Honorary citizenship for Everest hero Hillary

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  • Friday, 09 May 2003

KATHMANDU: Everest hero Sir Edmund Hillary will be bestowed a rare “honorary Nepalese citizenship” at a gala Everest Golden Jubilee celebration in the Nepalese capital on May 29, a Nepalese newspaper reported yesterday. 

Hillary, along with Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, stepped on the summit of 8,848m Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. They were the first climbers to reach the peak. 

The Nepal Samacharpatra newspaper, quoting an unidentified official of the Nepalese Home Ministry, said the decision to confer the rare honour on Hillary was taken in view of his contributions to Nepal. 

The official said Hillary helped to introduce Nepal to the rest of the world by his exploit on Everest. 

The official was quoted as saying that since it was not possible to confer Nepalese citizenship to a foreign national without undergoing “minimum requirements”, the Nepalese Cabinet was making necessary amendments in the citizenship law to honour Hillary. 

Quoting another source, the newspaper said the Cabinet has sent its decision to King Gyanendra for approval. 

King Gyanendra was himself said to be keen to “properly” honour Hillary by giving him the honorary citizenship. – dpa  

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