Bhutan

Country Bhutan
Capital Thimphu
Continent Asia(South Asia)
Currency Bhutanese Ngultrum(BTN)
Languages Dzongkha

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Introduction

In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned the areas of Bhutan annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. A refugee issue of over 100,000 Bhutanese in Nepal remains unresolved; 90% of the refugees are housed in seven United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camps. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which would introduce major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne to his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty to allow Bhutan greater autonomy in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate policy decisions in this area with New Delhi. In July 2007, seven ministers of Bhutan's ten-member cabinet resigned to join the political process, and the cabinet acted as a caretaker regime until democratic elections for seats to the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008. The king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008.

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Bhutan - Wikipedia
Bhutan - CIA World Fact Book
Bhutan - BBC
Bhutan - Timeline - BBC

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Maharashtra biker arrested by Bhutan police after video of him climbing memorial stupa goes viral - India Today
  1. Maharashtra biker arrested by Bhutan police after video of him climbing memorial stupa goes viral  India Today
  2. Indian tourist detained in Bhutan for desecrating Buddhist 'chorten'  Times of India
  3. Indian Tourist Sparks Outrage After He Climbed Atop A Religious Shrine In Bhutan  ScoopWhoop
  4. Indian Tourist detained in Bhutan  NorthEast Today
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Indian Tourist from Maharashtra Detained in Bhutan for 'Desecrating' Holy Buddhist Chorten - News18Indian Tourist from Maharashtra Detained in Bhutan for 'Desecrating' Holy Buddhist Chorten  News18

Bhutan Opens Itself to the World - and Tourists - U.S. News & World ReportBhutan Opens Itself to the World - and Tourists  U.S. News & World Report

Kickstarting ‘Made in Bhutan’ - LivemintKickstarting ‘Made in Bhutan’  Livemint

Addicted in Bhutan - Foreign PolicyAddicted in Bhutan  Foreign Policy

Indian Army chopper crashes in Bhutan, both pilots killed - Economic TimesIndian Army chopper crashes in Bhutan, both pilots killed  Economic Times

The Postcard Hotel goes international with openings in Bhutan, Sri Lanka - Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in TravelThe Postcard Hotel goes international with openings in Bhutan, Sri Lanka  Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in Travel

SAFF U-15 Women's Championship: India Crush Bhutan 10-1 To Storm into Final - News18SAFF U-15 Women's Championship: India Crush Bhutan 10-1 To Storm into Final  News18

Bhutan joins world forum for intangible cultural heritage - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan joins world forum for intangible cultural heritage  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Here's How Bhutan is Fighting a Possible Malaria, Dengue Epidemic - News18Here's How Bhutan is Fighting a Possible Malaria, Dengue Epidemic  News18

Indian tourist sparks fury after climbing atop scared monument in Bhutan, detained - Free Press JournalIndian tourist sparks fury after climbing atop scared monument in Bhutan, detained  Free Press Journal

India must extend assistance to Bhutan to keep ties ‘stronger’ - Observer Research FoundationIndia must extend assistance to Bhutan to keep ties ‘stronger’  Observer Research Foundation

5 cool ways to experience Bhutan - 9Honey5 cool ways to experience Bhutan  9Honey

The tiny kingdom fighting an epidemic - BBC NewsThe tiny kingdom fighting an epidemic  BBC News

Bhutan's GDP growth above global average - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan's GDP growth above global average  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Indian biker climbs atop Bhutan stupa, detained - Pune MirrorIndian biker climbs atop Bhutan stupa, detained  Pune Mirror

How Bhutan built conservation finance into its DNA - Euromoney magazineHow Bhutan built conservation finance into its DNA  Euromoney magazine

Bhutan Prepares For Zero Malaria: A Photo Story - ForbesBhutan Prepares For Zero Malaria: A Photo Story  Forbes

The Forgotten 'NRC' in Bhutan - The WireThe Forgotten 'NRC' in Bhutan  The Wire

China & Bhutan close to striking Doklam deal, holding line could become working boundary - ThePrintChina & Bhutan close to striking Doklam deal, holding line could become working boundary  ThePrint

