Jet’s ‘black box’ found
Searchers have found the cockpit voice recorder from a Russian passenger jet that smashed into the side of an Indonesian volcano, killing 45 people. The “black box,” collected from the bottom of a 500m ravine on Tuesday, was shattered and badly burned, Tatang Kurniadi, who heads the National Commission on Safety Commission, said yesterday. It had contained both a voice recorder and a flight data recorder, but the latter device remains missing, he said. Experts were analyzing the voice recorder in a lab in Jakarta yesterday, said Mardjono Siswosuwarno, who is heading the investigation.
Contractor jailed for scam
A businessman has been jailed for three years for supplying potentially defective parts to the country’s oldest atomic power plant, the Busan District Court spokesman said yesterday. The man, identified only as Hwang, was sentenced last Friday for selling recycled turbine valve parts to the Gori nuclear plant near Busan, the spokesman said.
Hwang, 54, cleaned and painted used parts stolen from the plant’s dump by an employee. He then sold them back to the plant, on three occasions since 2008, disguising them as new products. He pocketed about 3 billion won (US$2.6 million) through the fraud, according to the court. The plant employee who stole the scrapped parts was sentenced to three years in prison last month.
Rare elephant found dead
A critically endangered Sumatran elephant has been found dead in Aceh Province, an official said yesterday, the second death from suspected poisoning within a month. Villagers found the carcass, missing its tusks, in a river in Aceh Jaya district on Tuesday, local forestry official Armidi said, adding it appeared to have been killed about four days earlier. “According to villagers, the elephant had entered a plantation and was lumbering unsteadily. We suspected it might have been poisoned,” Armidi said, adding that investigations to determine the cause of death were ongoing. “Villagers did not know who took its tusks.” There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, marking a 50 percent drop in numbers since 1985.
No ties or hand-driers
Businessmen are being urged to dump their jackets and ties as the summer looms in a bid to save electricity amid tight supplies as offices turn up the air conditioning. The public is also being told that they should carry handkerchiefs to dry their hands, rather than using hot air blowers. “We need all the people to join to curb excessive cooling demand which accounts for 21 percent of summer peak demand,” the economy ministry said in a statement. The statement also ordered 478 big buildings such as department stores and hotels to keep their temperatures at 26?C or above.
Malaysian captive freed
Officials say a Malaysian man has been freed by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants after a year of jungle captivity. Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan yesterday said Mohammad Nazarudin bin Saidin was released on Friday. It was not immediately clear if any ransom was paid for the victim, a truck driver. Police say the victim was seized by the gunmen while buying geckos in Indanan township in May last year. Officials say the kidnappers demanded a ransom, but the victim’s family could not afford the amount.