IRS |Institute of Regional Studies

Islamabad

Contemporary Regional Developments in Bhutan

23rd December - 30th December
  • The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) launched the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations (BCSR) 2018 in the capital. It is expected to bring greater transparency and professionalism in the Commission
  • Bhutan exporting electricity to India: Power supply from four of the country’s hydropower projects, Punatsangchhu II, Nikachhu, Mangdechhu and Kholongchhu will come to Jigmiling (substation) before going to India. Bhutan Power Corporation’s managing director, Gem Tshering, said that the substation is to retain power generated by hydropower plants in the country. Power is directly evacuated to India from the hydropower projects.
16th December - 22nd December
  • Sashastra Seema Bal strengthens presence along India-Bhutan border post Doklam standoff :Following the 74-day military standoff with China at the Doklam sector in Sikkim earlier this year, the Sashastra Seema Bal said it has increased its strength along the India-Bhutan border.
8th December - 15th December
  • According to the UN's flagship publication on expected trends in the global economy, Bhutan, one of the four LDCs from South Asia, is expected to grow by 7.1 percent in 2018 by taking benefits from infrastructure investments.
  • Only one woman to contest in the upcoming parliamentary polls in Nepal. Accept for Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), no other party has declared a woman candidate to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections to date. Nepal has been ranked 5th in SAARC region on the issue of woman participation in decision making.
  • The National Assembly of Bhutan had approved establishing a stabilization fund to insulate the domestic economy from economic shocks.
1st December - 7th December
  • India and China are at loggerheads for attaining Doklam plateau, a territory disputed between China and Bhutan, since June, 2017. India’s gesture of ‘protecting’ the Bhutanese territory from the Chinese puts a question mark on Bhutan’s ability to protect its own territory.
  • Asian Development Bank has approved loan and grant assistance totaling $36.2 million for the second phase of the Strengthening Economic Management Program of Bhutan. The first phase helped the Government of Bhutan overcome a liquidity crunch and to stabilize the economy in fiscal year 2013.
  • Bhutan’s economy is largely dependent on India.

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