Xinhua Asia pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Oct. 6

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NEW DELHI -- With 61,267 new cases in the past 24 hours, India's COVID-19 tally reached 6,685,082, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry on Tuesday.

As many as 884 deaths were registered across the country since Monday morning, taking the total death toll to 103,569.

A consistent decrease both in the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths registered per day has been recorded in the country this month. (India-COVID-19 Figures-Decrease)

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YANGON -- Myanmar is making preparations for the citizens to be able to vote in the upcoming general elections in a safe and secure manner amid the COVID-19 pandemic, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in her televised message to the public late on Monday.

"We will conduct a test run of what will happen on the election day at the polling stations and a rehearsal will be carried out to see how the people will cast their ballots in a safe and secure manner from the health point of view. We will train and then do the testing systematically," Suu Kyi said.

"We will run this type of training exercise for three times before the election day and based on these three exercises we will think very carefully what kind of rules and regulations should be established." (Myanmar-General Elections-Preparations)

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CANBERRA -- International students will return to Australia in October after Charles Darwin University (CDU) received approval to conduct a pilot program.

The university in Northern Territory (NT) announced on Monday that it has received government approval to fly up to 70 students into Darwin from Singapore in late October.

According to information from the university's official website, the students, who are likely to come from a range of countries including China, will become the first international students since the federal government closed borders to international travellers in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Australia-International Students-Pilot Program)

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HONG KONG -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) recently deregistered a school teacher for systematically spreading "Hong Kong independence" in the classroom.

The teacher was found guilty of serious professional misconduct, the Education Bureau said. Investigations showed that the teaching materials the teacher designed systematically spread "Hong Kong independence", which went against the constitutional and legal status of the HKSAR under the Basic Law. (China's Hong Kong-Teacher-Deregistration) Enditem

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