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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.

24
July

 

In today’s edition, we will bring a topic about The Importance of Pancasila’s Values for Indonesian Young Generations.

Head of the Bureau of the Secretariat of the Leadership of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia, Muhammad Rizal said that the values of Pancasila have begun to diminish. According to Muhammad Rizal, the values from this Indonesians’ way of life have gradually been subsided. Consequently, it is essential to re-internalize and foster the values of Pancasila, particularly toward Indonesian children and youths. During the Fourth Pillar Socialization of People’s Consultative Assembly -MPR, Muhammad Rizal said on Sunday (22nd July 2018) that this is the form of cooperation between MPR and the Youth Group of Deli Serdang Kulon Village, at Panongan District, Tangerang Regency, Banten He took for example that people residing in major cities have started to exhibit individualistic behavior and become apathetic toward their surroundings. In addition, the values of togetherness and ‘mutual assistance or ‘Gotong Royong’, have been disengaged from Indoneian people’s daily lives.

As stated by Muhammad Rizal, the disengagement of Pancasila’s values is caused by external influences, including the values resulted from globalization. In addition, various new ideologies have erupted and suppressed the existence of Pancasila, for example, ISIS and Liberalism. According to Muhammad Rizal, these ideologies do not align with Pancasila.

The establishment of Pancasila as the ideology and state philosophy of Indonesia has produced consequences. Such consequences make the values embodied in Pancasila to be deployed as the core and fundamental principles for the governance of country. Pancasila consists of five principles and these principles act as five basic values which are considered fundamental. Those values include the value of piety, the value humanity, the value of unity, the value of democracy and society, and the value of social justice.

Muhammad Rizal also explained that Pancasila belongs to all citizens of Indonesia; thus it belongs to neither any particular individual nor regime. Because, Pancasila has been rooted and cultured in Indonesia. Pancasila grows and flourishes as the result the cultural values, traditions, and religious values in Indonesia. Therefore, the values of Pancasila could integrate all citizens of Indonesia.

The first principle namely “Belief in the One and Only God” carries the value of piety. This means that Indonesia gives freedom for its citizens to choose their belief as well as perform their obligations and worships based on the religions of each individual.

The second principle namely “Just and Civilized Humanity” gives the essence that every citizen must be treated respectively and equally according to his dignity of the God’s creature. These values remark the idea that all humans have the same degree, dignity, rights, and duties.

The third principle namely “The Unity of Indonesia” highlights the meaning and value of unity. It is the implementation of strong determination from every aspect endeavoring to accomplish the same vision and unity called Indonesia.

The fourth principle, “Democracy Guided by the Inner Wisdom in the Unanimity Arising out of Deliberations Amongst of Representatives” reveals the idea that all processes of making decisions must be conducted through a deliberation in order to generate conformed decision for every involved party. Besides, this value also emphasizes that the government of Indonesia is carried out from, by, and for the people of Indonesia.

The fifth principle, “The Social Justice for the Whole People of Indonesia” reinforces a message that duties and rights must work in balance in every aspect of life. 

30
July

Indonesian Ministry of Transportation and Japan International Cooperation Agency -JICA in Jakarta on Friday (July 27) signed a contract for the construction of Patimban port  for package 1 in the form of construction of container terminals and four wheel vehicles worth Rp6 trillion from a total of Rp8.9 trillion. The development of Patimban harbor in Subang regency, West Java province into the National Strategic Project will begin in the near future. In his opening remarks at the signing ceremony of the Port of Patimban of package-1 project in Jakarta, Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi said that the Patimban port project signifies the close relationship between Indonesia and Japan which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary. He also said that the package-1 project is the largest job of all packages of Patimban port’s development project. He believes that the first phase work of the package 1 is completed in less than 12 months so that motor vehicle and roll-on-roll terminal can be operated in early 2019. Minister Budi also hoped that the Patimban port will ease the distribution of goods to Jakarta, as well as create new fast mobility in logistics connectivity from home and abroad. Patimban port is one of the national strategic projects according to Presidential Regulation No. 47. It is a strategic project in Subang, West Java. And we know that this project is a project with Official Development Assistant or ODA Loan from Japan and signifies a close relationship between Indonesia and Japan, marking 60 years of relations between Indonesia and Japan, said Minister Budi. On the same occasion, the Japanese Economic Counselor for Indonesia, Mari Takada said that his side is committed to cooperating with the development of Patimban port, because this will also help the Japanese economy, considering the location of the port is very close to the manufacturing area of Japanese companies in Indonesia. Many Japanese companies set up manufacturing plants in Cikarang, Karawang, and Purwakarta in West Java whose distance from the port of Patimban is fewer than 150 kilometers. Mari Takada pointed out that Patimban port has the advantage of being able to overcome the traffic congestion that has occurred along the distribution channel to Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta. He also stated that Japan fully supports the port development project by considering future investment prospects. Mari further explained that the cooperation between Indonesia and Japan in the Patimban port is not just a matter of financing. Both countries agreed that this cooperation could boost the economies of both countries. He added that besides cooperation in project development, Japan and Indonesia agreed to jointly operate this port.

23
July

President Joko Widodo demanded Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to accelerate the use of biodiesel. He said that the acceleration of biodiesel and renewable energy use should be carried out due to their extremely low implementation in Indonesia. During a limited working meeting about ‘The Acceleration of Biodiesel Use” at President Office in Jakara on Friday (22nd of July 2018), President Joko Widodo explained that Indonesia should not depend on fossil energy because fossil energy has its restricted amount. President Joko Widodo viewed that the implementation of acceleration of biodiesel use has not completely met the expectation in reality. Therefore, he reinforced that the use of biodiesel could be maximized. The President set a target for government to save less than $21 million dollars every day by switching to the use of biodiesel. He wants strong commitment from the Working Cabinet to accelerate the use of biodiesel. President Joko Widodo also reminded about the importance of paying attention to the safety and obstacles in using biodiesel as an alternative fuel. It is aimed to elevate and expand the use of biodiesel. In addition, President Joko Widodo asked all citizens from various elements to strengthen the commitment of altering to the use of alternative, new, and renewable energy in order to generate more advantages for the country. By using alternative energy, Indonesia could reduce oil import as well as develop Indonesia’s trade balance. Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution said that  the use of diesel fuels containing 20% Crude Palm Oil or B20 is claimed to save the country’s exchange up to $21 million dollars per day or equivalent to Rp302,4 billion. By using B20, the government could repress the import of the diesel fuels as well as increase the consumption of domestic crude palm oil. Minister Darmin also explained that Indonesia could save its foreign exchange reserves amounting to $5.5 million dollars or Rp79.2 trillion as the impact of using B20 for fuel. This profit is estimated in a yearly calculation. With the condition, the use of B20 has been implemented completely by public service obligation or non-PSO sector. Minister Darmin Nasution added that the use of mix crude oil has actually been regulated in Presidential Regulation No. 24/2016. Meanwhile, the 20% crude palm oil as the mix of diesel fuels is based on the Regulation of the Ministry of Energy and Renewable Resources No. 12/2015. Nevertheless, the regulation only concerns on the use of B20 in PSO. At present, the government is currently revising the regulation regarding with the use of B20 to be also implemented for the non-PSO. According to Minister Darmin Nasution, the government gives transitional period for industrial actors to apply B20 as their fuel.

19
July

A group of non-government organization –the Green Team of West Bangka, Bangka Belitung Province tries the process of organic waste by using worm.

Initiator of the Green, Arie Kurniadi told Antara News Agency in Muntok, Bangka Belitung on Sunday that the trials have been conducted for a few months and the results are quite encouraging. The team expects that in the future, the environmentally friendly patterns can be developed by residents and other groups so that the organic waste can be jointly controlled.

Arie Kurniadi also remarked that the pattern of decomposition of organic waste by using worm has been done in several locations in Java, and has been proven to control the buildup of household waste. In addition to being able to decompose organic waste quickly, the dirt worm also has high economic value because it is used as organic compost.

Arie Kurniadi added that his team tries to develop organic waste processing on a larger scale. Garbage is obtained from members of the Green Team which currently reaches around 350 households. Of the 350 registered households, the Green Team manages to control approximately 0.6 tons of household waste per day.

Initially, the Green Team established on January 10, 2018 only consisted of about 100 households in Sungaidaeng, Muntok. But now, the number of its members continues to grow to 350 scattering across Sungaidaeng, Sungaibaru, Tanjung, Airbelo and Belolaut Villages in Bangka Belitung.

Arie is optimistic that the pattern of waste control that is developed will have an impact on the preservation of the environment while providing positive benefits for the welfare of the community. He said that besides being able to control the garbage independently, the Green Team targets in the future can also contribute to the development of agro-tourism that is educative and healthy.

That’s My Indonesia!

17
July

Pancasila is the values of life for Indonesian people. It belongs to neither an individual nor to any regime. Pancasila is a common asset of the people of Indonesia. It unites the Indonesian nation. This was disclosed by Head of the Bureau of the Secretariat of the Leadership of the People's Consultative Assembly -MPR, Muhammad Rizal as quoted from rmol.com during the Four Pillars of Socialization to members of Citra Bhyangkaradi Curug, Tangerang on last Sunday (15/7). In this socialization, MPR calls for the members of Citra Bhayangkara Curug to implement the values ​​of Pancasila in everyday life.

Rizal affirmed that the founders of the nation have defined the national identity through a long process and history. Until finally, the Indonesian identity is formulated in the five principles of Pancasila. In addition, Rizal also explained that there are still many people who do not memorize the five principles of Pancasila, let alone to implement the values ​​of Pancasila. In fact, Pancasila is the values of life in Indonesian people. It is not only memorized but also implemented in everyday life. Rizal took example, the -first principle of Pancasila -Belief in the One God. Following any religion is the first implementation of the principle of Pancasila. If a person does worship, regardless of his or her religion, he or she will influence his or her attitude and behavior.

Furthermore, Rizal said that Pancasila unites the Indonesian nation. Pancasila has been tested in the journey of the Indonesian nation. He disclosed that countries like the United States and other countries to praise Pancasila. Rizal pointed out that the Soviet Union could break into 15 countries. Yugoslavia broke out into six countries. Arab countries like Syria and Afghanistan are experiencing civil war. However, Indonesia as a large country with a diversity of tribes, languages, religions which are prone to split, has been proven to be united. Pancasila unites the Indonesian nation.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of the Board of Directors of Pancasila Ideology Development Board (BPIP), Mahfud MD while attending the study of Abuya Muhtadi in Pandeglang, Banten on last Monday (09/7) said that Islam does accept Pancasila as a state ideology of Indonesia whose ethnic, language and culture are diverse. That’s My Indonesia!

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