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YOUTH IN FOCUS: I was in a relationship for 18 months. I gave birth to a baby boy nine months ago, and my husband immediately left me. Now what do I do? I feel that I have been betrayed my whole life. My stepmother was cruel to me. My first boyfriend cheated on me and now my husband has run off. At least I have a sister who supports me and I can stay with her and her family. My life seems like a continuous disaster. I’m so depressed. I wonder whether I will ever feel happy. Lama, please advise me. Lost Girl, Phuentsholing

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Getting back to the roots

MAIN STORY: It feels strange to not know where one truly belongs. I was born and raised in Thimphu and here I have been all my life. Never have I been to my ancestral home in Zhemgang. If I did, I do not seem to remember.

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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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What is in a Name?

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Name and significance In the Bhutanese tradition, religious persons give names with blessings and prayers. Thus, the names have spiritual significance and most names are based on righteous Buddhist persons or principles.

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Whatever the problem, self-harm or drugs are never a solution

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My best friend is quite stressed nowadays since we are in class twelve and lately she has been hurting herself. She has little scars all over her arm and I'm very worried for her. She says she wants to die and that she enjoys the pain. She said she'd kill herself but she said that she didn't have the courage to do so. I try cheering her up but I don't know if it helps. I need advice and I feel that Lama will be able to help her. Concerned friend

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The main of weight training

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Sir, I just joined a gym. I am extremely excited about what will come my way. I have read that exercises and sports build character and confidence. Could you please explain it in depth what this means, and what I should expect from it? Jigme Penjor

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What is in a Name?

WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Names form an important part of a person’s identity. They serve as conventional labels to identify a person. Bhutan has an interesting naming culture both in terms of how the names are given and used and what they mean or signify.

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Trying to kick the old habit

MAIN STORY: On the hill opposite, the giant Buddha is looking far, far into the future. Amidst beautiful gardens and flowers of myriad colours, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for Drug and Alcohol Dependence (TRCDAD) at Serbithang is quiet and peaceful.

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