India, Bhutan deliberating opening rail links; Bhutanese resettlement drive could be jeopardized due to Maoists coming to power in Nepal
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  • Reports noted that India and Bhutan were deliberating the possibility of opening railway links between the two countries. According to the preliminary plans, the Indian town of Hasimara would be connected with Phuentsholing in Bhutan (18 kms), Banarhat to Samtse (16 kms), Rangia to Samdrup Jongkhar (60 kms), Kokrajhar to Gelephu (70kms) and Pathsala to Nanglam1.

    Meanwhile, reports indicated that the resettlement drive of the Bhutanese refugees could be jeopardized due to the coming to power of the Maoists. The Maoists have been opposed to the US-led initiative to resettle over 1,05,000 Bhutanese2.