DHAKA: Bangladesh yesterday signed a loan deal with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to build a metro rail system, costing $2.8 billion, to ease Dhaka’s traffic jams. The 20.1km (12.5mile) ground and elevated railway will stretch across Dhaka from north to south, with 16 stations and will ferry four million commuters daily. Work will start in 2016 and end in 2021. The government may seek investment from other donors for the remainder of the cost.
Boy’s public act irks Hong Kongers
HONG KONG: A mainland Chinese mother who asked her son to relieve himself in a bottle in a crowded Hong Kong restaurant sparked online anger. The Standard newspaper said the incident occurred over the Lunar New Year holiday. The mother, who had been enjoying a meal with her family, allowed her son to answer nature’s call in a bottle she carries for such purposes. “But a female waitress saw us and spoke loudly, saying there is a toilet upstairs,” she wrote in an online forum. “She repeated it five times until everyone was staring at me. My family and I were so depressed thanks to Hong Kongers’ discriminating against mainlanders.” But her complaints met with little sympathy in Hong Kong, where locals have expressed a growing unease about their relationship with the mainland.
Myanmar holds talks with groups
BANGKOK: Myanmar’s reformist government yesterday held talks with a federation of ethnic groups to resolve issues, including the conflict in the northern state of Kachin. The United Nationalities Federal Council, formed by about a dozen groups, including the Kachin, met the Minister of the President’s Office, Aung Min, and other officials in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. The group said the “frank and friendly” talks aimed to map out a framework and timeframe for dialogue and pledged to hold another round of discussions within two months.
Thai arrested for
rape of Scottish
BANGKOK: Thai police said they had arrested a man yesterday for the rape of a Scottish woman, 20, who had hoped to work as an English teacher in the country. The Thai suspect, 25, was arrested at his house in the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat based on CCTV footage and witness accounts. “He confessed that he raped her twice. Medical examinations confirmed that she was raped,” police said. The victim told police she was raped by two of four men who attacked her after leaving a bar in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday.