Sightseeing in Singapore
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Sightseeing in Singapore

The Republic of Singapore is the smallest state in Southeast Asia and is made up of the main island, three larger and 56 smaller islands that lie between Indonesia and Malaysia. The Malay mainland can even be reached by bridge from Singapore City. However, the small tiger state has enough of its own that are […]

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China 2006

Yearbook 2006 China. The year as a whole was quite calm for China, whose leadership devoted much to international diplomacy. Prime Minister Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao both seemed more prone to smiling connectivity and were more Western than their predecessors. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in China include Independence Day (October […]

Buddhist temples of Borobudur (World Heritage)
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Buddhist temples of Borobudur (World Heritage)

The temple complexes on Central Java date from the 8th to 9th centuries. They form the largest temple in Southeast Asia. In the center is a colossal temple pyramid, which is built up from seven floors. Its outer walls are decorated with elaborate bas-reliefs depicting the life of Buddha. The upper part of the temple […]

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Vietnam 2006

Yearbook 2006 Vietnam. At the beginning of the year, Vietnam received praise from the World Health Organization (WHO) for successfully stopping the spread of avian influenza. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Vietnam include Independence Day (September 2) and New Year (January 1). The emergency slaughter of millions of birds, extensive poultry vaccination programs […]

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Uzbekistan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Uzbekistan. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Uzbekistan include Independence Day (September 1) and New Year (January 1). Regime critic Nadira Khidojatova from the new opposition group Uzbekistan’s Sunshine Coalition at the beginning of the year was charged with financial crimes. However, she had been arrested since she criticized the government’s bloody […]

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United Arab Emirates 2006

Yearbook 2006 United Arab Emirates. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in United Arab Emirates include Independence Day (December 2) and New Year (January 1). The United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Maktum ibn Rashid Maktum, as well as Emir of Dubai since 1990, died on January 4 during a visit to […]

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Turkmenistan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Turkmenistan. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Turkmenistan include Independence Day (September 27) and New Year (January 1). Russia’s and Ukraine’s gas conflict at the beginning of the year opened up opportunities for Turkmenistan to increase its gas exports to Ukraine. However, analysts questioned whether Turkmenistan has as large gas reserves as […]

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Thailand 2006

Yearbook 2006 Thailand. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Thailand include Independence Day (December 5) and New Year (January 1). Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced in January that his family sold all shares in his mobile phone company Shin Corp to a state investment company in Singapore for the equivalent of over SEK 13 […]

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Taiwan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Taiwan. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Republic of China/Taiwan include Independence Day (October 10) and New Year (January 1). Prime Minister Frank Hsieh chose to resign in January after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost big in the local elections in December 2005. In addition, the DPP government in 2005 had […]

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Sri Lanka 2006

Yearbook 2006 Sri Lanka. As the year began, the situation looked dark for the peace process between the army and the Tamil guerrilla LTTE. Despite heavy fire in the northern parts of the country, the mediation nation Norway managed to bring the parties to peace talks in Geneva in February. According to CountryAAH, major public […]

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Singapore 2006

Yearbook 2006 Singapore. An earlier parliamentary election was held on May 6. The PAP party, which has ruled the country since independence, won as expected by a wide margin, despite the opposition running for more constituencies than they did before. The election system enabled PAP to look forward to taking home 82 of the 84 […]

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Russia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Russian Federation. The year began with Russian Gazprom’s demand for higher gas prices for several neighboring countries. As early as the year before, the Russian Federation had made it clear that the heavily subsidized gas prices would only apply to members of the CIS (Independent States Commonwealth) who worked closely with the Russian […]

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Qatar 2006

Yearbook 2006 Qatar. The TV channel al-Jazira, which has its headquarters in Qatar, began broadcasting in English on November 15. It happened ten years after the premiere in Arabic. In 2007, the channel planned to broadcast around the clock. Initially, they were sent twelve hours a day. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Qatar […]

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Philippines 2006

Yearbook 2006 Philippines. On some occasions reports of sporadic fighting on the island of Mindanao in the south came between the separatist movement Moro’s Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and civilian militia groups which were reported to have support from the government army. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Philippines include Independence Day (June 12) […]

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Oman 2006

Yearbook 2006 Oman. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Oman include Independence Day (November 18) and New Year (January 1). A free trade agreement with the United States was signed on January 19. In the past, the US has entered into similar agreements with Bahrain, Israel, Jordan and Morocco. However, tea products were excluded. […]

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Nepal 2006

Yearbook 2006 Nepal. At the turn of the year, the Maoist guerrilla interrupted a four-month ceasefire on the grounds that the army made no counter-performance. The violence flared up again on a large scale. At the same time, the civil opposition parties increased their protests against the royal monarchy that prevailed since February 2005. According […]

