Asia Briefs: Fake news in India leads to 6th lynching

Fake news in India leads to 6th lynching

NEW DELHI • Indian police yesterday urged the public not to believe rumours on social media after a sixth person falsely accused of being a child trafficker was killed by an angry mob.

A transgender woman was lynched and three others were seriously injured in Hyderabad city at the weekend by a crowd that linked them to a child exploitation ring that police say does not exist.


100 drug suspects killed in crackdown

DHAKA • More than 100 alleged drug dealers have been killed in Bangladesh in the past fortnight in a Philippines-style narcotics crackdown that has raised concerns about extrajudicial killings.

Ten more alleged traffickers were gunned down yesterday, some in shootouts with police and others in so-called gang wars between dealers. A total of 102 suspected traffickers have been killed since the war on drugs was launched in mid-May.


China regions to get tougher on pollution

SHANGHAI • A total of eight Chinese regions have promised to beef up curbs against anti-pollution, vowing fresh cuts in smog, cleaner water and soil and tighter scrutiny over officials after Beijing-led probes uncovered thousands of violations.

China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment said yesterday that the heavily populated industrial provinces of Shandong, Zhejiang and Sichuan were among the regions committing themselves to new measures.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe