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Indians cross over to Bhutan for buying fuel Rs 20 cheaper per...


For Indians living near the Bhutan border in Assam, a trip across the border is all it takes to get fuel and liquor at bargain prices. Hundreds of people heading to the Bhutanese town... More

Bhutan sets up NTCA-like body for tiger protection


Bhutan has established a centre on the lines of India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to monitor cross-border tiger movements, which will help protect big cats. The National Tiger Center (NTC), based in Gelephu on... More

Bhutan to import 10Gbps bandwidth from Bangladesh


Bhutan will be importing 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) of internet bandwidth from Bangladesh. A technical team from the country carried out a survey on the economic feasibility of importing internet bandwidth. The country’s Information... More

Wedged between China and India, Bhutan has to play juggling act


Hemmed in by China and India, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is caught in a delicate balancing act to avoid getting embroiled in a military confrontation between its giant neighbors. The issue revolves around... More

Bhutan drops 10 places in media freedom: Report


Bhutan’s press freedom ranking fell by 10 places this year according to the 2018 World Press Freedom index. Bhutan ranked 94th out of 180 countries with a score of 30.73 out of a possible 100,... More

Bhutan’s NC election sees record voter turnout of 54.3%


A total of 234,535 voters have voted in Bhutan’s third National Council election on Saturday. That’s 54.3 per cent of the 432,030 total registered voters. This means the voter turnout rose by nine per cent... More

Bhutan PM calls on Japan to raise worker happiness


Bhutan is known for its unique index focused on factors that make its citizens feel happy, such as health and environment, rather than economic growth. The index is called Gross National Happiness, or GNH. Tobgay... More

Bhutanese dilemma: To be or not to be with India


The Bhutanese are in a dilemma: Should they continue to be tied to India economically and in the conduct of foreign policy or should they be independent in every way as a sovereign country... More

Bhutan’s ‘Shangri-La’ caught between two rival superpowers


With its scenic mountains and stunning Buddhist monasteries on hilltops, Bhutan is a traveller's dream and described by some as the last Shangri-La - a mystical beautiful place where everything is perfection. The country's capital,... More

Bhutan attends 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of NAM


A Bhutanese delegation led by foreign secretary Sonam Tshong is attending the 18th mid-term ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan from April 5-6. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham... More

Indian foreign secretary visits Bhutan, talks held on ties, Doklam issue


India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale held extensive talks with the leadership of Bhutanese government on importantbilateral and regional issues during his two-day visit to Bhutan, India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on... More

Santipur-Bengtol in Assam closed for Bhutanese vehicles


The Public Works Department in Assam has installed signboards at several locations along Bengtol-Santipur road restricting movement of Bhutanese vehicles on that route. According to the signboard, movement of all Bhutanese vehicles is restricted. “Movement... More

Bhutanese minerals, cardamom export to Bangladesh increases


Export of minerals to Bangladesh has increased by a huge margin in 2017, figures with the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) indicated. Bhutan was able to export about 2.12 million (M) metric tonnes (MT) of minerals... More

Bhutan exporters to hold talks with banks in Bangladesh


A team led by the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) will hold a meeting on Saturday (March 24) with representatives of at least 20 financial institutions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Representatives from financial institutions from Bhutan will... More

Campaign begins for Bhutan NC election


Campaigning officially started on 21 March for the third election of the Bhutan’s National Council (NC) slated for April 20. The month-long campaign period will end on April 18. Spokesperson of the Election Commission of Bhutan,... More

130 candidates nominated to vie for Bhutan NC elections


A total of 130 candidates have been nominated to contest the National Council (NC) election on April 20. A total of about 170 aspiring candidates contested in the zomdus, according to the Election Commission of... More

Bhutan to get developing country status, Nepal will remain LDC


Experts conducting the United Nations triennial review of the least developed country (LDC) category for 2018 have decided to accept Nepal’s request and withhold its graduation from the group. A meeting of the Committee for... More

Bhutan, China to hold fresh round of boundary talks


The 25th round of boundary talks between Bhutan and China, of great interest to India and deferred on account of last year’s Doklam standoff, are due to take place later this year, possibly in... More

Bhutan wins Earth Award


Bhutan was awarded the Earth Award at a ceremony in ITB (International Tourism Bourse) in Berlin, Germany on March 7. Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) director, Chhimmy Pem, said the Tourism Council of Bhutan was... More

Bhutan defers National economic census to 2019


The first national economic census in Bhutan scheduled to be conducted in June this year is deferred by a year. National Statistics Bureau (NSB) proposed the deferment to the government’s performance management division and the... More

Bhutan’s first satellite to orbit earth soon


By the end of summer, Bhutan will have its first satellite orbiting the earth. The miniature satellite is called Bhutan-1, and weighs less than two kilograms. Four Bhutanese studying space engineering at the Kyushu Institute... More

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Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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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