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Bhutan: One Year After the Elections: Update No. 106

Note No. 723                Dated 1-Aug-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Elections to the National Assembly took place on July 13, 2013 and it is now more than eleven months since Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay took office in Bhutan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Visit to Bhutan: View from Nepal

Paper No. 5737                                    Dated 30-Jun-2014

By Prof. Hari Bhans Jha

Indian Prime Minister Narendra recently concluded his first foreign visit to Bhutan. During this visit, India focused on "B2B" or "Bharat to Bhutan" diplomacy, which is important not for Bhutan alone, but for all of India's neighbours.

Bhutan: An update on Recent Developments: Update no. 105

Note No. 718                                       Dated 4-Jun-2014
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

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


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