Bhutan receives Modi with open arms
India shares a special bond with its neighbour Bhutan. The Himalayan kingdom is an epitome of harmony and peace. Bhutan believes in compassion and justice. Last week Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bhutan to strengthen the ties of friendship with this nation.
In his two-day visit, the Indian prime minister met many leaders, attended several functions and signed many treaties maintaining bilateral ties.
Modi was given a red carpet treatment by his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering when he reached the country.
The two leaders jointly inaugurated the Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network, developed with assistance from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for utilization of South Asia Satellite in Bhutan.
India will also enhance the communication, public broadcasting and disaster management coverage in Bhutan.
The two countries signed 10 treaties in the field of space research, aviation, information and technology (IT), power and education.
Modi also launched the RuPay Card in Bhutan by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Shabdrung Namgyal, which functions as a monastic and administrative centre and is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan.
Royal Bhutan University and IITs of India and some other top educational institutions are also collaborating for the enhancement of education and technology in the countries.
Modi also visited Bhutanese progressive king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pena.
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Bhutan’s love for India can be understood with this gesture. After former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passes away, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck lit thousand butter lamps and offered prayers in the memory of the BJP leader. Special prayers were also held for her at their Simtokha Dzong Temple.