Kingfisher Airlines

Briefs, October 13, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2012, 3:50am

Court orders arrest of Indian airline owner

MUMBAI - An Indian court ordered the arrest of the highflying owner of Kingfisher Airlines for bouncing checks, adding to the airline's woes as it struggles to resume flights that have been grounded since the start of the month. The airline has stopped selling tickets on its website until October 20 and is trying to convince pilots and engineers who haven't been paid for months to return to work. A court in the southern city of Hyderabad issued an arrest warrant for Vijay Mallya, who also owns a Formula One team, on charges his airline bounced four checks worth over 103 million rupees (HK$15 million) to the consortium running the airport in the city. AP

Japanese power firm admits nuclear failures

TOKYO - The utility behind Japan's nuclear disaster has acknowledged for the first time that it could have avoided the crisis. Tokyo Electric Power said it had known safety improvements were needed before last year's tsunami triggered three meltdowns, but it had feared the political, economic and legal consequences of implementing them. The utility has previously defended its preparedness and crisis management since the March 2011 tsunami. AP

Girl shot by Taliban in 'satisfactory' condition

RAWALPINDI - A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who was shot by a Taliban gunman after speaking out for girls' education is in "satisfactory" condition at a military hospital, a spokesman said, cautioning that the next few days would be critical. Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said Malala Yousufzai was being kept unconscious and on a ventilator. The bullet entered her head and travelled towards her spine, but it is too soon to say whether she has a significant head injury. AP

Myanmar monks rally against Islamic body

YANGON - Several thousand monks took to the streets of Myanmar's second-largest city to protest against a world Islamic body's efforts to help Muslim Rohingya in strife-hit Rakhine state. Holding banners reading "No OIC in Myanmar", the monks gathered in Mandalay to urge the government to block a plan by the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference to open an office in the country. Tensions are running high following Buddhist-Rohingya clashes in June in western Rakhine which left dozens of people dead. AFP

Cartoonist's sedition charges dropped

MUMBAI - Indian prosecutors dropped sedition charges against a cartoonist whose arrest over his anti-corruption drawings outraged freedom of speech campaigners. Aseem Trivedi, 25, whose online cartoons include the national parliament depicted as a huge toilet bowl, still faces charges under section 66A of the Information Technology Act and section two of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act. AFP