Bhutanese

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Did you know that Bhutan is the only country in the world that marks its growth and development in terms of GNH (Gross National Happiness) instead of GNP (Gross National Product)? The happiest country in Asia and the eighth happy country in world, Bhutan is one of the most ‘isolated’ countries in the world. This landlocked Himalayan kingdom is rich in culture and heritage and proffers travellers and tourists beautiful landscape, scenic views and untouched greenery. Just as this ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is famous for its beauty and ethnicity so are its nationals, celebrated for their works and their achievements. Of the most famous Bhutanese known to the world, some of them worth mentioning include Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the fourth Dragoon and the former King of Bhutan. He is responsible for modernizing this isolated Himalayan country. Jigme Singy Wangchuk not just introduced television to this mountainous country but also came up with a new constitution that helped the country make its transition from a monarchy to a democratic country. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, a religious leader, filmmaker and author, is credited for giving Bhutanese people food for thought with his films and books. Tshering Togbay is a renowned politician of Bhutan and also the incumbent Prime Minister since 2013. Know some other important and famous Bhutanese, their life and their works, with this write-up.
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
(5th King of Bhutan)
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
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Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is Druk Gyalpo or "Dragon King" of the Kingdom of Bhutan. He is the son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated the throne in his favor in 2006. As the king, he began overseeing the democratization of Bhutan and has implemented several reforms to improve the standard of living in his country. 

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Jetsun Pema
(Queen Consort of Bhutan)
Jetsun Pema
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Birthdate: June 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan

Jetsun Pema, the Bhutanese “Dragon Queen” and the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, is the world’s youngest queen consort. A descendant of a Bhutanese noble family, Pema was educated in India and London, and excelled in basketball. A national style icon, she is often compared to Princess Diana.

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck
(Former King of Bhutan)
Jigme Singye Wangchuck
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Birthdate: November 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan
Jigme Singye Wangchuck had taken over as the king of Bhutan when he succeeded his father in 1972, at age 16. Interestingly, Wangchuck had married four sisters in a "Royal Wedding." He is known for promoting Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product as the goal of Bhutan.
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Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
(Third King of Bhutan)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
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Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trongsa
Died: July 21, 1972

The Dragon King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck had a major role in modernizing his tiny Himalayan country. In his 20-year reign, he built countless roads, schools, and hospitals. He also secured financial aid from India and other Asian countries. An avid reader, he also loved hunting and gardening.

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Ugyen Wangchuck
(The First Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan))
Ugyen Wangchuck
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Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang District
Died: August 7, 1926

Ugyen Wangchuck reigned as the first king of Bhutan from 1907 until his death in 1926. He is remembered for his efforts to unite Bhutan and gain the trust of his subjects. Wangchuck is credited with founding the Buddhist monarchy in 1907. A spiritual person who had close relationships with spiritual masters, Wangchuck oversaw the construction of the Kurjey temple.

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Chencho Gyeltshen
(Footballer)
Chencho Gyeltshen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shaba, Paro District

The Ronaldo of Bhutan, Chencho Gyeltshen has made a name for himself as Bhutan’s all-time top goal-scorer in football, with nine international goals. Apart from participating in the Bhutan National League, he has also captained Druk United in the Thimphu League and been part of the Indian I-League.

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Tshering Tobgay
(Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Tshering Tobgay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haa District, Bhutan

Former prime minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay co-founded the People's Democratic Party. He has also been the opposition leader of Bhutan for 5 years. Educated in Kalimpong in India, Tobgay also boasts of a master’s degree from Harvard University. A TED speaker, he advocates for Gross National Happiness.

