Recognition: His Majesty The King granted Red Scarfs to three individuals in recognition for their services to the nation yesterday in Punakha Dzong.

The award coincided with Zhabdrung Kuchoe and the naming ceremony of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey

The recipients are works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, Dratshang Lhentshog secretary Karma Wangchuk Penjor and Royal Physician Dr Tobgyel Wangchhuk.

Dasho Dr Tobgyel Wangchhuk has a MBBS from the All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi and M.Sc in ENT from the Institute of Medicine in Yangon.

He is a recipient of the Drakpoi Thuksey and received Kapney Patang from His Majesty The King in 2010.

He was the team leader of the relief medical team deployed to Nepal following the 2015 earthquake.

Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor has a Master’s degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, in the Philippines and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.

He is the first Bhutanese to have received a scholarship from the World Bank to Columbia University where he pursued the Economic Policy Management Graduate Programme.

After working in RCSC and the finance ministry, he became the director for the Dratshang Lhentshog in 2007 and secretary in 2010.

Lyonpo Dorji Choden, the first woman minister has over ten years of experience working at the mid and senior level executive positions in the civil service.

As the first female engineer in Bhutan, she has inspired young women to enter into the technical profession.

She has Master of Arts in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India.

She also served as one of the first Commissioners for the Anti-Corruption Commission form 2006 to 2008.

In the works and human settlement ministry, she served in various technical capacities before being elected as a minister.

She has managed several projects for the United Nations while working as the Assistant Resident Representative.

Staff reporter