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07
May

The UN held a Memorial Service to honor its personnel who perished in the service of peace, including 2 Indonesians: Chief Private Nasri Bin Bahri, a UNAMID peacekeeper in Darfur, and Ms. Harina Hafitz from WFP .

Indonesia as United Nations Security Council president may accompany the general Secretary of the United Nations to turn on the eternal Fire in New York, 6 May, recalls UN personnel service for peace, including the two indonesians. (kemenlu twitter )

06
May

Jonatan Christie presented the title from the 2019 New Zealand Open after defeating Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong), with a score of 21-12, 21-13. This result improved the achievements achieved by Jonatan last year in this championship, he became runner-up after being defeated by Lin Dan (China).
 
The second title was donated by Hendra Setiawan / Mohammad Ahsan's men's doubles. In the final round that took place this afternoon, Hendra / Ahsan beat Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe (Japan), with a score of 20-22, 21-15, 21-17.
 
Jonatan performed well in the final match, the game was neat and tended to be minimal by his own mistakes. This made Ng unable to develop his game and made many successive mistakes.
 
"I saw the condition of the opponent's feet seemed uncomfortable if run around. So I deliberately made him run to the corner of the field, maybe this is what makes him uncomfortable playing. I also do not want to rush to attack, because if it continues to smash, defense that's good, so I tried to cross-left, right, front and back, "explained Jonatan, who is now ranked ninth in the world.
 
"In this tournament, I tried to return to my appearance in Malaysia and the Singapore Open yesterday. Especially now that I have started collecting points at the Olympics. I try to enjoy, relax, don't think I have to win, have so many points. I focus party by party "I don't think about the later round, just that day," answered Jonatan when asked about his stable appearance from the early round.
 
This victory is not only a provision for Jonatan to be in the top ranks of the men's singles world rankings, but also improve his record meeting with Ng. Jonatan's first two meetings were won by Ng, but Ng took the lead in the last four meetings.
 
"Before the Olympics, I focus on taking as many points as possible in each tournament that I follow, not to waste the opportunity given by PBSI. For ranking, I want the Top 8 to be superior if it can qualify for the Olympics," said 2018 Asian Games gold medalist.
 
Indonesia placed three representatives in the final. Previously mixed doubles Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti subdued from Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia), with dramatic scores, 14-21, 21-16, 27-29. (badminton indonesia )

06
May

Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifudin stated, the beginning of fasting month or 1 Ramadhan 1440 Hijri fell on Monday, May 6. According to Lukman Hakim, 1 Ramadhan was decided after knowing the position of the new moon and hearing the testimony of a number of officers deployed by the Ministry at a number of points in Indonesia.  This was conveyed by the Minister at a press conference at the Ministry of Religious Affairs office in Jakarta, after itsbat session to determine the beginning of Ramadan on Sunday (05/05) afternoon.  He added, for this year, the Government had deployed a number of officers stationed in not less than 102 point in 34 provinces in Indonesia. At least 9 officers delivered their testimony under the oath that they saw the Hilal.

“Therefore, with these two things, Hilal's position and then later hearing the testimony of a number of our officers, then all the participants of the Itsbat congregation agreed to determine that 1 Ramadhan in 1440 Hijrah falls on Monday, May 6, 2019,” said Lukman Hakim Saifudin.

Minister Lukman Hakim Saifudin hopes that, with the results of the itsbat session, all Muslims in Indonesia can start fasting together in Ramadan. This is a reflection of the togetherness of Muslims to look at the future of the nation together.  The itsbat session was attended by representatives of various Islamic organizations, such as Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhamadiyah, National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN), Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and representatives of friendly countries. (VOI / AHM)

05
May

Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said at a national seminar themed "Format of Education to Enhance National Competitiveness" at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) that education must be developed based on future needs.

"Education must always be based on the future; otherwise it will turn into a museum," he said at the national seminar in Yogyakarta on Saturday, where he was the keynote speaker.

The Vice President then explained the clear differences between universities as educational institutions and museums. Although both are tools for learning, the orientation is different.

"Colleges look forward, museums look back; if universities do not look forward, they will become museums, and of course we do not want that," said the Vice President.

He stated that UNY as one of the teacher training colleges would certainly see students graduating, with 70 percent of its alumni becoming teachers.

"Nowadays, teacher education is improving in line with the rise in teacher welfare, where state universities or former IKIP are now more in demand," he said.

The Vice President explained that education is strongly influenced by four things. The first is the educator or teacher—the quality and level of knowledge of the teacher.

