Asia Briefs: Methamphetamine bust in Myanmar

Methamphetamine bust in Myanmar

YANGON • The authorities in Myanmar have seized about 21 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of around US$35.5 million (S$49 million) near the border with China, state-owned media said yesterday - the country's second-largest haul of the contraband.

Myanmar has become an exporting centre for the drug, and police believe the seized pills were meant to be distributed outside the country, said Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung at police headquarters in Naypyitaw, the capital.


Two arrested over gang rape in India

LUCKNOW (India) • Indian police have arrested two men over the gang rape of a teenage girl whose body was found hanging from a tree, a senior officer said yesterday, in a grim reminder of a similar case in the same state.

The girl, reportedly 15 and from one of India's low social castes, was strangled - allegedly by three men - on Friday night outside her village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.


HK democracy activist sentenced to jail

HONGKONG • A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was sentenced to five weeks in prison yesterday after he was found guilty of assaulting and resisting officers when he splashed liquid on police during mass rallies in 2014.

Political activist Ken Tsang vowed to appeal the sentence over the liquid splashing incident, which happened on the same night that he was allegedly beaten by another group of police in a brutal attack captured by television cameras and beamed around the world.


Search widens for boy left in forest

TOKYO • Japanese rescuers yesterday expanded the search for a seven-year-old boy missing for three days after his parents left him in a mountain forest in a remote area of Hokkaido as punishment.

The parents originally told police the boy got lost on Saturday while they were hiking to gather wild vegetables but later admitted they had left him in the forest because he misbehaved.

Police said they will look into filing neglect charges against the parents, according to the Kyodo news agency. 


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe