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Coinciding with the National Day, the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan launched three models of hybrid and another three models of Etios cars on the eve of December 17.

Finance minister Namgay Dorji attended the launch along with executives from Japan, India and Bangladesh. During the event, STCBL and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, donated a ‘Prius’ hybrid to the finance ministry.

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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.

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Need to bolster local economy

A lot of spectators at the 107th National Day celebration in Kanglung on December 17 couldn’t comprehend the significance of the individual recognition His Majesty the King awarded. But there were also those who understood the importance of recognising farmers and their individual initiatives.

To many it was the most appropriate recognition in a perfect setting with thousands of farmers among the spectators. Sanga, 34, a farmer, said that such recognition encourages farmers like him to work [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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 [... 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.



Looking straight into our soul

We are a people who are proud of our own actions. We do not do things that will have us regret and hang our heads down with remorse. That has been the essence of Bhutanese diplomacy. But as the country develops year after year, we will increasingly face new challenges. We must be able to negotiate new challenges.

That was His Majesty the King’s message from Kanglung in Trashigang on the 107th national day yesterday. Corruption [... Read More]

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