Second is the education system or curriculum, third are the facilities and infrastructure supporting education, and the fourth is the environment or cultural environment surrounding the educational institution.(ant)

02
May

The Industry Ministry continues to encourage the Muslim fashion industry to become globally more competitive in order to showcase Indonesia's willingness to become one of the world's Muslim fashion centers by 2020.

"The market for Muslim wear is big, both outside and inside the country, and needs to be dominated by our Muslim fashion industry," Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said at the opening of the 2019 Muslim Fashion Festival (Muffest), as quoted in his statement on Wednesday.

According to Hartarto, the increasing number of Muslims in the world has become one of the main triggers that have driven the growth of the Muslim fashion industry.  In 2018, the total population of Muslims reached 24 percent of the total global population.

Meanwhile, the State Global Islamic Economy reports that the fashion consumption among Muslims across the world is currently US$270 billion, which is projected to continue to increase at a growth rate of 5 percent. By 2023, the consumption will be US$361 billion.

The sale of Muslim clothing in Indonesia is at US$20 billion with a growth rate of 18.2 percent per year.

"One thing that makes us proud is that the Indonesian achievement in the international world has been very significant. According to data from the State of Global Islamic Economy Report of 2018/2019, Indonesia is the runner up among countries that produce the best Muslim fashion in the world after the United Arab Emirates," Hartarto noted.

Such an achievement proves that Indonesia can soon be in the first place and become one of the world's Muslim fashion centers.

"Looking forward to 2020, which is only a few months away, we must immediately declare that Indonesia is ready to become the world's Muslim fashion center in 2020," Hartarto concluded. (ant)

30
April

After serious consideration, the Indonesian government has chosen to move the capital city out of Java.

"In a limited meeting, the president has decided to move the capital city out of Java," Minister of the National Planning and Development/Head of the National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro said after the limited meeting on the Follow-Up Plan for the Transfer of Capital at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday.

According to Bambang, the technical aspects, city design and "master plan" for the construction of a new capital city would be discussed at the next meeting.

Bambang explained three options with regard to the agency's study regarding the transfer of the capital city. The first option is to allow the capital to remain in the vicinity of the presidential palace and the Jakarta National Monument with government offices located in the area.

While the second option is to move the location of the capital city to an area close to Jakarta (the current capital city) around Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi (Bodetabek), the third choice is to move the government capital out of Java.

"If we move to an area in Java, especially only around Jakarta, it does not reduce the burden of Java and does not make the development more Indonesian-centric, but rather, strengthens the island of Java," said Bambang.

In addition, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono also said that the government would need 40 thousand hectares of land if it chooses to move the capital city outside Java to accommodate all the civil servants.

"If the civil servants move partially, around 870 thousand residents, then (the government) would need up to 30,000 hectares of land," Basuki said.

He explained that the area with minimal disaster risk is on the island of Kalimantan.

Previously, Vice President Jusuf Kalla also proposed the Mamuju area in West Sulawesi as one of the choices in the capital city.

However, Basuki said the government has yet to decide on a region for the capital city and explained that the setting up of government offices such as ministry offices and institutions, residential settlements, and infrastructure would take around four to five years. (ant)

30
April

Professor of International Law at the University of Indonesia (UI) Hikmahanto Juwana said there should be rules that the Indonesian and Vietnamese governments must follow in case of clashes.

"The incident that occurred in the North Natuna Sea Area is a result of overlapping claims between Indonesia and Vietnam over the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)," Hikmahanto said via a text message in Jakarta on Monday.

He was speaking in relation to the incident that took place in the North Natuna Sea between the Indonesian Air Force's ship KRI Tjiptadi 381 and the vessel of the Vietnam fisheries authority on Saturday (April 27).

Hikmahanto argued that the incident occurred because the Indonesian Air Force felt that it was authorized to arrest the Vietnamese fishing vessels, but on the other hand Vietnamese authorities with their coast guard vessels felt that the KRI Tjiptadi 381 was not authorized to make arrests.

This later led to a collision between a Vietnamese coast guard ship that wanted to free its fishing boat from arrest by the KRI Tjiptadi 381.

To avoid such recurrences, governments that have overlapping claims must make rules in case of a clash between authorities.

"Unfortunately, there are no such rules among the ASEAN countries," said Hikmahanto.

He said EEZ is not a territorial sea, which is under state sovereignty. EEZ is a high sea where coastal countries have sovereign rights over natural resources in the sea column.

