Bhutan’s NC election sees record voter turnout of 54.3%

A total of 234,535 voters have voted in Bhutan’s third National Council election on Saturday. That’s 54.3 per cent of the 432,030 total registered voters. This means the voter turnout rose by nine per cent... More

Bhutan PM calls on Japan to raise worker happiness

Bhutan is known for its unique index focused on factors that make its citizens feel happy, such as health and environment, rather than economic growth. The index is called Gross National Happiness, or GNH. Tobgay... More

Bhutanese dilemma: To be or not to be with India

The Bhutanese are in a dilemma: Should they continue to be tied to India economically and in the conduct of foreign policy or should they be independent in every way as a sovereign country... More

Bhutan’s ‘Shangri-La’ caught between two rival superpowers

With its scenic mountains and stunning Buddhist monasteries on hilltops, Bhutan is a traveller's dream and described by some as the last Shangri-La - a mystical beautiful place where everything is perfection. The country's capital,... More

Bhutan attends 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of NAM

A Bhutanese delegation led by foreign secretary Sonam Tshong is attending the 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan from April 5-6. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham... More

Indian foreign secretary visits Bhutan, talks held on ties, Doklam issue

India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale held extensive talks with the leadership of Bhutanese government on importantbilateral and regional issues during his two-day visit to Bhutan, India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on... More

Santipur-Bengtol in Assam closed for Bhutanese vehicles

The Public Works Department in Assam has installed signboards at several locations along Bengtol-Santipur road restricting movement of Bhutanese vehicles on that route. According to the signboard, movement of all Bhutanese vehicles is restricted. “Movement... More

Bhutanese minerals, cardamom export to Bangladesh increases

Export of minerals to Bangladesh has increased by a huge margin in 2017, figures with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) indicated. Bhutan was able to export about 2.12 million (M) metric tonnes (MT) of minerals... More

Bhutan exporters to hold talks with banks in Bangladesh

A team led by the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) will hold a meeting on Saturday (March 24) with representatives of at least 20 financial institutions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Representatives from financial institutions from Bhutan will... More

Campaign begins for Bhutan NC election

Campaigning officially started on 21 March for the third election of the Bhutan’s National Council (NC) slated for April 20. The month-long campaign period will end on April 18. Spokesperson of the Election Commission of Bhutan,... More

130 candidates nominated to vie for Bhutan NC elections

A total of 130 candidates have been nominated to contest the National Council (NC) election on April 20. A total of about 170 aspiring candidates contested in the zomdus, according to the Election Commission of... More

Bhutan to get developing country status, Nepal will remain LDC

Experts conducting the United Nations triennial review of the least developed country (LDC) category for 2018 have decided to accept Nepal’s request and withhold its graduation from the group. A meeting of the Committee for... More

Bhutan, China to hold fresh round of boundary talks

The 25th round of boundary talks between Bhutan and China, of great interest to India and deferred on account of last year’s Doklam standoff, are due to take place later this year, possibly in... More

Bhutan wins Earth Award

Bhutan was awarded the Earth Award at a ceremony in ITB (International Tourism Bourse) in Berlin, Germany on March 7. Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) director, Chhimmy Pem, said the Tourism Council of Bhutan was... More

Bhutan defers National economic census to 2019

The first national economic census in Bhutan scheduled to be conducted in June this year is deferred by a year. National Statistics Bureau (NSB) proposed the deferment to the government’s performance management division and the... More

Bhutan’s first satellite to orbit earth soon

By the end of summer, Bhutan will have its first satellite orbiting the earth. The miniature satellite is called Bhutan-1, and weighs less than two kilograms. Four Bhutanese studying space engineering at the Kyushu Institute... More

Bhutan, China to hold boundary talks next month

Bhutan and China will hold the 25th round of their boundary talks in Thimphu next month. The teams will be led by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong... More

Beyond Doklam: does China aim to absorb Bhutan and Nepal?

The latest news reports state that Indian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary (FS) Vijay Gokhale, with several key army and  External Affairs... More

Bhutan’s 3rd National Council polls on April 20

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced the date to put the election process in motion in obedience to the Royal Decree issued on February 15, calling elections in pursuance of Section 191 of the... More

World Bank grants USD 4.8 million for REDD+ project

The World Bank granted USD 4.8 million to support the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strengthening Bhutan’s forests under the Bhutan REDD+ Readiness Project on February 9 in Thimphu. The Reducing Emissions... More

Political complexities, poor road, labour shortage among hurdles to regional trade connectivity

Regional trade connectivity can help boost the economic growth of a country. However, political complexities and ground realities in trade facilitation are proving to be a growing concern. This is according to the first draft... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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