Briefs, December 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 5:09am

Tourist isles scramble to end power failure

BANGKOK - Thai authorities are trying to restore power on two popular islands in the south after a power blackout extending at least 48 hours caused travellers to leave. The islands of Samui and Pa-ngan in Surat Thani province lost electricity on Tuesday when an underground high-voltage cable ruptured. Most of the five-star hotels were not heavily affected. AP


Opposition LDP tipped to win big in election

TOKYO - Major Japanese newspapers are projecting that the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party will win a majority of seats in next Sunday's election. However, with polls showing nearly half of voters undecided, the results are far from certain. A survey by the Asahi newspaper estimated that the LDP could win 257 to 285 seats in the 480-seat lower house. The Yomiuri newspaper projected similar results. AP


India accused of foiling Kashmir rights probes

SRINAGAR, India - India and its courts have prevented fair investigations and prosecutions of security officials accused of human rights violations in Kashmir, two local rights groups said. The report named for the first time specific paramilitary soldiers and policemen suspected of crimes, but said India had not shown the will to prosecute them. AP


Lawmakers to receive anti-graft training

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's government will train lawmakers in how to avoid corruption. The 222 lawmakers would learn to identify and deal with "grey areas" in a one-off session next year, said D. Ravindran, an official with Pemandu, a government unit that looks into voter concerns such as graft and crime. AFP