Oil spill reaches resort
Crude oil that leaked from a pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend has reached a tourist resort, pipeline operator PTT Global Chemical said yesterday. About 50,000 liters of crude oil poured into the sea on Saturday about 20km off the coast of Rayong, southeast of Bangkok. “An oil slick has reached Ao Prao beach on Koh Samet island,” PTT Global, which estimates that about 5,000 liters remain to be cleaned up, said in a statement. “This should be the last oil slick that will come to shore. It is stuck in one particular corner of the shore close to some rocks.” Koh Samet, known for its white sandy beaches, is thronged by local and foreign tourists, and is home to several high-end and budget resorts.
‘Meth’ smugglers arrested
Two women in possession of more than a dozen kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were arrested on Sunday at the airport, authorities said yesterday. The women, sisters aged 27 and 31, were carrying 14.5kg of “ice,” said a customs official, who withheld their nationality. The drugs, worth HK$10.9 million (US$1.4 million), were found concealed inside false compartments of three suitcases carrying men’s clothing, Customs Drug Investigation head Hui Wai-ming told reporters. “The weight of the suitcase was a bit abnormal,” Hui said, adding that the drugs could have been sold for more than two times the Hong Kong price in the Philippines. Manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.
Knifeman kills three: police
A man stabbed three passersby to death yesterday in Shenzhen, police said, the latest in a series of killing sprees in the country. The man, identified only by his surname He, attacked “several” people on a street in the city, police said on a verified Sina Weibo account. Three people were killed and three wounded, they said, adding they were investigating his motives. The wounded were being treated in hospital. He, 41, from Jieyang in Guangdong Province, was subdued by officers who arrived at the scene three minutes after the first reports were received, and was taken to hospital after being wounded himself, police said. On Friday, 11 nursing home patients burned to death in the northeast after one of them set the facility on fire in a row over money, media reports said. On Thursday, a man knifed five people to death and wounded another three in Henan Province over land and business disputes.
Princess wins US$$3.3bn
A court has ruled that the daughters of a late maharaja should inherit his 200 billion rupee (US$3.3 billion) estate because his will was forged, ending a 21-year legal battle, reports say. A magistrate in the northwestern city of Chandigarh ruled last Thursday that the will of the Maharaja of Faridkot had been faked to award his fortune to a trust managed by his servants and lawyers. Neither his wife, mother, nor daughters were named as beneficiaries of his assets, which included forts, a palace, vintage cars and prime property in the capital, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Vikas Jain, a lawyer representing Amrit Kaur, one of his two daughters, announced the verdict on Sunday, saying that the will had been declared as “fictitious” and “void.” The fortune will be shared with his other daughter.