Dec 21: The first Executive Committee meeting of Indo-Bhutan Friendship Society under new President Prof. Anand Kumar was held on December 20 at School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
The committee meeting endorsed the proposal from the new president for nominations of office bearers for the next term. The new office bearers include Sudhindra Bhadoria (Vice- President), K. C. Tyagi (Vice-President), Shyam Gambhir (General Secretary), Rajiv Agarwal (Treasurer) and Karma Duptho (Secretary). The committee endorsed proposal for including I. P. Adhikari, president of the Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA) – Bhutan, as one of the new executive members of the society.
The meeting extensively discussed action plan for next twelve months. As per resolution, a conference on Bhutan to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Indo-Bhutan Friendship Society will be held in April 2010.
The committee also decided to publish a souvenir magazine in Hindi, Dzongkha and English to commemorate the occasion. An editorial board was also constituted for the same.
The members agree to intensively focus society’s activities around Bhutan’s neighboring states like, Arunachal Pardesh, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim.
In the mean time, IBFS president has written a letter to Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck welcoming his first visit to India.
The letter reads, “We are sure that this visit will inaugurate a historical chapter of cooperation and togetherness between the oldest democracy of Asia and the youngest democracy as it is taking shape under your leadership.”
Further, an appointment with King is sought for delegation to express the welcome address as an expression of society’s regard towards king and the people of Bhutan.