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A So Swiss Career Path: Luxury Watches To Designer Chocolate

François-Xavier Mousin and Caroline Buechler used to do marketing for Switzerland's  watch industry. But that was before they went cuckoo for cacao.

Orfève luxury chocolates
Orfève luxury chocolates
Adrià Budry Carbó

THONEX — We've just reached his doorstep and François-Xavier Mousin has already gone from talking about a fake speech by Belgium's King Leopold II (1835-1909) and Spanish farms that produce their oil in cooperatives to the price of a particular chocolate bar that "doesn't respect cocoa." The man is a versatile chatterbox who can take you several times around the world in just one conversation.

Mousin continues on the subject of chocolate, decrying the hypocrisy of a major brand that pays for a few Latin-American children to go to school, but refuses to pay minimum wage on its cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. There's a reason for his interest in the topic: Mousin and his partner, Caroline Buechler — both former PR people in the watchmaking business — have just launched their own chocolate brand, Orfève.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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