Govt. to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns

The National Assembly yesterday endorsed entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nganglam, and Panbang. Currently, Phuentsholing is the only entry point for regional tourists. However, entry and exit would be allowed... More

Financial switches of Bhutan and India to be integrated soon

In marking 50 years of Indo-Bhutan diplomatic relation, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would soon integrate Bhutan financial switch and national financial switch of India to facilitate cash-less cross border digital... More

Jeremy England-led Red Cross delegation meets Bhutan PM

A delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) led by Jeremy England, the Head of the Regional Delegation, ICRC, called on Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in Thimphu on Wednesday. Dr Tshering welcomed the... More

Bhutan’s Mangdechhu hydroelectric project to start producing by end of next month

After few episodes of minor delay, 720 Megawatt Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan is likely to come alive by the end of February. India is a major stakeholder in the Rs 4000 crore worth green power project... More

Bhutan population projected to remain below 1 million by 2047

Bhutan's population is projected to reach 883,866 persons by 2047, according to a population projection report compiled by the Bhutan Statistics Bureau (NSB) released in Thimphu this week. A 2005 population census report by the NSB said that... More

Bhutan faces challenge of controlling alcohol abuse

Despite the government's efforts, controlling alcohol abuse still remains a major challenge in Bhutan, said a report presented at the National Council (the upper house of parliament) this week. Liver disease caused by alcohol continues to be the... More

SDF to extend USD 10M in MSME funding in Bhutan

The SAARC Development Fund will launch its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) funding scheme in Bhutan. The MSME funding scheme comes under the Economic Funding Window of SDF. An amount of USD 10 million has been earmarked... More

Strengthening Bhutan’s economy at the forefront of 12th Plan

One of the four main priorities of the 12th Five-Year-Plan (FYP) of Bhutan is to strengthen its economy. The plan document underlines to perk up economy through economic diversification, employment generation, poverty reduction and narrowing the gap between... More

India-Bhutan relations strengthened: PM Tshering

India extended unconditional support to the development programmes of the 12th Plan, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said at the first press briefing after returning from his State visit to India last week. “The top agenda of the... More

India installs satellite tracking centre in Bhutan to counter China’s Tibet facility

India is setting up a satellite tracking and data reception centre in the Himalayan state of Bhutan that will also strategically serve to counter a similar Chinese facility in the region. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s ground... More

Bhutan’s 12th FYP, annual budget top agenda of upcoming NC session

The 12th Five Year Plan and Annual Budget 2018-2019 are high on agenda for the 22nd session of the National Council, which begins on Wednesday. The session will also see deliberations on social issues that need immediate attention. At... More

China pushes for greater influence in Bhutan

Bhutan, the only “carbon-negative” country legislatively bound to maintain forestry grounds on more than 60% of its territory, is also known for its gross national happiness (GNH) approach to development and lifestyle. The country had its first... More

India, Bhutan review development of hydroelectric projects

India and Bhutan on Friday reviewed the progress of hydroelectric projects in the Himalayan kingdom during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering in New Delhi. “Development of hydroelectric projects is an... More

India to host newly elected Bhutan PM

India will host the newly elected Prime Minister of Bhutan from December 27-29, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday. A press release issued by the Ministry said that the visit by Dr. Lotay Tshering, 50, will... More

India and Bhutan see fresh opportunities as new govt in Thimphu gets...

India and Bhutan are in a good mood these days. Both countries have seen a number of high-level exchanges and events since October, when the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa swept the general elections in Bhutan, winning 30 of... More

Bhutan aims to reduce youth unemployment by three per cent

Bhutan Ministry of Labour and Human Resources said it aims to reduce youth unemployment rate by three per cent in the next five years. This was stated by Bhutan Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji at his first Meet the... More

Bhutan earns Nu 10B from electricity export

The five operational hydropower plants in Bhutan have generated about 6.31B units of energy as of October this year, with generation peaking in August. This is according to the statistical bulletin of the Royal Monetary Authority. Of the total... More

Guwahati’s Pandu Port to be used by Bhutan for exports

Exporters from the Kingdom of Bhutan are planning to use the Brahmaputra river for shipping consignments to different parts of India and abroad via Pandu Port at Guwahati. It is to be mentioned that the Royal Government of... More

New Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering chooses India for his maiden visit this...

In his first overseas visit, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan will be visiting India on Dec 27. Tshering, the 8th Prime Minister of Bhutan will be meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and both leaders are... More

Bhutan calls for robust implementation of Paris Agreement at COP24

Led by the secretary of the National Environment Commission, Sonam P Wangdi, a delegation from Bhutan attended the United Nations Conference on Climate Change Conference of Parties 24 (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. In a statement Sonam P Wangdi... More

Bhutan to graduate from LDC in 2023

Bhutan’s graduation from the United Nations Least Developed Countries (LDC) category has now been deferred to 2023 from 2021. The extension of the standard three year transition period by another two years was endorsed in the 73rd session of the... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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