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A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay

Land Cruisers and phones — How the UN spread the virus of consumerism in Bhutan

In ‘The Good Country Equation’, Simon Anholt writes about Bhutan’s dilemma of increasing foreign revenue without losing its socio-cultural and environmental capital.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | File image | @SecPompeo | Twitter

China has desire to expand power, incursion in Ladakh indicates its intention, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday asserted that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is testing the world to see if anyone is going to stand up to its threats and bullying.
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China says border with Bhutan yet to be demarcated, advocates ‘package solution’

China recently staked claim over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan and said there are disputes in central, eastern & western sections of the boundary between the two countries
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India ‘talking’ to Bhutan as Beijing opens new front with Thimphu along Arunachal border

India believes that the main reason Beijing has opened a new front with Thimphu over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan is to ‘provoke’ New Delhi.
E P Unny | The Indian Express

India’s prayers for Covaxin vaccine and a geology lesson on Kashmir

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Bhutan to not allow sale of Patanjali’s Coronil, says drug not approved by its regulatory body

Bhutan's Drug Regulatory Authority has said there is no cure for Covid-19 yet and it won't allow the sale of any medicine which claims to do so.

Bhutan rejects media reports claiming it stopped irrigation water to Assam villages

Bhutan said a deliberate attempt was being made by vested interests to spread misinformation and cause misunderstanding between Assam & the country.
A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay

Why Bhutan hasn’t finalised the tourism fee it wants to charge Indians

The Lower House of Bhutanese Parliament has passed the draft tourism bill, but the Upper House is still debating its fine print.
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China & Bhutan close to striking Doklam deal, holding line could become working boundary

2 years after tense India-China stand-off at Doklam plateau, Bhutan could agree to let China hang on to territory it has already captured.
Mountain Echoes

Mountain Echoes turns 10 — the Indo-Bhutanese lit fest is an equal celebration of culture

The Indo-Bhutanese literature festival begins today, marking its 10th anniversary with quiet humility and a host of exciting sessions.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.