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How Bhutan Coped With Two Of The World's Largest Armies At Its Doorstep

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Squeezed by an Indian-Chinese standoff, Bhutan holds its breath

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A Dragon’s eye view of Bhutan

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Japan's Princess Mako to visit Bhutan

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Toilet volunteers help clean up Bhutan in public health push

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In Bhutan, happiness index as gauge for social ills

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Honda Drive To Discover 8: Journey To The Land Of Thunder Dragon - Bhutan
It was about 12:30 pm on a Tuesday and a scorching 35-degrees when we landed at Bagdogra Airport. A small town in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Bagdogra is as humid and hot as Mumbai and it was from here that I was going to start my drive to the happiest country on Earth - Bhutan. With me were about 22 other journalists from across India and we were in Bagdogra for the eight edition of the Honda Drive to Discover   Read More ...
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Foreign Secretary in Bhutan amid reports of Bhutan-China tension
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met with Bhutan’s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk on Tuesday and will hold several meetings on Wednesday with officials in Thumphu, officials have confirmed. Mr. Jaishankar’s visit came in the backdrop of reports that China is amassing troops near Bhutan’s Doklam plateau and other areas, barely a month after a standoff with India ended at the Doklam plateau   Read More ...
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Angelica Panganiban does famous ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ scene in Bhutan
Remember that scene in the iconic indie movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”, the one that made moviegoers ache in pain when actress Angelica Panganiban yelled out her heart’s misery in the mountains of Sagada? She recreated the same scene in her recent vacation in Bhutan. Resembling scenic Sagada, Panganiban cried out her classic lines “Ayoko na, tama na” (I’ve had enough! Please stop!) at a perfect viewpoint facing a vast mountain range in Buddha Point, Thimphu, Bhutan   Read More ...
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SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: Bhutan 0-3 India: Blues prey on hosts to notch up first win
India U18s opened its account in their second league match against hosts Bhutan U18s in the 2017 SAFF Championships with a 0-3 win at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Friday.Lalawmpuia (38' and 79') scored a brace while second-half substitute Asish Rai (90+1') ensured a return of three points for the Colts .Head coach Floyd Pinto made a host of changes from the 3-4 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the opening round   Read More ...
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India thrash Bhutan 3-0 in SAFF U-18 championships
India bounced back from their opening game defeat to Bangladesh as they thrashed hosts Bhutan 3-0 in their second match of the SAFF U-18 Championships in Thimpu on Friday. Lalawmpuia missed a penalty in the 26th minute but redeemed himself with an opportunistic goal from a corner in the 38th minute and added another in the 79th. Asish Rai scored the third goal in injury time   Read More ...
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Football: India thrash Bhutan 3-0 in SAFF U-18 Championships
India bounced back from their opening game defeat to Bangladesh as they thrashed hosts Bhutan 3-0 in their second match of the SAFF U-18 Championships on Friday. Lalawmpuia missed a penalty in the 26th minute but redeemed himself with an opportunistic goal from a corner in the 38th minute and added another in the 79th. Asish Rai scored the third goal in injury time   Read More ...
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Hydropower debt, delays biggest challenge in ties with India, say Bhutan officials
While the Doklam stand-off brought a spotlight on India-Bhutan ties, other issues like hydropower project construction needed greater focus, said senior Bhutanese experts and officials, flagging concerns during a two-day conference here that ended on Wednesday. “Hydropower projects are critical for the Bhutanese economy, and are at the core of Bhutan’s plans for self-reliance ever since the first five-year plans in 1961,” explained Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and Gross National Happinness (GNH) Research, told The Hindu at the India-Bhutan Dialogue that was attended by delegates from Bhutan and India   Read More ...
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Tread cautiously post Doklam
With Bhutan’s stand being ambiguous, New Delhi can’t afford to let its guard down vis-à-vis Beijing The Doklam de-escalation should be seen as a victory for diplomacy, howsoever perilous the path of diplomacy may have been. The real credit and compliments should go to the NSA Ajit Doval and FS Jaishankar who proved all the sceptics, cynics and warmongers wrong. It also proved that diplomacy remains the keystone of India’s statecraft — consistent with Indian ethos and culture   Read More ...
