11 November 2006

Asia Update

The project manager at a Thai zoo, which has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, says they will play "porn" videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity.

"We'll play the video at the most comfortable and intimate time for him, perhaps after dinner,"

A man in southern China has applied to register a line of women's sanitary products under the name of Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, state media said today.

Yao is one of China's best known and highest paid sportsmen. The 7-foot-5-inch center plays with the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

Dancing and singing eunuchs are knocking on doors in the Indian city of Patna in a bid to embarrass shopkeepers into paying their taxes.

"Some paid in cash, while others quickly wrote checks. The shock therapy, which we plan to use sparingly, was a grand success," Atul Prasad, a top official in impoverished Bihar state, of which Patna is the capital, told Reuters Friday.

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