Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Nov. 29

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KATHMANDU -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday for a three-day official visit to Nepal.

Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel welcomed the Myanmar delegation led by Suu Kyi at the Tribhuwan International Airport. (Nepal-Myanmar-Visit)

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NEW DELHI -- An increased smartphone penetration, advances in delivery infrastructure and heavy discounts on e-commerce buying are the key reasons behind India being the fastest growing e-commerce market, a new report has revealed.

Consumer electronics segment was learnt to be having the highest online penetration, even as currently e-commerce sales of consumer electronics stood at 17 percent of the total retail sales in the country. It was followed by apparel and footwear (9 percent), and beauty and personal care (1 percent). (India-E-commerce Market)

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CANBERRA -- Nearly 200 schools in South Australia (SA) have closed, with hundreds of the state's teachers going on a half-day strike.

Parents were forced to make alternative arrangements on Thursday morning when about 183 of SA's 875 public schools and pre-schools closed their doors to students as staff rally in Adelaide's Central Business District (CBD) to demand better pay, smaller classes and extra sick leave. (Australia-Schools)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered another Japanese firm to compensate the country's victims for their forced labor during World War II, after delivering the same verdict to a Japanese company one month earlier.

The Supreme Court upheld two appellate court rulings, ordering Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay reparations of 80 million won (71,000 U.S. dollars) to 120 million won (109,000 U.S. dollars) to each of 10 victims, who were forced into labor by the Imperial Japan, and a victim's family member. (S.Korea-Japan-World War II) Enditem

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