Canadian police make arrest in kidnapping of Chinese student

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Wanzhen Lu. (Photo: Supplied)
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Wanzhen Lu. (Photo: Supplied)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Canadian police make arrest in kidnapping of Chinese student

  • Investigators say three men jumped out, grabbed Lu, shocked him multiple times with a stun gun and dragged him into the van before speeding off

MARKHAM, Ontario: Canadian police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of involvement in the abduction of a Chinese citizen studying in the Toronto area. Police have not found the missing man.
York regional police said Tuesday that they believe the 35-year-old Toronto man is involved in the apparent kidnapping of Wanzhen Lu from a parking garage in Markham, Ontario, over the weekend.
He hasn’t yet been charged.
Police say Lu had parked his car and was walking with a friend toward the elevator of his condominium when a minivan came up behind him.
Investigators say three men jumped out, grabbed Lu, shocked him multiple times with a stun gun and dragged him into the van before speeding off.
Police are urging the suspects to release Lu.


Indian family branches out with novel tree house

Updated 30 min 20 sec ago
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Indian family branches out with novel tree house

  • The fig tree, known as peepal in Hindi, is considered sacred by many in India
  • Cutting one down is considered inauspicious

JABALPUR, India: When the Kesharwanis decided to branch out and expand their family home, they came up with a novel way of dealing with an ancient giant fig tree in their garden — they built the house around it.
Now the thick trunk of the 150-year-old tree is the central feature of their residence, growing through the middle of the building in the city of Jabalpur.
“We are nature lovers and my father insisted that we keep the tree,” said Yogesh Kesharwani, whose parent built the house in 1994 with the help of an engineer friend.
“The tree is some 150 years old. We knew it was easy to cut the tree but difficult to grow one like it,” he said.
The fig tree, known as peepal in Hindi, is considered sacred by many in India and cutting one down is considered inauspicious.
“We believe that 350 million gods and goddesses reside in one peepal tree. The tree is also mentioned in the Geeta,” a Hindu religious text, said Kesharwani.
His wife can pray without having to leave home, sitting before the tree in the mornings.
The family also wanted to send the message that people can put down roots in the middle of nature without destroying anything.
The four-story building is a local landmark because of its unique facade. Leafy branches jut out from the windows, dwarfing the building and prompting curious looks from passersby.
“When the house was first built, engineering students used to come here to try and understand the unique design,” Kesharwani said.
The tree has never caused any practical problems to the family, insisted Kesharwani.
“We don’t even realize that the tree exists because it doesn’t come in our way. It just stands there silently.”