Asia Briefs: Another smoggy day for northern China

Another smoggy day for northern China

BEIJING • Some areas in northern China are likely to see another day of smog as the national observatory issued an orange alert for air pollution earlier yesterday.

Heavy smog will stay in some parts of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi until this morning, according to the National Meteorological Centre.

China has a four-tier colour-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.


Manila seeks info from Dhaka on cyber-heist

MANILA • The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an US$81 million (S$115 million) cyber-heist from the Bangladesh central bank after the proceeds ended up in Manila, the finance department said yesterday.

The money was shifted from the central bank's account with the US Federal Reserve to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp, and then funnelled into local casinos in February.


At least 53 die in two China coal mine blasts

BEIJING • At least 53 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media.

An explosion on Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said.

A total of 181 people were working underground when the gas explosion struck the mine in the city of Chifeng.

In a separate incident, a blast occurred late last Tuesday at a private mine in Qitaihe City, in north-east Heilongjiang province, trapping 22 workers, Xinhua said. Twenty-one were confirmed dead on Friday night, provincial authorities said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe