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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 prime minister at... 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 of Technology (KyuTech)... 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 Xuanyou. The boundary... 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 Ministry officials, secretly... 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 Election Act. Speaking on... 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 from Deforestation and... 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 findings of a... More

Tobgay invites investors to explore opportunities in Bhutan


Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay urged foreign investors to explore investment opportunities in Bhutan while speaking at the “Advantage Assam – Global Investors’ Summit, 2018” in Guwahati, in India’s state of Assam. Hundreds of business leaders including the... More

Bhutan for importing more medicines from Bangladesh


Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has expressed eagerness to import more medicine from Bangladesh saying that Bangladesh’s drugs are becoming popular increasingly in Bhutan because of high quality. The Bhutanese premier said this during a meeting on Friday... More

Bhutan opens consulate in Guwahati


Bhutan on Friday (Feb 2) became the second country after Bangladesh to open a consulate in Guwahati. The consulate office was jointly inaugurated by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence... More

Increasing number of vehicle poses threat to Bhutan’s pristine environment


As Bhutan opens up to modernization, the number of vehicles and pollution level are increasing, thereby threatening the small Himalayan country’s pristine environment. The constitution of Bhutan requires the government to maintain 60 percent of its total land... More

Unemployment highest among Bhutanese with middle & higher education


For every five working age population, there are three persons contributing to the production of goods in Bhutan, according to the Labour Force Survey Report 2016 the labour ministry released. The report estimated about 190,819 men and 156,311... More

Bhutan’s import of edibles from India dip


Bhutan’s import of food items from India decreased by close to half a billion ngultrum in the first half of 2017 as compared to the same period in the previous year. In 2016, the import worth stood... More

Private equity comes to Bhutan


Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, but the Himalayan kingdom has a fundamental problem: Its private sector is relatively underdeveloped and starved for capital. The Asian Development Bank projects gross domestic product growth of 8%... More

Bhutan working with India on GST


While India’s goods and services tax (GST) has cut the competitive edge of Bhutan’s export-oriented industries, Bhutan still has a few advantages, the country’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. The government, he said, must accept what GST has... More

Bhutan witnesses gender imparity rise


Ranking 124th of the 144 countries, the global gender gap report (GGGR) 2017 shows that Bhutan saw an increase in gender imparity over the past few years. This is a drop from the 121st position in 2016. In... More

Bhutanese industries suffer post GST


The application of Indian goods and services tax (GST) has hit some of the largest export-oriented manufacturing industries in the country. Since all imported goods coming into the country from India are zero taxed, the country experienced a... More

Bhutan cuts multidimensional poverty by almost half


Bhutan’s multidimensional poverty rate has come down to 5.8 per cent from 12.7 per cent in 2012, according to the Bhutan Multidimensional Poverty Index 2017. The National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released the report on Dec 29. But what... More

India’s WB govt to construct road near the border of Bhutan


The government of India’s West Bengal state has decided to construct a new road near the border of Bhutan which will help strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the region. According to state government sources Rs 136 crore... More

29.1% Bhutanese male children not interested in education


Although six years is the official minimum age for entering primary school, 42 percent of the population aged six years and above do not have education according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017. Sixty-six percent of... More

Bring women on board in Bhutan elections


Parliamentary elections are nearing in Bhutan. Political parties have started to announce their candidates. People's Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party), and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) have declared 20 candidates to date. The mood will... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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