spring festival

Now, get train tickets via smartphone in China


September 12th, 2012 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 12 (IANS) China's railways ministry announced Wednesday it plans to launch a new service that will allow people to purchase tickets via smartphones.Passengers will be able to book ... Read more...

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A folk song for every occasion in colourful north India (IANS BOOKS)


June 15th, 2012 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS
Book: Unearthing Gender: Folk Songs of North India; Author: Smita Tiwari Jassal;Publisher: Duke University Press (2012); Pages 328; Price: $26.61"Gold melts at the goldsmith's. Sister burns away at her in-laws. Iron smelts at ... Read more...

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West Bengal celebrates Dol, Holi


March 8th, 2012 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 8 (IANS) West Bengal celebrated the festival of Holi - or "Dol Jatra" as it is called - with colour, songs and prayers amidst heightened security Thursday.Thousands of ... Read more...

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China’s non-manufacturing sector slows


March 3rd, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 3 (IANS) Business activities in China's non-manufacturing sector slowed sharply in February on waning market demands after the Spring Festival, a federation said Saturday.The non-manufacturing sector's Purchasing Managers ... Read more...

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Dead woman married twice in China


February 22nd, 2012 - 11:32 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 22 (IANS) Investigators in China's Hebei province are shocked after coming across a bizarre incident in which a woman's corpse was married twice.During this year's Spring Festival, a ... Read more...

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Visitors to ancient Shaolin temple decline


February 6th, 2012 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 6 (IANS) The number of visitors to the famous Shaolin temple in Henan province, home to Shaolin Kung Fu martial arts, recorded a sharp decline during the weeklong ... Read more...

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Police hunt for Chinese teens who killed cats


February 5th, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 5 (IANS) Police in China's Shanghai city is on the lookout for three notorious teenagers suspected of having brutally killed 10 stray cats during the weeklong Spring Festival ... Read more...

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China’s Purchasing Managers Index rises in January (Lead)


February 1st, 2012 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 1 (IANS) China's Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a preliminary readout of the country's manufacturing activity, rose to 50.5 percent in January, the highest level since October last year, ... Read more...

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Spring holidays bring travel boom in China


January 29th, 2012 - 6:37 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 29 (IANS) A week-long holiday to celebrate the Chinese lunar new year has spurred a travel boom in the country, the government said Saturday.The lunar new year on ... Read more...

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Chinese museum recreates ancient music for holidayers


January 25th, 2012 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 25 (IANS) Holidayers in China have been offered a special opportunity to enjoy the ancient Chinese symphonies in "Live shows" at a museum in China's Henan province during ... Read more...

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Chinese mobile users sent 10 bn SMS in one day


January 24th, 2012 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 24 (IANS) Chinese mobile phone users may have sent more than 10 billion greeting messages Sunday, an expert said.Kuang Jie, senior partner of ProKing Management Consulting, made the ... Read more...

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China welcomes Year of the Dragon (Lead)


January 23rd, 2012 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 23 (IANS) China Monday welcomed its Lunar New Year or the Year of the Dragon with celebrations across the country.The day marks the end of the winter in ... Read more...

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Chinese trains carry 80 mn people in 14 days


January 23rd, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 23 (IANS) Over 80 million people travelled by trains in China between Jan 8 and 22 on account of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the railways ministry said ... Read more...

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Beijing residents told to go slow on fireworks


January 21st, 2012 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 21 (IANS) As the quality of Beijing's air continues to give rise to concerns, many NGOs are asking the public to refrain from shooting off fireworks during the ... Read more...

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China lets prisoners go home for New Year


January 18th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 18 (IANS) Dozens of inmates in northwestern China will be temporarily released from jail to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year at home with their families as a ... Read more...

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Beijing post offices sell train tickets


January 16th, 2012 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 16 (IANS) Post offices in Beijing are selling train tickets to help cope with the Spring Festival travel rush faced by the railways.Twenty-four post offices in the city ... Read more...

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Spring gala for overseas Chinese


January 13th, 2012 - 4:17 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 13 (IANS) A function was organised here for the non-resident Chinese to celebrate the country's traditional Spring Festival.Thursday's event was attended by senior officials like Jia Qinglin, chairman ... Read more...

