BHUTAN

BHUTAN

Rural Bhutan grapples with the misuse of social media


While the penetration of social media has enhanced communication and transformed the information sharing culture in rural Bhutan, users are now seeing the ugly side of technology. Recently, an unclothed... More

WB urges Bhutan to boost innovation in agribusiness


The level of innovation in Bhutan’s agribusiness firms is low, according to a World Bank report, which calls for the government to establish entrepreneurship and innovation hubs. The report, which... More

Bhutan to set aside Hydropower revenue as part of stabilisation fund


The revenue generated by Bhutan’s three major hydropower projects- Mangdechhu and Punatsangchhu I and II will be set aside as part of the government’s stabilization fund. This is to help... More

Bhutan will not pursue BBIN agreement, says PM Tobgay


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said it is up to the next government and parliament to pursue the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN). At the... More

Not Indian pressure, security concerns halt highway construction: Bhutan PM


The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said, the suspension of South-South National Highway’s construction is not because of external pressure and definitely not the government of India... More

Bhutanese youth working in India want to return


Even as the government plans to send more youths for overseas employment, those who had gone to India through the guaranteed employment programme are planning to return home due... More

Unemployed youth allege of being deceived in India


About 30 Bhutanese youth, who had gone to New Delhi, India this year through the Guaranteed Overseas Employment Programme, have returned home with a bitter experience. The Ministry of Labour... More

National saving increases by Nu 19 billion


From a negative growth of 16.02 percent in 2015, the country’s gross national saving saw a growth of 65.64 percent in 2016, an increase of almost 82 percentage points. In... More

Bhutan’s GDP up by Nu 17 B in 2016


From 6.5 percent in 2015, last year, the Gross Domestic Product or GDP growth rate rose to about 8 percent. This translates to about Nu 149 B.  Among the... More

Labour shortage affects Bhutanese agriculture sector


According to the latest agriculture reports, large movement of people from rural to urban centres is hurting the agriculture sector badly. Fifty-three percent of farming households faced labour shortage... More

Bhutan: 128 aspiring NC candidates register with ECB


A total of 128 aspiring National Council candidates including seven women from all 20 dzongkhags have registered with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) for a seminar on election rules,... More

Bhutan Industries say GST impasse will hit govt revenue collection


The Bhutan government calculated Nu 14 bn as the loss of revenue in the 12th plan due to the doing away of the refundable excise duty by India under... More

Bhutan’s PFM at an advanced level: World Bank


Bhutan became the fifth country in the world to be recognised by Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) framework for maintaining high standards of public financial management (PFM) system. PEFA... More

Bhutan: Structural change in the economy upsets investment climate


The size of an economy and quality of infrastructure is crucial to improve the investment climate in the country. Bhutan has the advantage of neither. World Bank’s country director, Qimiao... More

Bhutan receives €1m from Austrian Development Agency


Bhutan received one million Euros from the Austrian Development Agency in Thimphu on Tursday. This is in addition to three million Euros the European Union (EU) has committed in April... More

RemitBhutan records USD 2M in remittances


Exactly a year after the launch of RemitBhutan, the country received over USD 2M in remittances from about 850 Bhutanese living abroad against the initial target of USD 1M. The... More

Include violence against children in UN Bhutan’s five-year plan framework: NCWC


The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) asked for the inclusion of violence against children as one of the key areas of concern in the five-year plan framework... More

Bhutan PM in New York for the General Debate of 72nd session...


The Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay is in New York, leading a Bhutanese delegation to the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The... More

Hotel associations of Bhutan, India, Nepal sign MoU


The hospitality sector can now look forward to improving its human resource. Thanks to the MoU that the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan signed with the Federation of... More

Bhutan: Economic prospects dim for next six months


Bhutan maintained solid growth and economic stability in the first half of this year, according to the World Bank’s Bhutan Economic Update September 2017 report. World Bank’s resident representative, Yoichiro... More

RCSC points out gaps in public service delivery


A Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) of Bhutan survey has found numerous flaws in public service delivery by the civil service. A broad assessment of public service delivery was made in... More

COLUMN

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

MOST POPULAR

READER'S VIEW

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