Asia Briefs: Liaoning's former party chief sacked

Liaoning's former party chief sacked

BEIJING • Mr Wang Min, former Communist Party chief of north-east China's Liaoning province and a senior national legislator, has been expelled from the party and dismissed from public office for a serious breach of discipline, a statement said yesterday.

During his time as Liaoning party chief, Mr Wang failed to properly supervise the provincial elections and was responsible for serious election fraud including vote buying, according to a statement from the party's central commission for discipline inspection.


Body of suspected quake victim found

TOKYO • Japanese rescuers yesterday found what they believe is the body of a man missing from April's powerful earthquake, after his parents kept looking even though the official search had been called off.

University student Hikaru Yamato, 22, went missing after a 7.0 magnitude quake on April 16 in the southern Kumamoto region caused massive landslides.

It is believed that he was the last person missing from the disaster.


Mob attacks duo who skinned cow

HYDERABAD • An angry mob in southern India attacked two members of a low caste suspected of slaughtering a cow, police said yesterday, the latest such attack by self-styled protectors of the animals.

Cousins Mokati Elisha and Mokati Venkateshwar Rao from India's lowest Dalit caste were tied to a tree and beaten up on Monday by a mob of around 50 men when they were found skinning a dead cow in a village in Andhra Pradesh state.

The attack comes days after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged a halt to attacks on Dalits, who lie at the bottom of India's deeply entrenched social hierarchy.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe