CHINA DATA SHOWS ECONOMY PICKING UP MOMENTUM
CHINA'S manufacturing activity strengthened last month, official figures showed yesterday, the latest data to suggest that the world's second-largest economy is picking up steam after two quarters of slower growth.
The official purchasing managers' index rose to 51 last month from 50.3 in July, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
DIP IN SHARK-FIN DEMAND LINKED TO CHINA GRAFT CRACKDOWN
CONSERVATIONISTS have attributed a dwindling demand for shark fins to China's crackdown on corruption, which has seen a decline in lavish banquets.
"We are seeing a reduction in demand from China. Hong Kong is also showing a significant decline in consumption," Mr Angelo Villagomez, a shark specialist with conservation group the Pew Charitable Trusts, said yesterday.
INDIAN GURU ARRESTED OVER TEEN'S SEX-ASSAULT CLAIM
INDIAN police have arrested a popular spiritual guru for an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolgirl at a religious retreat on Aug 15, a local official said yesterday. Asaram Bapu, 72, who has denied the charge, was arrested yesterday in the central town of Indore.
THAI PROTESTER FATALLY SHOT AT RUBBER FARMERS' RALLY
A THAI protester was shot dead and another injured at a rally in the country's south yesterday, officials said, following demonstrations calling for higher rubber prices. In a pre-dawn attack, shots were fired at a group of protesters acting as guards at a rally site in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.