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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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Due to the spread of the coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for its nationals who intend to visit China. "Indonesian citizens who are still at home should reconsider their plan to visit China and have the wisdom to select and respond to the circulating information related to the outbreak of 2019-nCoV," acting spokesman of the ministry Teuku Faizasyah said during a press briefing in Jakarta, Monday.

In response to the spread of coronavirus in China, Faizasyah said the Foreign Ministry has not yet issued a travel ban for China.

"We only advise citizens who wish to or have plans to travel to China, to exercise caution and avoid areas which based on open information have been affected or have the potential to be affected by coronavirus," he said.

He also advised Indonesian citizens planning to visit China to access information on the location of destination through SafeTravel application provided by the Foreign Ministry.

"Through the application, anybody can understand the extent to which the Foreign Ministry recommends those wishing to travel," he said.

The information in the application is provided based on clear criteria and open information so that it can be accounted for, he added.

In the application, Hubei Province in China where Wuhan City is located is in red, which means Indonesian citizens 'cannot' visit it due to a health threat.

The areas marked in yellow mean that Indonesians are 'advised' not to visit there.

Based on information from the Chinese National Health Commission as of Sunday afternoon, January 26, the number of infected patients reached 2,762, and the number of suspected patients stood at 5,794.

Meanwhile, the number of patients who died of coronavirus in China reached 80 with 29 out of 31 provinces/cities having been affected. (ANTARA)


Head of West Nusa Tenggara Office's Cooperation Division of Education Development Agency (LPP) said two Indonesian students from West Nusa Tenggara Province keep staying at their university's dormitory in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, but they are well.

The agency also keep coordinating with those from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing to make sure the students' condition, Head of LPP-West Nusa Tenggara Office's Cooperation Division Imanuella Andilolo said in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday.

"We keep monitoring their condition there," she said, adding that there are four students of West Nusa Tenggara who pursue their study in Wuhan, China, under a scholarship scheme but two others had returned to Indonesia for holiday.

The students who still stay at their dormitory receive regular check-ups on their body temperature everyday from the local Chinese authority to make sure that they do not suffer any coronavirus symptom, Andilolo said.

Their university authority also reopen the university's canteens to help the students get food without leaving the campus area, she added.

As of Sunday, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 56 people in China, and many other countries, including the United States of America and Canada, have announced their confirmed cases.

However, none of confirmed cases has been found in Indonesia. Apart from this reality, since the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its official statement on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the Indonesian Government has stayed alert.

As part of its precautionary measures, thermal scanners have been installed at various airports around the archipelago for screening international passengers.

The thermal scanners are aimed at detecting any foreign tourist suffering from the symptom of this novel (new) coronavirus.

The first case of coronavirus was declared by Chinese authorities after a person with pneumonia was hospitalized in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, according to a WHO's official statement.

As published in its official statement on January 9, 2020, WHO revealed that the "Chinese investigators conducted gene sequencing of the virus, using an isolate from one positive patient sample."

As for the outbreak of the coronavirus, ANTARA quoted a WHO report from its official website on Thursday as saying that it was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan on December 31, 2019,

In addition to providing care to patients and isolating new cases as they are identified, Chinese public health officials have reported that they remain focused on continued contact tracing, conducting environmental assessments at the wholesale market, and investigations to identify the pathogen causing the outbreak.

WHO is closely monitoring this event and is in active communication with counterparts in China. In line with standard protocols for any public health event, an incident management system has been activated across the three levels of WHO (country office, regional office and headquarters) and the Organization is prepared to mount a broader response if needed.

WHO further revealed that the preliminary determination of a novel virus would assist authorities in other countries to conduct disease detection and response. Over the past week, people with symptoms of pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan had been identified at international airports.

"WHO does not recommend any specific measures for travelers. WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available," it said.(ANTARA)


Jakarta (VOI News) - Indonesia and India have been establishing bilateral and global diplomatic cooperation for more than 70 years. The cooperation of the two countries showed an increase since Indonesia and India, cooperation, trade and international affairs in 2018. It was stated by Indonesian Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning / National Land Agency Head Sofyan Djalil representing Indonesian government in the reception of the Republic Day of India in Jakarta, Friday (24/01). Sofyan Djalil believes Indonesia-India relations will be even brighter in the future.

Last year our two leaders had met two times. Both sides agreed to boost trade and investment in potential sectors, such as agriculture, infrastructure, energy, health and in pharmaceuticals. They also committed to boost the agreement of bilateral trade target of 50 billion US dollars by 2025. We agreed to extend collaboration in strategy, defence industry, academic, science and technology including outer space. I am confident that if we build strong ties of friendship and complementary peace between our two economies, the future will be bright for India and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat, in his remarks said India and Indonesia have much in common, even the leaders of the two countries also have similarities in terms of a development vision that emphasized the interests of the people. (VOI / AHM)


Yogyakarta (VOI News) - The international world faces uncertainty about peace. That is because there is no strong will to maintain agreements that are built and based on mutual awareness. It was stated by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in his remarks at the Panel Discussion at the meeting of the Eurasia Centrist Democrat International Forum (CDI) in Yogyakarta on Friday (24/01).

“Whether we realize it or not, human civilization is currently facing a very serious challenge from the understanding, attitudes and actions of some of us who do not respect or even renege on agreements. Therefore it is a duty for all of us who love peace, love democracy, to advance dialogue again and build and maintain agreements,” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

Before the CDI member countries, Vice President Maruf Amin said, Indonesia wanted to share that Indonesia consisted of 300 ethnic groups and lived in more than 17 thousand islands of the archipelago and each of them had different cultures, languages ​​and religions or beliefs. According to the Vice President, Indonesia might be the most heterogeneous country in the world, but Indonesia remains united because the Indonesian people are able to maintain the agreement that becomes the basis for the formation of the 1945 Indonesian Constitution, Pancasila and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. (VOI/AHMAD FAISAL/RINI/AHM)


Jakarta (VOI NEWS)- President Joko Widodo received a courtesy call from Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban's delegation on Thursday at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. In his remarks, President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation for the bilateral cooperation that has existed between Indonesia and Hungary in the field of water supply. Jokowi also assured that he would study further the cooperation proposal submitted by the Hungarian side in the field of hospital construction. Hungary volunteered to collaborate with Indonesia to build a hospital focused on cancer therapy and a military hospital.

“First, of course on, our cooperation on clean water supply I appreciate the project completed in December 2019 and implemented in 36 locations in 12 provinces in Indonesia. I hope we can continue this good cooperation. Second, I take a note and will study further the proposal to develop 3 hospitals with oncology detection and treatment facilities and military hospitals. Third, on the e-toll cooperation please make sure that the document for the project is submitted by 31st of January 2020 at the latest. The bidding process will take place in April 2020,” said President Joko Widodo.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto who was present accompanying Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, said that Hungary supported the plan to grant visa-free for Indonesian citizens to the European Union. He also expressed his support for negotiating a free trade agreement between Indonesia and the European Union. According to him, it would provide benefits not only for Indonesia but also for ASEAN countries.

“ We believe that the Hungarian-Indonesian bilateral relationship can be a very good basis for the future improvement of the cooperation between the EU and the ASEAN region,” said Peter Szijjarto. (VOI/ANDY)


Ambassador of India to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat was very optimistic about trade in the palm oil industry despite the growing backlash the industry faces. It was stated by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat in a special interview at Voice of Indonesia’s studio in Jakarta, Friday (24/01). During the interview, the ambassador talked about the close historical relationship between India and Indonesia and some of the potentials and challenges the two countries face, especially in the technology sector and the palm oil industry. Pradeep Kumar Rawat said that the leaders of both countries are placing significant emphasis on the relationship between the two countries. He also told that there are a lot of commonalities between India and Indonesia in the technology sector and stressed the importance of having technological cooperation.


"I would say the prospect is very good. India is already the largest importer of palm oil from Indonesia. And the trade is of close to US$5 billion. So, it's this large, I would say large amount and it's a large part of a trade and certainly, as the Indian economy grows, as our population grows, because we are still a growing population, the need for edible oil will certainly be large. The importance of India and Indonesia [technological] cooperation is that given the size and the diversity of our countries, our technology can be instrumental in providing better services and better connectivity," said Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat.

Indonesia and India are aiming to reach a total of US$ 50 billion in trade cooperation by 2025. The current trades amount to only US$ 21 billion, predominantly arising through the trade of palm oil and coal. Ambassador Rawat said if the two countries can further diversify trade, considering the sizes of the Indian and Indonesian economy, the target of US$ 50 billion can even be called conservative. Ambassador Rawat was very optimistic about reaching this target considering that the size of India’s and Indonesia’s economy put together amounts to almost US$ 4 trillion. (VOI/SAYEE SHREE L.R/AHM)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a courtesy call from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss several areas of bilateral cooperation including the supply of clean water in several regions of Indonesia. "I appreciate the cooperation in clean water supply. The project was completed in December 2019 and was carried out in 36 regions of 12 provinces in Indonesia," President Jokowi said in his address during the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta Thursday.

The President said the government will consider a plan to develop three hospitals in cooperation with Hungary.

He also invited Hungary to invest in e-toll cooperation.

Prime Minister Orban arrived at the palace at around 4.30 p.m. local time and was greeted by President Jokowi.