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Myanmar 2006

Yearbook 2006 Burma. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Myanmar include Independence Day (January 4) and New Year (January 1). UN envoy Razali Ismail resigned in January after not having been granted a visa to Burma in almost two years. He had urged the outside world to subject the undemocratic military junta to stronger […]

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Mongolia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Mongolia. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Mongolia include Independence Day (December 29) and New Year (January 1). A year and a half of conflict-filled co-government between the Socialist Party and a bourgeois alliance was suspended in January, when the former Communist Party of the Mongolian Revolutionary Party (MPRP) resigned its ten […]

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Maldives 2006

Yearbook 2006 Maldives. The regime’s promises of democratization were also not fulfilled in 2006. Although several imprisoned dissidents were released, the harsh political climate persisted. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Maldives include Independence Day (July 26) and New Year (January 1). Mohammad Nashid, leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was brought to […]

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Malaysia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Malaysia. An investigation into the police’s treatment of an arrested Chinese woman in the fall of 2005 found in January that the police violated the woman’s human rights and violated the principles of Islam. The case came to public awareness through a video showing how a policeman humiliated the woman, including by undressing […]

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Laos 2006

Yearbook 2006 Laos. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Laos include Independence Day (May 11) and New Year (January 1). A number of personal transfers were made in L’s political leadership during the year, but these were not expected to bring about any changes in the Communist-controlled country’s political course. When elections were held […]

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Kyrgyzstan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Kyrgyzstan. At the beginning of 2006, the People’s Coalition was formed by democratic forces, a group of parties and voluntary organizations that included both opponents and supporters of the country’s new regime. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kyrgyzstan include Independence Day (August 31) and New Year (January 1). One of the […]

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Kazakhstan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Kazakhstan. Opposition leader Galimzjan Zhakijanov was released in January after being jailed for over three years, convicted of abuse of power. His supporters put the punishment in connection with Zhakijanov’s newly formed and banned party, Democratic elections, which called for reform. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kazakhstan include Independence Day (December […]

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Jordan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Jordan. On February 15, a security court sentenced Jordanian Abu Musab az-Zarqawi, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq, to death. He was convicted of his absence for planning a series of chemical attacks in 2004 in Jordan. Eight other supporters were also sentenced to death, including designated chief Azmi al-Jayusi. Two […]

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Japan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Japan. Japan entered a fairly quiet phase during the year. The economy – the second largest in the world – stabilized and the banks, which have been shaken by the Asian economic crisis and difficulties in recovering so-called bad loans since the 1990s, were again willing to give credit. GDP grew by 2% […]

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Iran 2006

Yearbook 2006 Iran. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Iran include Independence Day (April 1) and New Year (January 1). Iran’s foreign policy relations during the year were marked by the controversy surrounding the decision to resume the country’s peaceful nuclear research program. This triggered international concern that Iran was also thinking of trying […]

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Indonesia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Indonesia. The longstanding conflict in the province of Papua in western New Guinea was once again reminded when five soldiers were killed in a demonstration against US mining company Freeport McMoRan. In protest, the Indonesia government called home its ambassador from Canberra after Australia issued multi-year so-called protection visas to 42 Papuans who […]

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India 2006

Yearbook 2006 India. The Indian economy continued its strong growth. For the financial year up to and including March 2006, GDP increased by 8.4% and for the period July-September the rate of increase was 9.3%. This gave the government the opportunity to present a budget with major investments in education, health care, infrastructure and rural […]

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Georgia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Georgia. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Georgia include Independence Day (April 9) and New Year (January 1). The year was marked by a growing political conflict with Russia, a conflict that seemed to be rooted in Russian dissatisfaction with Georgia’s west-friendly politics and the country’s quest for membership in NATO. Like […]

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Cambodia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Cambodia. In January, for the first time elections were held for the Cambodian Senate, the upper house of Parliament. Only just over 11,300 people from the country’s local parishes and the lower house of Parliament, however, had the right to vote. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Cambodia include Independence Day (November […]

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Brunei 2006

Yearbook 2006 Brunei. In May, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah decided to make it easier for foreigners to gain citizenship in Brunei, which was previously very difficult due to the country’s strict immigration policy. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Brunei include Independence Day (February 23) and New Year (January 1). The rule changes apply to […]

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Bhutan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Bhutan. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck passed away surprisingly in December 2006 and handed over power to his son, Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Bhutan include Independence Day (August 8) and New Year (January 1). The king, who has ruled for 34 years, had previously said […]

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Azerbaijan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Azerbaijan. Like a number of neighboring countries, Azerbaijan faced Russian demands during the winter on almost doubling the price of natural gas. As Azerbaijan’s own gas fields are not yet developed, the country was forced to agree to price increases in anticipation of increased own production and planned imports from Iran. Prior to […]

