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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 20, 2015

[ This is a ‘secret draft proposal’ forwarded by the Government of India to then His Majesty’s Government of Nepal  for security, water resource management and  industry and commerce also. The slain King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is reported to have rejected this proposal. For that matter, Nepalese people should heartily thank the slain king. The proposal, though soft in language, is extremely cruel and dangerous in substance and meaning. Had the King  told his men to sign on the proposal, Nepal’s  military would have been paralyzed, sovereignty and independence would have been compromised, ownership of water resource would have been lost and big Indian business houses would have swallowed up Nepalese business entrepreneurs etc. There are these days loud talks in Kathmandu or elsewhere that Nepal in Bhutan’s shoes is morphing into a present day Sikkim. This, therefore, is posted for discussion.]

birendraAgreement between the Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal on Mutual Cooperation,

The Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (hereinafter also referred to as the Contracting Parties),

Recalling the unique, age-old and traditional friendship between the peoples the peoples of India and Nepal based on the bonds of history, geography and of shared social and cultural values,

Reaffirming their adherence to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the Governments of India and Nepal of 1950, which has ever since been and remains the cornerstone of Indo-Nepal relations,

Keen to sustain and further strengthen the bonds of friendship, good neighbourliness and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and peoples,

Determined to strengthen economic cooperation between them.

Desiring to develop their economics in their own and common interest.

Convinced of the benefits of mutual sharing of scientific and technical knowledge and experience to promote trade between them, have agreed as follows:

Part- I

Treatment of Each Other’s Nationals in Their Respective Territories Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhutan’s Forgotten People Part 1

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 25, 2014

In the 1990s, the Himalayan Shangri-La of Bhutan expelled a sixth of its population. Today these refugees are struggling to accept life in exile. 101 East is Al Jazeera’s weekly Asian current affairs programme covers a dynamic region with diverse cultures and conflicting politics. With special reports, interviews and debates, 101 East tackles the issues that unify and divide Asia. Here is a special report from 101 East on Bhutan’s forgotten people:

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Happy Happiness Day!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2013

By Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University; Author, ‘The Price of Civilization’

international-happiness-dayLet me be the first to wish you a very Happy Happiness Day! In case you didn’t know it, today is the first International Day of Happiness, launched by all 193 UN member states. Happiness Day doesn’t mean we’ve arrived at happiness, but it does mean that we’ve recognized that happiness is our goal — and that our societies need to work harder to promote the things that really matter in the 21st century.

The fourth king of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan led the way 40 years ago, drawing on ancient Buddhist wisdom. Bhutan should pursue Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross National Product (GNP) like the rest of the world. Since then, Bhutan has been experimenting with a new holistic approach to development that emphasizes not just economic growth but also culture, mental health, compassion, and community. Bhutan is searching for a balanced society.

It’s a worthy search. Bhutan aims to avoid the Easterlin Paradox that grips the US. Professor Richard Easterlin discovered many years ago that America was becoming much richer per person but not happier, at least not according to the direct reports of wellbeing by Americans responding to surveys. This is sobering, indeed. We are threatening the planet with pollution, climate change, and other environmental degradation to chase more and more goods that don’t seem to do so much to really make us any happier.

My colleagues Richard Layard, John Helliwell and I reported on the evidence on happiness in last year’s first World Happiness Report, prepared for a UN meeting on happiness promoted by Bhutan. (We’ll have the Second World Happiness Report out this fall.) We used worldwide survey data to look at the factors that truly make people happy. Income of course matters, but mainly to the poor. When people are hungry, deprived of basic needs such as clean water, health care, and education, and without meaningful employment, they indeed suffer. Economic development that alleviates poverty is a vital step in boosting happiness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhutan’s Royal Wedding

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2011

PUNAKHA, Bhutan — The fifth Dragon King came down from his golden throne to place a silk crown upon the head of his bride. Monks chanted in celebration and she took her seat beside him Thursday, the new queen of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan.

This year’s other Royal weddings: 

William and Kate Kiss on the Balcony – The Royal Wedding 

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Bhutan Royal Wedding: Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck And Jetsun Pema To Wed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2011

Wedding is wedding, however; always royal and celebrity wedding very special all over the world
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Magnitude 6.8 quake with epicenter in Sikkim

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 18, 2011

Intensity of Earthquake. Source:USGS

Nepal: 5 died, 27 injured. British embassy compound wall collapsed in Kathmandu.

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 6.9
Location 27.723°N, 88.064°E
Depth 19.7 km (12.2 miles)
Distances 68 km (42 miles) NW of Gangtok, Sikkim, India
119 km (73 miles) NNW of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India
272 km (169 miles) E of KATHMANDU, Nepal
572 km (355 miles) N of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.5 km (8.4 miles); depth +/- 3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Parameters NST=344, Nph=348, Dmin=371.8 km, Rmss=1.21 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=C
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005wg6
  • Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.

15 minutes ago: NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit a remote area in northeastern India on Sunday evening, killing at least two people and damaging buildings and blocking roads, as well as killing four in neighboring Nepal, officials said.

One child died in Sikkim state, the epicenter of the earthquake, and another person died in Bihar state as a result of a stampede sparked by the quake, CNN-IBN broadcaster said.

