China makes new claim in eastern border with Bhutan

News: China has made territorial claims over Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in eastern Bhutan at an online meeting of the Global Environment Facility(GEF). Facts: Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located in Trashigang District, Eastern Bhutan. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion. The sanctuary represents the easternmost temperate ecosystems… Continue reading China makes new claim in eastern border with Bhutan

Agreement for Indo-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project signed

News: The Concession Agreement was signed between the Royal Government of Bhutan and Kholongchu Hydro Energy Limited for the Kholongchhu (Joint Venture) Hydroelectric Project. Facts: Kholongchu Hydroelectric Project: It is a run-of-the-river project located on the lower course of the Kholongchu River in Trashiyangtse district in eastern Bhutan. Implementation: The project will be implemented by… Continue reading Agreement for Indo-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project signed

No more waiver, Bhutan to levy charges on Indian tourists

News:Bhutan has released the new draft tourism policy. Facts: About the policy: The policy plans to levy charges on tourists from regional countries including India, Bangladesh and the Maldives who at present are exempted from any charges. These new charges have been necessitated by the sharp increase in tourists from the region mainly from India… Continue reading No more waiver, Bhutan to levy charges on Indian tourists

IWAI Ship Carrying Cargo From Bhutan To Bangladesh

India has flagged off a ship of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) carrying stones from Bhutan to be delivered in Bangladesh. The ship has set sail from Dhubri in Assam and will travel to Narayanganj in Bangladesh over river Brahmaputra and the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route. This is the first time an Indian… Continue reading IWAI Ship Carrying Cargo From Bhutan To Bangladesh

It’s too early to call off SAARC and say it isn’t relevant or viable: Bhutan PM

Bhutan Prime Minister has talked about the major themes in Indo-Bhutan relations,the SAARC region as well as Indian Prime Minister upcoming visit to Bhutan. He said that India and Bhutan ties are at their highest possible point in relations as both countries has no outstanding issues. The two countries are cooperating on various projects such… Continue reading It’s too early to call off SAARC and say it isn’t relevant or viable: Bhutan PM

Bhutan PM says China must maintain status quo on Doklam

Bhutan’s Prime Minister has said that China should maintain status quo in the Doklam region.He said that as long as the status quo was maintained there will be peace and tranquillity in the region. This statement came in the backdrop of China building up of military infrastructure on the Chinese side of the Doklam plateau… Continue reading Bhutan PM says China must maintain status quo on Doklam

Bhutan throws up pay wall amid surge of Indian tourists

Bhutan government is planning to maintain the exclusivity of the country by putting a cap on the tourist arrivals per year. It also plans to levy a minimum fee from regional tourists from as per the recommendations of the Pay Commission.Indian,Bangladeshi and Maldivian tourists are classified as ‘regional tourists’ in Bhutan. These steps are taken… Continue reading Bhutan throws up pay wall amid surge of Indian tourists

Bhutan’s lower house of parliament votes to decriminalise homosexuality

Bhutan’s lower house of parliament has voted to scrap laws criminalising homosexuality. The lower house scrapped Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code, which criminalised unnatural sex.However,the amendment is yet to be ratified by the upper House of Parliament. Currently,LGBT+ people are not recognised under Bhutanese law and as such aren’t protected from employment… Continue reading Bhutan’s lower house of parliament votes to decriminalise homosexuality

Bhutan govt to place bill for ratification of BBIN initiative at its upper senate

The Bhutan government has decided to send the bill for ratification of the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal(BBIN) initiative for road and rail connectivity to its upper senate. Bangladesh,Bhutan,India and Nepal had signed a framework Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA)in June 2015 to enable movement of passenger and cargo vehicles across borders among the four countries. Bhutan has not yet… Continue reading Bhutan govt to place bill for ratification of BBIN initiative at its upper senate