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Insiders and outsiders in India’s Northeast

BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA Ironically — or perhaps tragically — the most beautiful parts of our country are also those most ridden with conflict and violence. They include the vale of Kashmir, the forests of Central India (and of Bastar especially), and the states of northeastern India. I first visited the …

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A little-known story of Nepal’s Sikh connection

BY MANJEEV PURI Nepal has a small but a vibrant Sikh community that is best known for its role as transporters, who opened Nepal to the modern world. Not many, though, know that Nepal’s Sikh heritage dates to Guru Nanak Dev, who travelled through Nepal during his third udasi. Marking …

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Hong Kong’s ‘silent majority’ won’t stay silent forever

More than 300,000 Hong Kong residents gathered Saturday at Tamar Park to attend an assembly on the theme of “Safeguarding Hong Kong,” according to the organizer. The number issued by Hong Kong police was around 100,000. Saturday’s rally was organized to show that Hong Kong people support the rule of …

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26 prehistoric human activity sites discovered on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

LHASA, July 22 (Xinhua) –– Researchers have found 26 prehistoric sites with evidence of human activities during an expedition to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, according to the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The research covers 16 counties and prefectures in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region spanning around …

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Reservation required for visiting Potala Palace

LHASA, July 22 (Xinhua) — From Sunday, to visit the World Heritage site Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, tourists should make an appointment one day in advance. “Visitors can book tickets through the official website. They can also make reservations at the ticket office …

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World’s highest aquarium starts trial operation in Qinghai

XINING, July 19 (Xinhua) — The world’s highest aquarium opened for trial operation in northwest China’s Qinghai Province Thursday. At an altitude of more than 2,200 meters above sea level, the new aquarium is located in the city of Xining, the capital of Qinghai, representing the first aquarium on the …

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Journalists: Just be professional first

BY D. M. THAPA We regularly read in newspapers and also see on TV programmes some sensational news. But we never hear about what happens after that. While the TV channels may not have time or the manpower needed to do such follow-up on what they call “breaking” news, the …

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Business of crying for media freedom

BY SWAPAN DASGUPTA Earlier this month, along with two other journalists, I attended a conference on Media Freedom convened by the Foreign Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom. It was a non-official delegation and was in no way representative of the diversity of India’s media — and I don’t …

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Prachand meets RAAW Chief, Oli denies

Kathmandu, 23 July: Newly appointed Research and Analysis Wing (RAAW) Chief Samant Goel has returned back to India shortening his three-day visit. Goel, who arrived on Sunday, met CPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at 8:30 Monday morning but what exactly the duo discussed has yet to be revealed. Dahal’s personal …

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Disaster-induced toll reaches 195

Kathmandu, 23 July: Death toll from disaster in the country has so far reached 195. In the 1,525 incidents of floods, landslides, fire, storm etc, 195 lives have been lost, according to the Home Ministry Disaster Preparedness and Response Unit. The number is likely to rise further as detail report …

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