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Two men missingin Thai train crash
Bangkok, Thailand
A train driver and engine man are presumed dead after the locomotive of a passenger train derailed and plunged into a river in northern Thailand, a railway official said yesterday.
The locomotive of the Bangkok-bound train from Chiang Mai, carrying more than 400 passengers, disconnected from the rest of the train and fell into a river Thursday night as it snaked through a mountainous area of Phrae province, said Montakan Srivilas, a spokeswoman for the State Railways of Thailand.
"The locomotive is totally submerged in deep water. The driver and engine man are trapped inside the locomotive. They are still missing and presumed dead,'' Montakan said.
Two of the 10 passenger cars also derailed and four passengers suffered minor injuries in the incident in Phrae, about 460 kilometers north of Bangkok, she said.
Drugs seized at airport
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
New Zealand border officials have seized 4.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as 'ice', concealed in the luggage of two tourists at Auckland airport, the Customs Service said yesterday.
Customs officers discovered the drug packed into picture frames in the luggage of the pair who were traveling to New Zealand via Hong Kong on Canadian passports, said Eddie Kohlhase, the services manager for Auckland Airport.
Officers found the 43 identically sized picture frames during an x-ray examination and about 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in each frame.
The unnamed accused, a 34-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, were remanded in police custody to appear in the Manukau District Court on October 4, charged with importing and possessing a controlled drug for the purposes of supply.
Pakistan jet crashes
KARACHI, Pakistan
A Pakistan air force jet on a training flight crashed near the southern port city of Karachi, killing the pilot, the air force said yesterday.
The F-7 aircraft went down Thursday night "apparently due to technical malfunction" about 40 kilometers northeast of Karachi, the air force said in a statement.
The jet's pilot, Squadron Leader Faisal Bashir, was fatally injured in the crash, which will be investigated by the Pakistan air force, the statement said.
No injuries or any damage on the ground were reported.
Birds die for decor
KOLKATA, India
Thousands of protected birds are being killed in India's West Bengal state to meet demand from drummers who want to decorate their instruments with feathers, officials and activists said.
Egrets, pheasants and herons as well as endangered open bill storks are being trapped illegally or shot by arrows ahead of two important Hindu festivals, which will be celebrated in late September and early October.
Ujjal Bhattacharya, West Bengal Chief Conservator of Forests, said yesterday that measures are being taken to stop the poaching.
In India, anyone convicted of killing a protected bird can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined 5,000 rupees (US$110) or both. But poachers are rarely convicted.


Updated : 2021-10-18 15:54 GMT+08:00