Briefs, January 5, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 4:03am

Pakistan resumes polio jabs under tight guard

PESHAWAR - Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support as polio vaccinations resume discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers. UN agencies suspended work on a nationwide campaign to inoculate children against the highly infectious disease after nine health workers were murdered in a string of attacks in the northwest and Karachi last month. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is endemic, but efforts to stamp out the disease have been hampered by resistance from the Taliban, who have banned vaccination teams from some areas, and distrust. On Tuesday, six women and a man working for a charity involved in polio vaccinations were shot dead. AFP


Finger-horror kidnap victim is rescued

MANILA - Philippine police have rescued a kidnapped Indian businessman whose severed finger was delivered to his family. Four abductors were killed in a shoot-out and another was arrested. Gurtej Singh was rescued yesterday during a raid on the kidnappers' hideout in Bulacan province in the north. When Singh's ransom was not paid by Sunday, the kidnappers left his finger near his home. AP


Angry truckers cease Afghanistan deliveries

KARACHI - Pakistani truckers have suspended Nato and other supplies to Afghanistan, urging talks with government officials. Drivers get killed, trucks are looted and no compensation is paid, Haji Khan Dil Khan Niazi, of the All Pakistan Goods Transport Ittehaad, said. As many as 8,500 trucks carry cargo to Afghanistan daily. Bloomberg


Jakarta pledges aid to troubled Rakhine

JAKARTA - Indonesia will pledge US$1 million in aid to western Myanmar's Rakhine state, where tens of thousands have been displaced by sectarian violence. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have left at least 180 people dead in Rakhine since June, and displaced more than 110,000 others, mostly Muslim Rohingya. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said he would visit Myanmar on Monday "to deal with the issue of Rohingya on the invitation of the Myanmar government". AFP


Fake photo in Delhi rape victim tribute

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India - The father of a student in south India has complained to police after internet users circulated a photo of his daughter on social media claiming it was the Delhi gang-rape victim. A tribute to the dead Delhi woman, who was repeatedly raped on a bus, has gone viral on Facebook. Her name and identity have been withheld to protect her family from being stigmatised. A Kerala police spokesman said the photo used in the Facebook tribute was a fake and had caused distress. AFP