Bhutan

  • Nepal to host 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu 28-03-2014 08:35 PM

    Nepal will hold the 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu on November 14, the third time the country is hosting the event since the establishment of eight-member regional grouping in 1985. A cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday decided to hold the summit on November 14 and...
  • IAF, experts debunk theory of Malaysian plane being used for 9/11-type attack 16-03-2014 05:59 PM

    The theory that the missing Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked for a 9/11-type attack on India was on Sunday debunked by the IAF and strategic experts who said it would not have escaped detection had it entered the Indian air space. Senior IAF officers said India has multi-layered and...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister...
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan guest house ready to host after 19 years 05-01-2014 01:10 PM

    Believed to be last functional almost two decades ago, when former South African president Nelson Mandela stayed in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the 14-room guest wing of the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been renovated and is all set to host Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Ashi Jetsun Pema, who...
  • Omair Ahmad's book about Bhutan is a valuable addition 29-10-2013 03:38 PM

    Bhutan, for me was just a neighboring country before I finished reading this book. I never really knew that there could be so much about a country that the world deserves to know. Bhutan as said in the blurb of the book as well is the most isolated country of...
  • Bhutan-India relation stood the test of time, says Tshering Tobgay 04-10-2013 11:55 PM

    Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay talked about the relation with India and said there is no 'rough patch' regarding fuel subsidy. He said, "Relations between India and China have stood the test of time." ...
  • World View: Will US shutdown affect India? 04-10-2013 09:58 PM

    US President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans came no closer to ending a standoff on Tuesday that has forced the first government shutdown in 17 years and thrown hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work. ...
  • Nitish Kumar assures Buddhists about security at Bodh Gaya 13-09-2013 03:44 PM

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Friday, assured Buddhist leaders that strict security measures have been taken to prevent a repeat of the July serial blasts at Bodh Gaya. "The serial bomb blasts in the holy shrine and in Bodh Gaya on July 7 left us aghast. Nobody had ever...
  • India announces Rs 5,000 crore assistance for Bhutan 31-08-2013 08:34 PM

    India today announced an aid of Rs 5,000 crore, including a special package of Rs 500 crore, for Bhutan as part of commitment to its continued socio-economic development, a move that assumes significance against the backdrop of unease in the bilateral ties recently. The decision was announced after talks between...
  • Manmohan Singh holds talks with his Bhutanese counterpart 31-08-2013 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday discussed issues of mutual interest with Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay here. The meeting, also attended by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, held at the official residence of the Prime Minister. Prior to the official meeting, the PM welcomed Tobgay and the delegation...
  • Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay to meet Manmohan Singh on 6-day visit to India 30-08-2013 11:23 AM

    In his first official visit after becoming Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay will arrive in New Delhi on Friday and meet the top Indian leadership during which key bilateral issues like financial assistance for the Himalayan nation will be discussed. "During the visit, all areas of mutual interest including...
  • India creates 23 new border posts along Nepal, Bhutan 18-08-2013 02:40 PM

    India has created 23 new border posts and deployed additional troops along its frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan in order to effectively check entry of criminals and curb smuggling of arms. The proposal was in the pipeline for sometime and the decision on it has been prompted by the July...
  • India assures Bhutan of assistance in 11th Five Year Plan 16-08-2013 04:28 PM

    India today assured Bhutan of assistance in financing, executing and monitoring its 11th Five Year Plan in a proficient and effective way. Special Secretary of Development Partnership Administration P S Raghavan and his six-member Indian delegation called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshokhag on Friday. Raghavan assured...
  • New Bhutanese PM to visit India next week 10-08-2013 05:54 PM

    Thimphu: Bhutan's new Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will travel to India next week on his first visit abroad, during which he will seek New Delhi's help to boost his country's economy and ease a liquidity crunch. Tobgay's visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be his first...
  • India to restore subsidised gas supply to Bhutan from August 1 31-07-2013 11:18 AM

    New Delhi: India will restore the supply of subsidised gas to Bhutan from August 1, a month after it was halted and became a campaign issue in the Himalayan Kingdom's second national polls. "We have obtained and completed all clearances - technical and administrative. We are ready to supply the...
  • The Last Word: Did India's behaviour influence the Bhutan? 16-07-2013 10:53 PM

    Karan Thapar asks panel of experts, what significance would Bhutan election results have on its relationship with India? ...
  • Bhutan: Foreign Secy to discuss India-assisted projects 15-05-2013 06:05 PM

    Thimpu: Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai arrived here on Wednesday to hold consultations with senior Bhutanese officials during which status of India-assisted projects and other key bilateral issues will be discussed. Mathai is scheduled to meet the Chief Adviser of the Interim Government Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay and call on the King...
  • Agra to host SAARC literature festival 21-02-2013 05:22 PM

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  • Of loving and leaving Bhutan

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Bhutan is one of those places that just leaves an imprint - but as I write that, I think of other places visited, people met,...

  • The hills are alive: hugged by the Queen, blessed by the Abbot

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    The sound of music resonated in the most unlikely fashion - After being treated to a dose of "high culture" music, if you'll allow me...

  • 'Through the Lens...' with love, from Bhutan King 15-11-2011 05:56 PM

    Royalty has many hobbies. Prince Charles liked to collect cheap plastic toys, Queen Victoria liked to play cards and insist that losers cough up newly minted coins, King Jagajit Singh of Kapurtala built French chateaus, and Marie Antoinette loved watches. However, the worlds youngest monarch, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the...
  • Bhutan's royal couple in India 24-10-2011 04:15 PM

    New Delhi: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a nine-day state visit, their first foreign trip after their marriage. The couple were received at the Indira Gandhi airport in New Delhi. During his visit, the king will hold...
  • Facebook campaign may herald changes in Bhutan 16-10-2011 01:27 PM

    Thimphu: For a sign of things to come with isolated Bhutan's young democracy, look no further than a draconian smoking law, some bar talk, and a Facebook page. For decades, Bhutan has been the world's most reclusive kingdom, with conservative villagers living under an absolute monarch. The introduction of parliamentary...
  • Rahul attends Bhutan's Royal couple's reception 15-10-2011 06:53 PM

    Thimphu: Bhutan's newly-wed Royal couple joined thousands of people on Saturday, singing, dancing and graciously accepting their greetings as celebrations continued to mark their fairytale wedding and the Royal Army hosted a reception, an event where Rahul Gandhi was the only foreign guest. King Jigme Khesar Nagyel Wangchuck, who wed...
  • Bhutan's Dragon King marries his commoner bride 13-10-2011 09:59 AM

    Punakha: The beloved king of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan married his commoner bride in an ancient Buddhist ceremony at the country's most sacred monastery fortress on Thursday. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck came down from his golden throne in front of a huge statue of Buddha to place...