Wonderful Recognition of dedicated individuals and CSOs

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His Majesty The King awards individuals and organisations with National Order of Merit

December 18, 2016
Award: The solemn and celebrative atmosphere in Sherubling turned emotional when His Majesty The King announced a posthumous award for late Tshultrim, a tour guide who lost his life in his attempt to save the life of a tourist.
The incident occurred in Mebartsho, Tang in November last year.
Late Tshultrim’s father, Phuchey from Bongo, received the National Order of Merit (Gold) award. The tall, lanky elderly man, who could barely communicate, said it was an honour for him to receive the medal from His Majesty The King and he would keep the medal as the main treasure of his house.
“I never got the opportunity to see His Majesty The King in person until now. But today, I had this privilege because of my late son,” Phuchey said.
Phuchey added that although he lost a son in his prime age, he is proud of him, as he not only tried to selflessly save someone’s life but also because his deed was recognised by His Majesty The King.
Late Tshultrim was Phuchey’s youngest of four children. Phuchey has two daughters and a son.

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From left to right: Late Tshultrim’s father, Phuchey, Chuma Tshering Wangchuk Drukpa, Rebecca Pradhan, and Carolyn Tshering
His Majesty The King also awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Chuma Tshering Wangchuk Drukpa, Rebecca Pradhan and Carolyn Tshering.
Chuma Tshering Wangchuk Drukpa, 28, is a fire fighter with the Royal Bhutan Police. His Majesty The King said he was recognised for his bravery and commitment in the line of duty.
Chuma Tshering Wangchuk Drukpa from Dorokha in Samtse sustained head injuries while he was detailed to contain a forest fire above Yangchenphu School in Thimphu in 2012.
He also sustained injuries on October 16 this year while containing a fire in Mongar town.
Chuma Tshering Wangchuk suffered from broken ribs while trying to stop the fire from spreading to the Bhutan Oil Distributor fuel depot. He fell from a three-storey traditional house.

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The National Order of Merit, Gold was awarded to 23 Public Benefit Organisations
“Despite the traumatic experience, Chuma Tshering Wangchuk has continued to demonstrate bravery and displays the same commitment to his duty,” a press release from the Royal Office of Media stated.
Chuma Tshering Wangchuk said the award will inspire him to work harder. “I am so happy today.” He pointed out that he cannot stand still in a situation when help is needed.
Rebecca Pradhan, a senior ecologist of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) was recognised for her dedicated services and contributions to Bhutan’s conservation efforts and environment.
She said despite winning many awards, this is the most special award of her life, as it is a recognition from His Majesty The King.
She received many international and Bhutanese awards for her services that have had an impact not only in Bhutan but also abroad.
This year, she was recognised as one of the 15 global Hotspot Heroes of 2016 by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in conjunction with the World Conservation Congress.
Rebecca Pradhan said the award is an indication that she will further excel in her profession of protecting the environment, as it will encourage her to work harder.
She said she didn’t expect the award and was surprised. “Besides my usual conservation work, I will now focus more on educating and creating awareness among people on conservation of environment and ecology, which are important parts of our lives.”
An educator, Carolyn Tshering, was recognised for her lifetime of service in the field of education.
She came to Bhutan in 1966 on the invitation of his Late Majesty the Third King and Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and has since served as an English tutor for the Royal Children. She has also taught in various schools in the country and continues to display immense commitment and passion for education to this day, the Royal Office of Media press release states.
Carolyn Tshering said she is extremely honoured and it was the most exciting day of her life. “Anything I have achieved in education was because of the wonderful teaching colleagues and I dedicate this award to them.”
Meanwhile, His Majesty The King also awarded National Order of Merit (Gold) to seven educators from the education ministry, Royal University of Bhutan, and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences for their exemplary services to the nation in the field of education for excellence in leadership and management.
Nineteen teachers from the education ministry, a senior instructor of the Royal Institute of Management and a senior medical laboratory technician and clinical tutor and teaching coordinator from Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences were awarded the National Order of Merit (Silver) for their exemplary services to the nation in the field of education for excellence in teaching.
An associate professor and head of the medicine department was awarded the National Order of Merit (Bronze) in recognition of his exemplary services to the nation in the field education for excellence in teaching.
His Majesty The King also awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to 23 Public Benefit Organisations in recognition of their services to the nation in volunteering and putting effort towards humanitarian values, maintaining culture and tradition and national objectives; for working passionately and tirelessly for the benefit of others; for taking on the responsibility to provide support and assistance wherever the government is not able to reach, and for keeping alive the sacred values of compassion and empathy.
109th National Day Awardees
National Order of Merit, Gold:
Ministry of Education
Dorji Nidup, Principal, Lhuentse Higher Secondary School
Jigme Yangtse, Principal, Jigme Sherubling Central School
Dawa Tshering, Principal, Damphu Central School
Royal University of Bhutan
Dr. Tashi Gyeltshen, Senior Lecturer, Samtse College of Education
Dr. Tshewang Lhendup, Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Science and Technology
Lopen Chorten Tshering, Assistant Professor, Institute of Language and Culture Studies
Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
Dr. Phurb Dorji, Professor and Head of Gynecology Department
National Order of Merit, Silver:
Ministry of Education
Kinley Sithu, Teacher, Gelephu Higher Secondary School
Samdrup Tshering, Teacher, Rangjung Central School
Pelden, Shaba Primary School
Tshering Chezom, Teacher, Khuruthang Middle Secondary School
Sonam Phuntsho, Teacher, Punakha Higher Secondary School
Bal Bahadur Powrel, Teacher, Rinchengang Primary School
Mani Bomzan, Teacher, Changangkha Middle Secondary School
Lobzang Choden, Teacher, Lhuentse Primary School
Tashi Zangmo, Teacher, Wangdicholing Lower Secondary School
Sonam Choki, Teacher, Kheni Lower Secondary School
Dechen Wangmo, Teacher, Gasa Primary School
Sonam Zangmo, Teacher, Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School
Deo Kumar Thingh, Teacher, Gyelpozhing Central School
Yangzom, Teacher, Sherubling Central School
Karma Phuntsho, Teacher, Sherubling Central School
Ugyen Wangchuk, Teacher, Jigme Sherubling Central School
Tika Ram Subba, Teacher, Nangkor Central School
BIrkha Bahadur Gurung, Teacher, Dekiling Lower Secondary School
Kuenzang Wangmo, Teacher, Thrisa Primary School
Royal Institute of Management
Mani Tshering, Senior Instructor
Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
Karma Tshering, Sr. Medical Laboratory technician and Clinical Tutor and Teaching Coordinator
National Order of Merit, Bronze:
Dr. Guru Prasad Dhakal, Associate Professor and Head of Medicine Department, an associate professor of the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.
National Order of Merit, Gold:
Ability Bhutan Society
BAOWE (Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs)
BCMD (Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy)
Bhutan Animal Rescue and Care
Bhutan Cancer Society
Bhutan Kidney Foundation
Bhutan Nuns Foundation
Bhutan Toilet Organization
Bhutan Youth Development Fund
Chithuen Phenday Association
Clean Bhutan
Draktsho Vocational Centre for Special Children and Youth
Jangsa Animal Saving Trust
Lhomon Society
Music of Bhutan Research Centre
RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture, & Empower Women)
Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN)
Royal Textile Academy
SABAH Bhutan (SAARC Business Association for Home-Based Workers)
Tarayana Foundation
The Loden Foundation
VAST (Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu)
Tashi Dema