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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 inaugurated the operation of the first phase of the 1x660 MW Cilacap Steam Power Plant (PLTU). The inauguration took place in Kesugihan District, Cilacap Regency, Central Java, on Monday, February 25, 2019.

The president said that the ​​38.28 hectare power plant would later be able to supply additional electricity for industries and households in Java.

"I really appreciate the steam power plant in Cilacap. This large, 660 MW, thus increasing supply, especially in Java both for industry and shortages in households," he said.

The issue of meeting electricity needs has indeed been one of the government's focuses over the past few years. The president said, four years ago, a shortage of electricity supply was usually experienced by regions in eastern Indonesia and a number of other remote areas.

"If you see in eastern Indonesia, in remote islands, in our remote villages, there are still many electricity that have not been available for four years," he said.

However, the government seeks to meet the demand for electricity throughout the country. Based on data received by the President, currently the national electrification ratio has reached 98.2 percent. This means that, unlike four years ago, more and more households have now enjoyed electricity connections.

"The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources has promised that at the end of this year, 99.9 percent all households in this country must have electricity," the President said.

To note, the Cilacap PLTU Expansion which was inaugurated by the President consists of two stages. The first phase with a capacity of 1x660 MW was completed and the President has inaugurated it and was expected to be able to serve additional new customers of up to 682,000 customers from household groups.

While for the second stage, the construction is expected to be completed sooner than the target. The construction of the second phase of the Cilacap power plant with a capacity of 1x1,000 MW will be completed by the end of 2019.

"There is still 1,000 MW remaining which will also be completed later this year. The Managing Director has told me that this seems to be able to progress in one year. It should be 2020 but maybe God willing, we can finish it later this year," said the President.

With an additional 1x1,000 MW the government through the State Electricity Company (PLN) will be able to provide more electricity supply to the people of Indonesia.

Also present accompanying the President were Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of State Pratikno, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning / Head of BPN Sofyan Djalil, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and Cilacap Regent Tatto Suwarto Pamuji .(Release Biro Pers)


Indonesian weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan took home a gold medal from the World Weightlifting Championships held in Fuzhou, capital of China`s Fujian province, from February 22 to 27.

"Eko won a gold and two silver medals, while other (Indonesian) weightlifter, Deni, secured a silver and two bronze medals," chief of development and achievement of All Indonesia Weightlifting, Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Association (PABBSI) Alamsyah said in a short message text on Saturday.

Eko, who competed in the men`s 61 kilograms lifted 297 kilograms in total, consisting of 136 kilograms in snatch and 161 kilograms in clean and jerk.

The gold medal will pave the way for his attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic 2020, Dirja Wihardja, coach of the association`s national training center, said.

"The result will maintain his position as the world`s eighth seed. But he still has to take part in five to six other championships to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic 2020," Dirja said.

Eko will have a greater chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic if he secures a gold medal in the Asian Championships 2019 to be held in Ningho, China, from April 18 to 22.

"The World Championships 2019 in Fuzhou is a tournament with a silver category, while the Asian Championships in Ningbo is a tournament with a gold category," he said.

In the 61 kilograms, Deni won a bronze medal with a total lift of 305 kilograms, consisting of 135 kilograms in snatch and 170 kilograms in clean and jerk.

The silver medal went to Vietnamese weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan who lifted 295 kilograms in total. Host weightlifter Wang Hao won a bronze medal with a total lift of 286 kilograms.

In the 67 kilograms, Deni won a bronze medal by lifting 305 kilograms in total consisting of 135 kilograms in snatch and 170 kilograms in clean and jerk.

The gold medal went to Pak Jong Ju of North Korea who managed to lift 318 kilograms in total, while Huang Minhao of China secured a silver medal with a total lift of 314 kilograms.


The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR ) and the French government have agreed to strengthen cooperation in sustainable urban development.

On February 20, 2019, Indonesia and France held the second joint meeting group on sustainable urban development to evaluate the implementation of the results of the previous meeting and to compile a renewal of the 2019-2020 action plan, the ministry said in a statement in Jakarta on Sunday.

Indonesian Minister of Public Works and People`s Housing Basuki Hadimuljono and French Minister of Industry, Digitalization and Innovation Cristhophe Sirugue signed a cooperation agreement in the field of sustainable urban development, On March 29, 2017.

Furthermore, Indonesia and France conducted the first joint meeting group regarding sustainable urban development in October 2017.

The meeting was chaired by Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Works and People`s Housing (PUPR ) Anita Firmanti and Director for European and International Affairs, Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, Virginie Dumoulin.

"The second meeting discusses the progress of working group including the obstacles in the implementation," Anita Firmanti remarked.

The cooperation must be directed to support the tasks of the Ministry of Public Works and People`s Housing, she remarked.

The first working group discussed urban planning including a plan of cooperation in planning two regions, namely Borobudur in Yogyakarta and the Special Economic Zone of Mamminasata (Makassar, Maros, Sangguminasa, and Takalar) in South Sulawesi.

While the second working group discussed urban settlements. The two delegates discussed arrangement of slum areas in the cities through program of no slum city.

The two delegates agreed to carry out feasibility study in an attempt to develop Eco District in Semarang, Wonosobo, and Yogyakarta.

Whereas the third working group discussed the development of human resources competency in the Ministry of Public Works and People`s Housing and the regional government through short-term training in the fields of urban planning and civil engineering.



In addition to attending the 40th UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is also scheduled to attend the 46th Conference of Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The meeting will be held on March 1 to 2, 2018 themed 50 Years of Islamic Cooperation, Roadmap for Prosperity and Development.


To reporters, Indonesian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said that Indonesia in the OIC ministerial meeting would encourage discussion regarding efforts to increase the cooperation of OIC member countries in the fields of economy and science and to handle safe and orderly migration flows.


“For Indonesia, there are several issues that will be of concern related to encouraging increased cooperation between OIC countries in the fields of economics and science and technology. In addition, Indonesia will encourage cooperation support from the OIC for cooperation on the Global Compact for Save, Orderly and Migration,” Armanatha said.


Furthermore, Arrmanatha Nasir said that the 46th OIC ministerial meeting would produce a declaration that gave political commitment to the OIC member countries for various issues related to the theme of the meeting. In addition to the declaration, according to Arrmanatha, the 46th OIC Ministerial meeting will also produce 130 resolutions covering various issues such as financial, political and Palestinian issues.


He added, several issues that would be of concern in the 46th OIC Ministerial Meeting included the progress of the peace process in the world, efforts to fight global terrorism, and the OIC 2025 Action Program. (VOI/ANDY/AHM)



Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi is scheduled to attend the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from 25 to 28 February, 2019. The meeting itself is scheduled to be held on February 25 to March 22. To reporters on Thursday in Jakarta, Director of Human Rights of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Achsanul Habib said that Indonesia's participation is in the context of conveying Indonesia's main point of view regarding strengthening human rights values ​​at the multilateral level as well as achievements and progress at national and regional levels. According to Achsanul Habib, in the UN Human Rights Council Session, Indonesia will put forward the issue of protecting human rights in line with national interests.

“The presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Human Rights Council Session is a form of Indonesia's commitment in the promotion and protection of human rights values. Of course what we will propose is that which is in harmony with national interests, Indonesia's interests,” said Achsanul Habib.

Achsanul Habib explained some of the agendas that will be discussed in Indonesia's participation in the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council including the issue of Palestine, Myanmar, issue of civil rights, economic and socio-cultural rights and the rights of vulnerable groups, women's empowerment, child protection and disability. In addition to attending the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Indonesia will also hold a number of bilateral meetings at the Minister of Foreign Affairs level. At least 15 bilateral meetings are scheduled to be held by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. The meeting will discuss various issues of mutual interest at the international level including various specific issues in Indonesia's bilateral relations with partner countries. (VOI/ANDY/AHM)


 President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo at around 16:40 local time (WS) arrived at National University Singapore (NUH) where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was being treated. The arrival of the President and Mrs. Iriana was immediately welcomed by the first son of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Mr. Hatta Rajasa. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana went straight to the 8th floor, where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was treated.

In the treatment room, the President and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed by SBY and Annisa Pohan. "Thank you for coming, Mr. President," said SBY. The President and Mrs. Iriana then saw Ms. Ani. "We and all Indonesian people pray for Ms. Ani recovery," said the President. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana talked with SBY next to the treatment room. Also present at the meeting were Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Hatta Rajasa, youngest son of President Kaesang Pangarep, Agus Harimurti, and Annisa Pohan. At 5:20 p.m., the President and Mrs. Iriana, together with a limited group, left NUH to go to Singapore Changi International Airport to return directly to Jakarta. (biropers)


The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.  

Linguistic diversity(link is external) is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life. (unesco)

Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.



The 16th ASEAN-Russia SOM in Bali (20/2) discussed the review and future direction of the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership. ASEAN-Russia agreed to redouble the efforts to implement the Plan of Action 2016-2020


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed hope that the vocational training center (BLK) established in Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) would effectively improve skills of work forces.

"I believe that it could be more effective to improve their skills," Jokowi said at the signing of cooperation on batch 1 community-based vocational training center in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The government, he continued, is evaluating the community-based BLK program. In 2017, it established 55 community-based BLK, and it was increased to 75 training centers in 2018.

In 2019, the Ministry of Manpower would establish one thousand training centers, of which 500 centers would be launched in its first stage.

The president remarked that the training centers' effectiveness could be increased as it is established within the Islamic boarding school complex.

Furthermore, Jokowi has called on the training center to adjust the training material with the industry in the region.

"They (the boarding school) can choose whether they want to have training on information technology, garment, creative industry, or processing of agriculture product. There are many alternatives that they can choose," he elaborated.

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has also opened the chance for graduates of the training center to be channeled to companies. (ANTARA)


 Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzi made assurance that no Indonesian had fallen victim to a suicide bombing that occurred in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday night, Feb 18.

"There is no Indonesian casualty from that incident," Ambassador Fauzi stated at the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as quoted from a statement received here on Tuesday.

The suicide blast occurred behind the Al-Azhar Mosque in Gamaleya District, Darb Al-Ahmar, Cairo, on Feb 18, at around 10 p.m. local time.

The eight casualties resulting from the bombing were three policemen who died; three civilians, one of which is a student from Thailand; and two police personnel, who were wounded.

Among the victims, two policemen had busted the bomber before he eventually pulled off the bomb`s trigger. The local police have identified the bomber as Al- Hasan Abdullah, 37.

All wounded civilians are currently being treated at the Husein Hospital, Cairo, while the policemen are receiving treatment at the Police Hospital.

Gamaleya District, also known as Darosah, is a densely populated area inside the Al-Azhar complex. Apart from being a place to live for Al-Azhar University`s foreign students, one of the famous bazaars in Cairo, Khan El Khalil, is located in the area. (ant)