Asia Briefs: HK to resume live poultry trade

HK to resume live poultry trade

HONG KONG • Hong Kong's Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing Man has said that live poultry trade will resume today, after the authorities culled 4,500 birds at a wholesale market this week following a positive test for the H7N9 bird flu virus.

Dr Ko said yesterday all 3,360 samples of droppings taken from local poultry farms and 270 from the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale poultry market tested negative for the virus.

The first known human case of the H7N9 strain was reported in mainland China in March 2013, the World Health Organisation says. The virus spread to Hong Kong nine months later and killed three people.


Pakistani burnt alive in 'honour killing'

LAHORE • A Pakistani teenager has been burnt alive by her mother after marrying a man of her own choice, the latest in a string of so-called "honour killings" in the country.

Zeenat Bibi, 16, was set on fire by her mother Perveen Bibi yesterday in the eastern city of Lahore a little more than a week after the wedding, police said.

Zeenat's husband Hasan told local TV station Geo News that the pair had eloped, but he had reluctantly allowed her to return to her family home after they promised they would hold a celebration and not harm her.


Dengue fever alert in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia has warned of a dengue fever outbreak as the annual rainy season has begun, the health ministry said in a statement yesterday .

The South-east Asian country reported 1,915 dengue fever cases in the first five months of this year, an increase of 98 per cent from 968 cases over the same period last year, the statement said.

The virus killed four children during the January-May period this year, up from just one death over the same period last year, the statement added.


Corruption suspect returns to China

BEIJING • A man on China's list of 100 most wanted corruption suspects abroad has voluntarily returned to China from Canada where he fled in 2011, as Beijing keeps up the pressure to return such people to the country.

China's graft-fighting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said yesterday Zeng Ziheng had come back to the country of his own accord after "successful admonishment".

Zeng, 44, had been an engineer in the northern province of Henan.

The statement provided no details of the exact crimes he is wanted for.


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