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    Indian soldiers mending fences with Mandarin

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 25/09/2017

    » If you walk past the border police academy in Mussoorie, a hill station in the northern state of Uttarakhand, don't be surprised if you hear conversations that don't sound anything like Hindi or other languages spoken in India.


    Clinging to hope

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/05/2018

    » They have survived many challenges, from a genocide that killed nearly 3 million of their people, the ultimate fight for freedom from Pakistan, a series of coups since independence in 1971, and the assassination of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But the people of Bangladesh still find it in their hearts to help those even less fortunate than themselves, in this case hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.


    North Korea's real heroes

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/09/2017

    » For those who believe, as I do, that there is room for negotiation to achieve peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula, hearing a high-ranking North Korean official talking about defectors from his country might change your mind.


    Bug bonanza

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 28/08/2017

    » The first time I ate an insect was when I was young and playing in Roi Et, the northeastern province where my mother grew up. It was a fried grasshopper. I recall the taste was not bad, but after many bug-free years in Bangkok, I wasn't sure I wanted to get back on the insect wagon.


    Faith, fighting and fakery

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 03/07/2017

    » It was a chance encounter with Som (last name withheld) that raised the hackles of authorities at a Sikh regiment training centre of the Indian army in Ramgarh, a city in the northeastern state of Jharkhand.


    The light dims in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Like many Thais, I have always considered Hong Kong my favourite destination. Perhaps it's because I've long been a big fan of the soap operas and martial arts films from Shaw Brothers Film Studio that dominated our television sets and cinemas during the 1970s and '80s. Hong Kong in those days was the epitome of glitz, a unique, vibrant and advanced Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures melted together into an exciting blend.


    Rama connection

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 09/01/2017

    » The Ramayana and Ramakien have long served as reminders of the deep cultural bonds between India and Thailand. Now scholars and other experts on the two epics are looking at ways to use them in the context of cultural and historical, tourism and economic connections between the two countries.


    Understanding the cycles of change using 'TIPS' (Part 1)

    Business, Detlef Reis, Published on 29/09/2016

    » Imagine that a time machine took you back a few hundred years to a feudal principality. Upon your arrival, you're randomly assigned to join one of three traditional social groups: farmers, clerics or warriors. If you're lucky, you feel a natural connection with your class and perform well in your new role.


    Game on

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 27/07/2015

    » The blinds are drawn to guard against the midday sunlight beating down on central Bangkok. A cool breeze from the air-conditioner wafts through the room, where the soft glow from the lamps illuminates tastefully arrayed ancient Chinese artifacts and paintings.


    Playtime over at famed NY emporium

    Business, AFP, Published on 17/07/2015

    » New York: Famed toy emporium FAO Schwarz, a household name for its aisles crammed with games and pricey playthings, shuttered its doors on Wednesday, a casualty of New York's skyrocketing real estate prices.

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