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KUALA LUMPUR

Long, long ago in 1857 some 87 sailing Chinese mineral prospectors struck tinat the confluence of Klang and Gombak rivers and christened the spot as Kuala Lumpur, which meant "muddy river mouth". In contrast, there standstoday a modern, civilised city, leaving far behind the history of its tin trade.

Kuala Lumpur, the Capital of Malaysia is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombek rivers and approximately 35 km from the coast. The Capital is at the centre of the Peninsula's extensive . The capital city is the largest city in the nation, possessing a population of over one and a half million people drawn from all of Malaysia's many ethnic group.

Petronas Towers, with a height of 1,453 feet, one of the world's tallest buildings rise above the skyline of the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur have become the symbols for the astounding growth that has taken place in Malaysia over the last two decades.

It is the Capital of the federation of Malaysia. Getting there isquite easy with around 40 airlines flying to and from the KL international airport at Sepang. By road, rail and sea too it is easily accessible. The main port-of-call for cruise liners is Port Klang, 41 km from KL. The city is dotted with sky-scapers. The world's tallest building, 88-storey, 452-metre Petronas Towers, is here.

The other places of interest are Chinatown and its night markets for food, Merdeka Square (the site of original settlement), Sultan Abdul Samed Building (a major landmark, houses the Supreme Court), Masjid Jamek, Railway Station, National Zoo where sea lion can be seen, Central Market, Petronas Art Gallery, Menara KL ( the tallest tower of Asia, one can go up for a panoramic view of the city), National Museum, National Mosque, National Art Gallery, the popular Lake Gardens, Deer Park and Butterfly Park. Chinatown, Jalan Pudu Lama and Jalan Bukit Bintang are places where budget hotels are available.

KL is a shoppers' paradise. The shopping buffs in KL are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tianku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, the Mall, Central Market, Chinatown.The national Theatre and the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas are places of music and entertainment.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The public can view the female panda cub born to giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang in a few weeks. Preparations are being made by the zoo, according to National Zoo deputy president Rosli Ahmat Lana. "Liang Liang (mother panda) is now able to let go of her baby for an hour a day in the isolation room. It will be increased to a minimum of two hours daily to prepare the cub for public viewing," he told Bernama. The cub is now two months old and healthy, weighing 5 kg. The baby panda was born on Aug 18 at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre (GPCC) at the National Zoo.
KUALA LUMPUR: Over 50,000 people attended the national level Maal Hijrah procession in the city n Wednesday to mark the start of the new year in the Islamic calendar. Participants were clad in traditional baju melayu and baju kurung. They gathered at various places like Dataran Merdeka, Padang Merbok, Muzium Negara, Masjid Jamek, Islamic Art Museum and Masjid Wilayah and proceeded to Masjid Negara in processions. Government departments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and the public took part in the procession.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meterological Department (MetMalaysia) on Wednesday issued a first-category warning of strong winds and rough seas over the waters of Sabah (Sandakan, Kudat, West Coast and Interior) and Labuan starting from Oct 16 to 20. A met statement said that strong south-westerly winds could reach up to 40 kmph to 50 kmph with waves rising as high as 3.5 metres. It warned, "These conditions are dangerous to small craft, recreational sea activities and sea sports." The same situation is also expected to occur over the waters off Condore, Reef North, Layang-layang and Sulu, it added.



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