Bhutan puts on hold its order on sending back non-nationals from its border areas; China begins construction of a railway line from Lhasa to Xigaze, bordering India, Bhutan and Nepal;
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  • The order issued by Regional Trade and Industry Office of Bhutan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has been put on hold after Indian embassy took up the issues with Bhutan government. Earlier, Bhutan government had issued orders on August 24, 2010, directing all "trading sectors" in the border districts to "send back all the non-nationals" employed by them "out of the country" by September 30, 2010.1

    Meanwhile, China has started construction work on a strategic rail network to connect the Tibetan capital of Lhasa with the Tibet's second largest city of Xigaze which borders India, Bhutan and Nepal. According to sources, China plans to bulid a railway line from Xigaze to Chumbi Valley as well.2

    Reports noted that National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants are re-establishing their bases in southern Bhutan after being flushed out from Bangladesh.3