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Ngawang Namgyal
(Buddhist monk)
Ngawang Namgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1594 AD
Birthplace: Ralung Monastery, Tibet
Died: 1651 AD
Zhabdrung Rinpoche
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
(Actor, Film producer)
Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
(film director, screenwriter, Lama)
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
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Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Eastern Bhutan
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Je Khenpo
(Monk)
Je Khenpo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jigme Thinley
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jigme Thinley
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan

Jigme Thinley is a Bhutanese politician who served as the country's prime minister from 2008 to 2013. The recipient of several prestigious honors, such as the Druk Thuksey medal, Coronation medal, and Druk Wangyal medal, Jigme Thinley has been an important politician for Bhutan over the years. 

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Jigme Chhoeda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Autsho, Lhuntse, Bhutan
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Khandu Wangchuk
(Former Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Khandu Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paro,Bhutan

Khandu Wangchuk is a Bhutanese political figure best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bhutan on two occasions; from 2001 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2007. An important political leader, Khandu Wangchuk also served as the Foreign Minister of Bhutan from 2003 to 2007.

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Kunzang Choden
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan
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Sonam Tobgye
(Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan)
Sonam Tobgye
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhutan

Sonam Tobgye is a Bhutanese jurist who served as the Chief Justice in the Bhutanese High Court between 1991 and 2009. He also served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan between 2010 and 2014. From April to July 2013, Sonam Tobgye also served as the Chief Advisor of Bhutan.

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Jigme Palden Dorji
(First Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Jigme Palden Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan House, Dungra Khasmahal
Died: April 6, 1964

Jigme Palden Dorji was a Bhutanese politician best remembered for his service as the first Prime Minister of Bhutan from 1952 to 1964. Jigme Palden Dorji brought about many changes in Bhutan, which antagonized the religious institutions and the military. Consequently, he was assassinated on 6 April 1964 at the age of 44.

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Dechen Wangmo
(Bhutanese Politician)
Dechen Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

Dechen Wangmo is a Bhutanese politician and the current Minister for Health. She is best known as a founding member of a non profit organization called Bhutan Cancer Society. Dechen Wangmo is also known for her service as the director of PIE Solutions.

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Neten Chokling
(Rinpoche, Actor)
Neten Chokling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
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Kinzang Dorji
(Former Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Kinzang Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chhali Gewog, Bhutan

Kinzang Dorji is a Bhutanese politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bhutan on two occasions between 2002 and 2008. An important politician, Kinzang Dorji has also held other prominent positions, including the office of the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement.

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Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji
(Queen Grandmother of Bhutan Who Designed the National Flag of Bhutan)
Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim India
Died: May 26, 1994

Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji is best remembered for designing the national flag of Bhutan. A deeply religious person, Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji chose the colors orange and yellow for the flag as they represent Buddhism. She is also remembered as the mother of Ashi Kesang Choden, the Queen Grandmother of Bhutan.

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Tandin Bidha
(Actress, Model)
Tandin Bidha
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Birthplace: Bhutan
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Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
(Actress, Beauty pageant winner)
Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
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Birthdate: August 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan
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Gendun Rinchen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Paro Taktshang, Bhutan
Died: April 18, 1997
Chogyal Minjur Tempa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Min-Chhud, Tibet
Died: 1680 AD
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Neten Zangmo
(Bhutanese Political Leader Who was the Head of Bhutan's Anti-Corruption Commission)
Neten Zangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan

Neten Zangmo is a Bhutanese politician best known for her service as the head of Bhutan's Anti-Corruption Commission. Referred to as the Iron Lady of Bhutan, Zangmo embarked on a relentless anti-corruption campaign, which earned her the title of Dasho. Neten Zangmo was also an important member of the Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party before leaving the party in 2018.

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Karma
(Bhutanese Recurve Archer)
Karma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trashiyangtse, Bhutan
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Lhendup Dorji
(Acting Prime Minister of Bhutan from 25 July to 27 November 1964)
Lhendup Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalimpong, India
Died: April 15, 2007

Lhendup Dorji was a Bhutanese political leader best remembered for his service as the Acting Prime Minister of Bhutan from 25 July to 27 November 1964. A member of the famous Dorji family, Lhendup Dorji was also an avid hunter and excelled in tennis, golf, and boxing.

