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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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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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Dorje Chodpa: The Diamond Sūtra

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Dorje Chodpa is one of the most common books that we find in Bhutan. Literally translated, it is The Vajra Cutter Sūtra although it is commonly known as The Diamond Sūtra in English.

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As you sow, so shall you reap

COVER STROY: The sky is overcast with a mix of clouds and smoke from the forest fire.  The surrounding hills echo with the faint rumbling of thunder.  It is a gloomy day in Tsirang.  But if thunder and clouds are the harbinger of rain, rain is what farmers are waiting for.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Domang is a collection of many important short sutras. It literally means ‘many sutras’. It is also known as Zungdue or a compendium of zung or dhāraṇī texts. Dhāraṇīs are mantra spells and very cryptic and formulaic texts which are believed to have special powers for different purposes.

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