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Dalai Lama Calls for End of Oppression in Tibet

Where: Dharamsala, India, and Beijing, ChinaMarch 13, 2009 : The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people, has said that Tibetan culture and identity are "nearing extinction". He accused the Chinese government of bringing "hell on Earth" to Tibet. He was addressing thousands of supporters in India on 10 March, 2009, the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan...

Four Nation Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh

Where: Chandigarh, IndiaFebruary 10, 2009 : The Punjab Gold Cup, a four nation hockey tournament, was organized by the state government of Punjab in Chandigarh. Hosts India, captained by Sandeep Singh, got a chance to test their skills against New Zealand, European champions Holland, and world-cum-Olympic champions Germany. The final match went to Holland, who defeated the home...

Disastrous end to Lunar New Year Firework Display

Where: Beijing, ChinaFebruary 9, 2009 : Beijing's nearly completed Mandarin Oriental hotel, in the heart of the city's business district, caught fire on the day of the Lantern Festival. It was the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities, and officials from the state owned China Central Television (CCTV ) were using the new building as...

Gunning for Clouds

Where: Beijing, ChinaJuly 19: The photograph in the newspaper shows a soldier handling an anti-aircraft gun. At once, an image flashes across your mind: the gun moving left to right and firing away with a deafening, staccato noise, with an aircraft bursting into flames and somersaulting to the ground.Good powers of imagination, fed on Hollywood films, but, unfortunately, completely...

India launches the Agni-III missile

Where: Balasore, Orissa, IndiaApril 12, 2007: The newspapers have splashed the news across the front page. TV channels have gone ballistic. India today test fired a missile that can reach as far as the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Beijing and most of the region of West Asia. A missile is basically an object or weapon that is fired,...

The Girl who Squeezed a Peacock

Last year, a strange thing happened at a zoo in Beijing, China's capital. When the day started, no one had any idea of what would happen some time later. As usual, there were many visitors to the zoo, especially children.All of a sudden, a six-year-old girl caught hold of a peacock and squeezed it hard. She said she would...

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet was born in 1935, soon after the 13th Dalai Lama passed away. He was the fourth son of a poor peasant family in Takster village, Amdo province in eastern Tibet. The line of Dalai Lamas, spiritual and temporal rulers of Tibet since the 13th century, is a succession of incarnations. In...

The Colour of China is Red — Henna Red

July 31: Madonna, the international pop star, was among the first to use henna as an international fashion. But young people around the world are using more and more of it to beautify their bodies or their hair. And now even the Chinese have adopted it in a big way.Call it henna or call it 'mehndi', that coffee-coloured extract...

‘Panda Seeks Mama Dog’

August 19: How does the idea of taking your pet dog for a visit to the zoo strike you? Well, dogs in Beijing, China, got to do just that. They were taken to meet their distant cousins in the city's zoo -- all for a cause. The Beijing zoo recently gave a red carpet welcome to pet lovers who...

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was chairman of the Communist Party of China and the principal founder of the People's Republic of China. Along with Karl Marx and V. I. Lenin, he is regarded as one of the three great theorists of Marxian communism. Mao's greatest achievements were the unification of China through the destruction of Nationalist power, the creation of a...

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