Three rebels killed: police
More than 125 heavily armed Maoists ambushed a team of central reserve police force patrolling the forested Chintagufa area, about 445km south of Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh state, said Rahul Sharma, a local superintendent of police. Eight security personnel were injured in the attack, in which three Maoist rebels were also killed, he said. Maoist rebels, who say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless laborers, have stepped up violence in the state ahead of the general election that gets under way next week. They have ordered people to boycott the polls.
Woman gives Osaka US$1m
The youthful governor of Osaka city voiced gratitude on Friday for an unexpected present from a woman aged in her 80s — a backpack stuffed with US$1 million in cash donations. “I was surprised. I couldn’t feel more grateful,” Toru Hashimoto told reporters, vowing to make sure the donation was put to good use. The elderly woman, who asked not to be named, late last month walked into his office and handed over the backpack filled with ¥100 million, an Osaka government official said. The woman said she wanted to donate the money for welfare.
Panty thief gets 25 weeks
A man was sentenced to 25 weeks in jail for stealing 80 pairs of women’s panties, a media report said yesterday. The Star newspaper said Zunaidi Ismail, a 34-year-old unemployed man from Borneo, had admitted stealing the underwear from an apartment occupied by nursing students in three separate break-ins. Zunaidi told the court he stole the underwear for resell at a secondhand clothing market.
World’s ‘hottest’ woman
Anandita Dutta Tamuly is hoping to enter the record books as the world’s “hottest” woman after munching 51 fiery chilis in two minutes, organizers of the feat said on Friday. Anandita, 26, consumed the chilis in the company of British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who was producing a TV show on food and anchoring the event in Jorhat, 300km east of Assam’s main city of Guwahati. “In two minutes, Anandita gobbled 51 red-hot chilis without batting an eyelid or shedding a tear, and also smeared seeds of 25 chilis into her eyes in one minute,” said Atul Lahkar, a chef who organized the show. Guinness World Records had “asked us to provide them with a recording of the feat supervised by someone responsible. We asked Ramsay to be the adjudicator,” said Diganta Saikia, another coordinator.
Swimmer’s remains found
Police found the remains of a 20-year-old man who was taken by a 4m crocodile when he went for a nighttime swim in a river in northern Australia, an officer said yesterday. The crocodile believed responsible has been killed, police said. Police Superintendent Dean Maloney said the man was attacked at about 2am on Friday when he and his brother, who had been drinking with the victim’s wife on the bank, decided to swim across the Daly River, about 225km south of the tropical city of Darwin. Maloney said the trio were local residents and should have known that large saltwater crocodiles live in the river.
Strikers demand pay owed
More than 20 construction workers occupied a 17-story apartment block in Beijing, demanding their unpaid wages, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. The workers occupied a residential building of real estate project Zhujiang Augusta in Beijing’s Tongzhou district for three hours on Friday afternoon, Xinhua said. Guo Yanjun, the workers’ leader, was quoted as saying that they had not received any payment even though the project was almost complete. Workers were owed 400,000 yuan (US$59,000) by the project owner, the report said. Problems with unpaid wages are common in the local construction industry, which is staffed largely by migrant workers. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, 5.8 percent of the country’s migrant workers had been affected by wage arrears as of the end of last year.