BEIJING: Most would-be husbands and wives in China have had sex before they officially apply for a marriage certificate, breaking with conservative Chinese tradition, state media said yesterday.
According to a report released by the China Family Planning Association on Wednesday, the ratio of couples who had premarital sex ranged from the lowest 44% to the highest 90.75% depending on which region in China they were from, the Xinhua news agency said.
Most regions had a ratio of 60% to 70%, the report said, marking a dramatic change in attitudes in a matter of just two to three decades. – AFP
TOKYO: A 70-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to swindle a Japanese hotel into letting her stay for 379 days without paying the 2.63mil yen (RM91,443) bill, police said yesterday.
Fumi Takemiya was arrested on Wednesday after finally conceding to the inn's owner that she didn't have the money, local police spokesman Tetsuo Ouchi said.
For the first two months, the pensioner managed to pay the 7,000 yen (RM243) daily rate.
After thatshe kept telling the owner her money had been lent to someone and would be paid back soon. – AP
SEOUL: South Korea's information minister said yesterday that allegations of government wiretapping of mobile phones flew in the face of technological limits and that he spoke to the country's president on a regular cellphone.
Opposition lawmakers have alleged that the current and previous governments had bugged the mobile phones of critics and blocked private firms' efforts to develop bug-proof mobiles while giving top officials bug-free phones. – Reuters
Catwalks on board flights
BANGKOK: Thai Airways flight attendants will turn airplane aisles into catwalks on two flights next week, modelling Thai-designed clothes to promote Bangkok as a regional fashion hub, officials said yesterday.
Five female attendants will model clothes by Thai designers using cloth woven by villagers on a return flight from here to Phuket next Wednesday, they said.
“In support of the government's policy to promote Bangkok as a fashion city the Thai Airways flight attendants will showcase the work of local Thai designers,” the flag carrier said in a statement. – AFP
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