Asia Briefs: Indian minister mocked for urinating in public

Indian minister mocked for urinating in public

NEW DELHI • An Indian government minister was mocked on social media for urinating in public despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship public hygiene drive, as pictures of the incident were splashed on front pages yesterday.

The Times of India said Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh relieved himself against a school wall "flanked by his security guards carrying automatic weapons". The paper's front-page headline said "Union minister pees in open, sparks row", and along with rivals, printed grainy images of the 67-year-old minister standing next to a wall.


Chinese parents riled by school admission results

BEIJING • About 100 parents rallied outside the Beijing government offices yesterday after their children were denied admission to their primary school of choice.

It was the second such protest in the Chinese capital last month.

At least 30 police officers, many with video cameras, filmed the parents as they chanted slogans about allowing their children to go to their local school.

Last month, about 100 protesters clashed with the police after the authorities reassigned their children to a school in a rough neighbourhood.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe