Asia Briefs: Comedian arrested for mimicking guru

Comedian arrested for mimicking guru

NEW DELHI • Indian police have arrested a popular comedian for allegedly offending religious sentiments by mimicking a controversial spiritual guru on a TV show on Dec 27.

Kiku Sharda, 40, who imitated guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was being held in remand after he was arrested in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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Suu Kyi not rushing Constitution change

YANGON • Myanmar election winner Aung San Suu Kyi will not press for an immediate change to the Constitution that bars her from becoming president, and will instead appoint a ceremonial head of state, said a senior official from her party.

She will also include in the new Cabinet at least one member of the military-linked Union Solidarity and Development Party, as well as technocrats from ethnic minorities.

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Tutor made students walk on broken glass

AHMEDABAD • About 70 Indian students walked barefoot on broken glass in a bid to overcome exam phobia and stage fright. A probe into the unusual character-building exercise is now under way.

Children as young as 12 took part in the ceremony on Wednesday at a private coaching centre in Gujarat.

Mr Rakesh Patel, the private tutor who runs the centre, said: "There is a science behind it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Comedian arrested for mimicking guru'. Print Edition | Subscribe