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 last evening, according to preliminary reports with the department of disaster management.
Of the 89 government structures, 62 were schools, followed by seven health facilities and 20 lhakhangs and choetens. Damage to cash crops like potatoes, wheat, and cardamom was also reported in Bongo, Chukha. Three persons, one in Dagana and two in Chukha’s Darla gewogs, were injured, while a cow and four calves were killed.
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 particular day.
In a non-standard aviation practice, one aircraft had to be disembarked on the taxiway between the runway and the apron, and the other disembarked in front of the hangar.
Additionally, a private aircraft seeking to land in Paro had to be told to hold in Kathmandu, Nepal, until space became available.
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 the northern border last year.
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.
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 than previous years, hence the name, “Challenge 60- Sixty” coinciding with the 60th Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
It was quite a spectacle for the thousands of people, who visited Paro over the weekend. The Paro tshechu, the Royal flower exhibition and, to the surprise of many, all the seven aircraft operated by the two Bhutanese airlines were on the ground at the same time.
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 carbon credits. According to international news reports, although the contents of the new agreement are still being discussed, it is expected to bring back the carbon trade market, which has currently collapsed.
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 the third body. The three men were graduates and in their mid 20s. One of them was unemployed.
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 postal ballots while Tharpa Gyeltshen, secured 369 with six postal ballots.
Gup elect Rinzin said he didn’t participate in the first bye-election to give opportunity to the younger candidates. “It didn’t happen,” he said.
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 Command of His Majesty the King, the exhibition envisions to inspire appreciation for beautiful spaces, foster community vitality, and encourage the growth of a vibrant entrepreneurship in floriculture.
In a special message granted for the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, His Majesty commanded: “ Where we live must be clean, safe, organised, and beautiful, for national integrity, national pride, and for our bright future. This too is Nation Building.”