A man (R) pouring water Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li during Baidu Create 2019 in Beijing on Wednesday. AFP
Chinese authorities have detained a man in connection with an investigation of an incident in which a man poured a bottle of water over Robin Li, chief executive of Chinese search giant Baidu Inc, at a conference, police said on Thursday.
Li was making a keynote address on Wednesday at the opening of an annual Baidu event to promote its advances in artificial intelligence (AI), when a man approached the stage and emptied a bottle of water over Li’s head.
Baidu alerted police about the incident, Beijing police said.
Authorities investigated, identified an individual and placed him in administrative detention, which can last five days, for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” police said.
Baidu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Baidu is China’s dominant search engine and the counterpart to Google Inc. The company often draws public anger over perceived problems linked to searches.
In 2016, the company faced criticism when a student with cancer died after seeking a treatment advertised on Baidu.
This year, a journalist’s criticism of Baidu for prioritising links to its own publishing platform in its search results went viral.
Li’s soaking sparked a lot of chatter on social media with some users making light of the incident. T-shirts poking fun at Li also appeared on Chinese e-commerce sites.
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A British lawmaker was denied entry by Indian officials on Monday after she landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, according to the accompanying aide.
Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party member who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of Kashmir, was unable to clear customs after her valid Indian visa was rejected, the aide, Harpreet Upal, told.
Abrahams and Upal arrived at the airport on an Emirates flight from Dubai at 9 a.m. Upal said the immigration officials did not cite any reason for denying Abrahams entry and revoking her visa, a copy of which, valid until October 2020. A spokesman for India's foreign ministry did not immediately comment.
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Every year scores of women across the world in one way or the other, inside and outside their homes are victimised by barbaric incidents which include rape, molestation, domestic violence, abuse and the violence is rising alarmingly.