Asia Briefs: Protests in Nepal town leave at least 9 dead

Protests in Nepal town leave at least 9 dead

KATHMANDU • At least nine people were killed in Nepal yesterday when demonstrators attacked police during a protest against plans for administrative reform.

State TV said the army had been mobilised to quell the protests in the far west of the country. Thousands were protesting in the town of Tikapur against a government-backed plan to include their area in a hilly province, part of a regional overhaul envisaged in a new federal Constitution.

REUTERS


Police in Penang seize $6.7m in drugs

GEORGE TOWN • Police have arrested five people and seized RM20 million (S$6.7 million) worth of drugs in Penang.

The operation, reportedly one of the largest drug rings in northern Malaysia, turned up 324kg of liquid methamphetamine.

Five suspects, including two Malaysian men and two Iranian chemists were arrested.

THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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