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Stories about Bhutan

31 August 2014

A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them

Bhutanese entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa cleans and recycles old footwear and distributes them to those who can't afford a decent pair. Nearly 1 percent of the country's population have received shoes.

16 June 2014

Neighbor Bhutan Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for India's Prime Minister Modi

It is newly elected Narendra Modi's first foreign visit as India's prime minister. Some aren't convinced that it's the best choice.

29 December 2013

Contemplating Nelson Mandela's Legacy in South Asia

"Nepali leaders have a lot to learn from Mandela's statesmanship, integrity, and lack of political ambition."

27 December 2013

PHOTOS: Humans Of South Asia

"It reminds me to love and respect everybody-- something many people here tend to have forgotten."

7 April 2013

Bhutan on the Road to Becoming Fully Organic

The Himalayan Kindgom of Bhutan, famous for its “Gross National Happiness” Index instead of Gross Domestic Product, has set itself the task of being the first country in the world...

5 February 2013

One Joke Too Many? Bhutanomics Satire Blog is Suddenly Blocked

Rousing suspicions that Bhutan's government does not appreciate the humor of political satire blog Bhutanomics, the website was blocked on January 12, 2013 from a major internet service provider with...

5 March 2011

Bhutan: Monk Becomes The First Victim Of The Tobacco Act

Depending on which way you look at it, the first violator or victim of Bhutan's anti-tobacco act that came to effect in January 2011, was a Buddhist monk who was...

24 February 2011

Bhutan: Tax Or No Tax For Development

The idea of citizens contributing towards this in the form of taxes is still a new/alien concept in Bhutan. The Bhutanese twitter-sphere broke the news of the verdict in favor...

8 January 2011

Bhutan: Criminalizing The Use Of Tobacco Stirs Outrage

Starting this month the Bhutanese government has started implementing its draconian “Tobacco Control Act,” which was enacted last year. According to this act, any citizen in defiance can be charged...

30 December 2010

South Asia: Looking Back at the Citizen Media Storylines in 2010

You cannot leave South Asia region out of the picture as with nearly twenty three percent of the world's population, events in this region exert an enormous impact on the...

20 November 2010

Bhutan: Khuru And The Rise Of Feminist Movements

Bhutanese women may have, unintentionally, created the stirrings of their first feminist movements of sorts when they recently started to encroach upon a traditionally male dominated sport Khuru (game of...

25 September 2010

Bhutan: ‘Happiness’ As A Millennium Development Goal

It was nice to have a little laughter - even whimsical as it may have been - when the PM of Bhutan proposed “Happiness” be included as the 9th Millennium...

22 September 2010

Global Voices Bloggers at UN Millennium Development Goals Summit

Four Global Voices bloggers are currently attending the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York City (September 20-22). In their personal blogs and on Twitter, they...

11 September 2010

South Asia: Bloggers on ‘Burn a Qur'an Day’

In the past week pastor Terry Jones caused much controversy in the US and across the world with his planned burn a Koran day event to mark the anniversary of...

8 August 2010

China: Visa tales

With all the economic growth in China over the past few decades and a growing number of global travelers to match, have visa requirements for Chinese citizens been adapting in...

3 May 2010

Technology for Transparency: The South Asian Story

Technology for Transparency Network

Democracy is still relatively young in South Asia, and not always stable. While politicians in the region are eager to integrate technology into their policy platforms, they are less enthusiastic...

18 April 2010

Bhutan: South Asian Leaders Meet For SAARC Summit

Bhutan is in a flurry of activity, gearing up for the upcoming SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit. Here the South Asian leaders will discuss about issues like...

22 January 2010

Bhutan, China: Of Cyber And Border Wars

With quiet diplomacy and tact the tiny Himalayan state Bhutan took on giant China over encroachment and border issues recently. The Bhutanese officials and netizens are usually cautious to protest...

31 December 2009

South Asia: Looking Back At 2009

The year 2009 is ending and its time to retrospect how the year has been for the South Asian region. In a two-part review we will look back at some...

2 December 2009

Gross National Happiness: Bring It Home To Roost

Upon the conclusion of the 5th conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Brazil, Bhutanese bloggers share their views on how the concept seems to be taken more seriously in...

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