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One dead after PNG sorcery-related attack targets three women

The women were tortured in the Kewabi area of Southern Highlands province after angry villagers accused them of using sorcery to kill a man in the village.

The three woman, aged between 30 and 40, were tied-up and placed on top of a heated aluminium sheet.

An eye witness said they were repeatedly tortured while being interrogated about the role they were accused of playing in the man's death.

He said police were unable to intervene at the time.

The three women were later taken to hospital in the provincial capital Mendi.

 

     

Digital books to be produced in PNG

And few academics like John Kasaipwalova are of the view that riding on technology would greatly address this need.

Paradise Publishing House is going digital with its Paradise digital books.

With hardcopies, the challenge is the accumulated cost when it reaches shelves of bookshops throughout the country.

Kasaipwalova says sending hardcopies to 11 thousand schools throughout the country is very difficult.

But if these books are reduced into a digital format, the outcome is the big reduction in price and the ease of transportation. 

Magnitude-6.9 earthquake off PNG's New Britain

The quake's epicentre was 156 kilometres south-south-west of Kokopo in East New Britain province.

It was in the same area as last week's 6.6-magnitude quake.

The USGS reports that tsunami waves of up to one metre are possible for coastal areas of PNG and up to 30 centimetres for coastal areas of the Solomon Islands.

Dellie Minding, a receptionist at the Rabaul Hotel in the east of New Britain, told Reuters news agency the earthquake had been felt, with many guests running outside, but there had been no damage.

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

The quake struck about 10.51pm New Zealand time, 180km west of the town of Rabaul on New Britain Island, at a depth of 40km, the USGS said.

It is the latest in a series in the region over recent days.

There had been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

There was no immediate tsunami warning.

     

6.3 earthquake off PNG's Rabaul

It said the quake, which struck after 11pm local time on Saturday, was measured at a depth of 60km.

In a brief statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said: "Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected."

     

LNG revenue to be affected: Executive

Chairman of FGE, Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki, says this is expected in the short term while the medium to long term looks promising with global prices expected to stabilise.

In his Global Energy Industry overview during the 2nd Petroleum and Energy Summit on Monday (March 19), Dr.  Fesharaki said the recent earthquake in the highlands affected the potential revenue to be made from the increase in LNG prices currently experienced.

He, however, had further bad news, saying the estimated resumption of the PNG LNG Project could come at a time when sport prices were also falling.

Strong aftershock hits Papua New Guinea

The magnitude 6.7 quake hit just after midnight local time in the mountainous region around the border of Western and Hela provinces.

It's the same region where the epicentre of last week's powerful 7.5 quake was located.

Aid workers are still struggling to reach remote parts of this area where there is widespread damage.

Up to 150,000 people are believed to be in urgent need of emergency supplies.

Local media is reporting the death toll has grown to 75, after government officials previously said 55 people had been killed.

 

     

Another big tremor rocks quake-affected PNG

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake is the latest in a series of powerful aftershocks that have plagued the Highlands region since the massive 7.5 struck last Monday.

The epicentre of today's quake was located 112 kilometres southwest of Porgera at a depth of 10 kilometres.

It struck just before 6am local time (9am NZT).

Due to severely disrupted transport and telecommunications links, it's still unclear how many people died in last week's 7.5 quake.

As many as 80 deaths have been reported so far, according to the PNG Red Cross.

Deaths reported in PNG's Tari following quake

With transport and communications links to the affected Highlands provinces still badly disrupted, there is still no official death toll.

But police in Southern Highlands province said at least 11 people were confirmed dead in Mendi, and the provincial death and injury toll was expected to rise.

It was a similar story in the capital of neighbouring Hela province, Tari, where power was out and the cellphone tower was down.

A local man, Moses Komengi said there had been significant loss of life

PNG’s export revenue affected: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, after returning from the affected areas late yesterday afternoon, described the situation as a ‘sad day for PNG’.

“It is unfortunate whilst the economy is turning around and the commodity prices around the global markets have improved, which resulted in the increased in the country’s revenue, we are faced with this enormous challenge.