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Extra Charge By Ferry Operators A New Year Sore In Langkawi

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LANGKAWI – The increase in fares for ferries servicing Langkawi came as a shocking news to usher the new year in the island as users would now have to fork out an additional RM3 to use the service effective today. The increase came after the ferry operators imposed a management charge which they claimed to…

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Ferry Catches Fire In indonesia, 3 Dead, 160 Missing

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JAKARTA – Three people were killed and about 168 others went missing after a ferry caught fire in waters off the East Java province in western Indonesia on Friday evening, China’s Xinhua news agency reported rescuers as saying. Ferry Mutiara Sentosa caught fire in waters off the Masalembo of Sumenep district, spokesman of the national…

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Ferry Under Repair Catches Fire In Langkawi

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LANGKAWI – A passenger ferry under repair caught fire in Langkawi today, making it the second in less than a month. In the latest incident which occurred at about 10 am today, the ferry Coral Island 1 which was under repair at the Jeti Pelancongan, here was damaged in the middle deck and captain’s room…

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34 Dead After Ferry Capsizes Off Myanmar

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NAYPIDAW, Myanmar – At least 34 people are dead after a ferry capsized off the Southeast Asia nation of Myanmar, the country’s state-run daily said Saturday, citing a police source. The state-owned passenger ferry Aung Ta Gon-3 had 214 passengers and crew on board, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar. Myanmar’s Ministry of…

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Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes After Collision, At Least 66 Dead

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DHAKA – At least 66 people died when a passenger ferry carrying more than 150 passengers and crew capsized after colliding with a trawler on a river in central Bangladesh on Sunday, police said. Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers and were still searching for more survivors, regional police official Harun-ur Rashid told…

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Lit Cigarette Butt Sends 400 Ferry Passengers Into Frenzy Near Langkawi

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LANGKAWI – About 400 passengers feared the worst when smoke billowed from a ferry’s toilet after a smoker had failed to extinguish a cigarette butt while the vessel was at sea between the island and Kuala Kedah today. It was learnt that the lit butt had burnt the toilet seat before smoke began emerging from…

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Penang Port Commison Proposes To Review Ferry Fares

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GEORGETOWN – The Penang Port Commission (SPPP) is proposing to review its ferry fares with hikes of between 10 sen and RM20. A SPPP spokesman said the commission was gathering feedback from the people following the announcement notices on the new rates issued yesterday. “Members of the public can submit comments to us on or…

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Million-ringgit Ferrari Goes Up In Flames

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A flaming red Ferrari on fire caused a traffic standstill along Jalan Rakyat here. The rush-hour traffic almost came to a standstill as crowds parked their cars along Jalan Travers to watch firemen put out the blaze yesterday. The driver and his female companion escaped unhurt,however, the million-ringgit luxury sports car could not be saved.…

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Hundreds Still Awaiting Airlift On Stricken Italian Ferry

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ROME – Italian and Greek helicopter crews worked into the night to airlift passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, battling darkness and bad weather that hampered rescue efforts by other ships throughout Sunday. Helicopters were plucking passengers off the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic and transferring them to a nearby vessel, after a…

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