PM Modi Bhutan Visit: Modi Recieves Guard Of Honour: What India Gains

The two leaders jointly inaugurated the Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network, developed with assistance from ISRO for utilization of South Asia Satellite in Bhutan

In the bhutan visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks in Thimpu Saturday. They also discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors and signed 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in India-Bhutan ties:

Modi said: “We had a comprehensive meeting, where we deliberated on the relations between India and Bhutan. There is great scope to further improve economic and cultural ties between our nations.”

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The PM, who is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May, inaugurated Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and also launched stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan hydropower cooperation. The two countries signed 10 memoranda of understanding in space research, aviation, IT, power and education. 

MOU’s Signed Between India And Bhutan:

1- MoU between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of the Government of Republic of India and Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) of the Royal Government of Bhutan on the establishment of SATCOM Network for the Utilization of South Asia Satellite

2- MoU between the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU), Ministry of Information and Communications, Royal Government of Bhutan, and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, Miistry of Civil Aviation, Republic of India on cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation

3- MoU between National Knowledge Network of India (NKN), National Information center, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Department of Information Technology & Telecom ( Druk Research and Education Network on Peering Agreement

4- Power Purchase Agreement Between PTC India Limited and Druk Green Power Corporation Limited for Sale and Purchase of Mangdechhu Power

5- MoU between Bhutan National Legal Institute and National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, on cooperation in Judicial Education and Mutual Exchanges

6- MoU between Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Thimphu, Bhutan, and National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India, on enhancing relations between the two parties and seeking to develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of legal education and research

7- MoU between the Royal University of Bhutan and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

8- MoU between the Royal University of Bhutan and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

9- MoU between the Royal University of Bhutan and National Institute of Technology, Silchar

10- MoU between the Royal University of Bhutan and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a press conference preceding the PM’s visit: “Bhutan is the second country this (RuPay Card) will be launched in after Singapore. This will be done in two phases — in the first phase Indian banks will issue RuPay cards which can be used by Indian travellers in Bhutan. The next phase will be where the banks of Bhutan will be empowered to issue RuPay cards to Bhutanese citizens to use in India.


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