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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... More

Bhutanese youth working in India want to return

Even as the government plans to send more youths for overseas employment, those who had gone to India through the guaranteed employment programme are planning to return home due to hardship and alleged... More

Unemployed youth allege of being deceived in India

About 30 Bhutanese youth, who had gone to New Delhi, India this year through the Guaranteed Overseas Employment Programme, have returned home with a bitter experience. The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR)... More


China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More


Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More



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... More