Vietnam to make naval missiles with Russian aid

Vietnam may soon be producing its own anti-ship missiles with Russian help - the latest move in its attempt to create a naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea dispute.

Saturday, 18 February, 2012, 12:00am

Vietnam's military growth raising eyebrows in region

From submariners training in St Petersburg to secret discussions with India to obtain state-of-the-art cruise missiles, Vietnam's naval expansion is attracting considerable notice across the region.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Emma Thompson has raised hackles on Britain's Isle of Wight after suggesting its residents flog homosexuals and have a shoot-to-kill policy for Scottish visitors. Also this month, the actress (above) got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Sundaram Tagore

'Because I travel a lot, when I am in New York I wake up fairly early, around 6am. I like to reflect and meditate.

That is very important to calm myself and create equilibrium in life.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Uproar in India over Nobel theft

The Nobel Prize given to India's national poet, Rabindranath Tagore, has been stolen from a museum, causing a national outcry.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation - India's FBI - to look into the case, which is being described as the first theft of its kind in the 103-year history of the Swedish Nobel Foundation.

29 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Another 28 Calcutta babies die

Twenty-eight babies have died from blood poisoning at Calcutta's B. C. Roy Memorial Children's Hospital less than a week after the government cleared it of responsibility in the deaths of another 30 children earlier this month.

24 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Fury after hospital shortages kill child patients

A total of 20 children died, including 12 in a single day, after a state-run hospital in Calcutta ran desperately short of oxygen, sparking a fierce row between the government and opposition groups yesterday.

4 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Tagore's powerful prose foretells destruction

Today's Poetry On The Air programme - broadcast on RTHK Radio 4 at 10.05 am - looks at the work of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, who received the Nobel prize for literature in 1913.

Tagore was the first Asian writer to receive this prize, considered the world's highest prize for writers.

29 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Leading film maker

INDIA leads the world in film-making with more than 900 movies produced a year. The late, prolific Indian director, Satyajit Ray, was awarded an Oscar in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema.

26 Jan 1995 - 12:00am