Bhutan Election Commission rejects registration application of new party

In a letter issued to the party on Friday, the ECB said the party could not rectify various inconsistencies in the application, even after giving the detailed observation and time. The... More

Bhutan: Long-awaited Duenchhukha bridge opens

The bailey suspension bridge over Amochu at Duenchhukha Gewog in Samtse is now open to traffic bringing relief to the people in the Gewog. It has been over five years since the... More

Bhutan: Supreme Court judgement allows convicts in SP+ cases to pay thrimthue

The Bhutan Supreme Court, in a judgement issued Wednesday on the first Spasmo Proxyvon Plus (SP+)  case in the country, ruled that people convicted so far since 2015 for illegal possession... More

SAARC to improve regional tourism

The lack of connectivity and information sharing among the countries of South Asia, which hinders the development of tourism sector in the region, will be addressed by encouraging regional tourism among... More

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


Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More


Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... More

Is Japan misleading India against China?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a three-day visit to India from Wednesday to Friday. It was his third time in four years to visit India, a rarity... 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... More