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Bhutan to open consulate office in India’s Guwahati


Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bhutan-India relationship, Bhutan will open office of the consulate general in India’s Guwahati next year. Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji said this during the question answer session in response... More

Bhutan NA passes -Bangladesh double tax avoidance agreement


The National Assembly of Bhutan endorsed the double taxation avoidance agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh. Signed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan in April 2017, the agreement plans to do... More

Bhutan’s LDC graduation progress to be reviewed in 2018: UN


Bhutan has more to gain by graduating from the least developed country (LDC) category in the UN’s list to a developing country, a senior UN official said. A United Nations Economic and Social Commission for... More

Bhutan proposes a Buddhist approach to business


Aiming to draw up a new, sustainable paradigm for business and entrepreneurship founded on Buddhist values and principles and driven by compassion, the Kingdom of Bhutan this week launched the 7th International Conference on... More

Bhutan-India Border Management and Security meeting held


The 12th Round of Bhutan-India Meeting on Border Management and Security held in Thimphu on 13 November. The meeting is an important forum to hold discussions on issues relating to border management and security. “We... More

Post-Doklam, India, Bhutan hold bilateral development talks


Months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged after a standoff situation on the Doklam plateau of Bhutan, India and the Himalayan kingdom held the annual bilateral development cooperation talks in New Delhi. Terming the talks... More

Bhutan-India to hold development cooperation talks in New Delhi


The sixth Bhutan-India Development Cooperation Talks of the 11th Plan will be held Friday (Nov 10) in New Delhi, India, a press release from Bhutanese foreign ministry said. Foreign secretary Sonam Tshong is leading the... More

Bangladesh seeks to reduce trade deficit with Bhutan


While Bhutan’s exports to Bangladesh have been increasing rapidly over the years, increase in imports from Bangladesh has been meager. This was highlighted by the Bangladeshi delegation during the third meeting of the joint working... More

International conference on GNH, themed ‘GNH of business’ begins


The seventh International Conference on Gross National Happiness started Bhutanese capital Thimphu on 7 November. Themed “GNH of Business”, the three-day conference proposes development of alternative business model by integrating the values of GNH... More

Bhutan: Best ease of doing business in South Asia


The picturesque Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, rooted in the non-consumerist ethos of Buddhism, would much rather chase Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic product. This is an established fact. But the tiny, land-locked country,... More

Indian defence minister Nirmala meets Bhutanese King, Queen


Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the King and Queen of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, in Delhi on 2 November. The Bhutanese King had begun his four-day visit to India... More

Bhutan to host third Joint Working Group of Customs meeting


The third Joint Working Group of Customs meeting between Bhutan and Bangladesh will be held in Thimphu on November 7. According to a press release from the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC), the two-day... More

Post-Doklam, Bhutanese King goes India on a four-day visit


Close on the heels of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of Bhutan, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal... More

Bhutan to generate 6.5MW renewable energy


Bhutan is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years, according to the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) director Mewang Gyeltshen. “We’re planning to generate five megawatts (MW) of electricity... More

Border district coordination meeting between Bhutan & India’s West Bengal held


The Government of Bhutan and State Government of West Bengal met for their 23rd meeting on border district coordination in Thimphu on Tuesday (Oct 24). Facilitating coordination on border management, enhancing trade and commerce, environmental... More

Bhutan: Parties gear up for 2018 elections


 With 2018 elections fast approaching, the political parties are busy finalizing candidates and strategizing ways to rope in voters As of now, there are five registered political parties- Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), Druk Chirwang... More

Rural Bhutan grapples with the misuse of social media


While the penetration of social media has enhanced communication and transformed the information sharing culture in rural Bhutan, users are now seeing the ugly side of technology. Recently, an unclothed image of man in Trongsa... More

WB urges Bhutan to boost innovation in agribusiness


The level of innovation in Bhutan’s agribusiness firms is low, according to a World Bank report, which calls for the government to establish entrepreneurship and innovation hubs. The report, which was released last month, points... More

Bhutan to set aside Hydropower revenue as part of stabilisation fund


The revenue generated by Bhutan’s three major hydropower projects- Mangdechhu and Punatsangchhu I and II will be set aside as part of the government’s stabilization fund. This is to help maintain the country’s economic stability... More

Bhutan will not pursue BBIN agreement, says PM Tobgay


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said it is up to the next government and parliament to pursue the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN). At the Meet the Press on Friday... More

Not Indian pressure, security concerns halt highway construction: Bhutan PM


The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said, the suspension of South-South National Highway’s construction is not because of external pressure and definitely not the government of India (GoI). Rather, he said that... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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