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The worldwide community of Indology scholars, among others, mourn the passing of Professor Johan Frederik Staal, known to his many friends and colleagues simply as ‘Frits.' He died at his home near Chiangmai in Thailand on Sunday, February 19.

 
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Kite-flying and Basant were always an integral part of the identity of the Lahorias for a long time.Elsewhere too in Punjab kite-flying was a popular pastime but Lahore was the real “garh” or home of it.Writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

 
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A photographic exhibition titled “India through Sri Lankan Eyes” and a photographic portrayal of the Development Partnership between India and Sri Lanka is now on display at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. .

 
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In the International Puppet Festival, organized by the Ishara puppet theatre group, every show will tell a story that the audience from all walks of life can connect to. The puppet theatre will be held between February 1 and February 15 in New Delhi,India

 
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Acclaimed documentary, short and animation films will be screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2012,India to be held from February 3-9 at the National Centre for Performing Arts

 
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Sri Lanka is well known for both its elephants and festivals but few people know that the festival of Esala Perahera in Kandy coincides with the Elephant Gathering in the Minneriya National Park.

 
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Travelers are welcomed to Bhutan from around the world. There is a quota placed on the number of visitors allowed in per year, nominally to preserve the unique, isolated culture there. 

 
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In its sixth year, the Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka, has grown into a popular international event with both authors and audiences.This year, there were more tourists here than ever before. Shares Irfan Hussain

 
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SAARC Cultural Centre is a regional centre established to promote cultural cooperation to bring the people of South Asia closer and to project the distinct identity of South Asia.A series of movies from the SAARC region will be screened on January 23 in Colombo.

 
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China spends billions of dollars on soft power, but India's press is free--Soft power seems to be the new mantra for India and China. Writes Jason Overdorf

 


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spotlight image Thailand will be the coordinating country for India within ASEAN from July. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, the fortnightly journal of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS),  Thailand’s Ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi, gave a comprehensive view of bilateral relations and
 
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The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from their inception, writes P.D. Rai
 
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As India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc culminate the commemoration of 25 years of their dialogue partnership with a summit in New Delhi January 25 that all the leaders will attend, India is laying out the crimson carpet to ensure that the first ever Republic Day celebrations at which 10 ASEAN leaders will be Chief Guests, jointly, is a
 
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Afghanistan's leaders have asked the Security Council to mobilise international pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists, United States Permanent Representative said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters here after the Council's weekend visit to Afghanistan and meetings with the nation's leaders, Haley said, &l
 
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As the Myanmar government’s violent policy towards its Rohingya Muslims drew increasing international condemnation in 2016, the country’s sometime icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, declined to speak out for the persecuted minority.
 
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“We have a very solid commitment to climate action,” he said. “We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle” and the biggest victims of climate change are the developing countries that are members of the Group of 77 (G77).
 
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In a bid to promote trilateral innovation and business opportunities between the US, India, and Israel, Israel-India Technology Group has launched a trilateral fund of $50 million. "We ar...
 
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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has for the first time claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a new book in written by Taliban leader Abu Mansoor Asim Mufti Noor Wali.

 
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Title: Salafi-Jihadism -The History of an Idea; Author: Shiraz Maher; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK: Pages: 292; Price: Rs 499

 
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A Review of Anatomy of Failure by Harlan K. Ullman (Naval Institute Press, 242 pages)

 
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Title: The Beckoning Isle; Author: Abhay Narayan Sapru; Publisher: Wisdom Tree; Pages: 157; Price: Rs 245

 
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Title: India Now And In Transition; Editor: Atul Thakur ; Publisher: Niyogi Books: Pages: 448; Price: Rs 599