All available evidence found that the three secretaries and the CoS adjudged the allegations to have national implications and therefore, acted on it in good faith Breaking News: The Royal Civil Service Commission has decided that the three secretaries to government, who the Cabinet surrendered last December, will be reassigned. In a press release, the Commission issued today, the decision to reassign the Cabinet secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, the economic affairs secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering and the foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji is in accordance with [... Read More]
Convocation: His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, graced the 10th convocation of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), today. Addressing the sea of graduates, His Majesty said that the achievement of the graduates was commendable as a lifetime of hard work and effort had brought them here, and their family, friends and teachers had every right to be proud.
Royal Audience: The people of Bhutan, represented by the Prime Minister and Lhengye Zhungtshog, Pungthim Dratshang, Heads of Armed Forces and Constitutional Bodies, Centenary Farmers, Taxi Drivers, Trongsa Penlop Scholars, and Desuups, offered wishes to His Majesty The King for His Majesty’s 35th Birth Anniversary at the Lingkana Palace, yesterday.
The nation observed His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary on February 21. In the Prime Minister’s address at the celebrations held at Changlimithang, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced five pledges to His Majesty the King. Lyonchhoen pledged the country’s full commitment and dedication to serving the Tsa-Wa-Sum. He said that the government will work hard towards achieving national goals.
Book launch: Coinciding with His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary, Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research, released three biographies on Pema Lingpa, his son and grandson yesterday at the Tarayana Foundation hall. A symposium on Pema Lingpa’s legacies was also held to raise awareness and understanding of his teachings, lineages, sacred objects and of the places associated with him. Three members from Tang, Opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho, Dasho Sangay Dorji, and local writer Kunzang Choden, released the books.
Celebration: His Majesty The King graced the celebration of the first National Scouts Day, which will be observed from this year onwards on 21st February, coinciding with His Majesty’s Birth Anniversary. Scouts from various schools in Thimphu, as well from across the country, along with a contingent of De Suups, participated in the event.
Book launch: The president of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, launched the book “The Constitution of Bhutan: Principles and Philosophies”, coinciding with His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary at the Supreme Court complex today.
Hydropower: Coinciding with His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary, the 126 megawatt (MW) Dagachhu hydroelectric project was commissioned earlier today. The commercial flow of energy from the Dagachhu project to India began at 12:30am today. A total generation of 14.3MW was recorded.
Sarpang: His Majesty The King visited Sarpang Town, where 81 shops and huts were damaged in a fire on Sunday, and met with the people. His Majesty also granted a separate Audience to the heads of the affected families. His Majesty commended the government, armed forces, BIFA and Desuups for wholeheartedly assisting the office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon in administering relief efforts immediately after the disaster.
Yearender/Economy: The economy, in the year of the horse, did not gallop; probably the venom of the serpent from the snake year (2013) hobbled the horse. The country’s GDP growth plummeted to an all time low at 2.05 percent, from 4.6 percent in the previous year. The slump in growth rate was largely attributed to a lower investment level and sluggish growth in the construction sector. But in nominal terms, Bhutan’s GDP increased from Nu 97.5B in 2013 to Nu 104.4B last year, even if [... Read More]