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AUSTRALIA

Actress causes disturbance

Bollywood actress Tania Zaetta was arrested yesterday for obstructing police and public nuisance over an alleged disturbance at a Queensland nightclub. Zaetta, who recently moved back to the country after several years based overseas, was detained in Surfers Paradise early yesterday, the Gold Coast Bulletin said. “It seems a 41-year-old woman from New South Wales was arrested for obstructing police and also public nuisance,” said a spokesman for Queensland police, without naming the woman. According to a statement released by her management, Zaetta will “protest her innocence to the charges and strenuously defend the matters in court.” Zaetta has worked on a number of Bollywood productions including the Charlie’s Angels-style hit Mr Black, Mr White and one featuring Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Bunty aur Babli. She is due to appear in court on April 4.

HONG KONG

Murder suspect arrested

The suspect in the killing of a 64-year-old British woman is the estranged husband of the victim’s niece, reports said yesterday. Police arrested a 29-year-old man on Saturday in connection with the death of Janet Gilson, who was last seen on Tuesday last week at her niece’s home on Lamma Island. Authorities did not identify the suspect, except to say he was an “expatriate.” However, the South China Morning Post yesterday quoted Gilson’s niece, Julia Fareed, as saying the suspect is her estranged husband. The Standard said he has a history of violence and breached an order banning him from going near his wife’s home on the island. Police declined to confirm the reports and Julia Fareed could not be immediately reached for comment. “We cannot confirm it because we don’t have that information,” a police spokeswoman said. “We just know he is not a local.” Police on Sunday confirmed they made the arrest after discovering the missing woman’s body at Fareed’s residence. Gilson reportedly arrived in the city on March 5.

PAKISTAN

Death toll at mine rises

The death toll from a coal mine collapse in Sorange district, Balochistan Province, has risen to 24, with another two dozen still missing, officials said yesterday, fearing it will need a “miracle” to find any survivors. The mine in the far-flung troubled southwestern province was poorly ventilated, allowing poisonous gases to accumulate and trigger blasts which led to the collapse on Sunday, officials said. Abdul Raziq, a police officer in Quetta, also said yesterday that the chances of finding the trapped workers alive were slim. The accident took place early on Sunday and rescue work continued overnight, Raisani said. “We are hopeful we will complete it today [Monday],” he added.

INDIA

Tibet to set timeframe

The Tibetan parliament-in-exile decided yesterday to form a committee to ensure a smooth transition after the Dalai Lama’s resignation from politics. The committee will decide a timeframe for a new prime minister to take over political responsibilities from the Tibetan holy man, Karma Yeshi, a Tibetan lawmaker said. The parliament-in-exile, meeting in the northern town of Dharamsala, decided the committee will examine constitutional changes to grant more powers to the prime minister and decide on the future role of the Dalai Lama. “The committee will prepare its report by April 23 and the parliament will discuss it. If further debate is necessary, parliament will meet again in May,” Yeshi said.

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