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Asia's airlines treat passengers to more offers as tough Covid travel curbs ease

Malaysia and Vietnam are allowing domestic flights to resume from this week, India is lifting a domestic capacity cap while Singapore, Thailand and Fiji are opening without Covid-19 quarantine to vaccinated international travellers from select countries. 
In this photo taken on October 9, 2021, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane prepares for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore. Asia's airlines treat passengers to more flights and offers as tough Covid-19 travel curbs ease(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
In this photo taken on October 9, 2021, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane prepares for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore. Asia's airlines treat passengers to more flights and offers as tough Covid-19 travel curbs ease(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 12:43 PM IST
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Drug trade booming amid pandemic, Asia sees record rise in crystal meth use

The trafficking of methamphetamine or meth, by far the region's most popular drug, suffered a short-lived disruption during the height of the pandemic but rebounded to a higher level than a year before, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report.
Wholesale prices of meth declined in Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand due to the surge in supply. (File Photo / Reuters)
Wholesale prices of meth declined in Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand due to the surge in supply. (File Photo / Reuters)
Published on Jun 10, 2021 10:32 AM IST
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Recipe: Mark the first iftar of Ramadan 2021 with comforting bowl of Uzbek Plov

  • Give Uzbekistan's cuisine a little space in your iftar menu during Ramadan 2021 and bookmark this mouthwatering recipe of mutton flavoured Uzbek Plov to treat your taste buds after prolonged fasting
Recipe: Mark the first iftar of Ramadan 2021 with comforting bowl of Uzbek Plov(Instagram/wondernonieskitchen)
Recipe: Mark the first iftar of Ramadan 2021 with comforting bowl of Uzbek Plov(Instagram/wondernonieskitchen)
Updated on Apr 12, 2021 05:53 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz

‘Climate change, not Genghis Khan, destroyed central Asia’

A new research led by the University of Lincoln, UK, reconstructed the effects of climate change on floodwater farming in present southern Kazakhstan.
The examination of long-term river dynamics and ancient irrigation networks showed the changing climate and dryer conditions may have been the real cause.(Unsplash | Representational image)
The examination of long-term river dynamics and ancient irrigation networks showed the changing climate and dryer conditions may have been the real cause.(Unsplash | Representational image)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 06:48 AM IST
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Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Seekh and ye shall find

Its history might be shrouded in mystery, but the humble seekh kebab takes the cake for its wonderful taste 
A good seekh consists of minced keema, mixed with spices and stuck on to a skewer
A good seekh consists of minced keema, mixed with spices and stuck on to a skewer
Updated on Nov 15, 2020 08:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVir Sanghvi

Roundabout: Play the rabab, Mardania, November is here

The forgotten value of Mardana in the world of Guru Nanak is being invoked by contemporary poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars in the true spirit of Sikhi
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))
Updated on Nov 07, 2020 11:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByNirupama Dutt

Vande Bharat Mission to be expanded to Russia, Central Asia, Europe in second week

The Vande Bharat Mission, as the repatriation programme has been dubbed, has focused on neighbouring countries such as the Maldives and Bangladesh and West Asian states such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which have millions of expatriates, in the first phase during May 7-14.
During the first week of Vande Bharat Mission from May 7, a total of 64 flights from 12 countries are expected to land at 14 airports across India with some 15,000 people.(HT Photo)
During the first week of Vande Bharat Mission from May 7, a total of 64 flights from 12 countries are expected to land at 14 airports across India with some 15,000 people.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2020 08:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

India must prioritise the protection of its birds| Analysis

Birds considered common are now disappearing rapidly. Policy must look at ways to conserve their native habitats
India is the largest landmass before the Indian Ocean, and holds 90% of stopover sites for birds that migrate in this region(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
India is the largest landmass before the Indian Ocean, and holds 90% of stopover sites for birds that migrate in this region(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2020 08:10 PM IST
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ByNeha Sinha

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The great Indian sandwich theory

Most modern Indian sandwiches originated either in Mumbai or in other parts of Western India, and they came about because of the British
The consensus is that vada pav became popular in the mid to late 1970s in suburban Mumbai, often at train stations(Shutterstock)
The consensus is that vada pav became popular in the mid to late 1970s in suburban Mumbai, often at train stations(Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVir Sanghvi

Travel: Bukhara tales…Hoja Nasreddin and other stories!

In the fabled days of the Silk Road, this city in Uzbekistan was the lighthouse of knowledge. It still has lots to teach today.
The Kalyon Minar is the only structure of the Poi Kalyon square that Genghis Khan spared from destruction
The Kalyon Minar is the only structure of the Poi Kalyon square that Genghis Khan spared from destruction
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 12:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySaubhadra Chatterji

Fashion victims: Kazakh magazine apologises for murder photoshoot, critics say ‘eroticising violence against women’

The spread in Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan showed a girl in a black dress lying lifeless near a bloodied knife with her hand tied to a water pipe and a woman sprawling motionless on a bed as forensic scientists put her stiletto shoes in a plastic bag.
The spread in Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan showed a girl in a black dress lying lifeless near a bloodied knife with her hand tied to a water pipe and a woman sprawling motionless on a bed as forensic scientists put her stiletto shoes in a plastic bag.(Instagram/ prbezposhady)
The spread in Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan showed a girl in a black dress lying lifeless near a bloodied knife with her hand tied to a water pipe and a woman sprawling motionless on a bed as forensic scientists put her stiletto shoes in a plastic bag.(Instagram/ prbezposhady)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 05:55 PM IST
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Investing in climate adaptation could save trillions of dollars: Global panel

Efficient water use will be vital to economic growth in the face of climate change, it said adding that the GDPs of India, China and Central Asia would be from 7 to 12% lower, and much of Africa would be about 6% lower by 2050 if water isn’t managed.
Climate change could also push more than 100 million people within developing countries below the poverty line by 2030.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Climate change could also push more than 100 million people within developing countries below the poverty line by 2030.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 11, 2019 12:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

India, US trade delegations discuss tariffs, bilateral issues

Indian and American officials held on Friday long discussions over trade relations, the first of anticipated meetings meant to iron out differences that have snowballed into tit-for-tat moves to increase tariffs on each other’s imports.
U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster (2R) talks with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Assistant for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson (R) and Deputy Assistant USTR for South and Central Asia Brendan Lynch (2L) prior to a meeting at the Parliament house in New Delhi on July 12, 2019. - US and Indian trade teams started negotiations on July 12 as tensions mount over protectionist measures taken by both sides. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)(AFP photo)
U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster (2R) talks with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Assistant for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson (R) and Deputy Assistant USTR for South and Central Asia Brendan Lynch (2L) prior to a meeting at the Parliament house in New Delhi on July 12, 2019. - US and Indian trade teams started negotiations on July 12 as tensions mount over protectionist measures taken by both sides. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)(AFP photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2019 11:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

United States ups the ante for India on S-400, says defence ties at risk

India’s acquisition of S-400s “effectively could limit India’s ability to increase our own interoperability”, Alice Wells, head of the state department’s South and Central Asia bureau told lawmakers at a congressional hearing.
The United States first used the interoperability argument in the context of S-400s against Turkey(REUTERS)
The United States first used the interoperability argument in the context of S-400s against Turkey(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 02:39 PM IST
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Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US wants Pakistan to prosecute terrorists, not just detain them

