Bhutan

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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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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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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Dasai Celebration in Bhutan: the Nostalgia of the Past

By Dr D.N.S.Dhakal, November 7, 2015 That was a great moment for Lhotsampa community when the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck declared during the National Day celebration on 17th December 1979 in Galephug that “You are not Nepalese of Nepal, or, Nepalis of Darjeeling; you are as Bhutanese as anybody else from Southern Bhutan”. [caption id="attachment_1371" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr D.N.S Dhakal In Jaigoan adjacent to Phutsholing

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhutan

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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 Modi’s first foreign visit will be to Bhutan later June 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be  traveling to neighboring Bhutan later this month in his first foreign visit after assuming power. Modi will be travelling to Bhutan and will hold talks on key bilateral and regional issues with the leadership of the Himalayan nation, top government sources said.The visit reflects the importance India attaches to its ties with Bhutan whose Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was among the leaders from the neighboring

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Bhutan’s prime minister: business must take happiness seriously

By Jo Confino In an exclusive interview, Tshering Tobgay says his country is open for business but not at the expense of its gross national happiness principles For all westerners who have elevated Bhutan to a mythical status, the prime minister has a stark message; the tiny Himalayan kingdom is "not Shangri-La". The country, which has become renowned as a beacon of light for measuring its success according to Gross National Happiness (GNH), rather

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