Worms panic diners
A bag of worms caused panic in a Hong Kong restaurant when a mystery customer walked in and emptied them onto a table, police said yesterday. The man walked into the restaurant in the Sha Tin district on Monday and, when told the manager he wanted to see was not in, emptied the bag onto one of the tables and walked out. Diners and staff panicked as the worms slithered out, down chairs and across the floor. Police were called but failed to trace the man who had left the worms, a police spokesman said. The incident is believed to be linked to a debt which the restaurant manager has not repaid.
■ Hong Kong
Women bemoan sex lives
Married Hong Kong women -- famed for their obsession with shopping and high fashion -- by and large have dull and unexciting sex lives, according to a survey revealed yesterdays. Only 28 per cent of women interviewed said they liked sex and had a satisfying sex life. Despite what their wives said, however, more than half of Hong Kong men said they were quite happy with their sex lives. More than 1,600 women and 1,100 men were interviewed for the survey by Hong Kong's Family Planning Association.
■ Hong Kong
Jealous husband jailed
A Hong Kong husband who flew into a jealous rage after he was replaced in his wife's affections by her pet Pekinese has been jailed, a news report said yesterday. Ma Cheung-chit, 66, beat his wife after an argument about how she preferred to sleep with the miniature dog rather than him, the South China Morning Post reported. The husband, who complained he could not stand the smell, barking and dog hairs, was made to sleep on a makeshift bed in the living room, Hong Kong's High Court heard on Monday. Ma, who beat his wife with a wooden stick, admitted wounding and was jailed for three years and four months. His lawyer told the court Ma's rage was triggered by his belief his wife loved the dog more than him.
■ The Philippines
Drunk boyfriend stabbed
A 28-year-old man was killed in the Philippine capital for escorting his girlfriend home while he was drunk, a police officer said yesterday. Police officer Rommel Merino said Augusto Suquera died from multiple stab wounds shortly after he was attacked late on Sunday by an uncle of his girlfriend in Manila's suburban city of Quezon. "The suspect, identified as Francisco Caid, got angry when he saw the drunken victim escorting his 15-year-old niece home," he said. Merino said Caid confronted Suguera and a heated argument ensued between them, during which the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times. Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect who fled after the incident.
Vajpayee to visit China
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is scheduled to visit China in June as part of efforts to improve relations between the two countries, Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes said. Fernandes said the implementation of confidence building measures by the armies of both countries indicated the desire to live in peace. "For the last three years not a single shot was fired across the Himalayan frontiers between the two countries," The Hindu newspaper Tuesday quoted Fernandes as saying. Vajpayee will be the first Indian prime minister to visit China in over a decade, and the third to visit after the 1962 war between the two countries.