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Members reinstate house committee


The House Committee of the Bhutan National Assembly, which was earlier dissolved, has been reinstated following the Speaker’s pronouncement that it was a continuous committee, which should only dissolve with the... More

SAARC CCI to discuss youth and tourism issues


Challenges related to young entrepreneurs, tourism and connectivity in the region among others, will be addressed in the 70th executive committee meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) Chamber... More

E.Coli bacteria found in Thimphu and Paro rivers


Water samples collected at various locations from the rivers in Thimphu and Paro were found to contain bacteria E.Coli. E.Coli is commonly found in the faeces of humans and other animals, indicating... More

Will Bhutan exert its independent stand in the Doklam conflict?


Five weeks have passed since the confrontation between China and India at Doklam, but the crisis remains unresolved. It has become an issue of pride, with no one willing to step... More

House committee breached NA Act and RoP: Speaker


Speaker Jigme Zangpo has informed the National Assembly’s house committee members in writing that their recent decision to dissolve the committee has violated the National Assembly (NA) Act and the Rules... More

“People are coming to register with us” DNT’s general secretary


With the election strategies chalked out, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has started preparing for next year’s parliamentary elections. The first priority for the party is to book their maiden berth in... More

OAG drops 23 cases in ATM scam over no-show defendants


After failing to produce defendants before the court, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) withdrew eight cases of the 51 charged in the ATM card racket from the Phuentsholing drungkhag... More

Bhutan: Dilemma over seized properties


The twenty-three vehicles, including a bulldozer and three motorbikes that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seized over the years, have caught the commission in a different fix. The vehicles are collecting dust and... More

Suicide still high despite an action plan


More than two years after the implementation of a suicide prevention action plan, preventing suicides in the Bhutan still remains a challenge. At least eight suicide cases were reported every month until... More

RAA to review judiciary system and practices


The Bhutanese Royal Audit Authority (RAA) for the first time will review the judiciary systems and practices. The review will be carried out between July 24 and September 4. “The review will not,... More

Indian GST hits Bhutan’s cement export


The recently implemented Indian Goods and Services Tax (GST) have slowed Bhutan’s cement export to India. Cement has a 28 percent GST that the Indian buyers would have to bear. This has... More

Bhutan: ECB prepares for 2018 elections


The two newly formed political parties, Druk Gaki Tshogpa and Druk Kuenphen Tshogpa, are yet to register with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). According to ECB, the promoters of the political... More

Increase in number of patients seeking traditional medicines


Bhutanese patients seeking traditional medicines have been increasing steadily by about 10,000 patients a year according to the health system review report. The National tradition medicine Hospital (NTMH) in Thimphu serves as... More

Drying water thwarts rice self-sufficiency dream


If Bhutan cultivated all the land left fallow, the country would produce additional 10,323.315 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy every year. According to the 2015 agriculture statistics, 6,345 acres of paddy fields... More

120 teachers resign in five months


One teacher has voluntarily resigned every day since the beginning of this academic session. Figures available from the education ministry state that in the last five months, 120 teachers have resigned compared... More

India uses Bhutan to secure New Delhi’s interest


The recent Doklam event has many versions. The Indian media naturally had the versions of their government though they shared what the Chinese also said.   The best way to see the truth... More

BDBL official faces 211 charges worth Nu 576 million


The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing an investigation report on embezzlement and suspected fraud amounting to Nu 576.469 million (M) at the Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) in... More

Climate change, a challenge to water, energy and food nexus


Although South Asian countries have potential to generate energy and water available for food production, climate change remains a challenge. At the SAARC regional consultation meeting on water, energy and food nexus... More

Joining WTO may hinder access to health technologies and medicines


Although Bhutan is still at the negotiation stage on its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) since 2004, the registrar of Bhutan Medical and Health Council, Sonam Dorji said becoming... More

Bhutan tops tobacco and marijuana users in South East Asia


Bhutan has the highest number of (24.6 percent) smokers in the region, a report on mental health status of adolescents in South-East Asia states. Despite complete ban on tobacco sales, tobacco use... More

Ministry withholds latest Labour Force Survey Report 


Although the Bhutanese labour and human resources ministry has completed the labour force survey for 2016 -2017, the ministry has not generated the report yet because of flaws that were pointed... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... 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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