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December, 2013

Long service awards conferred on NLAB staff

1st row (l to r): Yeshi Namgyal; Ugyen Dorji; Director Harka B. Gurung;
Kunzang Delek; Sonam Tshering

2nd row (l to r): Nima Gyeltshen; Karma; Dr. Yonten Dargye;
Tshewang Chozom; Daza

Under the patronage and initiation of His Majesty the King, civil servants who have served more than 10, 20 and 30 years in government service have been honoured through a newly instituted Royal Civil Service Award for their dedicated service to “the King, Country and People”. The medals were conferred by representatives of His Majesty the King in separate ceremonies held during the period leading up to National Day. On 12th December, 2013 long service awards were conferred on 15 members of our own staff, as follows:

  • Gold medal (30 years): Director Harka B. Gurung, Dasho Gyonpo Tshering, Kunzang Delek
  • Silver medal (20 years): Ugyen Tenzin, Tshewang Chozom, Daza, Nima Gyeltshen, Sonam Tshering, Yeshi Namgyal, Tenzin La (Kuenga Rabten branch library), Tandin Tshering
  • Bronze medal (10 years): Dr. Yonten Dargye, Ugyen Dorji, Karma, Ngawang Choeden

Hearty congratulations to all of them.





December, 2013

SAARC Literary Festival on South Asian Novel

This three-day meeting organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Deapartment of Culture under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, was held in Bhutan at the SAARC Forestry Centre, Taba from Dec. 18-20, 2013. Catering and organizational arrangements for the festival were handled by the NLAB.

Chief Guest for the occasion was HE Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs. Delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka took part in the festival, the program for which included panel discussions in which delegates from the individual countries participated, and book reading sessions at which authors were given the opportunity to read excerpts from their novels and to discuss their writing styles. The Round Table and Plenary Session was co-chaired by Dr Sanjay Garg, Convenor of the Festival and Harka B. Gurung, Director of the NLAB. Dr. Pema Thinley, Vice Chancellor, RUB, was Chief Guest at the Valedictory Session, where Harka B. Gurung gave the concluding remarks. The literary festival is to be held annually, with the second one scheduled for April 2014 in Pakistan, on the theme ‘Children’s Literature’.


July, 2013

13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Mongolia

This meeting was held in Ulaan Baatar from July 21-27 and attended by a wide array of Mongolian and international scholars, including scholars from Bhutan. The various panels included around 20 papers related to Bhutan. These included Felicity Shaw’s paper (given in the Bhutan-Sikkim panel) on an important carving project at the National Library initiated by our second director Lam Pemala.

A PDF of her PowerPoint presentation, Carving Khenpo Ngaga’s Commentary on Yeshe Lama may be viewed / downloaded by clicking here>>>


March, 2013

21st meeting of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia & Oceania (CDNLAO)

NLAB Director, Harka B. Gurung attended this meeting held 25-28 March in Kuala Lumpur, presenting at it the country report for Bhutan. After giving a brief history of development of the NLAB to date, he introduced its various collections and services. Referring to the Legal Deposit Act, he observed that strict implementation was resented in some quarters, primarily where expensive publications or audio-visual materials were concerned, the latter because of the probable issue of piracy, and that the need for amendment to this Act is genuinely felt. He also highlighted that the functions of archiving in Bhutan are also under the National Library and that once the Archives Act (currently in an advanced draft stage) is implemented, this legal framework will enable collection of archival materials to be pursued more vigorously and meaningfully.