Gurugram: India diners spit blood after being served 'dry ice'

Indian grilled chicken (Chicken Tikka), roast spiced potatoes, yoghurt raita, nan bread and a bowl of vegetables.Getty Images

The manager of a hotel in India has been detained after allegedly serving a group of guests with dry ice as a mouth-freshener.

After consuming the sugar and pepper mix, which is customarily served after a meal, five persons started vomiting and their tongues started bleeding.

The bag, according to the policeman, contained clean ice, a good type of carbon monoxide used as a cooling agent.

Following the incident, both the buyers were taken to the hospital.

Authorities in Gurugram area, where the restaurant is located, detained its director on Tuesday on suspicion of poisoning with the intention to inflict harm or harm.

A search is also in progress for the restaurant’s proprietor, who is already fleeing.

Police claimed that Ankit Kumar, a native of Greater Noida City, along with his wife and friends, had been to the restaurant on Saturday.

A servant gave them a bag of lips freshener after dinner. However, the policeman reported to the BBC in a statement that their tongues started bleeding and burning as soon as they consumed it.

Customers can be seen putting snow in their mouths and consuming fluids to relieve the pain in a video that has been circulated on social media.

The users have also accused the restaurant employees of refusing to assist them in their problem.

Eventually, a doctor examined the contents of the mouth spray bag and found that it contained clean ice, according to police.

The event is being looked into, and the authorities announced that they were conducting a forensic examination of the contents of the tongue fragrance.

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Warning: It's heat stroke weather

Warning: It's heat stroke weather
Last Friday, this small coach traveled through a grain field in Pathum Thani state, protecting both the drivers and the passenger from the sunlight. ( Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill )

The temperature office issues a warning that “feels like” temperatures of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit are a real danger in the current temperate climate.

The Meteorological Department reported that on Tuesday, temperature reached a high of 50.6°C in Trat, 48.1°C&nbsp, in Bangkok, 42.5°C in Krabi, 39.9°C in Tak, and 38.7°C in Nakhon Ratchasima.

According to the Met Office, on Wednesday it seems like temperature will achieve 51.4°C in Chon Buri, 48.3°C in Phuket, 48.1°C in Bangkok, 39.6°C in Tak, and 39.4°C in Buri Ram.

People feel hotter than they actually are because their bodies do not great when they sweat, according to the office.

The Department of Health warned that such great conditions, particularly among those who spend a lot of time outside, could lead to heat exhaustion and even temperature strokes.

For standard record-keeping functions, temperatures are recorded in the shade. In Mae Sot in Tak on April 15, 2013, the highest recorded temperature in Thailand was 45.4°C, &nbsp. On April 28, 2016, it set a record of 44.6°C in the Muang city of Mae Hong Son.

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Singaporean who helped foreigner buy restricted property worth over S$6 million gets jail

A Singaporean man was given a jail sentence on Tuesday ( Mar 5 ) for assisting a foreigner in purchasing more than$ 6 million ( US$ 4.5 million ) worth of restricted property.

Tan Hui Meng, a 57-year-old undischarged bankrupt, received a two-year, three-month, and three-week sentence and a$ 3,000 fine.

He has the right to file an appeal against his word and faith.

He contested his accusations, but he was found guilty of eight counts of breaking the Residential Property Act, Oaths and Declarations Act, Land Titles Act, and Housing and Development Act.

The charges involve funding the purchase of three landed homes along East Coast Road, as well as providing false information or statements to various government regarding the houses ‘ ownership.

In either his capacity as the chairman of Hwampoa, a geographically designed company, Tan had purchased two of the houses. Nevertheless, he purchased the properties with the intention of holding them in trust for his associate, Zhan Guotuan, a Chinese business.

Additionally, Tan even gave Guan Aimei, another Singaporean who is a co-accused in the case, the order to purchase the next home for Zhan.

Foreign nationals may obtain owner’s permission to own the three houses in accordance with the Residential Property Act.

Zhan intended to build a property in their area along the bend of East Coast Road where the three components are located. According to the trial, this is comparable to what was done in earlier jobs by his businesses.

According to the prosecution, Zhan owned shares in about 100 businesses in China, as well as those in Indonesia, Laos, and Thailand. He was also a successful business.

His annual salary at the time of the crimes, which occurred in 2007 and 2008, was about S$ 7 million.

Through the Global Investor Program of the Economic Development Board, Zhan committed to engage about S$ 1.5 million in Singapore along with his two sons when he applied for permanent residency there.