The two leaders later held a bilateral meeting. During the meeting, the president was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister/State Secretary Pratikno, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.

In September 2019, Marsudi and her Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto agreed to encourage business intensity and accelerate the completion of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA).  (ANTARA)


Labuan Bajo - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) led a limited meeting with ministers, heads of agencies, and regional officials at a hotel in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Monday, to prepare it as a super premium tourist destination.

"Development of the super premium destination Labuan Bajo will likely have begun since the beginning of the year," Jokowi remarked while addressing some ministers, including Tourism Minister Wishnutama, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir, and Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya.

At the meeting, Jokowi highlighted several points linked to the development of Labuan Bajo, the first being how to organize the region since the government is eyeing it to be segmented on tourists spending higher than average.

"That is why we need to integrate some facilities here, especially related to hygiene, safety, and comfort, for tourists to stay," Jokowi noted while emphasizing the need to build more hotels in Labuan Bajo.

Jokowi spoke of some five zones that should be prioritized for this development: Bukit Pramuka, Bukit Air, container port as well as passenger dock, Marina, and Kampung Ujung.

The president stressed on the integration of all five zones, as they are prepared to be an integrated public area. "Thus, we are going to present a beautiful landscaping, expected to be such an 'engine' that encourages people's activities in Labuan Bajo," he stated.

Furthermore, more infrastructure development is required at the local airport, Komodo Airport, including the runway and terminal.

Jokowi had also commanded related officials to prepare human resources, local arts and cultures, as well as the resolution for land disputes, vessels registration, waste management, international-level events as promotion, and safety assurance for tourists. (ANTARA)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Jokowi left Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta for Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara Province on Sunday to observe the latest development of tourism infrastructure facilities there.

The president and his entourage boarded the presidential airplane at 09.00 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB), and arrived at the Komodo Airport in Manggarai Barat District, East Nusa Tenggara, at around 11.50 a.m. Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT).

Among the top government officials who join the president's working visit until Tuesday (Jan 21) were Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono, Commander of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) Major General Maruli Simanjuntak.

The President's Military Secretary Major General Suharyanto and the President's Special Staff Adamas Belva Syah Devara also joined this President Jokowi's visit.

During his visit, President Jokowi would observe the construction project of Labuan Bajo Pier's multipurpose terminal, and come to Puncak Waringin, a new tourist destination in Labuan Bajo, Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono said.

President Jokowi has also been scheduled to inaugurate a hotel, owned by a state-owned enterprise, he said, adding that the president would observe the infrastructure facilities constructed for boosting the district's tourism industry, he said.

"Labuan Bajo has been selected to be one of five highly prioritized destinations this year," he said.

In July 2019, President Jokowi had also visited the infrastructure facilities in Labuan Bajo, a tourist resort area that CNN International had placed in the world's second best spots for snorkeling in 2015.

At that time, President Jokowi visited Puncak Waringin, a new tourist destination in Labuan Bajo which covers a hilly area of one hectare and will be equipped with a souvenir center, an amphitheater, an open green area, and an observation deck.

Jokowi said the government would accelerate the development of infrastructure including an airport in the region to boost local tourism.

The president wanted the airports in the regions where tourist destinations existed to be managed by those having an international tourism network.

Labuan Bajo needs to be totally revamped with packages presenting attractive local art and cultural events to attract domestic and foreign tourists.

East Nusa Tenggara's tourism and creative economic office itself has identified 1,181 tourist attractions located in 22 districts and municipalities in the province. (ANTARA)


FIFA U-20 World Cup festivity is getting closer. The Indonesian government has continuously made preparations so it can organize the event optimally. President Joko Widodo at the Limited Cabinet Meeting on Friday (01/17/2020) afternoon at the Presidential Office in Jakarta explained he wants to ensure the stadium's readiness.  He wants the stadium to be prepared to host world class matches.  The government has prepared 10 stadiums for the 2021 U-20 World Cup.

"There are six main stadiums and 4 reserved stadiums.  I asked if those can really be checked directly in the field and they are truly equipped to be used for world class matches, starting from the environment, field, seats, dressing rooms, toilets, and even the press media room which is truly representative and if there is a shortage and those are needed to be renovated and   improved so that they are really prepared to be used in 2021.  I also wanted to see in detail the connection between the stadium and the transportation to the accommodation for FIFA U-20 world cup participants. For example, ensuring the match won’t be late because of connectivity problems. Therefore, the accommodation facilities and infrastructure must also have world class services," said President Joko Widodo.

Moreover, President Joko Widodo also wants the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2021 to become a promotional event for Indonesia. He also stated that Indonesia must be able to show the world that it is a strongly developing country that is able to hold international events. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)/TRANS:AF)

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