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Smartphones, TVs hurting Buddhist culture in Bhutan

AFP Aug 8, 2013

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Kencho Tshering, a red-robed Buddhist monk, takes a call from the King of Bhutan's office, then duly dashes off to start a ceremony praying for a break in the monsoon rains.

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Bhutan Makes Condoms Available To Buddhist Monks To Stop Spread Of STDs

By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, March 29, 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.

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Keep Tai Situ off Bhutan soil, King urges Manmohan

By Yatish Yadav, New Indian Express, 17 March 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- The Ministry of Home Affairs is scratching its head over a travel request from controversial Buddhist monk Tai Situ Rinpoche, who wants to visit Bhutan.

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Bhutan aims to be first 100% organic nation

Sapa-AFP, October 7, 2012

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking "happiness" for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100-percent organic.

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Gender discrimination in religious practice

By Samten Yeshi and Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, May 21, 2012

Timphu, Bhutan -- Gender inequality took over to blend with spirituality in the second session of the Mountain Echoes festival, which began yesterday at the Tarayana Centre in Thimphu.

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