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Three UM Students from Oxford to Intern in Asia this Summer

OXFORD, Miss. – Meredith Brown and Emma Scott, both of Oxford, and Daria Herasymova, an exchange student from Ukraine who attended Oxford High School, are three of 17 University of Mississippi students who will be interning in East and Southeast Asia this summer, thanks to a substantial grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont. Brown is a junior in the UM Patterson School of Accounting, where her major is accountancy, and she has a second major in Chinese. She has an internship with FedEx in Shanghai. Scott is a freshman in the UM C..

Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India was people's will, says Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India was the will of the people of the state, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Thursday. Sharma was inaugurating an exhibition at the National Archive Museum commemorating 70 years of the state's accession to India. The exhibition has on display war diaries with operational details of the India-Pakistan war of 1947-48, original letters, telegrams, documents, and citations. File image of Union minister Mahesh Sharma. PTI All these have been publicly shared by the Ministry of Defence for the first time. "The purpose of curating this (exhibition) is to show the young generation how Kashmir became a part of India. It (The accession) was the will of the people of Kashmir," Sharma said. "Maharaja Hari Singh, when he signed this instrument (of accession), only after that, I repeat, only after that, the Indian forces went to that area. This needs to be showcased," he said. Sharma said the people of Kashmir have been "sometimes questi..

'India Remixed': IU launches second Global Arts and Humanities Festival

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Beginning in February, IU Bloomington will host the largest Indian arts and culture festival ever mounted in the Midwest when it kicks off its second Global Arts and Humanities Festival. The 2018 festival, "India Remixed: A Global Arts and Humanities Festival," is sponsored by the IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council with support from various units and departments across campus. Most of the more than 30 events -- which include exhibits, performances and films -- are free and open to the public. "Indiana University has a rich history of friendship and partnership with individuals and universities in India," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "We have a thriving gateway office in India, and many of our faculty and students come to us from India. 'India Remixed' invites the Bloomington campus and community to celebrate India's contemporary cultural and humanistic contributions in areas including film, literature..

F&N launches reverse vending machine to encourage recycling

SINGAPORE: Instead of dispensing items, this vending machine accepts them. Food and beverage company Fraser and Neave (F&N) paired up with NTUC FairPrice to launch its first reverse vending machine at Waterway Point on Tuesday (Jan 9). It works by accepting used cans and bottles and uses "advanced technology to identify, sort and collect" the containers. For every five used containers they recycle, users of the machine will be given a S$0.50 voucher to purchase F&N's Ice Mountain water at FairPrice supermarkets. In a news release, F&N said its recycling programme aims to offer Singaporeans a convenient way of recycling used cans and bottles with the help of the machine. More reverse vending machines will soon be installed at Yew Tee Point and Bukit Merah Central's FairPrice outlets. AdvertisementAdvertisement"With the launch of this initiative, F&N reinforces our commitment to play our part in protecting the environment by ensuring that our packaging is environmentally frien..

A Lavish Bollywood Musical Is Fueling A Culture War In India

Enlarge this image A cyclist rides past a poster of the controversial film Padmaavat in Bangalore on Thursday. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Padmaavat, India's first 3-D IMAX spectacle, is a lavish, operatic Bollywood musical set in the 14th-century palaces and deserts of Rajasthan. It has elephant processions, kaleidoscopic tableaus of Indian palaces and gorgeous actors in bejeweled costumes. It was directed by one of India's most celebrated filmmakers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and stars one of the country's most popular actresses, Deepika Padukone. The film opens in India on Thursday, but from the moment it went into production, it's been plagued by violent protests over its depiction of Padukone's character, Queen Padmavati, a legendary Hindu royal. "It's a historic film," Padukone told NPR in 2017. "And the character that I play is someone who, historically, there's a certain section of..

