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In New Delhi, Even Mass Transit Honors Rakhi Holiday

On the Indian holiday Rakhi, or Rakshabandan, brothers and sisters celebrate their relationship by tying a decorative thread (also called a rakhi) around each other's wrists. (Vivek Patel)
Lifestyle

Free fares, special trains and extra stops are some of the ways Delhi transit is adjusting its pace for this year's Rakhi celebrations.

Photo of the Day: A Dazzling Celebration in Philippines

Decked out in glittering costumes for the Feast of the Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines on January 15, 2012.  (Jun Pinili/Flickr)

Decked out in glittering costumes for the Feast of the Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines on January 15, 2012. (Jun Pinili/Flickr)

Why India Has Experienced the World's Largest Power Blackout

Indian women and children wait inside a darkened train carriage at a railway station in New Delhi on July 31, 2012. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri explains how infrastructure issues and a lack of political will helped lead to a blackout that impacted half the population.

Experts: Mixed Reactions to Mixed Signals from North Korea's Leader and Its Media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), accompanied by a young woman later confirmed as his wife Ri Sol-Ju (L), enjoying a performance by the newly organized Moranbong band in Pyongyang on July 6, 2012. (KNS/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

North Korean media have officially dismissed rumors of any impending reforms in the country, but supreme leader Kim's actions suggest something different.

Photo of the Day: A Pensive Observer in Sri Lanka

A young monk watches a street parade amidst a full crowd in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka on May 5, 2012. (Brett Davies/Flickr)
Multimedia

A young monk watches a street parade amidst a full crowd in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka on May 5, 2012. (Brett Davies/Flickr)

Rao: US-India Partnership Aids Both Countries and Global Peace

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with then-Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao (R) in New Delhi on July 18, 2011. Rao is now India's Ambassador to the United States. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In a wide-ranging speech at Asia Society Washington Center, India's Ambassador to the United States calls the India-U.S. partnership "full of hope, promise and opportunities for the benefit our two peoples."

Vishakha Desai Op-Ed Discusses 'Mythical' Rise of Asian Americans in US

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai speaks at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York in June 2012. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's op-ed sheds light on the findings of a Pew study still reverberating in the press.

While in India, Oprah Eats With Her Hands, and the Media Strike Back

Oprah Winfrey in front of the Taj Mahal on January 19, 2012. Winfrey was on her first visit to India to film an episode of her show 'Oprah’s Next Chapter.' (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Oprah Winfrey's recent travelogue on India drew a barrage of commentary for what many Indians saw as a cliched depiction of life in their country.

Photo of the Day: Sunrise Over the Forbidden City in Beijing

An early morning sun peeks through the clouds above the Forbidden City in Beijing on May 24, 2012. (Greg Annandale/Flickr)
Multimedia

An early morning sun peeks through the clouds above the Forbidden City in Beijing on May 24, 2012. (Greg Annandale/Flickr)

Multimedia: 10 Asian Sports That Would Spice Up the Olympics

Lifestyle

Gymnastics, archery, swimming and volleyball are all well and good. But these Asian sports would definitely give the world something to talk about.