BHUTAN

  • Bhutan, not India was first to recognise Bangladesh December 9, 2014

    Dhaka: Bhutan and not India was the first to to recognise Bangladesh as an independent nation, foreign office has said, putting an end to decades old speculation on the issue. "Bhutan was the first country, there is no controversy about that," Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told reporters on Monday amid...
  • Security of India, Bhutan 'intricately interlinked': Pranab Mukherjee November 7, 2014

    Thimphu: India said Bhutan and its security is "intricately interlinked" and it is important for the two neighbours to be sensitive to each other's concerns, as President Pranab Mukherjee held wide-ranging talks with the Bhutanese leadership. Breaking protocol, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife received President Mukherjee...
  • Bhutan King breaks protocol to receive President Pranab Mukherjee November 7, 2014

    Thimphu: Breaking protocol, the Bhutanese King and his wife received President Pranab Mukherjee at the airport as he arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian head of state to the country in 26 years. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck along with his wife turned up...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Bhutan state visit November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee left on Friday on a two-day state visit to Bhutan, the first presidential visit to Thimphu in 26 years. Mukherjee is visiting Bhutan on the invitation of Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He is accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and four MPs,...
  • Bhutan King Jigme Khesar condoles J&K flood death and devastation September 24, 2014

    Srinagar: King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar has expressed his condolences over the loss of life and property due to the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir. "His Excellency Jigme Khesar, King of Bhutan, has written to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra to convey his deepest condolences to the people...
  • India, Bhutan to speed up mutually agreed projects September 11, 2014

    Thimphu: India and Bhutan on Thursday agreed to speed up the implementation of the mutually agreed projects in this country as the two sides met here to review the Indian assistance of Rs 45 billion for Bhutan's 11th Five Year Plan. The third round of the BhutanIndia Development Cooperation Talks...
  • Modi's 100 days in power: A look at PM's foreign policies August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed 100 days in power on Monday. PM Narendra Modi began his tenure with a diplomatic coup of sorts, securing the attendance of all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads of states and Mauritius...
  • Overdrive: Meet The Neighbours June 29, 2014

    Overdrive in partnership with Nissan is set to embark on an epic drive called 'Meet The Neighbours', which as the name suggests intends to meet our neighbours. In this episode, we take you through Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. ...
  • PM Modi thanks guardian deities, Kings for Bhutan visit success June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Happy over his successful Bhutan visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the "blessings of our guardian deities, leadership of our Kings, good fortune of our people" for it. "Visit a success: All thanks to the blessings of our Guardian Deities; leadership of our Kings; good fortune of...
  • Modi says his inner voice made him choose Bhutan June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: "My inner voice said I should visit Bhutan first." This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while explaining why he chose Bhutan as his first foreign destination. "After such a big mandate, there is usually a temptation to visit some big powerful nation so that there is...
  • Read: The welcome song for Modi that was sung by Bhutan school kids June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a rousing welcome in Bhutan on Sunday where he was received by Bhutanese Premier Tshering Tobgay, his cabinet ministers and senior government officials. After a ceremonial guard of honour at the airport, Modi was driven in a huge convoy of vehicles to the...
  • Modi visit a success, tweets Bhutan PM June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on Monday said that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's visit to his country was a "success" and the Bhutanese people were fortunate to host the new Indian premier. "PM@narendramodi visit a success: All thanks to the blessings of our Guardian Deities; leadership of our Kings;...
  • 'Hope PM Modi lives up to commitments to Bhutan' June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: The Bhutanese people were impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that he would review with the Bhutanese leadership India's development cooperation programme to make it more effective; and are hoping that Modi, "known as a doer", would translate his commitments into action, an editorial in a Bhutanese daily...
  • India, Bhutan to boost hydropower cooperation June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: India and Bhutan reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10,000 MW target in hydropower cooperation and not to allow their territories to be used for interests "inimical" to each other. In a joint statement at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's twoday visit to the Himalayan kingdom, the two...
  • India announces concessions for Bhutan June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: Seeking to push further the relationship with Bhutan, India on Monday announced a number of measures and concessions including the exemption of Bhutan from any ban on export of milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and nonbasmati rice. The two sides also reaffirmed their commitment to their cooperative partnership...
  • Narendra Modi leaves Bhutan for home after first foreign visit June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for home from Bhutan, concluding his first foreign trip after assuming office last month. He was given a warm send off by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and several of his Cabinet colleagues at the Paro airport. Modi drove from Thimphu to Paro airport, a...
  • Full text: PM Modi's address to the joint session of Bhutan Parliament June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: On the second day of his visit to Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the joint session of Parliament in Thimphu. It is his first foreign visit since he assumed office on May 27. Modi began his address by appreciating the smooth transition from monarchy to...
  • Bhutan makes an exception for Narendra Modi, claps for him June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: People of Bhutan do not clap as a congratulatory gesture as they believe that clapping is done only to ward off evil spirits. But on Monday, they made an exception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who gave a rousing speech at the joint session of Bhutanese Parliament. As Modi...
  • Narendra Modi's slip of tongue, referring to Bhutan as Nepal, and rare applause at Bhutan's Parliament inspire Twitter jokes June 16, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slip of tongue while addressing a joint session of Bhutan's Parliament, referring to Bhutan as Nepal, was picked up by Twitter users who cracked jokes as he wrapped up his twoday visit to the Himalayan country. A news report that the Bhutanese people, who do not...
  • Bhutan visit extremely successful and entirely satisfying: Swaraj June 16, 2014

