Climate change, a challenge to water, energy and food nexus

Although South Asian countries have potential to generate energy and water available for food production, climate change remains a challenge. At the SAARC regional consultation meeting on water, energy and food nexus... More

Joining WTO may hinder access to health technologies and medicines

Although Bhutan is still at the negotiation stage on its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) since 2004, the registrar of Bhutan Medical and Health Council, Sonam Dorji said becoming... More

Bhutan tops tobacco and marijuana users in South East Asia

Bhutan has the highest number of (24.6 percent) smokers in the region, a report on mental health status of adolescents in South-East Asia states. Despite complete ban on tobacco sales, tobacco use... More

Ministry withholds latest Labour Force Survey Report 

Although the Bhutanese labour and human resources ministry has completed the labour force survey for 2016 -2017, the ministry has not generated the report yet because of flaws that were pointed... More

Water shortage: Slow death of rural communities

It’s been more than a year seventy-six-year-old Tshering has been begging water from her neighbour. The muddy pond at Dhampheyjuk that served as the main source dried completely. And now her benefactor... More

Misuse of SIMs cards across border still rampant

Gelephu police received information from police in the neighbouring district of Assam, India, that a Bhutanese SIM card was being used to make ransom calls in a kidnapping case across the... More

First child-friendly court assures quicker justice

With the inauguration of the family and child court at the Thimphu dzongkhag court on Wednesday, the judiciary has fulfilled a mandate of Child Care and Protection Act of Bhutan 2011... More

GST regime in India to impact every sector in Bhutan

As the Indian government embarks on a new goods and services tax (GST) regime from July 1, Bhutan will experience two-edged implication. Imports may become cheaper, but exports could become dearer. The... More

Sustainable job creation becoming crucial for Bhutan

One of the biggest challenges facing Bhutan today is the rising youth unemployment. The country have a population of about 141,000 in the age bracket of 15 to 24. As more... More

Bhutan most peaceful in the region: GPI

Bhutan is the most peaceful country in South Asia according to the latest Global Peace Index report 2017. Founder and Executive Chairman of the international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP),... More

Bhutan: Govt. will exceed 11th Plan targets: PM

The Bhutan government will not only achieve but exceed most of the 11th Plan targets by the end of its period, the Prime Minister assured in his state of the nation... More

DNT demands Prime Minister resign

Stating that it is ready to sue the government, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Finance Minister Namgay Dorji to resign over what the... More

ACC investigates 74 suspicious bank accounts

The Bhutanese Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly questioning and ascertaining the legality of sources for more than INR 107.435 million (M) of demonetised notes deposited in 74 bank accounts. It has been... More

Parliament defers BBIN motor vehicle agreement

The joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday resolved to defer the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement that seeks to facilitate seamless cross-border movement of passenger and cargo... More

Court sentences former Gelephu drungpa to 15 years

Gelephu drungkhag court sentenced the former Gelephu drungpa Pema Wangdi to 15 years in prison. The sentence is non-compoundable. The drungpa was sentenced to 35 years in prison for 20 charges of corruption,... More

Bhutan: Man sentenced for impersonating a reporter

Gelephu dungkhag court recently sentenced a 23-year old man to five years and two months imprisonment for repeated impersonating. According to the verdict, Jigme Thinley, who is from Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar, impersonated as... More

NA concerned by NC’s rejection of fiscal incentives bill

It was inappropriate for the National Council (NC) to “reject” Fiscal Incentives Bill 2016 in totality. The upper House of Parliament can only propose recommendations in case of a money bill. Assembly... More

Bhutanese safe in Qatar, says ambassador

Bhutanese living in Qatar, the Gulf state in the Middle East is safe, assured the ambassador to Kuwait, Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor. A June 5 press release from the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in... More

`Bhutan needs third Internet Gateway’

Despite rapid Internet development, Bhutan still has a long way to go, says Philip Smith, the man who brought Internet to Bhutan. Philip Smith was the brain behind the Internet in the... More

Council recommends mineral development policy to be halted

While the Bhutan government approved the mineral development policy after eight years of contemplation, the National Council recommended halting its implementation until the mines and mineral management Act get amended. It also... More

Assembly endorses media Bill

The National Assembly passed the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Bill 2016 on Tuesday. Forty of the 41 members present in the House voted “Yes” for the Bill, while one abstained. The... 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