In news- Recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the highest civilian award of Bhutan, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo, on the occasion of the country’s National Day.
About the award-
- Also called the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, it is the Kingdom of Bhutan’s highest civilian decoration.
- It is accorded to people who have owed a lifetime of service to the country and its people.
- It has two categories – First Class and Second Class – and takes precedence over all the other orders and decorations conferred by Bhutan.
- It was founded on 7 November 2008 by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
- The First Class category has a badge from a neck ribbon and a medal ribbon with the star on the left breast.
- The Second Class award is a badge from a neck ribbon and the Bhutanese emblem.
- Every year, on December 17, Bhutan marks the national day in memory of the birth of the Wangchuk dynasty in 1907.
- On that day, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuk was crowned as the king of Bhutan and the reign of the Wangchuk dynasty has continued ever since.
Other Civilian awards received by the PM Narendra Modi-
- ‘Legion of Merit by the US Government’ award of the US Armed Forces—given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
- Russia’s highest civilian honour the ‘Order of St. Andrew’ award in 2019.
- In 2019 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conferred him with its highest civilian honour—‘Order of Zayed Award’.
- The Maldives gave him the ‘Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin’the highest honour for foreign dignitaries—in 2019.
- He received ‘King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’, the top honour from Bahrain, in 2019.
- In 2018, he was conferred with the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine Award’, Palestine’s highest honour awarded to foreign dignitaries.
- He has also received the ‘Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud’, the highest honour of Saudi Arabia awarded to non-muslim dignitaries and Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour ‘State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan’ in 2016.