Bhutan’s election: Winning parties of primary round declare candidates

Two winning Bhutanese parties have decided to enter the general election scheduled for next month with their existing 47 candidates. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) parties were pronounced winners of the primary round... More

Bhutan Week opens in India

Commemorating the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu graced the opening of the Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre... More

Bhutan’s DNT to focus on east constituencies in general election campaign

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) launched their campaign for the General Round of Third National Assembly Election 2018 in presence of the Bhutanese Media in Thimphu Saturday. Speaking to the media, the DNT President Lotay Tshering, said they will... More

How a new party trumped the ruling PDP in Bhutan primary polls

The tiny Himalayan kingdom – called Druk Yul in Bhutanese (Land of the Thunder Dragon) – is nestled between economic rivals China and India. It opened up to the world as late as the 1970s. Before Bhutan... More

DNT sticks with its initial 47 candidates

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has decided to declare its initial 47 candidates, who represented the party in the primary round, to the contest for the general round elections too. The party president Lotay Tshering said the question of... More

Bhutan EC asks DNT and DPT to nominate candidates

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has called the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to nominate their candidates to contest for the general elections starting Monday ( September 17). During the declaration of the... More

Bhutan election results: Strategic shift needed from India

Among the neighboring countries of India, Bhutan is one such country which has been friendly to India from all perspectives. Both the countries share mutual interests and thus it is always important for India, the big brother... More

Bhutan’s middle class, armed forces and youth among voters who delivered poll...

The primary round of the third National Assembly election in Bhutan sprung a major surprise last Saturday with the incumbent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay getting knocked out of the contest. PDP... More

DNT, DPT through to general elections, secured 92,722 and 90,020 votes respectively

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) are through to the general round of the third parliamentary national assembly election scheduled on October 18. With a total of 92,722 votes, DNT led the primary... More

In major upset, Bhutan voters defeat ruling PDP in first round of...

With voters coming out in large numbers, Bhutan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party was defeated and failed to qualify for the final round of the country’s third National Assembly elections in a result that has shocked observers and... More

Bhutan votes in third ever election as India and China tussle for...

Voters in Bhutan, “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, went to the polls Saturday in the first round of only the third election in the small Himalayan nation wedged between rivals India and China. The two parties with the... More

Bhutan to vote in primary election round on Saturday

The polling for the primary round will start from 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. Image for representational purpose only Bhutan will vote in a primary round of the third general election... More

Want cheaper fuel? Visit this border outpost in Bhutan

A litre of diesel and petrol in Bhutan averages Rs. 54 and  Rs. 59 respectively, about  Rs. 20-25 cheaper than the nearest oil outlet in Assam. Decades of informal trade between Assam and Bhutan, disrupted by insurgency, took... More

India keeps a close watch on Bhutan elections

New Delhi is keeping a close watch on the upcoming National Assembly elections in Bhutan amid attempts by China to woo the tiny Himalayan nation with which it does not currently have diplomatic ties. The primary round... More

Assam gets first border trade centre with Bhutan

As India and Bhutan celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations, another milestone was added to the ties between the two nations as a Border Trade Centre was opened at Darranga in Baksa district of Assam, bordering Samdrup... More

As Bhutan gears up for its third general election, many wonder if...

As Bhutan heads to the first round of its general elections on September 15 to decide which two of the four political parties in the country will contest the final round on October 18, the fear of... More

Bhutan Election: Job creation remains every party’s priority

The 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) projects 66,000 fresh job seekers with secondary and university education to enter the labour market in the next five years. Against this backdrop, the political parties have been promising productive and... More

India-Bhutan border to be laser-mapped along Assam to check terrorist presence 

It has been reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given its approval to a plan to undertake laser based aerial mapping of the India-Bhutan border along Assam. It is understood that laser based aerial... More

Trucks carrying boulders stranded at India- Bangladesh border

About 102 Bhutanese trucks with their drivers stranded in Banglabandha, Bangladesh since August 31 re-entered the Indian border, Fulbari. Bhutanese trucks carrying stones and boulders to Bangladesh use the India-Bangladesh border, Fulbari-Banglabandha. The trucks drop the materials and... More

On a mission to redefine politics

Emboldened with the zeal and zest of its ever-energetic president, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party has embarked on an ambitious mission of redefining politics in the country beginning this election. It has endured humiliation on the eve of elections in... More

Facilitation booth voting begins in Bhutan

The registered postal voters who opted for facilitation booths have started to cast their votes from Friday. Out of the 438,663 registered voters, 133,795 registered as postal voters. Of the total postal voters, 102,528 opted to vote through... More


Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... 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