Briefs, March 14, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 2:48am

Clean water crisis for Asia-Pacific region

MANILA - Nearly two-thirds of people in the Asia-Pacific region have no clean, piped water at home despite the region's strong economic growth, a report released yesterday said. Water security is a major concern for most countries in the region, but the problem is poor management and a lack of investment in infrastructure rather than short supplies, said the report released by the Asian Development Bank. AFP

Ex-air force chief charged in bribery case

NEW DELHI - India's top investigative agency filed a criminal case against a former air force chief and 12 other men on charges of cheating and conspiracy in a US$750 million helicopter deal marred by bribery. The Central Bureau of Investigation filed the charges against Shashi Tyagi, three of his cousins and four defence companies after investigations revealed that huge bribes were paid to steer the contract to Italian defence group Finmeccanica's helicopter division, AgustaWestland. AP

Sumatran tiger mauls farmer to death

MEDAN, Indonesia - A rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death in western Indonesia, according to officials, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed. An official at Batang Gadis National Park said that the 32-year-old man, Karman Lubis, was attacked this week while working on a rubber plantation near the park in North Sumatra province. His mangled body was found on Tuesday. AP

Police beat protesters in eviction march

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian police have beaten people marching towards the prime minister's house to protest being evicted from their homes. Nearly 100 protesters, mostly women, marched to Prime Minister Hun Sen's home to petition him to provide land they claim was promised when they were evicted from the Boeung Kak lake area to make way for a luxury real estate project. AP

Militants disguised as cricketers kill five

SRINAGAR, India - Militants disguised as cricketers killed five paramilitary police in an ambush in the main city of Indian Kashmir, in the deadliest attack for nearly five years. The extremists pretended to be joining children for a game of cricket before taking out automatic weapons. AFP