Parliamentary elections are nearing in Bhutan. Political parties have started to announce their candidates.
People's Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party), and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) have declared 20 candidates to... More
A total of 56,865 people in Bhutan live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017.
This means that one out of 12 people belongs to households whose per capita consumption... More
Low carbon vehicle strategy and a roadmap developed by National Environment Commission (NEC) recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country.
According to Bhutan State of... More
Ever since the previous King of Bhutan mooted the idea of Gross National Happiness as an alternative index, it has caught on in many places other than the idyllic Himalayan kingdom too.
Not only does... More
The Thorthomi glacier has receded by 1.2kms in the last 16 years, according to a research by a volunteer expert with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jun Saito.
Jun Saito teaches researchers to use Quantum... More
Bhutan has become the first country to pledge rapid deployment troops to the UN peacekeeping operations, keeping them at the ready for participation in missions within 60 days.
Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare and... More
Preparations are in full swing for the 2018 parliamentary elections that will mark the 10th year of a successful democracy, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) stated.
ECB has entered the pre-election period with the... More
Despite the loss of revenue from the ripple effect of goods and services tax (GST) in India and delay in hydropower construction, the government is making efforts to reduce fiscal deficit for the 11th... More
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bhutan-India relationship, Bhutan will open office of the consulate general in India’s Guwahati next year.
Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji said this during the question answer session in response... More
The National Assembly of Bhutan endorsed the double taxation avoidance agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Signed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan in April 2017, the agreement plans to do... More
Bhutan has more to gain by graduating from the least developed country (LDC) category in the UN’s list to a developing country, a senior UN official said.
A United Nations Economic and Social Commission for... More
Aiming to draw up a new, sustainable paradigm for business and entrepreneurship founded on Buddhist values and principles and driven by compassion, the Kingdom of Bhutan this week launched the 7th International Conference on... More
The 12th Round of Bhutan-India Meeting on Border Management and Security held in Thimphu on 13 November. The meeting is an important forum to hold discussions on issues relating to border management and security.
Months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged after a standoff situation on the Doklam plateau of Bhutan, India and the Himalayan kingdom held the annual bilateral development cooperation talks in New Delhi.
Terming the talks... More
The sixth Bhutan-India Development Cooperation Talks of the 11th Plan will be held Friday (Nov 10) in New Delhi, India, a press release from Bhutanese foreign ministry said.
Foreign secretary Sonam Tshong is leading the... More
While Bhutan’s exports to Bangladesh have been increasing rapidly over the years, increase in imports from Bangladesh has been meager.
This was highlighted by the Bangladeshi delegation during the third meeting of the joint working... More
The seventh International Conference on Gross National Happiness started Bhutanese capital Thimphu on 7 November. Themed “GNH of Business”, the three-day conference proposes development of alternative business model by integrating the values of GNH... More
The picturesque Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, rooted in the non-consumerist ethos of Buddhism, would much rather chase Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic product. This is an established fact. But the tiny, land-locked country,... More
Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the King and Queen of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, in Delhi on 2 November.
The Bhutanese King had begun his four-day visit to India... More
The third Joint Working Group of Customs meeting between Bhutan and Bangladesh will be held in Thimphu on November 7.
According to a press release from the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC), the two-day... More
Close on the heels of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of Bhutan, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal... More
Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More
Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More
Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More
An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More
It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More
For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More
Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More
Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More
In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More
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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More