02
March

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics shows that the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in January 2018 decreased 6.17 percent compared to that of in January 2017, from 1.11 million visits to 1.04 million visits. If compared to December 2017, the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia decreased by 9.36 percent. Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics, Kecuk Suhariyanto, in a Press Briefing held Thursday, March 2, said, December is the peak tourist visit. Therefore, the decline from December to January is something reasonable. According to him, the decline in the number of foreign tourist arrivals compared to last year due to the decline of tourists in Bali. Tourist arrivals in Bali have declined since the eruption of the Agung mountain, but in January it is getting better.

"That the number of foreign tourists in Bali in January was higher than in December. That means there is a recovery. Because if we see December it is the second peak season. At Ngurah Rai there has been an increase from December to January so there has been a recovery of tourist numbers to Bali but not yet fully normal," Kecuk Suhariyanto said.

Suhariyanto further said, the number of foreign tourist arrivals coming through the air entrance in January 2018 decreased by 13.54 percent compared to the number of visits in the same month the previous year. The top five foreign tourists visiting Indonesia by country are Malaysia, Timor Leste, China, Australia and Singapore. (VOI/Sekar)

02
March

Indonesia is a country which is rich in abundant biomass resources such as second generation bioethanol production. Bioethanol is a renewable and environmentally friendly alternative fuel as a substitute for gasoline. This was stated by Researcher of Chemical Research Center at Indonesian Institute of Sciences -LIPI, Haznan Abimanyu to media at LIPI Chemical Research Center in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday afternoon (1/3). Haznan said that LIPI has successfully developed bioethanol research and continues to do research as optimal as possible.

"We come to see an economical process of energy such as energy which is used less. Then, it’s the total of raw material prices and so on. So, the product will be lower than fossil fuels,” Haznan Abimanyu said.

Haznan Abimanyu also explained that the tool used in bioethanol production is "Pilot Plant Bioethanol G2" and becomes the only tool available in Indonesia. LIPI has patents related to the second generation bioethanol product development as Intellectual Property Rights and is continuously strived to be used by the industry. (VOI/AF/RHM)

02
March

President Joko Widodo appreciated the performance of the Supreme Court in 2017. The appreciation was presented during Special Plenary Session of the Supreme Court's Annual Report 2017 at Jakarta Convention Center on Friday (2/3). He said that the speed of judiciary in deciding cases that are matched with the level of satisfaction is the reason why the appreciation should be given, especially in regard to innovation of electronic-based services. President Joko Widodo also said that the judiciary is the main foundation of developed countries. Thus, the President hopes the judiciary can be credible and it provides legal certainty.

"…The main foundation that can lead us as a developed country is a truly credible legal system and the process brings legal certainty and law enforcement that provides justice and a sense of community justice. Thus, I would like to express my gratitude and high appreciation for every effort of the Supreme Court to create a transparent, professional and trusted judiciary,” President Joko Widodo said.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hatta Ali said that the Supreme Court keeps making changes to the body through various regulations and policies. It increased the institutional productivity by 92.23 percent. (VOI/Rini H)

02
March

President Joko Widodo ensured that the government keeps supporting the Supreme Court's move in realizing a clean, fair and dignified justice. He also pointed out that three perpetrators who had to face severe punishment are corruptors, drug agents and terrorists. This was affirmed by President Joko Widodo at Special Plenary Session of the Annual Report of the Supreme Court of 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Center, Senayan in Jakarta on Friday. On the occasion, he also appreciated the performance of the Supreme Court which continued to improve during 2017. The President advised that the Supreme Court continues to present a credible and trusted judiciary for better legal certainty in Indonesia.

“The government continues to support the Supreme Court's steps in realizing a clean, fair, and dignified justice. It makes all parties discipline in the judicial process. It also decides severe punishment and deterrent effect to the perpetrators of corruption, drug agents, terrorists, and anyone who destroys Indonesian unity, and disrupts justice in our country,” President Joko WIdodo said.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo hopes that prospective judges who will start working at the Supreme Court can maintain their integrity. He views that the judges with high integrity and profession will produce a fair trial verdict and win the trust of the people and the trust seekers from the international world. (VOI/Rini H)