Bhutan – EU relations beyond development cooperation

The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) delegation launched a Euro 2.5 million (M) European Union Programme to support civil society in Bhutan on Thursday in Thimphu. To be implemented by Helvetas,... More

Central Bank calls for enhanced financial inclusion

The formal financial system may have penetrated every nook and corner of the country, but figures from the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) reveal that 54 percent of financial service networks are... More

Hydro revenue can’t assure self-reliance: World Bank

The outlook that fiscal self-reliance would be achieved with increased hydropower generation is an illusion, says a 2016 World Bank paper on public finance. While higher export revenue, manageable external debt service,... More

Book to commemorate Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother’s birth anniversary

In commemoration of Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck’s 87th birth anniversary, a book titled “The Heart of a Sacred Kingdom, Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang... More

Approved mineral development policy triggers reforms

The Bhutan’s mineral development policy that languished between the Cabinet and the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) for eight years is now approved for implementation. The need for the policy... More

World Bank gives USD 8M for agriculture project

World Bank and Bhutan signed a USD 8 million (M) Global Agriculture Food Security Programme grant agreement to increase productivity and improve market access. The government will add USD 1.33M to the... More

Abuse of functions top ACC complaints

Complaints on abuse of functions by public servants continue to be prevalent. It comprised nearly half (42.6 percent) of the total complaints received last year, according to the Anti Corruption Commission’s... More

NA rejects committee proposals for highlander’s development

The Bhutan National Assembly (NA) resolved that the government should implement the projects for highlanders’ development and initiate more such programmes. The members, in a majority show of hands, decided as suggested... More

Vivian Balakrishnan discusses expanding bilateral ties with Bhutan on introductory...

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan reaffirmed the warm bilateral relations between Singapore and Bhutan, and discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation during his introductory visit to the kingdom. In a... More

Fiscal measures designed to achieve self-reliance

Bhutanese Finance Minister Namgay Dorji has said that economic self-reliance  is a common goal and that the government’s fiscal measures are designed to achieve the same. The government during the recently held... More

Japan’s Princess Mako to visit Bhutan

Princess Mako will be the third member of the royal family of Japan to visit Bhutan. At the invitation Bhutan's king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Princess Mako of Akishino will visit Bhutan... More

Bar Council establishment in Bhutan

Fourteen years after the Jabmi Act was enacted by the Bhutan Parliament, one of the most critical elements of the Act has been constituted with the establishment of the Bar Council... More

Govt. proposes 40 percent pay rise for LG officials

The Bhutan government proposed to revise the monthly pay of local government (LG) members by 40 percent, their daily allowance (DA) by 33 to 66 percent along with the entitlement to... More

Bhutan Parliament JS will deliberate 15 objections against BBIN-MVA

Bhutan Parliament Speaker Jigme Zangpo said the joint sitting will deliberate five disputed clauses of the Customs Bill and 15 objections against the controversial Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor... More

Record tourist arrivals in 2016

With 209,570 tourists, including regional tourists, visiting the country, Bhutan recorded the highest tourist arrivals last year. Tourist arrivals shot up 35 percent last year, compared to the previous high of 16... More

BBIN motor vehicle agreement will be deliberated in a joint...

The controversial Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement are up for deliberation in a joint sitting of the Bhutan parliament. The joint sitting will deliberate the National Council’s objections... More

Inflation gradually increasing in Bhutan

The price of goods and services in February this year increased by 5.64 percent compared to February last year, showing an increasing trend since October last year. Having achieved an all time... More

SAARC secretary general in Bhutan

Bhutan’s  King granted an Audience to the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Amjad Hussian B Sial at the Tashichhodzong on Thursday. The secretary general, who is... More

India mulls ‘sub-regional connectivity’ without Bhutan

Bhutan’s opposition to the BBIN (Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal) motor vehicles pact has raised a wall against Indian plan to ‘isolate’ Pakistan and move ahead with the sub-regional connectivity. This may force the Indian... More

Flash flood cuts off Gasa

Gasa is once again cut off after a flash flood washed away a section of road at Tashithang along the Punakha-Gasa highway, Bhutan, on the night of April 25. According to the... More

10 LG constituencies remain vacant

Even after three rounds of elections, with the last having been held on April 18, 10 local government (LG) positions remain vacant. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) had called for elections... More


Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

India-China standoff over Bhutan remains intractable

India is trying not to enter into a slanging match with China over the military standoff at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border in the hope that China will soon stop its threatening rhetoric and agree to settle the border... More

What could end the Afghan War?

Can re-inventing the old Afghan war logic save the US in the land that has been described as a graveyard of empires? While the era of empires is long gone, the US-Afghan war is unlikely to end anytime soon, as... More


Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... More

This is India’s China war, round two

With India and China interacting over more than 3,000km of undefined frontier, friction is constant and that one day it would break back into border war has seemed inevitable. Two great Indian delusions have created... More

Non-alignment in Kathmandu

The recent stand-off between India and China over Doklam has fueled speculation in Nepal, mainly over the impact it may have on the country should it escalate into an unanticipated war. After all, the... 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... More

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