Asia Briefs: Grab driver accused of raping passenger

Grab driver accused of raping passenger

SERDANG (Selangor) • A driver working for ride-hailing company Grab has been accused of raping a female passenger and is remanded for six days beginning yesterday.

Serdang Assistant Commissioner Megat Mohamad Aminudin Megat Alias said police received a report from a 29-year-old woman who claimed that she had been raped by a Grab driver on her way home at 4am on Sunday.

The company has apologised and said its priority is to "assist and provide support" to the passenger and her family, and to cooperate with the authorities.


Ex- US president Obama to visit Jakarta in July

JAKARTA • Former United States president Barack Obama is set to visit Jakarta early next month, during which he will open the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress, held by Indonesia Diaspora Network Global (IDNG).

Dr Dino Patti Djalal, chairman of IDNG's board of trustees, said yesterday that Mr Obama is expected to deliver a keynote speech on the first day of the event, which is set to be held at Kota Kasablanka Mall in South Jakarta from July 1 to 4.

"We don't know what the theme will be of Obama's keynote speech, but we have proposed two main themes to him: globalisation and pluralism," Dr Dino told reporters.

The speech is expected to be Mr Obama's first in Asia since he left office last year.


Tourists flee as trouble escalates in Darjeeling

KOLKATA • Thousands of tourists fled the Indian hill resort of Darjeeling yesterday after local activists demanding the creation of a new Indian state warned that a strike could degenerate into violence.

Hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea-producing resort in eastern India as panicked tourists packed their bags.

Riots and arson attacks in Darjeeling last week left 12 people injured and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) group warned at the weekend that "untoward" events could happen when the general strike started yesterday. The GJM wants a new state named Gorkhaland in the hill region, now part of West Bengal.


Fake economic data in two Chinese provinces

BEIJING • China's graft watchdog said it identified cases of fake economic data in two northern provinces, the second announcement this year about unreliable figures.

Some areas and companies in Jilin and certain places in Inner Mongolia falsified reports, the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said late on Sunday, without specifying what figures were manipulated, how widespread the practice was, or the timeframe.

CCDI also said it found violations in the use of funding for poverty relief.

The accuracy of China's statistics has been questioned in the past as readings such as gross domestic product growth or jobless rates showed uncanny stability.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe