Indonesian province bans female secretaries


The governor of an Indonesian province on Saturday said he had ordered his top staff to replace their female secretaries with men following a string of extra-marital affairs.

“I received inputs that many government office heads here are involved in extra-marital affairs with their female secretaries,” Rusli Habibie, the governor of Gorontalo province on northern Sulawesi island told AFP.

“They treat them much better than their own wives. They bring them presents from official trips like perfumes or branded bags while their poor wives get nothing,” he said.

“For these reasons, I ordered them to replace their female secretaries with male assistants or with old women who are no longer attractive,” he added.

Habibie is convinced that his subordinates will follow his instructions, though there won’t be any punishment for those who don’t comply.

“This is a moral sanction. I’m pretty sure they will follow my order, and all of them will get a male secretary soon,” he said, adding that there were about 50 senior officials in the province who had hired female secretaries.

Last year, the Gorontalo administration demanded 3,200 male civil servants to transfer their monthly pay to their wives’ bank accounts in order to limit the number of affairs.

Indian man has been perched in tree for nine months, waiting for his wife to apologize for her infidelity


A man in India has been hiding up a tree for the past nine months waiting for his unfaithful wife to apologise. It all started when the man, known simply as Sanjay, caught his wife in an overly familiar position with the next door neighbour in their flat in Mumbai.

Sanjay promptly returned back with his wife to their home village so they could reconcile their differences, but in March when she insisted on returning to Mumbai, Sanjay threw an almighty hissy fit, climbing up a guava tree and not coming down.

Sanjay eats, sleeps and even relieves himself from the top of the tree. He says he will climb down only when his wife apologises to him for her infidelity.

Sanjay’s family members have made several attempts to bring his wife Tara back but she is unrelenting.

“He climbed on to this tree on March 9 and has remained there ever since. Whenever we try to bring him down, he threatens to commit suicide. He eats and sleeps on the tree and even relives himself from there. We keep going to him and asking him if he needs anything,” says Kushma Devi, Sanjay’s mother.

The local villagers claim that Sanjay, sometimes, climbs down from the tree and takes a stroll but climbs back again when he sees someone coming towards him.

Seeing his determination, the villagers have not yet informed the police. “We apprehend that he may harm himself if we seek outside help. As long as he is safe there, we are happy for him,” says his sister Nisha.

Couple stoned to death in Mali for adultery



An al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group in control of northern Mali stoned to death a couple accused of engaging in extramarital affairs, the group’s spokesman said.

The couple were publicly executed in the remote town of Aguelhok, near the vast West African nation’s northern border with Algeria, on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine group told Reuters.

“These two people were married and had extra-conjugal relations. Our men on the ground in Aguelhok applied shariah (Islamic law),” said Sanda Ould Bounama, reached by telephone on Monday.

“They both died right away and even asked for this application. We don’t have to answer to anyone over the application of shariah,” he said.

A local government official told the AFP news agency that he was on the scene. “The Islamists took the unmarried couple to the center of Aguelhok. The couple was placed in two holes and the Islamists stoned them to death,” he said.

“The woman fainted after the first few blows,” he said. The man shouted out once and then was silent, he added.

Mali have long practiced Islam, but frustrations with the strict form of shariah being imposed by Islamists have sparked several protests in recent months.

Ansar Dine and well-armed allies, including al-Qaida splinter group MUJWA, have hijacked a separatist uprising by local Tuareg rebels and now control two-thirds of Mali’s desert north, territory that includes the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.

Western and African governments are struggling to muster a response to the crisis as politicians in the capital Bamako continue to squabble over how the country should be governed after a March coup removed the country’s president.