North violates border: South
A North Korean naval patrol boat yesterday briefly crossed the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea while tracking Chinese fishing vessels, military officials in Seoul said. The apparently accidental incursion lasted only seven minutes, they said. The patrol boat sailed about 36m into the southern side of the sea boundary, but swiftly retreated after a warning radioed by South Korean naval ships, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. “We believe the North Korean boat accidentally crossed the Northern Limit Line while trying to chase away Chinese fishing vessels,” a JCS spokesman said. About 70 Chinese vessels were fishing near the border, he said.
Student accused of dissent
A 20-year-old student, missing for two weeks since a police raid on her home, is being held at a jail in Long An Province for allegedly spreading propaganda against the one-party communist state, reports said yesterday. Nguyen Phuong Uyen, a student at Ho Chi Minh City’s Food Technology University who was detained on Oct. 14, is accused of distributing anti-state leaflets and is being questioned as part of a case involving “security matters,” a brief report in the state-run Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper said. Charges of disseminating anti-state propaganda carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.
Worker killed in accident
A construction worker was killed and 14 were injured yesterday after they were hit by falling steel rods at the construction site for a massive bridge, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the scene after the incident on an artificial island where the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge is being built near the international airport, the Fire Services Department said. “Preliminary investigation showed the steel rods which were being lifted fell suddenly and the group of workers were struck,” a spokesman said. The 50km bridge linking the territory to the two Chinese cities is due for completion in 2016.
City may bin phone books
The city state is considering stopping the publication of free telephone directories listing residential and office numbers as privacy concerns mount, a government agency said. The use of telephone directories “have declined significantly over the years,” the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said in a consultation paper yesterday. “In addition to the trend of declining usage of Directory Services, IDA has also observed increasing public awareness, and concerns, about use and protection of personal data,” the regulatory body said. Its review follows a personal data protection law that imposes heavy fines on firms making unsolicited telemarketing calls or text messages to consumers who refuse to be contacted.
Hindu temple discovered
Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the island, archeologists said. The workers were digging a drain in Denpasar, at a Hindu study center when they came across the remains of the stone temple. They reported the discovery to the Bali archeology office, which then unearthed substantial foundations of a structure that the excavation team believes dates from around the 13th to 15th centuries. “We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali,” team head Wayan Suantika said late on Wednesday.