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445 reach Mount Everest summit this spring: Govt

KATHMANDU (Kathmandu Post/ANN) - More than 5,000 climbers have set foot on the summit of Everest from the Nepal side since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first conquered the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.

His Majesty sends condolence message to Myanmar

Viet Nam rice exports hit 3-year high

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The global rice market has been heating up after top importing countries, such as Bangladesh and the Philippines, announed plans to import roughly 950,000 tonnes of rice recently.

FEATURE: ‘Free fights’ preserve a martial art form

Fans made of old maps a huge hit in Japan

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Folding fans made out of discarded old maps made by the Japan Map Center (JMC) have proved to be enormously popular.

FEATURE: Hue night-lights illuminate a royal past

HUE, Vietnam  (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Authorities have turned the famous Hue citadel into a night attraction, with the former palace hosting programmes reflecting life during the heydays of the Nguyen Dynasty. 

Law enacted to allow abdication by Emperor

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Diet enacted special legislation on Friday to realize the Emperor’s abdication.

Shooting for a good harvest

AKITA (The Japan News/ANN) - Two people on wooden pontoons cleave their way through a carpet of junsai, or water shield, to pick the young shoots out of the water in Mitane, Akita Prefecture, on Friday.

Who suffers most from extreme weather events

NEW DELHI (dataLEADS/ ANN) - Six Asian countries are ranked among the world’s top 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to the Global Climate Risk Index by think-tank Germanwatch.

Energy ties further boosted in Central Asia

The ongoing visit of President Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan will ensure more cooperation opportunities for Chinese companies in Central Asia, especially companies in the energy sector, said Bian Dezhi, a senior official at China National Petroleum Corp.