Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, April 4

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Several civilians were wounded after a bomb struck a public bus in Jalalabad city in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, a local official said. (Afghanistan-Bomb)

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SEOUL -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s verified dismantlement of its nuclear test site could lead to partial sanctions relief by the United States, an adviser for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday.

Moon Chung-in, a special presidential adviser for unification, security and foreign affairs, said during a conference in Seoul that if the DPRK allows outside inspectors to verify its dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, U.S. President Donald Trump may accept it as a positive signal and respond to it by partially lifting sanctions against Pyongyang. (S.Korea-DPRK-Sanctions)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's military said Thursday that the UN Command was "very positive" about the opening of trails in the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has divided the Korean Peninsula since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Col. Roh Jae-cheon, deputy spokesman of Seoul's defense ministry, told a press briefing that the UN command was very positive about the South Korean government's plan to open the DMZ Peace Trails. (S.Korea-DMZ-Peace trail)

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CANBERRA -- A unique exhibition, the first in Australia, will explore the grand historical sweep of Chinese art and calligraphy traditions at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) starting on Friday.

The exhibition, namely The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China (NMC), consists of more than 100 objects from China. It features an animated digital experience that brings historical figures to life in intricate moving detail. (Australia-China-Art Exhibition)

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NEW DELHI -- India's central bank Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Thursday announced a reduction in repo rate by 25 basis points to 6 percent.

Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends money to commercial banks in the event of shortfall of funds.

"On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting today decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6.0 per cent from 6.25 per cent with immediate effect," a statement issued by RBI said. (India-Repo rate)

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BAN PHAI, Thailand -- A pair of Chinese and Thai vocational colleges on Wednesday jointly announced the establishment of Lu Ban High-Speed Railway Institute in northeastern Thailand to train high-speed railway technicians.

The institute is set up at Banphai Industrial and Community Education College in Ban Phai district, Khon Kaen province, with the support from Wuhan Railway Vocational College of Technology (WRC). (Thailand-China-High speed railway institute) Enditem

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