Japanese wreck inspected
Navy divers were examining a wreck believed to be a Japanese submarine that took part in a daring attack in Sydney Harbour 64 years ago, Environment Minister Ian Campbell said yesterday. Three two-man midget submarines took part in the raid on the night of May 31, 1942, in a failed bid to torpedo the battle cruiser USS Chicago. One sub became entangled in a boom net and its crew deliberately blew it up. Depth charges destroyed the second. A third vanished after torpedoing a barracks ship near the Chicago, killing 19 Australian and two British sailors. Campbell said he had protected the site 3 nautical miles (6km) off the Sydney coast under the law as a historic shipwreck before navy divers went out yesterday to try identify it.
Teachers sickened by spill
At least 10 teachers and school staff were hospitalized after exposure to noxious chemical fumes at San Isidro High School in Makati yesterday, an official said. A storage cabinet fell over causing bottles of unidentified laboratory chemicals to spill and mix together, a fire officials said. She said those who were exposed to the fumes suffered vomiting and skin rashes. "We are still trying to identify the chemicals," she said. Classes were suspended while firemen decontaminated the site.
Seventeen killed in crash
At least 17 people were killed and 57 injured when a truck they were traveling in veered off the road in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Press Trust of India reported yesterday. The accident took place late on Sunday in Kathripallam Village as the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve, a police officer said. The truck had 80 people on board at the time of the accident, he said, adding that rescue operations were delayed as the accident took place in a remote area. He said that the death toll was likely to rise.
Teacher `knocks' pupil out
A teenage high-school student died on Saturday after a physical education instructor threw a stone at him to discipline him, South Sulawesi, the Detikcom online news portal, said yesterday. Nur Ikbal Caraka, 16, ignored an order from his teacher to stop kicking a volleyball while waiting for his turn to be tested on his basketball shots last Thursday, it said. The teacher threw a stone to discipline him, hitting him on the head, it said. Caraka was taken to a hospital where he received three stitches. He began throwing up on Friday and died the next day.
A man convicted of killing his newlywed wife after she failed to meet his demand for dowry was hanged yesterday, a jail official said. Former bank official Abul Kalam Azad's execution was a rare case of a husband being punished for domestic violence. Azad and his wife Mahmuda Sultana had argued over his demand that her family give him money to start a business in 1999. She was found dead on Oct. 30, 1999 in her bedroom, a piece of cloth tied around her neck. Azad claimed his wife committed suicide. He was convicted in 2000 of strangling his wife.
Bruce Lee park planned
A Bruce Lee-themed park with a statue and memorial hall will be built at the late action star's southern Chinese ancestral home of Shunde, the president of his fan club said yesterday. The park will also contain a martial arts academy and conference center, said Wong Yiu-keung, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Bruce Lee Club. The Apple Daily newspaper reported yesterday that the park was budgeted at 200 million yuan (US$25.5 million) and was expected to be completed in three years.