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Bhutan: The Refugee Issue. PM Koirala of Nepal speaks to PM Tobgay. Update No. 104

Note No. 711                                        Dated 11-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

While attending the BIMSTEC Conference in Myanmar, Prime Minister Koirala took the opportunity to speak to his Bhutanese counterpart on the still "unresolved" issue of the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

This happened when both leaders were participating in the Third Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical ad Economic Cooperation.

Bhutan: Current Developments: Update No. 103

Note No. 707                                           Dated 09-Jan-2014

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Prime Minister Tobgay, gave a frank review of his first hundred days and discussed in detail various issues that were fully implemented, some partially fulfilled and some not implemented at all. 

For the first time, there was some news about the former prime minister Jigme Thinley who had  disappeared from the scene and the media ever since he relinquished his office after the surprise defeat of his party. 

Bhutan: Discrepancy in Population figures: Need for Caution? Update No. 102

Note No. 699      Dated 18-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekahran.

Normally, in a country where population figures are compiled and extrapolated on two different sets of data, discrepancies are bound to arise. But if the discrepancy is over 15 percent and that too in a country that is sensitive to "ethnic balance" like Bhutan, there should be cause for worry as one would not wish another round of ethnic cleansing, when the current refugee problem is almost coming to an end.

Bhutan: PM makes his debut in the National Assembly: Update No. 101

Note No. 696         Dated 6-Oct-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
As is customary, Prime Minister Tobgay presented the State of the Nation Report in the first meeting of the National Assembly.  He made a departure in calling the presentation  as sacred and inviolable “State of Tsa-Wa-Sun” - “King, Country and People.”  Overall, his performance could be considered as  excellent though on some controversial issues he was not frank enough.   Some of the highlights of his speech include

Bhutan: Tobgay Government makes a good beginning: Update No. 100

Note No. 694                                    Dated 16-Sep-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Tobgay government has begun well. The Prime Minister’s visit to India between August 30 and September 2 was very successful and he was able to get an assurance from India that all his requirements will be met in full.

Bhutan: Post Election Scenario: Update No. 99

Note No. 692                                          Dated 19-Aug-2013
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
It is generally believed both inside Bhutan and outside that Indian action in withdrawing subsidies at the crucial moment was responsible for the change of regime that was unexpected. This may not be true but this perception is widespread.

National Elections: Bhutan Springs a Surprise: Update No. 98

Note No. 690                 Dated 15-July-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
In the second national elections, Bhutan sprang a surprise by electing the PDP which had just two seats in the last elections with 32 seats out of a total of 47 this time.  The former ruling party DPT could manage only 15 out of 45 they had earlier.


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