Fines for driving with TV
Motorists caught watching dashboard televisions while driving will be penalized, an official said yesterday, following a deadly crash blamed on an inattentive trucker. The current law bans motorists from watching the TVs while driving, but there is no specific penalty. They can be punished only if their inattention causes an accident. Offenders will face fines of between 30,000 and 70,000 won (US$25.40 to US$59), said Lee Weong-woo, a director at the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
Wife-killer gets six years
An Indian man who strangled his wife then slit her throat at least eight times was jailed for six years yesterday, sparking outrage from the victim’s sister. Chamanjot Singh, 24, launched a frenzied attack on his wife in December 2009, first strangling her then cutting her throat repeatedly, the New South Wales Supreme Court heard. He said he “lost it” after his wife verbally abused him and said she loved another man. Singh was found not guilty of murder, after the jury accepted his argument that he was provoked, but convicted of manslaughter. Outside court, the victim’s angry sister, Jaspreet Kaur, criticized the sentence, telling reporters her brother-in-law lied when he told the jury her sister was having an affair. “They believed it [but] they did not have any proof, they didn’t show anything in the court, they don’t know who the guy is,” she said.
Air report tweets to go on
US embassies in China will not stop tweeting reports on air quality in Beijing and Shanghai which have annoyed the Chinese authorities, they said on Wednesday. “This is an initiative by the embassy in Beijing, by the mission in China, to convey what we believe is useful information to our citizens abroad,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. He added that despite Beijing’s assertions that it was illegal for foreign embassies to issue their own air quality readings, the US embassy had no plans to stop sending out the reports on its dedicated Twitter feed.
Arroyo’s illness questioned
Ex-president Gloria Arroyo should be in a jail cell rather than a hospital room while awaiting trial for alleged vote-rigging and corruption, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III said yesterday. Edwin Lacierda questioned if Arroyo was really so ill that she should remain in the relative comfort of a military hospital, where she has been confined for six months.” If everything is well with her, she should be placed in a cell. Hospital arrest should not be used as a basis to feign illness,” Lacierda told ABS-CBN television. He called for doctors to reassess her condition.
North deemed cyberthreat
The military’s security chief accused North Korea yesterday of training elite hackers to steal military secrets and stir up public disorder. “North Korea is trying to steal military secrets and cripple our defense information system by using experts specially trained to hack into our military information network,” Defense Security Commander Bae Deuk-shik told a security forum. Korea University professor Lee Dong-hun said the North had set up a special unit of 3,000 elite hackers under control of leader Kim Jong-un. Seoul accused Pyongyang of staging cyberattacks on Web sites of government agencies and financial institutions last year in March and in July 2009.