Sustainable job creation becoming crucial for Bhutan

One of the biggest challenges facing Bhutan today is the rising youth unemployment. The country have a population of about 141,000 in the age bracket... More

Bhutan most peaceful in the region: GPI

Bhutan is the most peaceful country in South Asia according to the latest Global Peace Index report 2017. Founder and Executive Chairman of the international think-tank... More

Bhutan: Govt. will exceed 11th Plan targets: PM

The Bhutan government will not only achieve but exceed most of the 11th Plan targets by the end of its period, the Prime Minister assured... More

DNT demands Prime Minister resign

Stating that it is ready to sue the government, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Finance Minister Namgay... More

ACC investigates 74 suspicious bank accounts

The Bhutanese Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly questioning and ascertaining the legality of sources for more than INR 107.435 million (M) of demonetised notes deposited... More

Parliament defers BBIN motor vehicle agreement

The joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday resolved to defer the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement that seeks to facilitate seamless... More

Court sentences former Gelephu drungpa to 15 years

Gelephu drungkhag court sentenced the former Gelephu drungpa Pema Wangdi to 15 years in prison. The sentence is non-compoundable. The drungpa was sentenced to 35 years in... More

Bhutan: Man sentenced for impersonating a reporter

Gelephu dungkhag court recently sentenced a 23-year old man to five years and two months imprisonment for repeated impersonating. According to the verdict, Jigme Thinley, who... More

NA concerned by NC’s rejection of fiscal incentives bill

It was inappropriate for the National Council (NC) to “reject” Fiscal Incentives Bill 2016 in totality. The upper House of Parliament can only propose recommendations... More

Bhutanese safe in Qatar, says ambassador

Bhutanese living in Qatar, the Gulf state in the Middle East is safe, assured the ambassador to Kuwait, Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor. A June 5 press release... More

`Bhutan needs third Internet Gateway’

Despite rapid Internet development, Bhutan still has a long way to go, says Philip Smith, the man who brought Internet to Bhutan. Philip Smith was the... More

Council recommends mineral development policy to be halted

While the Bhutan government approved the mineral development policy after eight years of contemplation, the National Council recommended halting its implementation until the mines and... More

Assembly endorses media Bill

The National Assembly passed the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Bill 2016 on Tuesday. Forty of the 41 members present in the House voted “Yes” for... More

Pay commission must enjoy autonomy: NC

The Bhutanese Pay Commission must maintain its autonomy and stand away from the undue political motives. This was the highlight of discussion in the National Council... More

Membership to ILO uncertain

The labour ministry is analysing the possibility of Bhutan becoming a member of International Labour Organisation (ILO) and that it was not sure if it... More

Pedestrian Day today

The Bhutan National Environment Commission has announced that as per the directives of the government, the World Environment Day, which is observed on June 5,... More

Princess Mako warmly greeted in Bhutan, visits museum

Japan Princess Mako received a taste of Bhutanese culture on June 1 after landing at an airport here and being greeted by royalty from the... More

Princess Mako arrived in Bhutan

Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan arrived in Bhutan on Thursday. Her Royal Highness Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck received Her Imperial Highness... More

Mineral resources belong to the state – DHI

All mineral resources should be with the state, the same way hydro energy is harvested according to Bhutan’s Druk Holding and Investments (DHI). During its annual... More

Assembly deliberates media bill

The government has introduced a new bill that seeks to repeal the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Authority (BICMA) Act 2006, in the National Assembly. Presenting... More

Drug abuse among students highest in Thimphu

Of the total 4,668 students recorded for abusing drugs in 2016, about 4,000 are from schools in Thimphu, education minister Norbu Wangchuk said at the... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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