Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, a team from Philippines on January 14, arrived in India for the AFC Women's Asian Cup which will start from January 20 in the state of Maharastra. The Indian team also arrived in the megacity on January 13, after their flight got delayed from Kochi. India is hosting the continent's highest competition for the first time since 1980.
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Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said that an earthquake magnitude of 5.6 struck in the eastern province of Maluku on December 16. The epicenter of the quake was recorded at 163 km southwest of Maluku Barat Daya district, as per UNI. The depth of the quake is said to be 26 km under seabed. So far, any death and damage to property haven't been reported.
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In Indonesia, an undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale jolted Flores Island on December 14, said the US Geological survey. The epicentre of the major quake was located 112 kilometers north of the town of Maumere at a depth of 18.5 kilometers under the sea. The country's meteorological agency said, ''hazardous waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 of the quake epicentre.''
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The eruption in Indonesia's Semeru volcano killed at least 13 people and injured dozens. However, the rescue operation is currently underway. The volcano is reportedly situated on the tallest mountain on Java island. It erupted on December 4, destroying at least one bridge connecting the nearby district of Lumajang with the city of Malang. The video of the eruption… read-more
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In Indonesia's Island of Java, a volcanic eruption occurred at 2:50 pm on December 4. It caused smoke and ash to reach as high as 40,000 ft in the air. Videos showing locals trying to escape the huge plumes, surfaced the internet. Reportedly, the region turned dark due to ash clouds. "Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness," said Lumajang district head, Thoroqul Haq.
India has approved the shipment of 20 million doses of the Novavax (NVAX.O) COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to Indonesia, according to reports. Further, the government has also decided to allow 10 million doses of Covishield, also manufactured by SII, to be exported on the global vaccine-sharing program. As per sources, the government has no plans to place an order for Merck & Co.'s COVID-19 pill.
Over a dozen shipowners paid about $300,000 apiece to the Indonesian navy to get their ships released. Reportedly, the ships were illegally anchored near Singapore in Indonesian waters. As per the shipowners, payments were given in cash to naval officials or by bank transfer to intermediaries. ''It's not true that the Indonesian navy received or asked for payment to release the ships,'' said Arsyad Abdullah, Indonesian naval fleet commander… read-more
Raden Roro Hendarti, a Librarian in Indonesia's Java island has started lending books to children in exchange for trash. The librarian has been reported to distribute books going from place to place using a three-wheeler, and collect 100 kg of trash every week, which is then sorted and sent for recycling. According to her statement, she wants to inculcate reading in kids and make them aware of the environment.
Indonesia has planned to give booster shots of COVID-19, once 50 percent of the population are vaccinated. Besides, the government has claimed that 29 percent of its population of 270 million citizens have been vaccinated so far. Reportedly, Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said in a statement, that the plan prioritizes the elderly and poor who are insured by the government, while the rest have to pay for the vaccine.
After donating 30 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Asian nations, Japan pledges to donate 60 million doses on September 23. Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga also confirmed the decision to double the vaccine's donation at a global summit held in the US. Vietnam, Taiwan, and Indonesia are among the beneficiary nation. So far, nearly 55 percent of Japan's population is fully vaccinated, equating to the US vaccine number.