Until now, the two countries did not have an EEZ boundary agreement. "Luckily, the KRI Tjiptadi 381 crew was not provoked to shoot," said Hikmahanto.

In international law, regardless of who is right or wrong, the party who shoots first will be considered to be carrying out acts of aggression.

"In this incident, the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can protest by summoning the Vietnamese Ambassador. The protests are not for the entry of fishing vessels and Vietnamese vessels into the Indonesian EEZ, considering that the area is still in dispute. The protest was made as the Vietnamese coast guard vessel tried to stop KRI Tjiptadi 381 by way of a collision," he said.

Hikmahanto revealed that this incident must be settled through diplomatic channels between the two countries and does not need to be brought to the International Court of Justice.

"Bringing it to the International Court of Justice will be complicated. First, it will be very costly which will exceed the costs suffered by KRI Tjitadi 381, especially among ASEAN countries that should settle disputes by prioritizing ways of deliberation to reach a consensus," he said.  

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been calling the Embassy of Viet Nam in Jakarta to convey the protest above the Fisheries Agency Ship Viet Nam raid on KRI Tjiptadi 381 on April 27. The actions of the ship Viet Nam Fisheries Agency is endangering the life of the apparatus of two countries, not in line with international law, and not keeping with the spirit of ASEAN. (ant-kemlu)

 

28
April

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) believes the development of N219 aircraft will encourage domestic industry to supply components of the aircraft.

"The certification of N219 aircraft is expected to be completed this year so it can be produced next year," 
Lapan Chief Thomas Djamaluddin said in Jakarta on Saturday.

The N219 amphibian aircraft is now being developed, he said.

Unless the N219 amphibian aircraft is developed soon, foreign aircraft manufacturers will grab the domestic market for this kind of aircraft, he said.

"The N219 amphibian aircraft is being developed. Otherwise, we will be late because Indonesia also needs (the aircraft) to serve certain tourist destinations which have no runway," he said,

The N219 aircraft is still under certification phase to ensure its reliability and function during its operations, he said.

"During the certification process, it is normal to find something that still has to be improved when aircraft undergoes tests," he said.

Quoting his discussion with international aircraft industry, Thomas said the period of three to four years is too short to develop and certify the aircraft.

However, Lapan is upbeat about achieving the target of accelerating the development of N219 aircraft. The first prototype of the N219 aircraft has a maximum speed of 210 knots and a minimum speed of 50 knots. Hence, the aircraft can be controlled while flying over hilly ground and mountain range at low speed. (ant)

29
April

The presence of electric cars is believed to be driving vehicle fuel diversification from BBM (fuel oil) to electricity which has a significant impact on air quality. Not only that, the presence of electric cars will also reduce the volume of fuel imports.

"Because of this strategic value, the Government continues to encourage the use of electric vehicles that have low emissions to be able to compete with conventional vehicles," ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan said after commemorating the 49th Earth Day at the Geology Museum, Bandung, Saturday (27/4).

On the occasion Jonan had the opportunity to test a crossover electric car called EVHERO and the V8 VADI Sportcar, made by the Bandung Institute of Technology (Itenas).

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources admitted, the biggest challenge for electric cars is the price problem. "If the price of an electric car is Rp 1.5 billion, who wants to buy it, or Rp 750 million, who can buy it, that's twice the price (type car) of the deer," he said.

However, electric cars are very necessary because fuel consumption continues to increase along with the growth in the number of motorized vehicles as well as the strengthening of highway infrastructure. According to Jonan, in the future it is difficult to balance the increase in demand or fuel consumption. One way to reduce fuel imports or import crude oil is by electric cars.

"All primary energy sources for electricity generation are all in the country such as coal, sun, natural gas, geothermal, wind and water. Everything is there and is owned by Indonesia, so that the import of fuel keeps getting higher every day. Our job is to control the import of BBM in a measurable capacity, because if not, the longer it gets higher, "explained Jonan.

Regarding the availability of the General Electric Charging Station (SPLU) for charging electric cars, Minister Jonan ensured that it would be fulfilled because according to Jonan, currently installed electricity reserves were more than 30% and providing SPLU for PLN as well as selling ordinary electricity. (setkab-esdm)

29
April

Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi had a brief discussion with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Minister U Kyaw Tin of Myanmar and FM Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore on ASEAN’s involvement in Rakhine State at the sidelines of 2nd BRF, Beijing (27/04) (twitter menlu)

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