Modi urges calm after Bangalore protests
BANGALORE • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm yesterday in the tech hub of Bangalore, which was placed under curfew after deadly violence erupted over a water dispute with a neighbouring state.
Thousands of police officers were deployed on the largely deserted streets of the southern city to enforce the curfew, after rampaging, stone-pelting mobs set buses and cars ablaze on Monday.
US lawyer to represent Anwar in his cases
PUTRAJAYA • US lawyer Kimberley Motley will represent jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a challenge against his conviction for sodomising a former aide, reported the Malay Mail Online.
Ms Motley, who is based in Afghanistan, said she was appointed by Anwar last week to represent him in all future cases. She said that she would do so free of charge, describing Anwar as a "prisoner of conscience".
Taiwan braced for super typhoon
TAIPEI • Taiwan yesterday braced for approaching super typhoon Meranti, evacuating nearly 1,800 tourists from offshore islands and closing some schools and offices.
Meranti was expected to skirt past the island's southern tip, bringing torrential rain and powerful winds, the Central Weather Bureau said. Meanwhile, China yesterday initiated emergency response measures ahead of the typhoon.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, XINHUA