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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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Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin laid emphasis on materializing digital transformation in press and broadcasting as part of the major national development agenda to boost competitiveness at the global level.

"As a major national development agenda, digital transformation in broadcasting and press needs to be materialized. One of the priorities in accelerating digital transformation is digitization in the broadcasting sector," the vice president noted in his remarks during the presentation event of the Syiar Ramadhan Award by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) in Jakarta on Saturday.

There is a pressing need to alter the method of delivering information, from analog to digital, to stay abreast of the technological advancements, he affirmed.

Digital transformation will aid in solving the current problem of Indonesian television still lagging behind that of other countries.

Amin believes that digital television can also offer comfort to the audience through more optimal picture quality.

"The process of digitizing television, known as analog switch-off, or ASO, aims to offer broadcasting quality that is more efficient and optimal for the benefit of all Indonesian people," he expounded.

The vice president also reminded industries to adapt their businesses to the advancements in information technology.

"Disruptive technology necessitates industries in the broadcasting sector to adjust their business patterns to keep pace with progress in the digital era," he stated.

In addition to press and television broadcasting, digital transformation in radio broadcasting will offer optimal and efficient services to the public, he noted. (ANTARA)


Farmers' incomes to receive boost from food-estate program: official

President Joko Widodo (third right). ANTARA/HO-Pulang Pisau District Administration

 Farmers from Pulang Pisau District in Central Kalimantan Province would be able to capitalize on the Indonesian Government's food-estate program, as it would help boost their incomes, the district's head, Edy Pratowo, stated.

In conversation with local journalists after joining President Joko Widodo's entourage during his official visit to Blanti Siam Village in Pulang Pisau District on Thursday, Pratowo spoke of the government developing its food-estate program in the district's area.

This food-estate program was not solely targeting to preserve Indonesia's food stockpiles but also focused at boosting the country's agricultural production, Pratowo explained.

"The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has warned that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may trigger a shortage of food stockpiles," he pointed out.

With food security being the top priority, the government has been working on its food estate program by developing 165 thousand hectares of land into farmland in Pulang Pisau District, Central Kalimantan Province.

The central government is sentient of the importance of boosting the nation's food security amid this ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

During his visit to the village whose area is used for developing new farmland for the food-estate program, President Widodo was accompanied by several cabinet members and top officials, including Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.

Apart from Subianto, the president's entourage also comprised Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Public Works and Housing Minister Mochamad Basoeki Hadimoeljono, and Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko.

According to ANTARA’s observation, despite a steady rise in Indonesia's population, the country had yet to achieve food security, which by definition is related to "food availability, food access, and food utilization" (USAID 1995 in FAO).

Rather than feed its people the rice produced by its own farmers, the central government has frequently imported rice over the past years to meet the public’s requirements.

This condition has, indeed, posed a grave challenge and does not bode well with Indonesia's status as one of the world's top agricultural countries.

Indonesia should not make it a permanent practice to import rice from countries, including Thailand and Vietnam, since it will potentially disadvantage local farmers and threaten its national security in the long term.

On April 21, 2020, President Widodo had called on officials to make a precise assessment of Indonesia's rice stocks.

The president's directive came on the back of the FAO of the United Nations' warning of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering a global food crisis. (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) supports establishing the World Syuro (Consultative) Assembly, initiated by the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), to promote a harmonious, peaceful, and civilized Islamic world order, MPR Chairman Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) stated.

"President Joko Widodo fully supports MPR’s efforts to form the World Syuro Assembly that will serve as a forum for the people's consultative assemblies from various countries having a similar system, especially Muslim-majority countries in the world," Bamsoet noted in his statement in Jakarta on Thursday.

Bamsoet held a meeting with President Jokowi at the Bogor Palace, West Java, on Wednesday (July 8).

Jokowi's support would further bolster MPR’s enthusiasm to declare the establishment of the World Syuro Assembly in August 2021.

The World Syuro Assembly will also initiate the formation of the World Sharia Stock Exchange or Global Sharia Stock Exchange in response to the chaotic global economic conditions owing to extended periods of capitalism and liberalism.

Establishment of the Global Sharia Stock Exchange is projected to facilitate the realization of an Islamic Capital Hub in the world’s capital market industry.

"As a start, the World Sharia Stock Exchange may involve various well-known stock exchanges, such as the Malaysian Islamic Capital Markets, Istanbul Stock Exchange, and Dubai Financial Market. This idea needs to be further studied and explored by various economic experts from various world countries, facilitated by the World Syuro Assembly," he remarked.

