Dr Lotay Tshering, whose party has won the elections, wants to reduce dependence on hydroelectricity, a sector in which India is heavily invested. With China lurking, an old relationship enters a crucial phase
In their talks, PM Modi and Tshering Tobgay are also expected to deliberate on the situation at the Doklam tri-junction, the site of the 73-day-long standoff between Indian and Chinese armies last year.
Besides holding deliberations with his Bhutanese counterpart Dasho Sonam Tshong, Gokhale also called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during the visit which began on Sunday.
Sushma Swaraj said India was proud of the special and exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation that it shared with Bhutan, "which are built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect".
The Government of Bhutan, the report said, has decided for the time being not to levy higher taxes on imports from India, but to use credit policy to restrain import demand, especially for automobiles.
Despite the ongoing standoff at Doklam, India attended its first plenary SCO meeting after it became full members of the China-dominated security grouping. The SCO members are Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.
Jalpaiguri, Feb 17 (ANI): A new immigration check point between India and Bangladesh is expected to boost trade and ties between the neighbours. The immigration centre would be inaugurated in Siliguri town on February 18. The new check point has been set up after fervent protests by local businessmen. The first immigration centre was opened in 1994 for trade between Bhutan and Bangladesh and in 1997 for trade between Nepal and Bangladesh