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  1. News - 18th Party Congress

    Party veterans' final plea for democracy

    Posted Oct 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... as provincial party secretaries, but they are bland enough to be acceptable to a politically conservative bureaucracy, the elders say. "Historically speaking, crown princes cannot be too ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com China's outspoken Communist elders have spent a lifetime waiting for change. The 18th party conference is their last chance to see it happen Veterans' ...

  2. Thailands' love for royals still strong after 60 years' rule

    Posted Jun 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Asia Correspondent Greg Torode in Bangkok The first birthday last month of Thai Prince Dhipankara Rasmijoti was no ordinary child's party. High military and government ... The king's grandson, Prince Dhi is the first son of royal heir Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 53, and his consort, Princess Srirasmi. Royal analysts said the birth of his son had helped to raise ...

  3. Lifestyle - Food & Wine

    An Oktoberfest survival guide

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... of warm weather and cold beer, but the original festival was an open air party, thrown on October 12, 1810, for the citizens of Munich, by Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, to celebrate his ... unturned The biggest German party of the year is only a few days away. Oktoberfest is celebrated- oddly, mostly in September- not only in Munich, where the festival was inaugurated just over 200 ...

  4. Raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest

    Posted Oct 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to escape. What began as a wedding celebration in a Bavarian city 200 years ago, has gone on to inspire a season of parties around the world, with Hong Kong joining the fun since the early 1990s. In October 1810, long before Germany existed as a unified country, Crown Prince Ludwig invited the citizens of Munich to help mark his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. ...

  5. Put on your drinking cap- it's Oktoberfest

    Posted Oct 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam IN GERMANY MOST of it takes place in September, and in Hong Kong it continues into November, but whatever the actual dates on which Oktoberfest is observed, it is unquestionably one of the biggest and heartiest parties of the year. By tradition, the festival in Munich- where it was first observed in 1810 to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria ...

  6. A royal wish- my kingdom for a prince

    Posted Jul 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... to Emperor Akihito is Crown Prince Naruhito, whose wife, Crown Princess Masako, gave birth to a daughter in 2001. After the birth of Princess Aiko, however, her 42-year-old mother suffered what ... 'It was a marriage for love that the royal family neither encouraged nor opposed, simply because his older brother, the crown prince, is such a goody-goody and no one ever considered ...

  7. News - China - CRIME

    Dongguan police chiefs suspended in prostitution crackdown following CCTV report

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:40am by MANDY ZUO

    ... by "untouchable" businessmen. Liang Yaohui, chairman of the Crown Prince Hotel Dongguan, a five-star hotel involved in prostitution, according to CCTV, was a deputy to the National People's Congress, ... raiding the venues fingered by CCTV, authorities detained another 162 people at 39 locations. After viewing the CCTV reports, Guangdong's party secretary Hu Chunhua had ordered police ...

  8. Re-enactment of great escape wins royal seal

    Posted Aug 16th 2009, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... route in memory of the achievement of their ancestors,' Prince Philip wrote, wishing the 'celebration of the anniversary of the escape will be crowned with complete success'. Ivan ... Vivienne Chow The British government and Prince Philip have expressed support for a local group's plan to retrace part of the route of one of the most famous escapes of the second ...

  9. Lifestyle - Technology

    Once popular with Indian princes, classic cars are now housed in a Rajasthan museum

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 12:00am by Mark Sharp

    ... Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy After India won its independence in 1947, the princes ceded administration of the fiefdoms to the state. Then, in 1971, Indira Gandhi's Congress party, under ... the crown [prince]," says museum spokesman Shyam Kaikini, who is also general manager of the Taj Lake Palace hotel. Kaikini says the present head of the family, Maharana Arvind Singh, is also ...

  10. Nepal can ill afford violence at the polls

    Posted Apr 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the crown prince, who then killed himself, scarred the national psyche. The new king, Gyanendra, took back direct rule shortly after and until the peace deal was signed, reigned with an iron fist. ... factions have no need for democracy. Minority political parties claiming to have been left out of the process want a boycott. Armed groups fighting for autonomy in the southern plains want strikes. ...




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