10
July

The Argentine Embassy in Jakarta held the 202nd anniversary of Argentina's National Day on Monday, July 9th in Jakarta. Ambassador of Argentina to Indonesia Ricardo Luis Bocalandro said in his speech that Argentina and Indonesia are equally-connected partners. He said Argentina and Indonesia share a common value in the field of international peace and security. Therefore, Argentina is really happy because Indonesia was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

"Among those similarities Indonesia and Argentina share, is a profound respect for the main principles of the international community.) Indonesia and Argentina fully respect the non-intervention territory and integrity principle, fully respect the solutions of all international disputes through diplomacy and conversation and negotiation friendly nations We are extremely happy to know that now joins the UN security council because we know that principles Indonesia respects which are our principles," Ambassador Ricardo Luis Bocalandro said.

Ambassador Ricardo Luis Bocalandro further said, Argentina and Indonesia also have much in common as the members of the G20. G20 is a country with the most significant economy. Later this year leaders of G20 nations will gather at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina will be delighted to welcome President Joko Widodo. Ambassador Bocalandro still remembers the visit of President Soekarno to Argentina when Indonesia's first president was the founder of the Non-Aligned Movement. With the similarity, ambassador Ricardo hopes in the future relationship of the two countries will be closer. (VOI/SEKAR/AHM)

10
July

Polyglot Indonesia again held Polyglot Indonesia National Gathering at Philatelic Building, Jakarta on Sunday, July 8th. Polyglot Indonesia is a community in Indonesia that accommodates people who have the ability to speak in several foreign languages not only English. Director of Public Diplomacy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Azis Nurwahyudi in his speech at the meeting said Polyglot Indonesia is part of Indonesian diplomacy. According to Azis, this community has an important role as a friendship agent or create people to people contact between Indonesia and people around the world.

"Polyglot is a friendship agent, Polyglot is a part of Indonesian diplomacy. Polyglot will be able to create more beautiful people to people contact. I have noticed that you have tremendous potential. You are polyglot people, mastering several languages. You are diplomats, when you communicate with other friends in other countries with their languages. You have created a friendship agency. You have created people to people contact," Azis Nurwahyudi said.

Azis further hoped that members of Polyglot Indonesia are able to convey a message of peace to the world community and explain about Indonesia with all its hospitality, cultural diversity and natural beauty through its language skills. It is also expected that the members of this community can contribute to some international events held in Indonesia such as the Asian Games 2018 and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meeting. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

10
July

A total of 20 young researchers from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are studying plant improvement at the National Atomic Energy Agency’s (BATAN’s) Isotope and Radiation Application Center in Jakarta on July 9-20.

"(The training program) marks the progress BATAN has achieved in developing its nuclear technology," Djarot Wisnubroto, the agency’s chairman, remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

He noted that BATAN has served as a research collaboration center, as acknowledged by the International Atomic Energy Agency some years ago.

The agency has sought to upgrade the quality of soy and paddy in the past years. Wisnubroto explained that the new plants are more resistant to pests and viruses. Moreover, the harvest periods of the new soy and paddy are shorter than those varieties planted earlier.

Several varieties that have been improved by the agency include Muria, Tengger, Meratus, Rajabasa, Mitani, Mutiara-1, Gamasugen-1, and Gamasugen-2.

On a similar occasion, Totti Tjiptosumirat, the isotope application center head, stated that the workshop was organized by BATAN, as it has rich experience in utilizing nuclear technology to develop agriculture.

"The agency has a long history of conducting research on plant mutation by utilizing nuclear radiation technology," Tjiptosumirat stressed.

The new varieties of soy and paddy that have been introduced to the farmers are expected to increase the yield and to realize food security in the country.

"Our research work now attracts significant attention not only from farmers and fellow scientists but also government officials, students, and scholars," he pointed out.

Hence, BATAN remains committed to opening its doors to other foreign researchers seeking to learn and adopt the technology, Tjiptosumirat added.

In the past years, he stated BATAN had provided training and workshops for researchers from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, India, South Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Vietnam.(ANTARA)

10
July

Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham handed over life insurance aid, worth Rp6.9 billion, to the victims of Mount Sinabung eruption in temporary shelters in the third phase of relocation in Karo district, North Sumatra Province.

"The president has given directives to provide assistance to children who are hit by the disaster. This is a form of the country`s responsibility to its people," he told the evacuees of Sinabung in Kabanjahe on Monday.

The aid was distributed to 7,690 evacuees from the sub-districts of Namanteran, Simpang Empat, and Tiganderket.

He was accompanied by Director General of Social Protection and Social Security, Harry Hikmat; Head of Tanah Karo District, Terkelin Brahmana; and other officials while distributing the symbolic life insurance to the evacuee representatives.

He remarked that since the beginning of Mount Sinabung eruption until now, the government has handed over a total of assistance of Rp79 billion to the evacuees.

"Please use the money for the benefit of the families," he urged.

He added that the government would continue to pay attention to the Indonesian society, including the victims of the disaster.

He also asked Brahmana to record the number of poor evacuees, who will be included in the Family Hope Program or rice social assistance program. (ANTARA)