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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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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has commended the hard work of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in maintaining public confidence.

"The nation has also conveyed special tribute to the soldiers killed in the line of duty to protect the sovereignty of the Unitary State of Indonesia," President Jokowi stated at the ceremony to observe TNI’s 74th anniversary held at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in Jakarta on Saturday.

The president remarked that the TNI had acted promptly in assisting people in disaster-hit regions and also successfully secured the simultaneous elections.

At the international level, the Indonesian Military has belted achievements by emerging the winner in shooting competitions in Malaysia and Australia.

Other accomplishments in the defense sector are development of an integrated military base in Natuna Island to be followed by development of similar bases in Biak of Papua Province, Morotai in North Maluku, Merauke in Papua, and Saumlaki in Maluku.

On July 30, the TNI had established a Special Operation Command (Koopsus) to support anti-terrorism operations.

The Indonesian Military had held a joint training in early September involving 12,500 soldiers of three forces and established Joint Regional Defense Commands in Tanjung Pinang in Riau Islands, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, and Biak in Papua on September 27.

"All of these have marked a shift in the military culture in Indonesia, which earlier was separated based on the forces, but now, it has been integrated and supported by the professional character of soldiers," Jokowi added.  (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo admitted that he is still waiting for the election results of Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) before discussing the matter of preparation for the inauguration of the elected President and Vice President for the upcoming 2019-2024 period. Speaking after attending the commemoration of the 2019 National Batik Day, Wednesday (Oct 2) at Puro Mangkunegaran, Surakarta, President Joko Widodo said that he can not open communication with the MPR given that the MPR Chairman had not been elected.

“First, the MPR does not have a leader yet. I can not be able to talk to the existing MPR leaders. What do we want to talk about? while the MPR does not have the new leader yet. Once the chairmen of the People's Consultative Assembly are formed, we can convey about the inauguration,” said Jokowi.

Related to the proposal to advance the inauguration, President Joko Widodo conveyed that he fully submits the decision of the inauguration to the Assembly. The president admitted that he received input from a number of volunteers related to discourse of advancing inauguration, but Jokowi fully submits to the Assembly. Earlier, in press release, Central Representative Council of Projo people organization suggested to General Election Commission (KPU) to bring forward the inauguration of Elected President and Vice President on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This proposal was submitted for practical reasons, in order the community could oversee the inauguration procession of the elected President and Vice President. Jokowi  will  end  his 2014 - 2019 Presidential    period on October  20, 2019. According to the schedule of the Commission, Jokowi will constantly be inaugurated on October 20, 2019//  Ndy/trans.yati


Voice of Indonesia for the eight times will hold Anugerah Sastra VOI (VOI Literature Award), an award and also media to accommodate writing talent of Indonesian citizens living abroad. The Anugerah Sastra VOI which was previously called Bilik Sastra VOI Award is the peak event of Guratan Pena, a program on Voice of Indonesia which collects and broadcasts short stories sent to Voice of Indonesia through e-mail. For this year, the first winner of Anugerah Sastra VOI 2019 is an Indonesian student in Egypt, Daud Farma, with his short story entitled Pedas Manis or Spicy Sweet. Meanwhile, the second winner is Ahla Jennan, an Indonesian migrant worker living in Hong Kong, with her short story entitled Jejak Cinta Asmaradhana or Love Traces of Asmaradhana. In addition to giving awards to the winners, there will also be a talk show themed Perantau Unggul dengan Menulis or “Indonesian Migrants Competent with Writing” to be held at Jusuf Ronodipuro auditorium, RRI Jakarta on Thursday (Sept 26). The talk show will be hosted by Diba Casym, a radio broadcaster, with speakers Head of Language Development and Cultivation Agency, Prof. Dadang Sunendar, Head of HB Jassin Literature Documentation Center Abrory Djabbar and young writer, Bernard Batubara. (VOI/AHM)

The organizing committee of Tour de Siak international cycling race and sports tourism event decided to cancel the third stage after 20 kilometers into the event owing to thick haze in the region on Saturday.

"Owing to the condition, I have taken this decision prior to a doctor's warning. The best step is to stop this race," Sondi Sampurno, director of Tour de Siak, stated here on Saturday.

A total of 54 cyclists grouped in 11 teams began the race from Siak Palace but on reaching Tambak Rejo Village, the organizing committee declared that the race was halted.

The organizing committee had earlier held discussions over the condition of the field with the Indonesian Cycling Federation (PB ISSIS). Later, they waved a red flag, and the cyclists turned back.