Buoyant Bhutan - Deccan HeraldBuoyant Bhutan  Deccan Herald

Bulgari launches its all-new Cinemagia collection in breathtaking Bhutan - Options The EdgeBulgari launches its all-new Cinemagia collection in breathtaking Bhutan  Options The Edge

Fashion and textile, a new collaboration between Bhutan and India - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperFashion and textile, a new collaboration between Bhutan and India  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Khadi dazzles Bhutan, set to start first international venture soon – See pics - Financial ExpressKhadi dazzles Bhutan, set to start first international venture soon – See pics  Financial Express

Bhutan’s Citizenship Laws: A History Lesson That India Must Pay Heed To - Youth Ki AwaazBhutan’s Citizenship Laws: A History Lesson That India Must Pay Heed To  Youth Ki Awaaz

Digital Media Is Allowing the Bhutanese to Tell Their Stories – in Their Own Way - The WireDigital Media Is Allowing the Bhutanese to Tell Their Stories – in Their Own Way  The Wire

How poor rail connectivity is acting as a hindrance to India's Act East policy - Economic TimesHow poor rail connectivity is acting as a hindrance to India's Act East policy  Economic Times

Narendra Modi Meets Bhutan PM, Discuss "Strong, Growing" Relationship - NDTV NewsNarendra Modi Meets Bhutan PM, Discuss "Strong, Growing" Relationship  NDTV News

Six Senses Gangtey Opens in Bhutan - Hotel News ResourceSix Senses Gangtey Opens in Bhutan  Hotel News Resource

Parking space for Bhutanese trucks opens at Changrabandha - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperParking space for Bhutanese trucks opens at Changrabandha  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Bhutan is boosting its economy and development through happiness and mindfulness - FirstpostBhutan is boosting its economy and development through happiness and mindfulness  Firstpost

Assam: 3 NDFB(S) cadres arrested by security forces along India-Bhutan border - ANI NewsAssam: 3 NDFB(S) cadres arrested by security forces along India-Bhutan border  ANI News

Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks - The HinduMeghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks  The Hindu

Bhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam - The HinduBhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam  The Hindu

Non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan presents credentials - The EditionNon-resident Ambassador to Bhutan presents credentials  The Edition

India, Nepal, Bhutan to count tigers in high altitude - The HinduIndia, Nepal, Bhutan to count tigers in high altitude  The Hindu

My Bhutan Pilgrimage-ish, Part Tourism, Part Leaning into the Spirituality of a Himalayan Buddhist Country - PatheosMy Bhutan Pilgrimage-ish, Part Tourism, Part Leaning into the Spirituality of a Himalayan Buddhist Country  Patheos

Bhutan Police arrest biker from Maharashtra for desecrating holy spot - Republic World - Republic WorldBhutan Police arrest biker from Maharashtra for desecrating holy spot - Republic World  Republic World

Indian tourist detained in Bhutan for climbing atop Buddhist monument - Yahoo India NewsIndian tourist detained in Bhutan for climbing atop Buddhist monument  Yahoo India News

Bhutan out of ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan out of ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Rethinking tourism - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperRethinking tourism  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Huge cache of ammunition recovered near Indo-Bhutan border in Assam - Times of IndiaHuge cache of ammunition recovered near Indo-Bhutan border in Assam  Times of India

Introducing Bhutan: The Eastern Himalayan Kingdom With Beer That Rivals The Best - Pedestrian TVIntroducing Bhutan: The Eastern Himalayan Kingdom With Beer That Rivals The Best  Pedestrian TV

Bhutan is all good to graduate - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan is all good to graduate  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

PM Modi Holds Bilateral Talks with Hasina, Counterparts from Bhutan, Greece, Mauritius - News18PM Modi Holds Bilateral Talks with Hasina, Counterparts from Bhutan, Greece, Mauritius  News18

Bhutan presents herself as hope - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan presents herself as hope  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Bhutan's faith in UN remains unwavering: PM - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan's faith in UN remains unwavering: PM  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

No Lesson Learnt? After Bali's Hotel Heist, Another Indian Tourist Desecrate 'Chorten' In Bhutan - News NationNo Lesson Learnt? After Bali's Hotel Heist, Another Indian Tourist Desecrate 'Chorten' In Bhutan  News Nation

Bhutanese in Japan safe after Typhoon Hagibis - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutanese in Japan safe after Typhoon Hagibis  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

World’s toughest: Bhutan’s 300-km run to highlight climate change - EastMojoWorld’s toughest: Bhutan’s 300-km run to highlight climate change  EastMojo

Bhutan's food import reaches Nu 3B - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan's food import reaches Nu 3B  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Governor takes up Lumla-Tashigang road with Bhutan consul general - The Arunachal TimesGovernor takes up Lumla-Tashigang road with Bhutan consul general  The Arunachal Times

Maraz-inspired U18s thrash Bhutan 4-0, reach Saff final - Dhaka TribuneMaraz-inspired U18s thrash Bhutan 4-0, reach Saff final  Dhaka Tribune

People's Cryptocurrency: Bhutan Launches National Digital Currency - U.TodayPeople's Cryptocurrency: Bhutan Launches National Digital Currency  U.Today

Assam: Elephant calf found dead in Baksa near Bhutan border - EastMojoAssam: Elephant calf found dead in Baksa near Bhutan border  EastMojo

Khandu wants road between Tawang to Bhutan to boost tourism - The Shillong TimesKhandu wants road between Tawang to Bhutan to boost tourism  The Shillong Times

Bhutan's State Enterprise selects MTI for restructuring - ft.lkBhutan's State Enterprise selects MTI for restructuring  ft.lk

After India's operation Juniper, China closes deal with Bhutan on Doklam border dispute - ABP LiveAfter India's operation Juniper, China closes deal with Bhutan on Doklam border dispute  ABP Live

The Zen Priest in Bhutan: Glad for the Day - PatheosThe Zen Priest in Bhutan: Glad for the Day  Patheos

Incident sparks outrage; builds pressure to regulate regional tourism - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperIncident sparks outrage; builds pressure to regulate regional tourism  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

India crush Bhutan 10-1, enter final - The TribuneIndia crush Bhutan 10-1, enter final  The Tribune

Angler Oliver White on Fishing in Bhutan for 'A Thousand Casts' Doc - Men's JournalAngler Oliver White on Fishing in Bhutan for 'A Thousand Casts' Doc  Men's Journal

India women seal SAFF U15 championship - SportstarIndia women seal SAFF U15 championship  Sportstar

Next stop: Bhutan for UNE education students - Armidale ExpressNext stop: Bhutan for UNE education students  Armidale Express

The Zen Priest Continues his Bhutan Adventure: Or, Not Knowing is Most Intimate - PatheosThe Zen Priest Continues his Bhutan Adventure: Or, Not Knowing is Most Intimate  Patheos

Wonders Await: The Zen Priest Continues to Explore Bhutan - PatheosWonders Await: The Zen Priest Continues to Explore Bhutan  Patheos

Research team developing Bhutanese sign language - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperResearch team developing Bhutanese sign language  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Strengthening Bhutan's SMEs is critical in helping women empowerment - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperStrengthening Bhutan's SMEs is critical in helping women empowerment  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Bhutan aspires to achieve SDGs earlier than target year - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperBhutan aspires to achieve SDGs earlier than target year  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Ambassador Acharya presents Letters of Credence to Bhutan king - KhabarhubAmbassador Acharya presents Letters of Credence to Bhutan king  Khabarhub

Several MoUs likely during ports’ conclave - The HinduSeveral MoUs likely during ports’ conclave  The Hindu

The Postcard Hotel goes international, aims to own or manage a billion dollars of hotel assets in 5 years - Economic TimesThe Postcard Hotel goes international, aims to own or manage a billion dollars of hotel assets in 5 years  Economic Times

Saving children for 37 years in Bhutan - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperSaving children for 37 years in Bhutan  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Fate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old - ReutersFate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old  Reuters

Kabhi khushi, but mostly gham: Why India’s so unhappy - Times of IndiaKabhi khushi, but mostly gham: Why India’s so unhappy  Times of India

