The 108th Na­tional day cel­e­brated in Paro

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His Majesty the King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo along with the mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily cel­e­brated the 108th Na­tional Day of Bhutan at the Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro. The se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of par­lia­ment and peo­ple from Paro also joined the cel­e­bra­tion.

His Majesty in his ad­dress to the na­tion said that “The Na­tional day is im­por­tant to us – on this day in 1907, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck be­came the first hered­i­tary King of Bhutan , and from that day on­wards , the suc­ces­sive Kings, the gov­ern­ment , and the peo­ple , have worked to­gether in har­mony to build our na­tion. Their col­lec­tive ef­forts over the years have re­sulted in the peace and pros­per­ity that we enjoy to­day.”

His Majesty while ex­tend­ing His Tashi Delek to all the peo­ple across the 20 Dzongkhags said that in 2015 some coun­tries suf­fered eco­nomic crises and oth­ers have to deal with in­ter­nal con­flicts, ter­ror­ism and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. But in Bhutan as per the bless­ings of the Ken­chosum, the merit of the peo­ple, the prayers of our an­ces­tors and the pro­tec­tion of our guardian deities this year was filled with peace an hap­pi­ness.

His Majesty said that this year has been an aus­pi­cious year as Bhutan suc­cess­fully cel­e­brated His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo ‘s 60th Birth An­niver­sary and re­ceived the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press our grat­i­tude and of­fer trib­ute to His Majesty.

His Majesty an­nounced that next year marks not only the birth year of Guru Rim­poche who came to Bhutan in 8th cen­tury but also marks 400 years since Zhadrung Ngawang Nam­gyel be­gan the wheel of the dual sys­tem of gov­er­nance in Bhutan.

Dur­ing the Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions His Majesty awarded life ser­vice award to 45 re­tired civil ser­vants who has served in the civil ser­vice be­tween 1985 to 2011 in recog­ni­tion of their dis­tin­guished and mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice to the na­tion.

The Na­tional Or­der of merit (Gold) was awarded to 6 ed­u­ca­tors from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan and Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment in recog­ni­tion of their ex­em­plary ser­vice to the na­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for ex­cel­lence in lead­er­ship and man­age­ment.

The Na­tional Or­der of Merit (Sil­ver) was awarded to 22 teach­ers in recog­ni­tion of their ex­em­plary ser­vice to the na­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for ex­cel­lence in teach­ing.

The Na­tional Or­der for Merit (Bronze) as awarded to 22 teach­ers in recog­ni­tion of their ex­em­plary ser­vice to the na­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for their ded­i­cated long ten­ure and ser­vice in re­mote and dif­fi­cult ar­eas..

His Majesty the King awarded Na­tional Or­der of Merit, Gold to Lama Shen­phen Zangpo in recog­ni­tion for his con­tri­bu­tions in men­tor­ing Bhutanese youth and help­ing sub­stance abusers make pos­i­tive changes in their lives.

Lama Shen­phen Zangpo, 58, is a Bud­dhist Monk from Wales, who has worked with youth and sub­stance abusers in Bhutan for over 7 years. He has coun­seled many youth, helped them en­ter re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes, and later find em­ploy­ment.

His Majesty also awarded Na­tional Or­der of Merit Gold to Har­ald N Ne­stroy in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vices to Bhutan.

Har­ald Ne­stroy, 77, the Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Pro Bhutan, Ger­many, is a re­tired Ger­man diplo­mat, who has been a long­stand­ing friend of Bhutan since 1987. Pro Bhutan, Ger­many has as­sisted Bhutan in con­struct­ing health and ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture and tra­di­tional struc­tures, such as the Pu­nakha Hos­pi­tal, school for hear­ing-im­paired stu­dents in Dru­gyel, and the Pu­nakha Bazam.

Dr. San­duk Ruit is awarded the Na­tional Or­der of Merit, Gold, in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vices to Bhutan.

Dr. San­duk Ruit, 61, is an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned eye-sur­geon from Nepal, whose in­no­va­tion in cataract surgery has en­abled thou­sands of peo­ple across the world re­gain their eye­sight. Dr. San­duk has con­ducted mod­ern cataract surgery and train­ing in var­i­ous parts of Bhutan since 2000, and has re­stored sight to hun­dreds of pa­tients. Dr. San­duk has also as­sisted in bring­ing HPV vac­cines, which help pre­vent cer­vi­cal can­cer, for young girls in Bhutan.

