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  • Thursday, 03 Jul 2003

HONG KONG: A pair of newlyweds in China have won a refund for their wedding banquet after sad songs were played throughout the festivities, a news report said yesterday.  

As the couple toasted their marriage with guests at a restaurant in Keqiao, Hangzhou, morose Chinese songs including You Took Away My Woman and Why Do You Love Someone Else Secretly were played in the background. 

The couple were given an 80% discount on the banquet, the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily newspaper reported. – dpa 

 

HONG KONG: A jealous wife has put up explicit posters around a city in western China advertising for a new boyfriend for her husband's teenage lover, a news report said yesterday.  

The advertisements plastered around the streets of Chengu, Sichuan Province, gave the full name and details of the 19-year-old girl the woman suspects of sleeping with her husband, according to the South China Morning Post

The teenager was furious about the posters which appealed for a man who was “good in bed” to get in contact with her, according to the newspaper. – dpa 

 

NEW DELHI: Some 20 people were killed and another 20 injured when train derailed and fell off a bridge in Andhra Pradesh yesterday, news reports said. 

Government officials were quoted as saying at least 10 passengers in one compartment of the Golconda Express were killed, while eight fishermen under the bridge were crushed to death by the engine, according to the United News of India. – dpa 

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    JAKARTA: An Indonesian court yesterday jailed an activist for six months for insulting Vice-President Hamzah Haz by burning his portrait during a student protest. 

    Judges decided that “the action of the defendant can sully the dignity of a leader of the Republic of Indonesia,” the state Antara news agency said. – AFP 

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    MANILA: A strong undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 struck early yesterday off the island of Samar, the seismological institute reported. 

    There were no reports of damage or injuries. – AP  

  • Another perspective from The Philippine Daily Inquirer, a partner of Asia News Network. 

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