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China seeks to drive wedge between India and Bhutan


The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is finest generally known as an idyllic getaway for rich vacationers searching for the religious and unique. Now, nevertheless, the tiny mountain nation is being examined on its realpolitik, grappling with the... More

Darjeeling unrest: Bhutanese residents living across Indian border stare at an uncertain...


As the ongoing Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protest enters the 59th day, Bhutanese residing in the border town of Jaigaon, which falls in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal are caught in the abrupt sealing of border gates... More

Bhutan asks India to resolve Doklam border standoff amicably with China


Bhutanese Foreign Minister in a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu today said that they hope the Doklam standoff is resolved peacefully and amicably. Amid the border tension in Doka La (Doklam), Indian External... More

Bhutan’s neutral stance embarrasses India


Despite India's continuous pressure on Bhutan to openly take India's side, Thimpu's passive resistance has embarrassed New Delhi. Indian media reported Thursday that anonymous sources in the Bhutanese government told the media to refer to the Bhutanese foreign... More

Bhutan rejects Beijing’s claim that Doklam belongs to China


The Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan's territory. A top Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli had claimed that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing... More

Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official


In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff does not belong to it. China’s... More

GJM protest rumours worry Bhutanese in Jaigaon


With rumours rife for a possible Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protest across the border on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bhutanese living in Jaigaon returned to Phuentsholing on Tuesday evening for safety. Some families carried rations and clothes and entered... More

Rare tiger caught on camera in Bhutan forest


Imagine spending a month camped in a mountain forest in the middle of Asia hoping against the odds for a chance of seeing and photographing a rare tiger. Day after day, you check your camera trap, and... More

Bhutan anticipates fresh unrest in bordering Jaigaon in the next few days


The Government of Bhutan, anticipating fresh trouble in Jaigaon or even bandhs in the next few days has alerted Bhutanese citizens and issued instructions. Preventive measures have been worked out and a control room opened up. Sources... More

Bhutan: Govt.’s response leaves SMU graduates disappointed


With the Bhutan Civil Service Examinations (BCSE) and the third parliamentary elections arriving, the anxiety level among graduates from the Gangtok-based Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) has reached its peak. The graduates have appealed to Prime Minister (PM) Tshering... More

OAG appeals to High Court against JPLP case judgement


The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has appealed to the Bhutanese High Court against the judgement passed by the Phuentshogling Dungkhag Court on the tax evasion case involving the owner of M/s Jatan Prasad Lalchand Prasad... More

Bhutan: CPI records 5 percent Inflation in June


The price of goods and services increased by almost five percent between June last year and this June, according to the consumer price index. This was 0.72 percentage lower than the year-on-year inflation of May, which stood at... More

Seismic stations installed in Bhutan


Bhutan will no longer have to depend on international seismic stations to gather information as and when earthquake hits the country. The Department of Geology and Mines under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has recently installed six seismic... More

Bhutan to include environmental science in school curriculum


There will be an introduction of Environmental Science curriculum for classes 11 and 12. To this effect, The Royal Education Council signed a grant agreement of Nu 5.26m with Bhutan Trust Fund on July 21. With the introduction... More

Bhutan Election Commission rejects registration application of new party


In a letter issued to the party on Friday, the ECB said the party could not rectify various inconsistencies in the application, even after giving the detailed observation and time. The letter also states that the party... More

Bhutan: Long-awaited Duenchhukha bridge opens


The bailey suspension bridge over Amochu at Duenchhukha Gewog in Samtse is now open to traffic bringing relief to the people in the Gewog. It has been over five years since the works for the construction of the... More

Bhutan: Supreme Court judgement allows convicts in SP+ cases to pay thrimthue


The Bhutan Supreme Court, in a judgement issued Wednesday on the first Spasmo Proxyvon Plus (SP+)  case in the country, ruled that people convicted so far since 2015 for illegal possession or trafficking of SP+ can pay... More

SAARC to improve regional tourism


The lack of connectivity and information sharing among the countries of South Asia, which hinders the development of tourism sector in the region, will be addressed by encouraging regional tourism among the countries. Lack of connectivity makes travelling... More

Members reinstate house committee


The House Committee of the Bhutan National Assembly, which was earlier dissolved, has been reinstated following the Speaker’s pronouncement that it was a continuous committee, which should only dissolve with the House. A meeting of the committee held... More

SAARC CCI to discuss youth and tourism issues


Challenges related to young entrepreneurs, tourism and connectivity in the region among others, will be addressed in the 70th executive committee meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI). Bhutanese... More

E.Coli bacteria found in Thimphu and Paro rivers


Water samples collected at various locations from the rivers in Thimphu and Paro were found to contain bacteria E.Coli. E.Coli is commonly found in the faeces of humans and other animals, indicating a possible presence of harmful, disease-causing... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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