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Bhutan Airlines receives the second airbus319


With the arrival of the second Airbus 319 on August 4 in Paro, the Bhutan Airlines now has a fleet of two aircraft. Two Airbus 319 are on lease for four years. Bhutan Airlines signed the lease agreement for... More

2017 records highest int’l leisure tourist arrivals


Bhutan recorded the highest international leisure arrivals last year with 62,272 visitors, according to Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2017. This represents a growth in international leisure arrivals of 14.1 percent over the previous year. Of the 71,417 international arrivals,... More

Bhutan and Bangladesh: A story of two nations connected by a shared...


On July 23, 2018, Bhutan received a package of medicines in Dhaka from the Government of Bangladesh, symbolising the handing-over of 258 essential medicines to Bhutan, which will be delivered to the Ministry of Health this year... More

Bhutan has more than 709 million MT in carbon stock


Bhutan’s carbon stock, carbon that has been stored in the biomass, is 709 million MT. That is including 188 million MT of carbon stored in forests soils as organic matter. The stock could be more as the study... More

Curtains fall on Bhutan National Assembly


Marking the successful completion of a decade of democracy, the second National Assembly dissolved Wednesday afternoon with an offering of Tashi Moenlam and Zhabten in the National Assembly hall. The members folded their blue kabneys, removed their patags... More

Bhutan for Life Secretariat Office opened


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji launched the secretariat office for the Bhutan for Life project at the WWF Bhutan office yesterday. The secretariat office will manage the BFL fund, USD 43 million, that will... More

In a high-stakes dance, China charms Bhutan


Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou’s recent three-day visit to Bhutan failed to galvanize much media attention outside of the immediate region. But seasoned observers saw the senior envoy’s tour as a renewed Chinese charm offensive to... More

Women politicians in Bhutan share their challenges


Of the 188 people who will represent the 47 constituencies from four political parties in the primary election for the National Assembly, only 19 are women, taking the women candidate percentage to 10.1 percent. This was revealed recently... More

India to build 4-lane highway along Bhutan border


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said the Centre has agreed in-principle to construct a four-lane highway along the Indo-Bhutan border. "The new connectivity would bring in revolutionary changes not only in connectivity, but also in trade... More

Bhutan’s lower house to dissolve for general election


The National Assembly of Bhutan, the country's lower house of bicameral Parliament, will dissolve on Aug. 1, 2018 to make way for the general election. The house, consists of 32 members from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP)... More

Chinese minister visits Bhutan in first high-level interaction since Doklam standoff


China’s Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou was in Bhutan this week for a two-day visit, marking the highest-level Chinese diplomatic interaction with the Bhutanese government since last year’s standoff between the two countries on a piece of... More

China enticing Bhutan, the last standing Indian ally to join OBOR Project


Will Bhutan strike a friendship with China and participate in its OBOR Project? To ease out tensions between China and Bhutan, both nations discussed their border disputes during a two-day visit by the vice foreign minister of... More

Bhutan inching closer to China, India falls flat


In a very surprising political move, China-the arch rival of India has invited Bhutan to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and share its “development dividends”. Beijing hinted Bhutan this Tuesday, a day after a senior Chinese... More

China seeks Bhutan border cooperation after India spat


China and Bhutan should work together to ensure peace along their border and keep pushing talks on the issue, a senior Chinese diplomat said during a rare visit to the country, following an ugly spat with India... More

Year after Doklam standoff, Bhutan hosts China minister; India keeps an eye


In a significant development, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou is in Bhutan in what is the first high-level visit by a Chinese official after last year’s much-highlighted Doklam standoff between the Indian army and People’s Liberation... More

BD donates Tk 20 crore medicines to Bhutan


Bangladesh government has provided Bhutan a total of 258 types of medicines worth Tk 20 crore as donation. Health Minister Mohammed Nasim handed over some of the medicines to the Bhutanese Ambassador to Bangladesh at the Secretariat on... More

India’s BRO completes strategic road in Bhutan


India's Border Roads Organisation has completed construction of a strategically key road in Bhutan, linking the neighbouring country's border town of Phuentshogling with its capital city of Thimphu. The nearly 30-km long Damchu-Chukha road, which crisscrosses rugged and... More

China, India jockey for influence in Bhutan ahead of polls


Ahead of Bhutan's Parliamentary elections, both India and China are jockeying for influence with all stakeholders who, they believe, are like to play a major role in government formation in the tiny but strategically located country. India is... More

Thailand, Bhutan agree to boost trade, investment


Thailand and Bhutan agreed to use the Joint Trade Committee as a main driver to boost trade and investment between the two countries during summit talks on Thursday (July 19). Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is making a... More

Bhutan presents voluntary national review at UN


Bhutan presented its voluntary national review (VNR) on the implementation of the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals on July 17. Bhutan was among 47 other UN member states that presented their VNR to the high-level political forum... More

Bhutan’s rural village grapples with irrigation water shortage


Villagers go around requesting another village to share their irrigation water. On July 11, Karma Galley, 26, from Pangthang village in Kanglung went door-to-door requesting people of Thragom village to share their irrigation water. “We were running short of... More

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No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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