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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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Meeting UNHCR Resident Representative Craig Sanders

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The history of Bhutanese refugees is linked with UNHCR's involvement.  UNHCR involved on Bhutanese refugee issue upon invitation by Nepal government. Initially, UNHCR issued letters of concern to select individuals from June 1991 onward but its official involvement was sealed only in April 1992. [caption id="attachment_1310" align="alignleft" width="240"] Steven Craig Sanders, UNHCR Representative for Nepal.[/caption] Reportedly,

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Nepal Suffers Shortage of Essential Goods

By Dr. D. N.S. Dhakal The fallouts of the new constitution is Madeshi protest in the Terai and blockade of goods entering into Nepal. The mainstream media has alleged undeclared blockade by India for not agreeing to stall the process of promulgating the constitution. Nepal is a land-locked country. It entirely depends upon essential goods supply via India. There had been incidences of blockade in the past. And such blockades had been the triggering

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Nepal Finally Gets Much Awaited Constitution

By Dr. DNS Dhakal Our neighbor and host country, Nepal, adopted new constitution on 20 September 2015. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, declared the promulgation in the constituent assembly which was also witnessed by diplomatic crops based in Kathmandu. NRB welcomes the new development. [caption id="attachment_1295" align="alignright" width="755"] Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, UML chairman K.P Oli, United Communist Party (Maoist) chairman

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Bhutanese Community of Greater Rochester and Syracuse in NY

  By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The first person to arrive in Greater Rochester was Ganesh Khatiwada of Salimi Block from Sanischare refugee camps. And for Syracuse was Hari Bangaly of Kikorthang Block from Beldangi II. Both are from Chirang Dzongkhag and arrived in US in 2008. Hari Bengaly had been one of the foremost political and human right activists in Bhutan. He was among the initial few who served prison terms in Bhutan, participated as active

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Bhutanese Community in Buffalo, NY

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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Bhutanese Community of Columbus, Ohio

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Ohio has become a destination for resettled Bhutanese community. There are estimated 20000 in Columbus area. There are also Bhutanese community in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron and Dayton. The combined total could easily be 30,000 strong. The remigration is pushing up the population. The social security, Medicare and cheaper housing are the pull factors. Also there are numerous ware houses which provide plenty of entry level job

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Bhutanese Community in Wisconsin

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal There are about 60 families at Madison in Wisconsin. It is a small community as compared to other 48 states. The total population is less than 300. They have not yet form a social organization. Earlier there was an effort to build one but it could not get materialize because of the differences in opinion. Of the 60 families 45 are practicing Christian. So far only 4 families have brought houses. There is an initiative to start

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Meeting with IOM Representative in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal Dr Chabi Sharma and Mangala invited me to join a meeting with members of Bhutanese Community Organization of Minnesota (BCOM). In the meeting were Dr Anup Singh Karki (senior migration health physician) and Dusanee Spansuk (Health Assessment Processing Officer) of International Office of Migration (IOM), Jhapa, Nepal. The IOM representatives were in the city to collect firsthand information from the resettled Bhutanese, local

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Bhutanese Community in Anchorage, Alaska

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal This year I had decided to visit Alaska before returning to Nepal. My purpose was a bit of tourism and to meet fellow resettled Bhutanese Alaska is the land of Eskimo. It is the largest state in US, as large as the size of India minus the state of Jarkhand. The total population is only about 750000. The state has enormous natural resources. I landed at the Anchorage international airport soon after midnight on the 11th.  I was

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