Asia Briefs: Senior army officer under graft probe

Senior army officer under graft probe

BEIJING • A senior Chinese army logistics officer is being investigated for corruption, state media said yesterday, the latest military official to be probed in an ongoing anti-graft campaign.

Major-General Zhou Guotai, the former deputy head in charge of fuel and supplies at the military's powerful General Logistics Department, has been put under investigation for "suspected serious violations of discipline", China Military Online said.


N. Korea 'preparing for another nuclear test'

SEOUL • South Korea's National Intelligence Service said it believed that North Korea was preparing for another nuclear test, but not in the near future, according to lawmakers who attended a closed-door parliamentary session with officials from the spy agency on Tuesday.

Legislators Lee Cheol Woo and Shin Kyoung Min, who briefed the news media on the session, provided no other details.

North Korea conducted three nuclear tests between 2006 and February 2013.


9 missing, 2 hurt in China factory blast

BEIJING • Nine people were missing and two injured in a blast at an east China factory yesterday, state media said, the latest in a string of warehouse and plant explosions.

The frequency of blasts in China, including massive explosions that killed more than 160 people in Tianjin in August, have raised questions about safety standards.

The blast occurred at Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Corporation in Shandong province's Pingyi county, Xinhua news agency said.


Jakarta airport to cut flights per hour

JAKARTA• • Indonesia will cut the number of flights allowed per hour from Jakarta's main airport due to safety concerns, officials said yesterday.

To help ease the workload on air traffic controllers at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, it will be limited to 62 take-offs and landings an hour, down from around 72 at peak hours currently, said Mr Muzaffar Ismail, director for aircraft operations at the transportation ministry.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Subscribe