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Indian leader Modi dressed for success

Early this month, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the stage in the town of Leh in Ladakh region wearing a gold-colored robe teamed with a maroon waist sash, and a cap with upturned flaps o...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:27

Doubts raised over cheap car assembly plan in Vietnam

A Vietnamese auto company’s plan to assemble and sell the world’s cheapest car in Vietnam has been met with skepticism as the market seems lukewarm to cheap cars. TMT Motor, a prominent importer and...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:26

Writer Mahtab Narsimhan chases perfection

Mahtab Narsimhan (The Star) A hidden note placed in a tiffin carrier. A split-second accident. A secret lost. This is how Mahtab Narsimhan’s “Tiffin” starts. And in a sense, it’s how it ends. ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:21

A love story like a fairy tale

Li Kangyu has not left his house for 30 years. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, he has been paralyzed and bedridden since he was seven. But his life took an unexpected turn for the better when h...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:20

Ahok set to be Jakarta’s first Chinese governor

During the recent month-long presidential election campaign, a striking banner appeared across the capital with a silhouette of candidate Prabowo Subianto in a songkok. It read: “Jokowi remains gov...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:19

Wan Azizah: Rise of a reluctant politician

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (The Star/Asia News Network) Before 1998, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail already wore many hats. She was kept busy as a surgeon, a volunteer at a cancer organization, a mother of six c...

Updated : 2014.08.13 21:29

Love knows no borders

Many Chinese netizens declared themselves heartbroken to learn of popular actress Tang Wei and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong’s sudden engagement recently. But the shock of the announcement was ...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:54

Orphaned and displaced by war

ISLAMABAD ― Too often in war, it is the children who are the worst affected. Their suffering is not just physical; scars and bruises mean little to the hardened warzone children, be they from Yugosl...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:54

More Malaysians eating out, but are they eating well?

Malaysia is a country of foodies where we ask friends “Have you eaten?” as a form of greeting and often plan trips not based on places we want to see, but places where we want to eat. More than 64...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:52

Philippine Internet slowest in ASEAN

Rosemarie Pendon, 24, lives in Lagro, Quezon City and has mobile broadband sticks from three different telecommunications networks (telcos) but none can provide a sufficient signal for her to connect...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:25

The joy of traveling for the visually impaired

After a long and arduous climb one day in December 1981, Liza Maria Beh found herself at the top of Ayers Rock in Australia. While other hikers took in the scenic view of the ancient MacDonnell Range...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:24

Wine wizard’s sweet career ends on sour note

Rudy Kurniawan’s taste for fine wines, at least as he has told it, began in 2001 when he was 25 and at a birthday party for his father. There he swirled, sniffed, slurped and finally sipped a 1996 Op...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:23

E-rickshaws take over New Delhi roads

Seventeen-year-old Mansi Sehgal gets into a three-wheel vehicle that looks a lot like Thailand’s tuk tuk, except that she is in West Delhi. The silver vehicle powered by a battery is an electric ri...

Updated : 2014.07.15 19:59

Mumbai’s marginalized mums sewn up by Colours of India

Step inside Colours Of India’s boutique in Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, and you’ll be mesmerized by its collection of clothing ranging from traditional Indian outfits to Thai silk A-line dresses...

Updated : 2014.07.15 19:57

Tiananmen lost in history to today’s youth

Twenty-five years have passed since the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989. Undergraduate Ma Yan proudly lays claim to having taken part in a political demonstration before she was even born...

Updated : 2014.06.10 20:13