Wed, 30 Nov 2022

JAKARTA -- Landslides struck a traditional gold mine in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province, killing six miners and leaving three others missing, a rescuer said on Tuesday.

Six miners escaped the disaster, which took place before midnight on Monday in the mine located in the province's Kotabaru district, said Amri Zuna Kurniawan, head of the operational unit of the provincial search and rescue office.

"Six bodies have been recovered and three others remain missing," he told Xinhua over the phone. (Indonesia-Landslides-Deaths)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's privately-owned airline FitsAir will launch in October its international passenger flights, a move expected to boost foreign visitor arrivals in the South Asian country, local media reported here Tuesday.

FitsAir, a budget airline under the privately-owned investment conglomerate Aberdeen Holdings headquartered in Colombo, will commence international flights on Oct. 5, with the first flight to fly from Colombo to the UAE's Dubai, a statement of the airline was quoted as saying.

The service for flight to Male, the capital of the Maldives will start from Oct. 10, and that to India's Trichy from Oct. 28. (Sri Lanka-Airline FitsAir-Launch)

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WELLINGTON -- The opening reception of New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2022 was held on Monday evening at the Grand Hall of Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

During this week, New Zealand will host a series of traditional Chinese cultural activities.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended her congratulations to the event in a video speech starting with greetings in Chinese. (New Zealand-Chinese Language Week-Opening Reception)

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DHAKA -- The death toll from Sunday's boat sinking incident in a northern district of Bangladesh rose to 61 on Tuesday, after another 10 bodies were retrieved, a local police official said.

"Another 10 bodies were recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 61 from 51," Sujoy Kumar Roy, officer-in-charge of the Boda Police Station of the Panchagarh District, told Xinhua over phone on Tuesday afternoon. (Sri Lanka-Boat Capsizal-Death Toll)

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