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

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 their new Goods and Services... 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 is a methodology for assessing... 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 Fan highlighted this during the... 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 this year. The fund will... 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 USD 1M target was achieved... 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 of the United Nations System... 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 Prime Minister is accompanied by... 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 Hotel and Restaurant Associations 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 Ishihara, while presenting a report... 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 selective ministries, dzongkhags and agencies,... More

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 initiative of all registered parties... 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 Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB)... More


On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More