They planned to hold a meeting to discuss whether the fourth stage will be held as scheduled on Sunday.

"The third stage of the race will not be repeated. Tonight, we will hold a meeting with the district head. If the weather remains like this, it will not be continued," he noted.

"When such a thing happens, it is out of our control. The forest fires do not occur in this district, but the haze reaches here. We can do nothing. In fact, yesterday, the air was clear, so we wanted to start early, but the reality is like this," he remarked.

Nur Aminrul Fachruddin Mazuki of the Trengganu Cycling Team from Malaysia emerged as the winner in the first stage. Reno Yudha Sansaka from the Indonesian National Team won the second stage, but the yellow jacket remains with Malaysia's cyclist.

Last Thursday, Riau Governor Syamsuar had lent support to holding Tour de Siak despite haze emanating from forest fires in the province blanketing Siak District.

Haze in Siak was not as thick as that in Pelalawan District, the governor informed Antara while monitoring fire-fighting efforts in Pangkalan Kerinci, Pelalawan, on Thursday evening.

"Siak is different from here (Pelalawan). In Siak, it is bright," he pointed out.

"The team of PB ISSI has informed me following a technical meeting with foreign teams that they have no objection if the race were to continue," he stated.

Safety tops the concerns of the United Cycling International and PB ISSI, as foreign cyclists are participating in Tour de Siak on September 19-22, 2019.

During the first stage covering the Siak-Mempura-Dayun Siak route and stretching 60 kilometers in length on Thursday (Sept 19), Indonesian and foreign cyclists wore face masks to protect themselves from the haze shrouding the district.  

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A numbers of 2,890 people broke Indonesian World Records for the biggest Tari Piring performance, a traditional dance which dancers carrying a couple of plates on their palms, in Padang Aro, South Solok, West Sumatra, on Sunday.

The dancers -- all women -- are students, policewomen, wives of police and army personnel, who donned themselves with their uniform and traditional Minangkabau hat called tikuluak tanduak, which looks like bull's horn.

"The committee claimed that this is a national records, but we are sure that this performance was broken the world records since Tapi Piring is a traditional dance that owned by West Sumatrans only," Senior Manager of the Indonesian World Records Museum (MURI), Triyono, stated.

The record could also be considered as an effort of preserving cultural heritage by mainly the millennial generation.

The MURI certificate was handed over  by Triyono to Chief of West Sumatera Provincial Police Inspector General Fakhrizal, accompanied by Chief of Solok Selatan Police Imam Yulisdianto.

Fakhrizal remarked that gathering almost three thousand people was not an easy task, but he said he would like to see such event could be held again.

"This performance will not end here as I am ready to support the same event next time," Fakhrizal said.

Mayor of Solok Selatan Muzni Zakaria said he would support the mass Tari Piring performance to be held annually.


Most of the electronic stores in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, have been running out of air purifier in the last two weeks, following a massive buying by local households in a bid to filter the air that polluted by land and forest fires smog.

"I went to five electronic stores yet did not find any air purifier available," Wati, a resident of Pekanbaru, said on Sunday.

When there was any left air purifiers, they were too expensive, Wati continued.

Some shopkeepers had asked Wati to leave her phone number for they could notify her later when they restock the air purifier.

"But there is no any call from them until now," she said.

Kokoh, an electronic store's owner, claimed that normally he only stock two air purifiers in one year because it was not salable goods. But now, amid the unhealthy smog, people tend to look for it.

The small size air purifier for a 21-square meter room is used to be priced for about Rp1.5 million (around US$110) per unit, but after the smog worsened it could be reached Rp2.7 to Rp3.5 million (US$190 to US$246).

Due to such high demand, Kokoh said he need to order air purifiers directly from Jakarta and they need to be delivered by airplane to cut the shipping time. But each store could only purchase two units per order.

The air pollutant standard index (ISPU) PM10 in Pekanbaru is still 300 that indicates unhealthy air still persisted. Following such air condition, school activities had been stopped for two weeks and pregnant civil servants were allowed to work from home. 


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) discussed ways to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation with Chinese President Xi Jinping's Foreign Relation Advisor Song Tao at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Friday.

"The president is upbeat about Chinese imports of CPO and other commodities, including fruits and aquatic products, being raised," Deputy Foreign Minister A. M. Fachir remarked after accompanying President Jokowi at the meeting.

