Bhutan: 20 percent of children exposed to digital pornography, finds study

Although children experience the highest rate of physical and emotional violence, digital pornography is an emerging issue in the country, a study by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Bhutan and National Commission for Women... More

Giving Bhutan its due

The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the eventual resolution. It is important... More

Graduates from home perform better in BCSE

Most of the successful students in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) based on their performance are from Sherubtse College and Gaeddu College of Business Studies, according to the Royal Civil Service Commission’s annual... More

First APA meet touted a success

The Asian Parliamentary Assem- bly’s (APA) Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs meeting was declared a success after adopt- ing all nine resolutions and another additional resolution proposed by Russia during the two-day... More

Bhutan welcomes end of Doklam row

Bhutan broke its self-imposed silence on Tuesday to welcome the end of the India-China standoff at Doklam. "Bhutan welcomes the disengagement by the two sides at the faceoff site in the Doklam area," the... More

Is Bhutan drawing closer to China, and what can India do about...

The ending of a stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayas on Monday may have eased bilateral tensions but both countries will continue to test their influence in the small nation of... More

Gelephu-Assam Highway opens to traffic

With two JCBs, an excavator, a road roller and 10 tripper trucks deployed to reconstruct the washed away portion of the Gelephu-Assam highway on August 26, the road is now open to traffic. Vehicles were... More

DPT will contest 2018 election, clarifies Party President

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will contest the 2018 election, says the Opposition Leader. Dr. Pema Gyamtsho made the statement at the party’s General Convention held in Thimphu yesterday. It comes amid rumors about... More

Bhutan to host APA

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee meeting on social and cultural affairs would be held from August 31 – September 2 at the Convention Centre in Thimphu. According to a press release from the... More

Opposition demands government to stop corporatisation of JDWNRH

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has demanded that the Government stop its move to corporatise the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). In a press release issued on Friday, DPT says that the Government... More

Bhutan records 92 suicides in 2016, farmers top the list

According to the National Suicide Registry of the health ministry, Bhutan saw 92 suicides last year. This is an increase from 73 cases recorded every year in the past years. An analysis of suicide rates... More

Bhutan: 6 new projects proposed for 2017-2018 economic cooperation with Japan

The Bhutanese government proposed assistance for six new projects to the government of Japan for the next cycle of the 2017 – 2018 economic cooperation. The annual consultation meeting for the purpose was held... More

First ever surveys confirm below average quality of education

The quality of Bhutan’s education and also the related issue of the inability of educated youth to go beyond government jobs has been two much discussed issues. Two domestic assessments showed that not only is... More

Pass GST benefits to consumers: Bhutanese PM

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the officials from the ministry of finance (MoF) on August 19 emphasised the opportunities India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) could bring to traders in Phuentsholing. Representatives from various... More

Bhutan: DNT sues govt. for unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against the government. The party is suing the government for an alleged unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration. DNT’s President Dr. Tandin Dorji,... More

Bhutanese medical students in Sri Lanka asked to return home

More than 70 students have returned to Bhutan while others are still in Sri Lanka waiting for the strike to end. The Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has issued a circular asking Bhutanese... More

Fuel card introduced for government pool vehicles

Bhutan Government pool vehicle drivers in the country will now have to use a card while refuelling their vehicles. The finance ministry, in collaboration with Bank of Bhutan, launched the fuel card in the... More

Bhutan and Japan sign power system plan 2040 project agreement

The governments of Bhutan and Japan signed the technical cooperation agreement for the project on the Power System Plan 2040 yesterday. It is to update the master plans of hydropower projects developed in 2003. The... More

Bhutan: Financial crisis in Dungsam Cement due to  unpaid dues by hydro...

The country’s biggest cement plant, Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) is facing a financial crisis in commissioning timely payments to its transporters and suppliers as the Corporation has not able to claim huge overdues... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s... More

Three new species of snails found

Three more new species of snails have been discovered by a group of researchers from Bhutan and the Netherlands. The three new species are named Rahula kleini, Rahula trongsaensis, and Erhaia wangchuki. Rahula kleini was collected in 2015 from Monggar at... 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