Asia Briefs: Telugu Desam Party quits Modi coalition

Telugu Desam Party quits Modi coalition

NEW DELHI • An Indian political party that governs a southern state quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coalition yesterday, blaming it for a lack of financial support, officials said, in a blow ahead of national polls next year.

The Telugu Desam Party controls 16 lawmakers in India's 545-member Parliament, but Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition maintains a majority.


Bad social credit = No flights, trains

SHANGHAI • China will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

Those on restricted lists would include those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, said statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission's website yesterday.


Nanny who hurt baby: licence to be revoked

TAIPEI • The Taiwanese authorities said they will revoke a nanny's licence after a video of her slapping an eight-month-old baby girl sparked outrage on social media. The incident happened on Tuesday at a daycare centre in the central city of Taichung.

Footage showed the baby tumbling over as she was slapped on the back of her head several times. The woman then slammed her on the floor twice.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe