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Archive for July, 2006

VfC welcomes UNHCR decision, calls for support and solidarity

Kathmandu, July 28: Just after a day, the UNHCR issued statement defending exit visas to 16 Bhutanese refugees, the Voice for Change, one of the Bhutanese organizations, has formally welcomed the position taken by the UNHCR. A press release issued by the organization states that it was pleased with the flexibility shown by the Nepalese […]

Published on Jul 31 2006 // Main News

Tala protocol signed

New Delhi, July 29: India and Bhutan signed a protocol on purchase of power from the Tala Hydroelectric Project, the largest power plant in Bhutan. Through this sale, Bhutan will earn more than Nu.4.00 billion a year. The tariff of export has been fixed at Rs 1.80 per unit and will be increased every five […]

Published on Jul 29 2006 // Main News

Two die from flood

Birtamode, July 29: At least two Bhutanese including a child died and few others severe injured when a jeep carrying passengers more than its capacity fell down into Biring River on July 26. The river is eight kilometers away from Khudunabari camp. Laxmi Pokhrel, 6, and Dilli Ram Bharati, 43, of Khudunabari were drowned to the river while  […]

Published on Jul 29 2006 // Main News

The refugee uprising: solution sees more problems

The leaders get together only when Nepal government, the UNHCR or any other agencies supporting their livelihood try taking major decisions, while they remain silent in other times. Of course, there were few uprising in the refugee community for repatriation but gained no results in the past. The cause of the failure rests on India’s […]

Published on Jul 28 2006 // Opinion

Leaders are intimidating innocent Bhutanese: UNHCR

Kathmandu, July 27: United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has accused that the leaders are possibly intimidating innocent and helpless refugees. Irked by the recent protest in the camps in Jhapa and strong protest by the Bhutanese leaders against the agency’s plan to shift 16 exiled Bhutan to the US and Canada, the agency […]

Published on Jul 27 2006 // Main News

HM King arrives New Delhi

New Delhi, July 26: King Jigme Singye Wangchuk arrived here Wednesday on a six-day working visit. Indian foreign secretary Shyam Sharan received him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. He called on President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and discussed bilateral and regional issues. He will meet ruling United Progressive Alliance chair Sonia Gandhi Friday. On Saturday, […]

Published on Jul 27 2006 // Main News

Bhutan and India likely to sign two agreements

New Delhi, July 25: India and Bhutan are set to expand their economic and energy ties during the six day long visit of His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuk to India beginning Wednesday. During the king's visit, India and Bhutan are likely to sign agreements on trade and commerce and on cooperation in hydro-electricity generation. […]

Published on Jul 25 2006 // Main News

Nepal police arrests agitating Bhutanese including a journo

Kathmandu, July 24: Nepal police arrested 16 agitating Bhutanese from the SAARC secretariat on July 24 who were demonstrating against the UNHCR decision of resettling 16 vulnarable Bhutanese in Canada and the US. Police also arrested teh Special Correspondent of the Bhutan News Service and The Bhutan Reporter monthly Thakur P Mishra who was collecting […]

Published on Jul 25 2006 // Main News

Hopkins says refugees crisis is getting an end

For the second time, a top UNHCR official assured Bhutanese refugees in the eastern districts of Jhapa and Nepal that the one-and-half decade long impasse could be coming to an end. Talking to refugees in Beldangi II camp in Jhapa on Thursday, assistant high commissioner of the refugee agency's operation department, who is also the […]

Published on Jul 24 2006 // Opinion

Nepalese MPs object third country settlement

Kathmandu, July 24: Members of the Nepal’s House of Representatives raised serious concerns over the government's "reported" consent to resettle exiled Bhutanese in third country. Speaking during the special hour of the House session on Sunday, Nepali Congress MP Shiva Kumar Basnet said it was against the interest of the Bhutanese people and injustice to them […]

Published on Jul 24 2006 // Main News