Commentary: Indonesia's anti-corruption drive needs a reality check

JAKARTA: With the shocking revelation around the Keppel scandal, questions have arisen why such practices persist after decades of anti-corruption movements globally, including in Indonesia, one of Singapore’s closest neighbours. A local news report in Singapore also asked on Sunday (Jan 7) if a culture of corruption in Indonesia is contributing to Singapore businesses resorting to bribery or turning a blind eye when local partners engage in such practices. When it comes to fighting corruption, it seems Indonesia can catch no break. Efforts have been relentless. The slogan of KKN (corruption, collusion and nepotism) has been ringing hard for Indonesians since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. In 2003, Indonesia established the Anti-corruption Commission (KPK). But the Commission has since continuously received resistance, particularly from House members looking to revise the law to curtail its powers. Corruption remains a challenge. Hardly a day goes by without corruption cases m..

How technology is transforming the lives of youngsters in China

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Technology, the Internet and the sharing economy have brought great convenience and user experience to people, especially the tech-savvy youths. Digital marketplaces, mobile games and shared bicycles are just some of the highlights this year. Here's a look at their influences on the young people in China. TAKEOUTS OVER INSTANT NOODLEMost young people choose takeouts during weekends as they prefer staying indoors to going out. Fast and easy food is the most selected on online food delivery platforms, accounting for 73.6 per cent, while western fast food including hamburgers and pizzas rank second, according to a survey of Chinese netizens' online takeout habits in 2017. And a preference for fast and easy food doesn't mean that Chinese youths don't care much about what they eat. On the contrary, users of food delivery platforms are concerned most with food safety, according to the survey. Online buzzwords including "thermos cu..

Could K-Film Ever Be As Popular As K-Pop In Asia?

BTS attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) We all know about the growing popularity of South Korean cultural products in Asia, first with K-drama, and then K-pop – which reached a new peak in 2017 thanks to boy band BTS. What’s next? It's likely to be K-films. In Hong Kong, for example, the South Korean film Train to Busan was the second-top earner in the box office in 2016, after the Marvel superhero movie Captain America: Civil War. Train to Busan, a zombie movie, earned about $93 million globally, including $8.5 million from Hong Kong, while its total production cost was only about $11 million. And soon, there will be another test for K-films. A heavily computer graphic-assisted fantasy film called Along with the Gods: Two Worlds is scheduled to be released on 11 January for Hong Kong and Singapore audiences. The movie has already been performing well in other overseas ..

Worries about Malaysia's 'Arabisation' grow as Saudi influence increases

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's growing ties to Saudi Arabia - and its puritan Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic doctrines - are coming under new scrutiny as concerns grow over an erosion of traditional religious practices and culture in the multi-ethnic nation. A string of recent events has fuelled the concern. Hostility toward atheists, non-believers and the gay community has risen. Two annual beer festivals were cancelled after Islamic leaders objected. A hardline preacher, accused of spreading hatred in India, has received official patronage. The government has backed a parliamentary Bill that would allow the syariah court wider criminal jurisdiction over Muslims in the state of Kelantan. And after religious officials supported a Muslim-only laundromat, Malaysia's mostly ceremonial royalty made a rare public intervention, calling for religious harmony. Ms Marina Mahathir, the daughter of Malaysia's longest serving prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, publicly lashed out at ..

Startup Lessons from Israel for Indian Army to help build innovation culture

By Maj. Sunil Shetty,SM (retd) Founder & CEO, AskMentor This week a barbershop conversation on Israel and its farming techniques set me thinking about the impact this middle eastern nation has created across the world. A chit-chat between barber and client is not new. It has been on-going for ages across cultures. Barbershops are "popular centres for daily news and gossip", and they have been that way since the Roman period. For over a decade now Vinod, a Hyderabad based hairstylist, has been helping me with a crewcut that I have carried from my days in the Indian Army. Whenever I am back in India from my business travels overseas; he wants to hear my adventure stories. He sometimes tests me on my political opinion, cricket and at times also seeks my advice. This week, he wanted to know about Israel and its farming techniques. Just to give a background; Vinod and his brother hail from the barber community in India. The young entrepreneurs have kept their family tradition alive by succe..

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