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Bhutan lifts tobacco ban due to coronavirus

Thimphu - The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known for embracing gross national happiness and outlawing television until 1999, has now made the unusual decision to reverse a ban on the sale of tobacco, blaming coronavirus.

Bhutan in virus lockdown for the first time

Thimphu - Bhutan has been largely shielded from coronavirus but on Tuesday, the remote Himalayan kingdom famous for measuring gross national happiness went into lockdown for the first time.

Bhutan to double teacher pay

Thimphu - In many countries teachers have a rough time but not in Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom famous for striving for Gross National Happiness, where their pay is being doubled.

Bhutan gays celebrate after homosexuality decriminalised

Thimpu - Bhutan's LGBT community celebrated Saturday after the tiny Himalayan kingdom's parliament became the world's latest to decriminalise homosexuality.

In happy Bhutan, the PM is a doc on Saturdays

Thimphu - It's Saturday in Bhutan and Lotay Tshering has just completed urinary bladder repair surgery on a patient at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.But Tshering is no ordinary doctor.

Bhutan chooses new party to form government

Thimpu - Bhutan's voters on Thursday gave an overwhelming victory to a new party headed by a surgeon in only the third democratic election held by the Himalayan kingdom, according to provisional results.

Happiness in Bhutan is a new government

Thimphu - Bhutan is set to get a new ruling party as the tiny Himalayan kingdom holds a runoff vote on Thursday.

'Carbon sink' Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

Punakha - The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan kingdom's decision to follow a green path over rampant economic expansion.

Living by the bow and arrow in Bhutan

Thimphu - Every weekend Bhutanese Pema Dorji channels his inner Robin Hood and aims for the bull's-eye, but not without generous sips of the local brew and a leg-kicking dance and song routine.

Monks, families gather for Bhutan holiday

Thimphu - Thousands of Bhutanese dressed in traditional clothes and carrying their children flocked to monasteries on the weekend to commemorate the death of Ngawang Namgyal, credited with unifying the remote Himalayan nation.

Bhutan is not just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative

Bhutan is a tiny kingdom nestled deep within the Himalayas between two very powerful countries. But the little country of 705,000 people looms large in the eyes of environmentalists because it is not merely carbon neutral but is also a carbon sink.

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans: Survey

Nestled in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh's Bay of Bengal lies the Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest forests in the world. It is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, whose numbers are in steep decline.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

Wealthy Chinese leaving country for basic needs not tax breaks

Almost half of China's wealthy are planning to leave the country in the next five years. The reasons for the exodus is based on wanting better education and escape pollution rather than for tax reasons.

India's tiger census success story may be inaccurate, study says

New Delhi - The accuracy of India's recent tiger census that suggested tiger numbers have increased is now being called into question by a new study. The Indian government had celebrated the rise in tiger numbers from 1706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

Experts see potential growth in South Asian tourism sector

Experts are expecting a significant boost for South Asian tourism in the next few years, with India serving as a basis upon which the region can reach its full tourism potential.

Review: Globetrotting at Hot Docs to overlooked places

Toronto - Perhaps the greatest value of documentaries is their ability to help us bring empathy to the lives and the values of people who are different than we are. "Virunga" and "Happiness" are two shining examples, screening at the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Cell phones catapult 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into modern age

Thimphu - Sitting in his office in Bhutan's sleepy capital, newspaper editor Tenzing Lamsang muses on the dramatic impact of cell phone technology on a remote Himalayan kingdom known as the "last Shangri-La"."Bhutan is jumping from the feudal age to the modern a...

Nissan-Renault boss upbeat about green car future

Thimphu - Nissan-Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn insists the future is still bright for electric cars despite pushing a global sales target back by four years, he told AFP in an interview on Friday.Speaking in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where he s...

Bhutan to become green car showcase in deal with Nissan

Thimphu - The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan signed a deal with Japanese auto giant Nissan Friday to become the ultimate showcase for electric cars, taking advantage of its abundance of hydropower.The announcement was made during a visit by Nissan chief exec...
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