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« on: October 28, 2011, 09:22:05 PM »


Interesting take on the Bhutan States visit in India:

Bhutan - The 29th State of India


Imphal Free Press (India)
October 28, 2011


Imphal, Oct. 28 -- Sir,

Bhutan is now a prey to exploitation through obsolete and risk prone methods of hydro power and with India ready to play indifferent to its north-east region, the risk for the state and the people can only increase many fold. Under the kingship of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, present King of Bhutan, the country has become the 29th state of India. The king of Bhutan who is loitering around in India looks like a vassal of the Indian central government. The way the relatives of the king took pictures with the political leaders of India like Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Schindia reminds us of the fascination Arunachal Pradesh ministers have for Sonia Gandhi and the long-nosed Nehru family.

After Arunachal Pradesh, dams and hydroelectric projects in Bhutan are what the people of Assam needs to be informed about and keep a close eye on. With no halt to the mega dam projects in Arunachal Pradesh in spite of multiple strong and angry protests by several public organizations in Assam, there is little chance that Government of India would take any proactive actions to ensure that dams and hydro projects under development in Bhutan does not create floods or other natural disasters in the Brahmaputra valley. The Indian Government would especially not want to interfere with Bhutan's development since Bhutan has been acting as its obedient servant since 2003 when the small Himalayan Kingdom flushed out rebel outfits like the ULFA and NDFB from its jungles with military offense under India's orders. As such it becomes imperative that any probable disaster that can range from hydro-projects and dams in Bhutan are looked upon by the people and public organizations of Assam and put pressure on the Government for any detecting any probable threat and preventing the same.

The water level of Manah and Beki began to rise abnormally, due to the release of excess water from the Kurichu dyke in neighbouring Bhutan. Bhutan dams will damage ecology of Barpeta and Nalbari in Assam and Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. Meanwhile, India is expected to import 5,000 MW of power from Bhutan by 2020. The probability of earthquakes because of such huge dams, called "Dam induced seismicity" or "Reservoir-induced Seismicity" can not be ruled out too. For example, various reports including the one from NASA had reporte that China's 7.9-magnitude Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, which killed are estimated 80,000 people was caused due to Reservoir-Induced Seismicity (the phenomenon of earthquake due to dams) of the Zipingpu Dam. One can imagine what devastating effects such mega dams in Bhutan, only some hours drive from the capital of Assam, can have in a high seismic zone like Assam. It would also be worth mentioning that Hydroproject is also a part in desig and construction of the upcoming 2,000 MW capacity, 230 meter high concrete dam in upper Subansiri river, which is estimated to be completed in 2016. Strangely there seems to be no discussion about this project either by the Government or by public activists who had been opposing construction of dams.

Yours'

VOX POPULI (People's Voice),

Assam. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Imphal Free Press. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com
 
Copyright 2011 Imphal Free PressAll Rights Reserved

Imphal Free Press (India)


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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 06:50:54 PM »


'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 King comprises 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.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 06:52:47 PM »


“Through the Lens of the King”

Her Majesty the Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, will launch a book, ‘Bhutan: Through the lens of the King’ in New Delhi this evening, culminating Their Majesties’ nine-day state visit to India.
 
Published by Roli publications based in New Delhi, the coffee-table book has 176 pages of pictures of Bhutan’s crystal clear lakes, ancient monuments, wildlife, flora and fauna, and everyday life, including rural Bhutan.

Most of the photographs in the book were taken by His Majesty the King. The first section contains photographs of monarchs, from the first to the fourth Druk Gyalpo, and ends with a picture of Her Majesty Ashi Jetsun Pema.
 
After a five-day visit to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, the royal couple is scheduled to return this morning to New Delhi in a special flight from Udaipur. The government of India provided a special train in honour of the newly wed royal couple to visit the three historical cities in Rajasthan.
 
“The royal visit is of high significance, as it is the first visit abroad of Their Majesties immediately after the royal wedding,” Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, who is the minister in-charge of foreign affairs and part of the royal entourage to India, told Kuensel. “Our delegation is particularly touched with the warmth reception provided by the people and government of India to Their Majesties, both at the formal as well as the informal levels.”

Rinzin Wangchuk, Udaipur  http://www.kuenselonline.com/2011/?p=19958


Their Majesties leave New Delhi for Singapore for a private visit later tonight, and will return to Bhutan on November 4.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 07:05:29 PM »

I hope the Queen comes to Germany one day. One of the 4 sister Queens visited several years ago Augsburg  Thumb up
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 07:16:54 PM »


you better be there MW, with micro and recorder and all. If you need any reporter-tags...I'm very handy  Secret
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 07:20:45 PM »

I will be there  Seriously I would. There is no Royal I would follow like these stalkers, but in this case  Halo
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 07:40:44 PM »


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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 03:48:58 PM »

31 October, 2011: Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck launched a coffee table book, 'Bhutan - Through the lens of the King', with photography by His Majesty. The book was launched in New Delhi.

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 04:00:40 PM »

she looks AAMAAZZINNNG  

and she's working....on her HONEYMOON!
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 04:20:51 PM »

And she didn´t need a whole autumn for it.  Whistle
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2011, 06:32:31 PM »

So the king is a shutterbug. I like the cover of the coffee table book. Okay, another reason for me to like him.  Thumb up But I'm jealous too. He has a beautiful country to photograph. I'd loooooooove to photograph the Himalaya region.  Drool
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2011, 10:11:59 PM »


well..well...well...in 2007 MaxWax paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan from (October 28-30, 2007)
http://royaldish.com/index.php?topic=1124.0. Perhaps this will could the first stop on a European tour Jigme and Jetsun would consider.

..just sayin'  Secret


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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2011, 09:57:25 AM »

31 October, 2011: Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck launched a coffee table book, 'Bhutan - Through the lens of the King', with photography by His Majesty. The book was launched in New Delhi.



lovely outfit.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2011, 05:50:56 PM »

I want to see the last photo in that book, it is a photo the king took of her.
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 10:43:44 PM »

Queen of Bhutan at a literary event in Delhi  

ONE HALF OF THE ROYAL COUPLE: The King and Queen of Bhutan have generated a great deal of buzz when they chose Rajasthan for their honeymoon. After exploring the desert state last week, the royal couple also paid a visit to Delhi earlier this week. The occasion was a literary event, and the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, couldn't make it, but the Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuk, was there.

PHOTO KA PHOTO OP: Pramod Kapoor, Pavan K Varma and Malvika Singh presided over the evening, with Mala (as Malvika is referred to by friends) forgetting to give the formal vote of thanks! But she brushed it off and proceeded to give it "from the heart" later. The slightly nervous 21-year-old queen spoke sweetly to everyone, but the high point of the evening was when she was presented with a picture of herself that the king, a photographer by interest, had clicked.






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