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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.

Separated Bhutanese twins leave Australia hospital

Melbourne - "Cheeky" Bhutanese conjoined twins who were successfully separated after a marathon operation in Australia left hospital Monday, with doctors saying they had made an excellent recovery and were starting to act independently.

Bum shuffles as ex-conjoined twins try out independence

Melbourne - It took six hours for doctors to separate conjoined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa last week, but nurses said Thursday the recovering girls are still not ready to go their own ways.

Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

Melbourne - Australian surgeons on Friday successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso.

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.

Bhutan's not-so-happy evicted minority, the Lhotshampa

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan, often described as a "Shangri-La" where happiness is equated to wealth, is holding elections this week. But the Lhotshampa people, brutally driven out of the small kingdom in the 1990s, won't be voting.

'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.

Chinese troops to patrol border area after India stand-off

Bejing - China said Tuesday that its troops would continue to patrol a disputed Himalayan border area after resolving a months-long military stand-off there with India.

India says troops 'disengaging' from stand-off with China

New Delhi - India said Monday it had agreed with China to end a months-long military stand-off at a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas and troops had begun disengaging.

China 'pleased' India withdraws from disputed border

Bejing - China said Monday it was "pleased" that India had agreed to withdraw troops from a disputed border area in the Himalayas following a months-long stand-off.

India says China stand-off will end 'soon'

New Delhi - India's home minister said Monday he believed a border stand-off with China would end soon, after new footage emerged showing border guards from both countries fighting on a disputed patch of land in the Himalayas.

India, China troops in high-altitude clash: officials

Srinagar - Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long standoff between the two armies.

China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Bejing - China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling "genuinely troubling.

China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row

Bejing - A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers.

China to 'step up' troop deployment in India border row

Bejing - China warned on Monday that it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at "whatever cost".

Indian troop withdrawal 'precondition' for peace: China

Bejing - China warned Wednesday that the withdrawal of Indian troops from disputed territory was a precondition for peace as tensions rise in a border row between the two Asian powers that has drawn in tiny Bhutan.

US-bound Bhutanese refugees left in limbo in Nepal

- Kalimaya Magar had given away most of her belongings as she prepared to leave the refugee camp in Nepal for a new life in the United States.

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.

Bhutan's royal couple announce birth of baby prince

New Delhi - Bhutan's royal couple on Saturday announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered.

'The Circle of Karma': The first English novel by Bhutanese woman

"The Circle of Karma" by Kunzang Choden is the first English novel by a woman from Bhutan. Set in the mid-twentieth century, the story's main protagonist is Tsomo, an uneducated woman whose life goes through turmoil and hardship.

Wary of Chinese advances, India's Modi woos neighbours

New Delhi - Narendra Modi will step up a charm offensive with India's neighbours in the hope of stopping them falling into China's embrace when he travels next week to Bhutan on his first foreign trip since becoming prime minister.

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...

Rare snow leopards caught on camera

Kashmir - Conservationists with the World Wildlife Fund and the government of Bhutan recently captured a rare pair of snow leopards on video camera wandering through a remote mountainous region between India and Pakistan.
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