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Internet Service Launched in Bhutan (AP)

Thimphu, June 1: The eldest queen of Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuk on Tuesday inaugurated an internet service here which until now has not even had television. The launch was the first ceremony in the celebrations to mark the king's 25th year on the throne.

For most Bhutanese, the highlight will be the introduction of a television station on Wednesday when his majesty addresses the nation from his throne room.

Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk clicked the button to launch an internet and e-mail service following an elaborate Buddhist ceremony. Officials said the service will reach all 20 districts, many of which don't have paved roads.

In a brief speech, the queen said this was the right time for Bhutan to be connected to the outside world. But it would continue to temper modernisation with its traditional values.

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