Asia Briefs: Thai abbot arrested for 'meth medicine'

Thai abbot arrested for 'meth medicine'

BANGKOK • An abbot at a Thai temple treating drug addicts has been arrested for selling patients traditional medicine laced with methamphetamine following an undercover sting operation, the authorities said yesterday.

Thailand has a major methamphetamine addiction problem but government-run rehabilitation centres are woefully underfunded, so temples often step in.


Hospital negligent in suicide of mum-to-be

XI'AN (Shaanxi) • Official investigators in north-west China's Shaanxi province on Thursday said a hospital in Yulin was negligent in a case that led to the suicide of a pregnant woman.

The woman, who was in labour, allegedly jumped to her death from the fifth floor of the hospital after her relatives rejected the hospital's recommendation that she deliver her baby by caesarean section.


Beijing applies brakes on shared bicycles

BEIJING • Beijing has decided to stop adding new shared bicycles to the city's streets, and instead strengthen the management of existing bikes. The decision was made after an exchange of opinions with the directors of 15 shared bike companies, and all said they "fully understand" and would comply, according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe