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Bhutan is often addressed as a GNH country by the outsiders but how true is it? Are the people really happy and content with their lives? Is there nothing more they seek in life? As per the GNH survey conducted by Centre for Bhutan Studies, 24,000 Bhutanese females dwelling in the rural part of southern...
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Inhospitable geographic conditions is the main challenge Bhutan faces in delivering the basic facilities to rural villages. The mountainous terrain makes it risky and expensive for transportation and delivery. The nearest road point still lies hours or even days away from the village. Therefore, the government is struggling to connect all the rural villages with...
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Takin (budorcas taxicolor white) the national animal of Bhutan will soon gain international recognition if Bhutan agrees to let it be  part of an exhibition at Smithsonian Institution’s National zoo in Washington DC. It will be a part of Asia’s Trail Exhibit and be placed next to the famous giant pandas. Ambassador to the permanent...
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Bhutan is known for its diverse culture and tradition. Local dialects and costumes form a part of it but these are eventually getting diluted as modernity takes toll. The members of the National Council discussed its importance and the need to preserve and promote such traditions that form a part of Bhutan’s unique identity. As...
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A book on the chief abbots of Bhutan was released this month in Thimphu. His Holiness the 70th Chief abbot (known as Je Khenpo in Bhutan) Trulku Jigme Chhoeda released the historical book. The book ‘Selwai Melong’ is a compilation of all the chief abbots of Bhutan. In Bhutan the dual system of government was...
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Bhutan received 2753 trekking tourist last year which made up 10.3 percent of the total tourist visits, an increase by 15 percent in the previous year. With the increase in the number of tourist visiting Bhutan for trekking and Bhutanese trekking up the mountains, the risk of people getting altitude sickness, or mountain sickness increases....
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Bhutan received almost 41,000 high-end tourists last year, exceeding the target of 35,000 tourists for the year by almost 17 percent. According to the State of the Nation report, the tourist arrivals have contributed to the creation of about 2,600 additional jobs last year. Out of about 41,000 tourists who arrived in the country last...
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Bhutan has signed agreement with Maldives to expand air route in future. Bhutan has also signed the revised air services agreement recently with Nepal and Bangladesh to operate additional flights. Two new destinations, Guwahati and Bagdogra, have also been added to DrukAir’s route network. Prime Minister, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley in the third annual report...
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  In 2010 -2011 a total of 368 black-necked cranes (grus nigricollis) were reported in Bhutan. 294 cranes were spotted in Phobjikha, 60 in Bumdeling, five in Khotokha, five in Lhuntse and four in Gelephu. It was the first time that black-necked cranes were spotted in Gelephu while they have had reports of black-necked cranes...
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The highlanders of Merak and Sakteng are excited and have started buying electric appliances to experiment with electricity. It is one of the remotest gewogs in Bhutan that recently got electricity one year ahead of the deadlines set by the government. A total of Nu 35 million financed by Asian Development Bank was used to...
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