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 the eight SAARC... 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 animals attack the... 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 a science that... 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 increased by more... 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 grant, which is... 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 the country will... 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  the 12th Plan. Having... 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 that a detailed... 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 selected to host... 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 viewed from two... 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 will be managed... 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 in 2016. This... 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 truck from Bhutan... 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 high he was... 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 Kathmandu based SAARC... 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 said. The secretary is... 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 with the Royal... 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 rail link routes... More

Bhutan among fastest growing economies in Asia: ADB

With an economic growth rate of 7.5 percent in 2017, Bhutan is the fastest growing economy in the developing Asia region, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2018, states that the outlook... More

Bhutan constitutes third National Council Thursday

Wednesday (May 9) was the last day in office for members of the second National Council (NC) of Bhutan. The house will be re-constituted today (May 10) with elections for a new Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Deputy chair... More

Number of vehicles in Bhutan grows by 9% from 2016-2017

The number of vehicles in Bhutan increased by over nine per cent from 2016 to 2017. This is according to the Info-Comm and Transport Statistics 2018 released by the Ministry of Information and Communications. The total number of... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More