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Craze among urbanites to stay fit and healthy

MAIN STORY:  It’s a new year and there is so much to look forward to. Some swore to quit smoking; others kicked their drinking habit. But the most common habit change that majority of the urban population adopt as their New Year resolution is fitness routine.

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Benefits of skipping

Health and Fitness: I have recently started rope jumping (Skipping) besides running. How effective is rope jumping to reduce weight? How often should I do that in a day for best result? Are there any side effects I need to be cautious about? Nidup Gyeltshen, Thimphu.

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Tengyur

Why we do what we do: Tengyur (བསྟན་འགྱུར་) refers to the translation of Buddhist treatises from Indian and other languages into classical Tibetan. Sitting alongside Kagyur (བཀའ་འགྱུར་) or the translation of the words of the Buddha, which I have already introduced.

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What will you work on achieving this good year?

MAIN STORY: New Year is a time for celebrations. It is also a time to reflect on the year gone by and to begin the journey anew. Some set high personal and professional resolutions; others make do with simple and easily attainable aspirations. What is interesting is that the New Year resolutions do not last long. In the maze of activities in life, people tend to forget their goals.

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Thai Chicken satay

RECIPE: Serves: Four Method: Slice the chicken breast across grain with at least 1 inch wide each piece. Mix in the Marinade and make sure all pieces are well coated. Marinate the meat for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

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Journey is the goal

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I’m on winter vacation from college. I want to travel and at the same time do something cool, meaningful and even spiritual (but not a pilgrimage). I’ve saved a little money from doing part time jobs, but I don’t have money to fly to far places. I’m thinking of backpacking. Can lama offer some advice?  ST, Thimphu

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Little ravens learn useful skills every winter

MAIN STORY: Tshering Dorji gets up early even as it is winter break.

The 14-year-old rushes to the bathroom along with his older brother. They wash their faces, get dressed and eat breakfast. Both wear a navy jumpsuit with a logo that says Camp Raven.

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Turning your dreams into reality

HEALTH AND FITNESS:Dear Sir, As the year is rounding up I want to make a resolution to join a gym. How can I motivate myself to keep working out?  Lhaden, Thimphu

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Salang Choga: The Ritual of Taking Land

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the first and most common rituals for the construction of a house in Bhutan is salang choga (ས་བླང་ཆོ་ག་) or the ritual for the taking of land. Bhutanese believe that the land is possessed by the terrestrial spirits, the most important of them being Sadag Tochye (ས་བདག་ལྟོ་འཕྱེ་). To maintain harmony with nature, one has to obtain the permission of the landowners or the earth spirits to use the land.

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Regional delicacies & evolving food culture

MAIN STORY: It has just been over five decades since Bhutan opened her door to modernisation ushering in many changes. One of the significant changes is in food culture. Due to the country’s difficult terrain and lack of communication, regions developed their own food culture that evolved over the centuries. …

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Potato Roesti, Datshi with Shamu Ngo Ngo

RECIPE: Method: To prepare Potato Roesti: 1. Wash and boil potatoes, make sure potatoes are not over boiled 2. Cool, peel and grate them from the thick side of grater 3. Add melted butter, salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to grated potatoes 4. Take nonstick pan, heat it up on medium flame, and add few drops of oil 5. Put grated potato mixture in nonstick pan, don not stir mixture and cook for five to six minutes 6. Turn the side of mixture and cook well until it becomes golden brown To prepare Herb Tossed Mushrooms:

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Be aware of the situations that cause mood swings

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I suffer with mood swings. They are not extreme (like suicidal thoughts or anything), but one day I’m happy and talk with everyone and the next I’m quite grumpy. I realize that it is affecting my relationship with my friends and family. Is there anything I can do about it?  Moody, Thimphu

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Keeping homes warm in winter

MAIN STORY: Winter is getting severe by the day. Soaring firewood price is also leading to kerosene shortage. But there are options galore to heat homes. There are electric blankets and heaters. The thing is: electric bills at the end of this month come in scary numbers.

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