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Cultural show: To celebrate the 107th National Day, a 13-member Kashmiri folk dance group performed at the Clock Tower square on December 17 and the Harmony Village yesterday. The events were organised by the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre.                                                                                                 [... Read More]

Sumthrang revives its mask dances

DSC_0082Gomchens perform the tsencham on the first day of Kangsoel

Culture: Seventeen years after it was last performed, the mask dances native to Sumthrang lhakhang in Ura, Bumthang was revived yesterday to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The mask dances are performed during the lhakhang’s annual Kangsoel (Vajra Kyilaya redemption and invocation ritual) by its community of over 15 households. However, the dances were discontinued from 1996 when renovation of the lhakhang began. “Although Kangsoel continued, the mask dances were not performed from lack of space because the renovation work [... Read More]

His Majesty’s Address to the Nation on the 107th National Day

After the 9th year since I was enthroned, it is my profound pleasure to celebrate the National Day here in Kanglung, in a Dzongkhag that is traditionally known as the Sharchog Khorlo Tsipgyed (the eight spokes of the eastern wheel). It is a momentous occasion for the people to be blessed with the gracious presence of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo. People of all ages from remote corners of the east have come to attend the celebrations. As we celebrate the 107th National Day, [... Read More]

Conservation works on Gasa dzong in full swing

gasa-dzongConstruction: Work on Gasa dzong conservation project began in August this year

The Changzoe lhakhang is expected to complete by the end of this month Heritage: Despite the extreme cold, conservation works on the 17th century Gasa Tashi Thomen dzong that began in August are in full swing. According to project officials, the dzong’s main lhakhang, the two-storied Changzoe lhakhang is expected to be complete by the end of this month. This is the first major renovation of Gasa dzong and it also includes two other main lhakhangs – Mithrupa and Kagoen. Mithrupa and Kagoen lhakhangs were [... Read More]

Historic National Day celebration in Trashigang

20141217-2C4A1589His Majesty The King and His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo granted tokha to the people who attended the 107th National Day celebrations in Kanglung, Trashigang

There is a greater threat than corruption itself-ignoring corruption: HM Occasion: On the morning of December 17, more than 20,000 people in Trashigang saw history unfold as they watched, for the first time, His Majesty the King and the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck bow to each other. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo received His Majesty the King with royal scarves lowered in a gesture of respect. Celebrating the 107th National Day at Sherubtse college ground, people of Trashigang also witnessed [... Read More]

HM recognises individual service to nation

Celebration: In recognition of their dedicated services to the nation in various fields, His Majesty the King during the 107th National Day celebrations in Kanglung, Trashigang, awarded medals and scarves to Bhutanese starting from farmers to the Prime Minister yesterday. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay was honoured with the Lungmar scarf, a life-long recognition that was only present during the Third Druk Gyalpo’s reign.  Awarding the scarf, His Majesty said that the Lungmar scarf  was a separate recognition that was decided a long time ago. “Although there [... Read More]

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Royal Bhutan Police, Desuups, and students gathered at the Phuentsholing Sports Association ground yesterday to present a march past and celebrate the 107th National Day. More than a thousand people joined the celebration that also commemorated the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King.    

Educationists awarded at Thimphu’s National Day celebrations

IMG_8781The award recipients at the Changlimithang stadium

Occasion: Fourteen educationists working in various schools and institutions in Thimphu were awarded the National Order of Merit yesterday in recognition of their exemplary services. A principal, three teachers and lecturers from Royal Institute of Management, Royal Thimphu College and Faculty of Nursing and Public Health (FONPH) are among the award recipients.  The National Order of Merit was awarded under the categories of long tenure, excellency in teaching and remote and difficult services. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, who graced the 107th National Day celebrations at [... Read More]

Health ministry launches first outdoor public gym at Lungtenzampa

IMG_8813Public health: Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk rides the exercise bike at the new outdoor gym

NCD: To address non-communicable diseases like obesity and diabetes, the health ministry launched the first public outdoor strength and fitness centre in Thimphu, coinciding with the 107th National Day yesterday. The centre, located near the synthetic tracks at Lungtenzampa, is the first of the six outdoor gymnasiums that the health ministry targets to set up across the country. General secretary of Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation (BAAF), Dorji Tenzin, said the equipments were gifts from HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. The centre is equipped with rowing [... Read More]

Student kidnapped from Gelephu

Kidnap: A 14-year-old student was abducted on December 16 night, from Purano Basti in Gelephu, making him the eighth Bhutanese to have been kidnapped so far in the last 22 months. The class IX student’s abduction has come at a time when the two men, who went missing three months ago, family members say, are yet to be released. When the incident took place at the fishery area around 11pm, the student was sleeping near his 45-year-old uncle near the paddy field, guarding the rice [... Read More]

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