    Thimpu: India on Monday described as "extremely successful and entirely satisfying" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bhutan and said it would strengthen IndoBhutan relations. "This visit has been extremely successful and entirely satisfying. It will further strengthen IndoBhutan ties," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told mediapersons. Swaraj said, during the twoday...
  • PM Modi lays foundation stone of Kholongchu hydropower project June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone of the 600MW Kholongchu Hydro electric project, a joint venture between India and Bhutan. The project's foundation stone was laid by Modi electronically from the courtyard of Bhutan's Parliament building after addressing a joint session. Three Hydroelectric projects (HEPs) totalling 1416...
  • More vegetarian, Gujarati dishes on table for Narendra Modi in Thimphu June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: With visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being a strict vegetarian, the Bhutanese government and the hotel he is staying in are serving more vegetarian dishes as well as some Gujarati dishes. Modi, who arrived in Bhutan on Sunday to a warm welcome, is staying at the Taj Tashi. Around...
  • PM Modi addresses Bhutan Parliament, focuses on ties, tourism, democracy June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: On the second day of his visit to Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the joint session of Parliament in Thimphu. It is his first foreign visit since he assumed office on May 27. Modi began his address by appreciating the smooth transition from monarchy to...
  • News on June 16: As it happened June 16, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a twoday trip to Bhutan. It his first foreign visit after he assumed the office. He will address the joint session of the Bhutan Parliament and is likely to stress on his B for B Bharat for Bhutan relations theory in that...
  • PM Modi to address Bhutan Parliament, likely to stress on 'B for B' theory June 16, 2014

    Thimphu: It's day two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first foreign trip. On Monday, he will address the joint session of the Bhutan Parliament and is likely to stress on his B for B Bharat for Bhutan relations theory in that address. Modi will also lay down the foundation...
  • Cook flown to Bhutan to serve Gujarati food for Modi June 15, 2014

    Thimpu: A chef from Gujarat Bhawan in New Delhi has specially travelled to Bhutan to cook dishes for visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is known to mostly eat homecooked food. The cook has been in Bhutan since almost a week as Modi is known for not having food outside, including...
  • India committed to Bhutan's growth, happiness, assures PM Modi June 15, 2014

    Thimpu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is out in Bhutan on his maiden foreign trip assured India's closest neighbour that his government was committed to it's happiness and development even though the rule in Delhi has changed as he specified areas like peace, security, development and tourism for focus of...
  • PM Modi vows to nurture 'B2B' ties on first foreign tour June 15, 2014

    Thimphu: Making Bhutan his first foreign destination, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday vowed to nurture bilateral relations which he described as "B2B Bharat to Bhutan" as he held talks with the Bhutanese King and the Premier, discussing an entire gamut of ties. Embarking on a twoday trip here...
  • In Bhutan, Modi inaugurates new SC building, to address joint Parliament June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is visiting Bhutan inaugurated the new Supreme Court building of the neighbouring Himalayan country on Day 1 of his visit. The new SC building in Hejo was constructed with funding from the Indian government. Bhutanese PM tweeted about the event saying, Supreme Court inaugurated...
  • Narendra Modi's Bhutan visit first step to reassert regional sway June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins on Sunday his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region, offering financial and technical help and the lure of a huge market. The tiny Buddhist nation, wedged in the Himalayas between...