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World News Quick Take

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■INDIA

Colleges ban jeans

Colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh said on Wednesday that female students would be banned from wearing jeans and other Western clothes to halt sexual harassment by male classmates. “Girls who choose to wear jeans will be expelled from the college,” Meeta Jamal, principal of the Dayanand girls’ college in the city of Kanpur said. “This is the only way to stop crime against women.” A growing number of colleges in Uttar Pradesh have decided to outlaw jeans, shorts, tight blouses and miniskirts on campus in an attempt to crack down on sexual harassment. But many of the students, who are aged between 17 and 20, said the new rules punished innocent females rather than tackling the men who treated women badly.

■CHINA

Shenzhen mayor fired

The mayor of Shenzhen has been fired for “serious discipline violations,” the state news agency said yesterday. A one-sentence report by the Xinhua news agency did not immediately say what violations Xu Zongheng (許宗衡) allegedly committed. Xinhua reported earlier this week that Xu had been questioned in connection with a corruption probe centered on tycoon Wong Kwong-yu (黃光裕), founder of China’s largest electronics retailing chain, Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings. Xu is one of several officials caught up in the probe into allegations Wong committed financial crimes including manipulating the price of his company’s stock.

■JAPAN

Hello Kitty goes tartan

Hello Kitty, the Japanese-made global icon of cuteness, will mark her 35th birthday this year by going back to her British roots with a new tartan collection, her makers said on Wednesday. Sanrio Co will launch the checkered pink series — featuring handbags, trinkets, a shawl and a Kitty version of a teddy bear — in September in Japan ahead of her official birthday on Nov. 1. The British embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday threw an early party for the feline who, according to the Kitty legend, lives in suburban London.

■GUAM

Fire breaks out in cockpit

A mid-air fire forced an Australian budget airliner to make an emergency landing yesterday, just days after 228 people died in an accident involving the same type of plane. Jetstar flight JQ20 was about four hours into its journey from Osaka to the Gold Coast when the blaze broke out in the cockpit, prompting the captain to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher before diverting to Guam. “The captain saw a small flame on the right-hand window and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the flame,” said Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan, praising the pilot’s quick reaction.

■CHINA

Dig searches for warriors

China plans to excavate more of the life-size terracotta warriors at the ancient tomb of the country’s first emperor, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Archeologists hope to uncover more figures of officers to add to the 1,000-plus statues already excavated, the China Daily newspaper said on Wednesday. The new dig is the third undertaken since the tomb was first uncovered in 1974 outside the city of Xi’an and will focus on an area lying within the tomb’s main pit that holds the main warrior force. In all, the tomb’s three pits are thought to hold 8,000 life-sized figures, including those of archers, infantry soldiers, horse-drawn chariots, officers and acrobats.

■IRELAND

Abuse victims join protest

Survivors of rape and ritual beatings at Catholic-run schools marched silently to parliament on Wednesday, carrying children’s shoes and wearing white ribbons symbolizing their lost youth. Disclosures of floggings, slave labor and gang rape in the now defunct system of industrial and reform schools have shamed people, particularly older ones who did not confront what a report last month described as endemic abuse. “It was as if you were inside prison and when you come out you don’t talk about it,” said Marina Permaul, 66, who was brought up “military style” by nuns in the western county of Galway. Local news reports said about 7,000 people took part in the march, including hundreds of victims of abuse. Organizers of the march, held to coincide with a parliamentary debate on the report, have expressed anger that the debate has been postponed to allow parliament to deal with a motion of no confidence in the government. The inquiry criticized religious authorities for covering up the crimes and the Department of Education for colluding in the silence. It noted children were also preyed upon by foster parents, volunteer workers and employers.

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