13
November

The government, through 11 ministries and agencies, launched the state civil apparatus (ASN) complaint portal for handling radicalism.

"This activity was born to witness the rise in social media in connection with this matter. We must take precautionary measures against it, if the state civil apparatus (ASN) is involved in handling radicalism," Deputy of Apparatus Human Resources of the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry Setiawan Wangsaatmaja noted in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The 11 ministries and institutions comprise the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (Kemenpan-RB); Coordinating Ministry for Political, Security, and Legal Affairs (Kemenpolhukam); and the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri).

The others include the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenang), Ministry of Communications and Informatics (Kominfo), Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud), Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham), State Intelligence Agency, National Agency for Counter Terrorism, Agency for the Development of Ideology for Pancasila, and the State Apparatus Agency.

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics has provided the facility, Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate stated.

"The infrastructure provided is utilized with useful content and was a place for fact-backed complaints. It is made for the safety of the ASN," the minister stated. (ANTARA)

 

13
November

Hundreds of Hindus across Indonesia performed the Abhiseka ritual of sanctification for the first time in 1,163 years, at the Prambanan Temple located between Sleman, Yogyakarta, and Klaten, Central Java, Tuesday.

 

"After we discovered the inscription written on the day the temple was established, which is November 12, 856 AD, along with rituals conducted, Hindus then prepared to perform the same ritual. So it is basically to commemorate temple's inauguration by Rakai Pikatan Dyah Seladu back in that year," Made Astra Tanaya, a member of the committee that performed the Abhiseka, said.

 

Abhiseka is also held to denote the golden era of the old Mataram Kingdom, which was not conducted earlier since Hindus usually performed the Tawur Agung ritual to sanctify human beings and the universe.

 

The ritual of Abhiseka is considered a turning point in returning the energy for both human beings and Mother Nature, said Tanaya, who officiates as the coordinator of the Indonesian Parisada Hindu Dharma (PDHI) Yogyakarta.


It was a series of rituals which began Saturday, November 9, opened by the Matur Piuning ritual as a way of requesting permission to the ancestors.


It continued with the pageantry of the eternal flame of Mrapen and holy water of eleven wellsprings around the area starting from the Boko Temple to the Prambanan temple where people then performed a prayer and pradaksina or circumambulation.


The main ritual was held today with such offerings mentioned in 25 inscriptions of Hinduism during the Mataram Kingdom era.


Another ritual performed was Manusuk Sima, based on the inscription, with the whole ritual ending with a traditional dance performance of Siwagraha which narrates stories of the Prambanan temple reconstruction. (ANTARA)

13
November

The Indonesian Military (TNI) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces have resolved to forge military cooperation.

This was apparent when TNI Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto received a courtesy call from the Chief of the UAE Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Hamad Mohamed Thani Al-Rumaithi at the TNI Headquarters in, Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Tuesday.

This is the second visit of the UAE Armed Forces chief to the TNI Headquarters, Chief of Information and International Affairs of TNI Information Service Col. Aguis Cahyono said.

"The visit is aimed at forging defense and military cooperation between the two countries," he said. (ANTARA)

13
November

State-run explosive manufacturer PT Dahana (Persero) will construct an explosives plant in Timor Leste in 2020.


The company's President Director, Budi Antono, affirmed that development of the plant is part of its plan to expand business to ASEAN nations.


"Timor Leste has offered this to us. If we do not take the offer, then New Zealand and Australia will. This is a good opportunity for PT Dahana," Antono remarked at a discussion here on Tuesday.


In spite of its comparatively small investment of some Rp15 billion, development of the plant is an attractive expansion, as its products are open for export to New Zealand and Australia.


Timor Leste will build a port and open mines for which it will require explosives in its development.

Antono explained that for road construction, it would be more efficient to build a tunnel than cut along the face of hills, taking into account the country's mountainous geographical terrain.


The explosives plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of up to one thousand tons.



Construction of the plant will take at least a year to complete, he stated.

PT Dahana is a state-run company operating in the explosive industry as well as military equipment, such as rocket and bullets. (ANTARA)

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