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The Historical Anecdotes of Kheng Bjoka Khoche’s Nobilities; Kheng Bjoka Khoche’s household is located on a hill top under Bjoka Gewog under Pangbang Dungkhag, Zhemgang Dzongkhag, above 1,070masl, which is 50kms drive from Pangbang town junction. Khoches were the noble families of lower kheng who were dominant in areas close to Assam and Bengal. At this stage, it is impossible to explain if khoches of Bhutan shared blood kinship with lost tribes of Khen and Khoch in Assam and Bengal. There was a significant trade relationship between khengpas and Indians. During winter seasons the people of hill had to migrate to the plains with their goats and sheep. Khengpas were known for their excellence in warfare and statecraft. A Khen chief established a dynasty in Kamata (kamrupa) by virtue of his courage and skill.The evidence of three kheng kings of this dynasty who ruled Kamrupa (Kamta). According to Pelgen and Rigden, Khoches of kheng once ruled the Assamese provinces of Kokabari, Rangapani and Gohali. Whether the khoches mentioned by these authors were the descents of Khen dynasty of Kamta needs to be ascertained. Local tradition holds that Khoches were the direct descendants of Lhasey Tsangma, a grandson of Tibetan king Thrisong Deutsen. Lhasey Tsangma came to Bhutan in the 9th century. This can be substantiated by the fact that the descendants of this prince established Byar-pa families in Kheng Bjoka and Ngangla where khoches were based. I would hypothesize that Byar-pa families in Bjoka and Ngangla once ruled the khen and koch tribes of the plains. Through this association Byar- pa families came to be known as Bjoka and Ngangla khoches. At present the Kheng Bjoka Khoche’s ancestor home is taken care by Meme Sangay. ‘Dung’ refers to the patrilineal noble families of Bumthang, Kheng and Kurtoe. The term was used either as a title of an adult male noble or referred to a noble’s household. According to various written sources, dung nobilities in kheng spread from Ura Dung Nagpo believed to have descended from the sky. Guse Langling alias Lhagon Pelchen ruled Ura and adjoining places for many years. His son Dung Nagpo Dragpa Wangchuk continued to rule the domain but he died without any heir. His reincarnation, Lhawang Dragpa was born in Yarlung Drongmoche in Central Tibet and was later ennobled as Ura Dung, Chume Dung, Domkhar Dung, Dur Dung and Gyatsa Dung were the descendants of his legitimate sons from Chokor Ashi Drenzom. While visiting his landed estates in kheng to collect annual taxes, he fathered a son called Nima Wangyal through an extramarital affair with Ponmo Tashi Wangmo. The noble son then became the main progenitor of Nyakhar Dung and other dung lineages in kheng.The origin of dung discussed by John Ardussi proves contrary to the ancestral myths of dung described in the other Bhutanese sources. By Ardussi’s theory, the Gdung were not primarily an aboriginal people of Bhutan, but rather a somewhat scattered ‘southern’ population occupying the highlands of south-central Tibet, from Phari in the west to Lhobrak in the east, living of the land and by hunting. Branch families may have inhabited parts of Bhutan, but they were not the main body Aris (1979) conversely ascertained that the term ‘dung’ was associated with Lhasay Tsangma’s descendants in 12th century, before Gelugpa’s invasion of the dung-reng and lho-dung in South Tibet who fled to Bhutan and Tawang only in 14th Century. The rGyal-rigs records a local tradition concerning two ‘important clans’ in the west, the rGyal-dung of Apa-grop and gDung-‘brog of Thimphu, both of whom descended from a son of Prince Tsangma. It is only ‘clan’. No one seems to remember the rGyal-gdung and gDung-‘brog today, though a motley group of jungle –dwellers living far to the south of sPagro are still called the gDung (Aris, 1979).

𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐰𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝟓 – 𝟏𝟏 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐥𝐝
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐆𝐲𝐞𝐧𝐤𝐡𝐮
At the end of the fifth day of the nationwide vaccination program for children between 5 to 11 years of age, 92.32 % of eligible children across the country have been vaccinated. In today’s vaccination program, 8.62 % of the children were vaccinated and only 10 minor Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) or side effects such as injection site pain, mild fever, and headache were reported. The vaccination coverage target for the first leg of the nationwide campaign that was set for  >90% of the total target population was successfully met with today’s vaccination program. However, the Ministry of Health will continue with the vaccination drive to vaccinate as many children as we can.The following cumulative chart outlines the coverage made on each day in terms of percentage. 

Visiting the Land of the Thunder Dragon can be challenging, but there’s new incentive to finally cross it off the bucket list in 2022, as its breathtaking Trans Bhutan Trail will be reopening to travelers for the first time in 60 years.

Bhutan is one of the world’s most mysterious countries.

“This is a community-based project in both its building and operation which will restore an ancient cultural icon and provide a sustainable, net carbon zero experience in the country for pilgrims and travelers,” Sam Blyth, chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, said in a statement.

He added: “the Trans Bhutan Trail also reflects the country’s philosophy of Gross National Happiness and will allow the children of Bhutan to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.”

The trail’s westernmost point is the town of Haa, which is near the border with Tibet. The easternmost point is Trashigang, near the border of India’s Arunachal Pradesh state. According to a representative for the Bhutan Canada Foundation, an ambitious walker could cover the whole trail in about a month, but most tourists will likely enjoy shorter segments of the trail on three-, four-, or seven-day excursions.King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutan’s 41-year-old monarch, has been a driving force behind restoring the trail, which was formerly a Buddhist pilgrimage route before falling into disrepair once Bhutan began building roads in the 1960s.He will inaugurate the trail in a ceremony in Trongsa, a sacred city in central Bhutan, in March.

139 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝟐𝟒 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬. 

𝐀𝐠𝐞: Infant – 97 years old 

𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫: 91 Male & 48 Female 

𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲: 132 Bhutanese & 7 Non Bhutanese 

𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧:

– Chukha: 36 (16 Community, 17 Contact, 3 Imported)

(Gedu:1, Phuntsholing:35) 

– Dagana: 1 (Contact) 

– Pemagatshel (Nganglam): 12 (5 Community, 7 Contact)

– Paro: 1 (Contact)

– Punakha: 1 (Contact)

– Samdrupjongkhar: 31 (30 Contact, 1 Imported) 

– Samtse: 22 (7 Community, 15 Contact)

(Gomtu:2, Samtse : 20)

– Sarpang (Gelephu): 5 (Contact)

– Thimphu: 15 (7 Community, 8 Contact) 

(Upper Samtenling:7, Kabesa:6, Norzin Tag:2) 

– Wangduephodrang: 15 (Contact)