Toxic waste floods homes
A local government in northern China drained a pool of industrial waste during a storm to prevent it from overflowing into the Yellow River, flooding nearby homes and farmland with seriously polluted water, state media reported yesterday. Fifty-seven households and 66 hectares were affected by the flooding in Bayannur League in Inner Mongolia, the China Daily said. The toxic waste mainly came from two local paper mills, it said. China's top environmental watchdog has ruled the local government is partly responsible for the April 10 incident because it broke environmental rules the China Daily said.
Lemon fiend jailed
A bogus exorcist who molested a Singapore woman with a lemon has been sentenced to nine months in jail and three strokes of the cane, court documents obtained yesterday said. Singarahalli Chinnaswamy Manjaiah approached a 33-year-old housewife outside a shopping center on March 2, a statement of facts filed by the prosecution said. Manjaiah, 30, convinced her that he was a fortune teller and that she was possessed by a kutty-satan, or little demon. He told her she would die soon or become a prostitute if the kutty-satan was not removed by his prayer ritual at a cost of S$263 (US$166), the statement said. Believing she was possessed, the woman met Manjaiah two days later and he took her to a quiet spot at a public housing complex to perform the ritual, it said. Insisting that to cure her he must rub a lemon all over her body, "the accused inserted his right hand into the complainant's sari and rubbed the lemon on the complainant's breasts, stomach, navel and vagina," the prosecution stated.
Report on crime shocks
The federal government called yesterday for tougher policing of remote Aboriginal communities after a leaked report revealed a shocking culture of violence and abuse. The report, compiled for police in the Northern Territory over 15 years by an official at the province's Crown Prosecutor's office, was leaked to the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). Crown prosecutor for central Australia. Crown prosecutor for central Australia Nannette Rogers told the ABC's Lateline news program her report cataloged crimes including the 2003 rape of a seven-month-old baby as well as the sexual assault and drowning of a girl by an 18-year-old man.
Bomb explosion kills two
A bomb planted by suspected Muslim insurgents exploded in Narathiwat Province yesterday, killing an army officer and a villager and wounding three others, police said. The homemade roadside bomb exploded as an army van on patrol traveled past, said police Lieutenant Colonel Mustopa Mani of Cho Airong district. It killed the officer and a civilian who was driving past on a motorcycle, and wounded three other soldiers who were in the van, he said.
Legless man climbs Everest
A New Zealand mountain climber who lost both his legs to frostbite has become the first double amputee to conquer Mount Everest, despite breaking one of his artificial limbs during the ascent. Mark Inglis, 47, called his wife, Anne, on Monday night to tell her he was standing on the summit of the 8,850m peak, the world's highest mountain, the New Zealand Herald reported. Media reports said one of Inglis's carbon-fibre legs snapped while climbing at around 6,400m and he was forced to repair it with spare parts. Separately, a South Korean, who also has a New Zealand passport, climbed the mountain from one side and descended from another, the third such climb in history, authorities in Nepal said.