2 Bhutanese nationals held with tiger skin in Jalpaiguri - Times of India2 Bhutanese nationals held with tiger skin in Jalpaiguri  Times of India

Tensung FC qualifies for Bhutan Pepsi Super League without a single loss - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperTensung FC qualifies for Bhutan Pepsi Super League without a single loss  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Keepers of the Secrets of Our Hearts: On the Bhutanese Nuns Foundation, Dr Tashi Zangmo, & the Nun Namgyel Lhamo - PatheosKeepers of the Secrets of Our Hearts: On the Bhutanese Nuns Foundation, Dr Tashi Zangmo, & the Nun Namgyel Lhamo  Patheos

Through a Bhutanese Window: The Zen Priest Reflects - PatheosThrough a Bhutanese Window: The Zen Priest Reflects  Patheos

A declining print media in Bhutan - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperA declining print media in Bhutan  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Were there hands in glove? - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperWere there hands in glove?  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Indian, Bhutanese pilots killed as Army helicopter crashes in eastern Bhutan - The Financial ExpressIndian, Bhutanese pilots killed as Army helicopter crashes in eastern Bhutan  The Financial Express

Highlanders celebrate seventh Jomolhari mountain festival - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperHighlanders celebrate seventh Jomolhari mountain festival  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Jalpaiguri forest officers seize Bengal tiger skin, arrest two Bhutanese nationals - Times of IndiaJalpaiguri forest officers seize Bengal tiger skin, arrest two Bhutanese nationals  Times of India

Loan reform affects traders - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperLoan reform affects traders  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Health ministry prepares to implement ePIS - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperHealth ministry prepares to implement ePIS  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

PM Modi reaches Bhutan, receives guard of honour - India TodayPM Modi reaches Bhutan, receives guard of honour  India Today

The Constitution and the LG Act 2009 makes it clear that, LG the master and not local bureaucrats - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperThe Constitution and the LG Act 2009 makes it clear that, LG the master and not local bureaucrats  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

BWS giving away rare six-packs of beer at select stores across Australia - 7NEWSBWS giving away rare six-packs of beer at select stores across Australia  7NEWS

PM Modi to visit Bhutan on August 17-18; hydropower, RuPay rollout, defence ties high on agenda - India TodayPM Modi to visit Bhutan on August 17-18; hydropower, RuPay rollout, defence ties high on agenda  India Today

Exhibition: Smile-ing Boys Project | London City Hall - Mayor of LondonExhibition: Smile-ing Boys Project | London City Hall  Mayor of London

India-Bhutan relations entering the digital age - Observer Research FoundationIndia-Bhutan relations entering the digital age  Observer Research Foundation

Car boom brings gridlock misery to 'green and happy' Bhutan - Climate HomeCar boom brings gridlock misery to 'green and happy' Bhutan  Climate Home

Top US diplomat visits Bhutan, calls for rule-based order in Indo-Pacific region - Economic TimesTop US diplomat visits Bhutan, calls for rule-based order in Indo-Pacific region  Economic Times

Modi Should Look Beyond New Delhi, Mumbai, And Kolkata—To The ‘Other India’ - ForbesModi Should Look Beyond New Delhi, Mumbai, And Kolkata—To The ‘Other India’  Forbes

An exhibition of Nepal's indigenous handcrafts - Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperAn exhibition of Nepal's indigenous handcrafts  Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

In push for neighbourhood-first policy, PM to visit Bhutan in August - LivemintIn push for neighbourhood-first policy, PM to visit Bhutan in August  Livemint

Meet the smoking-free, carbon-negative country that passes no law unless it improves citizens' well-being - CNNMeet the smoking-free, carbon-negative country that passes no law unless it improves citizens' well-being  CNN

Why the rare golden mahseer is thriving in Bhutan - National GeographicWhy the rare golden mahseer is thriving in Bhutan  National Geographic

Don't bring bhindi bazaar here: Siddhant Karnick trolls Indian tourists in Bhutan, video is viral - India TodayDon't bring bhindi bazaar here: Siddhant Karnick trolls Indian tourists in Bhutan, video is viral  India Today