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K-Beauty’s popularity in the country

Main story: If you have never heard, let alone used, a Korean cosmetic product made from snail’s slime or bee-venom or bird droppings and mud, then you may be seriously missing out on the latest beauty trend that’s sweeping the globe.

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You need to show respect in order to gain it

Youth in focus: I used drugs for many years and during my addiction time I did many crazy and wild things. Later, I went to rehab in Siliguri, where I learned many important life-skills. I returned to Bhutan confident to start a new life, but unfortunately my family is not ready to accept me. They always bring up my past and often speak harshly with me. I feel demotivated and hurt by their rejection.  How can I face this situation positively? 

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The majestic birds are home again

Main story: The picturesque valley of Phobjikha in Wangdue is a wide alpine valley. It is considered one of the largest and the most significant wetlands in the country. At 3,000 metres above the sea level, it is the roosting ground for the endangered black-necked cranes.

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FabLab comes to Bhutan

Main story: In an era where developed countries are witnessing a leap in technological advancement, Bhutan won’t be left far behind. With state-of-the-art technology to design and create products, the first ‘FabLab’ will be established in Thimphu next summer.

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Losing fat

Health and fitness: Hi Tshering, I am desperate to lose some baby fats around my belly, thigh and arm area. Some people suggest that I eat rice just once a day or eat curry instead. Will that work? I always end up eating noodles or white bread or drink tea when I start skipping rice. I know it is not right. Lately, I have been feeling tired easily.  Karma, 26, Thimphu

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Srungkue: The Blessed Protection Cord

Why we do what we do: Bhutan has an old culture of wearing Srungkue (སྲུང་སྐུད་) or protection cords. They are also known as Srungdue (སྲུང་མདུད་) or protection knots. The blessed protection cords are believed to have been invested with spiritual power and said to help protect the person who wears it from problems and misfortunes.

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Efforts to conserve the dying tradition

Main story: It wasn’t long ago when people visiting the memorial choeten or the weekend vegetable market in Thimphu could see men dressed in a red gho with red kabney, singing spiritual songs of devotion and realisation to the listeners accompanying the miniature stupas called Tashi Gomang.

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