The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay met Germany’s Ambassador, Dr. Martin Ney, this afternoon. The Ambassador’s wife, Dr. Gabriele Ney, and Counselor for Political and Protocol Affairs for German Embassy in New Delhi, Carola Bruhn, had  accompanied the Ambassador. The Ambassador said he was happy to observe many Germans visiting Bhutan. He said such interaction between [...]

More than 700 participants walked more than 13 kilometres, from Parizampa till Clock tower in Thimphu, to show support for elimination of violence against women. The event was part of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Her Royal Highness Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck also graced the occasion. The theme today was, “Orange YOUR [...]

Aviation: In the event of any emergencies requiring rotary air support, Bhutan’s first helicopter will be able to respond from today. The services of the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services (RBHS) was launched by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Lungtenphu helipad in Thimphu, yesterday. The inauguration is a part of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of [...]

5th Nov, 2015

Paro, Heap of Jewels

In 2015, the Parliament carved out 1,356 acres of land in Paro as the Dzongkhag Thromde. The new town will include 500 acres of prime paddy land, stretching north of Bonday town, including the airstrip and the land between the district hospital and the current Paro town. It will encompass precious paddy land of 56 [...]

Former FT journalist recalls first extended interview with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the subject  Conference:  When Bhutan’s modernization began in the 1970s, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo began to make public pronouncements about happiness, contentment, and wellbeing. By 1979, His Majesty began speaking about Gross National Happiness, not only to Bhutanese [...]

Bhutanese Men are happier than women; also those living in the urban areas are happier compared to those in the rural area. These were some of the findings from the 2nd National GNH survey. Addressing participants from 48 nations at the International Conference on GNH, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, Gross National Happiness was an [...]

GNH: The largest ever conference on Gross National Happiness held in Bhutan, comprising of more than 110 experts in various fields and around 500 international participants, begins today in Paro. The conference is a tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary. His Majesty the Fourth [...]

Happiness level decreased in areas like psychological wellbeing, community, and driglam namzha  Survey: The provisional findings of the latest Gross National Happiness (GNH) survey show that 91.2 percent of Bhutanese are happy, it was revealed at the opening of the International GNH conference in Paro, yesterday. The GNH index, used to provide a reliable, comprehensive [...]

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 [...]

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is not your quintessential Buddhist spiritual master. He has “certainly raised eyebrows by making films”. In our Q and A, Rinpoche talks about his pursuit until his ‘big one’ on the life of Buddha to films being clubbed together in the negative list of Foreign Direct Investment. Rinpoche, in the newly [...]