Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Bhutan : His Majesty arrives in the capital

October 14: His Majesty the King has arrived in the capital after a 10 day tour to some of the eastern and central Dzongkhags. Their Royal Highnesses the Princesses Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck and Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck accompanied His Majesty during the royal tour.

Last week, His Majesty the King visited Punakha Dzong and Talo Lhakhang and offered prayers and butter lamps for the peace and prosperity of the nation and the well being of the people.

His Majesty also visited Lekeythang Higher Secondary School and Ugyen Academy in Punakha and met with the students and teachers.

On October 9, His Majesty visited Endruchholing Dzong in Trongsa, the resting abode of the Machen of Terton Pema Lingpa. While in Endruchholing, His Majesty met with the students, teachers and people of the community and granted soelra to them. The students and people of the community presented a cultural programme to welcome His Majesty.

Prior to visiting Endruchholing, His Majesty hosted a lunch and granted audience to 63 student beneficiaries of Royal Kidu at the Thruepang Palace. These students, many of whom are orphans or were raised by single parents, come from the most vulnerable sections of society. His Majesty told them that they should not be afraid of hard work and challenges. Instead they should strive for academic excellence which aide them to avail better jobs to serve and support themselves, their families and ultimately the nation.

Later His Majesty the King and their Royal Highnesses granted soelra to the students. His Majesty also visited Sherubling Higher Secondary school and Taktse Middle Secondary School to meet with the students and teachers.

On October 10, His Majesty visited Trongsa Dzong. In the Dzong, His Majesty granted audience to the Gups and the geog administrators. While in Trongsa, His Majesty visited Ta Dzong as well.

On the October 8, His Majesty visited Kurjey, Jambay and Tamzhing lhakhangs in Bumthang to offer prayers and butter lamps. His Majesty then visited Jakar Higher Secondary School and joined the students for lunch. In addition, His Majesty granted audience to 62 student beneficiaries of Royal Kidu. His Majesty also visited Jakar Dzong and the construction site of Royal lhakhang at Tang Dechenpelrithang.

Afterwards, His Majesty visited Chumey Middle Secondary School and spoke to the students. His Majesty said that for a better future of the country they must always keep in mind the peace, unity, sovereignty and security of the country and people, a vibrant democracy, and Gross National Happiness.

His Majesty said that students must learn to love the country in the most intelligent manner. His Majesty said that students are the wealth of the country and they must excel in their studies as education is the single most important thing in life.

On October 6, His Majesty visited Monggar Dzong and Monggar Higher Secondary School. His Majesty granted audience to 75 student beneficiaries of Royal Kidu from schools across Mongar. Later in the afternoon, His majesty visited Gyelposhing HSS.

On October 5, His Majesty visited Lhuentse Dzong. Following the visit, His Majesty granted audience to local leaders, Dzongkhag and survey officials.

His Majesty said the cadastral re-survey taking place in the Dzongkhag would solve many land related problems. His Majesty said it is crucial to ensure that there is no corruption involved in the survey.

On Bhutan’s transition to parliamentary democracy, His Majesty said that democracy must start at the grassroots and that its ideals should be nurtured and instilled in the minds of every Bhutanese.

While in Lhuentse His Majesty the King visited Tangmachu Middle Secondary School. Speaking to the students, His Majesty expressed that each student must strive for academic excellence. His Majesty said every student must contribute and make a difference.


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