‘Gambling network’ busted
Police in Hangzhou have arrested 11 suspects in an illegal gambling network linked via the Internet to a casino in the Philippines, state media said yesterday. A local businessman, identified only by the surname Li, set up the network after meeting representatives of the unidentified casino during a gambling trip to Macau, the China Daily quoted police as saying. Li paid the casino a deposit of 5 million yuan (US$730,000) to act as its agent in China, allowing customers to see real-time images of the casino and place bets through his account.
Tycoon sues over sex pact
A shoe tycoon is suing his mistress because she broke an agreement not to have sex with anyone else, a report said yesterday. Patrick Tang, 66, is demanding his mistress Karen Lee, 39, hand back properties worth HK$10 million (US$1.3 million), the Standard newspaper reported, citing a writ filed with the High Court. Tang, who is married, said Lee had breached the no-sex condition under which he agreed to buy her several properties between 2002 and 2005, the report said. According to the paper, the writ said Lee began an affair with a former Mr Hong Kong, Wong Cheung-fat, 23, in the last few months that made the agreement invalid.
India offers electricity
India has offered to export electricity to neighboring Nepal, where residents are facing severe power outages, an official said yesterday. A spokesman at Nepal’s Water Resources Ministry said the country had received a proposal from India to export as much as 200 megawatts of electricity. Nepalese receive only eight hours of electricity a day because of low water levels in reservoirs that drive hydroelectric plants.
Diva’s mum denied cash
The 85-year-old mother of late Canto-pop diva Anita Mui (梅艷芳) has been stopped from taking HK$800,000 (US$102,000) from her daughter’s estate to finance a round-the-world trip, a media report said yesterday. Tam Mei-kam (覃美金) told Judge Andrew Cheung (張舉能) she felt bored and stressed from last year’s unsuccessful attempt to gain control of her late daughter’s estate and needed to take along nurses, maids and family on the trip, the South China Morning Post said. Rejecting her application, Cheung said Tam’s demand was unreasonable. Mui’s estate, which is valued at about HK$100 million, included HK$3.9 million in cash which is used to pay her mother’s monthly allowance. Tam lost a court battle last year to gain control of Mui’s entire fortune after a judge upheld a will Mui signed shortly before she died of cervical cancer in December 2003 at the age of 40, which left most of her estate in a trust. Mui feared that if she left the estate to her mother it would be squandered.
Bill outlaws begging
The Government has made begging illegal, an official said yesterday. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on begging to survive in a country where 40 percent of the population earn less than US$1 a day. An official, who declined to be named, said that a bill had been passed in parliament this week outlawing begging. “Anyone caught begging will be put in jail for a month. This includes people who pretend to be ill or use a disability to get money,” the official said. A 2005 survey showed that a beggar in the capital Dhaka, home to around 27,000 beggars, earns an average 100 taka (US$1.45) a day.