BBIN motor vehicle agreement will be deliberated in a joint sitting

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 against the BBIN... 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 low figure of... 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 on an introductory... 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 government to consider... 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 chief engineer with... 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 in 60 constituencies... More

Bangladesh PM to visit Bhutan to strengthen ties

  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go Bhutan on a three day visit from 19 to 21 April to attend an international conference on autism. She will also hold bilateral meetings with the country’s... More

Bhutan is Asia’s Fastest Growing Economy: ADB Report

Bhutan’s economy is expected to grow 8.2% in 2017 and surge to a blistering 9.9% in 2018, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2017 report. To top it off, Bhutan has built its economy... More

Bhutan’s young prince takes first steps

The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his father, the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck, supporting Bhutan's young prince Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel in Thimphu on March 11. Prince Jigme, who... More

Happiness Index: Bhutan 97th, 2nd in South Asia

Bhutan are happier than Indians, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans, according to World Happiness Report 2017 released yesterday (20 March) coinciding with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness. Bhutan ranked 97th among 155 countries surveyed for... More

Students from Bhutan & Bangladesh pitch for self censorship

In India, where universities have turned a battleground over the right to freedom of speech and expression, students from neighbouring country of Bhutan feel that they never need to protest for their rights since... More

US$ 1.5 M grant to improve Bhutan’s Climate Resilience programme

To prepare a long-term plan in improving Bhutan’s Climate Resilience programme, a grant of US$ 1.5 million between the Government and the World Bank was signed this Thursday (2nd March) . The grant was signed... More

Bhutan to share intelligence with India’s Assam

Bhutan will share information with the Indian state of Assam on terrorist activities in the region. The country will also set up a Consulate General Office in Guwahati, the Indian state capital, to give... More

Chinese Ambassador to India visits Bhutan

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to India, Luo Zhaohui, Monday. The ambassador is in the country on a five-day visit from January 21-25. Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay commended... More

Bhutanese transport operators against BBIN deal

Transport operators in Bhutan see the Delhi-initiated Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement a major obstacle to their livelihood as the country’s the government is looking again to push the deal... More

Bhutan starts exporting goods to BD via new land port

After India and Nepal, Bhutan has started its export-import activities with Bangladesh using the Bangla Bandha land port. On the first day of new year, the Himalayan country officially starts the process of exporting... More

BIMSTEC connectivity for food security

  Connectivity and infrastructure development received the utmost importance at the meeting of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries in Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital. Experts at the... More

India plans to connect Bhutan via Int’l highway

Having failed to take the regional road connectivity plan forward as expected, India is drawing another plan to connect Assam with Bhutan by constructing a new International highway.   In November this year, the upper house... More

Hydropower can change the face of South Asia

Bhutan and Nepal, two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of South Asia with the power of hydroelectricity. Both countries are part of Least developed countries (LDCs) listed by UN in 2016... More

What after Bhutanese refugees resettlement?

For over two decades, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has generously hosted some 120,000 Bhutanese refugees. The predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese identified as Lhotshampas (southerners), were uprooted as a consequence of Bhutan’s... More

Indian demonetization hits Bhutanese orange export

Bhutan sees a bumper production of high quality of oranges this year. Still, fruit growers in the country fear the Indian move of scraping high value currency note would not help much to reap... More


De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More


For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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... More