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Millions of Chinese start spring homecoming


January 9th, 2012 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 8 (IANS) The massive spring tour has kicked off in China when tens of millions of Chinese travel to their native places to celebrate the Spring Festival.The Spring ... Read more...

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China launches first 3D TV channel


January 2nd, 2012 - 9:58 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 2 (IANS) China's first 3D television channel started a trial broadcast Sunday, officials said.The channel -- China 3D TV Trial Channel -- is being jointly operated by China ... Read more...

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Chinese flower exhibition sees $3 mn sales per day


December 22nd, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) A Chinese flower exhibition in Shandong province is making sales worth 20 million yuan (over $3 million) per day.The 2012 Spring Festival Flower Exhibition is being ... Read more...

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China’s GDP growth to slow to 8.6 percent


December 18th, 2011 - 11:14 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS) China's GDP growth may slow to 8.6 percent in the last quarter of this year and further decelerate to 7.7 percent in the first quarter of ... Read more...

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Tibetan cartoon series to be shown on Chinese TV


December 3rd, 2011 - 11:47 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 3 (IANS) A caterpillar fungus and a Tibetan mastiff dog are the protagonists of a Tibetan cartoon series that will soon be screened in Tibetan and Mandarin languages ... Read more...

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China prepares to curb fire incidents


November 2nd, 2011 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Nov 2 (IANS) China's Ministry of Public Security is launching a special drive to decrease fire risks, with a special focus on major holidays and festivals during the upcoming ... Read more...

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Telangana protest reaches CM’s office, strike continues


September 26th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Sep 26 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh state secretariat Monday resounded to traditional Telangana songs as the protest for a separate Telangana reached the doorstep of Chief Minister N. ... Read more...

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Drought stalks China’s food bowl


May 17th, 2011 - 12:37 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 17 (IANS) China's central Hubei province, known as the land of a thousand lakes and a major producer of grain and cotton in the country, has been severely ... Read more...

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Turkish candy gets into Unesco list


April 6th, 2011 - 11:21 am ICT by IANS
Istanbul, April 6 (IANS) A traditional spicy candy from Turkey that has a history of over 500 years will now be included in the Unesco cultural heritage list, an official ... Read more...

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North-east spring festival: A cultural extravaganza


March 26th, 2011 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI
Dimapur, Mar 26 (ANI): The five-day long North East Spring Festival, recently organized in Dimapur city of Nagaland was a grand affair that showcased some of the best folk art forms of ... Read more...

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After Carnival, Goa goes into Shigmo festivities


March 21st, 2011 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, March 21 (IANS) While the echoes have not yet died of the Carnival celebrated March 5, Goa is braced for another week-long celebration of the carnival's indigenous variant called ... Read more...

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Celebrate Navroz with a platter from Tajikistan (Eating Out With IANS, With Image)


March 20th, 2011 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) A traditional festival platter from Tajikistan is adding a touch of gastronomic joy to the spirit of Navroz, the Persian spring festival celebrated by the ... Read more...

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Manmohan Singh greets nation on Holi


March 19th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has greeted the people on the joyous occasion of Holi."The festival of colours is a celebration of the diversity ... Read more...

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PM greets nation on Holi


March 19th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Holi and hoped the spring festival will strengthen the "bond of brotherhood" ... Read more...

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221 mn Chinese travelled by train during spring festival


February 28th, 2011 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 28 (IANS) A whopping 221 million people travelled by train during China's spring festival, which is also the largest migration of people anywhere in the world.The railway ministry Monday said ... Read more...

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China is now world’s second-largest economy


February 14th, 2011 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 14 (IANS) China has become the world's second-largest economy after the US, ending Japan's 42-year reign in the second spot, according to Tokyo's gross domestic product (GDP) figures released Monday.Japan's ... Read more...

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A billion SMSes sent in a single day in Beijing


February 8th, 2011 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 8 (IANS) About one billion text messages were sent in Beijing Wednesday on the eve of the Spring Festival. But, many who received the numerous messages were not amused, with ... Read more...

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New Year fireworks set off 5,945 blazes in China


February 7th, 2011 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 7 (IANS) The tradition of bursting firecrackers on the occasion of Chinese New Year to ward off evil spirits has been blamed for rising number of fire accidents across the ... Read more...

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