Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

May 6, 2015

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

Nepal’s earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighboring countries that have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters and where shoddy construction and rapid urbanization could lead to death on an even greater scale next time round, experts say. Given its ...

Nov 28, 2014

South Asia rivals seal power pact, but summit falls short

South Asian leaders signed an agreement to improve cross-border energy trade in the power-starved region, as a summit overshadowed by India and Pakistan’s rivalry ended with little progress toward regional integration. The prime minister of host country Nepal said Thursday the achievements of the ...

Electric cars on agenda as Japan and Bhutan pledge closer ties

Jul 1, 2014

Electric cars on agenda as Japan and Bhutan pledge closer ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay have agreed to initiate a policy dialogue between their foreign ministries in a bid to strengthen bilateral relations. “We agreed to launch consultations at the level of our foreign-ministry directors general in order to deepen ...

Feb 23, 2014

Bhutan to showcase electric vehicles in deal with Nissan

The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has signed a deal with auto giant Nissan to become the ultimate showcase for electric cars, taking advantage of its abundant hydropower. The announcement was made Friday during Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s visit to Thimphu, the picturesque capital ...

Man helps Bhutanese learn to manage money

Dec 25, 2013

Man helps Bhutanese learn to manage money

by Takuro Iwahashi

As an aide to the prime minister of Bhutan, Takao Takahashi helped deepen people’s understanding of the need to manage their money in the rapidly growing South Asian country valuing “gross national happiness.” The 31-year-old, who now works for the World Bank in Washington, ...

Bhutan banking on 'white gold' hydropower

Jul 7, 2013

Bhutan banking on 'white gold' hydropower

Home to meditating monks and Himalayan nomads, the sleepy kingdom of Bhutan has set its sights on becoming an unlikely energy powerhouse thanks to its abundant winding rivers. Hydropower plants have already harnessed the country’s water flows to light up nearly every Bhutanese home, ...

| Jun 23, 2013

Happiness: Abenomics falls short

by Jeff Kingston

What makes people happy? The global trend toward quantifying happiness certainly got a big boost from Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom that has championed and made a cottage industry out of the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It’s a cool idea, one that ...