Indian election officials check polling material and Electronic Voting Machines at a distribution centre in Hyderabad on April 10, 2019.—AFP Photo Narendra Modi The Indian Prime Minister is up for re-election and as of now the frontrunner to retain power. But he is also arguably the most polarising – and powerful -- political leader in India since the Late Indira Gandhi. Having led the BJP to a massive 283 seats on its own (well over 300 with allies) in the 2014 elections – the first time a single party won a majority on its own in 30 years -- Modi, 68, has spent the past five years leaving his imprimatur on the Indian body politic. For his admirers and supporters, or bhakts (devotees) as they are known, he has been just what the doctor ordered. A muscular approach towards dealing with Islamist terror emanating from Pakistan, an integrationist approach towards the conflict-hit state of Jammu & Kashmir and providing a corruption-free administration are his … [Read more...] about India election: Major political personalities in the fray
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Chơi Chim (Ornamental Bird), acrylic, 97cm by 145cm, by Nguyễn Văn Thể. Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The works of five neo-expressionistic painters will be on display at a group exhibition opening in Hà Nội on April 3. The artists are Nguyễn Văn Thể, Phạm Thanh Toàn, Hoàng Khánh Dư, Đặng Thành, and Lê Thừa Ngọc Hải, who have chosen neo-expressionism to send a message about life and their dreams, and it is a rare exhibition, according to Bùi Quang Thắng, art director of the Việt Nam National Institute of Arts and Culture Studies (VICAS) Art Studio. “Neo-expressionism appeared in the late 70s, initiated by a group of German painters. It was developed as a reaction against minimalism and conceptualism which were dominating European art at the time based on things not connected with reality or the sensuousness of art. … [Read more...] about Joint Neo-expressionism exhibition set to amaze art lovers in Hà Nội
Dr Christian Brosset. — Photo courtesy of Hanoi French Hospital Viet Nam News By Dr Christian Brosset* Headache, an almost universal human experience, is one of the most common complaints encountered in medicine and neurology Headache, an almost universal human experience is one of the common complaints encounted in medicine. About 90 per cent of the population experience at least one episode of headache over the course of one year, of which about 1 per cent result from a serious condition. Take a close look at your headache and note down when it occurs, your symptoms and if there are any specific triggers, for example certain foods, lack of sleep, stress, wine or weather. Keeping a head ache diary may help determine your headache type and identify the best treatment. There are many types of headaches, some are chronic and some appear all of a sudden. Chronic headaches are usually referred to as headaches which occur 15 days or more a month. Some types of chronic … [Read more...] about Headaches: things to remember
Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
Viet Nam News ĐẮK LẮK — A small well dug in the middle of a coffee plantation has been the lifesaver for the beans in Đắk Lắk Province well-known for its year-round burning heat and severe droughts that can last for months. But locals say that too many times, the wells have resulted in tragic deaths. A poor but happy family of three in Ea Tu Commune has now shrunk to just one person: an elderly grandmother named Lê Thanh Hậu. On a hot sunny day, like many other days in this Central Highlands province, Hậu’s daughter Lê Thị Thu Hiền and her grandson Trần Trúc Bình were asked to come look after the coffee plantation of a neighbour for a little extra money, Hậu told theNhân Dân (People) newspaper. Looking to cool himself down after work, Bình sat by a half-covered, low edge well at the plantation. He slipped over into the well. The mother could barely scream for … [Read more...] about Fatal wells end lives in Đắk Lắk Province