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Night Sky lights up as Taiwan celebrates Lantern Festival

Taiwan celebrates lantern festival with million lanterns in different shapes to mark the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese Calendar

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Feb 12, 2017: Millions of lanterns in the shape of Christian churches, Buddhist temples, and Hindu temples with Brahma, Krishna, Lakshmi and Durga lit up the night sky of Taiwan to celebrate the Lantern Festival, marking the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

The Lantern Festival was inaugurated on Saturday in Yunlin county in the southwestern part of the island country and will go on till February 19. Thousands of people coming from all over the country as well as tourists participated in the inauguration.

The Taiwan Lantern Festival is a Buddhist tradition coming from mainland China and is celebrated as part of the Chinese New Year.

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“It is a popular festival highlighting our friendly approach and love for the people,” said Eric Lin, Director of International Affairs Division at Taiwan Tourism.

Hosting the festival inauguration for the first time, the Yunlin displayed 3,000 lanterns on a plot of land spread over more than 50 hectares.

“It is the biggest Lantern Festival ever in the history of Taiwan. This year, the theme celebrates the diverse cultures and beliefs of the island,” said Jin, one of the organisers of the festival, working for the Taiwan Ministry of Communication.

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“It has been a tough organisation that took us almost eight months, but the result is amazing. We also had about a dozen of private investors who funded the festival,” she added.

The island, located off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland, has an interesting mix of cultures from mainland China as well as Japan, and is home to 16 different tribes.

The origin of the festival is not clear, but it is said that it was started by an emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), who was a devout Buddhist and who ordered his people to display lights on the 15th night of the first month of the lunar year to pay respects to Buddha.

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Nowadays, in Taiwan the festival is celebrated in a modern way — the country being known for its high-tech innovations — with electric lanterns, artistic installations, light and sound shows, laser lights etc. (IANS)

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

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A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

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Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)

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