The capital of a remote province has laid down the law for prostitutes, insisting on 100 percent condom use to stop the spread of AIDS, the China Daily said yesterday. "The program makes condoms compulsory for all sex workers in the city at all times and in every entertainment venue," the China Daily said. "The goal is to reduce HIV/AIDS infections among high-risk people." It did not say how the rule would be enforced or how those who ignored it would be penalized.
`School' exploits students
A dance school in the southeastern region of Guangxi was under fire after state media reported it had arranged for its teenage students to work as bar girls in nightclubs, the China Daily newspaper reported yesterday. Xinhua news agency earlier reported the Guilin Intermediate Vocational Dance School sent 22 students to work in bars and nightclubs last month. According to the report, a 16-year-old girl who had never had alcohol before said she was forced to drink eight glasses of wine and some of her classmates returned to the dormitory inebriated and tearful.
Pearl River climate fears
The densely populated and heavily industrialized lowlands of southern China are vulnerable to a severe blow from climate change if investors and policy makers don't start preparing now, a Hong Kong think tank warned in a report released yesterday. Businesses operating in the booming Pearl River Delta region must consider the future risks and damage that could be caused by flooding from a raised sea level, heavy rainfall and more intense typhoons, the report said.
Monk cuts off own penis
A Buddhist monk cut off his penis with a machete because he had an erection during meditation and declined to have it reattached, saying he had renounced all earthly cares, a doctor and a newspaper said on Wednesday. The 35-year-old monk, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, allowed medical staff at Maharaj hospital, 780km south of Bangkok to dress his wound, but refused reattachment, hospital chief Prawing Euanontouch said.
Leap kills father and son
A man died after trying to break the fall of his suicidal father who had leaped from the eighth floor of their apartment building in New Delhi, a newspaper reported yesterday. Sudhir Chand Garg, 47, died in hospital after trying to catch his father Kailash, the Hindustan Times said. "His father took the plunge and Sudhir tried catching him. We heard a loud thud and saw the father-son duo lying in a pool of blood," a neighbor was quoted as saying.
Homeless woman killed
An elderly woman has died and several others were injured in a series of apparent gang attacks against homeless people in central Japan, an official and news reports said yesterday. Miyoko Hanaoka, 69, was found dead on Monday near the Oto river in Okazaki City, in Aichi Prefecture, a local police official said. She died of loss of blood from broken ribs and a ruptured internal organ, he said. The official also said that the police were looking into several other cases in which homeless people were attacked, but refused to give details. Kyodo News agency reported that a resident witnessed four youths speeding away on bicycles near the river several hours before Hanaoka's body was found.
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