Asia Briefs: Fire damages Islamic school hostel

Fire damages Islamic school hostel

SHAH ALAM • The hostel of an Islamic school in the Malaysian city of Shah Alam was destroyed in a blaze in the latest case of fire incidents involving such schools in the country, the New Straits Times reported.

The hostel, which is located on the second floor of the Ihya Ul-Quran Tahfiz Academy, in Kampung Bukit Lanchung, caught fire at about 8pm on Sunday. No one was injured in the incident.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said at least 20 per cent of the hostel was destroyed in the fire, which is thought to have been caused by a pillow catching fire from a burning mosquito coil.

3 hurt in Jakarta theme park ride

JAKARTA • Three people were injured during a river rapids ride at a Jakarta theme park after their raft flipped over.

The incident happened at the Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta on Sunday. Five people were inside the raft when it turned upside down in a wave.

One of them suffered light injuries to his abdomen and hand, while two others suffered minor hand injuries after hitting the bottom part of the artificial river.

The company's corporate communications manager Rika Lestari said it was working with the police on an investigation into the accident.


China lifts ban on soft cheeses

BEIJING • China has reopened its market to soft cheeses, said importers and diplomats, after intense lobbying by European dairy firms to overturn a two-month ban.

Mould-ripened cheeses like Roquefort, Brie and Camembert were blocked from entering Shanghai in late August, after the authorities there sought to apply what European industry considers to be outdated rules on ingredients used in cheese-making.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe