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August

The biggest sporting event in Asia, the 2018 Asian Games, taking place in Jakarta and Palembang since August 18, has entered the middle of the period. The sports event involving 45 countries in the Asian region provides its own excitement and entertainment for the people of Indonesia and the world. The presence of supporters from each country to encourage their team is a special feature of this ongoing event. The presence of supporting communities as well as foreign tourists can certainly be one of the momentum to expand friendship among people from various parts of Asia, especially for the citizens of Jakarta and Palembang. At this moment, a friendship application named Tantan claims to have experienced a significant increase in users.A week before this grand event was opened, one of the friendship application vendors noted a surge in user activity along with an increase in the number of compatibilities between users by 56 percent. When athletes are fighting for the glory of their country, supporters can use the moment to add their friendship. Jack WU, Marketing Director of one of the friendship applications on Friday (08/24/2018) sid that he saw a very significant increase in users during the 2018 Asian Games period. He commented that of course this was a good thing and he hoped his application can be a bridge to expand friendship among various parts of the country in Asia. Jack WU hopes that with the wider friendship, of course many positive things can happen. He also wants this application to open opportunities for cooperation between countries on the Asian continent.Jack Wu asserted, his friendship application guarantees users with a high level of security and a variety of sophisticated filtering systems such as fake account identification. This social application is specifically designed for young people in their 20s. This Friendship application also offers a new way to meet each other. With a swipe and match system, it allows two users to start a conversation when they like each other. This application also claims to get one billion swipes per day and has a total of seven billion matches for its users. In Indonesia, this application captures more than millions of users.

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August

 

 

 

 

 

This is RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with My Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will bring you a topic about Pancasila as the Source of Ideology of Indonesia.

 

President Joko Widodo on his state address before the House of the Representatives –DPR on last Thursday (16thof August 2018) called for all levels of society to be grateful for having Pancasila as the source of ideology of Indonesian nation. As quoted by presidenri.go.id, President Joko Widodo said that Pancasila guides all Indonesian generations to implement the promises of Indonesia’s independence. Pancasila is the navigator, the generator, the source of inspiration, as well as the unifier of Indonesian nation with the principle of Unity in Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika). President Joko Widodo believed by firmly sticking to Pancasila’s values, Indonesia will become a sovereign and dignified nation in the global network with other nations, meaning being equal to each other in every aspect of life.

Meanwhile, as quoted by Tribunews.com, when welcoming officials of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) at the office of DPR Speaker last Tuesday (14th of August 2018), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo called for all levels of society to practice Pancasila’s spirit and values first in every aspect of life. Making Pancasila’s spirit and values as the utmost importance is aimed at strengthening the sense of nationalism. He also remarked that Pancasila is the power of Indonesian nation. Because in the past, Indonesian ancestors implemented Pancasila’s values. The implementation of Pancasila’s values made Indonesian nation still exist until present. He added that Pancasila should be continuously implanted and applied in every aspect of state and nation life.

As quoted by tribunenews.com, when becoming the interviewee at the National Talkshow and Book Launching entitled “Membaca Indonesia di Jakarta” or “Reading Indonesia through Jakarta” on Monday (13th of August 2018), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said that Pancasila is philosophically the supporter of Indonesia being an immense house of society from various ethnicities and culture. Observing Indonesia today basically means figuring out the way to spread Pancasila’s values enormously into public by utilizing virtual world and creative media. Indonesian nation should preserve and maintain Pancasila as the bond to prevent the wave of political identity that keeps bothering the sense of nationalism. He is optimistic that Indonesian people must have missed the peace of life. Moreover, as a nation, Indonesia has a strong socio-historical root. For example, the Youth Pledge in 28th of October, 1928, becomes the point of initiation for youths in the country’s revolution declaring the sons and daughters of Indonesia to acknowledge one motherland and one nation namely Indonesia, and respect the language of unity, namely Indonesian.

