Kingfisher Airlines

Briefs, October 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 2:43am

Man held for stabbing five at railway station

TOKYO - Japanese police arrested a man who allegedly stabbed five people at a railway station in southwest Japan, Kyodo reports. The five victims in the attack at Hakata railway station in Fukuoka city - all men - were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, it said. Police said that the arrested man had said he "wanted to stab people". AFP

Debt-ridden airline suspended after strike

NEW DELHI - The Indian government has suspended the licence of Kingfisher Airlines, which has been struggling to resume flights after a strike by pilots and engineers who had not been paid for months. Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the decision was made in view of passenger safety concerns as the planes were not being serviced. The company, which is drowning in debt, has not operated flights since early this month. AP

Red Bull heir in alleged hit-and-run took drugs

BANGKOK - Thai police say an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who had been accused of the hit-and-run death of a policeman tested positive for cocaine in his blood. Police said while Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, tested positive for the drug, it was not yet clear if he had ingested it before the September 3 crash. Vorayuth, who is accused of driving a Ferrari that struck the officer and dragged his body down a Bangkok street, was not taken into custody until hours after the accident. His family paid the officer's siblings 3 million baht (HK$756,000) earlier this month. AP

N Korea slams South president's island trip

SEOUL - North Korea condemned a recent visit by the South's President Lee Myung-bak to an island close to their disputed border and reiterated that it recognises only a demarcation line drawn by Pyongyang. A National Defence Commission spokesman said Lee's trip on Thursday to Yeonpyeong island had been intended to raise tensions and rally support ahead of December elections. The spokesman also reiterated Pyongyang's opposition to the Northern Limit Line - a frontier drawn by the US-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean war. AFP

NY terror suspect's background probed

DHAKA - Bangladeshi police are interviewing former teachers and classmates of a Bangladeshi man charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, investigating whether he had connections with radical groups at home. Dhaka police said detectives would visit North South University in Dhaka where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, studied before going to the US. AP