News Updates

August 28th - 6th September
  • Delhi Declaration to improve access to essential medical products: Health ministers and officials of the 11 member countries of WHO South-East-Asia Region (SEAR) signed the ‘Delhi Declaration’ to improve access to essential medical products at its 71st Regional Committee (RC) session in New Delhi, India.
    Regional director WHO SEA, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said access to safe, effective and affordable medical products are vital to prevent sufferings and impoverishment resulting from high out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare by families, especially the poor. According to a press release from WHO SEAR, to overcome challenges, the declaration calls for allocation of sufficient financial resources by countries, as part of overall health financing strategies and to reduce out-of-pocket payments of families on essential medicines. (Kuenselonline. 5.9.2018)
  • Bhutan Parties Choose ‘Big Brother’ India Over Opportunist China: “Our foreign policy shall prioritise strengthening our time-tested friendship with India,” opens the foreign policy section of Bhutan’s incumbent Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s party manifesto. (Quint 5.9.2018)
August 19th - 28th
  • Villagers in Bhutan and India come together to share river. (thirdpole,27.8.2018)
  • Indian Parliamentary panel asks govt to encourage Bhutan to deploy more troops in Dokhlam. (Times of India, 25.8.2018)
  • Truncated freedom of expression in Bhutan: see detail in, ‘When Freedom of Expression Isn't Free: Journalism, Facebook, and Censorship in Bhutan’. (The Diplomat 28.8.2018)
August 11th - 18th
  • Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about India than China. (South China Morning Post-18.8.2018)
August 2nd - 10th
  • Bhutan Records Highest Number Of International Leisure Tourist Arrivals In 2017. (Bhutan Times, 6.8.2018)
  • Guwahati-Bhutan-Singapore flight service to begin from 1st September
    In a bid to strengthen Indo-Bhutan tie up, Royal Bhutan Airlines Service, Drukair will operate Guwahati-Bhutan-Singapore flight service from 1st September 2018.
    Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal vouched for introducing Drukair Flight services between Bhutan and Singapore via Guwahati during a meeting with Consulate General of Bhutan, Phub Tshering. It may be noted that the Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji announced the introduction of Drukair service between Guwahati-Paro and Singapore in the month of February this year to take advantage of India’s Act Policy initiatives. (Guwahati 10.8.2018)
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