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K-pop stars carry SHINee singer Jonghyun's coffin after suicide

SEOUL: Six of K-pop's biggest stars carried the coffin of fellow singer Kim Jong-Hyun - popularly known as Jonghyun - to a hearse Thursday (Dec 21), after he died leaving behind a suicide note that spoke of his battle with loneliness and depression. Jonghyun's body was taken to his funeral from the Asan Medical Centre in Seoul where it had been lying at rest. The procession was led by one of Jonghyun's bandmates from SHINee - among the country's top boy bands - dressed in black bearing a plaque topped by a crucifix and reading "Kim Jong-Hyun, believer". Family members and friends of late SHINee singer Kim Jong-Hyun carry out his coffin. (Photo: AFP / JUNG YEON-JE) Kim's body was taken to his funeral from the Asan Medical Centre in Seoul. (Photo: AFP / JUNG YEON-JE) AdvertisementAdvertisementHis sister followed, tears coursing down her cheeks as she carried a picture of Kim in a dark wooden frame, smiling at the camera with his hair dyed a light brown. The c..

Taj Mahal to see daily visitors capped at 40000

Video PlayerClose NEW DELHI, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- India is planning to cap the daily number of visitors to the Taj Mahal at 40,000 and the duration of each visit at three hours in order to protect the nearly 400-year-old national treasure. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) made the proposal to the Ministry of Culture after a stampede at one of Taj Mahal's entry gates injured five people last Thursday. According to the ASI, the current number of visitors to the World Heritage Site is around 40,000 on weekdays and could reach 70,000 on weekends and holidays. Once the restriction comes into effect, the ticket sale will stop both online and offline when the limited amount is sold out. This cap will only apply to the 40-rupee (0.6-U.S.-dollar) passes purchased by domestic visitors. The number of foreigners, who are charged 1,000 rupees (15.7 dollars), will not be limited. Another measure proposed by the ASI includes separate entry tickets for visiting the crypt area, where replica..

Tendulkar proposes steps to embed sporting culture in India

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Tendulkar proposes steps to embed sporting culture in India SportstarliveTendulkar delivers maiden RS speech on Twitter ANI NewsDenied in Parliament, Sachin delivers his 'Rajya Sabha speech' on social media Free Press JournalFull coverage

Cold, calculated, consistent: India's Pakistan policy needs a political consensus, stop crossing electoral swords...

India’s deputy consul general in New York was arrested and maltreated by the Americans in December 2013 leading to anger in the country. Four years later, the Pakistanis behaved appallingly with Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife. On this occasion too, the people reacted with rage. However, there was one crucial difference: in the former case no one conflated American conduct with India’s internal policies such as its treatment of suspects but in the latter instance some commentators raised the country’s, especially the present government’s, treatment of the minorities. Why should any criticism of Pakistan invite a reflexive response of turning the spotlight on India itself? For that matter why should a political party’s members’ contacts with Pakistanis, in or out of office, be co-related to its attitudes and policies towards any section or group of the Indian people? The answer lies in history both remote and recent. This makes the Pakistan relationship suffused with both negative a..

Seven Wonders of Kazakhstan: Why Fashion Tourism Is Booming in Central Asia

2017 World EXPO host and new luxury marketplace. It now has set an ambitious goal of raising tourism’s GDP share up to eight percent within a decade. This figure is comparable to the latest stats for the Persian Gulf region boosted by business travel and the popular resort nation of Dominican Republic. From the Altai Mountains, home to some 600 sacred sites, to the remnants of the Great Silk Road, to the Caspian Sea waterfront, and affordable luxury goods… Kazakhstan has many things to offer to the most discerning of travelers. With about 25,000 Americans discovering Kazakhstan every year, this is a real opportunity to experience an authentic place before the crowds gather at this ancient crossroad of cultures. Here are seven must-see places to check off your Kazakhstan bucket list.THE BAYTEREK TOWER CourtesyBayterek Tower Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, boasts fine examples of contemporary architecture. Bayterek Tower, without a doubt, serves as the young nation’s symbol. Conceptua..

