The na­tion ob­serves the 6th Corona­tion day

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Bhutan ob­served the sixth corona­tion day yes­ter­day and the cit­i­zens pay their hum­ble trib­ute to their king in the lit­tle way they can. Novem­ber 1st is the day when His Majesty the King re­ceived the sa­cred scarf’s from the al­ter of Sab­drung Nawang Nam­gyel from the Machen in Punakha Dzong and took over the reign of the Golden Throne. The coun­try had en­joyed con­tin­ued peace and pros­per­ity and had achieved high level of eco­nomic growth and sta­bil­ity.

His Majesty be­gan his reign by lay­ing the strong foun­da­tion of democ­racy in the coun­try by pre­sid­ing over the last ses­sions of the Na­tional Assem­bly, were the im­por­tant laws in­clud­ing the elec­toral laws, land re­form and other im­por-

tant is­sues were de­lib­er­ated. He stated that the re­spon­si­bil­ity of this gen­er­a­tion of Bhutanese was to en­sure the suc­cess of democ­racy. He also trav­elled ex­ten­sively around the coun­try to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the up­com­ing demo­cratic ex­er­cises, speak­ing mainly to the youth of Bhutan on the need for Bhutanese to strive for greater stan­dards in ed­u­ca­tion, business, civil ser­vice and the need for peo­ple of a small coun­try to work harder than those of oth­ers. He also grants schol­ar­ships to stu­dents from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. The re­cip­i­ents of His Majesty’s Schol­ar­ship Kidu go to var­i­ous col­leges and schools in Bhutan, In­dia, Thai­land, The Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan and Europe. Sev­eral schol­ar­ships, like the Trongsa Pen­lop Schol­ar­ship, have been of­fered by univer­si­ties abroad to His Majesty as a ges­ture of good­will, and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

He signed a new treaty of friend­ship with In­dia in Fe­bru­ary 2007, re­plac­ing the treaty of 1949.[23] Many gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives were un­der­taken by the new King with a view to strength­en­ing the sys­tem in prepa­ra­tion for the demo­cratic changes in 2008. The Con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan was adopted on 18 July 2008, by the first elected par­lia­ment.

His Majesty launched the Na­tional Cadas­tral Resur­vey in March 2009 in or­der to re­solve all the land re­lated is­sues as His Majesty firmly be­lieves that land is the only as­set that we can hand it over to our chil­dren. The pro­gramme is aimed at re­solv­ing long-stand­ing land is­sues of ex­cess land that af­fects ev­ery Bhutanese house­hold.[24] The King has also been giv­ing land Kidu to land­less farm­ers around the coun­try. The on-go­ing project takes the King to re­mote vil­lages and com­mu­ni­ties

Bhutan as a land locked coun­try has been faced with many chal­lenges and in or­der over­come such chal­lenges His Majesty had main­tained ex­cel­lent with its neigh­bors in­clud­ing In­dia. His Majesty’s visit to Ja­pan, Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore has cre­ated strong re­la­tions not at the diplo­matic lev­els but also at the peo­ple to peo­ple level.

His Majesty as right­fully called as “Peo­ple‘s King “and this is what His Majesty pre­cisely said in his corona­tion speech: “Through­out my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will pro­tect you as a par­ent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you ev­ery­thing and keep noth­ing; I shall live such a life as a good hu­man be­ing that you may find it wor­thy to serve as an ex­am­ple for your chil­dren; I have no per­sonal goals other than to ful­fill your hopes and as­pi­ra­tions. I shall al­ways serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kind­ness, jus­tice and equal­ity.”

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