07
March

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has blocked 800 thousand negative sites. This was said by Minister of Communication and Information Technology Rudiantara, when attending a seminar themed "Go Digitalization" in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, on Tuesday (06/03). Minister Rudiantara also stated, that the blocking of the negative sites as the Government's commitment is to protect the Indonesian Nation from the negative influence of the Internet. Minister Rudiantara added that his ministry has made 200 thousand positive sites which are useful for Indonesian children.

It depends on the main stakeholders, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Children Protection (PPA), Ministry of Education and Culture, as the children mostly spend their time at school. There also also the parents representing the community. It will be discussed in detail. The ultimate goal is to keep our children from negative content. We have blocked 800 thousand negative sites, but we provide 200 thousand more positive sites especially for school children (students). But I'm sure, it's just a matter of time, we'll pursue it. The positive site will be much more than the negative ones, " Rudiantara said.

Although he admitted that negative sites are dominating the internet, Minister Rudiantara believes with the intensive efforts of his ministry, the domination will reverse and the effort must be done by all related steakholders to protect the generations from negative influence of the Internet. (KBRN/Wanda/Trs.N)

07
March

Commander of the Indonesian Military, Air Marshal  Hadi Tjahjanto submitted Annual Tax Return(SPT) by online to Directorate General of Tax, of Finance Ministry at the Military Headquarters in Cilangkap Jakarta on Tuesday (06/03). Hadi Tjahjanto said that the Annual Tax Return(SPT) through E-Filing is part of government’s efforts to improve administration system in Indonesia. The Military Commander further explained that the tax has important role in development process of the country. 

“In addition to functioning as budgetary receipts, tax also serves as income redistribution from the people who have higher economic income to the lower income people. Therefore, it is clear that the tax has an important role for the country and very dominant in supporting the government and in financing the development,”

Air Marshal  Hadi Tjahjanto moreover explained that TNI personnel and the TNI civil servants obliged to pay tax for the state,  taken from their incomes. He also said that obedience to conduct the rights and obligation of taxation are the realization of  love for the country among TNI personnel as well as all citizens    who becometaxpayers

07
March

The Indonesian government is preparing scholarship for capacity building programs for the Afghans, as part of the country`s contribution in realizing peace in Afghanistan. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) headquarter in Jakarta on Tuesday (6/3) said  the scholarships will be provided specifically for mining and religious studies. She added that the government has agreed to provide scholarship in the mining field for Afghanistan. The government is cooperating with the MUI to provide 135 scholarships for religious studies. Indonesia has shown support to tackle the prolonged conflict in Afghanistan by building the Indonesia Islamic Center (IIC) in Kabul that offers the Assalam Mosque and other facilities, such as a clinic, library and lodge. Recently,  Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has conducted the groundbreaking ceremony of a health clinic at IIC, which will be granted to the Afghan government and can later be used for offering public health services. (Antara)

07
March

Chairman of the foreign affairs division of the Indonesian Ulema Council-MUI, Muhyiddin Junaidi, said that Trilateral Ulema Conference themed "The Role of Ulema in the World in Creating Peace", is a forum to convey ideas and views in the capacity of ulema in an effort to create peace. MUI is currently holding intensive coordination with Afghanistan and Pakistan, to decide the exact time of the conference to be held in Bogor, West Java shortly.

We want to invite them and we will be neutral. We want to talk in accordance with our capacity as the Indonesian Ulema Council especially on issuing fatwa. Once the meeting ends, we will hold the next meeting, where we will invite many countries,” Muhyiddin Junaidi said.

Muhyiddin Junaidi moreover said that it is important for Indonesia not to offend Afghanistan, regarding that earlier the request to facilitate the peace process of Afghanistan was rejected by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Meanwhile, the "Kabul Peace Process Conference" attended by representatives of 24 countries including Indonesia in the end of February in Kabul, resulted 7 points of agreements. The agreements are among others, the government of Afghanistan is ready to hold dialogue, to keep peace and give opportunity for Thaliban to enter in the political struggle not  weapons. (KBRN/Retno/trs.N)