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 Bhutan - The Media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Bhutan's low literacy rate, however, means that the majority of the population is not affected by the print media.
Bhutan Broadcasting Service, established in 1973 and given its current name in 1986, operated under the auspices of the Department of Information; it offered thirty hours a week of shortwave radio programming in Dzongkha, Sharchopkha, Nepali, and English.
There were no television stations in Bhutan in the early 1990s, and a 1989 royal decree ended the viewing of foreign television by mandating the dismantling of antennas.
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 Politics of Bhutan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bhutan was treated as a suzerainty by the British Raj, which set up a monarchy and allowed it to administer Bhutan's internal affairs.
Following the introduction of these policies, the political situation in the south deteriorated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with civil disobedience directed against the authorities, and alleged use of force by the government to persuade 'non-citizens' to leave the country.
Bhutan says they are mostly economic migrants who have either been deported during the 1980s census or those that were intimidated by nepali terrorists during the uprising of the 1990s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_Bhutan   (1049 words)

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small, mountainous nation of southern Asia, located in the Himalaya Mountains between India and China.
Bhutan is a very mountainous and landlocked nation, situated within the eastern Himalayas.
The official religion of Bhutan is the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, which is adhered to by about three quarters of the population.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/bh/Bhutan.html   (732 words)

 Dzongkha language Summary
Southern Bhutan is now populated by ethnic Nepalis, but the overall culture of the country remains that of the people of the north and center.
Dzongkha and its dialects are the native tongue of eight western districts of Bhutan (viz.
Dzongkha study is mandatory in all schools in Bhutan, and the language is the lingua franca in the districts to the south and east where it is not the mother tongue.
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 Bhutan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world; foreign influences and tourism are regulated by the government to preserve its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Bhutan's early history is unclear, because most of the records were destroyed after fire ravaged Punakha, the ancient capital in 1827.
The climate in Bhutan varies with altitude, from subtropical in the south to temperate in the highlands and polar-type climate, with year-round snow, in the north.
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 Features   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Why Bhutan is pursuing at once a proactive as well as a reactive policy on certain specific issues such as the problem of Bhutanese of Nepali origin who have been residing in seven refugee camps in Nepal is It is understandable.
For Bhutan, the domestic factor straddles all foreign policy agenda as the Bhutanese Nepalese of Lhotshampas (people of southern Bhutan) who were forced to flee the country due to state-sponsored policies compelled the Bhutanese regime to be more alert so as to foil the moves of refugee dissidents working from India and Nepal.
And Bhutan harbors the suspicion that Nepal is behind the opponents of the regime.
www.nepalicongress.org.np /contents/features/nav.php?show=bhutanese   (7583 words)

 UNHCR - The Exodus of Ethnic Nepalis from Southern Bhutan
Ethnic Nepalis began to settle in Bhutan in large numbers at the end of the 19th century, when the Dorji family was granted permission to settle immigrants in the south of the country in order to open up the land for cultivation.
As the census went on and the "Bhutanization" programmes continued, unrest grew as a result of what was perceived by the population in the south as an attempt by the Government to oust ethnic Nepalis and impose an alien culture.
Bhutan seems to be under no great pressure, and is therefore in no great rush, to resolve the matter, while Nepal would no doubt like to see the refugee crisis resolved as soon as possible.
www.unhcr.org /publ/RSDCOI/3ae6a6c08.html   (9400 words)

 Bhutan - Political Developments
The political forces that shaped Bhutan after its seventeenth- century unification were primarily internal until the arrival of the British in the eighteenth century.
Bhutan participated in the Olympic Games and in other international games, and imported high-tech bows for use in national archery tournaments, although for a time only the simple traditional bow was permitted in contests within Bhutan.
Between 2,000 and 12,000 Nepalese were reported to have fled Bhutan in the late 1980s, and according to a 1991 report, even high-level Bhutanese government officials of Nepalese origin had resigned their positions and moved to Nepal.
countrystudies.us /bhutan/47.htm   (1708 words)

 NEC Travel & Tours:Bhutan Tour,Bhutan sightseeing,Bhutan tour operator in Kathmandu,Bhutan tour from Kathmandu,Bhutan ...
The official estimate of Bhutan's population in 1990 was about 600,000 but other sources estimate the population for 2000 was just under 2 million.
This ethnic group basically dominates politics in Bhutan particularly with it's contribution of government officials and monks that come from it.
Bhutan traditions and culture are to be retained and not dilute Bhutanese distinctiveness.
www.nepaltouroperator.com /bhutan.htm   (224 words)

