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British tourist freaks out after being told she’d overstayed her visa by 160 days

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An ‘aggrieved’ tourist by the name of Auj-e Taqaddas, holding a British passport, assaulted a patient and calm immigration officer in Bali, Indonesia after being told she’d overstayed her Indonesian visa.

A British tourist has been caught on camera screaming and slapping an immigration officer at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport today (Saturday) after being told that she had to pay a hefty fine.

“The person in this case overstayed, exceeding her immigration permit in Indonesia,” Immigration spokesperson Agung Sampurno told Detik.

After this was discovered by immigration officers, Auj-e Taqaddas was taken to an office.

“From the beginning, when we detected that she had overstayed at the counter, she was already emotional with (the officer).”

She was then told that foreigners are required to pay US$25 per day if they overstay. Having been in the country illegally for 160 days, this meant that the tourist needed to pay GBP3,046 (around 137,000 baht).

Enraged by the hefty fine, the 42-year-old began cussing at the officer. When he tried to take her passport back, the woman slapped him in the face.

“She slapped the officer, who is a respected guard. So we reported it to the police,” Metro reported.

“She pretended not to know that she had overstayed. But people who visit a country to travel know they have a period of stay, and she had overstayed since February,” said Aris

The woman remains in Bali, unable to leave until the fine is paid and pending charges following her outburst at the airport immigration office.

SOURCE: nst.com.my



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Opening of a rail service between Thailand and Cambodia in Sa Kaew

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The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is leading a delegation to officiate at the opening of a new rail service between Thailand and Cambodia at Klong Luek railway station in Sa Kaew province. The Thai government funded the maintenance and restoration of the two kilometre rail track between Klong Luek station and Poipet station in Cambodia.

Rail services between Thailand and Cambodia were suspended for decades due to strained relationships between the two countries since the Cold War era. Although the relationship is much better these days there was little interest in the restoration of the rail link as people in both countries tended to prefer travel by road.

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Sea turtle returns to its nesting place – it’s now an airport!

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by Philippine Daily Inquirer – Asia News Network

Without a choice, with nature instructing her to lay the eggs on the same spot she’d emerged as a baby turtle, the poor reptile made the runway its nest on Maafaru island.

“Despite the unfortunate circumstances that befell the turtle mother, she is reportedly in good health and was released back into the ocean by locals,” wrote local news website The Edition.

The incident has sparked fresh debates on the environmental and social costs of the Maldive’s tourism-propelled growth (sounds familiar?).

“The question remains on how much of Maldives’ biodiversity must be sacrificed in order to propel our country forward industrially and economically,” the website said.

The airport,  which has a 2.2 kilometre, 40 metre-wide runway, was inaugurated in August last year. The UAE-funded project was built on Maafaru, one of the inhabited islands of Noonu Atoll, which is a traditional nesting place of the marine turtles.

Once a green turtle hatches and heads into the ocean, it rarely returns to land. When they reach sexual maturity, they travel long distances to go back to their natal place to mate and lay eggs.

The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is on the list of endangered species of animals by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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SOURCE: The Nation

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East Sulawesi rocked by 6.8 magnitude tremor – tsunami warning

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A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake rattled eastern Indonesia yesterday triggering a tsunami warning, soon retracted, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground.

The quake struck off the east coast of Sulawesi island near where a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami around the city of Palu killed more than 4,300 people in September last year.

Indonesia’s disaster agency issued a tsunami warning for coastal communities in the island’s Morowali district, east Sulawesi, where residents were advised to move to elevated grounds. The warning was later lifted.

The tremor off the eastern coast of Sulawesi is on the other side of the island from last year’s disaster-hit Palu, where residents still felt the quake despite being hundreds of kilometres away.

The force of last year’s quake saw entire neighbourhoods levelled by liquefaction, a process where the ground starts behaving like a liquid and swallows up the earth like quicksand.

The sprawling Indonesian archipelago is dotted with more than 100 volcanoes, including one in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands that erupted in late 2018 and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

SOURCE: The Nation | AFP

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