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Latest World Bank report warns Bhutan of economic risks


The World Bank’s Bhutan Development Update Report November 2018 warns of several economic risks. The risks include further delay in hydro power construction, scarce donor financing, policy uncertainty and unfavourable weather patterns. It is feared these risks would... More

Winter session of Bhutan Parliament to commence on January 2


A meeting of National Assembly members held last week decided to delay the winter session until the end of , the inauspicious month in the Bhutanese calendar. Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said the upcoming winter session of Parliament, which... More

India foreign secretary calls on Bhutanese PM


The Foreign Secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, called on Prime Minister Lotay Tshering at the Gyalyong Tshogkhag Monday. At the meeting, Lyonchhen expressed his appreciation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the call to felicitate him on... More

Bhutan’s foreign policy will not change, says new PM


In a major boost to the government of India, the new Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dr. Lotey Tshering, said his government is committed to strengthening the existing ties between Bhutan and India.Speaking to India’s More

Blowback from India’s strategic blunder in Bhutan?


New Delhi was rattled by Bhutan’s October 18 general election, the outcome of which may soon accelerate the decline of India’s influence over the Himalayan kingdom. The center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT, Bhutan United Party) won 30 seats... More

UN and media partner to realise SDGs


Representatives from the UN agencies in the country and the media gathered at a workshop in an attempt to connect better and bring more focus on development stories. Journalists and editors were trained to cover development stories during... More

MPs ready themselves for parliamentary roles


Newly elected Members of Parliament are readying themselves for the implementation of their constitutional mandate by attending a five-day induction programme that began in the capital on November 12. The programme has been tailor-made to suit the needs... More

As Thimphu faces urbanisation stress, experts deliberate on affordable & environmentally sound...


In the backdrop of the rapid pace at which Bhutan, especially its capital, is urbanising, the need of the hour is a three-pronged strategy involving an integrated development plan, affordable housing and greener townships, speakers at a... More

Dr. Lotay Tshering Premiership: A new beginning for India-Bhutan foreign relations


Bhutan is the only democratic constitutional monarchy in South Asian region holding tremendous Geopolitical importance for Asian giants, India and China. Recently the Himalayan nation held its third Parliamentary election. In Previous elections like of 2008, Jigme... More

Bhutan in search of ‘new friends’; China may be interested


It is essential at this time to reanalyze India-Bhutan relations in the backdrop of the Chinese inroads in South Asia. The recently concluded elections in Bhutan point to a wave of change in its domestic politics as... More

Bhutan’s Internet addiction highest in SA region


At least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to Internet in Bhutan, according to a study conducted by a team of doctors. That means about 40 percent of the high school-going adolescents are addicted to Internet in... More

Bhutan economy sees 4% growth, GDP per capital crosses US$ 3000


Bhutan’s economy grew by over four per cent last year as compared to 2016. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown steadily since 2013. As per the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), the country’s GDP recorded a growth... More

Bhutan to launch trade information portal by end of next year


The economic affairs ministry is developing a trade information portal, whereby, the traders in the country will be able to get all business related information from a single website. With about 15 per cent of the work complete,... More

Bhutan’s fledgling manufacturing sector hit hard as Indian rupee continues to take...


Close to a month after a new government led by the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party, which comfortably won elections to the parliament last month, assumed power in Thimphu, the Indian rupee—and consequently the Bhutanese ngultrum—continues to... More

Squeezed by an India-China standoff, Bhutan holds its breath


India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s enduring role defending this tiny... More

Conjoined Bhutanese twins who shared liver separated in Australia


Australian surgeons on Friday successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso. The team of more than 20 doctors and nurses spent six hours operating on the pair, who shared a... More

Bhutan King confers Dakyen to PM, appoints ministers


The King of Bhutan conferred Dakyen to Dr Lotay Tshering, officially making him the new Prime Minister of Bhutan’s third democratically elected government at the Tashichhodzong Wednesday (Nov 7). The King also formally appointed the cabinet ministers of... More

Bhutan’s first female pilot now first female captain


From making national headlines as the first female pilot in 2006 and now as the first female captain, Ugyen Dema continues to break gender barrier in Bhutan’s aviation field. The national airlines Drukair promoted 33-year-old Ugyen Dema to... More

Bhutan’s balancing act between China and India


In October 2018, the center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the general elections of Bhutan by taking 30 of 47 national assembly seats, while the governing party — the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was eliminated in the... More

Bhutan matures as a democracy


Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuk had the vision to give his people what they wanted - happiness and democracy. He had been thinking about this at least as early as the beginning of this century and his... More

Bhutan’s first national economic census starts this December


Bhutan’s first national Economic Census will be conducted from this December until the end of January (for a period of two months) next year. Over 50 enumerators will be involved in the Economic Census and cover all the... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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