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Bhutan in search of ‘new friends’; China may be interested


It is essential at this time to reanalyze India-Bhutan relations in the backdrop of the Chinese inroads in South Asia. The recently concluded elections in Bhutan point to a wave of change in its domestic politics as... More

Bhutan’s Internet addiction highest in SA region


At least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to Internet in Bhutan, according to a study conducted by a team of doctors. That means about 40 percent of the high school-going adolescents are addicted to Internet in... More

Bhutan economy sees 4% growth, GDP per capital crosses US$ 3000


Bhutan’s economy grew by over four per cent last year as compared to 2016. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown steadily since 2013. As per the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), the country’s GDP recorded a growth... More

Bhutan to launch trade information portal by end of next year


The economic affairs ministry is developing a trade information portal, whereby, the traders in the country will be able to get all business related information from a single website. With about 15 per cent of the work complete,... More

Bhutan’s fledgling manufacturing sector hit hard as Indian rupee continues to take...


Close to a month after a new government led by the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party, which comfortably won elections to the parliament last month, assumed power in Thimphu, the Indian rupee—and consequently the Bhutanese ngultrum—continues to... More

Squeezed by an India-China standoff, Bhutan holds its breath


India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s enduring role defending this tiny... More

Conjoined Bhutanese twins who shared liver separated in Australia


Australian surgeons on Friday successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso. The team of more than 20 doctors and nurses spent six hours operating on the pair, who shared a... More

Bhutan King confers Dakyen to PM, appoints ministers


The King of Bhutan conferred Dakyen to Dr Lotay Tshering, officially making him the new Prime Minister of Bhutan’s third democratically elected government at the Tashichhodzong Wednesday (Nov 7). The King also formally appointed the cabinet ministers of... More

Bhutan’s first female pilot now first female captain


From making national headlines as the first female pilot in 2006 and now as the first female captain, Ugyen Dema continues to break gender barrier in Bhutan’s aviation field. The national airlines Drukair promoted 33-year-old Ugyen Dema to... More

Bhutan’s balancing act between China and India


In October 2018, the center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the general elections of Bhutan by taking 30 of 47 national assembly seats, while the governing party — the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was eliminated in the... More

Bhutan matures as a democracy


Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuk had the vision to give his people what they wanted - happiness and democracy. He had been thinking about this at least as early as the beginning of this century and his... More

Bhutan’s first national economic census starts this December


Bhutan’s first national Economic Census will be conducted from this December until the end of January (for a period of two months) next year. Over 50 enumerators will be involved in the Economic Census and cover all the... More

Bhutan gives India a message


India was not an election issue, unlike in the 2013 poll when confusion over New Delhi disrupting kerosene subsidies had drawn attention. Bhutan is deceptively languid. However, the election to the National Assembly (Parliament) late last month gave... More

Bhutan’s GST regime to be implemented by 2020


With the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in India beginning July 2017, the adoption of a GST in Bhutan has become a top priority, according to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) article IV consultation... More

Bhutan NA elects Speakers from ruling party


The National Assembly of Bhutan on Wednesday (October 31) elected Wangchuk Namgyel from the ruling party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) as the Speaker as the Members of Parliament voted along party lines. Wangchuk Namgyel, 55, from Wangdue’s Nyishog-Saephu... More

Bhutan’s cabinet ministers to receive Dakyen on November 7


Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) spokesperson and MP-elect Dr Tandi Dorji, said on Tuesday that the DNT could not form the government on the dissolution of the interim government as was usually done in the past because the... More

DPT files nomination for speaker and deputy speaker


For the first time in the history of Bhutanese democracy, two candidates from the Opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa will contest for the post of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. DPT nominated the Member of... More

Can Bhutan’s New Government Avoid Doklam 2.0?


Bhutan’s voters have given the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) a strong mandate in the country’s recently concluded general election. A relatively new party, the DNT won 30 of the 47 seats in Bhutan’s National Assembly (NA) and... More

Bhutan’s new PM’s economic agenda to “affect relations” with New Delhi


Bhutan’s new Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering’s economic agenda could affect the Himalayan Kingdom’s relations with India, foreign policy watchers in India have said. “If they carry out their economic agenda and diversify their economy away from hydropower,... More

Bhutan: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker on October 31


The third National Assembly will elect its Speaker and Deputy Speaker on October 31. The rules of procedure allow any individual member of the House to submit his nomination for the post. The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) general secretary,... More

Mountain echoes for India


The recent elections to Bhutan's national assembly produced a victory for the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), a left-of-the-centre party led by Dr Lotay Tshering. This was the third national poll in the tiny Himalayan country since it... More

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Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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