21
August

President Joko Widodo on his state address before the House of the Representatives –DPR on last Thursday (16th of August 2018) called for all levels of society to be grateful for having Pancasila as the source of ideology of Indonesian nation. As quoted by presidenri.go.id, President Joko Widodo said that Pancasila guides all Indonesian generations to implement the promises of Indonesia’s independence. Pancasila is the navigator, the generator, the source of inspiration, as well as the unifier of Indonesian nation with the principle of Unity in Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika). President Joko Widodo believed by firmly sticking to Pancasila’s values, Indonesia will become a sovereign and dignified nation in the global network with other nations, meaning being equal to each other in every aspect of life. Meanwhile, as quoted by Tribunews.com, when welcoming officials of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) at the office of DPR Speaker last Tuesday (14th of August 2018), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo called for all levels of society to practice Pancasila’s spirit and values first in every aspect of life. Making Pancasila’s spirit and values as the utmost importance is aimed at strengthening the sense of nationalism. He also remarked that Pancasila is the power of Indonesian nation. Because in the past, Indonesian ancestors implemented Pancasila’s values. The implementation of Pancasila’s values made Indonesian nation still exist until present. He added that Pancasila should be continuously implanted and applied in every aspect of state and nation life. As quoted by tribunenews.com, when becoming the interviewee at the National Talkshow and Book Launching entitled “Membaca Indonesia di Jakarta” or “Reading Indonesia through Jakarta” on Monday (13th of August 2018), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said that Pancasila is philosophically the supporter of Indonesia being an immense house of society from various ethnicities and culture. Observing Indonesia today basically means figuring out the way to spread Pancasila’s valuesenormously into public by utilizing virtual world and creative media. Indonesian nation should preserve and maintain Pancasila as the bond to prevent the wave of political identity that keeps bothering the sense of nationalism. He is optimistic that Indonesian people must have missed the peace of life. Moreover, as a nation, Indonesia has a strong socio-historical root. For example, the Youth Pledge in 28th of October, 1928, becomes the point of initiation for youths in the country’s revolution declaring the sons and daughters of Indonesia to acknowledge one motherland and one nation namely Indonesia, and respect the language of unity, namely Indonesian.

19
August

The biggest sporting event in Asia, the 18th Asian Games 2018, has opened opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises entrepreneurs in Indonesia to be able to market their products while penetrating the export market. The Managing Director of the Marketing Service Institute as the manager of the Smesco Indonesia Building Emilia Suhaimi said the 2018 Asian Games event was an opportunity for MSME products to enter the international market. Emilia Suhaimi said this at the Forum Group Discussion event themed "SMEs Capture 2018 Asian Games Opportunities" at Smesco Indonesia, Jakarta, Wednesday (08/15/2018). Smesco Indonesia itself will be one of the shopping destinations in the 2018 Asian Games. Emilia said during the event, Smesco Indonesia will be visited by contingents, officials and athletes who will visit using 6 level buses and 4 regular buses every hour per day for 15 the day of implementation. Emilia said, Smesco Indonesia is also one of the outlets that markets official 2018 Asian Games merchandise as well as displaying superior MSME products from all over Indonesia. Meanwhile, INASGOC Revenue Vice Director Mochtar Sarman said the 2018 Asian Games EVENT would involve as many as 23 companies with 7 of them are UMKM companies as official merchandises suppliers for the 2018 Asian Games. For food and Drink, all needs to be considered from various sides including quality, because this is an opportunity to be able to export products. In addition, he added, the Asian Games could be an opportunity for SMEs to learn many things including trends. Mochtar Sarman hopes that UMKM players will learn to pay attention to the quality and continuity of their products especially for the 2018 Asian Games event with a millennial target market that likes trendy products. One of the suppliers of 2018 Asian Games official merchandise is Du Anyam which produces various woven-based souvenirs with a production base in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Juan Firmansyah from UKM Du Anyam said that until now he had produced 20,000 pcs of various Asian Games products that had also been distributed at various Asian Games outlets both in Jakarta and Palembang. He also developed a marketing strategy by expanding distribution channels not only through the official 2018 Asian Games store, but by cooperating with a number of agencies for business to business cooperation. According to him, the real contribution of the community to the success of the Asian Games is to buy official 2018 Asian Games merchandise as a real support for MSME players in order to expand the export market. The LLP-KUKM Supervisory Board, Samuel Watimena, argued that the opportunity for SMEs to be able to capture export opportunities at the 2018 Asian Games event was very large and potential, so that various tastes from visitors could be easily fulfilled.

