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“We will never forget the grateful assistance rendered to us by Bhutan”

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A message from Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu of Japan to Bhutan on the occasion of the five-year commemoration of the great east Japan earthquake

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan earthquake hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011. I, as the Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Bhutan, take this opportunity to express my deep condolences for the victims and their bereaved families.

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How to lose weight … all but unwittingly

The manner in which a midriff (among others) can trim itself without one’s overly bending over backwards

PART Three

How a school of music can help one to get behind the eight ball and keep in shape   MY dream of rock stardom that I ended my say with last week died young, alas, although the embers still glow, albeit on a backburner.

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How to lose weight … all but unwittingly

The manner in which a midriff (among others) can trim itself without one’s overly bending over backwards

PART TWO

Straying off course for the sake of a story that simply cries out to be told

MY closing remark on quakes and their telling impact on attic dwellers that I ended part one of this piece with last week reminds me of a yarn I’d heard of late — and I do beg your forgiveness for this passing aside that the raconteur in me just can’t resist.

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How to lose weight … all but unwittingly

PART ONE Why this article? To plead its cause and, in the bargain, grab some eyeballs THE first point one might raise on spotting the title of this light take on an issue of some gravitas is: does it merit precious space in the hallowed columns of a national newspaper?

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The Bodhisattva King: a quick review

The latest book dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo comes with a bang. It’s the colossal 368-page The Bodhisattva King: His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan put together by Tshering Tashi and Thierry Mathou (PhD). The hardback features 31 articles written by 28 people, both Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese, from various professional backgrounds.

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2015 and the Lunar Year that was: from good to bad

As large parts of Asia celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year (February 8), it’s in with the Year of the Monkey. But before the lunar year past and the Year of the Sheep recedes into memory, we take our annual look back at the people and events that ...

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A Moment… A Nation… A Destiny…

It is a rarity reserved for our good earth’s chosen spots. The constellation of the celestial, the natural and the human in the realm of a people’s collective experience marks a nation out as the Jewel of the Himalayas.

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