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Russia simplifies citizenship for Ukraine citizens

By Our Reporter On 24 April Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the introduction of simplified citizenship of Russia for persons permanently residing in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. This decree was adopted in accordance with articles 14 and 29 of the Federal law …

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Geopolitics and the BRI

BY ZAMIR AKRAM The second Summit on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), held in Beijing from April 26 to 27 and attended by several world leaders from more than 150 countries, provided an opportunity to showcase China’s mega project aimed at promoting global growth and prosperity. But critics, led …

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China’s top political advisor visits Tibet exhibition

BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) — China’s top political advisor Wang Yang has visited an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the campaign of democratic reform in Tibet. Wang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, described the democratic reform that abolished the feudal serfdom of theocracy as …

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Dance drama The Railway to Tibet returns to stage

BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) — Chinese dance drama “The Railway to Tibet” returns to the stage of the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from May 1 to 11, in commemoration of the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Produced by NCPA, the drama is themed …

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World’s highest highway tunnel open to traffic in Tibet

LHASA, April 26 (Xinhua) — The world’s highest highway tunnel was open to traffic on Friday at an altitude of over 4,750 meters above sea level in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The two-way tunnel is over 5.7 km long, which is a part of the 400-km highway linking the …

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Rural tourism helps 32,000 shake off poverty in Tibet

LHASA, April 27 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region helped 32,000 people rise out of poverty by developing rural tourism last year, the regional tourism authorities said. More than 200 rural tourism scenic spots were developed last year, which had attracted over 9.35 million tourists, generating income up to …

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Movie on Chinese mountain climbers filmed in Tibet

SHANGHAI, April 25 (Xinhua) — A movie about Chinese mountain climbers tackling the world’s highest mountain, Qomolangma, was filmed in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the producer, Shanghai Film (Group) Corporation. Directed by Hong Kong action director Hark Tsui, “Climber” stars “The Wandering Earth” actor Wu Jing and …

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Delaying and obstructive tactics in transitional justice

By S. Chandrasekharan In the Human Rights Council at Geneva last month, Pradip Gyawali, Foreign Minister of Nepal made a grandiose statement that the transitional justice laws of Nepal will be amended as guided by the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement), the Supreme Court Directives and international commitments. He also gave …

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India: Money rules the roost

By A Surya Prakash Although the use of muscle power to capture booths and intimidate voters belonging to vulnerable social groups has drastically come down in recent years, the percentage of candidates with criminal records still remains a matter of concern. But the bigger worry is money power. During a …

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Opera on ancient princess benefits Tibet

LHASA, April 23 (Xinhua) — An opera based on the life of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) princess has become a surprise hit in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The outdoor opera “Princess Wencheng” started in the capital city of Lhasa in 2013 and has been an important tourist attraction alongside …

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