Asia Briefs: 58 hot spots detected in Sumatra but air okay

58 hot spots detected in Sumatra but air okay

 PEKANBARU • Fifty-eight hot spots were detected in Sumatra yesterday, comprising 50 in Riau province, six in North Sumatra province and two in South Sumatra province, according to Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency chief Sugarin.

Despite the high number of hot spots, air quality was generally unaffected, Tempo news site reported.

S. Korean agency sent quake fax by mistake

SEOUL • It was a bad day at the office for one unfortunate employee of South Korea's weather service yesterday, after a mistakenly sent fax triggered an earthquake alert.

The message warning of a 6.5-magnitude quake was part of a five-day disaster response exercise and should never have been faxed. International media, including China's official Xinhua news agency, ran the warning before the Korea Meteorological Administration issued a red-faced apology.


Najib's brother to resume bank chairman role

KUALA LUMPUR • Datuk Seri Nazir Razak will resume his position as chairman of CIMB Group Holdings and director of CIMB Bank today after a review by their boards found he did not misuse his position when he disbursed US$7 million (S$9.6 million) at the behest of his brother, Prime Minister Najib Razak, in 2013.

Mr Nazir took voluntary leave of absence on April 19 to ensure the independence of the review of what he did, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 31.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe