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February
 
Mount Sinabung condition this morning is very calm. Head of Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Karo Martin Sitepu, Tuesday (20/2)  said in Karo, North Sumatra, there is no eruption and roar like yesterday morning. On Monday (19/2) Mount Sinabung erupts with great intensity. Hot clouds glide up to five kilometers. Several areas in Karo were covered in volcanic ash. It even reaches Lhokseumawe, Aceh. BPBD is still cleaning the roads which covered in volcanic ash. Residents around the foot of Mount Sinabung, who had left home due to volcanic dust, have started to return to their villages. Although Sinabung did not erupt this morning, BPBD Karo still prohibits people from entering the red zone of a five kilometers radius to seven kilometers from Sinabung. Observation Post staff of Mount Sinabung, Muhammad Asrori, said this morning, from the southeast, Sinabung clearly visible. Mount Sinabung status until now still on level IV or alert. The height of the ash column reaches 5,000 meters. There were no casualties and house damage due to the incident. Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Public Relations Center Head Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that any plane should not pass around Mount Sinabung. Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised volcano observation warning for flights from orange to red.   The eruption occurred 607 seconds accompanied by hot clouds glided as far as 4,900 meters to the south-southeast and 3,500 meters to southeast-east direction. (Tempo)
 
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February
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has inaugurated and took the swearing-in of 17 new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia (LBBP) at the State Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday(20/2). President Joko Widodo led the oath after the reading of Presidential Decree No. 31 of 2018 dated 19 February on Appointment of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. The following 17 Ambassadors are Ade Padmo Sarwoni as Indonesia Ambassador to ASEAN in Jakarta, Sudirman Haseng as Indonesia Ambassador to Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Djauhari Oratmangun as Indonesia Ambassador to China and Mongolia in Beijing, Sudjatmiko as Indonesia Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Sri Begawan, Todung Mulya Lubis as Indonesia Ambassador to Norway and Iceland in Oslo, Arif Havas Oegroseno as Indonesia Ambassador to Germany in Berlin, Hermono as Indonesia Ambassador to Spain and serve concurrently to UNWTO (The World Tourism Organization) in Madrid, RP Pratito Soeharyo as Indonesia Ambassador to Laos in Vientiane, Hersindaru Arwityo Ibnu Wiwoho Wahyutomo as Indonesia Ambassador to Portugal in Lisbon, M. Amhar Azeth as Indonesia Ambassador to Romania and Moldova in Bucharest, Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad as Indonesia Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein based in Bern, Raden Mohammad Benjamin Scott Carnadi as Indonesia Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Nauru and Tuvalu in Suva, Sinyo Harry Sarundajang as Indonesia Ambassador to the Philippines and the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau in Manila and Rossalis Rusman Adenan as Indonesia Ambassador to Sudan and Eritrea in Khartoum. (Tempo)
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February
 
The National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) optimizes the spread of nationality values through education program for leaders in the state and ministerial institutions. Lemhannas continues to enhance its role to give understanding the value of nationalism for 100 participants of the program consisting of 93 participants from Indonesia and 7 participants from other countries. This was said by the Governor of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) Agus Widjojo on the sidelines of the Opening of the 57th Regular Education Program (PPRA) in 2018 at Lemhannas Building Jakarta on Tuesday (20/02).
 
"We need to look at the function and authority which is given constitutionally to Lemhannas, to carry out education for national level leaders. Then conducting the development and dissemination of national values, consolidation of nationality values and carry out strategic level assessments for the government. We do the socialization, disseminating nationality values and consolidating national values, through the participants who participate in the Lemhannas program," Agus Widjojo said. 
 
In addition, Lemhanas Governor Agus Widjojo said that the Indonesian participants who attended the 57th Regular Education Program (PPRA) will get the national leadership of strategic level with the statesmanship concept. Agus moreover hoped they can actualize the national values within the existing policies//(Voi/AF)
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February
 
In a Coordination Meeting of Asian Games preparation, at the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee Inasgoc office Jakarta on Monday (19/2) the Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla evaluated the implementation of invitation tournament. The Vice President evaluated some facilities such as the tranportation from Wisma Athlete to Bung Karno Sports Stadium, set up data network connection, and readiness of Asian Games Main Operation Center. Improvement of facilities and infrastructure is confirmed to be completed 2 months before the Asian Games. In the meeting, the Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the Jakarta provincial government is still designing traffic engineering in coordination with Police, Transportation Department and Jakarta Education Department to pursue the target of 35 minutes from Wisma Atlet to Bung Karno Sports Stadium.
 
"There will be an engineering of traffic both the tol or non-tol routes.  Secondly the arrangement of the traffic number passing the area related to study and work activities, however we are still finalizing to get a complete scenario before we announce it," Vice President said.
 
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadi Muljono also ensured the preparation of infrastructure of the support mobility, venue or the location of the games, up to the preparation of Jaka Baring Sports Complex. All facilities are targetted to complete for two months before the organizing of Asian Games in August. Bung Karno Sports Stadium is currently being repaired after being used for the President Soccer Cup final match on Saturday (17/2). Also attending the meeting, Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture who is also Vice Chairman of Asian Games Steering Board Puan Maharani, Minister of Sports Imam Nahrawi, Chairman of Inasgoc Erik Thohir and South Sumatra Governor Alex Nurdin// (Rizki/Trs.N)