Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Topic: Bhutan

No stop to China’s building spree in Bhutan as new village springs up, satellite images show

China has built at least one more village in Bhutan near tri-junction with India. Satellite images now show a total of 6 such sites with more than 200 structures on disputed land.

PM Narendra Modi conferred with Bhutan’s highest civilian award

Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering said on social media that he was overjoyed to hear that PM Modi was awarded the highest civilian decoration, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo.

China passes new law on protection of land border areas amid military standoff with India

India and Bhutan are the two countries with which China is yet to finalise the border agreements, while Beijing resolved the boundary disputes with 12 other neighbours.

China may push Bhutan for ‘definitive response’ on border dispute: Ex-envoy Nambiar on MoU

Former Indian envoy to China Vijay K. Nambiar was speaking at a webinar hosted by Institute of Chinese Studies on linkages between Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh, and Bhutan.

China sees ‘snub’ to India in Bhutan agreement. And Chinese are mocking Ajay Devgn

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‘We’ve taken note’ — India says after China & Bhutan sign pact on boundary negotiations

Bhutan and China Thursday signed the MoU on the 'three-step roadmap' for expediting the Bhutan-China Boundary negotiations.

What the world can learn from Bhutan’s rapid Covid vaccine rollout

Despite having 376 doctors and few nurses, across just three weeks in summer, Bhutan delivered a second vaccine dose to nearly every adult in the country.

How digital currency can lift gross national happiness in Bhutan

Bhutan central bank’s desire to take cash digital could create opportunities for blockchain-based decentralised finance. It may leave people happier than they are now.

Bhutan’s King trekked to stop Covid. But he’s walking between India and China

Bhutan is sandwiched between two Asian giants — one forcing it to show its hand, while another has the potential to make it a ‘vaccine maitri’.

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File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.