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Starting the second day of the state visit to Bangladesh on Sunday, January 28, 2018, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo visited the National Martyrs' Memorial in Savar, Bangladesh. This monument is a place of memory of Bangladesh freedom fighters.

President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana arrived at the monument at 08.30 local time or 09.30 West Indonesia Time and were greeted by officials from Bangladesh's Ministry of Defense.

President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana walked to the place where the wreath were laying. President Jokowi accompanied by honor troops laid a wreath, then silence for one minute.

After laying the wreath, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana filled in the guest book. The activities at the National Martryrs Memorial ended with the planting of Tanjung trees.

"Bismillahirrahmanirrahim," said President Jokowi when planting the trees and watering them.

From the National Martyrs' Memorial, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana continue their journey to the Bangabhandu Memorial Museum. (Protocol, Press and Media of Presidential Secretariat)

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January

wwfKhairul Saleh, an animal ecologist from WWF Indonesia, told RRI World Service Voice of Indonesia on Friday in Jakarta that the protection of orangutan population in Indonesia should be done optimally given the high vulnerability to extinction. He mentioned the steps include the prevention of criminal acts of illegal hunting of orangutans. In addition, he said, efforts to integrate  orangutan habitat in Indonesia is also needed to connect the existing orangutan population. The effort is aimed not only as a preventive measure but also a conservation effort for orangutan habitat in Indonesia.

“We are connecting fragmented orangutan habitats for various reasons. so that the population can be connected, and can be sustainable preserved in the long run. The protection of the habitats must also be legally accommodated, for example in a spatial planning, especially for areas outside protected areas," Khairul Saleh said. 

Furthermore Khairul Saleh said, forest conservation also endangers the existence of orangutan habitat in Indonesia. The efforts, according to him, must be initiated with measures step that can still protect orangutan habitat. In addition, Khairul Saleh also encourages law enforcement efforts from the police officers against illegal orangutan poaching that threatens the preservation of the habitat. Recently, Indonesia is shocked by the finding of orangutans bodies in Kalimantan. Police confirmed it would pursue the perpetrators of the orangutans murder, including a company which is later proven to provide funds  for such a foul action. (Ndy/Alika)

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January
 
 
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is pushing for the importance of a strategic environmental assessment step in protecting the Rainforest as a world cultural heritage. Director of UNESCO Jakarta Syahbaz Khan told RRI World Service Voice of Indonesia, Friday in Jakarta, the environmental assessment step is needed to understand the environmental ecology as well as find alternative steps in the effort to maintain its sustainability.
 
"That's why we have to do what we call the strategic environmental assessment which is precisely about the same topic, where it is very sensitive not to build the road and where should be possible to find alternate. And how can we have the plantation but at the same time we conserve the outstanding universal value. So there is a lot of work which has gone in to understand the ecology, to understand the social economic aspect, and how to find the alternatives with the least impact," Shahbaz Khan said. 
 
Previously it was reported, UNESCO released a list of Endangered World Heritage Sites. There are 21 new locations that add the total to 54 locations from around the world that deserve attention. One of the locations on the list is Rainforest in Sumatra which according to UNESCO is threatened with extinction due to human activities.
Rainforest in Sumatra has an area of ​​approximately 2.5 million hectares divided into three National Parks, namely Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Kerinci Seblat National Park. The Sumatra Rainforest has a high biodiversity as it has population of approximately 10,000 species of plants, 580 species of birds and 201 species of mammals. (VOI-ndy / edt ahm)
 
27
January

VOI News - Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy Admiral Ade Supandi to Media on the sidelines of the Indonesian Navy Leadership Meeting 2018 at the Indonesian Navy Headquarters, Cilangkap, Jakarta, Friday (26/01), said observing the dynamics in the future, TNI AL target will be strengthened with eight submarines. According to Ade Supandi it is based on the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) plan in 2024. Ade explained in percentage, the Indonesian Navy’s MEF only reaches 30 to 40 percents from the Navy’s main weapon system. Actually according to Ade Supandi, the procurement of 12 submarines would ideally be equal to the strength of the Navy in the 1960s which had 12 submarines. But at least, the eight submarines will be able to strengthen the Indonesian Navy ////// (voinews / AF / edt ahm)