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Radioactive material lost

Authorities have ordered an all-out search for a missing nuclear scale that contained a dangerous radioactive component, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. The scale, used to make precision measurements, was found to be missing on Monday after workers began dismantling a cement factory where it was used in Tongchuan City in Shaanxi Province, Xinhua said. A lead ball containing extremely dangerous Caesium-137 was a major component of the scale, it said. Local government offices in Shaanxi could not be immediately reached for comment on the issue.


Cleric blasts smoking

Muslims who smoke and try to portray themselves as pious are worse than cows that defecate in the street, a top Muslim cleric and politician said yesterday. “[Like] a cow which defecates in the middle of the road, [we] cannot take legal action against it because it has no brain and cannot think,” said Nik Aziz, who is the spiritual leader of the Pan-Islamic Party. “But human beings, who have brains, for them to do something which is wrong in religion ... when they are in an attire which symbolizes Islam, they can be regarded as being more despicable than cows,” state news agency Bernama quoted him as saying.


Newborn dumped at airport

The body of a newborn baby boy was discovered in a rubbish bin in the transit area of Changi Airport, the Straits Times reported yesterday. A cleaner made the sordid discovery just before 9pm on Wednesday. Closed-circuit television footage from the terminal was being reviewed to trace the person who dumped the fair-skinned baby, who had his umbilical cord still attached. It is believed that drops of blood were found in a toilet near one of the terminal’s gates. The airport management has also been asked to check if any of the staff had shown signs of pregnancy. It is the second case of a newborn being dumped in Singapore this month, the paper said.


Frogs ‘marry’ to bring rain

More than 250 people attended a wedding ceremony between two frogs as part of a ritual to bring rain to the parched region, the Bengali paper Jugantor said yesterday. The “bride” and “groom” came from two neighboring villages 110km north of the capital Dhaka, the paper said. Villagers organized the wedding ceremony because the region was suffering a water shortage as it waited for monsoon rains to arrive, said to schoolteacher Noor Mohammad Kalon, who was a guest on behalf of the groom. “The bride and groom were in special wedding dress. We blessed them in the ceremony and released them in a nearby pond afterwards,” he said. “Last night there was rain. I believe it was because of the wedding.”


Police sent to calm unrest

More than 1,000 policemen have deployed to a rural area of Hainan Province where days of clashes between two feuding villages left one dead and nine others injured, Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday. A bridge connecting the villages is now under the control of the police to prevent further violence after one man was stabbed to death, Xinhua said. Citing Hainan police chief Jia Dongjun, Xinhua said the situation had improved after unrest erupted on Monday when a student from Gancheng Village was set upon, possibly by schoolchildren from neighboring Baoshang. More than 100 shops in Gancheng remained close.

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