 Bhutan: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — FactMonster.com
Mountainous Bhutan, half the size of Indiana, is situated on the southeast slope of the Himalayas, bordered on the north and east by Tibet and on the south and west and east by India.
Until the 1960s Bhutan was largely isolated from the rest of the world, and its people carried on a tranquil, traditional way of life, farming and trading, which had remained intact for centuries.
Bhutan: History - History Although its early history is vague, Bhutan seems to have existed as a political entity for...
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 Draft Constitution of Bhutan
All laws in force in the territory of Bhutan shall continue in force therein until altered, repealed or amended by Parliament, However, the provisions of any law, whether made before or after the coming into force of this Constitution, which are inconsistent with this Constitution, shall be considered null and void.
Chhoe-sid-nyi of Bhutan shall be unified in the person of the Druk Gyalpo who, as a Buddhist, shall be the upholder of the Chhoe-sid.
Bhutan is a country of Chhoe-sid and, in keeping with this tradition, the Druk Gyalpo is the protector of all religions.
www.satp.org /satporgtp/countries/bhutan/document/actandordinances/constitution.htm   (2298 words)

The Assembly was made to display the state sponsored noxious sectarian nationalism that culminated in the resolution to evict the relatives of the Ngolops, the pro-democracy activists and Lhotshampas.
In the process,bureaucracy took the political management as its undefined task.Besides, the King also lacks conceptual clarity on various aspect of governance due to his inadequate educational background and political training, resulting in confusions in political management of the country.
The recent resolution of the National Assembly of Bhutan to retire en-masse, the relatives of Lhotshampas and other pro-democracy activists employed in government service in Bhutan is the most atrocious act of ethnic cleansing ever carried out by a government in the entire human history of South Asia.
www.geocities.com /articlesonbhutan/politics_pages/nationalassembly.htm   (1207 words)

 Bhootan.org :: Bringing Bhutan Closer To The World
Bhutan's tryst with democracy begins, two parties formed: India eNews:March 25, 2007 The race for political supremacy in Bhutan has begun with two political parties formed as the Himalayan kingdom prepares to shift from monarchy to parliamentary democracy after the first general elections in 2008.
Bhutan Ready to Talk on Refugees: EU:THT Online:Kathmandu, March 22 The head of the European Union (EU) delegation, Neena Gill, who arrived here on Wednesday from Bhutan, said that Bhutan was ready to begin bilateral talks and process of repatriation of Bhutanese refugees from the same point where it had stopped earlier.
EU Team, Bhutan to Discuss Refugee Issue:Kathmandu, March 15, 2007 A nine-member delegation of the European Union (EU) Parliament is visiting Bhutan from on Thursday to discuss "human rights situation" in Bhutan and the "resettlement process" of the Bhutanese refugees.
www.bhootan.org   (659 words)

 The Bhutan web site [Tashi Delek] it is What is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a small country, and is located at the south of Tibet and the north of north east section of India as Assam and Sikkim.
A kingdom is taking forms called the Separation of a politics and a religion, and a king takes charge of politics and a archbishop Je Khempois conducting a religion.
There is not an established theory the origin of the name of country Bhutan, although seem to be the theory that looks like the case called the edge of Tibet and be made Sanscrit word or Hindhu word of 'Bhot-anta'.
www.tashidelek.com /bhutan/bhutane.html   (358 words)

 Bhutan's Traditional Medicine, Indigenous hospital
One of the ancient names for Bhutan was Menjung – ‘the Land of Medicinal Herbs’.
When Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to Bhutan, his minister of religion, Tenzin Drukey, an esteemed physician, spread the teaching of So-ba Rig-pa. Though the basic texts are the same, the Bhutanese tradition of So-ba Rig-pa has developed independently from its Tibetan origins.
Traditional medicine has always been regarded as important in Bhutan, and a dispensary which doubles as a training centre was opened at Dechenchoeling in 1967.
www.windhorsetours.com /bhutan/medicine.php   (587 words)

 Desicritics.org: Bhutan's Evolving Democracy
Bhutan's king, if he plays his cards well will go down in history as a king who will gave people a democracy and one that works, without having his hands forced.
Bhutan has also been alert to learn about possible aberrations in the democratic process that might occur by keeping an eye of how things happen in India.
Bhutan's steps to pro actively pursue democracy even when a bulk of the country's small population is satisfied with the monarchy and are happy with things just the way they are is an interesting phenomenon.
desicritics.org /2006/12/03/150246.php   (960 words)

 Bhutan Government and Politics
The hereditary monarchy of Bhutan was established in 1907 after 300 years of dual theocratic-civil government.
It also was the residence of the spiritual leader of Bhutan, the Je Khenpo, during the summer.
A young, vigorous head of state unafraid to break from the bureaucracy and constraints of his office--including his trips to the countryside where the Druk Gyalpo could be seen "serving the people"--Jigme Singye Wangchuck presented the monarchy as progressive and symbolic of national unity.
www.country-studies.com /bhutan/government-and-politics.html   (676 words)

