Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, March 14

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MUMBAI -- As India moves towards becoming a 5-trillion-U.S. dollar economy over the next five years, the time is now appropriate to skill and re-skill the workforce to grasp and align their expertise with the requirements of Industry 4.0, said a government official on late Wednesday.

"The debate around embracing Industry 4.0 and the job losses that it could entail had settled in favor of new and more jobs that the new industry paradigm would create," said Atul Chaturvedi, additional secretary of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade at India's Commerce Ministry. (India-Industry 4.0)

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SEOUL -- Two South Korean airlines, which are set to introduce Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets later this year, decided to ground the planes until safety is secured, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

The country's biggest air carrier Korean Air was quoted as saying that it decided not to fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, which saw crashes in recent months, until their safety is secured. (S.Korea-Boeing 737)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh has praised China's role in the country's overall development achieved so far.

Praises have poured in from the Bangladeshi Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi while speaking at an an event titled Bangladesh-China Business Connections here on Tuesday. (Bangladesh-China-Development)

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MANILA -- A plane from China's Taiwan slid off the runway of an airport in central Philippine province of Aklan on Wednesday night, prompting airport authorities to temporarily halt the operation for over an hour as they remove the aircraft from the only runway.

All 122 passengers and crew aboard the Far Eastern Air Transport are all safe. (Philippines-Taiwan-Plane accident) Enditem

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