Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, March 1

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CANBERRA -- Australia's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise despite a significant reduction in those from electricity.

A Department of Environment and Energy report released on Thursday evening said that total emissions rose nearly 1 percent, or 4.6 million tonnes, to 536 million tonnes in the year to September 2018. (Australia-Green House Gas)

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VIENTIANE -- China is helping Lao National TV (LNTV digitalization with a grant for its upgrade project.

The launching ceremony for the project for the digitalization of the LNTV Channel 3 was held in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday with the presence of Director General of Lao National Television, Bounchao Phichit, and Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Laos, Wang Qihui. (China-Laos-TV)

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SYDNEY -- Three people have been taken to hospital on Friday after a chemical spill at an Australian nuclear facility in Sydney's south.

According to a spokesperson from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation at Lucas Heights, around 250 millilitres of sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) leaked from a pipe, exposing the three staff members to the caustic substance. (Australia-Chemical Spill)

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MUMBAI -- India's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.6 percent in October-December quarter, the slowest in the past five quarters, increasing chances of another interest rate cut by Reserve Bank of India to boost growth.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) also revised its full-year growth forecast downward for the current fiscal year to 7 percent from the 7.2 percent estimated earlier, the statement said on late Thursday evening. (India-GDP) Enditem

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