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From Doklam standoff to disengagement: How India and China resolved the crisis
The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam plateau in Sikkim sector began in mid-June when India accused China of constructing a road in the disputed territory towards Doklam plateau. The Royal Bhutanese Army had also raised a similar objection. Doklam is a tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China. India had intervened in the issue, supporting Bhutan’s stand and asking China to halt all of its construction work   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: Disengagement a victory for Asia, says China’s state-run media
As the 73-day intense standoff at Doklam plateau between Indian and Chinese troops ended on Monday, China’s state-run media outlet Global Times published an editorial on Wednesday saying it ‘hit hard at India during face-off, but doesn’t want to engage in an argument with the Indian media as to which side won this standoff’. Admitting its hawkish position on the issue right from the start, the editorial titled ‘Doklam standoff settlement a victory for Asia’, opined: “Both China and India have indicated that they intend to leave the Doklam border standoff behind as soon as possible   Read More ...
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How Bhutan Coped With Two Of The World's Largest Armies At Its Doorstep
Thimpu, Bhutan: During the long weeks soldiers from two of the world's largest armies camped on their doorstep, officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan maintained a meditative silence. Government leaders resolutely declined to comment and even the Bhutanese media largely refrained from covering the stand-off, which began in mid-June when Indian troops crossed into a remote plateau claimed by Bhutan and confronted Chinese soldiers prepping to build a road there   Read More ...
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As China-India feud ebbs, tiny Bhutan reexamines its place in the world
THIMPHU, Bhutan — During the long weeks soldiers from two of the world’s largest armies camped on their doorstep, officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan maintained a meditative silence. Government leaders resolutely declined to comment, and even the Bhutanese media largely refrained from covering the standoff, which began in mid-June when Indian troops crossed into a remote plateau claimed by Bhutan and confronted Chinese soldiers preparing to build a road there   Read More ...
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India, China faceoff over but Bhutan’s talks run into a wall
Talks between Bhutan and China on their border dispute — the root cause of the military standoff on the Doklam plateau which ended Monday with the disengagement of Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army troops — are unlikely to take place as scheduled this year despite diplomats having defused the weeks-long crisis, sources familiar with the issue have told The Indian Express   Read More ...
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Sigh of relief in Bhutan but for its troops, fears remain, fingers crossed
Even as the world’s eyes watched China and India face off on the Doklam plateau, Royal Bhutan Army patrols were heading out, unnoticed, into the wall of mountains that mark the kingdom’s borders with Tibet. The two powers announced Monday that their troops were disengaging — but patrols were still being prepared to relieve troops at distant outposts, and pack-animals loaded with supplies   Read More ...
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As China and India tussle in South Asia, a pristine mountain kingdom is caught in the middle
Tucked like a jewel into the mighty Himalayas, the mountain kingdom of Bhutan has rarely commanded the world’s gaze, its hillside monasteries and emerald valleys long known only to select travelers seeking adventure or enlightenment. But for two months, this quiet Buddhist monarchy found itself at the center of a bitter military standoff involving the world’s two most populous countries, each jockeying for primacy in South Asia   Read More ...
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Standoff at trijunction with Bhutan over: India, China withdraw troops from Doklam
Written by Sushant Singh , Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:August 28, 2017 9:06 pm Almost two-and-half months after the start of a standoff between their troops at Doklam, India and China on Monday decided to de-escalate and withdraw their soldiers from the site at the trijunction with Bhutan. The disengagement comes a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Xiamen in China for the BRICS summit from September 3 to 5   Read More ...
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In Bhutan, Shashi Tharoor Picks A Duel With PM Modi Over History
Thimpu: Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor launched a scathing attack on the BJP on Saturday, accusing the party of using history as a "battle axe" to advance political agenda. Speaking at an event in Bhutan's capital Thimpu, he said that while he believed India was colonised under the British, for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's colonisation started with its Muslim rulers. "History has become contestant territory in our country   Read More ...
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Indira Showed What Women Leaders Were Capable Of: Bhutan's Queen Mother
Thimpu: Bhutan's Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, showered praise on late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a book launch in Thimpu today, referring to her as a charismatic woman of great courage. Ms Wangchuck said she was personally inspired by Ms Gandhi. Titled "India's Indira", the book is a collection of essays and reflections on Ms Gandhi by eminent personalities from several quarters of the world   Read More ...
