Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, on a four-day visit to the State, was attending the 115th Annual General Body meeting of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Odisha Centre. He is also the president of the Maha Bodhi Society of India.
Thinley was conferred the KISS Humanitarian Award 2012 on saturday. Receiving the award, he said, the honour will encourage and inspire him to continue his work for world peace and sustainable development. “KISS is realizing humanitarian dream of quality education for marginalized children. It has already achieved what Bhutan is still struggling to achieve”, Thinley added.
He also welcomed the improving relationship between India and China. “The defence minister of China recently visited India and the two countries agreed upon a joint military exercise that has been discontinued for the last eight years. When the two collaborate then we have reasons for warming up. We should all welcome that,” he told the media.
Thinley expressed his happiness for the hospitality of the State officials and also spoke about the sites like the Peace Pagoda at Dhauli and the Konark Sun Temple he visited. He further added, “I go back from Odisha with a deep sense of satisfaction. I had read a lot about the state and have also seen many pictures of the state but after coming here I realized it is as beautiful as it was described. I visited Konark Sun temple and mesmerized by its architecture.”