Capital: New Delhi

New Delhi is situated on the Yamuna River and was proclaimed the capital of India in 1912. It has close to 10 million inhabitants many of whom work in the chemical, textile, communication and other industries which drive the economy of the city. The city itself is beautifully designed with a beautiful mix of East-West architecture surrounded by lovely parks and tree-lined avenues.

Languages

Hindi is India’s official language and is spoken by 30% of the population but other recognised languages include: Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit. Hindustani is a popular variant of Hindi/Urdu spoken widely throughout northern India but is not an official language. There are an estimated 260 dialects. English is also widely spoken and is the language of academic, political and commercial communication.

Geography and Climate

The Republic of India, situated in Southern Asia, is the seventh largest country in the world. The Himalayan mountain range to India’s north has the world’s highest peaks and provide the source of the rivers Ganga (Ganges), Indus and Brahmaputra. To the south the plains between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal are heavily cultivated. India also has the Thar Desert to the north-west on the border with Pakistan. South of the Himalayas, India’s climate is monsoonal on the whole. From March to May the weather is usually hot and dry before a season of hot weather and heavy rain brought about by the south-west monsoon from June to September. From October to February the north-west monsoon brings dry, cool weather.

Bangalore

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka State which was previously known as Mysore. At an altitude of 1000m on the Mysore Plateau Bangalore has a very pleasant climate and is known as the Silicon Valley of India. It is known worldwide as an important centre of electronics and technology although it also has other industries such as aerospace, iron and steel, textiles and machine tool making. Bangalore’s population of around 6 million people is constantly expanding and the new suburbs are constantly evolving to accommodating this expansion.


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Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur which means 'muddy estuary' is the capital city of Malaysia. It was founded in 1857 beside the junction of the Kelang and Gombak Rivers as a result of tin-mining. Only forty years later, Kuala Lumpur became the state capital. Since it gained independence from the British in 1957 it has grown to become a thriving economic centre with towering skyscrapers including the Petronas Towers, two of the world's tallest office buildings. Despite its bustling business district it has retained much of the character of its past as can be witnessed by the colonial buildings, bustling night markets, vibrant Little India and colourful Chinatown.

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Malaysia's rich cultural tapestry is succinctly underlined by the many different languages spoken. While Bahasa Malayu is the official language, English, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Tamil and Punjabi are also commonly spoken.

Religion

While Islam is the official religion, Malaysians are free to follow the religion of their choice and these include Islam, Buddhism, Confuscianism, Taosists, Hindism and Christianity. Under the Constitution, Malays are born Muslims and if they refute this faith they also lose their Malay privileges.



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There are 4 official languages – Malay, Chinese (Mandarin), Tamil and English. Malay is the national language and English is the language of administration as well as the language of education. The National Anthem is sung in the Malay language.

Geography and Climate

The Republic of Singapore, which is home to around 4.5 million people, consists of the main island of Singapore, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, and 58 nearby islands. Singapore has an equatorial climate, which is warm and humid all year round. There is relatively constant temperature, high humidity and heavy evening rainfall particularly during the Northeast Monsoon from November to January. Singapore’s daily average temperature is 26.7°C and a high daily relative humidity of approximately 84.4%.

History

The area around Singapore was first inhabited between 2500 and 1500 B.C. British and Dutch merchants interested in spices began visiting frequently and the trading post of Singapore, which means ‘lion town’ was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles. It was made a separate Crown colony of Britain in 1946, when the former colony of the Straits Settlements was dissolved. Singapore attained full internal self-government in 1959, and later joined Malaysia, Sabah (North Borneo), and Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia. It withdrew from the federation on Aug. 9, 1965, and a month later proclaimed itself a republic.


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  • Australian International School (Opened in 1993; Private school for those between the ages of three and 19 years of age).
  • Canadian International School (Early Childhood Education up to pre-university studies for international students; Canadian education system whose diplomas are recognised worldwide).
  • Chatsworth International School (International curriculum leading to IGCSE, American High School Diploma or A level including an ESL programme starting from Kindergarten).
  • Overseas Family School (Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 international school catering to expatriate families. Students may study towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme or Cambridge examinations).
  • Overseas Family College (College program for expatriates having partnership with California State University, Dominguez Hills).
  • Singapore American School (American Education for expatriate students from pre-school up to grade 12; established in 1956 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
  • Singapore Japanese School (Japanese curriculum for primary and secondary students).
  • Tanglin Trust School Education (3 to 16 year olds; British Education system).

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Originally a British Colony, Hong Kong became a special administrative region of China in 1997. Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Outlying Islands. Hong Kong Island is separated from the mainland by a bustling harbour China governs Hong Kong under the principle of "one country, two systems", so that Hong Kong is allowed to retain its economic and social systems until 2047.Hong Kong is a vibrant, exciting mix of East and West where commercial possibilities are endless. The food is a testament to the rich mix of culture here, where as well as all parts of China being represented there is also a healthy ethnic mix.

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While English along with Chinese are the official languages, most of the population of Hong Kong is ethnic Han Chinese who speak Cantonese. A small number of the residents come from or have ancestors who came from Southeast Asia.

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Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity are practiced alongside many other major religions giving Hong Kong an interesting religious tolerance. There are also places of worship for most other religious groups.


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Capital: Jakarta

Jakarta is located on the northwest coast of Java and is one of the most populous cities in South East Asia It is a vibrant city offers wonderful sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Jakarta combines the modern with the rich traditions of the past in an exciting blend of contrast and contradiction. Jakarta is a thriving metropolis with endless business opportunities to explore. The city is the home to representatives of every part of the vast Indonesian nation who have brought their food, traditions and customs with them to enrich the capital with their cultural heritage.

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Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language but English is also widely spoken particularly for business.. There are over 250 recognised languages spoken throughout Indonesia as well as many local dialects. Dutch is also spoken by many older Indonesians.

Religion

The majority of Indonesians are Muslim but other religions which are popular are Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. In some remote areas Animism is still widely held dear.

Geography

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago state and is stuated between the mainland of South-East Asia and Australia in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The country is made up of six main islands – Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Kalimantan (part of the island of Borneo) and Irian Jaya (the western half of New Guinea) – and 30 smaller archipelagos. The Indonesian archipelago consists of more than 17,000 islands with varying geography and almost a third of them inhabited.

Climate

Located on the equator and having uniformly warm waters that make up 81 percent of Indonesia's area, temperatures on land remain fairly constant with the coastal plains averaging 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C. Monsoons usually start from the south and east in June through to September and from the northwest in December through March. The dry season is between June and September.

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