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This week marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for some companies. It’s also the first week that the United States is accepting applications for the next round of H-1B immigrant visas. Those are working visas for high-skilled professionals, and this year the process is coming under increased scrutiny. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One issue moving through Hawai‘i’s legislature this session concerns what supporters call “death with dignity.” It would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. Late last week, India’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that stops far short of that, but still marks a big change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On Sunday, the Chinese Communist Party announced that presidents will no longer be limited to two terms, clearing the way for Xi Jinping to remain in office for the foreseeable future. The news comes as the U.S. and its Indo-Pacific allies reconsider an old idea – an informal alliance called the "Quad."  We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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A common form of greeting here in the islands is turning into an international political story. It’s all about higher office, official welcomes, and hugs. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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On this Christmas Day, there are many places around the Asia Pacific that celebrate the holiday. While the region is a diverse mix of religions from Buddhism and Hinduism to Islam and other faiths, celebrations of Christmas often followed colonial settlements—including one particular location in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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When it comes to security issues in the Asia Pacific, North Korea continues to be a focus. But developments elsewhere in the area are also having an effect on regional strategy—and that includes news from India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s capital city remains under a cloud of toxic pollution. The air has been so thick in recent days that flights have been cancelled, construction has been suspended, and trucks have been forced off the road. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As many residents of Hawai‘i know from Chinese New Year celebrations, a long night of fireworks can lead to smoky skies. That’s especially true if there’s no wind. And that’s of particular concern this week in India—which celebrates an important holiday today. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the technology economy advances around the world, so does demand for technical skills. And some countries are going to great lengths to fill that demand. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Recent political and security developments in the Asia Pacific have focused on North Korea. But a number of diplomatic relationships are shifting relatively quickly in the area. One example involves two of the largest democracies in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While the devastation of flooding in and around Houston continues, a different kind of flooding is taking place in Asia. These waters are not from a hurricane or a tropical storm, but from a tropical monsoon. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change is already forcing adjustments in peoples’ lives in the Asia Pacific. Small islands are among the first areas to feel the impact, but a study out this week says the effects of extreme weather are threatening other parts of the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Solar power is at the heart of Hawai‘i’s continuing evolution to increased use of renewable energy. While the economics of solar are still in transition here, they are making faster progress in some other places. And right now, that includes parts of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s space program has taken another step forward this week. The country successfully launched a communications satellite which puts the space agency in select company. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. and Japanese naval ships are in the middle of three days of military exercises off the coast of Korea. The scale of the maneuvers is larger than previous drills, and it comes as there’s a surprise involving another naval exercise planned off the coast of India next month. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change was one topic where President Trump had significant differences with his counterparts at this weekend’s Group of Seven meetings in Europe. Trump has previously said he wants to push ahead with coal as an energy source—while economies in many parts of the world, including Asia, are heading in the other direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  India’s space program has marked another milestone. Late last week, the country launched a communications satellite with an unusual story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been a historic week for India’s space program. On Wednesday, the country sent a rocket into the atmosphere carrying a record number of satellites into orbit. The launch got a lot of attention around the Asia Pacific….and brings renewed attention to the India’s space ambitions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Apple is expanding its presence in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. Government officials in India say plans are underway to locally manufacture the iPhone. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration have drawn attention from a number of Muslim majority countries and others. But a different aspect of the emerging immigration policy in Washington is a focus in the world’s largest democracy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

In the United States, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a popular time to go to the movies. For some families it’s a bit of a tradition. But for moviegoers in India, a new tradition has started at the movies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Anyone going to the movies in India is going to hear the national anthem.  And the audience had better stand up.  India’s Supreme Court ruled the national anthem must be played before every movie—a national law that’s now been in force for a few weeks.

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 Ash Carter is continuing his last trip around the world as Defense Secretary—spending time today in the Middle East. He spent much of this week in Asia—where his last stop was a significant one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the President-elect continues to put together his cabinet, the rest of the world continues to wonder what the policies of the Trump Administration will be. That’s certainly true in the Asia Pacific. And this week, many business people in India are trying to figure out what Donald Trump might mean for their future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two of Asia’s biggest economies have agreed to a new level of cooperation. Japan and India are launching a new round of business deals with a focus on nuclear energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Measurements of air quality across Hawai‘i rarely dip below “moderate.” The most common reading of monitors around the islands from the Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch is “good.” But in the capital of India, it’s a very different story—especially in recent days. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Mosquito-borne illnesses are a concern in various parts of the world. They range from dengue and West Nile virus to yellow fever. Two other diseases are a current worry in a pair of Asian capitols. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than a thousand people in the Indian capital of New Delhi have come down with chikungunya this summer.  That’s a virus that is spread by mosquitoes.  It attacks the joints—and can cause high fever.

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Labor Day has been a national holiday in the United States for 120 years. While the September observance is only made in the United States, there’s some activity in the labor movement that’s been taking place this month in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Prime Minister of India is coming to the United States---again. Narendra Modi will be in Washington next week…meeting with President Obama and discussing a variety of issues. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been just a couple of months since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was last in the United States.  This will be his fourth trip to the US in the two years he’s been in office.  That’s drawn some criticism at home…where some suggest he spend more time focused on domestic issues.

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Geography is not always a strong subject for Americans.  The National Assessment of Educational Progress consistently finds US students’ score poorly on geography tests, and other studies find many parents don’t do much better. But if you have any dealings with a map of India, you’ll want to pay closer attention.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains why in today’s Asia Minute. 

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