13
August

Bank Indonesia -BI and the Central Bank of Australia -RBA agreed to extend cooperation in the bilateral local currency swap arrangement (BCSA) worth 10 billion Australian dollars or Rp100 trillion. The exchange is an extension of the cooperation of the two central banks which will end next December. Governor of Bank Indonesia, Perry Warjiyo said in Jakarta on Thursday (9/8) that the financial cooperation between Indonesia and Australia through the use of currencies in each country would reduce dependence on the use of certain currencies. With this agreement, both countries can reduce the use of the US dollar in cross-territorial transactions. The use of US dollars from Indonesian foreign exchange which is usually used to pay for imports can be reduced by using the currencies of two countries. Thus, Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves can be saved to anticipate external economic pressures. Governor Perry Warjiyo also said that the cooperation agreement would be effective for three years. He added that the cooperation agreement was carried out amidst a series of implementation of the Executive Forum Meeting of the Asia Pacific and East Central Bank (EMEAP) in Manila, the Philippines on August 5, 2018. He also remarked that the extension of the cooperation is carried out by Bank Indonesia to encourage increased trade relations between the two countries. He emphasized that the cooperation is carried out to guarantee the settlement of trade transactions in local currency between the two countries. He also added that these efforts are part of financial market deepening initiatives in a bid to support the resilience of the national economy. Meanwhile, Director of the International Department of Bank Indonesia, Erwin Haryono said that so far, most of the trade investment transactions in Indonesian banks, amounting to 86.5 percent have been carried out in US dollars, even for export trade still using the US dollar to 96 percent and 76 percent import. As a result, every time, there is turmoil because the game against the US dollar greatly affects the price of the currency. Therefore, the swap facilities with bilateral local currency to this partner country can be mitigation if there is a crisis condition that will demand high US dollars. This can strengthen the resilience of the country's exchange rate against the US dollar in the event of financial difficulties due to the global crisis.

12
August

Vice President, Jusuf Kalla witnessed the signing of the cooperation agreement between INASGOC and Qatar Airways to make the 2018 Asian Games be successful. According to Radio Republic of Indonesia (RRI) monitoring, in the signing and handover of the funds, it was symbolically given to the Chairman of Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee, Erick Thohir and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK). Qatar Airways provides support funds of 6 million US dollarsto succeed the Asian Games. Qatar Ambassador to Indonesia, Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Hamar at the Office of the Vice President, Jakarta, Thursday (08/08/2018) said the signing of the cooperation the Asian Games was G to G or government to government cooperation which showed the god relations between the governments of two countries. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is also the Chair of the Asian Games Steering Committee, said that the cooperation is expected to be a step to well-established Indonesia's relations with Qatar. The Vice President acknowledged 9 days ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, various supports were very important for the success of the entire series of Asian four-year multi-event. Jusuf Kalla hopes the support can help succeeding the 2018 Asian Games and vice versa, introducing Qatar Airways more broadly to Asia.Earlier, Chairman of the Asian Games Organizing Committee (NASGOC) Erick Thohir really appreciated the assistance of 6 million US dollars given 9 days before the 18th Asian Games. Erick said, just 9 days before the opening, there are still those who want to participate. Erick added, in addition to cash, Qatar also provided assistance in the form of a ride to transport as many as 40 horses from various countries. Horses are sent for various needs for the 2018 Asian Games. As a return, Qatar Airways will benefit from installing logos for promotions at various 2018 Asian Games venues, especially in the competition arena. They get full branding, one of them in football. The joining of Qatar Airways as a sponsor made the total funding support from sponsors for the Asian Games implementation around 850 billion rupiah. Before the cooperation with Qatar, the total sponsorship assistance was around 760 billion rupiah.