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Armenia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Armenia. The year began with a cold winter and gas supply problems. A couple of explosions occurred on the Russian gas pipeline to Armenia and Georgia. No sabotage was excluded. While Ukraine was pressed very hard by Russian demands for gas tariff increases, Gazprom’s Russian state government demanded a doubling of Armenia’s fees. […]

India Economy
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India Economy and Communication

ECONOMY Business etiquette According to constructmaterials, English is widely used as a business language in India. There are many English-speaking interpreters and translation agencies. Indian business people are extremely hospitable to visitors. It is common to exchange business cards; the business card should be presented to the Indian business partner with both hands. The best […]

Asia Beautiful Places 09
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Asia Movements

National movements National movements have contributed to a number of new sovereign states. The Arabian Peninsula (except Yemen) was united into one kingdom, Saudi Arabia, all in 1927. The other Arab territories that were mandated from 1918 gained independence in the 1930s, namely Iraq in 1932, Lebanon and Syria in 1941 and Jordan in 1946. […]

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The 10 most popular tourist attractions in India

Taj Mahal It is located in Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983. The construction started in 1631, the completion is not exactly known. The great Mughal Shah Jahan had the tomb built for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal […]

Angkor Wat
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The most beautiful travel destinations & holiday tips in Asia

Ko Phi Phi – Leader among the 10 most beautiful travel destinations in Asia Crystal-clear water, palm trees, white beaches and wonderful vegetation make the islands on the west coast of Thailand a true vacation paradise for water lovers and snorkel lovers. The film “The Beach” was shot here. Currently in 2020 Ko Phi Phi […]

Cambodia Elections
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Cambodia Elections

Elections Since 1993 there has been re-election in Cambodia. Since then, there have been six elections to the National Assembly (1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018), three indirect Senate elections (2006, 2012 and 2018) and four local elections (2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017). The 2018 parliamentary elections marked the end of the political transformation […]

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Afghanistan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Afghanistan. The military situation deteriorated dramatically during the year. In the southern and eastern provinces, international forces were drawn into more and more bloody battles against Taliban and other armed movements. The Taliban appeared with a greater degree of awareness than before, indicating both a more effective organization and a radicalized ideology similar […]

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Bahrain 2006

Yearbook 2006 Bahrain. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Bahrain include Independence Day (December 16) and New Year (January 1). Bahrain’s Shiite opposition, which boycotted the parliamentary elections in 2002, won over 40% of parliamentary seats in the two rounds of elections in November and December. Of the 206 female candidates, only Latifa al-Qouhoud […]

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Bangladesh 2006

Yearbook 2006 Bangladesh A wave of blast attacks that in the fall of 2005 had claimed at least 28 deaths and injured hundreds had its legal aftermath. Seven leaders and another 21 members of the extremist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahidin were sentenced to death. In another intervention against Islamic extremism, the Islami Bank was convicted of fines […]

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Cyprus 2006

Yearbook 2006 Cyprus. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Cyprus include Independence Day (October 1) and New Year (January 1). Cyprus-Turkey relations remained cool during the year, casting a shadow over Turkey’s membership negotiations with the EU. One question was whether Cypriot ships and aircraft could use Turkish ports and airports. However, Turkey demanded […]

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East Timor 2006

Yearbook 2006 Timor. After several years of negotiations, East Timor in January signed a final agreement with Australia on joint oil and gas extraction under the Timor Sea. Income should be shared equally. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in East Timor include Independence Day (May 20) and New Year (January 1). A decision on […]

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Iraq 2006

Yearbook 2006 Iraq. The Election Commission announced the result on January 20 following the parliamentary elections in December 2005. Voters voted in large part according to ethnic and religious affiliation. The Shi’ite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), which represented Iraq’s largest religious group, was the largest, with 128 out of 275 seats. In the last election, […]

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Israel 2006

Yearbook 2006 Israel. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Israel include Independence Day (April 14) and New Year (January 1). Israel was given a new government during a year marked by a 34-day war against Lebanon and a multi-month offensive in Gaza. The ceasefire was announced at the end of November in Gaza, which […]

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Kuwait 2006

Yearbook 2006 Kuwait. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kuwait include Independence Day (February 25) and New Year (January 1). Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad as-Sabah, who ruled Kuwait since 1977, died on January 15. He turned 78 and had been ill since he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2001. His cousin, Crown Prince Sheikh Saad […]

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Lebanon 2006

Yearbook 2006 Lebanon. The riots broke out in Beirut on February 5 against the Muhammad cartoons published in the Danish Jutland Post. Protesters set fire to Danish embassy and fire and churches and other property were vandalized. One person was killed and 50 injured. Interior Minister Hassan al-Sabaa resigned afterwards. According to CountryAAH, major public […]