The Indonesian Government stressed the importance of increasing the knowledge and understanding of the community about cancer, ahead of World Cancer Day 2018. Director of Disease Prevention and Control, Ministry of Health, Mohamad Subuh, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (31/1) said that the public should be able to reduce both mortality and morbidity rate cause of cancer with proper knowledge. In addition to that, according to him, the proper knowledge and education should also changes public healthy living.

“ There are some points that we want to remind regarding the World Cancer Day. First, is to improve public knowledge and understanding about cancer disease. The more people understand about cancer, how it happens, how to avoid it, how to get access to healthcare, we should be able to reduce mortality as well as morbidity rate of that disease. We expect to raise some understanding on healthy life with such knowledge. These two are crucial in every cancer day commemoration.”

World Cancer Day is commemorated every February 4 of each year. The World Cancer Day commemorative theme from 2016 to 2018 is' We Can. I can'. This theme aims to spread the message that everyone, whether together or individually, can take a role in reducing the burden and cancer problems. In Indonesia, the burden of cancer is still quite high. Based on the results of Basic Health Research in 2013, the prevalence of tumors or cancer in Indonesia is 1.4 per 1,000 residents or about 347,000 people. The highest cancer in women is breast and cervical cancer, while in men is lung cancer. (ndy)



President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) wants the foreign workers permit which is until now still complicated will immediately be simplified.

It is realized that until now so many things related to foreign workers permit are still convoluted, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung quoted the president as saying here on Wednesday after a limited cabinet meeting presided over by President Jokowi.

"And the president has instructed the related ministries, Minister of Law and Human Rights, Manpower Minister, Trade Minister, Industry Minister, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Energy Minister to simplify (the working permit)," Pramono said, adding that the working permit simplification should be prepared within two weeks.

According to Pramono, if it is not immediately resolved, a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) will be issued to regulate it.

"Because we should not complicate the investment, nor people who want to come to work in this republic," he remarked.

However, he further said, the foreign workers in question are those who have the knowledge and the capacity and also needed in Indonesia, instead of the foreign field workers.

This effort is to boost the "ease of doing business" in Indonesia to be more competitive even though Indonesia`s investment grade has improved, he added. (antaranews)


kemendagThe Indonesian Trade Ministry`s Trade Mission to Pakistan has recorded potential trade and investment transactions of US$115.02 million.
"The transaction covers several commodities of palm oil, cocoa, coffee, spices and tea," Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said here on Wednesday.

In addition, Indonesia`s energy sector has signed an Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export to Pakistan.
Indonesia, through the National Oil Company, PT Pertamina, will export LNG of 1.5 million tons per year to Pakistan LNG Ltd for ten years. This contract can be extended for another five years. The potential transactions resulted from the contract amounted to US$6.4 billion.
In a series of trade missions to Pakistan, Enggartiasto and Pakistani Textile Industries and Trade Minister Mohammad Pervaiz Malik also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
The memorandum of understanding is aimed at encouraging businesses of both countries to increase trade and information exchange. Meanwhile, in a business forum and one-on-one business matching, there were more than 100 Pakistani business actors to meet directly and do business with their Indonesian counterparts
"Business actors of both countries could interact and discuss the demanded products," Enggartiasto said.
Indonesia and Pakistan also agreed to establish cooperation in the field of promotion. Such cooperation was marked by a technical cooperation agreement which was signed by the Director General of National Export Development (PEN) at the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Arlinda, and the Secretary of Trade Development and Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
The agreement is an initial effort to enhance the trade relations between Indonesia and Pakistan and improve information exchange.
"The information exchange and promotions are the scope of the agreement. Some of which include business opportunity and promotions by encouraging private sector involvement from both countries," Arlinda said.
The trade cooperation between Indonesia and Pakistan was began in 2005 at a signing of Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The trade relation with Pakistan is a perspective and an opportunity to develop the Indonesian market.
Indonesia sees there are further opportunities through geostrategic aspect of Pakistan and its neighboring countries in Central Asia.
The total trade between Indonesia and Pakistan in 2016 was recorded at US$2.17 billion, with a surplus for Indonesia of US$1.86 billion. 
Meanwhile, the export value from January to November 2017 reached US$2.38 billion or increased by 24.24 percent compared to that in the same period in 2016. (antara)


The rare "super blue blood" moon phenomenon has been visible here on Wednesday since 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

The rare total lunar eclipse could also be witnessed for hours in several cities across Indonesia.

According to ANTARA's observation in Jakarta, the total eclipse was still visible without using any binocular, although the sky was slightly foggy.

The eclipse in Jakarta started to appear at 7 p.m., but was shortly covered by clouds at 7.16 p.m.

The moon starts to be completely covered from 7.51 p.m. to 20.29 pm, and the total eclipse was over at 9.08 p.m.

The Chairwoman of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati revealed that the rare phenomenon occurs once in 150 years, and the rare total eclipse will only be visible in certain locations.

Karnawati explained that the super moon, blue moon, and blood moon are actually different eclipse phenomena. However, now, the super moon (when the moon appeared to be bigger and brighter), the blue moon (a second full moon in a month), and a blood moon (a red eclipse) will coincide for the first time since 152 years ago in 1866.

The previous super blue blood moon lasted for 20.2 minutes, she added.

"In order to enjoy the rare celestial trifecta, we have to set up a special venue at the Ancol Beach, North Jakarta," Karnawati noted on Wednesday.

Apart from the special venue, the agency will also broadcast the super blue blood moon live via Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, as well as the official website of "http://bmkg.go.id."

The live-streaming of the eclipse, she said, is done considering the traffic that may occur during the eclipse.

"We have live-streamed the total eclipse, so that people would enjoy the moon with their gadgets," she remarked.

The agency, she added, also has prepared several observation posts in Makassar, Ambon, and other regions across the country.

The chairwoman called on researchers and other people to not only view but also further study the rare super blue blood moon./// (ANTARA)