Art & Culture

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Major Tibetan heritage building to get face-lift

2012-03-27 A 303-year-old monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in northwest China's Gansu province will get a government-funded renovation starting from this year, it was announced on Friday.The 300-million-yuan (around US$47.6 million) project will begin at Labrang...

Monday, 26 March 2012

Tourism potentials in Bangladesh

2012-03-26 TOURISM in Bangladesh is an industry of immense potentials. In recent years, this industry has emerged as a force having economic, social and cultural impact across the country.Bangladesh is bestowed with bounty of nature and immense beauty. Its...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Massive carved jade mountain found inside renovated house

2012-03-22 A 200-YEAR-OLD intricately carved "jade mountain" of emerald-green Burmese jade (picture) a half-ton piece of statuary has been unearthed in Jiangsu province and astonished experts say it rivals similar jade mountains in the Palace...

Van Gogh painting authenticated

2012-03-22 A STILL life depicting a bouquet of flowers painted by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh in 1886 has been authenticated in a study which used a new x-ray technique, a Dutch museum spokeswoman said Tuesday."With this new radiography, there was no...

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Somalia's national theatre reopens

2012-03-21 SOMALIA'S national theatre reopened in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years Monday with the president voicing hope it would mark a watershed in the long quest for peace."Somalia has historic literary traditions that...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Hong Kong director Ann Hui honoured for life's work

2012-03-20 HONG KONG director Ann Hui (pictured) will be honoured for her life's work at the Asian Film Awards on Monday, in recognition of classics such as "Song of the Exile".Hui, the first female director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award...

Chinese learning French to flee

2012-03-20 THOUSANDS of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country — in French. Chinese desperate to emigrate have discovered a backdoor into Canada that involves applying for entry into the country's francophone province...

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Norway wants Arctic explorer Amundsen's ship back

2012-03-15 A HEARING in Canada could determine the fate of plans to repatriate Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's three-mast ship Maud from the Arctic.A Norwegian group has asked the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board to revisit a decision in...

Buddhist relic to be shown in Hong Kong

2012-03-15 A BUDDHIST treasure from the mainland will be exhibited in Hong Kong next month, the first time the priceless relic has been shown overseas.The skull sarira, a relic of Sakyamuni Buddha, will be displayed from April 25 to 30 at the Third World...

French filmmaker Schoendoerffer dies

2012-03-15 OSCAR-WINNING French filmmaker, novelist and war reporter Pierre Schoendoerffer (pictured), a renowned chronicler of conflicts from Vietnam to Algeria, has died aged 83, his family said yesterday."Pierre Schoendoerffer, writer, director,...

Sotheby's to sell Sachs' collection

2012-03-15 BILLIONAIRE Gunter Sachs, once married to French actress Brigitte Bardot, felt so sorry for Andy Warhol when his works went unsold at a major European show that he secretly bought half the collection to make the artist feel better.!Works by Warhol...

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bamboo lights the way for Edison

2012-03-13 THERE is a saying: "In great storms trees break, but the supple bamboo bends." The strength that lies at the heart of such flexibility is what makes bamboo such a great material, and one that keeps turning up in unexpected guises as a...

Modern Etiquette tips to making the right impression

2012-03-13 WE ALL know that making a good impression is fundamental to professional and social success. All too often, however, we unintentionally tarnish our personal polish by forgetting the basics of face-to-face communication.From personal appearances and...

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Toy Museum: Home to loved playthings

2012-03-10 CHILDREN and their toys are virtually inseparable, but when they become bored with their toys, most likely these playthings will be abandoned or simply discarded.Perhaps a trip to the Toy Museum located at Jalan Penghulu Abbas in Bukit Baru here...

Bringing home the lost children of Nepal

2012-03-10 I LIKE the book cover, my mum said. The font is big...story set in Nepal. Interesting! Next thing I know, mum shoves the book at me and decrees: Make sure to read and review it!The author, Conor Grennan, then 29, wrote about his volunteer work with...

Friday, 9 March 2012

Children's book publisher developing app for e-reading

2012-03-09 A LEADING publisher of children's books is taking a big step into the electronic market. Scholastic Inc is developing an app called Storia, which includes around 1,300 e-books and multimedia e-books that can be bought directly from the publisher...

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Book on economic diversification

2012-03-08 ECONOMIC diversification has become a theme of so many political speeches and mentioned continuously for so many years. For example, the Commissioner of Development, in charge of the 1st National Development Plan (1953-1958) already expressed his...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Permata Seni Negara children capture New Yorkers' hearts

2012-03-07 THE energetic and superb performances by 26 primary schoolchildren from Permata Seni Negara at several functions here since Thursday received overwhelming response from the audiences. !The group comprising musicians, choir singers and dancers have...

Ancient Chinese bowl to be auctioned in HK

2012-03-07 A RARE Chinese porcelain bowl made almost 1,000 years ago is expected to fetch more than US$10 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, Sotheby's auction house said Monday.The flower-shaped Ru dish from the Northern Song...

China reopens National Museum

2012-03-07 THE newly-renovated and enlarged National Museum of China was reopened last week after a year of trial operation."The imposing structure, well-equipped, and with a wonderful collection, well-trained staff, and superb services, has become a...

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