Asia Briefs: Nepal holds landmark polls in troubled south

Nepal holds landmark polls in troubled south

NEPALGUNJ (Nepal) • Millions of Nepalis voted yesterday in the second round of local elections, a key step in its post-war transformation from feudal monarchy to federal democracy.

Voting was held across around half the country of 26 million people, including large swathes of the south which were shaken two years ago by deadly ethnic protests.

The police said a small bomb exploded in the west of the country, but there were no casualties and the polls proceeded peacefully.


Indonesia travel ban for Trump's business partner

JAKARTA • The Indonesian authorities have imposed a 20-day overseas travel ban on politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is building resorts to be managed by Trump hotels.

Mr Tanoesoedibjo, whose MNC Group controls businesses ranging from media to property, has been named a suspect for allegedly sending a threatening message to a prosecutor investigating a case involving Mobile 8, a telecommunications company previously owned by MNC Group. The ban was requested by the police criminal investigation unit.


China in largest diabetes epidemic in the world

WASHINGTON • China is facing the largest diabetes epidemic in the world with around 11 per cent of its population suffering from the metabolic illness, while nearly 36 per cent are pre-diabetic, according to a United States study.

The survey included 170,287 participants and was conducted in 2013. It was published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association.

Among the diabetic population in China, 36.5 per cent were aware of their diagnosis and 32.2 per cent were receiving treatment.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe