Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 1:29 PM

IBFA founder conferred Druk Thuksey

IMG_0859Druk Thuksey recipient Rabindranath Anil and his wife, Arti

Award: Rabindranath Anil, has a unique way of dealing with people, within minutes, he will make you happy and comfortable sitting next to him. The founder and secretary general of Indo-Bhutan friendship associations (IBFA) and several other global friendship associations, Rabindranath Anil is in the business of making friends. One of the recipients of  Druk Thuksey medal from His Majesty the King yesterday, Rabindranath Anil said he was rendered very sentimental and emotional when the King called his name to receive the medal. Druk Thuksey [... Read More]

Ugyen Academy principal wins unique honour

20131217-907A7547Principal Norbu Gyaltshen receives kabney and patang from His Majesty yesterday

An educationist for 27 years, he is the first recipient of a white scarf without fringes  Award: The principal of Ugyen Academy, Norbu Gyaltshen, became the first recipient of a white kabney without fringes and a patang from His Majesty yesterday, setting a new bar for educationists. Norbu Gyaltshen, who was the former tutor to His Majesty the King, received the award for his dedicated service and contribution to education in Bhutan as a teacher and principal. The honour was bestowed in recognition of the [... Read More]

Educationist receives medal of appreciation

20131217-907A7443His Majesty with Maina Kharga before awarding the medal of appreciation

Award: Her students remember her as a smart, yet stern, figure on campus.  She was known for being uncompromising, when it came to keeping a check on students, study and discipline wise. As students, they dreaded the almost “iron clad” lady but, later in life, they bore gratitude for her in churning the best out of them. Thus, when her name reverberated at Changlimithang stadium during the National Day celebration yesterday, some of those who clapped the loudest were those students. His Majesty awarded her [... Read More]

Forester honoured for lifetime of service

IMG_9711Kaka Tshering and his wife

Chief forest officer in Paro Kaka Tshering, received the National Order of Merit Award: It was only after His Majesty announced his name that chief forest officer of Paro division, Kaka Tshering realised he was one of the recipients of National Order of Merit (Gold). “By then, a chamberlain was already in front of me to escort me to the ground,” he said. Kaka Tshering, 56, said, with many similar names in the country, he thought it was some one else and, like many people [... Read More]

National Day celebrated internationally

996073_10151702828956887_5-copyMelbourne, Australia

Occasion: The 106th National Day celebrations transcended borders this year, with Bhutanese communities living abroad joining in the celebrations. More than 90 students from different universities in Bangkok joined the nation yesterday by coming together at the Royal Bhutan Embassy to celebrate National Day. Although some students from several universities could not attend the program, as it coincided with their final examinations, some from Shinawatra University made it to the celebration, despite the “tight exam schedule.” A press release from the Bhutan students’ association (BSA) [... Read More]

Civil service award instituted

Those in govt. will now have something to show for their long years on the job RCSC: Coinciding with the 106th National Day, which was themed “civil service” the royal civil service commission, on the command of His Majesty the King, launched the ‘royal civil service award’ yesterday. The award, comprising a medal and certificate signed by His Majesty the King, will now be a regular annual feature, a press release from the commission states. “The ‘royal civil service award’ is a way of acknowledging, [... Read More]

READ Centre opens in Mendhagang

IMG_3343The READ Centre at Mendhagang is the fifth one in the country ( Info and photo by Ngawang Phuntsho, READ Bhutan)

The Mendhagang Community in Punakha got a community library and resource centre on December 15, making it the fifth READ Centre in the country. Marking the 106th National day, the READ Centre is named as Ugyen Wangchuck Payzoekhang, was opened by the Punakha dzongrab and the executive director of READ Global Tina Scabia. The day also marked READ Bhutan’s fifth anniversary. A READ Centre houses, a library with 3,000- 5,000 books, magazines and newspapers, an ICT room, a women’s empowerment room that provides a safe [... Read More]

Picture story

Black-headed Gull (Larusridibundus) spotted on November 23 at the Royal Manas National Park is a new addition to the list of birds in the country. This is the fourth gull species known in the country and takes the total number of birds to 689. (Courtesy: UWICE)  

Currency reserve stands at Nu 57B

The central bank has also been able to clear loan it took from commercial banks in India  FOREX: Financial assistance received from the Government of India and other donor agencies in recent times has helped the country build its foreign currency reserve. As of December 7 this year, Royal Monetary Authority that manages the reserve, recorded an equivalent of Nu 57B in foreign currency, Rupee and convertible ones. That amount is made up of the USD 805M and Rs 7.1B it received so far. Except [... Read More]