Landslides, flooding kill 29
Officials say landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have killed 29 people and left four missing. Disaster official Ngo Van Hung of northern Yen Bai Province said yesterday that 16 villagers from the mostly poor Hmong ethnic minority group died in a landslide. Authorities are searching for two others. The government disaster agency said flooding killed another 13 people and left two missing in the central region of the country over the past week. The agency said on its Web site that flooding caused by heavy rains has caused an estimated US$22 million in damage.
Fake doctor examines 2,300
A Tokyo hospital is checking the qualifications of all of its doctors after a man believed to have no medical license examined more than 2,300 of its patients. The man conducted medical interviews, examined electrocardiograms and explained check-up results to people from 2010 to last year at Takashimadaira Chuo General Hospital, weekend media reports said. The man was dispatched to the hospital through an employment agency and is suspected of being involved in the treatment of 2,363 people, the Yomiuri Shimbun and other media reported. Broadcaster TBS said allegations he was not qualified came to light after a medical exam study school where he taught contacted the hospital.
Hospital hires bouncers
Pradeep Kumar works as a bouncer. Not at a nightclub, but at another workplace where violence is common in the country: a hospital. He and his burly colleagues keep the emergency and labor rooms from filling up with patients’ often agitated relatives and friends. They were hired at a New Delhi hospital in the spring, soon after friends of an emergency-room patient punched a doctor in the face and went on a rampage with hockey sticks. The staff at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital said there had been no violence since the bouncers were hired.
Labor groups evicted
Workers’ rights groups in Shenzhen are being forcibly evicted from their offices, academics have said in an open letter, urging an end to the crackdown. Ten groups that offer help to the millions of migrant workers have suffered random inspections and evictions, some of which turned violent, the letter seen by Agence France-Presse yesterday said. The Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Center was one of the first to be caught in the crackdown, with workers evicted from their offices in July after the water and electricity supply to their office was shut off by local authorities. The Hand in Hand Workers’ Home, was evicted from its offices on Sunday, while local government staff confiscated property belonging to a group called The Little Grass Workers’ Home last month, staff said.
Alleged bombmaker arrested
Anti-terrorism forces have been busy over the past few months closing in on militants plotting against police and the government. Alleged bombmaker Mohammed Toriq made their job easy on Sunday, when the armed militant turned himself into authorities while wearing a suicide bomber belt that did not contain any explosives. He had been on the run since last week, when police flushed him out of his Jakarta house after neighbors reported seeing smoke billowing from it. He escaped again over the weekend, after a blast rocked a house in the capital’s outskirts. Police believe it was a bomb that accidentally went off.