Soak in the spirit of the Punakha Tshechu and Drubchen
Soak in the spirit of the Punakha Tshechu and Drubchen

Put on your best clothing, learn about the culture and history of this beautiful place and join in the festivities, says Avril-Ann Braganza

Jaishankar begins SAARC yatra Sunday with Bhutan

 Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar begins his `yatra` of four SAARC countries from Sunday, with Bhutan as the first stop, in a major push to the Indian government`s neighbourhood outreach.

Jaishankar to begin SAARC Yatra with Bhutan

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will begin his 'SAARC Yatra' with his first visit to Bhutan March 1, followed by Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

President Mukherjee greets King of Bhutan on his birthday

President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his greetings and felicitations to the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on his birthday which is on February 21.

SSB deploys unarmed 'smiling' squads at Nepal, Bhutan borders

In a unique initiative, border guarding force SSB has replaced its gun-toting troops with a 'smiling' non-combatised personnel team to interact and frisk people who cross-over to India from the international borders of Nepal and Bhutan.

India, Bhutan experts join hands to save black-necked crane

Described by environmentalists as a symbol of the "cultural identity of the Himalayan ecosystem", the black-necked crane is facing a grim battle for survival now prompting experts in India and Bhutan to call for regional cooperation for the conservation of the species.

Bhutan's seed bank to ensure food security

Boasting of more than 300 local rice varieties that have withstood varying weather conditions over the ages, Bhutan is relying on its seed bank - a conserve of seeds and other genetic resources of indigenous plants - to tackle food security issues arising out of climate change.

Rajnath Singh underlines two-pronged role for SSB

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday called for a two-pronged role of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) while safeguarding the country's borders.

Bhutan, Maldives echo India on global climate change pact

Echoing India's stand, its neighbours Bhutan and Maldives Friday called for a "strong" agreement that is geared towards the needs of developing countries to adapt to climate change as well as pumps in funds in the global climate kitty.

Bhutan special: Chillies, cheese fire-up Bhutanese cuisine
Bhutan special: Chillies, cheese fire-up Bhutanese cuisine

Fridge magnets and postcards with pictures of red and green chillies of all shapes and sizes - there you go! Picturesque Bhutan's love affair with chillies - and also with cheese - is so profound that it's not just a food seasoning for its people.

Borders sealed for Republic Day in northern West Bengal

Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place across northern West Bengal including sealing the international borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh ahead of Republic Day.

Nab NDFB(S) militants from foreign soil: Congress to Centre

Assam government on Sunday challenged the Centre to show "commitment" in nabbing NDFB(S) militants responsible for the massacre of Adivasis in the state last year, from the neighbouring nations.

No plan to establish diplomatic ties with Bhutan: US

America is keen to strengthen ties with Bhutan but there is no plan to establish diplomatic relationship with the Himalayan nation, a senior US official has said after the first-ever meeting between America's top diplomat and Bhutan's Prime Minister.

Security concerns of India, Bhutan intertwined: President Pranab Mukherjee

India and Bhutan are natural partners and the security concerns of the two neighbouring countries are "indivisible and intertwined", President Pranab Mukherjee has said while noting that they should continue to cooperate closely in this area.

India-Bhutan security interests intertwined: Tobgay

Visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Wednesday told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that India`s and Bhutan`s security interests were intertwined and assured her of his country`s support against militants.

Swaraj calls on Bhutan PM; discusses security, hydropower

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay and discussed important bilateral issues including security and hydro power projects.

Foreign Secretary calls on Bhutan PM

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh called on Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay here on Wednesday.

John Kerry to have historic talks with Bhutanese PM

Secretary of State John Kerry will become the first ever American cabinet level official to meet with top Bhutanese leaders when he visits India in the coming days, a US official said Friday.

India seeks Bhutan's help to tackle NDFB, assured support

India has sought Bhutan's assistance to tackle militant outfit NDFB(S) that carried out the massacre of over 70 tribals amid reports that the banned group has set up bases in the dense forests along the Indo- Bhutan border.

Govt wants Bhutan's help to tackle NDFB

In the wake of massacre of tribals in Assam by the anti-talks NDFB(S), Home Minister Rajnath Singh has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to seek help from Bhutan to tackle the banned militant group.