A handwritten letter by Karl Marx accompanied by a vintage photograph of the author of "Das Capital" sold Tuesday for $678,000 at an auction in China, the China Daily newspaper reported.
The sight of a Russian athlete crossing herself before a race was one small example among many of how the country has changed in the generation since it last hosted the Olympic Games.
The CM`s remarks came amidst recommendations made by a syllabus reforms committee for excluding Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, from text books.
Trinamool Congress defended the move, claiming the attempt is to "correct the imbalance" which was there is history textbooks in the state schools.
Amid the worst recession in generations, Karl Marx, who famously described religion as "the opium of the people", got a thumbs-up from the Vatican overturning a century of Catholic hostility to his creed.
Day in Pics: 31st January
Showbiz World - January 31, 2015