Asia Briefs: Cellphones in India to have panic button

Cellphones in India to have panic button

MUMBAI • All cellphones sold in India from January next year must have a panic button that enables the user to call for help, the government has said, amid concern for women's safety after a series of violent crimes in recent years.

From January 2018, cellphones must also have a built-in Global Positioning System, the ministry of communications and technology said in a statement.


Most prefer GrabCar, Uber over cabs: Poll

KUALA LUMPUR • An online survey by Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has revealed that over 80 per cent of the public prefer using ride-sharing services Uber and GrabCar over regular taxis.

According to the New Straits Times on Tuesday, SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Syed Albar said one of the main reasons commuters prefer the ride-sharing services is their accessibility.

S'porean caught with drugs at Bali airport

BADUNG • A Singaporean man has been caught with drugs at the airport of the idyllic Bali island where he had intended to celebrate his birthday, local media reported.

Mohammad Noh Abdul Salam, 33, was arrested on Tuesday after arriving in Bali with his friends from Kuala Lumpur on an AirAsia flight, Ngurah Rai Customs chief Budi Harjanto said yesterday.

The cafe manager was going to use the drugs to celebrate his birthday which falls on April 29, Mr Budi added.

Mohammad Noh obtained the drugs, comprising ecstasy and LSD, in Malaysia. He faces five to 15 years in jail, according to the Antara Sumbar news site.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe