May 4, 2018

A wedding bomb, a letter and an unlikely suspect

A wedding bomb, a letter and an unlikely suspect After a massive search, police in India have arrested a college teacher in connection with a "wedding bomb" that killed a newly-married man and injured his wife. Soutik Biswas reports on how the investigation into a killing which shocked India took an unexpected turn. The letter arrived in a stamped envelope on a hot summer morning in early April. The sender had printed "Important Letter" on a piece of paper and addressed it to the police chief of Balangir, a rural district in Orissa state studded with temples and farms. It was an anonymous and rather strangely-written letter containing 130 words printed in English on white foolscap. And it related to the recent wedding gift bomb murder in the district. Soumya Sekhar Sahu, a 26-year-old software engineer, had been killed and his 22-year-old wife Reema seriously injured when he opened a parcel addressed to him, five days after their marriage in February. Sahu's 85-year-old great ..
May 4, 2018

Malaysia’s youth have power they won’t use

Malaysia's youth have power they won't use Image copyright BBC/DaviesSurya When Malaysia goes to the polls next week, millennials could wield the most power at the ballot box. But what about the large number of young people who didn't even register? The BBC turned to the numbers - and the youth - to see if they understand and or even care about their influence. Many young people in Malaysia simply wouldn't believe the influence they actually have. Of the 18.7 million registered voters in Malaysia as of the end of 2017, more than 40% are aged between 21 and 39, which is more than double the number of voters over 60. Considering that 70% of Malaysian lawmakers are over 50 and that until recently Malaysian students at public universities weren't even allowed to get politically engaged, you might understand why this is a reluctant generation of voters. But when voters go to the polls on 9 May that crucial group is now significantly larger than it was last elect..
May 4, 2018

Korean Air: Masked staff protest against company family

Korean Air: Masked staff protest against company family Image copyright Reuters Image caption The staff protesting against their employer wore Guy Fawkes masks to hide their identities Hundreds of Korean Air employees, many wearing masks to hide their identity, have taken to the streets of Seoul to vent their anger about the company's controlling family. Passersby joined in as they shouted slogans demanding the resignation of the airline's chairman, Cho Yang-ho. A slew of incidents of bad behaviour have put his family among the country's most notorious super-rich. In the latest episode, his younger daughter lost her temper at a meeting. Cho Hyun-min denied throwing a drink at an attendee but admitted shoving the advertising agency manager, when police questioned her on Tuesday. Some of those joining Friday's protests were incensed as it emerged that prosecutors had rejected a police request to arrest her over claims there had been attempts to influence witnesses. T..
May 4, 2018

North Korea changes its time zone to match South

North Korea changes its time zone to match South Image copyright EPA North Korea is changing its time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to its state media. The country will move its clocks forward by 30 minutes on Saturday, said the official KCNA news agency. The reset is "the first practical step" to "speed up the process for the North and the South to become one", it said. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says he has a date for his meeting with the North's leader, Kim Jong-Un. "We now have a date and we have a location, we'll be announcing it soon," Mr Trump told US journalists outside the White House on Friday, adding that he was expecting "very, very good things" to come out it. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment Kim Jong-un crossed into South Korea What time does North Korea keep? Until now, it was on Pyongyang Time, which is half an hour behind South Korea and Japan. It introduced the ..
May 4, 2018

Why were India’s dust storms so deadly?

Why were India's dust storms so deadly? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe storms destroyed homes and uprooted trees Indian officials say the main reason the most recent dust storms were so catastrophic was because of the time when the strongest winds hit - at night, as people were sleeping indoors. Most of 125 reported deaths were because of the collapse of buildings and other structures. But meteorologists also point out how the devastating winds blew. They say it was an intense downward movement of air, known as downburst. Image copyright AFP Image caption Dust storms later became thunderstorms with lashing rains That vertical - and not horizontal - movement of the wind, they say, had damaging impacts on structures resulting in so many deaths. The storms followed very high temperatures in the region. Just across the border in Pakistan, local media reported 50.2C (122.3F) in the town of Nawabshah - a record for April. Scientists say high temperatur..
May 4, 2018

Scots Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal facing murder charge in India

Scots Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal facing murder charge in India Image caption Mr Johal has been charged with offences including murder and criminal conspiracy A Scottish Sikh man being held in India is facing charges of murder and criminal conspiracy. Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton, was arrested in Punjab last November. Campaigners say he has been tortured while being held by the Indian authorities. The 31-year-old is one of 10 men accused of being involved in the murder of Hindu nationalist leader Ravinder Gosain. He was shot dead in October last year. 'Sufficient evidence'Mr Johal and the other accused were brought to court in Mohali amid tight security. The prosecution counsel said that the charge sheet against them ran to nearly 1,500 pages. The national investigating agency (NIA), which was established by the Indian government to combat terror in India, has named 172 witnesses in the case. The counsel told the court: "We have sufficient evidence against Johal." Arvind C..
May 4, 2018

Top NZ naval official accused of hiding camera in toilet

Top NZ naval official accused of hiding camera in toilet Image copyright iStock Image caption File photo of a webcam being installed A former top naval officer from New Zealand has been accused of hiding a secret camera in the toilet of the country's embassy in Washington. Ex-Commodore Alfred Keating was serving as the embassy's senior defence attaché when the camera was found last July. He has been charged with attempting to make an intimate visual recording and faces a maximum of 18 months in prison if convicted. Mr Keating has pleaded not guilty to the charges. New Zealand's High Court dismissed an appeal by Mr Keating to have his name suppressed, with the ex-officer saying his family would face "extreme hardship" if his identity was revealed. The camera was discovered when it fell onto the floor from inside a heating duct of a unisex bathroom. "It had been purposely mounted at a height and direction that captured recordings from people who arrived and used the t..
May 4, 2018

Chinese police hunt man who walked off beach with a dolphin

Chinese police hunt man who walked off beach with a dolphin Image copyright Miaopai/Btime Image caption The video showing a man carrying the dolphin has been shared widely on Chinese social media Chinese authorities are looking for a man who was filmed carrying a dolphin over his shoulder at a beach in the city of Guangdong. According to news website Btime, the man is believed to have taken the dolphin to his car before driving off with it. Witnesses said the animal had been found stranded on a beach in Hailing island, and appeared to be dying. Local officials said the man could face criminal charges if found. A statement from China's Public Security Department said an investigation into the incident was under way, urging those with information to come forward. "Dolphins are protected animals in China, so the man will be punished if he is found," the statement on Weibo said. Footage of the incident, which took place on 1 May, was posted by Btime on Chinese video sharing site ..
May 4, 2018

US accuses Chinese of pointing laser at their pilots

US accuses Chinese of pointing laser at their pilots Image copyright MOD Image caption The US and China both have military bases in Djibouti The US has formally complained to China over several incidents of its pilots being irritated by lasers it says are coming from a Chinese base in Djibouti. The Pentagon said it had asked China to investigate what it called "very serious incidents". Washington also said there would be consequences to "China's militarisation of the South China Sea". Media reports have suggested China has stationed weapons systems on disputed islands in the region. Unclear intentThe US has a military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, which is used for counter terrorism operations in Africa and the Middle East. Last year, China opened its first overseas military base only a few kilometres from the US facility. China's 'globalised' military power China derides 'Cold War' US nuclear plan The Pentagon said people at the base had ..
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