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TMCNet:  Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 25

[February 25, 2013]

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 25

Feb 25, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- SINGAPORE -- Four Chinese bus drivers charged with instigating and inciting an illegal strike in Singapore in November last year were sentenced to between six and seven weeks in jail on Monday.

All the four drivers pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to instigate an illegal strike, while one of them, He Junling, pleaded guilty to an additional charge of inciting an illegal strike. (Singapore-Chinese Drivers-Charges) ---- ISLAMABAD -- At least one security person was killed and seven others injured when a bomb went off inside a fort of paramilitary troops in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Khyber on Monday afternoon, local media reported.

Local TV Geo reported that the blast took place when an unknown quantity of explosive materials fixed inside the fort owned by Frontier Constabulary (FC) exploded with a big bang, leveling at least seven rooms to the ground.

One troop was killed right on the spot while seven others were shifted to a nearby military hospital. (Pakistan-Bomb) ---- NEW DELHI -- India Monday successfully launched into space seven satellites, including an Indo-French satellite called SARAL, from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, sources said.

The state-owned Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s home-made polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) blasted off at 6.

01 p.m. local time, carrying 410-kg SARAL, aimed at oceanographic studies, and six other small satellites from Austria, Britain, Canada and Denmark, and successfully put all of them into orbit. ( India-Satellites)

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