Briefs, November 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 3:52am

Former police boss tells graft trial of 'affair'

SINGAPORE - A former head of Singapore's narcotics police admitted at his corruption trial he had sexual relations with one of his agency's contractors, but denied any wrongdoing. "We were having an affair, an extramarital affair," Ng Boon Gay, 46, the former director of the Central Narcotics Bureau, said. State prosecutors allege that Ng violated anti-corruption laws by demanding oral sex on four occasions from information technology executive Cecilia Sue, 36, in exchange for helping her win supply contracts from his agency. AFP

Stampede after bridge collapse kills 18

PATNA - At least 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured after the collapse of a bridge which triggered a stampede during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian city of Patna. Police said the makeshift bridge erected to help people reach the Ganges river gave way under the weight of devotees rushing to offer prayers to the setting sun. Most of the casualties are thought to have been the result of the stampede and not the collapse of the bridge. AFP

Indian Facebook users held over criticism

MUMBAI - Indian police said they had arrested a woman for criticising on Facebook the total shutdown of Mumbai after the death of politician Bal Thackeray, as well as a friend who "liked" the comment. The pair were due to appear in court charged under the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. They were arrested after a huge funeral procession attended by hundreds of thousands of supporters was held in Mumbai for Thackeray, the divisive founder of the rightwing Shiv Sena party. News of his death on Saturday brought the city to a virtual standstill for the weekend. AFP