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■ India
Police polygamy a problem

The police force in Mumbai have so many two-timing officers that they have asked them to nominate which family should inherit their pension if they die in the line of duty, the Indian Express said yesterday. "It has been observed that settlement of dues gets delayed due to policemen having multiple families," the newspaper quoted a police department circular as saying. The police pension division estimates there are at least 144 policemen with two families in the city, out of a force of nearly 40,000. The legal family is usually in the village they come from, while the illegal one is in Mumbai.

■ South Korea

N Koreans rescued in boat

Two North Korean soldiers have been rescued by a patrol after drifting into the South's waters in a small boat, the Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday. The soldiers were found off the northeastern city of Sokcho late on Saturday and taken to a hospital, the agency said, citing a government source. The Unification Ministry could not confirm the report. Yonhap said authorities were planning to question the men once they recovered.

■ China

Ex-official loses other job

The sacked vice mayor of Beijing has also been dismissed from the city's Municipal People's Congress, the Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Liu Zhihua (劉志華), who was fired suddenly in June for unspecified corrupt acts, was dismissed as a deputy to the local legislature after the standing committee of the local people's congress "verified the facts of his wrongdoings, which have been found to be quite serious."

■ Malaysia
Doing business in mosques

Mosques should be places where people not only worship but also launch businesses and learn new skills, the government said yesterday. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said the country's 10,000 mosques should "add a new dimension and image to their function" by helping local Muslim communities flourish financially, the national news agency Bernama reported. Entrepreneurs can cater to the everyday needs of people who come to mosques by opening restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, clinics, hair salons and clothing outlets in the area, Najib said.

■ Thailand

Smuggled monkeys die

Police found three dozen macaque monkeys dead in the back of a truck, and arrested two men who admitted to drugging the animals and stuffing them into sacks in order to smuggle them, police said yesterday. Police stopped the truck at a checkpoint in northeastern Amnat Charoen Province. An inspection revealed the truck was carrying 65 monkeys, known as crab-eating macaques, of which 36 were dead.

■ India

Surgery for castrated man

A man who was attacked and castrated by a group of people with a grudge had successful seven-hour reattachment surgery, a news report said yesterday. The unidentified 28-year-old man was assaulted in an unidentified town about 200km from New Delhi, the Times of India reported. Despite taking nearly six hours to reach a hospital in New Delhi, doctors were able to reattach the severed organ because it was properly preserved in ice after the attack. "I am able to do all the things a normal person does, and I am very grateful to the doctors," the man was quoted as saying.

■ Malaysia

Kelantan heads porn list

Internet surfers from the fundamentalist Islamic state in Kelantan has topped the list of surfers who visited pornographic Web sites in the country, a newspaper reported yesterday. The Star daily's Sunday paper cited research from Google Trends as saying that Internet surfers in the city of Kota Baru in northeastern Kelantan and the town of Kuantan in neighboring Pahang had the highest number of porn surfers. Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar, a professor of psychology at Malayan University, said the development was a normal phenomenon. "If a teenager was the one who searched for it, it is normal because of puberty and he has to learn about sexuality to understand the changes they experience," Jas Laile said, according to the Star.

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