He and Tan met in Singapore in 2003 or 2004, and they both became residents of Singapore in 2003 or 2004.

Tan worked as a business director, accountant, and auditor professionally at the time. Tan helped Tan with his opportunities because he was acquainted with Singapore’s laws.

Tan eventually assisted Zhan in starting some businesses, but he was given the reins to oversee the financial facets of the businesses because Zhan’s main office was located far outside of Singapore.

Zhan specialized in real estate development. He may use his businesses to purchase landed properties in Singapore, tear down the buildings, construct small-scale condominiums on the property, and buy the units at the new developments.

Tan assisted him in starting the home development firm Alphaland and Xin An, the major contractors for the advancements.

In three reconstruction jobs, Rosyth Residence, Tembeling Court, and Ceylon Residence, this business strategy was properly implemented. For a profit, the units were sold.

Tan argued at trial that he had bought the three East Coast Road components for himself.

He asserted that the decision to purchase seven products at East Coast Road was his own.

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China: What Li did and didn't say at the NPC - Asia Times

Investors already seem unimpressed by China’s pledge to grow around 5% this year. It’s not because of what Premier Li Qiang said about Asia’s biggest economy but rather what his National People’s Congress report failed to address.

Along with Beijing holding its fire on massive new stimulus, the report lacked new strategies to fix a property crisis exacerbating deflation. Nor did it detail fresh moves to strengthen China’s capital markets to stabilize sliding stocks.

Li’s report did contain many goodies that might normally send mainland stocks skyward. The gross domestic product (GDP) target is certainly ambitious given Japan is in recession, Europe is heading that way and US Federal Reserve rate cuts are off the table for now.

Plans to champion “high-quality development” augur well for increased innovation, research and development, green energy, cutting-edge manufacturing and, ultimately, higher disposable incomes across the nation.

Investors may be cheered by talk of generating 3% consumer price inflation, holding the fiscal deficit to 3%, creating 12 million urban jobs and increasing tech self-sufficiency as Washington tightens the screws. There’s hope, too, that the plan to issue one trillion yuan (US$139 billion) of ultra-long special central government bonds will boost consumption.

The work report that Li unveiled stressed that to be “well prepared for all risks and challenges,” the government is working to ensure that “internal drivers of development are being built up.”

As such, it said “we will implement a package of measures to defuse risks caused by existing debts and guard against risks arising from new debts.”

Beijing, it added, “will take prudent steps to defuse risks in small and medium financial institutions in some localities and take tough measures against illegal financial activities.”

Overall, Li “provided a largely positive review of the development” efforts, says Bert Hofman, a senior fellow at the National University of Singapore.

But little of note has been said so far about repairing the biggest cracks undermining the economy — and global investors’ confidence in it. These include a property crisis putting China in global headlines for all the wrong reasons and a $9 trillion mountain of local government financing vehicle (LGFVs) debt.

To economist Alicia Garcia-Herero at Natixis, the big takeaway is that the NPC “work report confirms the same growth target as last year, but without a plan.”

Of course, many investors would add to the list the steady reduction in transparency on President Xi Jinping’s watch. Though Li claimed Beijing will “vigorously promote” openness to information, Xi’s moves to tighten control over data, particularly among foreigners, aren’t helping.

Nor is China’s surprising decision to scrap the premier’s traditional press conference at the close of the NPC. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1993.

“China seems to be heading towards close-door policies with more opaqueness on economic policies,” says analyst Kelvin Wong, who publishes the Lighthouse Chronicle newsletter.

As such, he detects a “lack of any clear catalyst to kickstart a major bullish impulsive trend structure for China and Hong Kong benchmark stock indices.”

Without increased visibility on Beijing’s policy, Wong says, “China stock market and capital markets are likely to be shunned by international players,” except for those within the Belt and Road circle of nations.

Ruihan Huang, senior researcher at the Paulson Institute think tank, argues the NPC’s work report contained “good news for foreign investment.”

“Beijing will fully abolish restrictive measures on foreign investment access in the manufacturing sector and liberalize market access in services such as telecommunications and medical care.”

On the other hand, Huang adds, it’s noteworthy that amidst the persistently sluggish real estate market, Li omitted the phrase “houses are for living, not for speculation” this year. In 2023, then-premier Li Keqiang featured that phrase prominently.

China’s ambition, expressed by China’s 5% growth target, might indeed raise concerns that Team Xi might resort to putting short-term growth ahead of long-term reforms to avoid future boom-bust cycles.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang and President Xi Jinping in March 2023. Photo: Xinhua

Lynn Song, greater China chief economist at ING Bank, notes that with “pervasively downbeat sentiment and property market weakness remaining an overhang, reaching 5% growth this year may be more difficult.” As such, her team expects to see “a moderate level of policy support.”

Yet moving China beyond those up-down GDP cycles requires reading the cracks underneath the economy. And with action, not slogans.

It’s grand that Xi and Li favor “higher productivity” and “high quality” growth. It’s another thing to do the heavy lifting to achieve it, China watchers say.

By her reading, Garcia-Herero at Natixis says Tuesday’s proceedings offered “no stimulus — the fiscal deficit even lower — no liberalization, nothing.”

On Tuesday, Li acknowledged that China’s economic performance faces “difficulties” that have “yet to be resolved.” Li even detailed where the cracks lie, saying that “risks and potential dangers in real estate, local government debt, and small and medium financial institutions were acute in some areas. Under these circumstances, we faced considerably more dilemmas in making policy decisions and doing our work.”

One problem, of course, is a lack of trust in China’s economy at a moment when Xi’s party is muddying foreign investors’ ability to discern the true fundamentals of the economy. Already, for example, there are doubts among analysts that China really grew at the 5.2% rate Beijing claims in 2023.

“A lot of economists think the numbers are completely fabricated. The idea of 5.2% or 5.5% growth is [very] likely wrong,” says Andrew Collier, managing director at research firm Orient Capital, told BBC. “It’s more like 1% or 2%.”

Though that may seem overly pessimistic, Collier speaks for many when he says “I think the next five or 10 years is going to be difficult.”

That’s in part due to an intensifying US-China trade war. In Washington, President Joe Biden’s White House continues to limit China Inc’s access to semiconductors and other vital technology – and US investors’ ability to invest in mainland tech firms.

On Tuesday, Beijing reaffirmed its overriding goal of becoming self-reliant in chipmaking and artificial intelligence in order to compete with the West.

The central government is boosting spending on technology and scientific research by 10% to nearly US$52 billion this year. Along with promoting national champions, the plan involves giving key enterprises a pivotal role in driving the policy.

“We will fully leverage the strengths of the new system for mobilizing resources nationwide to raise China’s capacity for innovation across the board,” Li’s report as delivered to lawmakers said.

“We will pool our country’s strategic scientific and technological strength and non-governmental innovation resources to make breakthroughs in core technologies in key fields and step up research on disruptive and frontier technologies.”

Yet underneath these worthy goals is a financial system still misallocating capital, damaging confidence among foreign investors and undermining domestic business and household confidence.

In February alone, the value of new home sales plunged 60% from a year earlier. That followed a more than 34% drop in the previous month.

China’s property market is a growing drag on the economy. Image: Screengrab / CNBC

Because real estate is the main asset in which Chinese invest, plunging property values are undermining consumption at a moment when Xi and Li hope to boost domestic demand.

As such, Beijing must detail plans to accelerate steps to repair the housing sector and to get bad assets off property developers’ balance sheets.

It’s vital, too, that Xi and Li find ways to reassure global asset managers that the roughly $7 trillion stock rout between 2021 and last month won’t continue. Beijing’s deployment of the “national team” of state funds to buy shares won’t renew confidence in the long run. That, analysts say, requires bold policy changes.

That’s why, for now, economists at HSBC think “recent market turmoil may prompt more decisive and quick moves by the national team to help restore confidence and prevent a self-fulfilling cycle.”

Yet decisive and quick moves seemed in short supply Tuesday. The same goes for altering the narrative on deflation.

“Once the expectation for further deflation is formed, consumers and investors will cut back on their spending,” says Gene Ma, head of China research at the Institute of International Economics. “Deflation will reduce the nominal GDP and thus raise the debt/GDP ratio and exacerbate the debt overhang.”

Ma argues that “the falling asset prices and negative wealth effect are hurting investment and consumption. The falling asset value relative to liability may force businesses and households to repay their debts to deleverage, making monetary easing like pushing on a string. Moreover, deflation causes weaker corporate earnings, rising defaults, and deteriorating bank asset quality, which in turn could lead to credit contraction.”

The People’s Bank of China has responded with cuts to required reserve rates and official interest rates. However, Ma says, “the producer price inflation-adjusted real lending rates remained elevated at 6.6% in the fourth quarter. We think a lot more forceful policy measures are needed to prevent deflation from doing more damage. The PBOC should explicitly anchor the inflation expectations by introducing an inflation target of 2% to 3%.”

