30
January

Bandung City has won the Asean Clean Tourist City award at the 2018 Asean Tourism Award (ASANTA), which took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Bandung`s Head of Culture and Tourism Office, Kenny Dewi Kaniasari, stated that the award was an achievement of hard work of the city administration and the people community in managing Bandung`s environment, cleanness, and safety in a number of tourist destinations.

"All praises and thanks to Allah. We have achieved the Asean Clean Tourist City award. Bandung focuses on tourism and tourism services," Kaniasari noted here on Monday.

She explained that Bandung was assessed by the Ministry of Tourism for one year. The assessment result was then sent to the Asean Tourism Forum to be re-assessed along with other Asean countries.

The assessment of the Ministry of Tourism team included the availability of public facilities in tourist destinations and sidewalks.

"Bandung has several new tourist destinations and new parks that have been revitalized, which are an added value in the assessment," she remarked.

She added that the award was also achieved by Surabaya and Banyuwangi (East Java).

Kenny pointed out that the award, which was the first for Bandung, would promote the city to the Asean community. (antaranews)

29
January

President Leaving Bangladesh to Afghanistan

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On the sixth day of his five countries visit, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Monday morning , January 29, 2018 left Bangladesh to continue the state visit to Afghanistan.
The Presidential plane of Indonesia-1 carrying President and Mrs. Iriana took off at 09.20 local time or 10.20 West Indonesia Time from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana makes a state visit to the Presidential Palace of Arg.
In this palace, President Jokowi is greeted President Ashraf Ghani. Furthermore, the President follows a series of state activities, namely Tete-a-Tete, bilateral meeting and gives a joint press statement.
The President will also meet with the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) at Haram Sarai Palace (WiAfter that the President will attend a lunch together at the Presidential Palace of Arg.
In the afternoon, the President will visit the Darul Aman Palace which is also the agenda of closing the visit of President Joko Widodo and Mrs. Iriana to Afghanistan.
From Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana along with the entourage will return to their homeland.
Following President and Mrs. Iriana on a flight to Afghanistan were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Special Staff Coordinator President Teten Masduki, Presidential Secretariat President Heru Budi Hartono, Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs / KPN Andri Hadi, Special Staff of President Ari Dwipayana, Military Secretary of President Marsda TNI Trisno Hendradi and Paspampres Commander Maj. Gen. TNI (Mar) Suhartono. (Release Protocol, Press and Media of Secretariat of the President)
 
29
January

President Joko Widodo Arrives in Cox Bazaar

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President  Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived in  Cox Bazaar, on January 28,, at around 12:40 local time . After the arrival, President and Madame Iriana get an explanation  at the airport, from Cox Bazaar’s Deputy Commissioner, Ali Hossein, concerning the handling of Rakhine State refugees at the Refugee Camp.  They have a chance to see Camp Jamtoli, one of the refugees shelter, about 70 kilometers from the airport. Accompanying President and Mrs. Iriana during this visit were Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Special Staff Coordinator Teten Masduki and Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Soemarno. ( source: President media office )

29
January
 
The Kazakh government is interested to learn the Indonesian National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT)'s soft approaches to deal with terrorism.  BNPT Chief Commissioner General  Police Suhardi Alius said in a press statement released on Sunday, January 28th that Kazakhstan expressed the interest when chairman of the Kazakh National Security Committee (NSC) Dauletbekovich Billsbekov had a working dinner with the BNPT chief in Astana on Wednesday, January 24th.
 
 
Alius said his visit to the capital of Kazakhstan was aimed at following up on a cooperation agreement between Indonesia and Kazakhstan on combating terrorism. During a meeting with Kazakh officials, he specifically explained what Indonesia has carried out to address terrorism, including making soft approaches by involving repented-former terrorist leaders to speak for the deradicalization program. Alius noted  this approach is quite effective because these former terrorists can share their experience and show their path of going back to the right direction.
 
The soft approaches, he added, also involve religious organizations such as the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. From his explanations, the Kazakh official learned that soft approaches are another big point to handle the common issue of terrorism, in addition to hard approaches that are more widely implemented in different countries. As part of solution, BNPT also recruits a young generation of social media and internet activists to become ambassadors of peace in cyberspace. Antara 29.01.2018 Rezha