Porn triggers resignations
Three government ministers accused of watching a pornographic video in a state assembly in southern India have resigned. The governor of Karnataka State accepted the ministers’ resignations yesterday. Local TV channels filmed one of the ministers watching the allegedly pornographic video clip on his mobile phone. He then passed the phone to his colleague, who also watched the clip while assembly proceedings were going on. The mobile phone belonged to the third minister. The three leaders belong to the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party that rules the state. They have denied that they were watching pornography, but said they were resigning to save their party from embarrassment.
Huge baby born
A mother in central China has given birth to a 7.04kg baby, possibly the largest newborn on record since 1949. The state-run Tianjin Post said on Tuesday that the 29-year-old mother in Henan Province gave birth to the boy on Saturday by ceasarean section. It said delivery took just 20 minutes and both mother and the baby, named Chun Chun, are doing fine. The paper said Chun Chun’s parents are average size and there was nothing unusual about his mother’s pregnancy or diet. Guinness World Records says the heaviest newborn ever recorded was born to an Ohio woman in 1879 and weighed 10.77kg.
Mourning activist arrested
A South Korean activist, 53, was arrested yesterday for trying to set up an altar to mourn North Korean leader Kim Jong-il after his death in December, police said. The pro-reunification activist identified only as Yoon is also accused of producing and distributing pro-Pyongyang leaflets and uploading writing praising the communist North, they said. The South’s tough National Security Law bans South Koreans from praising or supporting the North. A court which issued the arrest warrant for Yoon rejected a similar application to arrest a fellow activist, saying his offense was not grave enough to warrant incarceration.
Man stabs two students
Police in eastern China are hunting for a knife-wielding man who broke into a middle school yesterday and stabbed two students before fleeing, local officials said. The victims were not seriously wounded and no motive was given for the attack, which echoes a string of such assaults against schoolchildren in early 2010 that killed nearly 20 and wounded more than 50. The latest attack happened just before 7am when students had arrived at the No. 1 Middle School in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. The man attacked a female first-year student, who escaped after being wounded, and then assaulted a second-year male student. A statement said the two, aged about 13 and 14, were taken to a hospital but were not seriously wounded.
Uttar Pradesh voting starts
Residents in India’s largest state have begun voting in a month-long local election with repercussions for the nation as a whole. A large victory for Chief Minister Mayawati could project her regional, caste-based party onto the national stage. A strong showing for the Congress Party could make it a kingmaker in the state and help it shore up its national coalition. The state of Uttar Pradesh is so large, with 200 million people, that voting is spread over seven phases and will last until March 3. Results will be declared on March 6.