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Pass GST benefits to consumers: Bhutanese PM


Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the officials from the ministry of finance (MoF) on August 19 emphasised the opportunities India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) could bring to traders in... More

Bhutan: DNT sues govt. for unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration


The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against the government. The party is suing the government for an alleged unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration. DNT’s President... More

Bhutanese medical students in Sri Lanka asked to return home


More than 70 students have returned to Bhutan while others are still in Sri Lanka waiting for the strike to end. The Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has issued a... More

Fuel card introduced for government pool vehicles


Bhutan Government pool vehicle drivers in the country will now have to use a card while refuelling their vehicles. The finance ministry, in collaboration with Bank of Bhutan, launched the fuel... More

Bhutan and Japan sign power system plan 2040 project agreement


The governments of Bhutan and Japan signed the technical cooperation agreement for the project on the Power System Plan 2040 yesterday. It is to update the master plans of hydropower projects... More

Bhutan: Financial crisis in Dungsam Cement due to  unpaid dues by...


The country’s biggest cement plant, Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) is facing a financial crisis in commissioning timely payments to its transporters and suppliers as the Corporation has not able to... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath


India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all... More

Three new species of snails found


Three more new species of snails have been discovered by a group of researchers from Bhutan and the Netherlands. The three new species are named Rahula kleini, Rahula trongsaensis, and Erhaia wangchuki. Rahula kleini was collected in 2015... More

China seeks to drive wedge between India and Bhutan


The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is finest generally known as an idyllic getaway for rich vacationers searching for the religious and unique. Now, nevertheless, the tiny mountain nation is being examined... More

Darjeeling unrest: Bhutanese residents living across Indian border stare at an...


As the ongoing Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protest enters the 59th day, Bhutanese residing in the border town of Jaigaon, which falls in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal are caught in... More

Bhutan asks India to resolve Doklam border standoff amicably with China


Bhutanese Foreign Minister in a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu today said that they hope the Doklam standoff is resolved peacefully and amicably. Amid the border tension... More

Bhutan’s neutral stance embarrasses India


Despite India's continuous pressure on Bhutan to openly take India's side, Thimpu's passive resistance has embarrassed New Delhi. Indian media reported Thursday that anonymous sources in the Bhutanese government told the media... More

Bhutan rejects Beijing’s claim that Doklam belongs to China


The Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan's territory. A top Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli had claimed... More

Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official


In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff... More

GJM protest rumours worry Bhutanese in Jaigaon


With rumours rife for a possible Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protest across the border on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bhutanese living in Jaigaon returned to Phuentsholing on Tuesday evening for safety. Some families... More

Rare tiger caught on camera in Bhutan forest


Imagine spending a month camped in a mountain forest in the middle of Asia hoping against the odds for a chance of seeing and photographing a rare tiger. Day after day,... More

Bhutan anticipates fresh unrest in bordering Jaigaon in the next few...


The Government of Bhutan, anticipating fresh trouble in Jaigaon or even bandhs in the next few days has alerted Bhutanese citizens and issued instructions. Preventive measures have been worked out and... More

Bhutan: Govt.’s response leaves SMU graduates disappointed


With the Bhutan Civil Service Examinations (BCSE) and the third parliamentary elections arriving, the anxiety level among graduates from the Gangtok-based Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) has reached its peak. The graduates have... More

OAG appeals to High Court against JPLP case judgement


The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has appealed to the Bhutanese High Court against the judgement passed by the Phuentshogling Dungkhag Court on the tax evasion case involving the owner... More

Bhutan: CPI records 5 percent Inflation in June


The price of goods and services increased by almost five percent between June last year and this June, according to the consumer price index. This was 0.72 percentage lower than the year-on-year... More

Seismic stations installed in Bhutan


Bhutan will no longer have to depend on international seismic stations to gather information as and when earthquake hits the country. The Department of Geology and Mines under the Ministry of Economic... More

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Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

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Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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