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    Laya wears festive look as 3rd Royal Highland Festival begins

    Posted 23 October 2018 | 10:48 am

    Pic Courtesy: Royal Highland Festival FB page

    Laya has been turned into a hub of celebration as the Third Royal Highland Festival got underway today. More than a thousand people, including tourists, are attending the two-day festival.

    The festival is a landmark activity of Gasa Dzongkhag.

    Gasa Dzongdag Dorji Dradhul said the festival is driven by the goal of making the Highlands a vibrant and thriving economy.

    The festival aims to promote the sustainable livelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation, and exhibit the highlands as a pride of Bhutan.

    The festival also brings together highlanders from other parts of Bhutan to exchange values, knowledge, skills and best practices related to highlands and yak farming.

    People from eight districts are taking part in the festival this time

    The Royal Highland Festival was first introduced on 16th Of October 2016 to mark the celebration of the Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, 400 years of Zhabdrung’s arrival in the country and the Rabjung (60-year cycle) birth year of Guru Rinpoche.

    A stall selling Laya products


    The festival showcases the beauty and wonders of Gasa Dzongkhag through its nature, history and age old culture and tradition.

    The festival is gaining popularity among locals and visitors alike. Despite the fact it takes place at over 3000 metres above the sea level, the festival is emerging to be a crowd-puller.

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    Kinley Zam and Sangay Wangchuk come first in Laya Run

    Posted 23 October 2018 | 10:47 am

    27-year-old Kinley Zam is the winner in the women’s category, while Sangay Wangchuk came first in the men’s category.

    Kinley Zam, a mother of two from Lunana, completed the 25-kilometre Laya Run in 2 hours 39 minutes 50 seconds.

    About 24 female, including three foreigners, took part in the run.

    35-year-old Sangay Wangchuk, an army physical instructor, completed the race in 2 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds.

    52 men, including three foreigners, took part in the run.

    Laya Run is one of the many events held as part of the Royal Highland Festival.

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    Man faces court for causing false alarm

    Posted 23 October 2018 | 4:51 am

    A 34-year-old man is being tried at the Tsirang District Court on the suspicion of making a false alarm.

    The man played with firecrackers on the evening of September 13, which coincided with the no-campaign period for the Primary Round of Third National Assembly elections.

    The sound of the firecrackers alarmed the neighbors and caused them to become suspicious. The village Tshogpa immediately called police, resulting in his arrest.

    The police forwarded the case to the court on October 10.

    The man, in his statement to the police, had said his friends gave him the firecrackers. It was meant to be used for chasing away monkeys attacking his crops.

    But he decided to play with them that evening just for amusement.

    The court is expected to come out with its judgment this week.

    According to the Penal Code of Bhutan, a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of false alarm if the defendant circulates a report or warning of an impending or other catastrophe knowing that the report or warning is false or baseless and that it is likely to cause public inconvenience or alarm.

    The offence of false alarm is graded a petty misdemeanor.

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