Beijing: A super typhoon, which is the 21st this year, is heading towards Taiwan and southeast China, officials said on Sunday. With speeds of 15 to 20 km per hour, Dujuan is currently approaching the coast of northeastern Taiwan and is expected to make landfall on Monday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 48 to 50 metres per second, Xinhua news agency reported.
It will land in China’s Fujian province on Tuesday morning, bringing with it gales and heavy rain, the officials said. The typhoon is also expected to batter parts of Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. Waves of up to 4-7 metres along coastal areas are expected, posing a danger to offshore activities, the officials added.
India plans to launch an “Understanding India” programme in China to “demystify” the country and create a better understanding of it.
Despite being immediate neighbours, India and China lack people-to-people contact and cultural exchange.
Indian Council of Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Beijing to attend the World Congress of Philosophy, said that by watching Bollywood and reading websites one can know India only superficially.
“India cannot be understood by simply reading books and visiting websites. India is an experience,” Sahasrabuddhe said.
“In most big countries like China, we are trying to have some kind of ‘Understanding India’ programme which will be a structural programme.”
The Rajya Sabha MP said that India was a “riddle” to the people outside because of its diversity and coexistence of masses despite the economic disparity in the country.
“We would like to demystify the idea of India through this programme,” Sahasrabuddhe added.
He also said the Indian cultural centres across the world that don’t have any name will be named after Indian monk Swami Vivekananda.
The cultural centre at the Indian Embassy in Beijing was named after the spiritual leader on Tuesday.
“We respect everybody. There are Nehru centres; there are Mahatma Gandhi centres; there are Tagore centres but there are centres that did not have any names… so we thought it was fit to name all those under Swami Vivekananda because he symbolizes Indian culture in a multiple ways. He is an inspirational hero,” said Sahasrabuddhe.
There are 37 Indian cultural centres in the world. (IANS)