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A health worker inoculate a dose of a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine to a woman during the first day of vaccination in Bhutan, at Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary school in Thimphu on March 27, 2021. (Photo by Upasana DAHAL / AFP)(AFP)

Bhutan delivers first vaccine dose to 85% of adult population in a week

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi/ Thimpu
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 04:24 AM IST
  • Bhutan administered the first shot of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine to 85% of its adult population within a week, according to a report by The Economist on Saturday. Only Israel (95.1%) and the Seychelles (94.1%) have vaccinated a higher percentage of adults, but in months, the report adds.
Bhutan and China held the 10th Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Bhutan-China Boundary. In this photo, Bhutanese college students enter the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu. (AFP)
Bhutan and China held the 10th Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Bhutan-China Boundary. In this photo, Bhutanese college students enter the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu. (AFP)

China, Bhutan hold discussions to resolve border dispute

PTI | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 11:07 PM IST
Both nation have held 24 rounds of boundary talks in a bid to resolve the dispute. Bhutan shares over 400-km-long border with China.
A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk in Thimphu on March 27.(AFP Photo)
A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk in Thimphu on March 27.(AFP Photo)

Covid-19: Bhutan vaccinates over 60% people in record time, leaves behind Israel

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 03:05 PM IST
The vaccination programme began in Bhutan on March 27. It is using the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine donated by India.
Vaccines have been distributed to all 20 districts across the country, as the country expects to run the mass vaccination within a week's time.(AP | Representational image)
Vaccines have been distributed to all 20 districts across the country, as the country expects to run the mass vaccination within a week's time.(AP | Representational image)

Bhutan rolls out nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program

ANI | , Thimphu, Bhutan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 11:45 PM IST
In order to spread awareness about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine and that it far outweighs the risk of the Covid-19 virus, the prime minister decided to get vaccinated on the first day.
The image shows child artist Khenrab Yeedzin Syelden from Bhutan.(Twitter/@RuchiraKamboj)
The image shows child artist Khenrab Yeedzin Syelden from Bhutan.(Twitter/@RuchiraKamboj)

Bhutanese girl’s thank you message to India for Covid-19 vaccines wins tweeple

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 10:27 AM IST
“Khenrab! Your ‘thank you’ touches our hearts! #VaccineMaitri #indiabhutanfriensdhip,” reads the caption shared along with the video.
A policeman watches as an aircraft from India carrying Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine made by India's Serum Institute arrives at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on January 21, 2021.(AFP)
A policeman watches as an aircraft from India carrying Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine made by India's Serum Institute arrives at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on January 21, 2021.(AFP)

India's vaccine diplomacy in south Asia pushes back against China

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:49 PM IST
  • India is one of the world's leading makers of generic drugs
  • New Delhi has free shipments of vaccines to neighbours
  • Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar are among beneficiaries
  • Pharma prowess allows India to counter China's influence
With the shipping of doses to Bhutan and the Maldives, India also became the first country to provide South Asian nations with vaccines as aid.(AFP)
With the shipping of doses to Bhutan and the Maldives, India also became the first country to provide South Asian nations with vaccines as aid.(AFP)

Bhutan, Maldives first to benefit from India’s ‘Vaccine Maitri’

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:50 AM IST
Two aircraft took off several hours apart, carrying 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccine for Thimphu and 100,000 doses for Male. The external affairs ministry has said India will initially provide vaccines to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles.
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)

Bhutan to receive Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from India

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:41 PM IST
This comes after the Nepal Government approved the emergency use of the 'Covishield' vaccine last week, which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).
<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering inaugurated the Mangdecchu hydroelectric power plant in Bhutan on Saturday. PM Modi had arrived in Bhutan for a two day visit and laid out details of several projects. PM Modi also launched the RuPay card in Bhutan. </p>

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering inaugurated the Mangdecchu hydroelectric power plant in Bhutan on Saturday. PM Modi had arrived in Bhutan for a two day visit and laid out details of several projects. PM Modi also launched the RuPay card in Bhutan.

Bhutan PM congratulates India for launch of vaccination drive against Covid-19

ANI | , Thimphu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:55 PM IST
The drive will be held daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.
As per the latest update by Johns Hopkins University, Bhutan has reported 755 Covid-19 cases in total.(AP file photo)
As per the latest update by Johns Hopkins University, Bhutan has reported 755 Covid-19 cases in total.(AP file photo)

India delivered 9 consignments of Covid-19 relief supplies to Bhutan since March

Thimpu | By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:31 PM IST
According to a tweet by the Indian High Commission, RT-PCR testing kits, portable X-Ray machines were sent to Bhutan during the pandemic.

