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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

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hello sir,

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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Bardo Thoedrol

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Bardo Thoedrol is often translated as the Tibetan Book of Dead. It literally means ‘liberation through hearing about the bardo’, and bardo refers to the post-mortem intermediate state between this and next life. It is one of the most common books used in Bhutan especially for funeral rites. When people die, Bardo Thoedrol is read next to the deceased person’s body to help the spirit.

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Being Content is True Wealth

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I have always strived to be a topper. I wanted a good job and a cool car. After graduating, I found a job with a high salary and soon I will buy a car. Suddenly, though, I feel empty. I feel that achieving my goals has not brought me satisfaction. What now? Do I strive higher or quit everything?

Confused, Thimphu      

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