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Bhutan’s Parliament approves International Solar Alliance membership

National Assembly, the lower house of the Bhutanese parliament, has approved a proposal for the country to become a member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in a move that would enhance the country’s solar power generation capacity to supplement its establishedwhat is  hydropower resources

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Hydropower, Bhutan’s most valuable export, is likely to suffer production loss this year

Hydropower, which is one of the most important sectors of Bhutan’s economy, has recorded a 12.7 percent decrease in generation in the first eight months of the current year in comparison to the same period last year due to flow issues in various dams

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Bhutan tightens regulations for entertainment clubs, to check vulgarity and to keep society 'decent'

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Virtually extinct in rest of South Asia, world’s rarest heron on the brink in Bhutan

The 2021 survey of the critically endangered white-bellied heron in Bhutan indicates numbers have fallen compared with 2020

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Bhutan allows OTT platforms to self regulate content

In a liberal measure seen as beneficial to the country's growing creative industry, digital content on OTT platforms in Bhutan will not need to go through the existing reviews and certification process as the country’s National Film Commission Secretariat (NFCS) has exempted these platforms from such filtering

Bhutan begins second phase of vaccination drive; aims to target 500,000 people

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Bhutanese teacher gets 30-year prison sentence for molesting students

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Bangladesh now knocks on Russia’s doors seeking help in Rohingya repatriation

As part of its global reach-out to ensure the repatriation of the Rohingya Muslim refugees, Bangladesh has sought Russia's "active and fruitful cooperation" for facilitating the reintegration and return of the Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar

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