So far in 2024, the PBOC has been reluctant to ease assertively. One reason is Xi’s determination to keep the yuan from falling. That, Xi’s inner circle apparently worries, would squander progress made in building global trust in the yuan and anger Washington head of a contentious election.

Another is fear of incentivizing bad lending and borrowing behavior. The liquidity bursts that are flowing from the PBOC have been enough to tame bond market dynamics but not stabilize Shanghai stocks.

Part of the rationale seems to be that China can do the bare minimum to stabilize stocks and keep GDP as close to 5% as possible. The restrained nature of policy moves, though, appears positive for bond markets and negative for stocks.

Hence the benchmark’s sharp swings up and down on Tuesday. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index dipped as much as 2.6%, the most in more than a month.

The good news: Xi and Li still have another week of NPC festivities to lay out a clear and coherent plan to repair a cratering property market and restore trust in the stock market. All global markets can do is hope that they use it.

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Singapore to spend extra S$1 billion on safer streets and improving first- and last-mile connectivity

Best Communication, SAFER STREETS,

Areas with Friendly Street designations have a high commuter movement and are near to important features. According to LTA, which introduced the initiative in 2023, they will have widened roads, new barrier-free crossings with concern given to pedestrians, and” calmer automotive traffic” achieved through road solutions and colors. &nbsp,

LTA has begun work in Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok West, and Tampines out of the five aircraft areas with these features, with Toa Payoh and West Coast joining them in the coming month.

After that, 10 more municipalities are anticipated to undergo transformation. These are Bedok, Buangkok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang, Holland/Buona Vista, Jurong East, Pek Kio, Punggol, Sembawang, and Tiong Bahru/Havelock. &nbsp,

According to Dr. Khor, LTA will work closely with these towns ‘ citizens to utilize features that are needed. &nbsp, &nbsp,

Regulators will also apply and enhance senior-friendly features at more van stops, such as extra seats with arm and back rests, and maintain chair accessibility.

Additionally, more covered linkways will be built to connect MRT facilities to more urban areas, notably those that are 800 meters away from Friendly Streets and other important facilities. &nbsp,

More pedestrian-friendly overhead bridges may be retrofitted with lifts to offer barrier-free access, especially those that are close to public transportation hubs and healthcare facilities. There are now 87 of these pedestrian overpasses.

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Police checks on Filipino transvestites after brawl with Thais

Police checks on Filipino transvestites after brawl with Thais
At Lumpini police station on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Division 5 captain Pol Maj Gen Withawat Chinkham addresses writers. ( Photo provided )

After they brawled with Thai transsexuals on Monday evening, authorities are reviewing the evidence of Filipino transsexuals who are still present at Soi Sukhumvit 11 in Bangkok.

According to Pol Maj Gen Withawat Chinkham, the Metropolitan Police Division 5’s captain, some transsexuals have arrived from the Philippines on 30-day tourist visa and checked into accommodations on Soi Sukhumvit 11 in the Wattana city on Tuesday.

According to him, the officers were checking whether their visas were still true and whether they were working improperly.

On Monday evening, Thai and Filipino transvestites brawled in front of a resort on Soi Sukhumvit 11. The police chief claimed that this was the first time the two organizations had boldly fought. &nbsp,

The event started with a debate between three Filipinos and two Thais, according to Pol Maj Gen Withawat. The two organizations exchanged words once outside a seafood restaurant at the lips of Soi Sukhumvit 5. They got angry and left the scene.

The two parties finally reconnected on Soi Sukhumvit 11. Six Thais and 15 Filipinos were present. They fought and argued each another. Thais reported the incident to Lumpini police stop after being hurt in the altercation.

The Thai transsexuals finally gathered back at the hotel on September 11 and waited for the Filipinos ‘ return via social media information.

When Lumpini police arrived at the hotel to transport two of the Filipinos to the place. Another fight broke out as officers escorted them out of the hotel, and one more person was hurt.

” They were uncomfortable when they met, perhaps because they have different racial and religious beliefs,” Pol Maj Gen Withawat said. The two parties had confronted one another before coming to a standstill.

According to Pol Maj Gen Withawat,” Information were therefore posted on social media, individuals gathered, and the incident occurred as seen in video clips.”

