Asia Briefs: JB police crack down on human trafficking

JB police crack down on human trafficking

JOHOR BARU • Budget hotel operators in Johor have been warned by police not to turn their premises into transit centres for illegal immigrants, New Straits Times newspaper reported yesterday.

North Johor Baru district police chief Mohd Taib Ahmad issued the warning after the arrest of 47 illegal immigrants from Indonesia at two budget hotels near Tampoi in Johor Baru last Friday.

Modi is Twitter's No. 2 most followed Indian

NEW DELHI • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the second-most followed Indian on micro-blogging site Twitter, according to local media yesterday.

Mr Modi is followed by 17,371,600 people, just behind legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who has nearly 18.9 million Twitter followers.


5.5-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA • Eight people were hurt and about 120 houses damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook remote eastern Indonesia yesterday, a government official said.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 46km at 8.22am local time (7.22am Singapore time) in the Banda Sea near the Maluku islands, according to the United States Geological Survey. No deaths were reported.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: JB police crack down on human trafficking'. Print Edition | Subscribe