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World News April 5, 2024

Asia News Wrap: Multiple heat waves expected in India, and more

Here are some noteworthy stories from around Asia this week:

India’s Heat Wave Concerns: The Indian Meteorological Department predicts above-normal temperatures across the country for the next three months, potentially impacting wheat and rapeseed production. This comes as India faces its third consecutive year of heat waves, with implications for crop yields, particularly wheat, a crucial commodity for the country.

Qingming Festival in China: China commemorated the Qingming Festival, a day devoted to honoring the deceased. Traditions include grave cleaning, offering food and burning incense. With changing demographics and urban land scarcity, China is promoting eco-friendly burial practices to address rising funeral costs and land use issues.

Japan’s Ride-Hailing Services: Japan has initiated the rollout of ride-hailing services through apps like Uber and Didi, following the partial lifting of a ban due to a shortage of taxi drivers. This move marks Japan’s entry into the ride-sharing industry, albeit amid opposition from the taxi sector.

North Korea’s Missile Test: North Korea conducted a successful test of an intermediate-range hypersonic ballistic missile, with its leader overseeing the event. The test underscores ongoing concerns about North Korea’s military capabilities and regional security.

Health Scare in Japan: Japanese health officials are investigating Kobayashi Pharmaceutical after its dietary supplements, containing red yeast rice, were linked to at least 157 hospitalizations. This escalation follows earlier reports of potential deaths associated with the products, raising concerns about consumer safety and product regulation.

Source – CGTN

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