India further augments aid to Bhutan; makes no entry for China

India-Bhutan Ties get a further boost as Indian PM Narendra Modi has planned to raise financial assistance to the kingdom nation, which already is the biggest recipient of the Indian aid. This decision is taken considering Thimpu’s... More

New Bhutan government’s attitude towards India is not clear, this should worry...

It’s a measure of our attitude to neighbours that the outcome of the third, and possibly most consequential general elections in Bhutan that took place last Thursday, hardly figured in the Indian media the day the results... More

DNT confirms Dr Lotay Tshering as its PM nominee

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has confirmed its President Dr Lotay Tshering as the prime minister nominee. The party’s executive committee decided this Monday. The DNT is, however, yet to decide on the members of the cabinet. The DNT’s... More

India must balance its strategic interests with Bhutan’s aspirations

The victory of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party in Bhutan’s third parliamentary election is being seen as a vote for change in the small Buddhist country that has undergone major change in recent years. The DNT... More

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won 54 percent of the total votes

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) officially declared Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which won 30 constituencies as the third elected government yesterday. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), which won in 17 constituencies, was declared the opposition party. At a... More

We will form an even stronger Opposition: DPT

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will form an even stronger Opposition in the third Parliament, the party president Pema Gyamtsho said. Having formed the first democratically elected government in 2008, DPT will form the Opposition for the second... More

Bhutan votes for change

Winning 30 of the 47 constituencies, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the third parliamentary national assembly election yesterday. As claimed by party president Lotay Tshering in all campaign speeches, DNT ‘easily’ swept all 12 western and southwestern dzongkhags,... More

Bhutan’s PM elect Lotay Tshering to SAM: Policy on India and China...

Acknowledging the presence of two huge neighbours—China in the north and India in the south—within an emphatic “yes, yes”, Bhutan’s prime minister-elect and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa(DNT) party president Dr Lotay Tsheringon October 18 said that his government... More

China woos Bhutan, at the expense of rival India

Bhutan, the small mountain kingdom between China and India, is the latest beneficiary of Chinese soft power, with Beijing making quiet inroads at New Delhi’s expense. China’s annexation of Tibet in 1951 and an unresolved border dispute have... More

Bhutan’s ‘silence’ over Doklam continues – on the mountains and in Thimphu

At first glance, the imposing gateway appears to be the entrance to a frontier Buddhist monastery tucked away in the unending roll of Bhutan’s mountains. No sooner did our vehicle stop barely 100 metres short of the... More

India’s blasé attitude to Bhutan only makes China more attractive

Former Major General Ravi Arora, Chief Editor, Indian Military Review, said, “We are not getting bang for our buck .” “Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to incline towards India, because of geographical considerations,” said General Bipin Rawat,... More

India should take lessons on electoral reforms from Bhutan

While Election Commission of India is trying its best to fine-tune the election process, Bhutan is definitely the best place in the neighbourhood to draw inspirations from. As the National Assembly election is scheduled to be held on... More

Enigmatic silence over China and India as Bhutan’s poll campaign nears end

As campaigning for the final round of elections to the Bhutanese National Assembly gathered pace about a week ago, the country’s Election Commission imposed a Ngultrum 12,000 (around USD200) fine against a nominee for the Druk Phuensum... More

Facilitation booths record 82.9 percent voter turnout

A total of 84,829 voters cast their votes through the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booth facility in the last three days. Figures shared by Election Commission of Bhutan’s (ECB) head of election department, Sonam Tobgyal, stated that... More

In Bhutan, India invests to further its strategic interest

Many observers in India were surprised by the result of the primary round of Bhutan’s third National Assembly election last month: the ruling People’s Democratic Party failed to make it to this month’s run-off. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, a... More

Social media contents top complaints lodged with ECB 

The Election Commission of Bhutan’s (ECB) media arbitrator office found 22 Facebook posts objectionable as of yesterday evening, according to a press release. It stated that of the 22 posts, the originating users deleted four posts, Facebook authorities... More

What tiny Bhutan can teach the world about being carbon negative

High up in the Eastern Himalayas is one of the greenest countries in the world. While many nations are struggling to reduce their carbon emissions, the Kingdom of Bhutan is already carbon negative: it takes more greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere... More

Anti-incumbency grips Bhutan

It must be the most genteel canvassing operation in the world. Lily Wangchuk, who is running for a seat in the National Assembly, chats with a shaven-headed monk in the shade of a weeping willow, she in... More

Bhutan election 2018: Facilitation booth voting begins

Voting at facilitation booths for general election began Wednesday. The booths will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm over the next two days. There are 65 facilitation booths spread across the country. Of the total of... More

Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan kingdom's decision to follow a green path over... More

Bhutan election 2018: Facilitation booth voting begins

Voting at facilitation booths for general election began Wednesday. The booths will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm over the next two days. There are 65 facilitation booths spread across the country. Of the total of... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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