Asia Briefs: Mum of anti-junta activist charged

Mum of anti-junta activist charged

BANGKOK • The mother of one of Thailand's highest-profile anti-junta activists has been charged with defaming the monarchy, police said.

Patnaree Chankij turned herself in yesterday after the police issued an arrest warrant. She has denied the charges.

Political tension is building up ahead of an Aug 7 referendum on a military-backed Constitution, which is the first vote under the junta and a test of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's popularity.


Bank president quits amid scandal

MANILA • The Philippines' Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) said yesterday it has accepted the resignation of its president, Mr Lorenzo Tan, even as it cleared him of wrongdoing in connection with an US$81 million (S$110 million) money laundering scandal.

RCBC is at the centre of a Senate investigation into a cyber heist in which money was stolen from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the US Federal Reserve Bank of New York and allegedly deposited in one of its branches.


Robot to sit Chinese 'gaokao' next year

BEIJING • A robot is being designed to compete with 12th-graders during the annual "gaokao" college entrance examination next year and get a score qualifying it to enter first-class universities in China, according to the Huaxi Metropolis Daily.

The AI test-taker, part of a project by the Ministry of Science and Technology, was designed by Chengdu Zhun Xing Yun Xue Tech- nology, Xinhua reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe