24 SEPTEMBER 2016
Evaluating Bhutan’s development
With a population of less than one million and nestled in the eastern Himalayas, this small country has adopted the sustainable development approach of gross national happiness (GNH), a measure of wellbeing that differs markedly from traditional measures such as gross national product (GNP)
6 FEBRUARY 2016
Bhutan’s queen gives birth to a baby boy
Announcing the birth of The Gyalsey to the nation, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, said that it is the good fortune of the people of Bhutan that on this auspicious day His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born, fulfilling the wishes and the prayers of the people.
19 AUGUST 2015
Bhutan reports US$42.87m of unused budget last year
In what is a matter of concern for planners and implementers, most government agencies continue to return a substantial amount of unused budgets to the finance ministry at the end of every fiscal year.
8 DECEMBER 2014
Bhutan for Bangladesh’s passage through India
Dhaka and Thimphu have sought Delhi’s cooperation in easing movement of trucks through Indian territory to expand bilateral trade and economic relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan
5 NOVEMBER 2014
Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties
At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
21 JULY 2014
Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy
A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world’s two most populous nations
27 DECEMBER 2013
Bhutan boost economy by powering India
So tiny Bhutan, with a new government looking for ways to grow the country’s economy, is not hesitating to tap its hydropower potential in collaboration with India. It hopes to increase the amount of electricity generated from the current 1,500MW to 10,000MW within seven years.
2 AUGUST 2013
Bhutan’s ‘gross national happiness’ masks problems, says new prime minister
Bhutan’s lauded ‘gross national happiness’ is overused and masks problems with corruption and low standards of living in the country, according to the country’s new prime minister.
26 JULY 2013
Bhutan’s Thinley still on the happiness trail
The defeat of former Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s party in the Himalayan nation’s second general election this month came as a surprise to most observers, given his international stature. However, in hindsight, the reasons are discernible, and point to popular disapproval of his aggressive pursuit of what can be termed as « Bhutanese exceptionalism. »
13 JULY 2013
Bhutan’s opposition party scores upset win
People’s Democratic Party storms to power after winning 32 seats out of 47 in nation’s second parliamentary elections. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013713125727754144.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10178571/Bhutan-opposition-sweeps-to-power.html
31 MAY 2013
Bhutanese brave mountains and monsoon for election
Voters in Bhutan braved heavy rain and treacherous mountain paths to cast their ballots on Friday as the « land of the thunder dragon » began electing a government for only the second time. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130531-426490.html
27 MARCH 2013
Bhutan’s second trip to the parliamentary polls
With its second general elections, Bhutan takes one more step towards securing its democratic gains. http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/27/bhutans-second-trip-to-the-parliamentary-polls/
30 JANUARY 2013
The Happiest Place on Earth? http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138797/john-berthelsen/booming-bhutan
26 JUNE 2012
Bhutan grieves for destroyed historic site
Bhutan is mourning the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a four-century-old architectural wonder that had dramatically stood on a ridge at the confluence of two rivers before it burned to the ground over the weekend.
22 JUNE 2012
China, Bhutan look to establish formal ties
China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China’s foreign ministry said.
4 FEBRUARY 2012
Indian Govt lifts ban on export of essential Bhutan items
Bhutan has expressed happiness over acceptance of its request of exemption from application of any export bans on essential commodities. India has exempted Bhutan from the application of ban on export milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-Basmati rice
4 NOVEMBER 2011
South Asia’s fledgling democracy
Jigme Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan, has told Al Jazeera that his people will seek guidance from the country’s king, who will be asked to intervene if the fledgling democracy encounters any major governing problems. Thinley’s statement has been criticised by Tshering Tobgay, an
opposition leader, who says it reflects a lack of trust and confidence in the government’s capabilities
13 OCTOBER 2011
Bhutan king Jigme Wangchuk marries commoner Jetsun Pema
Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk has married his commoner bride in a lavish ceremony at a monastic fortress in the Himalayan nation.
12 OCTOBER 2011
The wedding of King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and 21-year-old Jetsun Pema is for tomorrow (video)
6 NOVEMBER 2088
2008: Bhutan’s king Jigme Singye Wangchuck hands his eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the Raven crown which gives him the
title of Druk Gyalpo, or Dragon King
24 MARCH 2088
Bhutanese vote in an historic poll that will change the country in a constitutional monarchy
2 JUNE 1999
The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the kingdom for the first time