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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 15

CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced a plan to increase paid parental leave (PPL) entitlements up to six months.

Albanese on Saturday revealed the policy in a speech to a Labor Party conference, declaring the move would boost productivity. (Australia-Parental Leave)

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NEW DELHI -- India ranked 107 out of about 120 countries and regions in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2022, according to the latest GHI report.

The South Asian country has slipped from last year's ranking of 101, to be placed behind its neighbors Sri Lanka (64), Myanmar (71), Nepal (81), Bangladesh (84) and Pakistan (99). (India-Global Hunger Index)

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COLOMBO -- Two people have died while 21,888 people from 5,212 families have been affected by the floods and landslides in the last 48 hours in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said on Saturday.

Eleven districts have been affected, with about 120 houses damaged, by the floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, according to the DMC. (Sri Lanka-Floods)

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PHNOM PENH -- The death toll in an overloaded boat accident in southern Cambodia's Kandal province on Thursday night had risen to 11, and the rescue mission has completed, officials said on Saturday.

Kun Kim, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, who led the rescue operation, said the rescue efforts ended at 6:15 a.m. local time after the last body was founded. (Cambodia-Accident-Injuries)