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Accident kills 4 miners in northern Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam
Part of a mine tunnel collapsed and killed four coal miners in northern Vietnam, a coal company official said yesterday.
The workers were trapped in the 80-meter-deep tunnel in Quang Ninh province after the coal shaft collapsed on Sunday.
They were found dead hours later, said Nguyen Viet Cuong, a safety official for the Northeast Coal Mining Corp., which operates the mine. The four men, ages 25 to 32, were believed to have died of suffocation, Cuong said.
Quang Ninh, about 190 kilometers east of the capital, Hanoi, is Vietnam's main coal mining region.
Beaten to death
CALCUTTA, India
A teenager was beaten to death with a cricket bat in the east Indian city of Calcutta after two groups of teens clashed over a playing field, police said yesterday.
Mohammed Imran, 17, was playing soccer at a city park with friends when another group of teenagers arrived and wanted the soccer players to leave the field so they could play a game of cricket, said police officer S. Karan.
"Both sides had heated exchange of words and one of the members of the cricket team suddenly started beating the victim (Imran)," Karan said. The incident took place Monday.
Cricket is the most popular sport in India, however, Calcutta is one of the few regions in India where soccer is also played.
Karan said no arrest has been made, but police were searching for the assailants.
Paid informants
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysia's Customs Department paid out 12 million ringgit (US$3.5 million) to informers last year, leading to seizures of smuggled goods worth more than 180 million ringgit (US$52 million).
That's not a bad payoff, says Customs Department chief Abdul Rahman Abdul Hamid, as he called on more people to snitch on smugglers, a news report said yesterday.
"It does not matter whether it's a man or woman ... As long as your information is accurate, can lead to successful operations ... and cripple a syndicate, it should be good enough," Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.
According to the newspaper, there are over 5,000 informers in the country although only a small number of them are active and earned their living by keeping tabs on smugglers.
On Monday, officials announced that a tip off from an informant led to the seizure of five 20-foot containers loaded with 11,192 cartons of Thailand's Blue Ice beer, which had been brought into the country illegally.
Hazardous neckties
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysian doctors have declared neckties a health hazard and called on the heath ministry to stop insisting that physicians wear them.
Citing studies that show ties are unhygienic and can spread infection, the Malaysian Medical Association says they are not often washed and carry germs that can cause pneumonia and blood infections, the Star newspaper said yesterday.
"And when doctors are doing their clinical rounds, they dangle all over the place," the paper quoted association president Dr. Teoh Siang Chin as saying.
But the Star quoted a ministry official as saying it needed more proof that neckties were a danger before it relaxed the dress code for doctors in hospitals.


Updated : 2021-05-13 03:05 GMT+08:00