Asia Briefs: Families to search for MH370 debris

Families to search for MH370 debris

KUALA LUMPUR • Relatives of MH370 passengers will go to Madagascar next month in hopes of rekindling efforts to find and recover seaborne debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet, next-of-kin association Voice370 said.

Seven members of the association will visit Madagascar from Dec 3 to 11 to urge local organisations and the public to help in the search, and look for debris themselves.

The Boeing 777 jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. It is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.


Shanghai to impose wide smoking ban

SHANGHAI • Shanghai will ban smoking at all public indoor areas, workplaces and public transport, starting next March, with violators liable to be fined up to 200 yuan (S$41) for individuals and 30,000 yuan for companies.

The restriction, which was approved by the Shanghai People's Congress earlier this month, will cover hotels, restaurants, offices, airports, railway stations and entertainment venues.

Under the new regulation, hotels cannot offer rooms designated for smoking, and restaurants and entertainment venues will not be allowed to set aside smoking areas, Shanghai Daily reported. Airports, railway stations, bus stations and ferry ports will have to close their smoking-designated rooms.

Train disaster: Search ends for survivors

PUKHRAYAN • Rescuers have ended their search for survivors of a derailed train as the death toll from one of India's worst rail disasters rose to 146.

Parts of the train were mangled beyond recognition when the Indore-Patna Express derailed, sending carriages crashing into one another in the early hours of Sunday in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe