Asia Briefs: Modi condemns murder of Muslim man

Modi condemns murder of Muslim man

NEW DELHI • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday condemned the murder of a Muslim man over rumours he ate beef, in his first response to an incident that has sparked concern about growing religious intolerance.

Many among India's majority Hindu community regard cows as holy, but beef is widely eaten by Hindus in parts of the south, as well as those of lower castes and minority Muslims and Christians.

Mr Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist, said the incident was sad and unwelcome.


Chemical firms in Tianjin to be moved to new zone

BEIJING • Hazardous chemical companies in the Chinese port city of Tianjin will be moved to an industrial zone far from the site of deadly warehouse explosions in August in the city's development area, state media reported yesterday.

Officials said the new location is the Nangang Industrial Zone, which is about 30km from the blast site and at least 10km from the nearest residential area.

Nangang aims to become a "world-class port and base for the heavy chemical industry", Xinhua news agency said.


Tibetan author released from jail after a decade

BEIJING • A Tibetan author jailed by China for writing a book about the Himalayan region has been released after a decade in prison, a US-based rights group said.

Mr Dolma Kyab, 39, was freed last week after being convicted a decade ago of "endangering state security", the International Campaign for Tibet said on Tuesday.


Indian pharmacies fight back against online rivals

NEW DELHI • Around 800,000 Indian pharmacies closed their shutters yesterday to demand a crackdown on online drug sales, which they say are unregulated and eroding their business.

The one-day strike is aimed at curbing India's burgeoning online drug retail industry, which the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists said is putting customers at risk by failing to follow existing rules.


Myanmar arrests activist over Facebook post

YANGON • A female Myanmar opposition activist has been arrested over a satirical Facebook post about the military, officials said yesterday, in the latest crackdown against free speech in the former junta-ruled country.

Police confirmed the Monday arrest of Chaw Sandi Tun, 25, after she questioned the similarity of the colour of the new uniform for army officers with that of a "longyi" (traditional skirt) worn by National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In the post, she allegedly challenged army chief Min Aung Hlaing to wrap the longyi of "mother Suu" on his head.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe