Akihito to have surgery
A television report said Emperor Akihito will have heart bypass surgery. Public broadcaster NHK said the 78-year-old Akihito will have the surgery on Saturday. The Imperial Household Agency says the emperor returned yesterday from the hospital, where he received tests, but did not elaborate. The agency official in charge of commenting to the media was not immediately available. Akihito was admitted to University of Tokyo Hospital for tests on Saturday. He has had various health problems in recent years, including pneumonia and prostate cancer. He has cut back on public duties, but appears relatively healthy.
Journalists stabbed to death
Two prominent television journalists were brutally stabbed to death on Saturday at their home in Dhaka, police said. The motive for the slaying of the husband and wife who worked for private television was unknown, police said. They were killed early on Saturday at their apartment, while their six-year-old son was in another room, police said. The boy was unharmed. Police identified the slain couple as Meherun Runi and Sagar Sarwar. Runi, 33, worked as a reporter for the country’s largest private television station ATN Bangla. Sarwar, 35, was a news editor for Maasranga TV. “The couple was stabbed to death sometime after Friday midnight,” deputy police chief Imam Hossain said, adding the husband’s hands and legs had been tied. “We are still clueless about who committed the crime. We have launched a probe. Their bodies bore multiple stab wounds. It was a brutal killing.” The murders came to light when the couple’s son called his grandmother and said that his parents were lying on the floor. It was not known whether the killings were related to their work. No valuables were missing from the house.
Children die of neglect
Three children were found dead on Saturday after their faith-healing father, a Christian pastor, attempted to treat their illnesses only with prayers, police said. The bodies of the children, aged 10, eight and five, were found by their relatives at their home next to the pastor’s church in the southern county of Boseong, a detective at Boseong Police Station said. “They were apparently suffering from infections that went untreated for a long time as the father was only praying for them, instead of seeking medical treatment,” he said. The 43-year-old pastor’s fourth child, a year-old baby, was taken into protective custody by police, the detective said, adding that the father was being questioned.
Amitabh has operation
Veteran Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was “hale and hearty” after undergoing a three-hour operation on Saturday for an abdominal ailment, a hospital official said. Bachchan, 69, has a history of abdominal problems — the legacy of an accident suffered while filming three decades ago. “The operation lasted three hours. Bachchan is hale and hearty now,” a spokesman for the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai said. Bachchan was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning after complaining of abdominal pain earlier last week, sparking worries about his health among thousands of his adoring fans. “The Big B,” as he is known, has suffered abdominal problems since he ruptured his spleen during a fight scene on the set of the 1982 film Coolie, after which he was critically ill for months.