Marsudi Receives Medal of Merit from Peru

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi received a medal of merit from the Peruvian government for promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Peruvian government honored Marsudi with the El Sol del Peru or The Sun of Peru in the rank of Grand Cross when the Indonesian minister visited Lima recently, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement released on Thursday.

The Sun of Peru is the highest civilian award given to local residents and foreigners who have excelled in the fields of arts, literature, culture, and politics.

Marsudi received the medal of merit for her efforts to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries since she was the director general of America and Europe at the Foreign Ministry.

When she held the post of the director general, she had taken various steps to enhance bilateral cooperation between Peru and Indonesia by creating a mechanism of bilateral dialogs between the two nations, among others.

The ministry stated that Retno was the first Indonesian citizen to receive the award.

The other figures who have received the awards include Japanese Emperor Akihito, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Marsudi remarked that she received the award on behalf of the Indonesian people and diplomats as well as her Peruvian colleagues who had worked hard to enhance the bilateral relations. (ANTARA)


Indonesia’s Thomas Cup badminton team went to the semifinal round of the tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday after successfully beating Malaysian team 3-1.

Fajar Alfian/Rian Ardianto determined the team`s victory after defeating Aaron Chia/Teo Ee Yi 21-18, 10-21, 21-9.

The Indonesian pair actually has higher BWF (Badminton World Federation) ranking than their Malaysian oppents. However they had to work hard before they could finally beat them.

Indonesia’s men`s singles player Jonathan Christie overpowered Lee Zii Jia 21-15, 11-21, 21-13 to contribute to the victory.

The other point was contributed by the minions Kevin Sanjaya/Marcus Gideon after defeating Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong 21-19, 20-22, 21-13.

Indonesia’s men’s singles player Anthony Ginting surrendered to Malaysia`s badminton legend Lee Chong Wei 19-21, 16-21. (ANTARA)


Presidential aircraft, Indonesia One, on Thursday, was the first plane to land at the new West Java International Airport of Kertajati in Majalengka District, West Java.

With President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his entourage aboard, the Indonesia-1 aircraft took off from the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta at 8:50 am local time and arrived at Kertajati at 9:21 a.m. West Indonesia Standard Time.

On arrival at the Kertajati Airport, the Indonesia One aircraft received a "water salute" while Jokowi was greeted by West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, Transportation Minister Budi Sumadi, and Marine and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastututi, who also own a chartered airline Susi Air.

"Alhamdulillah, we have witnessed the first, official, and historic landing at the West Java International Airport of Kertajati," Jokowi remarked in his press statement.

The head of state then express hope that the new airport in West Java would be able to provide good service to Indonesians, who will use the airport.

"I also hope that the Kertajati Airport would have a positive economic impact on the people of Majalengka District, in particular, and West Java`s people, in general," Jokowi stated.

The inaugural landing of Indonesia One at the West Java International Airport was part of the series of presidential working visits in West Java for two days. (ANTARA)



The Jakarta government is now preparing buses for the city`s residents to watch the sport events at venues of the upcoming 18th Asian Games, the city`s governor Anies Baswedan has said.

In addition, the Jakarta administration is currently preparing locations to wait for the buses, Baswedan stated here on Thursday.

"Thus, the city`s residents can park and ride. (After) parking, (they) do not need to use private vehicles to get to the venues," the governor disclosed.

According to him, the places to gather include two categories. The first is the location to be prepared at the outskirts of Jakarta to accommodate people (from outside the city), so they do not have to enter Jakarta.

The second category includes the location for the people living around the venues to gather, so that they do not have to get closer to venues (for citizens of Jakarta), he noted.

"The city`s transportation affairs office (Dishub) will soon announce such places to gather, so that the residents can park their vehicles and get on the buses to reach the venues," the governor explained.

The 18th Asian Games will be held from Aug 18 to Sept 2, 2018, in Jakarta and the South Sumatra provincial capital city of Palembang.

The Asian Games 2018, to be participated by 45 countries, will feature 462 events of 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports and eight are non-Olympic sports.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Skateboarding, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

The non-Olympic sports are Bowling; Bridge; Cricket; Kabaddi; Martial Arts, such as Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu; Mechanical Sports, such as Paragliding and Jet skiing; Squash; and Sepak Takraw. (ANTARA)