Asia briefs

Toddler's hand severed in KL escalator

KUALA LUMPUR - A toddler's hand was cut off at the wrist after it got caught in an escalator at the Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station on Monday. The 15-month-old boy, Mohd Afkar Daniel Freedy, whose parents were shopping instead of watching him, was believed to have been playing near the escalator when the incident happened, the Harian Metro reported. The severed hand was recovered two hours later.

Elephant kills man at beach restaurant

BANGKOK - An elephant killed a 28-year-old Thai man and injured his colleague as they were eating dinner at a beachside restaurant in eastern Thailand, police said yesterday. The local telecoms employee died in hospital after the elephant gored his chest with its tusk as he ate hotpot with a fellow worker in the coastal city of Rayong late Monday. His colleague, 30, remains in hospital.


Taiwan's Hung likely to run for president

TAIPEI - Taiwan's embattled ruling party said yesterday it would nominate deputy parliamentary speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, a "one China" advocate, to run in the 2016 presidential race, after struggling to find a candidate following humiliating local elections.

Ms Hung's nomination, which still needs to be approved at a party congress on July 19, generally viewed as a formality, will see two women vie to become the island's next president - potentially paving the way for its first female leader - after the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party named chairman Tsai Ing-wen as its candidate in April.


Thai economic growth capacity to increase

BANGKOK - Thailand's capacity for economic growth should increase when a dual-track railways project is completed in around five years, a deputy prime minister said yesterday.

The project is part of the Thai government's wider plan to help boost a slowing economy by strengthening infrastructure and easing logistic costs. Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said the dual-track railways will cover a total of 2,470km.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'Asia briefs'. Subscribe