Japan to train Bhutan’s civil servants

Japan will help young civil servants from Bhutan receive higher education at Japanese universities as the two countries aim to promote personnel exchanges, Foreign Ministry officials said Saturday. Under a human resource development plan agreed... More

Bhutan is still scared of Indian rupee

Memories of demonetisation may be fading in India but there seem to be fresh fears about the stability of the Indian rupee among neighbours where the currency is legal tender or is widely accepted. Bhutan’s... More

Bhutan asks its citizens to deal less in Indian currency

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan has informed the general public that individuals may bring in or take out of Bhutan the New Series of INR currency notes of denominations INR 500/-, subject... More

Bhutan-based SAARC fund to launch social enterprise programme

Thimpu-based SAARC Development Fund will soon be launching a social enterprise development programme (SEDP) to fund 80 entities annually across the 8-member states, said SDF CEO Sunil Motiwal. SDF was established by the Heads of... More

Bhutan is 47 percent self-sufficient in rice

A rice specialist from agriculture research and development centre in Bajo, Mahesh Ghimeray said that one of the main problems in Bhutan is the low production base.  “We’ve lots of forests and the wild... More

Bhutan hosts ‘World Dendro Conference’ for the first time

Finding solutions from tree rings on the impacts of climate change in mountain environments, the 10th World Dendro Conference began in Thimphu Sunday. Bhutan is the first developing country to host the conference. Dendrochronology is... More

Bangladesh bound trucks complain of problems along the highway

More than 150 trucks ferrying boulders to Bangladesh were held at Fulbari, Indian border to Bangladesh after locals stopped the trucks without any specific reasons. This comes when the export of boulders to Bangladesh has... More

WB awards grant to support mining reforms in Bhutan

The World Bank (WB) has awarded a grant to the Royal Government of Bhutan to support reforms in the mining sector. The Work Bank-led Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) multi-donor trust fund provided the $300,000... More

Bhutan observes ‘World Environment Day’ with traffic free day

Bhutan observes "Pedestrians' Day" across the country on Tuesday (June 5) to mark the World Environment Day. According to the notification from the Royal Bhutan Police, Traffic division, all the core urban town areas across... More

Bhutan proposes to graduate from LDC in 2023

Bhutan has requested the United Nations to consider its graduation from Least Developed Countries (LDC) in 2023 instead of 2021 stating that it is in the country’s interest to graduate after the conclusion of ... More

India mulls constructing border road, barbed fence along Bhutan border

Despite the “cordial relations”, New Delhi is seriously working on initiating a number of “strict security regulations” along India’s 699-km long “open border” with Bhutan. Sources in the Ministry of Home Ministry told Northeast Now... More

Following the SAARC agenda for culture, Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, was declared as the second SAARC Cultural Capital city for 2018, Thursday at the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu. This means that Thimphu has been... More

Bhutan: Coming out of India’s shadow

Bhutan and India are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties this year. The foreign ministers of the two countries formally launched the yearlong celebrations in New Delhi on February 21. The Indo-Bhutan relation is often... More

Bhutan-EU trade support project launched

To diversify the country’s export and promote brand Bhutan, the European Union (EU) has provided a fund of Euro 4 million on May 24. The EU-Bhutan Trade Support Project will run over 40 months and... More

Bhutan approves 64 FDIs in 15 years

Bhutan has to date approved 64 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects worth Nu 34 billion since the country allowed foreign investment in 2002. According to the FDI annual report 2017, the country approved five projects... More

Why Bhutan so strict about entry of Indians?

A Bhutanese truck on May 20 mowed down a motorcycle-borne youth at Milanpur along the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Barpeta district. Angry locals intercepted the killer truck and set it on fire, while another... More

GNH: Bhutan’s way of measuring Happiness

At a world bank forum held in February 2002 in Kathmandu, Nepal, the representative of Bhutan, a himalayan buddhist kingdom the size of Switzerland asserted while his country's gross national product was not very... More

Bhutan delegation visits SAARC HQ in Nepal

A 14-member delegation from the Bhutan Broadcasting Service paid a visit to the SAARC Headquarters in Kathmandu, this forenoon. The delegation was led by Mr. Jigme, Executive Producer, states a press note issued by... More

Bhutan-India trade grows

While India enjoys a favourable balance of trade, Bhutan’s export to India is growing faster than the growth of imports from India, the Indian commerce and industry secretary Rita Teaotia said. “This is welcome,” she... More

Bhutan political parties share thoughts on state of democracy

As Bhutan completes 10 years of democratic constitutional monarchy, political parties came together to share their thoughts on the state of Bhutanese democracy. Organised by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) in collaboration... More

India’s Northeast Frontier Railway submits studies to extend rail connectivity to Bhutan

The Northeast Frontier Railway has submitted feasibility studies to the Ministry of External Affairs to extend rail connectivity to Bhutan, officials said. At present, there is no rail link between the two countries. The five feasible... More


Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More


The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... 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