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■ INDONESIA

Faulty seal grounds plane

A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday due to a faulty door seal which resulted in a drop in cabin pressure, but no one was injured, an airline official said. A Boeing 737-300 of Garuda Indonesia's Citilink unit was en route from Jakarta to Batam near Singapore when the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Palembang, South Sumatra, Garuda spokesman Singgih Handoyo said. "It was a leaking rubber seal on the cargo door and since there was a resulting drop in cabin pressure, the pilot decided to land at the nearest airport," Handoyo said. He said none of the 85 people on board was injured.


■ INDIA

Ringtones lure leopards

Those ubiquitous ringtones have reached the forests of the western part of this country, where leopards are answering their call. So far six leopards that strayed too close to villages have been lured into traps by ringtones playing the calls of roosters, goats and cows, H.S. Singh, chief conservation research officer in the state of Gujarat, said on Tuesday. "Now instead of using live bait, sounds of animals have been downloaded as ringtones on mobiles, which are attached to speakers kept behind cages and then played at regular intervals," Singh said. The ringtones are triggered by calling the cell phones, he said. "The leopard drawn by the sound is an unsuspecting victim," Singh said, adding that the trick only worked at night.


■ SOUTH KOREA

Drug-related crimes rise

Prosecutors said yesterday they will increase international cooperation to combat a sharp rise in drug-related crimes. A total of 7,709 people were arrested last year for drugs offences, an 18 percent rise over 2005, the Supreme Prosecutors' Office said in a policy document quoted by Yonhap news agency. Among other narcotics, 21.5kg of "ice", or crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride, worth 16.2 billion won (US$17.5 million) were seized. In the first four months of this year 2,714 drugs-related criminals were arrested, an increase of 33 percent from the same period last year.


■ JAPAN

Pervert caught in uniform

A man in Kagoshima who tried to steal underwear belonging to a policeman's daughter had some explaining to do when the officer caught him red-handed dressed in a schoolgirl's uniform. Junichi Uchikura, 24, had intruded into a yard after spotting a pair of the girl's underwear, police said on Tuesday. But as it turned out, the underwear belonged to the daughter of a police officer. Alerted by his wife, the police officer chased Uchikura down and was startled to find that the thief was dressed in a schoolgirl's uniform, police said.


■ SOUTH KOREA

Heartbreak discount offered

A bank is offering to help heartbroken soldiers dumped by girlfriends while away on mandatory military service by providing special interest rates for stilted troops. Soldiers who can show letters or e-mail proving their break-up to a bank clerk can participate in a new deposit plan with better rates and waived service fees, Nonghyup Bank official Gil Yoon-jung said on Tuesday. The offer began on Monday and will run through September. Troops will get as much as a 0.3 percentage point premium a year for proving they are no longer romantically attached. All young men in the country are required to serve two years in the military.

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