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Rappler's latest stories on Bhutan


Bhutan confirms 1st coronavirus case

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:46 PM

The office of Prime Minister Lotay Tshering announces a 'two weeks' restriction on all incoming tourists with immediate effect'

FIRST CASE. In this file photo, tourists arrive on the tarmac at Paro International Airport in Paro on December 5, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Celebration as Bhutan decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The lower house overwhelmingly voted late Friday to repeal two sections of the Bhutan 2004 criminal code which made 'unnatural sex' illegal

ALL SMILES. Members of the LGBT group Rainbow Bhutan with officials after their parliament decriminalized homosexuality. Photo from Rainbow Bhutan Facebook page

In happy Bhutan, the prime minister is a doc on Saturdays

May 09, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Lotay Tshering is no ordinary doctor. During the week, he also happens to be prime minister in Bhutan, famous for measuring citizens' Gross National Happiness.

LOTAY TSHERING. In this photo taken on March 30, 2019, Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering treats a patient at the National Referral Hospital in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu. Photo by Upasana Dahal/AFP

Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi: Of course we hope the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again

BORDER SECURITY. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

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

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The foreign ministry says it has reached an understanding after talks with Beijing on the confrontation in an area near the Indian border that is claimed by both China and Bhutan

SECURE CROSSING. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. File photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:27 PM

No country should underestimate the Chinese forces resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty says Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang

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

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:33 PM

A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan platea heightens long standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom Bhutan in between

SECURE CROSSING. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

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

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:36 PM

The standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau which is disputed by China and Bhutan

BORDER GUARDS. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/File/AFP

Tiny Bhutan protests to China over border road

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:12 PM

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan protests to its mighty neighbor China over road building in disputed territory that set off new frictions between Beijing and the Indian government

The flag of the Kingdom of Bhutan (second from right) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Mengapa warga Bhutan mengaku paling bahagia?

Mar 19, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Laporan perjalanan ke kerajaan bahagia di tengah pegunungan Himalaya

Mendaki Tiger’s Nest, berkunjung ke Kuil Guru Rinpoche

Mar 12, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Warga Bhutan menganggap Taktshang Monastery sebagai kuil Budha paling keramat di negeri itu

Hot stone bath, tradisi mandi ala Bhutan

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Bagi warga Bhutan berendam di air panas dari batu yang dibakar dipercaya bisa membuat badan lebih segar

Shari Farm House di Paro, Bhutan. Turis bisa menikmati hot stone bath di rumah petani. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler.

Penis-penis penolak bala di negeri bahagia

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Warga Bhutan di kawasan Chimi Lhakhang percaya bahwa memasang gambar dan ukiran “phallus” di rumah dan tempat bekerja akan menjauhkan mereka dari pengaruh setan dan kejahatan

Belajar mencintai sungai dari warga paling bahagia

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Menjaga sungai bersih dari sampah adalah hal kecil yang bisa dilakukan setiap warga di Bhutan karena sungai memberi kehidupan

India-Pakistan tensions threaten South Asia summit

Sep 28, 2016 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED India and 3 other countries pull out of a key South Asian summit following a deadly attack on an army base that New Delhi blames on a Pakistan based group

FROM LESS TENSE TIMES. This file photo taken on November 27, 2014 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L) point a finger at Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2R) during the closing session of the 18th SAARC summit at City Hall in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Niranjan Shrestha/Pool/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Prince William, Kate Middleton in Bhutan

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:36 PM

The royal couple tries archery and meet Bhutan s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema

Photo via Instagram/the_british_monarchy

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Apr 12, 2016 - 7:13 PM

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Bhutan's royal couple announce birth of baby prince

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:12 AM

The newest royal the son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema is safely delivered at Lingkana Palace on Friday

ROYAL COUPLE. In this handout photograph released by The Royal Office for Media Bhutan on January 5, 2016, King Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema pose at Paro Ugyen Pelri Palace in Bhutan. AFP photo/Royal Office for Media Bhutan

Asian fans cringe over humiliating football losses

Sep 04, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Record low scorelines left fans cringing after an avalanche of goals cruelly exposed the gulf in class at Asia s World Cup qualifying

TOUGH MATCHES. Chinese players walk off the pitch in Shenzhen, after their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match against Hong Kong. Agence France-Presse

India-Pakistan tensions set to sour regional summit

Nov 24, 2014 - 11:04 AM

The region s first summit in 3 years follows some of the worst cross border violence in Kashmir in a decade and comes as NATO led troops prepare to pull out of Afghanistan

In this file photo, newly sworn-in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (4th L) poses with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads of states during his oath of office ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on May 26, 2014. Prakash Singh/AFP

Bhutan, world's last TV holdout, now at tech vanguard: PM

Feb 23, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Bhutan s decision to make itself the poster boy for electric transport is further proof of its willingness to embrace technology as part of its unique Gross National Happiness development model

ECOCAR. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay (2nd L), watched by Nissan Motor Corporation chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn (L), plugs in a receptacle to charge the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle in Thimphu on February 21, 2014. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Bhutan's opposition party scores upset win - local media

Jul 14, 2013 - 8:13 AM

The polling marked only the second time in history that voters in the Himalayas last remaining kingdom have elected a government

BHUTAN VOTES. Bhutanese men wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station in Thimphu on July 13, 2013. Photo by AFP/Upasana Dahal

Global opens President's Cup with a bang

May 09, 2013 - 10:32 AM

The Philippines Global FC routed Bhutan s Yeedzin in its AFC President s Cup debut

Argentina, Rwanda seek UN Security Council seats

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:29 PM

The UN General Assembly votes Thursday October 18 to elect five new non permanent members to the Security Council with Argentina and Rwanda widely expected to win seats while three others are up for grabs

SECURITY COUNCIL AT WORK. A wide view of the Security Council at its meeting on the Middle East, in particular the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories at the UN Headquarters in New York, 15 October 2012. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Bhutan aims to be 100% organic

Oct 04, 2012 - 1:54 PM

The country wants to be the first in Asia and the world setting an example on what it takes to be truly sustainable

HEALTHY BHUTANESE FARE FOR Losar, the traditional New Year based on the country's lunar calendar. Image from the Bhutan Facebook page

Bhutan takes a dose of Gross Literary Happiness

May 24, 2012 - 2:26 PM

The Mountain Echoes Festival is held in Bhutan this week

Photo taken on October 7, 2010 shows the Punakha Dzong, in the Bhutanese town of Punakha. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES

Bhutan leader's pain at bringing global happiness

Apr 01, 2012 - 9:50 AM

The feelgood factor has not yet reached the leader of Bhutan the country that brought the world the National Happiness Index