May 11, 2018

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week Image copyright AFP Image caption Schoolgirls staged a protest rally on 8 May after the first two rape and burning attacks A teenage girl in India has been raped and burned alive by her attacker - the third instance of such an attack in the same week. The 16-year-old girl died after being soaked in fuel and set on fire at her home in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. Police said she was killed after telling her attacker she would inform her family about the rape. Two other similar attacks, one fatal, took place in Jharkhand this week. A 17-year-old girl remains in critical condition after being set on fire by a suspect who allegedly said he wanted to marry the victim, but had been rejected. The earlier case involved a 16-year-old who was burned alive after her parents complained to village elders about her rape. The accused had been ordered to do sit-ups and pay a fine as punishment, prompting them to beat the girl's pa..
May 11, 2018

India man kills self over $13,000 electricity bill

India man kills self over $13,000 electricity bill Image caption Jagannath Shelke's family alleges officials did not help him although he approached them An Indian vegetable seller allegedly killed himself on Thursday after receiving an electric bill of nearly $13,000 (£9570) in the western state of Maharashtra. Jagannath Shelke, 36, left behind a suicide note in which he said that the bill was "very high", his family told BBC Marathi. Officials said the actual bill was just 2,800 rupees ($41.6). His family alleges officials did not help him although he approached them. They say he had made multiple trips to the state-run electricity board. Police have lodged a complaint against an official of the electricity board for sending an incorrect bill. The board also suspended him after Shelke's note was widely circulated on social media. Why are India's housewives killing themselves? Can suicide rates be reduced to zero? Shelke had been charged for "61178" units of electr..
May 11, 2018

Japan’s single women a burden on the state, MP says

Japan's single women a burden on the state, MP says Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last year just 941,000 children were born in Japan An MP from Japan's governing party has been accused of sexism after he said young Japanese women should have more children or face being a burden on the state. Speaking at an LDP party meeting, Kanji Kato said young women should have at least three children. He has since retracted his remark, local media reported. Last year the percentage of children in Japan fell to its lowest level since records began more than 100 years ago. Financial and other incentives to encourage bigger families have had little impact. Mr Kato said that when he gives wedding speeches he tells the bride and bridegroom to produce at least three children. "We need three or more children from those people to make up for couples who cannot bear a child no matter what they do," he said. His comments were reported by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The 72-year-old f..
May 11, 2018

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours Image caption It is unclear whether any children have gone missing amid escalating abduction rumours More than 30 people have been arrested over lynching of a 55-year-old woman in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The killing happened amid rumours and false WhatsApp messages over kidnapping of children in the state. Police say local people beat the woman to death and attacked her family after seeing them give sweets to children. It is not clear when and how the rumours started. India has seen sporadic incidents of mob justice and vigilantism in the past. Mob attacks on people over rumours of abduction of children have been reported from Tamil Nadu in recent weeks. Last month, a man was beaten to death by a mob that mistook him for a child trafficker after he was seen aimlessly wandering the streets. Why stopping India's vigilante killings will not be easyThe Indian woman who hunts the witch huntersThe latest incident t..
May 11, 2018

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself

Himanshu Roy: Top India policeman kills himself Image copyright INDRANIL MUKHERJEE One of India's most senior police officials has killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, senior officials have confirmed. Himanshu Roy, 55, who was the head of the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra state, shot himself at his home. Mr Roy had been on a long medical leave as he was suffering from cancer. He is credited with solving some of India's most sensational cases, including the assassination of a senior journalist by a mob boss. Other high-profile cases he solved include the murder of Bollywood actress Laila Khan, whose disappearance had created headlines. A former state minister told BBC Marathi that he had met Mr Roy on Thursday, where he had told him that "chemotherapy has its limitations". His death has caused shock in India, where he was popularly referred to as "super cop". Skip Twitter post by @DrKumarVishwas The loss of Supercop Himanshu Roy is a shock for us. He had a..
May 11, 2018

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes

Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes Image copyright NetEase Comics Image caption Iron Man who? Meet Lin Lie, the star of Warriors of Three Sovereigns The first ever Chinese superheroes have officially entered the Marvel universe. Aero and Lin Lie are just two of a batch of Chinese characters making their debut in graphic novels this week. Co-authored by Marvel and NetEase, one of China's biggest online comic platforms, they are a clear push by Marvel to attract more fans across the lucrative Chinese market. We may even see them interacting with Marvel heroes like Hulk and Iron Man. Who are these new superheroes?Lin Lie is the main protagonist in one of the new comics, which loosely translates as Warriors of Three Sovereigns. The story revolves around the 18-year-old boy who picks up an ancient sword to fight against Chiyou - a reincarnated villain intent on destroying mankind. The second comic, which translates to Cyclone, features Aero also known as Lei Ling - sh..
May 11, 2018

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wave was measured by a buoy at Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand's Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday, the country's weather authority said. It eclipses a 22.03m wave that was identified south of the Australian state of Tasmania in 2012. Larger waves have been recorded in the northern hemisphere. The Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) installed its solar-powered buoy in March. The area is known for big storm activity, but waves had been previously difficult to measure. Bigger waves possibleThe "eight-storey high" wave was generated by a deep low pressure system and 65-knot winds, said MetService senior oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant. "This is a very excitin..
May 11, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir Image copyright AFP Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon a politician whose case has gripped national politics for two decades, says new PM Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar Ibrahim, once considered a potential future leader, was jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy after falling out with the government. But Mr Mahathir, the PM under which he was first jailed, just won an election on a pledge of freeing him. He has indicated he will hand power to Anwar within a few years. At a news conference on Friday - a day after his historic election win - Mr Mahathir said the king "has indicated he is willing to pardon Datuk Sri Anwar immediately", using a formal term of address. "It is going to be a full pardon which of course means that he should not only be pardoned, he should be released immediately when he is pardoned. After that he will be free to participate fully in politics." Mahathir Mohamad: A political..
May 10, 2018

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say Seven people have been found dead at a property in Western Australia (WA), police have confirmed. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered at Margaret River, 280km (170 miles) south of Perth, on Friday. Police said two firearms were found at the scene. "The bodies of two adults were located outside [and] five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property," said WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.
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