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Japan PM says may drop direct apology in WWII statement

Japan`s leader Shinzo Abe risked Chinese and Korean ire Tuesday by sending an offering to a controversial war shrine, and saying he may not repeat a formal apology for the country`s World War II rampage.

Spring festival to begin in Uttarakhand on Saturday

The Raj Bhawan lawns here will burst in a blaze of colours tomorrow as a three-day spring festival begins there with a wide variety of flowers grown in Uttarakhand to be put on display at the annual event.

Security beefed up in Thai`s south following series of blasts

Security was beefed up in Thailand`s Muslim majority restive southern provinces after a series of blasts hit the region during the past two days.

UN chief greets Chinese people on lunar new year

The Spring Festival is the most important Chinese traditional holiday, highlighting family reunions and renewal of seasons.

Gulzar reads yet to be published poetry for Delhi audience

Noted poet and lyricist Gulzar, who is known for incorporating day to day life`s experiences into his work, recited few verses of his unpublished poetry for the audience at the Spring Festival here.

Chinese bloggers launch hitchhiking programme

Six Chinese bloggers have launched a "ride-share" hitchhiking programme to ease the burden of holiday travel for people who fail to get tickets ahead of the Spring Festival.