Bhutan-India to hold development cooperation talks in New Delhi

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

Bangladesh seeks to reduce trade deficit with Bhutan

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

International conference on GNH, themed ‘GNH of business’ begins

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

Bhutan: Best ease of doing business in South Asia

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 meets Bhutanese King, Queen

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

Bhutan to host third Joint Working Group of Customs meeting

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

Post-Doklam, Bhutanese King goes India on a four-day visit

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

Bhutan to generate 6.5MW renewable energy

Bhutan is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years, according to the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) director Mewang Gyeltshen. “We’re planning to generate five megawatts (MW) of electricity... More

Border district coordination meeting between Bhutan & India’s West Bengal held

The Government of Bhutan and State Government of West Bengal met for their 23rd meeting on border district coordination in Thimphu on Tuesday (Oct 24). Facilitating coordination on border management, enhancing trade and commerce, environmental... More

Bhutan: Parties gear up for 2018 elections

 With 2018 elections fast approaching, the political parties are busy finalizing candidates and strategizing ways to rope in voters As of now, there are five registered political parties- Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), Druk Chirwang... More

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 image of man in Trongsa... 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 was released last month, points... 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 maintain the country’s economic stability... 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 Meet the Press on Friday... 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 (GoI). Rather, he said that... 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 to hardship and alleged ill... 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 and Human Resources (MoLHR) had... 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 absolute terms, gross national saving... 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 major economic sectors, service sector... 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 in 2016. The agriculture statistics 2016... 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, which will be held next... More


Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More


Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More



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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More