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Documentary casts spotlight on Bhutan at a crossroad
To the outside world, Bhutan is a source of wonderment. The Buddhist kingdom, often called the last Shangri-La, is a Himalayan gem with its dramatic landscapes and a deep sense of culture and tradition. Equally fascinating is the country's focus on the Gross National Happiness indicator instead of the more commonly used Gross Domestic Product as a measure of its success   Read More ...
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Phallus Art Brings Luck in Bhutan — and Tourists, Too
LOBESA, Bhutan — For centuries, Bhutan has celebrated the phallus. They are painted on homes, or carved in wood, installed above doorways and under eaves to ward off evil, including one of its most insidious human forms, gossip. They are worn on necklaces, installed in granaries and in fields as a kind of scarecrow. They are used by masked jesters in religious festivals and at one temple near here in Lobesa as a blessing of fertility   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: Avoid unnecessary travel within India, China tells its citizens; top developments
As the nearly two-month long standoff at Doklam plateau in Sikkim sector between Indian and Chinese troops continues, Beijing on Thursday issued a second safety advisory to its nationals travelling to India as it sought to highlight train accidents, natural disasters, and frequent outbreak of diseases in the country. This development comes amid a shrill propaganda campaign launched by China against India in the face of Doklam standoff   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: China rejects Rajnath’s hope for early solution, tells India to withdraw troops
China on Tuesday said the only way to end the Doklam standoff in Sikkim sector was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the area. Beijing’s response comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed hope that China would soon make a “positive” move in this regard. Rajnath Singh had on Monday hoped that a solution to the Doklam standoff would be found soon and said India never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist behaviour   Read More ...
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Bhutanese woman, man held with 12 kg gold
A Bhutanese national and a man were today arrested with 12 kg of gold, worth about Rs 4 crore, at Kathgodam near Haldwani here, the police said. Naresh Raayapa, a resident of Dharchula, and Lopzeng Wengmo, a woman from Bhutan, were caught by joint team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the state revenue department which had been tracking suspicious activities of these two for the past 15-20 days, they said   Read More ...
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Bhutanese medical students advised to return home
Bhutan's Department of Adult and Higher Education has issued a circular, asking Bhutanese medical students in Sri Lanka to return home should the on-going strike continue beyond October this year. The medical students in the state universities have been not attending classes for more than six months due to the SAITM issue. The strike has disrupted academic activities of 120 Bhutanese medical students studying in Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya and Peradeniya   Read More ...
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MEA on Ladakh scuffle: ‘Not confirmed stone pelting or use of rods, just said there was an incident’
Nearly three days after the brief clash between Indian and Chinese boat patrols at Ladakh’s Pangong Tso lake, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday refrained from confirming reports of stone-pelting or use of rods during the scuffle. “I have not confirmed stone pelting or use of rods, just said there was an incident,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, as quoted by news agency ANI   Read More ...
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Indians decry ‘racist’ Chinese video on Bhutan border standoff
New Delhi/Beijing: Indians have reacted with bemusement and outrage at a “racist” video posted online by Chinese state media, as a highly charged border dispute between the two countries enters its third month. The Chinese state broadcaster Xinhua published a video on Wednesday highlighting India’s “seven sins” in relation to a standoff between the countries’ armies at the Bhutan-China border. Indian soldiers crossed into Bhutanese territory in mid-June to block Chinese soldiers from upgrading a road that Beijing says is within its borders, but which Bhutanese leaders claim belongs to them   Read More ...
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Chinese, Indian troops reportedly brawl in disputed border area
Diplomat efforts to ease tensions in the remote region have largely failed Related Stories Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border. A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake   Read More ...
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Squeezed by an Indian-Chinese standoff, Bhutan holds its breath
HAA, BHUTAN (NYTimes) - India's main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course - all testament to India's enduring role defending this tiny Himalayan nation. Earlier this summer, China began extending an unpaved road in the disputed territory, and India sent troops and equipment to block the work   Read More ...
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Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath
HAA, Bhutan — India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s enduring role defending this tiny Himalayan nation. Earlier this summer, China began extending an unpaved road in the disputed territory, and India sent troops and equipment to block the work   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: India behaving like mature power, says US expert; Army raises alert level in Arunachal
Amid the standoff at Doklam plateau in Sikkim sector between Indian and Chinese troops, India on Friday told Bhutan to not get intimidated by Beijing’s angry rhetoric, even as Bhutan urged New Delhi to amicably resolve the border stand-off with China. The sources at a meeting of BIMSTEC nations told The Indian Express that these were the broad contours of the discussion between Indian and Bhutanese leaders and officials   Read More ...
