What after Bhutanese refugees resettlement?

For over two decades, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has generously hosted some 120,000 Bhutanese refugees. The predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese identified as Lhotshampas (southerners), were uprooted as a consequence of Bhutan’s ‘one nation, one... More

Indian demonetization hits Bhutanese orange export

Bhutan sees a bumper production of high quality of oranges this year. Still, fruit growers in the country fear the Indian move of scraping high value currency note would not help much to reap the benefit. Exporters in... More

Bhutan for BBIN economic cooperation

Bhutan is looking at the sub-regional grouping of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) for better economic cooperation despite the setback of the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA). It insists on cooperation in the field of energy, trade... More

Making Bhutan the cleanest country

  Perhaps for the first time in Bhutan, every citizen is involving in a nationwide cleaning campaign on December 9 to commemorate the 10th anniversary the King’s accession to the throne. The initiative is inclusive and will cover all... More

Bhutan: Happiness lacks legal foothold

Preservation of culture, a cornerstone and one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH) of Bhutan, lacks a legal foothold in absence of an Act or a policy. Bhutan's Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s interim report... More

Bhutan ministers under fire for frequent uses of choppers

Bhutanese ministers including the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay came under fire for frequently using helicopter services. The opposition alleged that the state is being unnecessarily burdened with such expenses. Perception grew among people that ministers are frequently travelling... More

Bhutan working on a diplomatic relation with Israel

Slowly but steadily Bhutan is developing its relations with Israel. This is being done through agricultural training mooted out to Bhutan’s agro students by Israel. Israeli expertise on crop cultivation and agricultural technology may soon make its... More

Bhutan minimizes border dispute with China

Bhutan, after blocking the ratification of the India initiated ‘four nations sub-regional road connectivity’ deal, has advanced a long way to minimize its dispute with China on border issues. The country felt the need for stronger bilateral... More

Bhutan in dilemma over endorsing BBIN deal

The government of Bhutan has engulfed in a crisis after it had failed to ratify the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal motor vehicle agreement, a sub-regional initiative in South Asia. The crisis has emerged as the National Council , the... More

Bhutan to import cheap BD bandwidth

Bhutan to import cheap BD bandwidth SA Monitor Staff Amid downward position in creating a ‘favorable business environment’ for foreign investors, Bhutan has decided to buy Internet bandwidth from Bangladesh. The country is likely to import 2.5 to 10... More

Whereabouts of Daud Merchant Unknown

The whereabouts of the Indian citizen Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant, accused of the murder of musician Gulshan Kumar in India, has been unknown since his release from Dhaka Central Jail on November 6 evening. The Indian national... More

Impeachment motion against  CIAA chief in Nepali Parliament

  Katmandu: The Legislature-Parliament will start deliberations on the impeachment motion against suspended chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authoirty (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, on Tuesday.The impeachment motion against Karki was registered by 157 lawmakers... More


Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... 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