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Tha Damtshig: Integrity

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: The Bhutanese concept of tha damtshig (མཐའ་དམ་ཚིག) refers to personal integrity or moral rectitude and has an Indian Buddhist origin. In its religious application, the term translates the Sanskrit word samaya and refers to the precepts of Vajrayāna Buddhism.

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Seeking space and understanding

Members of the LGBT community marked the International Day Against Homophobia,Transphobia and Biphobia with the UN Resident Coordinator Christina Carlson and civil society representatives at the UN House in Thimphu on May 17

MAIN STORY: The first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was observed last week, a welcoming news for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) community in the country. The Equality Flag, which is covered in rainbow colours, was raised at the UN House to mark the day. This is …

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Chocolate mousse with mango salsa

CHOC-2 RECIPE: Method:  Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat Place chocolate and 100ml of milk in a large heat proof bowl.  Place the bowl over the saucepan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Melt chocolate, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until smooth and combined with the milk. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and set aside to cool slightly

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Boedra in the autumn of its days

MAIN STORY: It was early 1960s. Ap Tsheten Dorji had just arrived in Bhutan. With him, he brought along something really precious – 30 boedra songs from Tibet, which he shared with the Bhutanese people.

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Holding your muscle

HEALTH AND FITNESS: My friend and I have trained together for a few years and made good progress. But since we stopped training for a few months now, I have noticed that my muscles have shrunk a lot, while my friend's haven’t.  What could be the reason? I am very disappointed watching my hard earned gains disappear into thin air.  Sagar 

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Saga Dawa, the auspicious month

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Saga Dawa, the fourth Bhutanese month and equivalent of Vaisakha month in Indian calendar, is a duezang. Duezang, literally means, auspicious time. Due refers to time and zang means auspicious or good.

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Doing extra bit out of school

MAIN STORY: It’s 4pm. A shrill alarm pierces through the air. It’s time for the students to head home. Tandin, 12, however, has a different plan for the day. Instead of heading home, he makes his way out the school gate through the throng of other school-going children. He heads towards the Changlimithang stadium. There, his best friend, Sonam is waiting for him.

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Gucchi Bharwan Murgh Ka Pharcha

RECIPE: DSC_0132 Method: Marination: Slit chicken breast from top and make a pocket in it Marinate it with ginger garlic paste, salt, malt vinegar, chilli and turmeric powder Stuff the chicken breast with chopped morels and Philadelphia cheese Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes

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We should prepare our minds for change instead of trying to prevent change

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I will (hopefully) graduate from college in the summer, and I want to join a small CSO/NGO, but my parents are against it. They feel that CSOs and NGOs are unstable and that I might lose my job after a short time. Instead, they want me to get a job that offers more security. From my point of view, I feel that a small CSO would be more rewarding and allow me to use my skills in a more productive way.  What does Lam think about CSOs? TP, Siliguri

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