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Don’t be intimidated by China: India to Bhutan
Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 5:51 am India told Bhutan “not to get intimidated” by Beijing’s angry rhetoric, while the neighbour asked Delhi to resolve the border stand-off with China amicably, sources at a multi-lateral gathering in Kathmandu said on Friday.The sources at a meeting of BIMSTEC nations told The Indian Express that these were the broad contours of the discussion between Indian and Bhutanese leaders and officials   Read More ...
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Bhutan Hopes Dokalam Standoff Will Be Resolved Peacefully
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji, who hoped that the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector is resolved "peacefully and amicably". The comments by Mr Dorji came after his meeting with Ms Swaraj on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers' meeting in Kathmandu. "We hope the situation in Dokalam will be resolved peacefully and amicably," Mr Dorji told reporters   Read More ...
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Bhutan hopes Dokalam standoff will be resolved peacefully
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji, who hoped that the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector is resolved "peacefully and amicably". The comments by Dorji came after his meeting with Swaraj on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers' meeting here. "We hope the situation in Dokalam will be resolved peacefully and amicably," Dorji told reporters   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: Chinese Navy eyes Indian Ocean to extend reach, Sushma Swaraj meets Bhutanese Foreign Minister
Amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam area in Sikkim sector, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday assured the Lok Sabha that Indian armed forces are prepared to face any eventuality. His response came against a question on reports of troop movements in Tibet by China amid the Doklam standoff. When Jaitley was asked to explain reasons behind the Indian armed forces not having adequate defence equipment to tackle an exigency, Jaitley said: “Our defence forces are ready to take on any eventuality,” he said without making any specific reference to Doklam   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: China steps up troops in vicinity, PLA analyst says Beijing will make no ‘compromise’
As the India-China standoff at Doklam plateau in Sikkim sector enters its seventh week, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) analyst on Thursday opined that Beijing will make no ‘compromise’ on ending the row. The analysts also said that New Delhi has ‘misjudged’ China’s resolve by sending troops to what it claims to be China’s territory. A senior PLA analyst Senior Colonel Zhao Xiaozhou was quoted by PTI as saying: “China so far has not used the world ‘invasion’   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: At least 53 people, a bulldozer from Indian side still in Chinese territory, claims China
As the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops continues in the Doklam area of Sikkim sector for the seventh straight week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry told state-run Global Times that at least ’53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in Chinese territory as of Monday’. In a statement to the state-run publication, the ministry said: “India should withdraw its troops and equipment   Read More ...
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Bhutan rejects Beijing?s claim that Doklam belongs to China
The Government of Bhutan on Thursday pointedly refuted a Chinese foreign ministry claim that Bhutan had conveyed through diplomatic channels to China that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not its territory. Official sources in the Bhutanese Government told ANI over phone, ?Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear. Please refer to our statement which has been published on the web site of Bhutan?s foreign ministry on June 29, 2017   Read More ...
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Doklam standoff: Countdown to clash between Indian and Chinese forces has begun, says China Daily
In one of the most scathing editorials till now aimed at India over the Doklam row in the Sikkim sector, China Daily has warned that ‘the countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun’. The stinging editorial titled ‘New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time’, opined that the window to peacefully resolve the standoff in Doklam is closing even as the row enters its seventh week   Read More ...
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Not ISL, Not I-League: Nagen Tamang's Bhutan stint a sign of things to come?
An Indian striker scored the winner in his team's 4-3 victory in a top division foreign league on Sunday afternoon, helping the outfit retain the second place in the points table. Even Indian football aficionados may struggle to get the context readily, but the fact remains that Nagen Tamang, an out-of-favour Indian striker who had played for a couple of I-League sides in the recent past is taking the Bhutan National League by storm   Read More ...
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Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official
In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said today that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff does not belong to it. China’s top diplomat on the boundary issue, Wang Wenli, told a visiting Indian media delegation that Bhutan has conveyed to Beijing through the diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory   Read More ...
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