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.


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.


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."


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