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Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering

Thimpu:17/8/19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering in Thimpu today. They reviewed the entire gamut of the bilateral relations and ways and means to further enhance it.

The two leaders had one to one as well as delegation-level exchanges. Later both the leaders launched various projects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart  Dr Lotay Tshering at Simtokha Dzong in Thimpu inaugurated Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant. They released a commemorative stamp to mark the 50 years of Indo-Bhutan hydro-power relations.

Both the leaders also unveiled the Inauguration Plaque of the Ground Station for South Asian Satellite. Prime Minister Modi launched RuPay Card in Bhutan by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong. The two sides also signed ten MoUs in the field of science, technology, engineering and other sectors.

Later in a press statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the people of the country has given his government a huge mandate thus providing once again an opportunity to further strengthen the relationship between India and Bhutan. He said, Bhutan has a special place in the hearts of 130 crore Indians.

He said, it is a privilege of India that it is a major partner in the development of Bhutan and its cooperation in Bhutan’s five-year plans will continue taking care of Bhutan’s priority. Mr Modi also announced to enhance the supply of LPG from India from 700 to 1000 Metric Tonnes per month to ensure clean fuel in villages.

Bhutanese Prime Minister mentioned about Mr Modi’s first visit to Bhutan in 2014 and quoting him that he remembered him saying that Bhutan and India are close, not because we have open borders, but because we have opened our hearts to each other. He said, Mr Modi’s visit this time shows how much he means it.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the audience with the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck in Thimphu today. He inspected the Guard of honour at Tsshichhofzong, the Presidential Palace in Thimphu.

Earlier, Mr.Modi arrived in Paro on a two-day state visit to Bhutan this noon. He was received at the Paro airport by the Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering along with several senior ministers.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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