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From The Asian Reporter, V23, #01 (January 7, 2013), page 2.
World’s longest fast train line opens in China
BEIJING (AP) — China has opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line, which runs 1,428 miles from the country’s capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. The line officially opened last month when a train departed from Beijing to Guangzhou. Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later. Trains on the high-speed line will initially run at 186 mph with a total travel time of about eight hours. Before, the fastest time between the two cities by train was more than 20 hours. Railway is an essential part in China’s transportation system and its government plans to build a grid of high-speed railways with four east-west lines and four north-south lines by 2020.
Indonesian police looking into pigskin Kickers
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police in the Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia say they have received a complaint against the Kickers footwear company saying it labelled its shoes "halal" despite some being made with pig skin. Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said two people who bought the shoes at a mall in the capital claimed they found the words "pig skin lining" written on the tags. They said one of the reasons they purchased the shoes was because there was a sticker saying the pair was halal, or religiously approved. Pigs and all of their parts are considered haram, or forbidden, under Islam. When contacted by The Associated Press for comment, the local distributor of Kickers apologized through its lawyer, saying they mistakenly labelled the products. Police are investigating what action to take.
People flee Japan nuke disaster to faraway Okinawa

NAHA, Japan (AP) — Okinawa is about as far away as one can get from Fukushima without leaving Japan, and that is why Minaho Kubota is there. She was petrified of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that went into meltdown last year, so she grabbed her children, left her skeptical husband, and moved to the small southwestern island. More than 1,000 people from the disaster zone have done the same thing. Experts and the government say there have been no visible health effects from the radioactive contamination from Fukushima Dai-ichi so far, but they also warn that even low-dose radiation carries some risk of cancer and other diseases. Okinawa has welcomed the people from areas affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that set off the nuclear disaster.

China satellite navigation starts services to Asia

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese satellite navigation network created to eventually compete with America’s Global Positioning System (GPS) is offering services to Asian users outside the country. The network’s spokesman, Ran Chengqi, said in a press briefing that the Beidou system is offering services including positioning, navigation, time, and text messaging to users in the Asia-Pacific region. China expects Beidou to generate a $63 billion annual market for services to the transport, meteorology, and telecommunications sectors. China, and especially its military, have long been wary of relying on the dominant GPS network, fearing Washington might take the system offline in a conflict or an emergency.

Nepal farmers destroy chicken imported by KFC

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Poultry farmers in Nepal have stopped trucks importing chicken from India for KFC restaurants and destroyed the cargo. Nepal has banned chicken from India since bird flu broke out in India four years ago. Chief government administrator of Dhading district Bed Prasad Kharel says farmers stopped and seized two trucks bringing the frozen chicken to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. A brief scuffle broke out between police and the farmers. Police say authorities took control of the trucks, but that after consultation with livestock officials the cargo was dumped in a pit and covered. KFC, the only western fast-food restaurant in Nepal, says it imports its chicken from Brazil. Kharel says the tags on the cargo showed it came from India.

Video fuels rumor North Korean leader’s wife gave birth

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The seemingly pregnant belly sported by the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in mid-December appeared to be gone by New Year’s Day. That sent South Korean media into a frenzy of speculation that there’s a new baby in the ruling Kim dynasty. Video broadcast December 17 showed Ri Sol Ju wearing a billowing black dress that covered what appeared to be a swollen belly. Rumors swept Seoul and Pyongyang that she was pregnant, although it was difficult to tell for sure from the images. There has been no official word from Pyongyang. Ri was shown by state TV at a New Year’s concert wearing a tighter dress and looking noticeably slimmer, causing more speculation in Seoul that she may have given birth.

Low-cost Chinese film sets new record

BEIJING (AP) — A low-budget, domestically produced comedy has unexpectedly become the highest-grossing Chinese film to date. Chinese state media reported that the wacky road movie Lost in Thailand has grossed more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million) since its December 12 debut. The official Xinhua News Agency, citing an independent monitor of box office figures, said it also beat James Cameron’s Titanic in 3-D, the most popular foreign film in 2012, in Chinese theaters. Set in Thailand, the film tells the story of two businessmen who go searching for their boss in the north, and then link up with a tourist eager to explore the country. It is filled with slapstick humor and action scenes. The previous record for a domestic film was 726 million yuan set by Painted Skin 2.



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From The Asian Reporter, V23, #01 (January 7, 2013), pages 2 & 4.
From a Manila slum emerges an unlikely ballerina

MANILA, The Philippines — The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs, and communal toilets.

From this Manila slum of garbage

Park Geun-hye elected South Korea’s first woman leader

SEOUL, South Korea — Park Geun-hye, daughter of a divisive military strongman from South Korea’s authoritarian era, has been elected the country’s first female president, a landmark win that could mean a new drive to start talks with rival North Korea.

China now requiring people to visit their aged parents

BEIJING (AP) — Visit your parents. That’s an order.

So says China, whose national legislature has amended its law on the

From The Asian Reporter, V22, #23 (December 3, 2012), page 2.
India’s student archers aim for their future

MEERUT, India — Dressed in traditional robes and secluded in a tranquil rural garden, 20-year-old Somendra draws his bow in the knowledge that his archery form this year could determine the course of his life.

Fat police officers told to exercise in Indonesia

TANGERANG, Indonesia — Potbellied police in Indonesia’s capital have been ordered to exercise, exchanging their uniforms twice a week for sweats and sneakers as they line up for aerobics and pushups to try to drop a few pounds.

Coffee from an elephant’s gut fills a $50 cup

GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand — In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world’s most expensive coffee.

Cashing in on Gangnam Style’s YouTube fame

SEOUL, South Korea — As "Gangnam Style" gallops toward 1 billion views on YouTube, the first Asian pop artist to capture a massive global audience has gotten richer click by click. So too has his agent and his grandmother. But the money from music sales isn’t flowing in from the rapper’s homeland South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.