Fri, Sep 08, 2006 - Page 7 News List

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■ China
Women's dress blamed

Ninety percent of respondents to an online survey of more than 4,000 professionals believe that women who dress "provocatively" are to blame for the widespread sexual harassment that occurs against them in the workplace. The survey, which was conducted by a job-hunting company, also indicates that 43 percent of the respondents think sexual harassment is "widespread" and 54 percent say it happens occasionally. About 45 percent believe perpetrators tend to be bosses.

■ China

Beijing unfit for mentally ill

Tens of thousands of mentally ill people in Beijing have no access to treatment or free medicine, a situation which poses a potential threat to social stability. Seventy percent of the 130,000 severely psychotic patients currently registered in the city get no free medicine and 60 percent never see a doctor, a report says. The head of the Beijing Health Bureau said the number of patients who do not receive the necessary medicine has spun out of control because of a lack of funding and personnel.

■ China

Crash caused by icing

The crash of a Chinese military plane that killed all 40 people on board was caused by the loss of control due to icing, state media reported yesterday. The June 3 crash of what was believed to be a prototype early warning aircraft was the People's Liberation Army Air Force's single worst-known accident. In a brief dispatch, the Xinhua news agency said the plane suffered icing on its surface after flying through frigid air, causing it to lose control and crash and burst into flame in a remote mountain area in Anhui Province.

■ Philippines
Bomb joke backfires

A Philippine national was removed from a domestic flight after making a joke about a bomb to a flight attendant, but was allowed on a next plane after apologizing, a security official said yesterday. The woman was seated on a Cebu Pacific plane on Wednesday when a flight attendant asked her to store her plastic bag in an overhead bin, said the Manila airport assistant general manager for security, Angel Atutubo. He said the woman responded saying, "What do you think? I have a bomb in the bag?" The attendant alerted security personnel and she was removed from the plane, Atutubo said.

■ Sri Lanka

Navy rescues Bangladeshis

The navy rescued 34 Bangladesh nationals yesterday who were aboard a crippled merchant vessel that sank off the island's southern coast, officials said. The cargo carrier, MV Amnet Sha, was being towed by a tugboat when it sank in rough weather off the coast of Koggala, said an official at the Colombo Radio rescue coordinating center. A navy spokesman said the vessel ran into difficulty and was being towed to the port of Galle, 112km south of here, when its hull broke. "We have taken on board 34 Bangladeshi nationals, including two children and two women," the navy spokesman said.

■ Indonesia

Islamic militants sentenced

Judges sentenced two Islamic militants yesterday for involvement in the terrorist attacks on Bali last year, saying they helped make explosives used in the blasts and videotaped confessions of the suicide bombers. Mohammad Cholili and Dwi Widiarto were among four men charged in the attacks on the Indonesian resort island, which killed 20 people and wounded nearly 200 others. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Cholili to 18 years in prison, while Widiarto received eight years.

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