Four Mas­ter Crafts­men have been awarded the Na­tional Or­der of Merit, Gold, in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vices to the na­tion, for pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing tra­di­tional crafts, and their con­tri­bu­tions to­wards na­tion build­ing and in defin­ing our na­tional iden­tity.

His Majesty awarded Druk Thuk­sey to Dr. Arthit Ou­rairat, 77, Pres­i­dent of Rangsit Univer­sity, Drungt­sho Sherab Jor­den, 80, re­tired doc­tor of tra­di­tional medicine, Lopen Nyapchi, 85 and Yan­glop Drep Bosokarp, 88, for­mer Yang­pai Lopen

Dr. Arthit Ou­rairat is an ex­em­plary cit­i­zen of Thai­land and a long­stand­ing friend of Bhutan. Over the years, he has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the lives of many Bhutanese peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion and health. Till date, 84 stu­dents have com­pleted their ed­u­ca­tion from Rangsit Univer­sity, and 48 more are pur­su­ing their ed­u­ca­tion through schol­ar­ships of­fered in the Univer­sity due to his good­will.

Drungt­sho Sherab Jor­den en­tered the Kurseong Drat­shang at the age of 8, and be­gan stud­ies at the Chak­pori Med­i­cal In­sti­tute at the age of 17. He was com­manded by His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo to set up the first tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal in Bhutan in 1967. He re­ceived com­mands from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo to en­sure that tra­di­tional medicine does not dis­ap­pear from Bhutan. As a re­sult of his ef­forts, the Kawang­jangsa hos­pi­tal is im­mensely suc­cess­ful, and there are over 70 dungt­shos and over a 100 men­pas in Bhutan. The peo­ple of Bhutan have im­mense faith in tra­di­tional medicine. This Medal is in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vices ren­dered to three gen­er­a­tions of Kings, and the peo­ple of Bhutan.

It is the as­pi­ra­tion of ev­ery Bhutanese to re­ceive recog­ni­tion af­ter hav­ing ded­i­cated a life­time in the ser­vice to the Kings and peo­ple. Lopen Nyapchi joined the Trongsa Rabdey at the age of 7, and at the age of 13, be­gan serv­ing His Majesty the sec­ond Druk Gyalpo. He con­tin­ued in his ser­vice to His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo dur­ing His Majesty’s Corona­tion in Paro, and then served Her Majesty the Royal Grand­mother, as­sist­ing Her Majesty in her nu­mer­ous works in the con­struc­tion of many Lhakhangs across the coun­try. In recog­ni­tion of his ded­i­cated and loyal ser­vices to four gen­er­a­tions of Kings, from the time of the Sec­ond King to this day, he is awarded the Druk Thuk­sey Medal.

Yan­glop Drep Bosokarp lives at Pha­jod­ing to­day, and at the age of 88, still re­mains as strong and healthy as ever. He ex­celled as a stu­dent un­der Je Thrizur, and has been an ex­em­plary mem­ber of the clergy, a jewel among la­mas. To­day, he teaches at Pha­jod­ing, of­fers prayers for the well­be­ing of the na­tion and con­tin­ues to serve the coun­try.

His Majesty awarded Bura Marp to Dasho Karma Tshi­teem, 50, Chair­per­son of the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

Karma Tshi­teem has been serv­ing in the civil ser­vice for 26 years. For­merly, he served in the ca­pac­ity of the Sec­re­tary of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion for 7 years, and dur­ing this time, he en­sured that the plans un­der the 10th Five Year Plan were ex­e­cuted suc­cess­fully. The red scarf is awarded to him with the ex­pec­ta­tion that he will con­tinue serv­ing in his new role with the same level of ded­i­ca­tion.

In ex­press­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the gov­ern­ment led by the Prime Min­is­ter, along with the Speaker, the Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil and the leader of the Op­po­si­tion, His Majesty said that they have car­ried out their du­ties with ex­cel­lence.

Lastly His Majesty said that his en­dur­ing prayers re­main that our coun­try of Pelden Drukpa , blessed by Guru Rim­poche and Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel grow strong than ever in the com­ing years and may the sun of peace and hap­pi­ness for­ever shine upon Bhutan.

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