Friday, March 10, 2017



Students from Bhutan & Bangladesh pitch for self censorship

In India, where universities have turned a battleground over the right to freedom of speech and expression, students from neighbouring country of Bhutan feel that they never need to protest for their rights since everyone understand their limits. This viewpoint highlights sharp... More

US$ 1.5 M grant to improve Bhutan’s Climate Resilience programme

To prepare a long-term plan in improving Bhutan’s Climate Resilience programme, a grant of US$ 1.5 million between the Government and the World Bank was signed this Thursday (2nd March) . The grant was signed by Finance Minister, Namgay Dorji and World... More

Bhutan to share intelligence with India’s Assam

Bhutan will share information with the Indian state of Assam on terrorist activities in the region. The country will also set up a Consulate General Office in Guwahati, the Indian state capital, to give an impetus to industry and commerce between... More

Chinese Ambassador to India visits Bhutan

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to India, Luo Zhaohui, Monday. The ambassador is in the country on a five-day visit from January 21-25. Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay commended China’s global role in terms of technology... More

Bhutanese transport operators against BBIN deal

Transport operators in Bhutan see the Delhi-initiated Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement a major obstacle to their livelihood as the country’s the government is looking again to push the deal through Parliament. The operators, fearful of competition... More

Bhutan starts exporting goods to BD via new land port

After India and Nepal, Bhutan has started its export-import activities with Bangladesh using the Bangla Bandha land port. On the first day of new year, the Himalayan country officially starts the process of exporting goods through the land port located at... More

BIMSTEC connectivity for food security

  Connectivity and infrastructure development received the utmost importance at the meeting of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries in Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital. Experts at the meeting highlighted that connectivity as well as... More

India plans to connect Bhutan via Int’l highway

Having failed to take the regional road connectivity plan forward as expected, India is drawing another plan to connect Assam with Bhutan by constructing a new International highway.   In November this year, the upper house of the Bhutanese parliament National Council (NC)... More

Hydropower can change the face of South Asia

Bhutan and Nepal, two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of South Asia with the power of hydroelectricity. Both countries are part of Least developed countries (LDCs) listed by UN in 2016 and are expected to graduate from the... More

What after Bhutanese refugees resettlement?

For over two decades, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has generously hosted some 120,000 Bhutanese refugees. The predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese identified as Lhotshampas (southerners), were uprooted as a consequence of Bhutan’s ‘one nation, one people’ policy championed by... More

Indian demonetization hits Bhutanese orange export

Bhutan sees a bumper production of high quality of oranges this year. Still, fruit growers in the country fear the Indian move of scraping high value currency note would not help much to reap the benefit. Exporters in the agro-based Himalayan country... More

Bhutan for BBIN economic cooperation

Bhutan is looking at the sub-regional grouping of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) for better economic cooperation despite the setback of the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA). It insists on cooperation in the field of energy, trade and ICT as the... More

Making Bhutan the cleanest country

  Perhaps for the first time in Bhutan, every citizen is involving in a nationwide cleaning campaign on December 9 to commemorate the 10th anniversary the King’s accession to the throne. The initiative is inclusive and will cover all areas including towns, villages,... More

Bhutan: Happiness lacks legal foothold

Preservation of culture, a cornerstone and one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH) of Bhutan, lacks a legal foothold in absence of an Act or a policy. Bhutan's Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s interim report on the cultural heritage... More

Bhutan ministers under fire for frequent uses of choppers

Bhutanese ministers including the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay came under fire for frequently using helicopter services. The opposition alleged that the state is being unnecessarily burdened with such expenses. Perception grew among people that ministers are frequently travelling in helicopters, said the... More

Bhutan working on a diplomatic relation with Israel

Slowly but steadily Bhutan is developing its relations with Israel. This is being done through agricultural training mooted out to Bhutan’s agro students by Israel. Israeli expertise on crop cultivation and agricultural technology may soon make its way into the emerald... More

Bhutan minimizes border dispute with China

Bhutan, after blocking the ratification of the India initiated ‘four nations sub-regional road connectivity’ deal, has advanced a long way to minimize its dispute with China on border issues. The country felt the need for stronger bilateral ties with the bordering... More

Bhutan in dilemma over endorsing BBIN deal

The government of Bhutan has engulfed in a crisis after it had failed to ratify the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal motor vehicle agreement, a sub-regional initiative in South Asia. The crisis has emerged as the National Council , the upper house of the... More

Bhutan to import cheap BD bandwidth

Bhutan to import cheap BD bandwidth SA Monitor Staff Amid downward position in creating a ‘favorable business environment’ for foreign investors, Bhutan has decided to buy Internet bandwidth from Bangladesh. The country is likely to import 2.5 to 10 Gbps (gigabits per second)... More

Whereabouts of Daud Merchant Unknown

The whereabouts of the Indian citizen Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant, accused of the murder of musician Gulshan Kumar in India, has been unknown since his release from Dhaka Central Jail on November 6 evening. The Indian national was freed after receiving... More

Impeachment motion against  CIAA chief in Nepali Parliament

  Katmandu: The Legislature-Parliament will start deliberations on the impeachment motion against suspended chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authoirty (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, on Tuesday.The impeachment motion against Karki was registered by 157 lawmakers from the CPN-UML and... More


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