Bhutan

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Kingdom of Bhutan
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Location  Asia
Capital  Thimphu
Area  38,394 sq km
Population  766,397
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  • Bhutan and twelve other countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers on 6 February 2015 agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers.[1]

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  • Bhutan signed a deal with Japanese auto giant Nissan on 21 February 2014 to become a leading global electric-vehicle nation, taking advantage of its abundance of hydropower. Bhutan, rich in renewable hydro-electricity, has a strong environmental – and economic – case for electric vehicles and Nissan will help Bhutan develop its charging infrastructure.[2]

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  • Bhutanese football team created history by progressing to the next round of World Cup qualifying for the first time by beating Sri Lanka 2-1 in Thimphu on 17 March 2015 and securing a 3-1 aggregate victory.[3]

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  • The first election to the lower house of Bhutan's parliament, the national assembly, was held on 24 March 2008. The vote completes the country's peaceful transition from absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.[4]

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  • Bhutan is one of the 11 South Asian countries declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 March 2014. The region has been maintaining its polio-free status for the last 3 years.[5]

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  • King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the people of Bhutan were awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on April 19, 2005. From Asia and the Pacific, the King and the People of Bhutan have been presented the award in recognition of their commitment to placing the environment at the centre of the country’s constitution and all its development plans.[6]

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  • Bhutan ranked as the 13th most peaceful country in the world, according to a report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) on 1 June 2017.[7]

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  • In June 1999, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan allowed television broadcasting to begin for the first time. The introduction of television into Bhutan took place on June 2, 1999 on the 25th anniversary of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk's coronation.[8]

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  • Bhutanese children’s TV programme 'Tashi and Sakteng' won the UNICEF Prize at the 2012 Prix Jeunesse International Festival in Germany.[9]

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  • Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and India on 15 June 2015 signed a landmark Motor Vehicles Agreement in Thimpu for seamless movement of road traffic among Four SAARC Countries. The agreement is expected to pave the way for a unified movement of people and goods across their borders for the benefit and integration of the region and its economic development.[10]

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  • Bhutan ranked as the 18th most peaceful country in the world at the 2015 Global Peace Index published by Institute for Economics & Peace.[11]

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  • Bhutan and Bangladesh on 11 September 2012 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on agricultural cooperation between the two countries.[12]

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  • Bhutan was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 21 September 1971.[13]

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  • Gelephu Airport in Bhutan was inaugurated on 25 October 2012 by the Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley. The airport has been constructed on an area spanning over 500 acres and is located about six kilometres away from Gelephu town towards Sarpang.[14]

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  • Bhutan ranked 17th in the 2015 Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index which measures each country's charitable behavior.[15]

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  • The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan first invented the idea of using happiness as a measure of good governance known as Gross National Happiness (GNH). It was first proposed in 1972 by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the country's 4th King. The Royal Government of Bhutan has adopted the GNH index in November 2008 coinciding with the coronation of the 5th King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The index was inaugurated and launched by Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan, on November 24, 2008.[16]

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  • Bhutan and Bangladesh on 6 December 2014 signed agreements, including one on trade that will allow the two countries to enjoy duty-free export of 90 items to each other. The agreements were signed during Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay's visit to Bangladesh.

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  • The sale of tobacco products was banned throughout the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on 17 December 2004. Apparently Bhutan became the first nation in the world to ban cigarettes. However, enforcement complexities forced the law to change from "banning" to "controlling" tobacco products with higher taxes in 2009.[17]

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