He claimed that authorities had not yet filed charges against anyone for the event. They were also assembling and reviewing the evidence, which would include authorities body devices and surveillance footage from the scene.

According to him,” Police will determine as many people as possible” in the event.

Police may also check the various resorts where Filipino transvestites stayed in the area. He claimed that each of them had a bedroom to themselves.

A Thai lesbian reported that some Filipinos had checked out of their accommodations and left the country on Tuesday night at the Lumpini police station.

She claimed that just recently, Filipino transsexuals had rented rooms in the area and regularly stood outside in front of hotels so that “everyone understands what they are doing.”

On security cameras recordings, officers could see that the Filipino transvestites frequently swear at Thai transvestites who pass their hotels.

On Tuesday, Thai transsexuals speak with reporters at the Lumpini police place. ( Photo provided )

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Belarusian man rescued after getting lost in Phuket forest

Tourist officers line can be reached via mobile telephone with GPS location information.

Belarusian man rescued after getting lost in Phuket forest
Dzmitry Neudakh, 23, of Belarus, was found more than six days after being lost in a wooded hill at Nai Thon beach in Phuket’s Thalang area. ( Photo: police )

A fresh Belarusian man was found abandoned on a wooded hill near Nai Thon shore in Thalang district on Tuesday after becoming lost immediately.

The man called the tourist policeman helpline at 11.18 p.m. on Monday, complaining that he could not return to the area where he had started his move.

A deputy holiday police inspector named Pol Lt Bunyiam Melapho and two other soldiers spoke with the person and confirmed his site using the GPS on his cellphone. Rubber boat rescuers were therefore dispatched. The guy was located and returned to his residence on Tuesday at around 5:30 am. According to officials, he had no injury.

Dzmitry Neudakh, 23, reported to the authorities that he was on a tourist visa to enter the country on February 18. On March 3, he traveled to Phuket and was staying at a motel in Thalang.

He was using the chart on his cellphone to walk along Nai Ton beach to a local wooded mountain on Monday night. He claimed that the mileage did not appear to be significant. However, after walking for a while, he became lost in the forest and was unable to find a way up. He claimed that the ocean waves were likewise rising.

He thanked the officers and everyone else involved in the search for him.

As the waves rise early on Tuesday night, a recovery boat approaches and spots Dzmitry Neudakh on the rocks. ( Photo: police )

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Korea:” Prudence, robot”! As it travels down the street to a Tokyo meat filet restaurant to pick up an order from Uber Eats, the natural self-driving delivery vehicle whistles. The US-based food app, which hopes to eventually expand the service more widely in Japan, will start offering robot deliveries inContinue Reading

7 new Thomson-East Coast Line stations to open on Jun 23; commuters can ride for free on Jun 21

LRT ADDITIONALS

Starting on March 16, the Bukit Panjang LRT did begin double ring service, which will run on Sundays from 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm. &nbsp,

Since December 1, 2019, it has been operating on a single loop during off-peak hours to accomplish renewal works.

LTA stated that it would evaluate the performance of the network before deciding whether to expand it to include more off-peak days. Full double ring services will still be accessible on friday mornings and evenings during the busiest days. &nbsp,

In the fourth quarter of 2024, two brand-new Bukit Panjang LRT trains are scheduled to launch customer support. 19 fresh trains, including these, will take the place of the first-generation ones that have been operating since 1999.

Second-generation vehicles are already undergoing upgrades in addition to a new communications-based train power signalling program. More railways are anticipated to finish the switch and re-enter customer service later this year. &nbsp,

From March 22 through June 30, Bukit Panjang LRT services will close one hour before, at 10:30 PM, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, to facilitate the assessment of the innovative vehicles and systems.

After 10:30 p.m., travellers you take the bus services 67, 171, 920, 922, 960, 963, 972, 972M, 973, 974, and 976. These cars serve the locations of Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang.

Works on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT station platforms, with designated ending locations for each of the four routes traversing the station, may begin this month, according to LTA.

In order to promote board and board, the place will also receive new signs and backlog markings as well as a new tactile guiding system. &nbsp,

By the end of the year, the first of 25 brand-new two-car trains for Sengkang-Punggol LRT will been operational for customer service after passing screening. In order to increase customer capacity, these innovative trains will eventually take the place of some of the existing one-car trains and some of the existing two-car trains. &nbsp,

With eight in ten homes located within ten minutes of a coach place, LTA continued,” We are on track to reach our goal of expanding the rail system to about 360 km by 2030.”

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