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CRECHE: A Spanish shopping centre has set up a creche for husbands.

The mall, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona, wanted to provide a place for husbands to relax while their wives shop.

gn=justify>The creche has comfortable chairs, newspapers and televisions. The Gran Via2 mall has named it the “husband parking area”, reports Terra Noticias Populares.

The mall’s spokesman said: “Everyone is loving it. We were told that some men are loving it so much they are encouraging their wives to go shopping!” — Ananova.com

BEATEN: A man was beaten by his fiance and in-laws in India after they found out he was bald and wearing a wig.

Prabir Das, of Dispur in Assam, was also relieved of his belongings, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He told police his fiancee yanked off his hairpiece after dinner and began beating and abusing him for hiding his pate. Her parents then joined in, ripping his expensive wig apart and relieving the 33-year-old of his wallet, mobile phone, motorbike and driving licence as penalty for his deception, he alleged.

Das, who works at a private hospital, had advertised for a bride in the matrimonial columns of a local newspaper and Dilip Roy, seeking a match for his daughter Shreshta, responded.

The wedding was fixed for December 12, and the bride’s family began putting together Shreshta’s dowry.

The superintendent Rajen Singh said Roy had been questioned and denied the fracas. The wedding, police said, appears to be off. — Ananova.com

FIRED: Rome’s mayor sacked the city’s traffic and parking chief on Sunday after a newspaper reported he parked his car in a no parking zone and displayed a handicapped permit that belonged to an 86-year old woman.

Giovanni Catanzaro parked his red Alfa Romeo Brera in a tow away zone near the Spanish Steps in central Rome before heading off to a restaurant, Roman daily Il Messaggero reported, complete with pictures from the scene.

His car displayed a permit for disabled drivers that was no longer valid and initially issued to a senior citizen, the paper said, noting that officials almost never tow away a disabled person’s vehicle no matter where it is parked.

A spokesman for Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni said Catanzaro had been removed from his post as head of the city’s municipal police force that oversees traffic and parking violations after the newspaper report.

Rome has a series of restrictions on driving and parking along many of its narrow, cobblestoned streets, though parking illegally — often on sidewalks and crosswalks — is a common sight across the city. — Reuters.

PATRIOTISM: Traffic would come to a halt every time the national anthem is played under new proposals to promote patriotism in Thailand.

Opponents of the Flag Bill, put forward by a group of retired and current generals, say it would cause chaos on the roads.

The minute long national anthem is played twice a day in Bangkok, during the raising and lowering of the flag, reports Sky News.

Retired General Pricha Rochanasena (70) said: “The national anthem lasts only one minute and eight seconds.

“So why can’t motorists stop their cars for the sake of the country? They already spend more time in traffic jams anyway.”

But a vote on the Bill in the capital Bangkok has been deferred to allow a committee to see whether it would work in practice.

Politician Wallop Tangkananurak, who is opposed to the proposal, said: “It would be chaotic if the Bill had passed as it is now.” — Ananova.com

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