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Need for Paradigm Shift for Economic Empowerment of Resettled Refugees

By Dr. DNS Dhakal The resettled refugees are in a rush to own homes. They have little understood the long-term implication of buying homes in a developed economy, where less than 5% of the total population are engaged in farming. The overwhelming majority of the resettled Bhutanese were subsistence farmers back in Bhutan. Their lifestyle had hovered around owning a piece of land, growing own vegetables and tendering households cattle. They had missed

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Royal Family Members Respond to Former Indian Diplomat

Writing a scathing response to Mr. Rasgotra, Ashi Kesang Wangchuck says she needed to refute all the“serious allegations” as her brother Lhendup Dorji was no longer alive. “Mr. Rasgotra has reduced the troubled and heartbreaking period in our lives from the time of the assassination of my brother Prime Minister Jigme Dorji in April 1964 and its aftermath into a simplistic narrative where Mr. Rasgotra plays the central role,” Ms Wangchuck

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Senior Fellow Explores How to Reduce Aflatoxins

Aflatoxins, highly toxic substances produced by fungi in tropical regions, are having devastating effects on both health and the economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Since they contaminate major crops such as maize and peanuts, they cost rural farmers close to $500 million annually. They also cause major health problems – sometimes fatal – in rural villages, where around 60 percent of the food produced is consumed by farmers and their families. “The

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Election Results in Assam and West Bengal

By Dr D. N.S. Dhakal     Published: June 1, 2016 India recently conducted assembly election in Assam and West Bengal. Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) took reign of power from Congress Party in Assam, and Trinamool Congress retained its government in West Bengal. BJP has looked east policy and winning of election in Assam was crucial for its future activity. The RSS brass had always criticized congress policy in North East India, where it has alleged

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Evolving Politics in Darjeeling District
darj netas

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal                    Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Darjeeling district has been the focus of political attention in North Bengal since the foundation of Gorkha League in the 1950s. The struggle had been to secure political space in the greater politics of India leveraging the Gorkha connection in the Indian Army. The struggle took a different turn when Subash Ghising appeared in the Hill’s politics. His violent agitation

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Nepali Diaspora in a Globalized Era: Book Review
book review

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal [caption id="attachment_1428" align="alignright" width="150"] Writer, prof. Tanka Subba of Sikkim University[/caption] The book (available now in amazon), is a new addition to the stock of literatures available on Nepali Diaspora. It is edited by Tanka Subba, Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University and A.C. Sinha, well-known authority on Nepali community and former Head of Department of Social Science, North Eastern Hills University.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhutan
4.king n queens with mb

By D.N. S Dhakal On 5th October, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, began her four days official visit to Bhutan. She refused to talk to the press at the airport before boarding the plane to Paro. Reportedly, she is visiting Bhutan on invitation of Prime Minister Tshiring Tobgey. This visit resonates 1988 visit by Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, during which he spent three days with fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in absence of

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Bhutanese Community in Buffalo, NY
Niagara Falls

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Purosotum Ghimre of Lalai block from Goldhap camp was the first family to resettle in 2008. The primary resettlement was 2200 though the number could be anywhere now from 3000 to 4000 because of remigration. Remigration is a trend among the resettled Bhutanese. The decision for remigration are for job opportunities, family connection, Medicare and Social benefits. There are no exact estimate, but the remigration is significant

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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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China distributes millions of controversial maps to troops, incorporating claim on Arunachal
Indo-China friendship place

China is distributing millions of controversial updated maps to its military in the first upgrade in 30 years, reportedly reinforcing its claims over Arunachal Pradesh. All major army units will receive new, more accurate maps in the near future, PLA Daily reported. The Lanzhou Military Command, one of seven PLA ground force commands, has updated more than 15 million maps for its troops, it said. Though the official media here has not published the

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