Asia Briefs: Hindu deity statues smashed in Penang

Hindu deity statues smashed in Penang

BUTTERWORTH • Vandalism of five deity idols in two Hindu temples in Penang within two weeks has prompted police to form a special task force to investigate the desecration.

Three statues at the Sri Dharma Muniswerar Temple in Penanti were discovered smashed yesterday morning , the Free Malaysia Today news site reported, following the destruction of two statues in a nearby temple on Wednesday last week.

Five get life in jail for gang-rape of tourist

NEW DELHI • Five men convicted of gang-raping a Danish tourist in New Delhi in 2014 were yesterday sentenced to life in jail, a prosecutor said, the maximum term possible.

They were convicted on Monday of assaulting the 52-year-old woman at knifepoint as she returned to her hotel, a crime that raised fresh fears about the safety of women in the Indian capital.


China issues new rules on baby formula

SHANGHAI • China's food safety watchdog has issued further regulations to tighten the supervision of baby formula, requiring producers to register and secure permits to sell their products, the state news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.

Packaging and instructions for baby formula use will be forbidden from making health-related claims, such as "good for (the) brain", "improves immunity" or "protects intestinal tracts".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe