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The Sewol ferry disaster off Korea’s south coast may have been due to an attempt to change direction too sharply causing it to lose balance, according to preliminary findings of the Coast Guard, The Korea Herald reports. THAI Airways, which has been facing management and financial difficulties, should be privatised and its board should be revamped if the airline wants to remain competitive, says The Nation. Indonesia's Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Linda Gumelar is calling on the police force to go all out in hunting those deemed responsible for sexual abuse, saying the five-year sentence stipulated in the Criminal Code is too lenient, according to The Jakarta Post. Pollutants in more than 16 per cent of Chinese soil exceed national standards, reports China Daily. India's security agencies warned Maoist-affected states that plans were afoot to disrupt elections in a big way, The Statesman says quoting sources.

 

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