Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 19

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NEW DELHI -- In a surprise move, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced to withdraw all the three farm laws passed by the Indian Parliament last year.

"We will complete the process of the repealing all the three farm laws in the forthcoming winter session of the parliament later this month," said PM Modi while addressing the nation on TV. (India-Farm Laws)

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VIENTIANE -- Laos is expecting to earn about 463 million U.S. dollars from the sale of minerals domestically and for export in the last three months of 2021, after earning 1,464 million U.S. dollars in the first nine months of 2021.

The value of mineral sales this year is expected to be 15.04 percent more than targeted, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone told the National Assembly last week, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday. (Laos-Mineral Earning)

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SYDNEY -- An ecological campaign is encouraging Australians to keep their ears open for the chorus of croaks, hoots, ribbits, barks, hoots, and chirps of frogs in their neighbourhoods.

The Australian Museum (AM), as part of its FrogID Week, has devised an innovative way to get "citizen scientists" to monitor the nation's frog population. (Australia-Research-Frog)

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TOKYO -- Japan's core consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in October, up for the second consecutive month, with the index being in a tug of war between rising commodities prices and sharply lower mobile phone charges, government data showed Friday.

Due to the high dependence on energy imports, Japan is susceptible to changes in commodities prices, and a weaker yen also pushed up import costs in the report month. (Japan-CPI-Rise) Enditem

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