Ladakh was the starting point. India-China ties are getting complicated

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:31 PM IST
India-China border: The Ladakh LAC stand-off may get sorted out over time but the Chinese posture towards India will not change
Of the 80,000 voters 56,000 live in India, Nepal and Bhutan while 24,000 are in other countries.(HT File)
Of the 80,000 voters 56,000 live in India, Nepal and Bhutan while 24,000 are in other countries.(HT File)

Tibetans-in-exile set to vote in first phase of global election

Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:49 AM IST
Around 150 candidates are vying for 45 seats of members of parliament, while 8 candidates are in the fray for post of president
The four space engineers from Bhutan’s department of information technology and telecom will undergo the first phase of training at ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru from December 28 to February 25.(TWITTER/@RuchiraKamboj.)
The four space engineers from Bhutan’s department of information technology and telecom will undergo the first phase of training at ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru from December 28 to February 25.(TWITTER/@RuchiraKamboj.)

Bhutanese engineers to train with ISRO for satellite launch next year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:32 PM IST
The launch of the satellite is part of India’s efforts to back Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s plans to use advanced technology, including ICT and space technology, for developing his country. It also fits in with India’s “neighbourhood first” policy, that has gained fresh impetus amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the border standoff with China.
As per a bulletin by Ministry of Health of the Himalayan Kingdom on December 22, the total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 479 out of which 430 have recovered. Bhutan is yet to record a Covid-19 fatality.(AFP file photo)
As per a bulletin by Ministry of Health of the Himalayan Kingdom on December 22, the total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 479 out of which 430 have recovered. Bhutan is yet to record a Covid-19 fatality.(AFP file photo)

Bhutan PM announces 7-day nationwide lockdown amid new Covid-19 cases

Thimphu | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:10 AM IST
Only designated shops within the zones and essential services will be available, all schools, institutions, offices and business establishments should remain closed.
The development came a little more than a fortnight after Bhutan established full-fledged diplomatic relations with Germany on November 25. (HT Photo)
The development came a little more than a fortnight after Bhutan established full-fledged diplomatic relations with Germany on November 25. (HT Photo)

Israel, Bhutan establish formal diplomatic relations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Notes verbale on the establishment of diplomatic relations were exchanged by Bhutan’s ambassador Vetsop Namgyel and his Israeli counterpart Ron Malka during a ceremony held at the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)

Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, to delight of activists

Kathmandu | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:20 PM IST
A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalize gay sex, making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships.
The Public Relations Council of India is the national apex body of public relations practitioners, communicators, academicians, and media personalities with 34 chapters across India and chapters in Dubai, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Nepal and Bhutan.(HT File Photo)
The Public Relations Council of India is the national apex body of public relations practitioners, communicators, academicians, and media personalities with 34 chapters across India and chapters in Dubai, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Nepal and Bhutan.(HT File Photo)

Vivek Atray to head Chandigarh chapter of PRCI

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 01:11 AM IST
Panjab University school of communication studies professor Jayanth Pethkar has been elected vice-chairperson while PR consultant Sudeep Rawat is the new secretary.
Satellite imagery that emerged last month showed China has built a village called Pangda some two kilometres within territory claimed by Bhutan on Doklam plateau.(via AP)
Satellite imagery that emerged last month showed China has built a village called Pangda some two kilometres within territory claimed by Bhutan on Doklam plateau.(via AP)

China setting up villages on borders with India and Bhutan, satellite imagery shows

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Beijing | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Several villages have come up in the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China, and the move follows the upgrading and construction of Chinese military facilities, including heliports and missile bases, all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the aftermath of the 2017 standoff at Doklam.
File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)
File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)

Satellite imagery shows China setting up border villages between India, Bhutan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Beijing | By Rezaul H Laskar, Sutirtho Patranobis | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:52 PM IST
Several villages have come up in the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China, and the move follows the upgrading and construction of Chinese military facilities.
As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak(Instagram/milindrunning)
As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak(Instagram/milindrunning)

Travel Thursday: As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:20 PM IST
While Sandakphu might not be a famous tourist destination, it is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling and Milind Soman’s trek on West Bengal’s highest peak got us curious to check out these 3 attractions on our next trip to the West Bengal-Nepal border
The two sides have had consular relations since 2000, and Germany’s envoy to India, Walter Lindner, and Bhutanese ambassador V Namgyel exchanged notes verbale on the establishment of diplomatic relations. (Photo @AmbLindnerIndia)
The two sides have had consular relations since 2000, and Germany’s envoy to India, Walter Lindner, and Bhutanese ambassador V Namgyel exchanged notes verbale on the establishment of diplomatic relations. (Photo @AmbLindnerIndia)