Following international outrage triggered by the Pulwama terrorist attack by Pakistan-based JeM last February, the Imran Khan government has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism measures such as detaining terrorists and seizing assets, as they have done countless times before.
The United States has been pressing Pakistan to prosecute terrorist leaders such as LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and JeM’s Masood Azhar, and it has responded with mounting frustration and irritation to half-measures Islamabad has taken against these operatives, allowing them to operate freely, to raise funds and train cadres.(AP PHOTO)
The United States has been pressing Pakistan to prosecute terrorist leaders such as LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and JeM’s Masood Azhar, and it has responded with mounting frustration and irritation to half-measures Islamabad has taken against these operatives, allowing them to operate freely, to raise funds and train cadres.(AP PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 10:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

High spirits: Study shows cannabis first used in funerals 2,500 years ago

These rituals took place 2,500 years ago and represent the oldest known use of marijuana for its psychoactive properties, said scientists who analyzed archeological remains in China’s western Xinjiang.
The subject of early drug use in Central Eurasia has long intrigued historians and archaeologists, and the findings of the study appear to tally with an account by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.(AP file photo for representation)
The subject of early drug use in Central Eurasia has long intrigued historians and archaeologists, and the findings of the study appear to tally with an account by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.(AP file photo for representation)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 10:51 AM IST
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Washington, USA | ByAgence France-Presse

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation holds out benefit for India

The multilateral body has shown slow but steady development as a counter-terrorism body and could potentially become the basis of a trading arrangement in the region
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, China, June, 2018(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, China, June, 2018(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

US lawmakers concerned over state department’s South and Central Asia bureau

The state department has “failed to form a coherent India policy”, mishandled US-Afghanistan ties in the midst of peace talks with the Taliban and failed to engage directly with Sri Lankan officials during the October-December 2018 constitutional crisis, as a result, they wrote in a letter on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump named Robert Williams, an intelligence officer at the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to head the bureau as assistant secretary of state in December 2018. The nomination was withdrawn this year.(AP PHOTO)
US President Donald Trump named Robert Williams, an intelligence officer at the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to head the bureau as assistant secretary of state in December 2018. The nomination was withdrawn this year.(AP PHOTO)
Updated on May 17, 2019 11:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByHT Correspondent

Historical food

What did Indians eat 1,000 years ago? Was it very different from modern Indian food? Actually: no. I was surprised by how similar it was
Shri Bala’s speciality is food like this Asaivam or non- vegetarian thali
Shri Bala’s speciality is food like this Asaivam or non- vegetarian thali
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 08:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVir Sanghvi

India’s captive-reared vulture release programme postponed

There has been a significant reduction in the vulture population over the years owing to widespread use of veterinary drug diclofenac, a pain relief medication injected into cattle. The drug is found to be extremely toxic to the birds that fed on those cattle’s carcasses.
The release of the birds has been delayed by at least seven to eight months owing to the delay in PTT’s arrival, said conservation group Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)(HT File Photo)
The release of the birds has been delayed by at least seven to eight months owing to the delay in PTT’s arrival, said conservation group Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2019 05:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

As China expands to its west, India is being pushed to the margins

The threat of India being consigned to the margins of the dense network of transport and economic corridors emerging around us is real.
People take pictures as a train carrying containers from London arrives at the freight railway station in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, April 29, 2017.(Reuters)
People take pictures as a train carrying containers from London arrives at the freight railway station in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, April 29, 2017.(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 07:23 AM IST
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ByShyam Saran

India committed to economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, says external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

India has already sent a very substantial quantity of wheat to Afghanistan using the Chabahar port. Last month, an Indian company opened its office and took over operations at the Shaheed Beheshti port at Chabahar, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at 1st Session of India-Central Asia Dialogue in Samarkand (Uzbekistan).(MEAIndia/Twitter)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at 1st Session of India-Central Asia Dialogue in Samarkand (Uzbekistan).(MEAIndia/Twitter)
Updated on Jan 13, 2019 09:18 PM IST
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Samarkand (Uzbekistan) | ByPress Trust of India

Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih calls India ‘our closest friend’

