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KATHMANDU: Half a century after he became the first person to set foot on the top of Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary became a Nepali citizen yesterday in the climax of official celebrations marking the anniversary. 

Events here were relatively muted after almost a week of street parades and celebrations. 

Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand made Hillary, now Sir Edmund, an honorary citizen before a royal dinner hosted by the monarch of the world's only Hindu kingdom, King Gyanendra. – Reuters 

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    SINGAPORE: China and India are poised to stamp Asia's reputation as being one of the most exciting and prosperous regions to live, an industry monitor said yesterday. 

    Of the 24 cities singled out as future rising urban stars, eight are in China and three are in India, property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle said. 

    “If you are looking for rapid growth and a fast changing, exciting lifestyle, Asia will be one of the best places to be in the next decade,” said Timothy Bellman, regional director for strategy and research. – AFP 

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    RUSSEY CHROY (Cambodia): Cambodian police shut down an Islamic school near the capital yesterday as part of an apparent crackdown on outside Muslim influences prior to a visit in June by US Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

    The closure of the Om Al-Qura Institute and the planned expulsion of 28 overseas Islamic teachers came after an Egyptian and two Thais from the school were charged with suspected links to South-East Asian Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah. – Reuters 


    HYDERABAD: A heat wave gripping south India's Andhra Pradesh state has killed 513 people in the past two weeks with temperatures soaring as high as 47°C, an aid official said yesterday. 

    Most of those who died were poor, homeless people such as rickshaw pullers, street hawkers and construction workers, and there was no immediate sign of relief from the hot weather. – Reuters 

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    SEOUL: Seoul is likely to be home to the world's tallest building when a 130-storey skyscraper is completed in 2008, the Korea Foreign Company Association (KFCA) said yesterday. 

    The International Business Centre will stand 580m-high and have 130 floors, including a ground floor of 39,600 square meters, the association said. – AFP  

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