06
August

Vice President Jusuf Kalla ensures, Indonesia is ready to hold the 2018 Asian Games which will begin on August 18, 2018. Various aspects ranging from infrastructure, venue and organizer, are ready. This was conveyed by VP Jusuf Kalla after a meeting on the preparation of the 2018 Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan, South Jakarta, Friday (08/03/2018). He said, Indonesia is ready to organize the Asian Games both in terms of the venue or infrastructure, as well as the INASGOC as the organizer and also the athletes' preparation. Jusuf Kala-JK also had a chance to review Athletes' Houses, Item Times, and two Asian Games venues in the GBK complex. He then highlighted the Sentiong River or Kali Item which is right near Kemayoran Athlete's House. The river which is now covered by waring cloth, and according to him, no longer smells. JK hopes that Indonesian contingent athletes will be able to present the best results. He will also re-check the preparation of the Asian Games nearing the opening date in the middle of the month. Meanwhile, Deputy for Sports Achievement Improvement, Mulyana Mulyana during the Media Staff Technical Coordination Meeting in , Jakarta, Thursday (08/02/2018), said Indonesia as the host is aiming for the top 10 at the 2018 Asian Games. Four new sports which are Indonesia's mainstay are expected to become a medal source, besides contributions from branches that have been the traditional strength of Indonesia’s Red and White Team. Mulyana is optimistic that the target of finishing in the top 10 can be achieved. This was based on Indonesia's achievements at the previous Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.Then, there were 36 sport branches competed with 439 events. The Red and White Contingent finished 17th with four gold medals, five silver and 11 bronze medals. At this Asian Games, the number of sports branches increased by four to 40 with 465 event numbers. Four additional sports are pencak silat, jetski, paragliding and bridge, and are hoped to bring gold to Indonesia. . However, if the four sports failed, Mulyana said, there are still some other leading sports that had the chance to donate gold medals to Indonesia. The traditional branches in question are taekwondo, wushu, bowling, badminton, rock climbing, and many others.

31
July

In today’s edition, we will bring a topic about Pancasila is the Solution as Philosophy of Unitary State of The Republic of Indonesia.

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Pancasila is the solution or Kalimatun Sawa that becomes the philosophy of Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of People’s Consultative AssemblyAhmad Basarah in Jakarta last Wednesday (25/7) 2018. Based onthe report of mpr.go.id, Basarah said to 450 students of Social and Political Science Faculty of Galuh University that Pancasila is the heritage of the nation’s founders and the nation ideology. It is an ideology by neither certain religion nor blank ideology of religion and divine values.

On the occasion, he expressed his concern of the potential concepts that that may split the unity of the nation. He also called forthe students of Galuh University to protect and take care of Pancasila. By protecting and taking care of it, this means that we protect the unity of Indonesia.

Meanwhile, as it was reported in KRjogja.com, Head of Security Council of Yogyakarta, Achmad Charris Zubair in  Bantul (27/7) said that Pancasila truly contains 2 universal values; They are divinity and humanity. Pancasila has already been tested in the life of the nation, the society, and the country. Moreover, Indonesian people live amidst plural and complex life.Therefore, it has beenproven that Pancasila can unite the society to build the nation towards prosperity.

According to Charris, in the life of the nation and the country, Pancasila includes nationalism values in the third principle of Pancasila and democracy in the fourth. The values are important to beImplemented or actualized in our daily life so that thevalues are not only recitation or slogan.

On the same event, Head of Pancasila Study Center of UGM, Dr. Heri Santoso said that Pancasila is also the foundation of humans to be introspective. He said that humans often pursue their own ego without worrying others. If it is not handledwell, it will be the source of problem in the future.

02
August

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In today’s edition, we will bring you a topic about the successful breeding of Sumatran tigers in the wild.

