Asia Briefs: Mystery donor leaves 'flood aid' lottery tickets

Mystery donor leaves 'flood aid' lottery tickets

TOKYO • A mystery benefactor has left about 2,000 lottery tickets in an elevator and asked that flood victims get the proceeds from any winning stub, Japanese police said yesterday.

An elderly woman found the tickets - which would have cost about 600,000 yen (S$7,025) - and notes from the anonymous donor stuffed in a paper bag at the city hall carpark elevator in Tochigi, north of Tokyo. This summer, the area was devastated by massive floods, which killed seven people.


Lawyer's abduction: Cops' acquittal upheld

BANGKOK • Thailand's top court yesterday upheld the acquittal of five police officers accused of involvement in the abduction and disappearance of a prominent human rights lawyer. The decision means no one has been prosecuted for abducting Mr Somchai Neelapaijit, a Muslim lawyer who vanished in 2004 while he was defending suspected Islamic militants who had accused the authorities of torturing them while in custody.


Two workers held over alleged rape at IT firm

MUMBAI • Indian police said yesterday they had arrested two contract workers accused of raping a woman at the premises of technology giant Infosys, in the latest incident of sexual violence to rock the country. The men, in their 20s, filmed the alleged assault, which occurred on Sunday at one of the firm's offices in the city of Pune in Maharashtra state, officers said.


Antiques on display for first time in 6 decades

BEIJING • Nearly 30 antiques are on display this week in Beijing's Summer Palace for the first time in more than six decades. They are part of an exhibition, which opened on Monday and will run for two months, showcasing 73 pieces including bronze ware, ceramics, calligraphy and furniture, as well as historical records. The treasures were hidden from the invading Japanese during World War II.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 30, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe