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Bhutan goes from no TV to all about electric cars

"Technology is not destructive. It's good and can contribute to prosperity for Bhutan," the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgaysaid. It was not always thus.

Bhutan: An exile's view of the parliamentary elections

Commentary: Unresolved refugee issue remains a threat to democratic growth.
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A Bhutanese refugee child poses at Timai Refugee Camp in Jhapa district of eastern Nepal on October 13, 2011. Bhutan's refugee problem still persists today, with some 10,000 people still awaiting repatriation. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Five years into the democratic process, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan—better known to outsiders as the champion of Gross National Happiness—is now preparing for its second parliamentary elections, scheduled for July 13.
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Bhutan votes in second-ever general election despite monsoon rains (PHOTOS)

KATHMANDU — As Bhutan heads to the polls, the most compelling question is whether the new democracy can fully emerge as a representative of the people, or will the elected government remain a proto-feudal representative of the elite.

Bhutan is going 100 percent organic

There's yet more progressive news from Bhutan, the remote Himalayan nation that brought you the Gross Happiness Index: the entire country is going 100 percent organic.

Bhutan's Wangdue Phodrang temple to be rebuilt following devastating fire

Bhutan's historic Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a temple-fortress built by the nation's founder in 1638, was destroyed by a fire over the weekend.

Rahul Gandhi to attend Bhutan wedding festivities

The Hindu reports that the Bhutan ruling dynasty has had close ties with the Nehru-Gandhi family for generations.  

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Bhutan Wedding

Bhutan's road to happiness

NEW YORK — Two very defined commitments in Bhutan — one to democracy, the other to cultural preservation — seem about to collide.  

For Bhutan’s refugees, there’s no place like home

Should no refugees be allowed to return, it sends the message that a government can get away with mass expulsion on ethnic lines without consequence.
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