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Bhutan Democracy Dialogue hopes to put national interest before party interests


Bhutan Democracy Dialogue (BDD) will try and prevent the nation from being divided along party lines by ensuring that parties place national interests before individual party interests. BDD is an... More

NC The election process will begin from February 


Unlike the 2013 elections, the incumbent Bhutan National Council (NC) members who wish to re-contest in 2018 will not face confusions. The members can re-contest without resigning from their posts. The... More

Bhutan: 20 percent of children exposed to digital pornography, finds study


Although children experience the highest rate of physical and emotional violence, digital pornography is an emerging issue in the country, a study by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Bhutan... More

Giving Bhutan its due


The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the... More

Graduates from home perform better in BCSE


Most of the successful students in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) based on their performance are from Sherubtse College and Gaeddu College of Business Studies, according to the... More

First APA meet touted a success


The Asian Parliamentary Assem- bly’s (APA) Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs meeting was declared a success after adopt- ing all nine resolutions and another additional resolution proposed... More

Bhutan welcomes end of Doklam row


Bhutan broke its self-imposed silence on Tuesday to welcome the end of the India-China standoff at Doklam. "Bhutan welcomes the disengagement by the two sides at the faceoff site... More

Is Bhutan drawing closer to China, and what can India do about...


The ending of a stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayas on Monday may have eased bilateral tensions but both countries will continue to test their influence... More

Gelephu-Assam Highway opens to traffic


With two JCBs, an excavator, a road roller and 10 tripper trucks deployed to reconstruct the washed away portion of the Gelephu-Assam highway on August 26, the road is... More

DPT will contest 2018 election, clarifies Party President


The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will contest the 2018 election, says the Opposition Leader. Dr. Pema Gyamtsho made the statement at the party’s General Convention held in Thimphu yesterday.... More

Bhutan to host APA


The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee meeting on social and cultural affairs would be held from August 31 – September 2 at the Convention Centre in Thimphu. According to... More

Opposition demands government to stop corporatisation of JDWNRH


The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has demanded that the Government stop its move to corporatise the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). In a press release issued on Friday,... More

Bhutan records 92 suicides in 2016, farmers top the list


According to the National Suicide Registry of the health ministry, Bhutan saw 92 suicides last year. This is an increase from 73 cases recorded every year in the past... More

Bhutan: 6 new projects proposed for 2017-2018 economic cooperation with Japan


The Bhutanese government proposed assistance for six new projects to the government of Japan for the next cycle of the 2017 – 2018 economic cooperation. The annual consultation meeting... More

First ever surveys confirm below average quality of education


The quality of Bhutan’s education and also the related issue of the inability of educated youth to go beyond government jobs has been two much discussed issues. Two domestic assessments... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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


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... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

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

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

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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