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India at 70: The curse of caste

By P Chidambaram By any standard, varna, caste and untouchability made Hindu society one of the most oppressive, exploitative and less productive social systems in the world. Related News One of the lessons that I have learned over the years is that a sense of caste superiority (or being casteist) …

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Xi congratulates scientists on expedition to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday sent a congratulatory letter to a research team on an expedition to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Xi expressed his congratulations and greetings to scientists, young students and support staff who joined the country’s second comprehensive scientific expedition to the plateau. …

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Nepal-Australia relations: Future perspective

By Peter Graeme Budd To gain a proper perspective on our future, it is important to understand the historical context and the foundation on which our partnership is built. In 2010 Australia celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations. Sometime during my tenure here, I hope to celebrate our 60-year milestone. …

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A bird researcher’s pursuit on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

LHASA, July 12 (Xinhua) — Yandao, 35, had never been to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau before he joined an observation team on China’s second scientific expedition to the plateau in June. Yandao, a member of the Blang ethnic minority, comes from a small village in Xishuangbana, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. After …

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway prepares for summer travel peak

LHASA, July 2 (Xinhua) — As the summer travel season begins, railway authorities on China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are taking multiple measures to prepare for the annual tourist peak. An extra daily service has been added in both directions between Xining and Lhasa, bringing the number of trains between the two …

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Nepal grants approval to Tibet Airlines to start Chengdu-Kathmandu route

KATHMANDU, July 14 (Xinhua) — The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has granted approval to China’s Tibet Airlines to conduct four flights a day on the Chengdu-Kathmandu route, an official of the CAAN said. Subhash Jha, deputy director at CAAN, told Xinhua on Friday that the aviation authority approved …

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Tibet attracts unprecedented investment from central SOEs

LHASA, June 14 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is set to see a record influx of investment from central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as the region has signed cooperation agreements with 36 central SOEs for 347 projects. The agreements, inked Tuesday at a meeting on strategic cooperation in Lhasa, …

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Tibet offers loans to encourage start-ups

LHASA, May 24 (Xinhua) — A bank in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is providing loans of up to 2 million yuan (about 290,000 U.S. dollars) to start-ups. According to the Lhasa office of the People’s Bank of China, the policy will benefit individual start-ups and businesses set up with partners, …

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Tibet consumers enjoy quick delivery service

LHASA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Online consumers in Lhasa in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region now can receive delivery packages in one day, after the first e-commerce warehousing and logistics park in the region was opened. JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, constructed the logistics park in Lhasa, covering nearly 10,000 …

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India skips OBOR, expresses displeasure

By Our Reporter India has been the only big economy that did not attend the “Belt and Road Forum” in Beijing. Instead, India criticised China’s global initiative, warning of an “unsustainable debt burden” for countries involved. When Chinese President Xi Jinping was hosting dozens of world leaders and senior officials …

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