Germany, Bhutan establish full-fledged diplomatic ties

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:57 PM IST
The German foreign ministry said the country’s ambassador in New Delhi will be accredited for Bhutan too, and maintain “relations with the country from across the border”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also launched phase two of the RuPay card scheme in Bhutan, via video conference in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also launched phase two of the RuPay card scheme in Bhutan, via video conference in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI)

India to launch Bhutan’s satellite next year, train space engineers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 04:03 PM IST
A ground earth station in Bhutan for using India’s South Asia satellite was inaugurated during Modi’s visit to the country in August last year, and Thimphu is using the facility for broadcasting and disaster management
Tourists getting their temperature checked upon arrival amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The pandemic has severely impacted the tourism sector.(Reuters)
Tourists getting their temperature checked upon arrival amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The pandemic has severely impacted the tourism sector.(Reuters)

Tourism interrupted: Countries still keeping travelers at bay amid the pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Here’s a list of countries once tourism hotspots, now very wary of tourists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019.(HT archive)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019.(HT archive)

India-Bhutan hydropower project bags prestigious Brunel Medal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:42 PM IST
The 720 MW Mangdechhu project, which was jointly inaugurated by the prime ministers of the two countries in August 2019, was awarded the medal for excellence in civil engineering by the UK-based Institute of Civil Engineers
The minister said that the government has been making efforts to increase the number of countries that offer visa free travel, visa-on-arrival and e-visa facility to Indians with a view to ease international travel.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)
The minister said that the government has been making efforts to increase the number of countries that offer visa free travel, visa-on-arrival and e-visa facility to Indians with a view to ease international travel.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)

Centre says 16 countries provide visa-free entry to Indian passport holders

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 09:18 AM IST
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for external affairs V Murleedharan pointed out that 43 countries provide visa-on-arrival facility and 36 countries provide e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders.
At present, Haryana IAS officer Rajesh Khullar is principal secretary to the chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar.(HT file photo)
At present, Haryana IAS officer Rajesh Khullar is principal secretary to the chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar.(HT file photo)

Haryana IAS officer Rajesh Khullar appointed executive director, World Bank

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2020 07:47 PM IST
As one of the 25 executive directors, Khullar will represent India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka at the World Bank
The imagery shows the suspected heliport under construction at the tri-junction of the borders of India, Bhutan and China.(Twitter handle, @detresfa)
The imagery shows the suspected heliport under construction at the tri-junction of the borders of India, Bhutan and China.(Twitter handle, @detresfa)

PLA building heliport at tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, shows satellite imagery

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 04:15 PM IST
The imagery shows the suspected heliport under construction at the tri-junction of the borders of India, Bhutan and China, and at a distance of about 100 km from Doka La (Doka pass) and Naku La (Naku pass
The imagery, shared by the open source intelligence analyst who uses the name @detresfa on Twitter, shows the suspected heliport under construction at the tri-junction of the borders of India, Bhutan and China, and at a distance of about 100 km from Doka La and Naku La.(TWITTER.)
The imagery, shared by the open source intelligence analyst who uses the name @detresfa on Twitter, shows the suspected heliport under construction at the tri-junction of the borders of India, Bhutan and China, and at a distance of about 100 km from Doka La and Naku La.(TWITTER.)

Satellite imagery shows PLA building heliport at tri-junction of India, Bhutan,China

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The suspected heliport is located almost equidistant from the two sites at which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is developing surface-to-air missile facilities, according to imagery tweeted earlier by @detresfa. Both the missile facilities are near what have been described as “suspected early warning radar sites” opposite Sikkim state.
India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speaks during a news conference with his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki, Finland.(REUTERS)
India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speaks during a news conference with his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki, Finland.(REUTERS)

Jaishankar thanks Israel, Russia, Bhutan, other countries for I-Day wishes

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2020 07:53 PM IST
Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, in a tweet, said since independence, India has strived to be, and now become, an enduring example of democracy and development for the region and the world.
Bhutan’s 113 reported infections were all quarantined travelers, except for one with conflicting test results.(Getty Images)
Bhutan’s 113 reported infections were all quarantined travelers, except for one with conflicting test results.(Getty Images)

Bhutan imposes first nationwide virus lockdown

Associated Press | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 03:39 PM IST
The government issued a stay-at-home order for its approximately 750,000 people, and all schools, offices and commercial establishments were closed.
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