Quirky World...Bare-faced cheek finally unseats ‘Rocket’ rider

PAKISTAN: A motorcyclist has been arrested in the city of Lahore after police caught him riding naked along a busy road, days after a video of his exploits went viral on social media.

Police got word on Saturday that Shehroz Khan, 20, was riding naked once again on Lahore’s Main Boulevard. They blocked the road from all sides and Khan was flagged down and arrested, police said yesterday.

“We arrested Shehroz on Saturday for overspeeding, violating traffic rules and for revealing his private organs in public,” police officer Zulfiqar Butt said. “He’s still in police custody though all three offences are bailable.”

Khan, who goes by the nickname “Rocket”, had bet his friends that he could pull off the nude stunt, media said.

TV channels showed footage of a naked Khan doing a wheelie in the city centre as scores of cheering friends followed on their bikes.

Casting judgment

NEW ZEALAND:

Husband and wife X Factor judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon were removed from the New Zealand version of the show after their comments on a contestant’s appearance were seen as bullying.

Kills said she was “disgusted” at how much singer Joe Irvine had copied her husband in the clean-cut style of his hair and dark suit. She called him a “laughing stock” and said she was embarrassed to sit in his presence.

Moon joined in the tirade, saying it felt cheap and absurd and “like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing”.

The audience mostly booed their commentary, which Irvine handled well, saying he thought “he looked good.”

Mediaworks, which owns broadcaster TV3, posted news of the firings on its website, describing the comments as “completely unacceptable”.

In remarks attributed to CEO Mark Weldon, the broadcast owner said X Factor judges are expected to provide critiques of performances, but “we will not tolerate such destructive tirades” and that Kills and Moon were leaving the show immediately.

TV3 tweeted a statement saying: “TV3 does not condone bullying and are currently on-site with Joe who is doing well.”

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission welcomed the media company’s response.

The show aired last with two of the four judges’ seats empty, and fans voted to retain Irvine on the show

That’s a snap

USA:

Five drug raids in New Jersey have led to the seizure of the normal assortment of marijuana, ecstasy and guns and the removal of one not-so normal thing — a crocodile.

The Mercer County prosecutor’s office says authorities found a small crocodile living in the basement of a Trenton house during a raid and turned it over to animal control. Along with the crocodile, authorities found marijuana. Two men were arrested.

The search warrants of the five homes yielded more than 100g of ecstasy, two guns, and more than $2,000. A car also was seized.

Bum deal

USA:

An inmate in New York is accused of hiding oxycodone pills in his rectum and selling them to other inmates at his prison.

Authorities say correction officers at the Rockland County jail found about 50 pills after searching Bryan Lora and his cell.

The Journal News says Lora has been charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and two misdemeanours.

Authorities say Lora was jailed last month after being one of 22 people arrested on drug charges during an undercover operation in Rockland.

Lora has been arraigned and sent back to jail. He’s due back in court Friday.

Cover-up

THAILAND:

Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans any material that causes “damage to the country’s security or causes public panic” or “any obscene computer data which is accessible to the public”.

The culture ministry said offenders faced up to five years in jail, but did not say how they would identify the culprits.

“When people take these ‘underboob selfies’ no one can see their faces,” ministry spokesman Anandha Chouchoti told Reuters. “So it’s like we don’t know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same.

“We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions.”

The ministry has long been criticised for being overzealous in its censorship of films, music, television, and some Western cultural practices in an attempt to preserve traditional values of a country that is also infamous for its raunchy nightlife.


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