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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

Will Bhutan exert its independent stand in the Doklam conflict?


Five weeks have passed since the confrontation between China and India at Doklam, but the crisis remains unresolved. It has become an issue of pride, with no one willing to step down first and lose face. In the... More

House committee breached NA Act and RoP: Speaker


Speaker Jigme Zangpo has informed the National Assembly’s house committee members in writing that their recent decision to dissolve the committee has violated the National Assembly (NA) Act and the Rules of Procedure (RoP). The letter, which was... More

“People are coming to register with us” DNT’s general secretary


With the election strategies chalked out, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has started preparing for next year’s parliamentary elections. The first priority for the party is to book their maiden berth in the general elections, which will ensure... More

OAG drops 23 cases in ATM scam over no-show defendants


After failing to produce defendants before the court, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) withdrew eight cases of the 51 charged in the ATM card racket from the Phuentsholing drungkhag court on July 17. OAG will withdraw... More

Bhutan: Dilemma over seized properties


The twenty-three vehicles, including a bulldozer and three motorbikes that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seized over the years, have caught the commission in a different fix. The vehicles are collecting dust and rusting at different locations, including the... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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