Why We Love Our King So Much?

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If you visit any Bhutanese home, you will find the royal portrait of His Majesty The King carefully lodged in the home altar or meticulously hung on a wall in the living room.

What can we learn from current Australian bush fires

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Let me start by putting Australian bush fires into perspective. The 2019 Amazon rainforest fires burned more than 900,000 hectares. California in the USA lost 100,000 hectares in 2019 to fires. Australian bushfire has already burnt over 6 million hectares, which is almost twice the size of Bhutan, and there are still no signs of fires slowing down.
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A brief history of Yongla Goenpa and its successive lams

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Yongla Goenpa or Yongla Riwo Pelbar Dargeychholing Goenpa in Pemagatshel was reconstructed under the Command of His Majesty The King after the 2009 earthquake caused major damage to the goenpa. It is believed that Yongla Goenpa guards Bhutan’s sovereignty from South and Rigsum Goenpa in Trashiyangtse from North. Historical significance of the two goenpas is so immense.

Mayday: The 1950 Air Crash at Kithokha

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In November 1950, a freight flight took off from an airport in West Bengal. It crashed in the hills of Chukha, killing all the three crew in it. The probable cause cited was, “Crew inattention.”

A paradigm shift from punitive to restorative justice system 

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This week, the Trongsa Dzongkhag Court deviated from conventional punitive judgment to corrective or reformative judicial process. Such new thoughts from our courts are welcome, though effects of this paradigm shift remain uncertain in terms of reduction in juvenile crimes in the country. 

Mind Over Matter Bhutan

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What are the important signs of Anxiety Disorders and what can we do to overcome the symptoms? Feeling anxious or stressed out is part and parcel of life. In fact, anxiety is a very normal response to stressful life events like sitting exams, moving house, changing jobs or having financial troubles.

The historic new year gift- Gyalsung - our constitutional duty

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One of the most exciting and memorable moments of the 112th National Day was the announcement of institution of Gyalsung (National Service).

The burden of chronic kidney disease

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I have never longed for someone’s death so desperately. Not that I hated that person but it was difficult to see her going through so much pain everyday. That person was our late aunt, who had been with us for 25 years, and was like a mother to us.

Changlimithang and Beyond...

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This was Druk Yul’s GNH Moment, an edifying union of body and soul, a coming together of the nation as one happy family.

Inconsistency in procedure may create mistrust and weaken confidence in justice system

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Procedural law is fundamental to the enforcement of legal rights. Without procedural laws legal rights will remain a paper tiger. 

Minding our gaps

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Over a year ago, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) government rose to power with an agenda of narrowing the gap, and about a month ago, it reviewed its programmes and efforts to do so.

Jewel basket of Tali

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Tali is a small village with about twenty living households in Zhemgang. It is perched on a ridge and the residents live side by side with hundreds of wild boars. The locals have given up traditional cereal growing culture and most of their land is left fallow.

Gyalyong Duechen: The National Day

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One of the most important national events in Bhutan is Gyalyong…