Bangka


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Bangka

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Banka

(both: bäng`kä, băng`kə), island (1990 pop. 626,955), c.4,600 sq mi (11,910 sq km), Indonesia, in the Java Sea, SE of Sumatra, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Bangka. Pangkalpinang is the largest town; Muntok is the principal port. Since c.1710, Bangka has been one of the world's principal tin-producing centers. Pepper is also produced on the island. The majority of the inhabitants are Chinese; they are mostly employed as mine laborers. Bangka was ceded to Britain by the sultan of Palembang in 1812, but in 1814 it was exchanged with the Dutch for Cochin in India. The island fell under Japanese control from 1942 to 1945. It became part of independent Indonesia in 1949.

Bangka

, Banka
an island in Indonesia, separated from Sumatra by the Bangka Strait. Chief town: Pangkalpinang. Area: about 11 914 sq. km (4600 sq. miles)
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As one girl from Indonesia observes, tin is used in electronics everywhere, including mobile phones, which makes Bangka's pollution problem a matter of planetary concern.
Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands, BBC reported.
Flight JT-610, on a scheduled flight to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands, lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, reported BBC.
Lion Air flight JT610, travelling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, lost contact with air traffic control about 13 minutes after it took off, shortly after its pilot had asked to return to base.
L'appareil voulait joindre Pangkal Pinang, une localite dans l'ile de Bangka au large de Sumatra.
Iba talaga kung nagkataon pa kami ng matagal na magamay yong bangka.'
(KIJA) has expressed its desire to manage a special economic zone (SEZ) in Bangka Belitung Province.
One-third of the world's tin comes from the Indonesian islands of Bangka and Belitung, where thousands risk serious injury and death in the mines.
THE MOST CURIOUS AND TELLING EPISODE IN MORE THAN FOUR decades of Indonesia's nuclear power planning was the nuclear establishment's promotion of the tiny European country of Slovakia as an "inspiration" and national industrial partner for a proposed Bangka Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).
Production will come from the Bangka gas field, one of several Makassar Strait projects, before other fields start up in 2016 for output of 1,120 MCF/d and condensate production of 55,000 b/d.
Indonesia soon set up a center of command for search operations in the Pangkalpinang airport premises to supervise the joint international search for the missing plane, focusing on waters between Bangka Belitung and West Kalimantan provinces and the Karimata Strait.
The search is focused on waters around the islands of Bangka and Belitung in the Java Sea, across from Kalimantan on Borneo island, but the army has also been asked to carry out ground searches, including in mountainous areas.