The Himalayan region is prone to landslides and many high-rise buildings have come up in Sikkim’s mountain towns over the last few years of economic boom. There were concerns that the toll could rise as information arrived from remote areas.

In neighboring Nepal, four people died.

“Four people were injured when a wall collapsed after the quake. All of them were rushed to hospital but 3 died during treatment,” said Kedar Rijal, the chief of Kathmandu police.

Several buildings collapsed in Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, and widespread power cuts were reported across the northeastern state, television channels said.

There were also reports of landslides in Sikkim and West Bengal state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhist Teachings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 16, 2011

Buddhism is a philosophy of life expounded by Gautama Buddha (“Buddha” means “enlightened one”), who born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core of Buddhism are-

The Three Universal Truth
The Four Noble Truth
The Noble Eightfold Path

In Buddhism, the law of karma, says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.” Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community. For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhutan dashes refugees’ home-coming dreams

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 17, 2011

KATHMANDUThousands of Bhutanese refugees living in miserable conditions in Nepal, India and elsewhere had their hopes of being able to return to their homeland dashed on Saturday as Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley said they would have to prove again that they were bona fide Bhutan citizens.

Thinley, who had arrived in Kathmandu Friday on a three-day visit, headed back for Thimphu on Saturday after talks with Nepal’s Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal on regional as well as bilateral issues. Over 105,000 Bhutanese refugees languishing in closed camps in Nepal since their eviction in the 1990s and almost 30,000 more living in India as well as members of the diaspora now scattered all over the world, had been heartened for a brief period after Thinley had agreed, on Nepal’s prodding, to resume talks to enable them to return home.

But the refugee euphoria vanished on Saturday when the Bhutanese premier refused to acknowledge them as citizens, instead alluding to them as “people in the refugee camps”. He also said his government is asking Nepal to undertake a fresh “examination” of the camp residents to see how many were bona fide nationals. “… Whether or not they are Bhutanese refugees is a subject of discussion,” he said.

This is the same ploy the Buddhist kingdom used in 2000 to stall the homecoming of the refugees, who comprise nearly one-fifth of the Bhutanese population. Despite an international outcry, Bhutan sought to categorise the camp residents into genuine citizens, those who had surrendered their citizenship voluntarily, non-Bhutanese and criminals. Bhutan insisted only the first category had the full right to return to Bhutan and understandably, the verification gave the certification to only a small percentage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wikileaks: On U.S. request, India shuts payment route for Iran oil imports

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2010

By Sandeep Dikshit

ACU mechanism crucial for India to deal with Iran

Iran to hold talks with RBI on Friday

NEW DELHI: In a move that is being seen worldwide as an example of India succumbing to American pressure, the Reserve Bank of India has barred companies from using the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) to process current account transactions for oil and gas imports — a decision that directly hits at Indian energy imports from Iran.

With American and European clearing houses unwilling to process payments involving the Iranian hydrocarbon sector, an urgent solution will now have to be found for the $11 billion worth of oil India imports annually from the Islamic Republic. Diplomatic sources told The Hindu that a senior official from the Central Bank of Iran will hold emergency talks with the RBI on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Incredibly High Towns & Cities Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2010

All of them wonderful.
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Bhutanese national of Nepali origin sentenced for screening movies on Christianity

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2010


A Bhutanese court has slapped a three-year jail-term to one of its citizens of Nepali origin on charge of attempting to promote civil unrest by screening movies on Christianity.

Prem Singh Gurung, 40, was convicted by Gelephu Dungkhag Court on October 6 for screening movies on Christianity in Gongaon and Simkharka villages, Bhutan’s national daily Kuensel reported.

He was arrested on May 21 by Bhutanese police based on complaints filed by the villagers.

The villagers said, Gurung invited them saying he would show some Nepali movies, but showed movies on Christianity in between.

Both the villages are at least a day’s walk from the nearest motorable road and do not have electricity. Gurung is said to have carried projector and generator to the villages to screen the movies.

The news became public late as Bhutanese authorities did not want to reveal the case.


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Bhutan: Nepali-ethnic Bhutanese observe Dasain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 19, 2010

The Himalayan Beacon

Nepali-ethnic Bhutanese communities across the globe celebrated Dasain, one of biggest Nepali festivals, with various

A Bhutanese mother in North Carolina offers teeka to her children. Photo/Abi Subedi

programs, our correspondents reported.

US celebration

According to our correspondent Deepesh Subedi, resettled Bhutanese in Boise city of Idaho gathered together to celebrate Dashain in one of the apartment complex play ground that began with the Durga Puja today.

Arjun Pradhan from Minnesota reported that the festival was marked by Durga puja followed by receiving Teeka and cultural function in a Local School Hall in Minnesota. The function started with the chanting of Durga Bhawani’s mantra by Upendra Pyakurel where almost 600 Bhutanese showed their participation.

Bhutanese in Texas observed Dasain festival with a cultural show followed by Community Durga Puja held yesterday. Our correspondent reported that Bhutanese resettled in Texas received Teeka today. Read the rest of this entry »

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30,000 refugees leave for US

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2010


The number of Bhutanese refugees who have departed Nepal for the United States is to reach 30,000 this week, the US embassy in Nepal said yesterday.

The United States along with the United Nations, International Organisation for Migration and a group of Western countries began resettling Bhutanese refugees in early 2008. Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand and Britain are other countries receiving the refugees under the programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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