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BTF supports RSPN
In an important development for citizens participation in environmental conservation, the RSPN will be receiving, over the next two and a half years, a matching grant of US$450,000 from the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation.The grant represents a commitment by the BTF to match other contributions to RSPNs $1million endowment.

Established in 1987, RSPN is Bhutans first and only environmental NGO. Currently it is implementing 12 conservation projects with $220,000 received in grants from individual donors, aid agencies and conservation foundations.

The BTF is an independent conservation organization established in 1992 to sustain financing for environmental conservation in Bhutan.

Seat loss on Druk Air

The imposition of a new aviation regulation (JAR) has resulted in the loss of seats on Druk Air, according to an announcement from the airline company.

The average weight of passengers will now be calculated at 88 kg for men and 70 kg for women against the old weights of 77 kg for men and 64 kg for women.

Druk Air has announced that it will not be able to confirm more than 45 seats during the summer. The airline is awaiting clearance from the manufacturer and aviation authorities to remove some seats.

DOR take over workshop

The Department of Roads will soon assume full responsibility for the Regional Workshop at Hesothanka in Wangdue. The workshop was jointly managed and operated by the Austrian TA and the Department of Roads until now.

Set up by the royal government around 1982, the workshop was upgraded and extended in 1995 with assistance from the Austrian government.

Computerized spare parts store (with a daily updated inventory) and diesel filter pump (which purifies commercial diesel) are two noteworthy features of the workshop.

Polytechnic graduation
The Royal Bhutan Polytechnic saw 82 civil, electrical and mechanical engineers (68 men and 14 women) graduating on its 24th Graduation Day on June 29.

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