Asia Briefs: Thai junta puts power plant on hold

Thai junta puts power plant on hold

BANGKOK • Thailand's military government has put on hold plans for a coal-fired power plant in a region known for its pristine tourist beaches after protests by residents and activists, Thai media said yesterday.

The delay to the plant in Krabi while an environmental and health impact assessment is carried out marked a rare decision by the junta to bow to protesters, who have largely been silenced since a 2014 coup.

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Ex-HK chief remanded in custody

HONG KONG • Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, 72, was remanded in custody yesterday ahead of his sentencing later this week for misconduct in public office. A jury had earlier found that Tsang failed to disclose private rental negotiations with property tycoon Bill Wong Cho Bau while his Cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting licence for a now defunct radio firm, in which Mr Wong was a major shareholder.

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Officers nabbed over editor's death

COLOMBO • Sri Lankan police have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, a legal source said yesterday.

The 2009 killing of Mr Lasantha Wickrematunge, a fierce critic of then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had sparked a global outcry.

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