|China Myths Debunked|
|WE all know the facts: In
1949 when the Communist
Party took over, China had
been mired in civil wars
and dismembered by foreign
aggressions; its people had suffered
widespread famine; average lifeexpectancy
was a mere 41 years.
Today, it is the second largest economy
in the world, a great power with global
influence, and its people live in
increasing prosperity; average life
expectancy has reached 74 years.
But the assessment has to go deeper
than that, for reasons none other than
the apparent discomfort, if not outright
disapproval, Western political
and intellectual elites feel toward the
Communist Party´s leadership. Five
|PETER Oborne, writing in
the conservative Daily
Telegraph, recently suggested
Conservative British Prime
Minister, David Cameron, was not
merely in a mess, he "is in a sewer."
That seems about right. Cameron
lost it over Rupert Murdoch. He
showed staggering lack of judgment
in hiring Andy Coulson, the former
News of the World editor, as his first
director of communications at
Downing Street, a hubristic decision
made against the best advice and
apparently with a dual aim: to show
he was not an old Etonian "toff" and
to get favourable treatment from the
37 percent of the British print media
owned by Murdoch.
He then spent a fair chunk of time
during his first year in office in 26
meetings with various News Corp
honchos, including Rebekah
Brooks, who was...
South Indian playback singers to perform today
DOHA POPULAR South Indian film stars and playback singers will perform in Doha on Thursday.
The four-hour long stage show titled ‘Malabar Gold Chandrolsavam’ will be held at Doha Cinema.
The programme being organised by Daya Qatar, a socio-cultural forum, in association with Ali International will feature melodious songs from South Indian cinema.
Funds generated from the ticket sale will be donated to ‘Thanal’, a charity organisation based in Vadakara in Kozhikod district in the Indian state of Kerala.
The programme will be led by M Jyachandran, a noted music director in Kerala.
In recognition to having participated in the production of 100 films as a music director, Jyachandran will be honoured by Indian Ambassador HE Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa on the occasion.
Speaking at a press conference, Jyachandran said, “It is not just an entertainment show.
The cause of charity behind it has to be promoted.” Also speaking at the media meet, Isa Muhamad, managing director of Ali International, said, “We are happy to collaborate in this programme which is meant to generate funds for a worthy cause.
The show will provide opportunity for Kerala expatriates to enjoy their favourite songs from these famous singers.” Noted actor Sidiqque, however, warned against people pushing their aged parents to the palliative care centres, because of the support they will receive from the show.
Other artistes who attended the press conference were Sidiqque, Sujatha Mohan, Madhu Balakrishnan, Karthik, Swetha Mohan and Chitra Iyer.
Malabar Gold Qatar outlet manager Santhoh, Dr Itris and MV Sirajudeen, president of Daya Qatar, were also present on the occasion.