‘No risk’ from tilting plant
A heavily damaged reactor building at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has a slight tilt, but the tilt does not pose a risk to the integrity of the building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. In a report on Monday to Japanese nuclear regulators, TEPCO said that at least two of the walls of the No. 4 reactor building were bulging outward at various points and that the building was tilting. The biggest bulge measured about 4.6cm about a third of the way up the building, the report said. The latest findings could add to concerns over the state of the No. 4 reactor building, which houses on its upper floors a cooling pool filled with 1,331 spent and 204 unused nuclear fuel assemblies. Each assembly contains approximately 50 to 70 rods.
Girl saved Kim portraits
A posthumous award was given to a 14-year-old schoolgirl who drowned in a flash flood while trying to save portraits of former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, the Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday. Han Hyon-gyong’s heroism earned her the Kim Jong-il Youth Honor Award, and her school will be renamed after her, the paper said. Her parents, teacher and four others, including Han’s youth league leaders, also received awards, the report on the paper’s Web site said yesterday. Han died on June 11 as she tried to save the portraits from her flooded home at Sinhung County in South Hamkyong Province, it said. As she was swallowed up by gushing floodwaters, the girl held the pictures wrapped in plastic sheets above the surface, it said.
Anti-Taliban leader killed
The bullet-riddled bodies of an anti-Taliban militia commander and three of his associates were yesterday dumped in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. The bodies of Fahimud Din, 50, chief of a 1,500-strong vigilante force in Bazidkhel, and three of his associates were found in a Toyota Land Cruiser on the city’s ring road. “We killed Fahimud Din and his colleagues. They raised a militia against us and wanted to defeat us,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban faction, said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Seven killed in bombings
Two roadside bombs yesterday killed at least seven people south of Baghdad, security and medical officials said. A bomb exploded near the garden of a house in Madain, while a second bomb detonated after people gathered at the site of the first blast, an interior minister official said. A medical source said that two hospitals had received seven bodies and more than 20 people who were wounded in the blasts, while the ministry official said eight people were killed and 10 wounded. At least 183 people have died since June 13, more than the number of people killed in all of last month, official figures show.
Shaw admits underage sex
A prominent businessman yesterday pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage prostitute in a scandal that has shaken the city-state’s elite. Howard Shaw (邵在禮), 41, a grandson of Asian movie mogul Runme Shaw (邵仁枚), was charged in April for having paid sex with a 17-year-old call girl in October 2010. While prostitution is legal, 48 men have so far been charged under a 2008 law making it a crime to pay for sex with a woman under 18. The maximum sentence is seven years in prison and a fine. Howard Shaw’s case will be heard again late next month.