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Picking up the pieces

Relief teams reach all affected areas Disaster: The dzongkhag relief teams have reached all the affected areas, where the April 4 windstorm in about 10 minutes damaged 815 homes, 89 government structures, and 15 public infrastructures across 52 gewogs in nine dzongkhags. In all, 919 structures reported damages, as of …

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Traffic jam at Paro airport

The airport saw a record 15 flights on April 5 Aviation: Paro international airport handled a record 15 flights on the morning of April 5, and had all seven Bhutanese operated aircraft on the ground at one point. This meant that the airport’s capacity of five aircraft was exceeded that …

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High Court accepts appellant’s petition

Red sander wood smuggler granted compoundable sentence of one year Smuggling: The high court’s (HC) bench II partially reversed the lower court’s ruling, and turned a non-compoundable sentence into compoundable prison terms of three years to one year in connection to the smuggling of red sander wood (Pterocarpus santalinus) across …

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First of its kind gate in Nganglam

Gate: Construction of international border gate in Nganglam Dungkhag began yesterday with salang tentrel  (groundbreaking ceremony). The integrated border gate, which is the first of its kind in the country, stands between Nganglam and Assam State of India. The border gate is scheduled to be complete within 30 months.

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Challenge 60- Sixty

Race: Project Dantak in collaboration with Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) will be organising the 5th open mountain bike race on April 19 to commemorate its 54th Raising Day in Bhutan. Unlike in the past, this year the racers will be covering a total distance of 120 Kilometers, 20 kilometers more …

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Carbon trade market has ‘essentially collapsed’

Bhutan may not earn its due from rural electrification, a registered CDM project Climate: All is not rosy about selling the country’s carbon credits that it generates from clean energy. Bhutan might have to wait until the new climate change agreement is signed in Paris this December, to trade its …

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Third body recovered at accident site

Kamji: Following a rigorous two days search, police officials, with the help of army and desuups, recovered the body of the third man who had died in the Kamji car accident on March 29. The team had recovered two bodies on April 5, and a search was still on for …

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Mongar elects new gup

Bye-election:  After three months without a gup and two bye-elections, Mongar gewog finally has a gup. The gewog elected Rinzin 49, who contested against Tharpa Gyeltshen, 31, in the second bye-election held yesterday. Of the 790 voters including 13 postal ballots, Ketongri-Themnangbe chiwog’s candidate Rinzin secured 421 votes with seven …

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Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition concludes

Exhibition: Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck officially closed the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which was held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace grounds from April 2 to 6. The exhibition saw almost 50,000 visitors in five days, with close to 22,000 visitors on  April 4 alone. Organised on the Royal …

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Windstorm damages 792 homes

Dagana was the worst hit among the nine dzongkhags Disaster: The windstorm that swept across nine dzongkhags on the night of April 4 injured three people and affected 792 households, mostly in the southern belt, according to a preliminary report with the department of disaster management. All dzongkhags also reported …

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