The Golkar Party politician opined that parliaments were instrumental in pushing the governments of their respective countries to break free from the shackles of capitalism.

Thus, by prioritizing the Islamic financial industry, in addition to avoiding usury, economic actors will not make speculations on currencies.

"Simply stated, money is used to meet the needs of the real sector and not merely for the sake of speculation that ultimately makes the liberal economy vulnerable to the crisis. This is what is occurring now. A trade war is ongoing between China and the United States, and in the process, all countries are affected. This is owing to an imbalance in the world economic order," he pointed out.

"The world’s approach must be changed to that of mutual help and human solidarity that gives opportunities to one and all to attain prosperity and welfare," he stated.

Moreover, the World Syuro Assembly is expected to establish a global Halal hub. (ANTARA)


Toba Caldera was inscribed on the List of UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGGp) at the 209th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris, France, on Tuesday (July 2).

"With this inscription, Indonesia can develop the Toba Caldera Geopark via the Global Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network, especially in connection with empowering the local communities," Indonesian Ambassador to UNESCO Arrmanatha Nasir noted in a statement on Wednesday.

The Indonesian government has succeeded in convincing UNESCO that Toba Caldera is a genuine evidence of high geological phenomena and traditional heritage with local communities, especially in terms of the culture and biodiversity.

In this context, UNESCO member countries supported the preservation and protection of Toba Caldera as part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

The endorsement to include Toba Caldera on the UNESCO Global Geopark List offers Indonesia, particularly the local community, an opportunity and responsibility.

It could also help drive local economic growth and sustainable development in the region. Developing it as a sustainable geotourism site opens opportunities for local people to promote culture, local products, and create broader employment opportunities.

The final endorsement of Toba Caldera as one of the UNESCO Global Geoparks had gone through a lengthy process and various stakeholders, both the central and regional governments as well as the local community living in the Lake Toba region, have made unified efforts to this end.

"The preparatory process to obtain the UNESCO recognition for Toba Caldera demonstrates high commitment and sound cooperation from all parties in Indonesia since the start of the process, right from collecting data to holding various workshops as well as preparing and negotiating nomination documents to be submitted to the UNESCO," the ambassador remarked.

Toba Caldera made it to the UGGp list following an assessment and decision by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council at the IV UNESCO Global Geoparks International Conference held in Lombok, Indonesia, on August 31 - September 2, 2019.

Toba Caldera in North Sumatra Province was formed from a super volcanic explosion that occurred 74 thousand years ago. The base of the caldera is filled with water and is the largest lake in Indonesia.

The beauty of Toba Caldera and its rich cultural assets make Lake Toba one of Indonesia's top tourist destinations included on the "10 New Bali" list. (ANTARA)


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Pakistan will host the World Tourism Forum next year to tout the country's tourism potential around the globe, especially among the countries of the D-8 (developing 8) bloc. Addressing a press conference in the capital Islamabad on Sunday, Syed Zulfikar Bukhari, the prime minister's adviser on tourism and overseas Pakistanis, said the tourism ministers of all the D-8 member states, including Turkey, willl also participate in the forum in Islamabad. The event had been scheduled for this year but was delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 1,000 foreign visitors will attend the five-day event. The World Tourism Forum is an organization based in Istanbul, Turkey dedicated to developing tourism around the world with its annual meetings. Islamabad will launch a tourism e-portal by the end of this year to better attract foreign and local tourists. From the snow-capped peaks in the north and glistening waters in the south, together with limitless opportunities to watch wildlife, sail in the mighty Indus river, and deep-sea diving in the Arabian Sea, Pakistan has a great deal to attract tourists. The region also boasts over 5,000 large and small glaciers and more than 100 lakes, which jointly make up the world’s largest freshwater reservoir. Eco-lovers can also witness the endangered snow leopard and brown bear, in addition to 300 species of wildlife in the breathtaking region//TheNation









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Indonesia is upbeat about mass-producing domestically made COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2021, Dr. Reisa Broto Asmoro of the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Response (GTPP) stated in Jakarta on Tuesday (July7). Dr. Reisa also said, the vaccine would be prioritized for populations at the highest risk, specifically elderly or those with existing comorbidity. Community groups that fall into this category need to be safeguarded from the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia would not be singlehandedly endeavoring to manufacture the vaccine but will collaborate with a South Korean company. Moreover she said of the 15 stages that should necessarily be cleared, the domestically-made candidate vaccines had succeeded in passing eight stages. The subsequent seven stages would require quite a long time to clear. Although Indonesia is currently striving to create a COVID-19 vaccine, she affirmed that vaccines manufactured in other countries were also required to boost the immunity of people in the country//ant


The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in 11 provinces has exceeded 75 percent, according to Spokesman of the Indonesian Government's COVID-19 Task Force Achmad Yurianto.

