IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Bhutan

8th - 15th January
  • Bhutan, India celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations: His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck said. “the friendship between India and Bhutan is solid as a rock and I have no doubt will always remain so. It’s not only geographical proximity but mutual love and friendship that has kept us close to each other. Nothing is more valuable than mutual friendship and love.”
  • His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, cemented the relations with India in February 1968. Fifty years later, in a grand ceremony marked with traditional songs and dances, the two foreign ministers unveiled a special logo to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries through a videoconference. Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that India-Bhutan relation is built on shared values and priorities, utmost trust and understanding, mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests.
1st - 7th January
  • Corruption in Ministry of Labour and Human Resources: The government said that it has requested the office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to undertake an immediate and full investigation into the various training programs of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. The Press release says, “the investigation has been requested based on the several informal complaints received by the Office of the Prime Minister on possible incidences of corruption and collusion by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, particularly in awarding contracts relating to trainings in India and Japan.