Monday, October 31, 2011

The Kiss of Bliss: Their Majesties Abroad

Bhutan King & Queen Head to Singapore

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck are in Singapore on a four-day private visit.
The royal couple met President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

'Photographer' King Reveals Love for Bhutan, wife in New Book

Published: Monday, Oct 31, 2011, 21:15 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

A collection of photographs capturing the essence of Bhutan, its people, wildlife, monasteries and little-known everyday life, clicked personally by its king was launched today by its new queen.
The coffee-table book Bhutan: Through the lens of the Kingcomprises over 160 pictures, include a stunning photograph of Jetsun Pema Wangchuk, taken by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck before she became his queen.
"All the photos in the book reveal his majesty's love, respect and affinity with his people...," said Pavan K Varma Indian ambassador to Bhutan who has written an introduction to the book.
"It is almost as the pictures are a magnet. Anyone who sees the book will have an irresistible urge to visit Bhutan. It is in a way our humble gift not only to Bhutan but to the people of the world," he said.
The shutterbug king trekked across his kingdom for days to meet and interact with his people and capturing the joy of relationships to the agony caused by an earthquake.

A picture of an old woman smiling bashfully as her husband kisses her at the request of the king and captured by him in a mirror was one of the favourites of Pramod Kapoor, publisher of Roli Books which has brought out the book.
"Each picture in this book has a story to tell," said Kapoor, adding the stories form the basis of the bulk of captions accompanying the photographs. The captions have been written by Malvika Singh.
A blown up picture of Queen Pema that figures on the last page of the book was presented to her during the function.
"Going by the pictures we saw of the royal couple during their visit to Rajasthan where the king is seen with his camera, I wouldn't be surprised if the next book by him is a compilation of photos of Rajasthan," said Kapoor.
The book, said Pavan K Varma, is an extension of Bhutan: An Eye to History,a month-long photography exhibition of Bhutan from its earliest known views in 1864) to contemporary photographs taken by Wangchuck, that was held at the NGMA in December 2009.

'Bhutan: Through The Lens Of The King'
October 13, 2011
By Malvika Singh, Pavan K. Verma

Capture the raw beauty of picturesque Bhutan through the eyes of its King, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

The coffee-table book, Bhutan, Through the Lens of the King, makes you wonder if the animals too decided to behave and display their best poser face, since their King was shooting them.
A lovely book showing off over a 160 striking pictures of Bhutan’s snowcapped mountains, crsytal clear lakes, ancient monasteries, fortresses, wild life and everyday life.
The book is said to be a reflection of the King’s love for his country and people, but guess it also demonstrates his love for his Queen as this collection of breathtaking photographs ends with a stunning picture of Jetsun Pema, his Queen.

India, Bhutan reiterate commitment to achieve 10,000 MW target power generation by 2020

New Delhi, Mon, 31 Oct 2011

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Expressing satisfaction over the cooperation in the hydropower sector, India and Bhutan have reiterated their commitment to achieve the target of 10,000 MW of power generation in Bhutan by 2020.

The King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty the Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, paid a state-visit to India from October 23 to 31 at the invitation of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Their Majesties were accompanied by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Minster-In-Charge of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, the Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs, His Excellency Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, Chief Operations Officer, Royal Bhutan Army, Maj. Gen. Batoo Tshering and other senior officials of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

A special importance was attached to this first visit abroad by His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen after the Royal Wedding on October 13. The visit reinforced the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.

While in India, Their Majesties met President Patil, who felicitated them on their marriage and wished them happiness and a long life together.

President Patil also hosted a banquet in honour of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai called on His Majesty the King.

Their Majesties also met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The King of Bhutan held talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who also hosted a lunch in honour of Their Majesties.

They exchanged views and held discussions on bilateral relations and economic cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. They recalled the strong historical ties of friendship and understanding that exist between the two countries.

His Majesty the King and the Prime Minister of India expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen these exemplary relations.

His Majesty the King conveyed appreciation for the invaluable support that the Government of India provides for Bhutan's socio-economic development.

The meetings were held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere, reflecting the spirit of trust, cooperation and deep understanding that characterize the bilateral relations between the two countries.

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen also visited Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

The visit of Their Majesties to India marks an important milestone in the close and friendly relations between the two countries and has contributed significantly towards further strengthening the profound friendship, mutual understanding, trust and cooperation between India and Bhutan.

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen expressed deep appreciation to the Government and the people of India for the warm reception and gracious hospitality extended to them and the members of their delegation. (ANI)

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