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TIME LINE

1907 - Ugyen Wangchuk is chosen as hereditary ruler1910 - Treaty signed with British giving them control over Bhutan's foreign relations1949 - Treaty signed with newly-independent India guaranteeing non-interference in Bhutan's internal affairs, but allowing Delhi influence over foreign relations1952 - Reformist monarch Jigme Dorji Wangchuk succeeds to throne.1952 - National assembly established .1958 - Slavery abolished.1959 - Several thousand refugees given asylum after Chinese annex Tibet
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2006 08:30 PM IST

A chronology of key events

1907 - Ugyen Wangchuk is chosen as hereditary ruler

1910 - Treaty signed with British giving them control over Bhutan's foreign relations

1949 - Treaty signed with newly-independent India guaranteeing non-interference in Bhutan's internal affairs, but allowing Delhi influence over foreign relations

1952 - Reformist monarch Jigme Dorji Wangchuk succeeds to throne

1952 - National assembly established

1958 - Slavery abolished.

1959 - Several thousand refugees given asylum after Chinese annex Tibet

1964, 1965 - Prime minister killed in dispute among competing political factions. Unsuccessful attempt to assassinate monarch.

1968 - First cabinet established

1971 - Bhutan joins the UN

1972 - King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk dies and is succeeded by his son, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who continues policy of cautious modernisation

1989 - Nepali ceases to be a language of instruction in schools.

1990 - Violent ethnic unrest and anti-government protests in southern Bhutan pressing for greater democracy and respect for Nepali rights. Bhutan People's Party begins campaign of violence. Thousands of ethnic Nepalis flee to Nepal.

1992 - Leader of illegal Bhutan People's Party sentenced to life imprisonment.

1993 - Bhutan and Nepal try to resolve refugee problem.

1998 - King cedes some powers to national assembly, giving up role as head of government; cabinet now elected by assembly; famous "Tiger's Lair" Buddhist monastery damaged by fire.

1999 - Limited television and internet services allowed; several dozen political prisoners released.

2002 December - First draft of a new Constitution presented; it envisages Bhutan becoming a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy.

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