31
March

 

Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko is reviewing the preparation of the Light Rail Transit -LRT for Palembang at PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA) Madiun, East Java. Two series of trains with six hoppers are completed and are currently in trial stage before being sent to Palembang next month.

Moeldoko accompanied by INKA President Director, Budi Noviantoro in his written statement on Friday said that the train is ready for next Augusts’ Asian Games. Moeldoko appreciated the persistence of INKA which can complete the work of LRT on time. INKA will send the trains of LRT to Palembang in stages by ship on 10 April until May 2018. (Kom-Mar/Trans by Alika)

31
March

 

Chairman of Indonesian National Scout, Adhiyaksa Dault invited Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Thursday 03/29) to attend the National Scout Camp. The event will be held on Sebatik Island, Nunukan district, North Kalimantan province starting on 2nd until 7th of May, 2018. After meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Adhiyaksa Dault said to media that Vice President Jusuf Kalla welcomes positively the National Scout Camp. Adhiyaksa Dault perceived that this activity supports the government's program of mental revolution.

“To have mentally good citizens is not like building one day one night, but building from an early age. It is through the Boy Scout movement. So, if Mr. President says a mental revolution, we do it sincerely. Creating young generations is that they will really understand about Indonesia.”Adhiyaksa Dault said.

The national camp activity of Indonesian National Scout with the theme ‘state defending’ will be followed by hundreds of students of scout members from 34 provinces in Indonesia. This activity will be coordinated with the government of North Kalimantan and Nunukan Regency to ensure the smoothness of the event to be held on Sebatik Island which is the outer island bordering with Malaysia.(Rezha)

28
March

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would submit the result of its study on Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed train by the end of April, postponed from its initial schedule in March.

"The study conducted by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BBPT) and JICA has entered its final stage. We hope that we could finalize the study in March and JICA could submit its study in April," the Director General of Railway of the Transportation Ministry,  Zulfikri said here on Tuesday.

He stated that the ministry would synchronize the results of the two studies, especially on investment value.

"Now, the amount is still changing, because it is not a small investment," he noted.

The ministry, according to Zulfikri, is still evaluating the plan to include foreign private firms in the project, in this case Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

"We are still sorting out the scheme we could offer, the construction, maintenance, or investment in facility, and its operation," he remarked.

However, the involvement of JBIC in the project would not change the initial cooperation scheme from government-to-government to business-to-business scheme.

"This is because the initiation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a G-to-G cooperation," he added.

The Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed train project would need a total investment of Rp60 trillion (US$4.4 billion), including Rp20 trillion ($1.5 billion) for construction of 900 level crossings. Both governments have agreed to use narrow railway (gauge 1,067 millimeters) and standard railway (gauge 1,431 millimeters) to adjust with the land characteristic in Java, which is already crowded. The high-speed train would cut short Jakarta-Surabaya travel time from 9 hours to 5.5 hours. ( antara ) 

28
March

Indonesian House of Representatives` delegation, a member of the Drafting Committee on Emergency Issues representing the Asia-Pacific, delivered a resolution on Trump administration`s decision on Jerusalem as Israel`s capital at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Session. According to a statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday ( 27 March ), Bara Krishna Hasibuan, a member of the Indonesian House`s delegation, had attended a session to discuss the draft resolution that was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday (26 March).

"As a consistent member of the IPU fighting for Palestinian independence, Indonesia has an obligation to be actively involved in drafting the IPU resolution that reaffirms the rejection of the US` decision on Jerusalem," Hasibuan emphasized.

According to Hasibuan, Indonesia`s election as a representative of the Asia-Pacific countries demonstrates international recognition of its strategic role in solving global issues.

"I am honored to represent the Asia-Pacific and Indonesian parliaments, especially in the drafting of this resolution," the politician noted.

The draft specifically addresses the IPU`s responses to the US` decision on the status of Jerusalem and the basic rights of the Palestinian people. Hasibuan explained that the draft comprises five points in the preamble and 10 points in a resolution that essentially contains a strong condemnation of the US` decision that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The draft also encompasses support for Palestinians in defending their basic rights, including the right to Jerusalem.

"The resolution also confirms that the unilateral decision on Jerusalem is contrary to several UN resolutions and international laws," Hasibuan stressed.

The Drafting Committee also accepted the Indonesian proposal, submitted by Hasibuan, which encouraged Israel and Palestine to return to the peace process under an international framework to achieve a two-state solution based on territorial boundaries prevailing before the war between Israel and Arab countries in 1967.

"The acceptance of this proposal is a concrete contribution of Indonesia in pushing the world`s parliaments to unite and seek a permanent solution to achieve a comprehensive solution to the problem of Palestine`s status, specifically with regard to Jerusalem," Hasibuan remarked.

Trump`s statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was delivered during a speech at the White House on December 6, 2017. ( antara )