Indian Army's misleading tweet about 1971 war adds to culture of jingoistic misinformation, puts...

On 16th December, 2017, the official Twitter and Facebook accounts of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI), IHQ of MoD (Indian Army) with more than 5 million followers combined, wrote the following: “16 December 1971. On this day, 46 years ago, 93,000 Pakistani troops raised white flags and surrendered to the #IndianArmy. #IndoPakWar71 #VijayDivas #ThisDayThatYear @SpokespersonMoD @PIB_India”. The AGPI tweet. Image courtesy: Twitter This is simply false. This falsehood was retweeted and shared thousands of times, thus adding to the culture of jingoistic misinformation that exists around such matters. A popular Twitter account called @IndiaHistorypic with about 5.5 lakh followers also tweeted the same sort of misinformation: “1971 :: Pakistan Soldiers Surrender to Indian Army In Bangladesh. 93000 Soldiers Surrendered and Were Sent Back to Pakistan” (they have since removed the tweet after this author pointed it out). The ADGPI of the Indian Army repeated the ..

PIO Parliamentarian Conference: You have preserved Indian culture, says Narendra Modi

As part of its intensified outreach to the Indian diaspora, the Government of India on Tuesday launched a conference of legislators and political leaders of Indian origin from all over the world. The “First PIO [Person of Indian Origin] Parliamentarian Conference” was inaugurated in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reminded the participants that the event is aimed at reconnecting them with their ancestral land and spirit. “Your ancestors had to leave India under various circumstances and that is why when you return to an Indian airport, you are reminded of your ties with this country. You have a desire to return to India and I understand your feelings very well,” he said. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said 124 parliamentarians and 17 Mayors of Indian origin have come to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. “On the one hand, you have preserved Indian culture. On the other hand, your people have excelled in sports, arts, cinema in the global platforms and have contr..

Folk culture dying in India, we need to protect it: Hema Malini in Lok...

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 5:04 pm Hema Malini, who represents Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, sought immediate steps by the culture ministry to preserve the country’s rich and diverse folk culture.Veteran actress Hema Malini on Friday demanded immediate steps by the culture ministry to protect various forms of folk dance and music which are on the verge of extinction, saying the country’s rich cultural heritage must be preserved. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, she said though the popularity of some of India’s folk culture was on the rise abroad, these were losing prominence in the country. “Cultural heritage is one of the most key aspects for any country. But unfortunately, various forms of folk dances and music are dying in India. We must protect them,” Malini said. The BJP MP, who represents Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, sought immediate steps by the culture ministry to preserve the country’s rich and diver..

NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG: Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended locals during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations, has been taken off the air, U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Monday. "Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air," an NBC spokesman said in an email to Reuters. NBC had announced in December that Ramo would be an on-air contributor at the Games for NBC, having previously served as an expert on culture and geo-political issues during the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the network. Ramo, who has written books on China and is a corporate director of Starbucks Corp and FedEx Corp, said as athletes paraded into the Games stadium on Friday that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation". Koreans around the world criticized his re..

New Year's Day differs from culture to culture in India

The New Year Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day. In modern Western practice, New Year Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight. Celebrating the dawn of a new year has been a tradition for over 4,000 years but it varied from culture to culture. The New Year’s Day is an event that happens when a culture or a community celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. In India, Nava (New) Varsha (Year) is celebrated various regions in March-April and different cultures have their own ways of celebrating it. • Hindus celebrate the New Year in early spring, but the Gujarati farming community celebrates the New Year after Diwali to mark the beginning of a new fiscal year. • Hola Mohalla, New Year's Day in the Sikh Nanakshahi calendar is on 14 March. • In the Saka Calendar (Balinese-Javanese Calendar) the celebration of New Year falls on 30rd of March in thi..

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