Radioactive victim dies
Radioactive waste found in a New Delhi scrap metal market earlier this month has killed one person, who died in hospital of multiple organ failure, police said yesterday. Seven people were hospitalized after the discovery on April 12, which caused panic in residential areas surrounding the scrap yard. The six others hospitalized are still in hospitals. Police and a team of experts from an atomic research center took away waste containing cobalt-60, a radioactive metal used in radio therapy machines in hospitals and sterilization in industrial food processes. Search teams have found cobalt-60 in 10 scrap metal shops in the yard but they had yet to establish where the material came from, the police officer said.
Ban on Indian films to stay
The government yesterday abandoned an attempt to lift a ban on the screening of Indian films following furious protests by local actors and directors. The government announced last week that a four-decade-old ban on movies from Bollywood had been lifted in a bid to boost cinema audiences. However, demonstrations by homegrown stars and studio heads claiming that the country’s film business would be swamped by big-budget Indian movies prompted a swift policy U-turn. The number of cinemas in the country has fallen from 1,600 in 2000 to 600 this year.
Cocaine shipment seized
Police said yesterday they had made their largest haul of cocaine yet, seizing 372kg of the drug that local media said might have been shipped to the territory by mistake. A family of eight, ranging in age from 22 to 84, were arrested on Sunday after police raided their home in a New Territories village when searching for a missing person. “Police are still searching for the missing person and investigations by Narcotics Bureau and Crime Headquarters of New Territories South are continuing,” a police statement said. The missing person was reportedly negotiating for the return of the drug shipment, local media reports said. It was unclear how the drugs may have been shipped to the territory by mistake.
Ex-president’s zoo seized
Investigators said yesterday they had seized a private zoo owned by ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, home to several endangered species including rare snow leopards. The animals, discovered during a police raid on a home owned by Bakiyev outside the southern city of Jalalabad, include a pair of Tien Shan snow leopards, bear cubs, an African ostrich, four Indian ducks, golden eagles, falcons and peacocks. The prosecutor’s office said it was still considering how best to ensure the care and safety of the animals.
Chair-sniffer Buswell sacked
A politician who made headlines two years ago for admitting sniffing the chair of a female colleague resigned for a second time yesterday after misusing entitlements to carry on an affair. Troy Buswell stepped down as West Australia’s state treasurer after revealing he used a ministerial car several times to meet Greens Member of Parliament Adele Carles, with whom he had a four-month liaison. Buswell wanted to reimburse the government for the costs of the car and the misuse of a hotel benefit and keep his job, but was told by West Australia Premier Colin Barnett his position was untenable.
Shots fired at mosque
Gunshots were fired at a mosque in the city of Istres, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Monday, pledging support to the Muslim community. No one was hurt, and police are investigating. Police say about 30 shots were fired at the mosque’s facade before dawn on Sunday. Mosque officials discovered the damage later. On Saturday night, a butcher’s shop specializing in meats prepared according to Islamic dietary law was also targeted by gunfire in Marseille, police said. No one was hurt.