 Development in Bhutan
Bhutan made the decission to restrict the tourism and still today there’s a restriction that say that at maximum 3000 tourists are allowed to come to the country every year.
Bhutan is roughly rectangular in shape and has an are af about 46,500 square kilometres with a population of almost two millions.
Bhutan is also one of the most rugged countries in the world and altitudes can vary from 150 to 7500 metres in a distance less than 100 kilometres.
www.mimersbrunn.se /arbeten/396.asp   (3182 words)

 RAOnline Bhutan: Bhutan - Politics >> Bhutan's New Constitution
It was most important for Bhutan to learn from the experiences of other countries to ensure that the best possible Constitution was framed to serve the interests of the people and the country.
His Majesty expressed his confidence that, after three decades of political experience, the Bhutanese people had the political maturity and sense of responsibility to be able to look ahead, to share the burden of state, be capable of good governance, and to safeguard the sovereignty of the country.
His Majesty expressed his confidence that, as Bhutan faced the challenges of the future, the Bhutanese people had the integrity, the perception, and the capability to carry out the important responsibility of shaping the destiny of the nation.
www.raonline.ch /pages/bt/pol/bt_polconst01b.html   (851 words)

 Bhutan calling cards - Bhutan phone cards to call Bhutan, International Bhutan International calling card   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Bhutan’s border with China is largely not demarcated and thus disputed in some places.
Main article: Economy of Bhutan Though Bhutan's economy is one of the world's smallest, it has grown very rapidly with about 8% in 2005 and 14% in 2006.
In addition, the policy seems to be reaping the desired results as in a recent survey organized by the University of Leicester [3] in the UK, Bhutan was ranked as the planet's 8th happiest place [4] [edit] Districts Main article: Districts of Bhutan Bhutan is divided into four dzongdey (administrative zones).
www.aloarabs.com /Bhutan.asp   (3624 words)

 eKantipur.com - Nepal's No.1 News Portal
Bhutanese politics in the last decade and a half must be understood from the backdrop of Ngalong obsession to retain their hegemony.
The Ngalong paranoia was central to the political convolutions that subsequently engulfed Bhutan.
Having a firm grip over the economy, politics, and governance is an obsession; a thought of it slipping by produces a nightmare.
www.kantipuronline.com /kolnews.php?&nid=51617   (994 words)

Bhutan is recorded in official statistics as one of the world's poorest countries, in terms of per capita income and by the 1995 Human Development Index (HDI), as 160th of 174 countries.
Since modern development began in Bhutan just over thirty years ago, Bhutan has progressed from a situation where almost all of the first five year plan was financed by external aid to a situation where more than half of the expenditures in the first two years of the Seventh Plan were covered from Government revenues.
Bhutan visas are issued at the border entry point at Phuentsholing for a minimum period of 5 days, to be extended in Thimphu.
www.wfp.org /welcom/undp/brf_bhu.htm   (12570 words)

 First Environmental Trekking Nepal
Bhutan is a land of dzongs and monasteries; monks, majestic mountains and a rich heritage; and an architectural style like no other on earth and a land full of warm-hearted, friendly people who go to unusual lengths to preserve each element of Bhutanese life.
Bhutan's climate ranges from tropical in the south, to temperate in the center of the country, to cold in the north...and like much of your adventure in the Himalayas it will be quite unpredictable.
There are notable advantages to visiting Bhutan during the wet season including the spectacular rhododendron blossom from March through May and the deep green valleys.
www.visitnepal.com /firstenvtrekking/index.php?option=bhutan   (975 words)

 Bhutan News from India
The race for political supremacy in Bhutan has begun with two political parties formed as the Himalayan kingdom prepares to shift from monarchy to parliamentary democracy after the first general elections in 2008.
Bhutan has warned government officials of termination of service if found either supporting or criticising political parties in the run-up to the country's first general elections in 2008.
Bhutan's transition from monarchy to parliamentary democracy got yet another boost, with the country announcing it will have 47 constituencies whose members will be elected to the National Assembly in the first general elections in 2008.
www.indiaenews.com /bhutan   (652 words)

 ipedia.com: Politics of Bhutan Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Since 1907 the political organisation of Bhutan has been a monarchy (see List of kings of Bhutan).
Illegal immigrants of Nepali origin in Bhutan were exiled by the royal government in the late 1980s and remain in refugee camps in Nepal pending negotiations between the two countries to verify the portion og genuine Bhutanese who will return to Bhutan.
note: Bhutan uses 1953 Royal decree for the Constitution of the National Assembly; on 7 July 1998, a Royal edict was ratified giving the National Assembly additional powers and executive powers were also transferred to a council of ministers.
www.ipedia.com /politics_of_bhutan.html   (628 words)

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