Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced the date to put the election process in motion in obedience to the Royal Decree issued on February 15, calling elections in pursuance of Section 191 of the... More
The World Bank granted USD 4.8 million to support the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strengthening Bhutan’s forests under the Bhutan REDD+ Readiness Project on February 9 in Thimphu.
The Reducing Emissions... More
Regional trade connectivity can help boost the economic growth of a country. However, political complexities and ground realities in trade facilitation are proving to be a growing concern.
This is according to the first draft... More
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay urged foreign investors to explore investment opportunities in Bhutan while speaking at the “Advantage Assam – Global Investors’ Summit, 2018” in Guwahati, in India’s state of Assam.
Hundreds of business... More
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has expressed eagerness to import more medicine from Bangladesh saying that Bangladesh’s drugs are becoming popular increasingly in Bhutan because of high quality.
The Bhutanese premier said this during a... More
Bhutan on Friday (Feb 2) became the second country after Bangladesh to open a consulate in Guwahati.
The consulate office was jointly inaugurated by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal... More
As Bhutan opens up to modernization, the number of vehicles and pollution level are increasing, thereby threatening the small Himalayan country’s pristine environment.
The constitution of Bhutan requires the government to maintain 60 percent of... More
For every five working age population, there are three persons contributing to the production of goods in Bhutan, according to the Labour Force Survey Report 2016 the labour ministry released.
The report estimated about 190,819... More
Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, but the Himalayan kingdom has a fundamental problem: Its private sector is relatively underdeveloped and starved for capital.
The Asian Development Bank projects gross domestic product... More
While India’s goods and services tax (GST) has cut the competitive edge of Bhutan’s export-oriented industries, Bhutan still has a few advantages, the country’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said.
The government, he said, must accept... More
Ranking 124th of the 144 countries, the global gender gap report (GGGR) 2017 shows that Bhutan saw an increase in gender imparity over the past few years.
This is a drop from the 121st position... More
The application of Indian goods and services tax (GST) has hit some of the largest export-oriented manufacturing industries in the country.
Since all imported goods coming into the country from India are zero taxed, the... More
Bhutan’s multidimensional poverty rate has come down to 5.8 per cent from 12.7 per cent in 2012, according to the Bhutan Multidimensional Poverty Index 2017. The National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released the report on... More
The government of India’s West Bengal state has decided to construct a new road near the border of Bhutan which will help strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the region. According to state government sources... More
Although six years is the official minimum age for entering primary school, 42 percent of the population aged six years and above do not have education according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS)... More
Parliamentary elections are nearing in Bhutan. Political parties have started to announce their candidates.
People's Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party), and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) have declared 20 candidates to... More
A total of 56,865 people in Bhutan live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017.
This means that one out of 12 people belongs to households whose per capita consumption... More
Low carbon vehicle strategy and a roadmap developed by National Environment Commission (NEC) recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country.
According to Bhutan State of... More
Ever since the previous King of Bhutan mooted the idea of Gross National Happiness as an alternative index, it has caught on in many places other than the idyllic Himalayan kingdom too.
Not only does... More
The Thorthomi glacier has receded by 1.2kms in the last 16 years, according to a research by a volunteer expert with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jun Saito.
Jun Saito teaches researchers to use Quantum... More
Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More
The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More
On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More
The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well. Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More
Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary.
According to the Maldivian... More
Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India.
Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More
The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’.
This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More
Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More
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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More