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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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)... 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... More

Poverty rate drops to 8.2 percent in Bhutan

A total of 56,865 people in Bhutan live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017. This means that one out of 12 people belongs to households whose per capita consumption... More

Vehicles, the main polluter in Bhutan

Low carbon vehicle strategy and a roadmap developed by National Environment Commission (NEC) recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country. According to Bhutan State of... More

Bhutan’s happiness index catches on in other countries too

Ever since the previous King of Bhutan mooted the idea of Gross National Happiness as an alternative index, it has caught on in many places other than the idyllic Himalayan kingdom too. Not only does... More

Bhutan’s Thorthormi glacier recedes by 1.2kms in last 16 years

The Thorthomi glacier has receded by 1.2kms in the last 16 years, according to a research by a volunteer expert with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jun Saito. Jun Saito teaches researchers to use Quantum... More

Bhutan signs up for UN peacekeeping rapid deployment

Bhutan has become the first country to pledge rapid deployment troops to the UN peacekeeping operations, keeping them at the ready for participation in missions within 60 days. Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare and... More

Preparations for 2018 elections underway, says Bhutan EC

Preparations are in full swing for the 2018 parliamentary elections that will mark the 10th year of a successful democracy, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) stated. ECB has entered the pre-election period with the... More

Bhutan losing revenue for India’s GST, straggling to reduce fiscal deficit

Despite the loss of revenue from the ripple effect of goods and services tax (GST) in India and delay in hydropower construction, the government is making efforts to reduce fiscal deficit for the 11th... More


Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More