Category Archives: BHUTAN

All about Bhutan

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutan-boost-economy-powering-india

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10217936/Bhutans-gross-national-happiness-masks-problems-says-new-prime-minister.html

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. »
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-260713.html

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

Booming Bhutan

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.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/bhutan-dzong-fire/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

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.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120622-354801.html

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
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=399062&catid=40

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
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/11/201111310720643833.html

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15285121
http://www.asiaone.com/static/multimedia/gallery/111013_bhutan/
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44913679/ns/today-today_people/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MJ18Df02.html

12 OCTOBER 2011

The wedding of King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and 21-year-old Jetsun Pema is for tomorrow (video)
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110125201477334.html

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
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/11/200811624757933975.html

24 MARCH 2088

Bhutanese vote in an historic poll that will change the country in a constitutional monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7310832.stm

2 JUNE 1999

The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the kingdom for the first time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan_Broadcasting_Service