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His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, graced the 10th convocation of the Royal University of Bhutan, yesterday. Addressing the sea of graduates, His Majesty said 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 have [...]

Scores of locals and tourists attended the Annual Nomads Festival, which ended yesterday, in Thangbi, Bumthang. During the two-day festival, the locals showcased bags and blankets made from yak wool and dairy products, among others. “Such festivals benefit us a lot,” said one  of the locals, Ugyen Tshomo. She said she was able to sell [...]

The three-day annual Dromche began in Punakha from today. The venerable Dorji Lopen of Zhung Dratshang is presiding over the Dromche. On the first day, various mask dances including Belgor-chham, Shenjay yab-yum, and Machham were performed. Tomorrow, the Kuenkhen Pema Karpo’s Thondrel will be unfurled to the public. The Dromche will be followed by three-day [...]

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. In the afternoon, His Majesty [...]

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. Written by the former chairman of the Constitution drafting committee and former chief [...]

Amusement: A singer and an entertainer from Wales, UK, Lindsay Young entertains passersby in Thimphu by twisting balloons into animal shapes. He is in the country for the 10-day Bhutan International Festival which starts today. Photo: www.bhimf.org Source: Kuenselonline

Since 2009 to date, the number of dollar-paying footfalls has more than doubled Tourism: The 29 percent increase in international or dollar paying tourist arrivals last year against the previous year, earned the industry revenue of USD 73.2 million (M), the highest so far. Since 2009, the tourism sector recorded a steady increase in revenue [...]

Bhutanese tour operators display their tour packages to visitors including international tour operators during the travel mart session that was held as part of the PATA conference in Thimphu Bhutan is working on having better roads, two helicopters and 11 trekking routes to ensure that guests, who visit the country, live a journey they can [...]

Ambassador Pema Choden presented credentials to the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, on January 23 in Seoul. During a call on, the President acknowledged Bhutan’s proposal to send Bhutanese youth for employment in Republic of Korea and informed the ambassador that their agencies would further study the proposal. Diplomatic relation between the [...]

A Bhutanese teenage cyclist took the second place and bagged a silver medal at the Dharan Showdown Mountain Biking Championship, held at Nepal. Jigme Tenzin, 16, completed the cross country race, in junior category, just four seconds later than the first rider. He completed the race of two laps of 3.5 kilometres in 27 minutes [...]