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Flag insulter re-captured

Police on Sunday said they had re-captured a man on the run for 19 years after being convicted of insulting the national flag by wrapping meat in it. Ismail Mohammed, 39, escaped after being sentenced to three months in prison in 1990 in the southern state of Kerala, senior police officer Tomin Thachankary said. Mohammed had confessed to using the flag to wrap up meat at his butcher’s shop, in breach of strict rules on treating the national flag with “dignity, loyalty and respect.” He said he was not aware of official regulations that decree exactly when and how the flag can be used — including a ban on its touching the ground or water, or being used as drapery or a table cloth.


Tiger embarrasses politician

The family of the main opposition leader has come under fire for importing a Siberian tiger and housing the animal expensively at a private zoo in the middle of a sizzling summer. A nephew of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and son of the popular chief minister of Punjab Province Shahbaz Sharif imported the tiger last month after obtaining a special permit. The tiger was housed in a special enclosure on the Sharif family farm in Punjab. The cost of the air-conditioning triggered a media uproar because few can afford such luxuries. Sulieman Sharif shipped the animal from Canada after getting the necessary permits despite a ban on the private import of large cats, officials said.


Crackdown helps firm

A crackdown on drink driving is proving a boon to one firm that provides chauffeurs to pick up tipsy drivers and see them and their vehicles safely home. While the country has a tradition of sealing business and political deals with boozy banquets, the public has increasingly called for more severe punishment for drunk drivers following a string of fatalities in recent years. One inebriated driver who killed four people was sentenced to death last month, the first such use of capital punishment in the country.


Family takes KFC to court

A family sued KFC yesterday, claiming their daughter became brain damaged and crippled after eating a chicken wrap tainted with salmonella. Their lawyer told the New South Wales state Supreme Court in an opening statement there was no doubt that Monika Samaan, then seven, developed salmonella poisoning from a chicken wrap bought from a KFC outlet in Sydney in 2005. Officials for KFC, which is operated by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc, could not immediately be reached for comment. The girl, now 11, attended court in a wheelchair. Bartley said she had acquired spastic quadriplegia and an intellectual disability since the poisoning.


Alleged thief caught napping

Police say they have arrested a suspected car thief whom they caught napping at the wheel of a stolen car. South Australia police say the 30-year-old man drove the Audi convertible into an automatic car wash early yesterday and apparently fell asleep. A service station attendant called the police at 3am when he noticed the car hadn’t moved for an hour. The police said in a statement that the car had two different license plates and that police discovered it had been reported stolen last month. They woke the man and arrested him on charges of illegal use and theft of the car.


Police arrest ‘swindlers’

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