S'porean jailed in Batam for using fake documents
JAKARTA • A Singaporean man has been sentenced to a year in jail and fined 10 million rupiah (S$1,029) in Batam for using forged documents to get an Indonesian passport.
Presiding judge Endi Putra Nurindra told the Batam District Court yesterday that Teo Boon Tiak, 69, had used fake documents including a false birth certificate and identity card to obtain the Indonesian passport.
Judge Endi said Teo's sentence was lighter than the 18 months prosecutors had sought as he was old, had confessed to his crime and had no previous convictions.
Biggest decline in Japanese population
TOKYO • The number of Japanese in Japan, the nation with one of the world's fastest-ageing populations, fell the most on record as the number of deaths overtook those born there.
The Japanese population in the country fell for a seventh straight year, down by 271,834 to 125.9 million people as of Jan 1, according to data released on Wednesday.
The population of 40 of the nation's 47 prefectures fell, with the biggest drop coming on the northern island of Hokkaido. The increases were mainly in and around Tokyo, indicating that many young families are moving to the capital.
India to continue hunt for militants in Kashmir
SRINAGAR • India will go on hunting militants in Kashmir despite widespread protests over the killing of a young separatist commander, officials said, as the government bets that force coupled with development will quell rebellion in the restive state.
At least 34 people were killed - almost all shot by Indian security forces - and more than 1,500 wounded in the worst violence in Kashmir since 2010.