parliamentary elections are nearing. Political parties have started to announce their candidates. People’s Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and BKP have declared 20 candidates to date.

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Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra

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As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.

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