Nuclear plant chief sacked
The government yesterday fired the head of the state-run company that oversees the nation’s 23 nuclear reactors over a forged documentation scandal that has shut a host of those reactors down. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power president Kim Kyun-seop was dismissed from his post for the scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement. It added that An Seung-kyoo, CEO of KEPCO Engineering and Construction, which is responsible for nuclear power plant design and technology, would also be sacked at a board meeting today.
Two arrested in deadly fire
Authorities have arrested two executives after a fire at a poultry plant on Monday that killed 120 people and injured at least 70. The chairman and general manager of the Baoyuanfeng plant in Jilin Province have both been arrested, provincial officials said on a verified social media account. The firm’s legal representative had been held following the fire and the firm’s assets frozen, a local official said on Tuesday. It was not clear whether that person was one of those referred to in yesterday’s announcement. Workers in the factory, where the fire spread rapidly after an apparent chemical leak, were unable to escape as only one of the building doors was open, with other exits locked, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
Three arrested over rape
Police yesterday arrested three men accused of raping a 30-year-old American woman in a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. The woman, who has not been identified, was picked up by three men in a truck on Monday night while hitchhiking back to her guest house in the town of Manali after spending an evening with friends, police said. She had been unable to find a taxi to take her home. The suspects, who are all in their early 20s, are being questioned by police and their truck has been seized, a police statement said. The woman told police her attackers took her to an isolated area instead of driving to her hotel, and then raped her.
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Officers charged in attacks
Two police officers have been charged in the beating and slashing of about 70 men in the capital, Port Moresby. National police spokesman Dominic Kakas yesterday said that the officers were charged this week with unlawful wounding, adding that more officers were expected to face charges. Kakas said about 70 men were returning to their homes last month after police broke up a large fight when a group of officers stopped them, ordered them to lie on the ground and then disarmed them of their knives. He said several officers were accused of beating the men and using the knives to slash their ankles.
Hundreds of workers fall ill
About 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Dhaka, and authorities yesterday said the water supply was suspected. Investigators from the health ministry were testing the water at the Starlight Sweater Factory for possible contamination, area civil surgeon Syed Habibullah said. The workers suffered vomiting, nausea and upset stomachs starting about two hours into their shifts on Wednesday. Habibullah said they were given mainly saline at hospitals and those who were improving left yesterday. The factory gets its drinking water from an underground reservoir, the company’s CEO said.