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Sustainability is not a choice, but a necessity
Feb 12, 2014 South Asian region is most vulnerable to climate change impact, warns Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar.
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Polling going on smoothly in Bhutan elections
May 31, 2013 The voters will decide the fate of the four parties, out of which the ones scoring the highest and second highest votes candidates will again face off on the 13th of July.
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South Asian giants' fillip on LGBT discourse
Jun 29, 2016 The LGBT discourse in Pakistan and India has been reignited, thanks to a decree by a Pakistani religious group and a petition before India's Supreme Court
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Addressing unemployment by entrepreneurship
Feb 23, 2010 The labour ministry of Bhutan has concluded its first entrepreneurship training for unemployed youth from the poorest regions. Organised as part of UNDP’s human security project, the programme aims to create new employment opportunities and reduce rural-urban migration.
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Local artisans learn to build safer homes
Mar 03, 2010 About 115 carpenters and masons from eastern Bhutan are being trained to build quake resistant homes under the Bhutan recovery and reconstruction plan funded by UNDP. Bhutan lies on a seismically active zone and the recurring aftershocks of last two quakes have put people and authorities on alert.
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Bhutan on a cleanliness drive for SAARC summit
Mar 17, 2010 For the upcoming SAARC summit, Thimphu City Corporation with the help of volunteers and support from Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has started a campaign to make the city cleaner and greener. However involving the public is the best way to keep the city clean, argue volunteers.
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UN approves Bhutan's hydropower project
Apr 13, 2010 Bhutan's Dagachhu River hydropower project wins UN Cross-Border approval with an expected emissions reduction by about 500,000 tonnes per year. Developed jointly by India and Bhutan it will provide low-cost electricity to rural domestic customers in Bhutan, as well as export clean energy to India.
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Bhutan caught in a scrabble of climate change
Apr 14, 2010 The only country among 194 UN members that has declared itself ‘climate negative’, Bhutan soaks up more greenhouse gases than it emits. While other countries are still struggling to become carbon neutral but are far from the goal, Bhutan leads with its ambitious projects to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
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Bhutan halts HPV vaccines programme
Apr 19, 2010 Bhutan has turned down over $40 million worth of ‘free’ HPV vaccines. In a letter to the Bhutan Department of Public Health, the country’s Drug Regulatory Authority demanded the halt of the launch of the vaccine campaign that is scheduled to go nationwide on May 5, 2010.
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Bhutanese refugees pin homecoming hopes
Apr 28, 2010 Evicted from Bhutan for almost two decades, thousands of Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal call for repatriation. Activists and leaders urge the heads of the state meeting at the ongoing SAARC summit to start multilateral talks for their return and set-up a South Asian Refugee Commission.
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New dams may pose risk to Bhutan's ecology
May 05, 2010 The construction of large dams on some rivers in Bhutan to generate sizeable amount of electricity is expected to have serious repercussions on the natural environment of Bhutan and India. Little data about dams and their impacts in the public domain is also a serious concern among environmentalists.
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Delimitation delays local elections in Bhutan
May 12, 2010 The process of setting up a democratically elected government at local level in Bhutan could be delayed due to incomplete delimitation work, a prerequisite to prepare voter’s list. According to the Election Commissioner extra time is also required for voter’s education, training and to overcome logistical problems.
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Cost of healthcare to go up in Bhutan
Jan 28, 2010 Bhutan is likely to witness sharp increase in healthcare costs, says a McKinsey finding. The country’s health minister has urged for more efficiency, stressing on cutting costs by about 15% so as to make it possible for government to continue providing free healthcare services.
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India proposes new ideas to strengthen ties with Bhutan
Jun 16, 2014 Bhutan was selected for the newly elected Indian Prime Minister's first foreign visit.
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Bhutan PM on six-day visit to India from today
Aug 30, 2013 The visit comes at a time when India is considering Bhutan government's proposal for financial assistance of Rs 4,500 crore under 11th Plan.
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Inculcating 'dignity of sanitation' in South Asia
May 21, 2009 At a workshop currently on in the Bhutanese capital, school children are learning the importance of sanitation and hygiene. In South Asia, about 900 million people still do not have access to toilets.
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Scarce labour sends wages through the roof in Bhutan
Aug 14, 2012 Blame it on development, rural to urban migration or anything else, but the farms are facing increasing shortage of labour. The labour demand in the booming construction industry is seen as contributing to the shortage of labour on the farms. The shortage of labour on the farms is fuelling the increasing labour cost in the villages.
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There's more to development than GDPs, says ex-PM of Bhutan
Aug 23, 2012 Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, former Prime Minister of Bhutan and currently serving as the Minister of Works and Human Settlement, talks to OneWorld South Asia in an exclusive interview about his country and the changes it is undergoing, owing to its steadfast belief in inclusive development.
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Setting trash afire
Aug 23, 2012 In absence of a proper landfill site for villages in Trashigang, Bhutan, the common practice has been to burn the garbage inside the pits villagers use to dispose wastes, which according to officials is a health hazard.
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Child labour shows increasing trend in Bhutan
Aug 27, 2012 Although many cases of child labour in Bhutan go unreported, records with Renew (Respect, educate, nurture, empower women) show that it has been growing over the years.
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Bhutan: Poor children at higher risk of disabilities, says study
Aug 28, 2012 Disability prevalence is higher among children of mothers with no education, among poor children and those living in the rural areas, says a report of two-stage disability assessment survey among children aged 2-9 years conducted in 2011.
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Bhutan to help SAARC countries meet power supply demands
Sep 03, 2012 Bhutan is the only country in South Asia to have surplus electricity generation, with power export to India contributing 25 percent of the nation’s GDP (gross domestic product) during the wet months.
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Addressing Bhutan's refugee crisis through courts
Aug 16, 2013 Bhutan's status as the 'happiest nation in the world' often takes away the spotlight from the refugee problem that is brewing there. Thousands of Bhutanese of Nepalese origin 'Lhotshampas' lost their citizenship in 1985 and exist in Bhutan without any citizenship status.
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30 per cent of snow leopard habitat may be lost to climate change
Jul 19, 2012 If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, 30 per cent of snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas may be lost to treeline shift, says a new study conducted by WWF. The study reveals that threats like illegal hunting, human-wildlife conflict, and overgrazing of habitat, are further aggravating the rate of decline in the population of this endangered species.
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Economic downs trouble emerging nations: Indian minister
Oct 15, 2012 Global uncertainties have weighed on market confidence and sentiment, impacting South Asian economies, says India's Finance Minister, P Chidambaram.
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Dam building spoils Bhutan's green image
Mar 18, 2013 Bhutan is pushing aside its happiness philosophy in a rush to exploit hydropower, with little regard for the environmental and social costs.
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Low self esteem prevent women in Bhutan from participating in politics: study
Oct 19, 2012 According to a new study, factors like household duties and low self esteem, have prevented women in Bhutan from participating in politics.
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Bhutanese refugees learn English to face the world
Oct 27, 2009 English language classes funded by UN High Commission for Refugees for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal are helping them gain confidence. The classes are held to help people who have opted for resettlement in a third country.
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SAARC summit to focus on climate change
Nov 11, 2009 The theme of the 2010 SAARC summit will be climate change. The announcement was made during the Bangladeshi prime minister’s visit to Bhutan.
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Bhutan: The cost of climate change
Dec 01, 2009 Bhutan’s Thorthormi glacial lake is a story of risks that climate change is building for the communities and wildlife in the Himalayas. The Indian Himalayan region is home to over 5,160 glaciers, many of them are at risk today.
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