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PM Modi visit to Bhutan

Why is it in the news?

  • During his recent visit to Bhutan, PM Modi announced India’s decision to double assistance to Bhutan, increasing it from ₹5,000 crore in 2019-2024 to 10,000 crore for the period till 2029.

 Some of the key highlights of the visit

  • PM Modi was awarded Bhutan’s highest civilian honour, the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, by the Bhutanese king.
  • Several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements were signed between India and Bhutan covering various sectors including petroleum, trade, digital connectivity, space, and agriculture.
  • Initiatives were taken to establish rail links between Kokrajhar-Gelephu and Banarhat-Samtse, as well as waterway navigation on the Brahmaputra River.
  • PM Modi expressed strong support for Bhutan’s initiatives, particularly the Gelephu Mindfulness City project:

1) The Gelephu Mindfulness City (GMC) is a planned carbon-neutral city spanning 1,000 square kilometres in Bhutan.

2) GMC will focus on eco-friendly industries such as IT, education, hotels, and hospitals.

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