Asia Briefs: 8 militants shot dead after India jailbreak

8 militants shot dead after India jailbreak

BHOPAL • Indian police gunned down eight militants after they escaped from a high-security jail by slitting the throat of a prison guard and scaling the walls with knotted bedsheets.

The members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India had staged the breakout from the prison in Bhopal after murdering the guard with sharpened prison-issue steel kitchen plates.


Rival park to Disney: Work starts in Beijing

BEIJING • Construction has begun on a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, state media said, as the studio looks to challenge Disney in China's booming leisure market.

The complex, due to open in 2020, has secured investment of 50 billion yuan (S$10.1 billion), news agency Xinhua yesterday said.


Nod for Imran Khan's anti-govt protests

ISLAMABAD • A Pakistani court yesterday gave permission to opposition politician Imran Khan to hold anti-government protests in the capital this week, but warned that demonstrations should not disrupt life for citizens.

Mr Khan has threatened to "shut down" the capital Islamabad tomorrow as part of his push to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on grounds of alleged corruption linked to the "Panama Papers" leak, Geo Television reported.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe