September 26, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble

Sri Lanka's Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble Image copyright Sri Lankan police Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who were among a group who took semi-nude photos of themselves at an ancient sacred site. The young Sri Lankan men posted the images of themselves at Pidurangala Rock on Facebook. It prompted an angry reaction from people who considered them a religious insult, reports BBC Sinhala's Azzam Ameen in Colombo. Similar photos were posted on Instagram by foreigners, who were not arrested. Image copyright Sri Lankan police The arrests follow a complaint by a Buddhist monk who claims the photos, taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site, are a religious insult. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also ordered police to carry out an investigation, Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper reported. 'Brown bums' The viral photos taken by foreign travellers were posted on the Cheeky Exploits ..
September 26, 2018

‘I was lost at sea three times’: How one Indonesian teen defied fate

'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate Image copyright Eva Aruperes Image caption Mr Adilang was working on a rompong when he was sent adrift into the sea An Indonesian teen was recently rescued after spending 49 days adrift at sea in a fishing hut. But as Aldi Novel Adilang reveals to BBC Indonesian, it's not his first tale of survival. Aldi Novel Adilang, 18, has survived not once, twice, but an incredible three times at sea. However his latest ordeal was by far the longest and has captured global attention. He was working on a floating fishing trap, known locally as a rompong, which is shaped like a hut and floats in the middle of the sea but is anchored to the seabed by ropes. On 14 July, he was anchored some 125km (77 miles) off Indonesia's Sulawesi island when the rope tethering him to the seabed snapped - sending him adrift. Image copyright EPA/Indonesian Consulate General Osaka Image caption A rompong is a floating fishing tr..
September 26, 2018

China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

China coal power building boom sparks climate warning Image copyright Getty Images Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the entire US coal fleet. The study says government attempts to cancel many plants have failed. According to this study, there was a surge in new coal projects approved at provincial level in China between 2014 and 2016. This happened because of a decentralisation programme that shifted authority over coal plant construction approvals to local authorities. The report says that at present China has 993 gigawatts of coal power capacity, but the approved new plants would increase this by 25%. Climate kills ancient Antarctic moss 'Nature-based' plan to beat climate change Ima..
September 26, 2018

Rafale deal: Why French jets are at the centre of an Indian political storm

Rafale deal: Why French jets are at the centre of an Indian political storm Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former French President François Hollande, left, and Indian PM Narendra Modi announced the Rafale deal in 2015 India's opposition parties are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations of corruption in a multi-billion dollar fighter jet deal. Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the main opposition Congress party, has alleged that Mr Modi "favoured" an Indian company that is part of the French deal. Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied the allegation, saying the government signed the deal to meet the Indian Air Force's combat requirements and had no role in choosing the French manufacturer's local partner. The issue has caused a political storm in India, and much of the debate in TV news shows has revolved around it in the past few days. Hollande drops a 'bombshell'India, the world's second-largest ..
September 26, 2018

Gujarat lion deaths: What killed 11 big cats?

Gujarat lion deaths: What killed 11 big cats? Image copyright AFP Image caption Gujarat government's last lion census in 2015 pegs their numbers at 523 Forestry officials in India say they are investigating the unusual deaths of 11 Asiatic lions in the western state Gujarat over the last fortnight. The Asiatic lion was listed as endangered in 2008 - an improvement on a critically endangered listing in 2000 - after numbers increased in the state's Gir forest. But the death of such a large number of lions in a short period highlights the intense competition between the animals in the Gir sanctuary, home to hundreds of lions. What happened to the lions?It remains unclear but officials mainly suspect that a group of lions from a different area killed them in a battle over territory. They are fairly certain that this is what happened to at least eight of the 11, including three cubs. Forest official GK Sinha told reporters at least three adult male lions from another area entere..
September 26, 2018

India court rules lesbian couple can live together

India court rules lesbian couple can live together Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India's Supreme Court struck down a law criminalising homosexuality earlier in September A court in India's southern state of Kerala has ruled in favour of a lesbian couple who want to live together. S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the high court alleging her partner Aruna, 24, had been forcibly detained by her family. The court heard that she and Aruna had been in a relationship for two years. They started living together in August. This is thought to be the first verdict of its kind since the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality earlier this month in a historic judgment. In her petition, Ms Sreeja said Ms Aruna had been taken away by the police, a day after moving in with her in Kollam district, about 40km (25 miles) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. She alleged that the police had responded to a complaint by Ms Aruna's mother saying she was missing. She said M..
September 26, 2018

Thailand: UK millionaire and wife found murdered

Thailand: UK millionaire and wife found murdered Image copyright VIRAL PRESS Image caption Alan Hogg, far right, pictured with his wife, buying the pick-up truck which was stolen The bodies of a UK millionaire and his Thai wife have been found in northern Thailand nearly a week after what police suspect was a contract killing. The bodies of Alan Hogg, 64, and Nod Suddaen, 64, were discovered buried on their property in Phrae province. Police say Mr Hogg, who was from Edinburgh, was shot dead, while his wife was killed with a hammer. Three suspects have been held. They are alleged to have been hired to carry out the attack by Nod Suddaen's brother. He has now been arrested. "The motive for the killings was a long-running internal family conflict, feuds and property," local police commander Manas Kerdsukho told the AFP news agency. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bodies of Alan Hogg and his wife were found on their property on Tuesday The couple were reported missing l..
September 26, 2018

Hotpot chain Haidilao sees shares climb 10% in Hong Kong debut

Hotpot chain Haidilao sees shares climb 10% in Hong Kong debut Image copyright Getty Images Beijing-based international hotpot chain Haidilao saw its shares climb as much as 10% in early trade, as it made its debut in Hong Kong. The firm's retail shares were oversubscribed by more than five times, highlighting the intense interest from investors. The restaurant is famous for offering free manicures and snacks while you wait up to two hours for a table. It is one of several high-profile debuts in Hong Kong this year. Haidilao: Taking hotpot international Xiaomi's HK trading debut disappoints Hong Kong's hot pot obsession Haidilao's shares, which were priced at 17.80 Hong Kong dollars ($2.27; £1.73) - the top end of the indicated range - opened at HK$18.80, and rose to as much as HK$19.56 in early trade. However, by mid morning they had come back to HK$18.52. Haidilao International Holding, the hotpot restaurant's owner, is aiming to raise $HK7.3bn ($935m; £71..
September 26, 2018

Japan woman arrested for leaving baby’s body in locker

Japan woman arrested for leaving baby's body in locker Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman had dumped her baby in a coin locker and continued paying the storage fees for years Tokyo police have arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of leaving her stillborn baby in a coin locker for several years. Emiri Suzaki turned herself in to the police and confessed that she had stored the body since suffering a stillbirth "four or five" years ago. Officers later found the decaying body of an infant wrapped up in a plastic bag in a locker at a Tokyo station. Suzaki continued paying the locker storage fees throughout the years. "I panicked after I did not give birth to a living child and kept the body as I could not dispose of it," she told police officers when she turned herself in, according to Kyodo News. Body left in Tokyo station locker Nine dismembered bodies found in Japan flat Ms Suzaki had abandoned the baby at a coin locker near the Uguisudani Station, a railway ..
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