Ly­onch­hen vis­its his­toric Asi­atic so­ci­ety in Kolkata

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay ac­com­pa­nied by Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk and se­nior of­fi­cials from the govern­ment ar­rived in Kolkata, West Ben­gal’s cap­i­tal city, last Wed­nes­day. The Prime Min­is­ter will at­tend the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of ‘Ben­gal Global Busi­ness Sum­mit 2016’ on Jan­uary 8 and de­liver a key­note ad­dress dur­ing the event. Ly­onch­hen and the del­e­ga­tion were ex­tended a warm wel­come by Mr. Amit Mi­tra, Fi­nance Min­is­ter of West Ben­gal and other dig­ni­taries from the Govern­ment of West Ben­gal along with of­fi­cials from the Royal Bhutanese Con­sulate Gen­eral upon ar­rival at Subash Chan­dra Bose In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The Prime Min­is­ter met and in­ter­acted with the staff at Royal Bhutanese Con­sulate Gen­eral House in Dum Dum in the af­ter­noon. The con­sulate looks af­ter over­all co­or­di­na­tion and Bhutan’s re­la­tion with the states of West Ben­gal and As­sam in In­dia.

Later, the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion paid a visit to the his­toric in­sti­tu­tion of ‘The Asi­atic So­ci­ety’, which was founded in 1784. The place houses a cen­tury-year-old brass statue of Dharma Raja Zhabdrung Ngawang Nam­gyal and nu­mer­ous an­cient Bud­dhist manuscripts.

In the evening, the Chief Min­is­ter of West Ben­gal, H.E. Ma­mata Ban­er­jee called upon the Prime Min­is­ter at ITC Sonar. Ly­onch­hen thanked CM Ban­er­jee for the cor­dial wel­come and kind hos­pi­tal­ity ac­corded to him and the del­e­ga­tion. He con­veyed that he was very happy to have had the op­por­tu­nity to meet the CM again.

Fur­ther, His Ex­cel­lency con­veyed that her visit to Bhutan in Oc­to­ber last year re­in­forced the close bonds of friend­ship, good­will and co­op­er­a­tion that de­fine Bhutan - West Ben­gal re­la­tions. Ly­onch­hen also ex­pressed that he was ex­tremely de­lighted to visit her renowned vi­brant state.

Mean­while, the In­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC) hosted a re­cep­tion din­ner in hon­our of Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk and the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion at Oberoi Grand in Kolkata. His Ex­cel­lency thanked ICC for their gra­cious wel­come and stated that he looked for­ward to work­ing in close co­op­er­a­tion with the or­ga­ni­za­tion to­ward fur­ther strength­en­ing eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

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