Next 5 years a tight ropewalk for whosoever wins election in Bhutan

While voters in Bhutan on October 18 will choose between Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to lead the new government, it is going to be a tight ropewalk for the party which will... More

China has quietly altered its boundary with Bhutan after Doklam stand-off with...

China has altered its boundary with Bhutan, a year after the tense 71-day face-off with India in the tri-junction area of Doklam had prevented a similar attempt. Analysis of satellite imagery by ThePrint has found that Beijing has... More

Bhutan, India to work on Manas management

Bhutan and India have agreed to work towards an integrated river basin management plan for the transboundary Manas river which flows from Bhutan to Assam. US-based Global Environment Facility (GEF) has cleared the concept for the Manas integrated... More

Bhutan: On the eve of the election

Bhutanese, like the people in democratic countries, are witnessing how elections can unfold surprises, bringing the unexpected to power, and taking the most hopeful and confident out of it. The past two general elections demonstrated that elections... More

Bhutan self-reliance call worries India

Confronted with a choice between big brothers on either side for years, Thimphu has consistently been with Delhi and not maintained formal diplomatic relations with China A party that is widely expected to win the Bhutan elections later... More

Building up Bhutan’s resilience to disasters and climate change

The 2016 monsoon was much heavier than usual affecting almost all of Bhutan, especially in the south. Landslides damaged most of the country’s major highways and smaller roads. Bridges were washed away, isolating communities. The Phuentsholing -Thimphu highway which... More

Bhutan gets ready for third general elections

Himalayan beauty Bhutan is going for its third national (general) elections on October 18. The nascent democracy of south Asia has already completed the primary round of polls on September 15, where surprisingly the ruling party had... More

Bhutanese conjoined twins to undergo separation surgery

Fourteen-month-old Nima and Dawa Pelden, supported by their mum, flew from their remote Himalayan region home in Bhutan to Melbourne on Tuesday, report Australian media. The girls are looking forward a separation surgery as, reports say, doctors are... More

How many women will Bhutan elect this time?

Of the 188 candidates who contested from the four parties in the primary round of Bhutan’s third democratic elections earlier this month, only 18 were women, and only one party was led by a woman. So can... More

Bhutan switch to digital television beginning next year

From January next year, every Bhutanese home will have a set-top-box beside their television. Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BIMA) will shut down analogue and switch to digital television. This, the authority says is to bring in a... More

Bhutan heading for political change

It is certain, with the incumbent Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on his way out the Mountain Nation of Bhutan is heading for a political change. The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been trounced at the hands... More

Bhutan’s elections and how country’s constitution limits political participation  

  Days after losing the recent primary round of Bhutan’s third National Assembly election, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tshering Tobgay has been telling supporters that the party will continue to play an active role from outside Parliament. However,... More

Bhutan’s Election Swings on India-China Relations

India’s tiny neighbor Bhutan goes for its third general election on Oct. 18, its voters having unexpectedly ousted the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the Sept. 15 primary, along with it the pro-India Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.... More

Five new fish species discovered in Bhutan

The fishes – parachiloglanis drukyulensis, parachiloglanis benjii, parachiloglanis dangmechhuensis, exostoma mangdechhuensis, and creteuchiloglanis bumdelingensis were discovered through a study conducted by Ryan J Thoni, a PhD candidate from Saint Luis University, USA and DB Gurung (PhD) Professor... More

Why Bhutan’s 2018 general election results could concern India

The Bhutanese preliminary election to the National Assembly recently sprung quite an unexpected surprise. The ruling party has been mauled in the preliminary stages itself. It stands third among the parties that had contested. For the country, the... More

Bhutan’s election: Winning parties of primary round declare candidates

Two winning Bhutanese parties have decided to enter the general election scheduled for next month with their existing 47 candidates. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) parties were pronounced winners of the primary round... More

Bhutan Week opens in India

Commemorating the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu graced the opening of the Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre... More

Bhutan’s DNT to focus on east constituencies in general election campaign

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) launched their campaign for the General Round of Third National Assembly Election 2018 in presence of the Bhutanese Media in Thimphu Saturday. Speaking to the media, the DNT President Lotay Tshering, said they will... More

How a new party trumped the ruling PDP in Bhutan primary polls

The tiny Himalayan kingdom – called Druk Yul in Bhutanese (Land of the Thunder Dragon) – is nestled between economic rivals China and India. It opened up to the world as late as the 1970s. Before Bhutan... More

DNT sticks with its initial 47 candidates

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has decided to declare its initial 47 candidates, who represented the party in the primary round, to the contest for the general round elections too. The party president Lotay Tshering said the question of... More

Bhutan EC asks DNT and DPT to nominate candidates

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has called the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to nominate their candidates to contest for the general elections starting Monday ( September 17). During the declaration of the... 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

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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