Make agriculture an all-time national agenda

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The recent directives from the government to encourage farmers in all dzongkhags to increase the production of food items could be a small but significant step. It has been long overdue.

Yuan and dollar: A case of an exchange rate diplomacy

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Perhaps, only a sage meditating in a remote place would not have noticed devaluation of the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Why a minor devaluation of Yuan, of about 2%, has made so much of news?

Recent publications of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH research

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To augment the scholarship in Bhutan, the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research has published four books this year: Comprehensive Review of the Land Act of Bhutan, 2007 for Revision; Thimphu’s Growing Pains; Wellbeing, Happiness and Public Policy;

A case for the decriminalisation of marijuana Part ONE

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Don’t get me wrong; I’m on the right side of the law

AT the outset, let me put my cards on the table, so as to banish all doubt, that it’s not in the least my brief – god forbid! - to press a suit for the legalisation of this particular controlled substance or, for that matter, any other.

High Value Low Volume

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History of Tourism in Bhutan

Bhutan opened its doors to selected package tourists only in September 1974. Unlike many of our neighboring countries, Bhutan regulated tourism. Right from the beginning, it adopted a cautious approach to growth and focused on sustainable development.

The great ongoing veg vs. non-veg diet debate Part 3

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A three-part attempt to get to the heart of a matter that splits society into two opposing camps 

Nutrition for beginners: Starter ground rules for a good diet OLD habits die hard; which is why I revert at times, as if by reflex, and much to the ire of friend and foe alike,

The great ongoing veg vs. non-veg diet debate Part 2

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A three-part attempt to get to the heart of a matter that splits society into two opposing camps 

Is not meat-eating a throwback to the brutish past, and vegetarianism the mark of an evolved being? ALTHOUGH agriculture is held by anthropologists to mark a great leap forward in the civilisation of man, does not the fact that he didn’t give up meat in the process,

The great ongoing veg vs. non-veg diet debate: Part I

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A three-part attempt to get to the heart of a matter that splits society into two opposing camps

At the risk of giving equine lovers offence, I flog a dead horse

Of late, an old and bitter debate has been raked up in these parts, thanks to the ruckus raised over an MoA (Serbithang) staff’s off-the-cuff (and so not thought through) ‘in-country slaughterhouse’ remark to the media.

Discovering Happiness in Bhutan

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Known as the “Kingdom of happiness” and the “last Shangri-la”, Bhutan has always had a special appeal for me. Now that it is part of my portfolio as Chinese ambassador to India,

Bhutan’s AIIB Decision: The costs & privileges of membership

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From CNBC to the Wall Street Journal, I have long argued that the United States and Japan should have joined a major new China-led financial institution known as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),

The Legal Order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo: Legal & Philosophical Narratives Part II

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Buddhist philosophy enumerates that life of all sentient beings are precious and no harm may be caused. No man made (positive) laws should alienate natural laws.

Protecting Brand BHUTAN – A Shared Collective Responsibility

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Tourism: Bhutan is the destination on the bucket list for many seasoned travellers around the world. There needs to be greater sense of purpose and collective responsibility among all the stakeholders in order to tap the full potential of the industry.

The Legal Order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo: Legal & Philosophical Narratives Part II

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The Legal Order of the Great Chosen One

To alleviate from the salvage of sufferings, the beings initiated (sem chen tshog zhing) the great congruence and assemblage from all walks of life to pursue common goal of restoring peace, harmony and justice. They were convinced that an insurmountable suffering causes misery of all beings whether they are high, low, rich or the poor.