Urban Asia


He hails from a family that has given India three prime ministers, but the man dubbed "the reluctant prince" has yet to prove himself as a politician.


Regional Correspondent Arlina Arshad discovered a different type of holiday when she spent five days on an Islamic cruise that made headlines when three foreign preachers scheduled to join it were denied entry into Singapore.
Commercial banks are also offering mobile services. Regional Correspondent Tan Hui Yee notes, however, that the pace of banking innovations has meant regulators are playing catch-up with the private sector.
Travellers in the Asia-Pacific region are a resilient lot. So, too, regional tourism and business travel, which bounce back no matter what unpleasant disruptions nature throws their way.
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These artists were shaping snow into massive sculptures yesterday for the Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo.

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