Opinion

Resettled Bhutanese Community in the U.S Breaks the Educational Glass Ceiling!

By NRB Editorial The resettled Bhutanese community in the United States has made significant strides when it comes to their educational achievement. From overcoming hurdles to get accepted into top schools, to completing programs in fields of their choice, members of the community are showing the world that with hard work, determination, and a drive to achieve, even the farthest seeming dreams can be achieved. This editorial provides a brief historical

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Bhutan Solve the Refugee Problem Lock Stock and Barrel

By Dr. DNS Dhakal                      January 4, 2018 As of November 30, 2017, Bhutanese refugee population in the camp was 8041. There are only 2819 households with 27 individuals registered outside the camps. Some 111,494 have departed for third-country resettlement and 1500 to 2000 are under the resettlement process. That leaves only 6000 to 6500 registered refugees in the camps. The Indian media reports some 20,000 Bhutanese refugees

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Resettled Bhutanese Community in the United States Leaving a Mark in the Nepali Music Fraternity: Retrospective Analysis of Their Journey and Success Stories

By NRB Editorial Team Not too long ago, music lovers in Bhutan were glued to the radio aired by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service listening to songs sung by legends like Narayan Gopal, Gopal Younzon, Tara Devi, and Bhakata Raj Acharya. In the early 1990s, Pratap Subba, a Lhotshampa (Bhutanese-Nepali) singer, became a household name with his super hit Bandan-Ko-Chino. The song captured the audience’s hearts and remains popular in Bhutan, India, and

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Bhutan-India Relationship

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal Relationship between Bhutan and India have been always warm; it is increasing at an unprecedented rate not seen elsewhere! It is a family like relationship. This has been nurtured carefully by the two countries since the first visit of the Prime Minister Jawarahal Nehru with his daughter Indira Gandhi. It was Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who supported Bhutan’s membership to the United Nations. Bhutan was the first country to

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Gorkhaland Issue

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The hills of West Bengal has now two districts. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee created Kalimpong district out of the sub-division. Historically, Kalimpong was the trading outpost. Jalaypa-pass in the Kalimpong area had served in the past as trading outlet into Tibet. The independent India always maintained a close watch on the hills of Darjeeling since it was an adjoining landmass to the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim, Kingdom of

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Time to Identify the Comparative Advantage

By Dr. DNS Dhakal                                                                                        Published: October 1, 2017 Immigration to US opens up a world of opportunities. Children could dream about admission at Harvard or MIT if they are brighter. Transformation from rag to riches is possible if one works hard to become a successful entrepreneur. In fact one gets a gift check of US$ 50,000

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Can Gujarati Immigrants be Our Role Model?

By Dr.  D. N. S. Dhakal Gujarati are considered the most successful immigrant community in the US. They constitute direct immigrants from Gujarat and resettled refugees from the Republic of Uganda. The Gujarati population in the US is 1.5 million. They constitute 20% of Indian origin people in the US and 6% of ethnic Gujarati in India. Despite their minority status in India, it has generated enormous political clout in India and abroad. Political

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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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Time to Reflect Upon

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal                              July 25, 2017   This was for the first time in the USA I met the resettled Bhutanese in such a large number. They were gathered for the Himalayan Festival which was organized from July 22 to 23 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was supposed to be a festivity for the resettled Bhutanese communities.  They had come from almost the most resettled locations in the US including from the state

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From Dagana to UNDP, Nar Bahadur’s Success Story

Nar Bahadur Khatiwora, born and raised in Dagana Bhutan is an Engineer with technical expertise in the field of Climate Change, Energy, Energy Conservation and Efficiency improvement, including project management, monitoring, and evaluation and works with United Nations UNDP Department of Energy. Following is the interview taken by The European Energy Centre (EEC) on his achievement, which is featured the European Energy Centre's website. [caption

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