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Briefs, December 27, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 December, 2012, 3:36am

Thein Sein denounces government corruption

YANGON - Myanmar's president has voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country's much-touted reform process. In another sign of the changes sweeping Myanmar, President Thein Sein reprimanded a gathering of cabinet ministers, regional leaders and other senior bureaucrats in a speech broadcast live on national media. It marked a sharp contrast to secretive leadership of the former military regime that did not admit its failings. AP

 

Gang-rape of student prompts inquiry

NEW DELHI - The government has ordered a special inquiry into the gang-rape of a student that sparked mass protests. The victim of the attack in Delhi is still fighting for her life. Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is the government's top spokesman, said retired judge Usha Mehra had agreed to head a commission of inquiry. He said the inquiry would "identify the lapses if any on the part of the police, or another authority or person, that contributed to the occurrence, and fix responsibility for the lapses or negligence". AFP

 

Trader jailed for online rumours about king

BANGKOK - A Thai court has jailed a former equity trader for four years for posting false internet messages about the king's health, which sent stocks plunging in 2009. Katha Pajariyapong, 39, was found guilty of three counts of breaching the controversial computer crime laws after posting messages on Sameskybooks.org Internet forum. The messages were followed by a slump in the stock market - which at one stage plunged 8 per cent - as rumours circulated about the condition of the revered but ageing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. AFP

 

150,000 chickens killed after bird flu outbreak

DHAKA -Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering 150,000 chickens at a poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years. The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected at Bay Agro farm at Gazipur, 40 kilometres north of Dhaka, on Monday after dozens of chickens died. AFP

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