To commemorate the Global Tiger Day on 29th July, the World Wildlife Fund of Indonesia (WWF Indonesia) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia released a rare documentary video demonstrating the successful breeding of tigers in the wild. Through a press release on Sunday morning (29th July 2018), Head of Tigers Alive Initiative, Michael Baltzer explained that as the main predator in food chain, tigers have significant role to maintain the ecosystem balance in a bid to sustain the lives of other species and human beings. However, currently tigers are in critical status.

Michael Baltzer said that currently, there are only 3,900 species of wild tigers in this world and compared to last year, these tigers could only be found about 5% from their observation.

Michael Baltzer added that as a fact, a video showcasing fascinating evidences and proofing this carnivore’s breed has already been released. Tigers breed similarly like cats on condition that the tigers have protected habitat, enough prey, and they are not hunted. He also stated that it takes a lot of time to accomplish the goals of TX2. This means that assistance from the government, businesspeople, local people, and everyone who cares about tigers is required to support the tiger conservation efforts. Therefore, Michael and his team truly appreciate the efforts of Indonesian government to save this extraordinary species.

Furthermore, Director of Sumatera and Wildlife, World Wide Fund (WWF Indonesia), Suhandri said that the video showing the breed of tigers proved Sumatran tigers to be healthy since they could breed well and are appropriate to inhabit the environment of Central Sumatera.

Suhandri also pointed out that the successful breeding of Sumatran tigers reflects strong commitment from the government of the Republic of Indonesia as well as supports from community partners, regional government, and international communities to save tigers and their habitat. The restoration of tigers’ population is a key point for mankind to live properly with the availability of natural resources.

Meanwhile, Head of the Nature Conservation Agency of Riau at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Suharyono stated that his Ministry has set a target to increase the tigers’ population up to 25% among the 25 endangered species in accordance to the government’s Performance Indicator mandated by the Directorate General for Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation. Illegal trade still remains the greatest threat for tigers to survive in the wild. The illegal trade chain is built up long from the source to the final recipient. Laws must be enacted. Crimes against wildlife and pertaining to corruption must be abolished.

The Global Tiger Day is commemorated every 29th July. It was firstly initiated at Saint Petersburg’s Tiger Summit in 2010. The purpose of commemorating the World Tiger Day is to raise the awareness of tiger conservation efforts.

01
August

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan attended tourism attraction of “Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival" in Banyuwangi on Sunday (29/7). Thousands of tourists and local people also attended the ethnic carnaval which has been held for 8 years consecutively. The carnaval is consistent in carrying the theme of local culture. On the occassion Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan on his writtten statement said that the government of Banyuwangi had proven that the rise of tourism was so effective to create jobs and to motivate the economy more quickly. Minister Luhur evaluated that it is a good step for Banyuwangi in improving the tourism sector which is currently became the largest contributor to the state revenue after energy sector, and it is predicted to be the country’s largest sources of revenue shortly. He also added that the central government also continue to accelerate the tourism infastructure development in Banyuwangi regency. The region has been set as cantilever of IMF and World Bank annual meeting next October which will be attended by 17.000 delegations from around the world. Some of the delegations will land in Banyuwangi Airport and will travel to "the Sunrise of Java" region. For the preparation, the central government spends 50 billion rupiahs to renovate infrastructures around Alas Purwo National Park. The Park has exotic prairie and Plengkung Beach with the best wave in the world for surfing. Furthermore, there is also infrastructure improvement to the area of Ijen Crater which is famous with the natural phenomena of blue fire which is famous worldwide. Regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas,appreciated the central government’s support for Banyuwangi. Thanks to the support of the central government, province, and collaboration with the people, Banyuwangi kept growing in the last few years, and its tourism sector became one of the supporter of the growth. The Regent also said, the poverty rate in Banyuwangi decreased sharply in the last 7 years to the level of 8.6 percent from the previous year. Income per capita of the people increases 120 percent in 2017 compared to the position in 2011. He said that the most challenging duty ahead is to push economic equity to the villages, suh as through Smart Village program.

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