Kidney doc got SMSes from lovers: Nepal police
The Nepalese police have claimed that the alleged kidney transplant racket kingpin Amit Kumar had secret Valentines who used to send him text messages on his mobile, professing their love and support while he was on the run. Kumar, who was deported to India last week after his arrest from a jungle resort in southern Nepal, appeared to have romantic relations with more than one woman, said police sources.
One of the messages recorded in the police file read, Jaan, take care I’m with u, don’t worry ok. I love u very much.” (sic.) The sender, whose name begins with ‘A’, used a Canadian SIM card, reported The Himalayan Times. Another message read, “Never hesitate in taking risks and working hard b’coz you have to dive deep into the sea to find the pearls,” adding “Hav a gr8 day. Love.” (sic.) These messages were sent from two different SIM cards, according to police, who believed that none of the messages were sent by Kumar's wife who is also based in Canada.
Police came to known about the text messages while interrogating Kumar at the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police’s Crime Division office after his arrest. The alleged kidney don also frequently visited casinos, dance bars and nightclubs during his brief visits to Nepal, police said.
Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said Bourla tested positive for Covid-19 and is receiving Paxlovid, the treatment made by his company. Bourla said he's feeling well although experiencing very mild symptoms, according to a statement Monday. Bourla said he is “isolating in place as well as following all public health precautions” and that he's confident of a speedy recovery. The New York-based drugmaker declined to comment beyond Bourla's statement.
China has carried out fresh military drills near self-governed Taiwan in response to the ongoing visit of US lawmakers to the island as high tension, sparked earlier this month by the visit of US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to Taipei, continues in the Taiwan Strait. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and says official ties between the island and another country is a violation of the mainland's sovereignty.
Health authorities in the financial hub said that they imposed “temporary control measures” at the store, after they found out that a close contact of a 6-year-old boy with an asymptomatic Covid infection had been there. They didn’t say when the close contact was in the store.
Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison on Monday in a judgment that could further anger supporters of the 77-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate. It's the fourth round of criminal verdicts against Suu Kyi since the military seized power in a 2021 coup and brings her total jail term to 17 years, extinguishing any chance of her staging a political comeback while the junta remain in power.
The Taliban marked a year in power on Monday with small-scale celebrations by the group's fighters as Afghanistan struggles with rising poverty, drought, malnutrition and fading hope among women that they will have a decisive role in the country's future. "This day is the day of the victory of truth over falsehood and the day of salvation and freedom of the Afghan nation," said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.