Yearly Archives: 2014

Bhutanese refugee delegates meet foreign minister of Nepal
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Karma Dupthob, Kathmandu The People's SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu with the slogan, "People’s Movement Uniting South Asia for Deepening Democracy, Social Justice and Peace" concluded today. The three days’ event, which was commenced on November 22, 2014, provided an opportunity for a team of Bhutanese refugee delegates from Nepal and the United Kingdom to share the Bhutanese human rights, and refugee issues among the civil society leaders

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Bhutanese refugee delegates attend People’s SAARC
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Bhutanese refugee delegates attended people's SAARC summit in Kathmandu and requested the representatives of the SAARC countries to raise Bhutanese refugee issue in the SAARC summit. Mr. N.B.Giri, Bhutanese refugee activist urged  to include Bhutanese refugee issues in upcoming SAARC summit agenda. The People's SAARC will end on 24th November with the declarations. [caption id="attachment_853" align="alignleft" width="2355"] N.B Giri, Bhutanese

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Congressional Briefing on Bhutan in Washington DC
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By B.M Rai and Bhuwan Gautam The Congressional briefing on Bhutan took place on November 17th, 2014 at Washington DC. It was organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF). There were 27 resettled Bhutanese delegates from 14 cities representing 10 different States of the US. Delegates presented issues on domestic and foreign policies and requested US State Department, Senate Officials and Congress members for their help towards finding permanent

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Unresolved Bhutanese Refugee Problem
Bhutanese Refugees

As per the report of Refugee Coordination Unit of Nepal the total number of Bhutanese refugee population in Nepal is 24340 as of 30 September 2014. Of the total seven refugee camps only Sanischare and Beldangi are functioning. Timai, Goaldhap and Khudunabari camps are closed. There are in total 6287 huts in Beldangi and Sanischari camps combined. Beldangi has 5222 and Sanisharai has 1065. The number of familes are 5933 of which 32 are living outside

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NRB wishes Dasara & Diwali

NRB sends its greetings for Dasai and Tihar and looks forward learning yours experience through postings in Facebook and emails. Let us enjoy the festival seasons with friends and family members hoping that we will be able to celebrate such events in Bhutan with hopes and aspirations that we have carried for many years.

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Modi visits U.S: Will Bhutan seize the Moment?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India sp

By: P.K Subedi As a special invitee, I had an opportunity to attend community reception of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden in New York today. A select invitee of 18,000 strong Indian community participated in the gathering together with more than 15 US Congressmen. [caption id="attachment_788" align="alignleft" width="150"] P.K Subedi inside Madison Square Garden on Sunday[/caption] Prime Minister Modi announced that

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Sewa International announces job opportunity

SEWA International announced that they received Americorps Federal Grant in Houston. Under which they will recruit new VISTA volunteers every year. This year, they are looking for someone who can expand our programs in Houston under the grant. " Because we specifically work with the Bhutanese community, this time we are looking for people who can understand and speak the language." Kriti Arora of Sewa Said. The grant supports relocation so people

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Future bright
Modi in Nepal

By: Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani  Nepal-India tiesThe highlight of the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was certainly his address to the parliament. For a few minutes he spoke haltingly in Nepali, which immediately eased the atmosphere for his more serious discussion of Indo-Nepal relations. It all looked so simple but he must have done a lot of thinking for he touched on all issues of concern to Nepal. Sensitivity and logic He declared

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ORR warns refugees against fraud
Fraud alert

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) would like to warn you of a new fraud scheme to rob refugees of personal data, which can be used to commit identity theft. Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), an ORR grantee from Iowa, reports that last week some of their clients were visited by two men claiming to  be cell phone company representatives.  These men went door to door asking refugee families for their social

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A new template for India-Nepal ties
Jayanta prasad and Ram Baran Yadav

[caption id="attachment_761" align="alignnone" width="111"] By: Jayant Prasad[/caption] The Nepalese leadership have begrudged the spurning of their repeated invitations to visit Kathmandu by India’s previous Prime Ministers for over a decade-and-a-half. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, and the Joint Commission meeting — held after almost a quarter century — signals to them the beginning of a two-way political re-engagement between

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