Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official

In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff does not... More

GJM protest rumours worry Bhutanese in Jaigaon

With rumours rife for a possible Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protest across the border on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bhutanese living in Jaigaon returned to Phuentsholing on Tuesday evening for safety. Some families carried rations... More

Rare tiger caught on camera in Bhutan forest

Imagine spending a month camped in a mountain forest in the middle of Asia hoping against the odds for a chance of seeing and photographing a rare tiger. Day after day, you check... More

Bhutan anticipates fresh unrest in bordering Jaigaon in the next few days

The Government of Bhutan, anticipating fresh trouble in Jaigaon or even bandhs in the next few days has alerted Bhutanese citizens and issued instructions. Preventive measures have been worked out and a control... More

Bhutan: Govt.’s response leaves SMU graduates disappointed

With the Bhutan Civil Service Examinations (BCSE) and the third parliamentary elections arriving, the anxiety level among graduates from the Gangtok-based Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) has reached its peak. The graduates have appealed to... More

OAG appeals to High Court against JPLP case judgement

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has appealed to the Bhutanese High Court against the judgement passed by the Phuentshogling Dungkhag Court on the tax evasion case involving the owner of M/s... More

Bhutan: CPI records 5 percent Inflation in June

The price of goods and services increased by almost five percent between June last year and this June, according to the consumer price index. This was 0.72 percentage lower than the year-on-year inflation of... More

Seismic stations installed in Bhutan

Bhutan will no longer have to depend on international seismic stations to gather information as and when earthquake hits the country. The Department of Geology and Mines under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has... More

Bhutan to include environmental science in school curriculum

There will be an introduction of Environmental Science curriculum for classes 11 and 12. To this effect, The Royal Education Council signed a grant agreement of Nu 5.26m with Bhutan Trust Fund on... More

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 letter also... 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 works for... 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 or trafficking... 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 the countries. Lack... 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 House. A meeting... 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 of Commerce... 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 a possible... 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 down first... 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 of Procedure... 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 the general... 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 court on... 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 rusting at... More


China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More


Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... 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