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih spoke Sunday in New Delhi, on his first overseas trip since his election. In September he defeated strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who had forged increasingly closer ties to China during his five years in office.
This handout photograph shows new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) shaking hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Solih's presidential inauguration in Male, Maldives.(AFP)
This handout photograph shows new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) shaking hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Solih's presidential inauguration in Male, Maldives.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 04:34 PM IST
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US urges Maldives’ Abdulla Yameen to accept election results

The US has offered the newly elected government of the Maldives deeper engagement to help it along the path of democracy, security and prosperity in the context of its evolving Indo-Pacific strategy and rebalance.
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen speaks as he gives a statement at President office in Male, Maldives.(REUTERS)
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen speaks as he gives a statement at President office in Male, Maldives.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 12:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj, Washington

Migratory birds arrive in Haryana from Europe, Central Asia before onset of winter

At locations such as Sultanpur National Park, Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, Dighal, and Basai, birders have spotted European Roller, Rosy Starling, Western Crowned Warbler and White-eyed Buzzards.
European roller(VIKRAM BATRA)
European roller(VIKRAM BATRA)
Updated on Aug 27, 2018 10:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByLeena Dhankhar, Gurugram

Sushma Swaraj to begin three-nation Central Asian tour from August 2 to boost trade ties

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a three-nation Central Asian tour from August 2-5 in a bid to step up India’s engagements with a region that is critical to the country in terms of both trade and resources.
Sushma Swaraj will visit Kazakhstan on August 2 and 3, Kyrgyzstan on August 3 and 4 and conclude her visit to the region with a trip to Uzbekistan on August 4 and 5 August.(PTI)
Sushma Swaraj will visit Kazakhstan on August 2 and 3, Kyrgyzstan on August 3 and 4 and conclude her visit to the region with a trip to Uzbekistan on August 4 and 5 August.(PTI)
Published on Jul 31, 2018 10:26 PM IST
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HT Correspondent, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Asian Games 2018: IOA picks teams for silat, kurash, sambo but not football

All India Football Federation (AIFF) is furious with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for snubbing football and picking participants in sports that are making their debut in the Asian Games.
India football team has not been picked because did not finish among the top eight in the previous Asian Games in Incheon, Korea(PTI)
India football team has not been picked because did not finish among the top eight in the previous Asian Games in Incheon, Korea(PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 11:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByB Shrikant

Narrow the gender gap in global peacekeeping

India must help to bridge this lacunae and prevent crimes against women and girls in international conflicts
In January 2007, for the first time in UN history, the Indian first all-women UN peacekeeping police unit was deployed to Liberia, with subsequent deployments in 2008 and 2009.(UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein)
In January 2007, for the first time in UN history, the Indian first all-women UN peacekeeping police unit was deployed to Liberia, with subsequent deployments in 2008 and 2009.(UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein)
Updated on May 29, 2018 08:28 AM IST
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ByJean D’Cunha and Ajita Vidyarthi

Excerpt: Daughters of the Sun by Ira Mukhoty

Of all the resplendent Mughal empresses and begums featured in Daughters of the Sun, none is as dynamic as Babur’s sister Khanzada, who saved his life. An excerpt
Khanzada begum returns to Babur’s court after 10 years in exile. She is seated before a respectful Babur.(From Daughters of the Sun)
Khanzada begum returns to Babur’s court after 10 years in exile. She is seated before a respectful Babur.(From Daughters of the Sun)
Updated on May 12, 2018 09:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByIra Mukhoty

In Uzbekistan, it feels like being at home in Kashmir, but with exceptions

Uzbekistan and Kashmir seem to have a lot of similarities in the fields of art, culture, architecture and more.
Uzbekistan and Kashmir seem to have a lot of similarities. (Above) People visit the historical cemetery of Shahi Zinda, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.(Shutterstock)
Uzbekistan and Kashmir seem to have a lot of similarities. (Above) People visit the historical cemetery of Shahi Zinda, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 04, 2018 12:02 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByIndo Asian News Service, Fergana (uzbekistan)
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