Briefs, October 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 2:58am

Japanese road victim found dead at landfill

TOKYO - An elderly man was killed when a street-cleaning truck hit him and swept his body to a public landfill site. The body of what police believe was a 69-year-old man was discovered by a worker at the site, off Tokyo Bay. It is thought that the victim was lying down in the street in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he was hit, the Fuji News Network said, adding that his shoes had been found by the road and his body had many fractured bones. The driver of the truck has told police that he noticed nothing unusual while operating the machine. AFP


Nepali minister quits amid graft allegations

KATHMANDU - Nepal's labour minister stepped down after being asked by the prime minister to resign following allegations he sought bribes for registering private companies offering jobs abroad. Such companies are mushrooming in Nepal with thousands of younger citizens seeking jobs in the oil-rich Gulf and other countries. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai asked for labour and employment minister Kumar Belbase's resignation after television news channels showed clips of one of his aides asking representatives of job agencies for more than 250,000 rupees (HK$22,000) each. AP


More funds for bid to slow biodiversity loss

NEW DELHI - The UN's Environment Programme said developed countries had agreed to double their funding to support efforts in developing nations to slow the loss of biodiversity. The decision was taken at a UN conference that ended in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Saturday. The move is expected to help pursue 20 targets set up two years ago aimed at halting the extinction of animals and plants and preventing further damage to world ecosystems. AP