Fachir noted that Jokowi and Tao were on the same page regarding deepening bilateral multi-sectoral cooperation. The president has also urged China to step up investment in export-oriented sectors.

"The president is optimistic that bilateral cooperation in trade would reduce the impact of the Indonesian trade deficit with China," he stated.

Tao and President Jokowi held an around hour-long meeting at the Bogor Palace that started at 10:30 a.m. local time.

During the meeting, Jokowi was accompanied by Minister/State Secretary Pratikno and Fachir, while Tao was accompanied by Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian.

Tao expressed hope that Indonesia would clock better economic growth and progress during President Jokowi’s second term.

He also commended the progress achieved by Indonesia in infrastructure development, such as the Trans Java toll road and construction of power plants. (ANTARA)

While receiving Indonesian Parliament’s several members in Port Moresby last week, Papua New Guinean (PNG) Foreign Minister Soroi Marrepo minced no words in declaring that PNG consistently recognizes Indonesia's sovereignty over Papua and West Papua.

"The PNG foreign minister has obviously conveyed his government's political stance," Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I overseeing Defense and Foreign Affairs Setya Widya Yudha noted in a press statement here on Monday.

At a meeting with the House's Commission I delegation members at the foreign ministry office in Port Moresby last week, Marrepo firmly echoed his view of the PNG Government consistently supporting Indonesia's sovereignty over the two provinces, he remarked.

Indonesia's delegation constituted Evita Nursanyanti, representing the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Faction, and Sukamta from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Faction, as well as Indonesian Ambassador to PNG Andriana Supandi.

At the meeting, Foreign Minister Marrepo was accompanied by his ministry's secretary, Barbara Agirigolo Age.

He was quoted by Yudha as saying that a recent rally staged by a group of people in Port Moresby to call for a referendum for the people of the provinces of Papua and West Papua did not represent the PNG government's official political stance.

However, Indonesia is expected to find a wise and peaceful way out to placate the recent violent protests that native Papuans in the two provinces staged over the alleged racist slurs against the Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16, 2019.

According to ANTARA, the PNG government's recognition of Indonesia's sovereignty over Papua and West Papua is also shared by Australia as outlined in the Lombok Treaty of 2006.

The talks between Foreign Minister Marrepo and the Indonesian delegation members did not solely focus on Papua issues but also on ways to continue to strengthen bilateral multisectoral cooperation between Indonesia and PNG.

"Cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy and culture must continuously be strengthened by, for instance, opening a direct flight connecting cities in the two countries. Inter-parliamentary cooperation is also needed," he stated. 




The presidential aircraft carrying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) landed smoothly at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru at 6.30 p.m. Monday as thick smoke enveloped the Riau provincial capital in the past few days.  

The President paid an impromptu visit to Riau to observe the smog and monitor the handling of forest and land fires in the province.

Air pollution in Pekanbaru surged up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) between September 9 and 13, exceeding the daily PM10 threshold of 150 µg/m3, Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati said in Jakarta Saturday, September 14.

BMKG measures air quality using particulate matter (PM10), meaning that if the particle in the air is less than 10 micrograms it is hazardous for humans when it is inhaled.

The other city whose air quality exceeded the threshold level on September 12 and 13 is Jambi. (INE)


Several hundred Muslims in Gaza, Palestine, performed prayers for late BJ Habibie, Indonesia's third president,  at the Great Mosque of Umar, Jabalia City, North Gaza.

"The prayer is aimed to respect and honor Habibie. Hundreds of Muslim in Gaza also raised their hands to pray for him. Hopefully his soul get the best place in the sight of Allah SWT," Indonesian volunteer who settled in the Gaza Strip, Abdillah Onim, said when contacting ANTARA in Jakarta on Sunday.

The prayer was led by a senior Palestinian cleric Sheikh Mahmud Dardona.

On the occasion, Sheikh Mahmud Dardona on behalf of the Palestinian Muslims expressed deep condolences to the family of Habibie, Indonesian government and all Indonesian people over the death of this internationally-recognised scientist and technocrat. 

In addition to performing a prayer, the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip also participated in the national mourning day to pay their last respect to Habibie by hoisting the Red and White flag at half mast.

The raising of the Red and White flag at half mast has been centered at the Palestinian international dock in Gaza City since Thursday 12 September 2019, Abdillah Onim said.

The 83-year-old former president passed away at 6.05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1. The former president was buried at the heroes' cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (Sept 12).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes' Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie.

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