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Losing weight – Not quite a walk in the park

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I've started walking for an hour and a half for about two weeks now.  I've cut down rice and am eating vegetables and curry in my meals.  I want to cut down some more weight.  Is the diet pattern that I'm currently following healthy?  Will walking help reduce weight?  Please advise.

Tshering, Thimphu

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Tashi Gyepa: The Verses for Auspiciousness – Part I

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tashi Gyepa, literally the eight-fold auspiciousness, consists of verses to bring about auspiciousness by invoking four sets of eight divinities. It is one of the most common prayers said in Bhutan by the followers of both Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. The verses were composed in 1896 by the famous Tibetan philosopher and polymath Mipham Namgyel Gyatsho (1846-1912). Mipham composed thirty-two enormous volumes of texts on a wide range of topics but this prayer is probably the most popular of his compositions.  It is a prayer, which is very widely used in the Himalayan Buddhist world when people start a project or a religious practice.

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The evolution of football in Bhutan

Once upon a time the game was a craze, now it has become a career

COVER STORY: It was a Monday afternoon, February 14, at the Al-Sadaqua Walsalam stadium in Kuwait in 2000.  Chokey Nima, technical director with Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), still remembers the day vividly.  That was the day when Bhutan conceded 20 goals against Kuwait, the most embarrassing defeat for the Bhutanese team.

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Chencho Gyeltshen – From national team to national star

PROFILE: Chencho Gyeltshen became a national hero when he scored a brace during the second round of the World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka on our home ground of Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu. A class 12 graduate from Kelki higher secondary school in Thimphu, football was not Chencho’s first choice.  …

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You cannot tell a book by its cover

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a graduate and a decent guy, but I dye my hair red and keep it spiky. My parents and relatives nag me about it continuously. I don’t know what the problem is, but their comments are beginning to make me feel depressed. Should I cut my hair and look like everyone else or should I keep my style? Lama help me.

Spiky hair guy, Thimphu    

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Building the country’s biggest hydropower plants

Works are in full swing both inside and outside to meet the deadline

COVER STORY: March 31. A loud roar of machine interrupts Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay’s speech to the people gathered for the foundation concreting of Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project’s dam.

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From inside deep tunnels

It is almost 8am. Pratap Singh, 28, gets to his workstation at Punatsangchu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA) II above Wangdue-Tsirang highway road.

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Building and maintaining muscles


I  have stopped working out with weights due to some problems. And so have some of my friends. It’s been a month now and I can see my muscles shrinking. Please advise what I should do.

Sagar Gurung 

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The Bhutanese roll of honours

From 1967 to date, a glittering array of awards have been conferred on meritorious individuals from all walks of life 

COVER STROY: December 17, 2013, Changlingmethang national stadium, Thimphu.  It was a bright winter morning and the stadium was teeming with people, young and old, who had come to witness the 106th National Day.

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National Honours (Decorations) and medals

1. Order of Druk Gyalpo

Honour for life achievement

bhutan medals

Breast Star:  80mm star constructed in four pieces:

1. Large ornate gold plated back plate

2. Enamelled border centre piece in orange enamel

3. Centre enamelled red

4. Royal Symbol

The whole pinned through and the pins concealed with a centre dome on the reverse of the star with crossed dorjee. Reverse of the star is semi-matt finish with polished centre dome

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