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Bhutan bans religious activities ahead of elections

NEW DELHI (RNS) Leaders in Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming election, citing the Buddhist nation's constitution, which says "religion shall remain above politics.'' By Vishal Arora.

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Buddhist Bhutan fails on its own happiness index

THIMPHU, Bhutan (RNS) In a country that prides itself on measuring quality of life in terms of "Gross National Happiness," this small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas seems to have a problem: at least half its citizens aren't happy, according to it's own measurements. By Vishal Arora.