Asia Briefs: Overseas Chinese meet in Beijing next month

Overseas Chinese meet in Beijing next month

BEIJING • Representatives of overseas Chinese groups will convene in Beijing from June 1 to June 3, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council said yesterday.

The three-day conference will attract more than 650 leaders of overseas Chinese organisations, from about 130 countries and regions.

The office said the meeting will be a vital platform for the organisations to share experiences and strengthen bonds of friendship.


Police arrest militant linked to prof's murder

DHAKA • Bangladesh police have arrested an Islamist militant linked to the murder of a professor amid a surge in deadly attacks on liberal activists and other minorities in the South Asian nation, a senior officer said yesterday.

Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, 58, who taught English at Rajshahi University, was hacked to death on his way to work last month. The suspect was arrested on Sunday and he pleaded guilty in court. He is a member of a banned militant group called the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.


Uber, Grab told to stop motorbike taxi service

BANGKOK • Thailand has ordered Uber and Grab to halt their motorcycle taxi-hailing services, a senior transport official said yesterday.

UberMoto and Grab Bike services have led to conflicts with those registered to provide taxi services, said Mr Nunthapong Cherdchoo, a senior official at the transport ministry.

About 186,000 motorbikes are registered to provide taxi services in Thailand, and almost half of them are in Bangkok, according to government data.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe