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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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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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Non-Resident Bhutanese Status: Policy Recommendation for Bhutan

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DRUK NATIONAL CONGRESS HELD ITS CONVENTION

By Karma Dupthob Druk National Congress (DNC) held its convention at its exile office in Kathmandu. The party unanimously elected Lama Gedun Choephel as its new President. He is 56 years old and comes from Pemagatshal dzongkhag of eastern Bhutan. [caption id="attachment_1640" align="alignleft" width="975"] Lama Gedun Choephel, DNC new President.[/caption] He had joined the party in 1994 and held the post of Vice-President in the past. He succeeds

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Bhutagay Mandir in Jhapa

By Dr. DNS Dhakal                                           Published, Monday, March 20, 2017 A Laxmi-Narayan Devasthan has been established in Santinagar about 1 km east of Charali military post in Jhapa District. This Devasthan has been established with the contribution from resettled Bhutanese especially by those practicing Sri Vaisnava Sect of Hinduism. A small group of dedicated contributors made this happen. Sri Basudev

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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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Repatriation, Dignity and Rebuilding Bhutan-Nepal Relationship   

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Nepal and Bhutan had patron and priest relationship during the period of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal This tradition was snapped by the Rana Oligarchy, and it could not be renewed when Bhutan emerged as monarchy. Nevertheless, Nepal is littered with Temples, Lakhangs and Gompas where Bhutanese lamas have visited, consecrated or even established clientele relationship in some cases. Hundreds of Bhutanese tourists visit Nepal every

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International community must take concreate steps for lasting solution of Bhutanese Refugee Problem

By Dr. D. N.S.Dhakal                                          Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 Almost eight years have passed since the international community started third country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees. It was the visit of Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary of State for population, to Thimphu in 2007 that opened the door for third country resettlement. This visit was subsequent to visit by US senators Jime

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