"This indicates that more patients have recovered from the virus," he said in his regular press conference circulated through the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB's) official Youtube channel on Sunday.

Yurianto did not elaborate the provinces whose COVID-19 recovery rate had been recorded at above 75 percent but the task force's official website revealed them.

They are Bangka Belitung Islands Province whose recovery rate is recorded at 84 percent; Central Sulawesi (84 percent), Lampung (almost 80 percent), North Kalimantan (84 percent), Riau (88 percent), Gorontalo (84 percent), and Riau Islands (78 percent).

Yogyakarta's recovery rate has also stood at 84 percent and those of West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and West Sumatra are recorded at 83, 78, and 82 percent respectively.

According to Yurianto, Indonesia's national recovery rate still stood at 45.42 percent or it remained lower than the global rate which had reached 56.71 percent.

Instead, the country's mortality rate was recorded at five percent or higher than that of global level which stood at 4.72 percent, he said, adding that as of Sunday, there had been 29,105 patients who had fully recovered from this novel coronavirus disease.

The death toll from the virus was recorded at 3,171 while there had been 1,607 new confirmed cases on Sunday, bringing the tally to 63,749 cases, he said.

Achmad Yurianto reiterated his call for consistently practicing preventive measures as mandated by the government's COVID-19 protocols, and for changing bad habits for containing the spread of the deadly virus outbreak. (ANTARA)



President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) believes Indonesia's financial status upgrade to "upper middle income country," from "lower middle income," according to the World Bank’s announcement should be an opportunity to emerge from "the middle income trap".
"This status upgrade is one aspect that we should grateful for and treat as an opportunity for moving forward, taking an advanced leap as we strive to become a 'high income country' as well as getting out from the 'middle income trap',' Jokowi emphasized.
The World Bank's announcement on July 1 cited that Indonesia’s gross national income per capita had increased to US$4,050, from $3,840.

This status upgrade is also a notable starting point for Indonesia to later become a developed nation, Adi Budiarso, an official of the finance ministry, remarked at another occasion, adding that the country essentially looks forward to what to fight for in order to be in that position.

Budiarso perceives that the challenge ahead of huge concern is boosting Indonesia's competitiveness, as it is ranked 50th worldwide, falling from 45th last year, according to the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).  (ANTARA)


Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged the Indonesian National Police, Attorney General's Office, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), and the government's internal monitoring agency to bolster synergy and cooperation, particularly in the wake of the current crisis.

"I command the ranks of the National Police, attorney general's office, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), and the government's internal oversight institutions to continue to strengthen synergy and cooperation," the president noted in his address while leading the virtual commemorative ceremony to observe the 74th anniversary of the National Police Day (Bhayangkara Day) from the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The head of state appealed to all agencies to help expedite the implementation of the COVID-19 handling program and supervise the utilization of its budget.

Widodo drew attention to the high funding allocation of Rp695.2 trillion for handling the COVID-19 crisis and hinted at it being further increased if the need arises.

"Prevention must be prioritized. Do not wait until a problem surfaces," the president noted.

The head of state affirmed that despite the National Police’s current focus to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis, its strategic agenda should always be borne in mind.

"The National Police must continually strive to totally reform itself and always work on self-improvement to become more professional and modern. Transform all weaknesses into strengths," the president emphasized. (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted that a new normal can solely be applied in regions with reportedly low cases of COVID-19 transmission backed by scientific data.

"We must not attempt to apply a new normal while it is in fact not possible based on the (COVID-19 cases) data. Do not force it. Hence, the stages must be prepared," President Jokowi remarked during his working visit to the COVID-19 Handling Command Post in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Jokowi highlighted the significance of each regional head and Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 to hold scientific data.

Regional heads and the COVID-19 Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling must always involve practitioners, such as epidemiologists, scientists, and medical personnel, in the decision-making process, he noted.

"Do not ever open up to the new 'new normal' order without going through the appropriate steps. Every time we make a policy, please use scientific data," he remarked.

Prior to transitioning to the new normal, the local government must disseminate information to the public on the significance of adhering to health protocols.

Thereafter, regional heads and the local Task Force must decide on the right time to transition to the new normal era.

"Lest we dare to embark on the new normal while R-t is still high, above 1, and R-naught is still high. Be careful. Do not formulate policies that are not backed by clear scientific data," he noted. (ANTARA)

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