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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]

Improving women’s participation

The findings are a yardstick by which to measure gender progress in the elective process ECB Study: Making the functional literacy test more accessible by having test centres located closer to women is one of the initiatives the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) would take to enhance women participation in future elections. The commission will also encourage political parties and candidates to engage on issues of women representation in elective offices, and involve coordinators of democracy clubs to play an active role in focusing on [... Read More]

Soelras come as blessings to farmers

20141217-907A1083Lucky winner: His Majesty the King awards the powertiller to Thinley Dorji

Celebrations: It took quite some time for 10-year-old Thinley Dorji from Yongphupam to claim the power tiller that he won as soelra from His Majesty the King through a lottery draw during the national day celebrations at Trashigang yesterday. Thinley had lost his parents in the thick crowd and was looking for them when his lottery ticket number was read out. “I didn’t know how to react and I started looking for my parents, but it was impossible to find them in the crowd,” he [... Read More]

His Majesty awards medals and scarves

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay receives Lungmar, the kabney, which like the bura marp, is not post-based, and may be worn for life.                                                               Other recipients     Civil Service Award   Service Medal (Bronze) to 2,837 individuals For dedicated service to the Nation for over 10 years   Service Medal (Silver) to 760 individuals For dedicated [... Read More]

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