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Lama Gyurme
(Musician, Monk)
Lama Gyurme
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Yeshey Zimba
(Former Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Yeshey Zimba
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan

Yeshey Zimba is a Bhutanese political leader best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bhutan on two occasions; from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2004 to 2005. Yeshey Zimba has also held other prominent positions, including the office of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Works and Human Settlement. 

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Sangay Ngedup
(Former Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Sangay Ngedup
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan

Sangay Ngedup is a Bhutanese politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bhutan on two occasions between 1999 and 2006. In 1998, he was honored by His Majesty the King with the prestigious Orange Scarf. In 2015, Sangay Ngedup received excellence in public health award from the World Health Organization. 

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Sonam Lhamo
(Actress)
Sonam Lhamo
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Lenchu Kunzang
(Sport shooter)
Lenchu Kunzang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Kezang Wangmo
(Bhutanese Actress, Politician, Singer, Poet, and Dancer)
Kezang Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Paro, Bhutan

Kezang Wangmo is a Bhutanese actress, politician, singer, poet, and dancer. She is best known for her performance in Sem Gi Damtse, which earned her the National Award for Best Female Lead Actor. Prior to achieving fame as an actress, Kezang Wangmo had established herself as a popular singer by releasing her hit song, A La La Ngi Sem.

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Ashi Tashi Dorji
(Bhutanese Political Figure & Grand Aunt of the Current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck)
Ashi Tashi Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalimpong, West Bengal, India

Ashi Tashi Dorji is a Bhutanese political figure. A much-loved woman in Bhutan, Tashi is best known as the grand-aunt of the current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and as the sister of Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden. Over the years, Ashi Tashi Dorji has played an important role in the cultural life and international relations of Bhutan.

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Orgyen Tobgyal
(Rinpoche, Writer)
Orgyen Tobgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Nangchen, Kham, Tibet
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Lily Wangchuk
(The First Woman from Bhutan to be Chosen as President of a Political Party)
Lily Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan

Lily Wangchuk is a Bhutanese activist, diplomat, and politician. A prominent political leader, Wangchuk became the first woman from Bhutan to be chosen as president of a political party in 2012. Lily Wangchuk started her career as a diplomat and won the Lions Club Award for Outstanding Diplomat in 2003 for her work that improved Bhutan's relations with India.

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Dil Maya Rai
(Bhutanese Political Figure)
Dil Maya Rai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

Dil Maya Rai is a Bhutanese political figure who has been an important member of the National Assembly since 31 October 2018. She worked as a social development specialist before entering politics. Dil Maya Rai is best known for her association with a popular political party named Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa.

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Dechen Pem
(Singer, Actress)
Dechen Pem
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Listed In: Singers
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Sonam Kinga
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Pema Choden
(Diplomat)
Pema Choden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jigme Drukpa
(Musician, Actor)
Jigme Drukpa
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dinesh Kumar Dhakal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Tshering Choden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Radhi, Bhutan
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Dorji Choden
(First Woman Cabinet Minister of Bhutan)
Dorji Choden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan

Dorji Choden is a Bhutanese politician who became the first woman to take on the role of a minister in Bhutanese cabinet in 2013, when she was appointed minister of the country's Works and Human Settlement Ministry. Choden was also the first woman engineer from Bhutan as she began her career in the Public Works Department as an assistant engineer.

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Lhaki Dolma
(Bhutanese Politician and Actress)
Lhaki Dolma
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan

Lhaki Dolma is a Bhutanese politician and actress. She is best known for her performance in her debut film Chepai Bu, which earned her the Best Actress Award at the 2002 National Film Awards. She won the award again in 2009 for her performance in the 2008 film Seday. Lhaki Dolma is counted among the most sought-after actresses in Bhutan.

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Sherab Zam
(Archer)
Sherab Zam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kashithang, Dagana District, Bhutan
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Sangay Wangchuk
(Long-distance runner)
Sangay Wangchuk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dorji Dema
(Archer)
Dorji Dema
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan