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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) and First Lady Iriana along with their first grandchild Jan Ethes today, Friday (7/6), visited the family of the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace at around 10.38 WIB.

Upon arrival at the palace court, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed by the daughters, aides and grandchildren of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, namely , Princess, GKR Mangkubumi, Princess GKR Condrokirono, Princess GKR Maduretno, Princess GKR Hayu, Princess GKR Bendara, Prince KPH Wironegoro, Prince KPH Purbadiningrat , Prince KPH Notonegoro , RM Marrel , RM Drastya, and RAJ Irdina.

The President then walked towards the inner court yard and was welcomed by Sultan Hamengkubuwono and his wife Princess GKR Hemas, then walked into the palace.

After visiting for about 30 minutes, the President and Mrs. Iriana said goodbye to go home. Before leaving the palace, the President and family of the Yogyakarta Palace took a photo together.

The Sultan and all his family then escorted the Head of State to the front of the Keben Palace. At 11:12 a.m., the President left the palace to return to Gedung Agung. (kemensetkab-BPMI)



Indonesia condemned a series of acts of violence that took place in Sudan which resulted in fatalities and injuries in a series of actions in Sudan in recent days.

The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families.

Indonesia expects all parties to be able to restrain themselves.

Indonesia also hopes that the military and security forces can provide comprehensive protection against civilians.

Indonesia hopes that the transition process will proceed peacefully and that dialogue will continue to be put forward in accordance with the wishes and hopes of the Sudanese people and by continuing to respect international humanitarian law. (source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)



The second day of Eid al-Fitr 1440 H, which coincided with Thursday (6/6), was used by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to stay in touch with the people in the Special Province of Yogyakarta (DIY).

President Jokowi and his entourage arrived at the Gedung Agung ( Presidential Palace ) in Yogyakarta at around 16.00 WIB and were welcomed by the Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono, DIY Regional Police Chief Inspector General Ahmad Dofiri, Danrem 072 / Pamungkas Brigadier General Mohammad Zamroni, and Head of Yogyakarta Presidential Palace Syaifullah.

Around 16.27 WIB the President walked from the Main Building of the Yogyakarta Presidential Palace to the courtyard of the Sono Art Building located south of the Palace. Also seen was his eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and his first grandson Jan Ethes.

The president then greets and shakes hands with the people who are in line to get parcel of groceries.

Not only with the President, the community seemed enthusiastic to see Jan Ethes. Several times Jan Ethes greeted and waved his hand which was immediately immortalized by the people through their cellphones.

About 15 minutes greet the community in front of the Sono Art Building, the President then shifts to the side gate to greet the community, several times taking pictures with them.

Time showed at 16.57 WIB when the President returned to the Main Building, while the distribution of basic necessities was still continuing.

Earlier, in the morning the President and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo stayed in touch with a number of families and relatives at his residence in Solo. (setkab)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) along with First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo celebrated Idul Fitri 1440 H the first day in Jakarta. After performing the Id Prayer at Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, both of them were in touch with the community and a number of state officials.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Mrs. Mufidah Kalla also had time to stay together in this activity.

State officials and the community seemed to be packed with tents that were provided to wait for their turn to meet the President and his family.

In the queue which consisted of the majority of the community, it appeared that some of them were Working Cabinet ministers, namely Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, until Chief of Staff of the Presidential Moeldoko.

While in the State Palace's souvenir hall, where the public and state officials are received by the President and First Lady, President Joko Widodo welcomes one by one to his guests with smiles and greetings.

"Happy Eid, apologize for the inner birth," said the President while greeting his guests.

People who want to stay in touch with the President and the First Lady begin to gather at the Monas Cross to get a queue number.

Sapa Residents at Monas

Accompanied by Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, President Jokowi approached the waiting area opposite the main building of the Ministry of State Secretariat. There, the President also greeted the people who were present and sometimes took pictures together.

"Thank you, sir. We have waited a long time, "said one resident who was comforted by the presence of the President in their midst.

"Mr. Jokowi, congratulations Lebaran sir," shouted other residents shouted.

From the Ministry of State Secretariat's page, the President moves towards the Silas Monas area where more people are waiting in line.

Arriving around Silang Monas, President Joko Widodo conveyed an apology for the hundreds or even thousands of people who still crowded the area.

The large number of people present made him unable to serve one by one the requests of citizens to meet and take pictures together.

"I apologize, because there are still many in the Palace who are lining up, there are far more here, so I better come here," the President said.

In addition, the President said, after this event, he still had to leave for Solo to return to his hometown to meet his extended family. The Head of State expressed his gratitude for the enthusiasm of the people who attended even from the morning to meet him.

"Soon I also have to go home. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who are willing to be here. Once again, I'm sorry, I can't get photos one by one, "he said.

Before departing to return to the Merdeka Palace, President Joko Widodo finally decided to take pictures with all the people in the area. (kemensetkab)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) together with First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo performed the Id 1440 H prayer at Istiqlal Mosque, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (5/6). Thousands of Muslims also attended the largest mosque in Southeast Asia.

The president arrived at around 6:45 a.m. and was welcomed by Religious Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Minister of State Pratikno, and High Priest of Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar along with the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Istiqlal Mosque (BPPMI) Asep Saepudin.

Furthermore, the Head of State first conducts the prayer of the superstition of the mosque before carrying out a series of congregational Id prayers led by Prof. Dr. H. Said Agil Husin Al-Munawar, M.A.

The theme of the sermon in the Id Prayer this time was "Eid Al-Fitr Spreading Sorry Building Togetherness" delivered by the Professor of Interpretation and Hadith of the Jakarta Syarif Hidayatullah UIN.

Said said, in this Islamic Eid moment all Muslims should forgive each other. Allah SWT strongly advocates and enjoys the attitude of giving and receiving forgiveness.

The Qur'an, which is the guideline of the life of Muslims, also teaches people not to fight with each other and spread benefits to others.

"Even the Koran is proven to teach humans to have the nature of mutual love, forgiveness, and creating peace," he said.

In addition to the President, there were also the ranks of the Working Cabinet which included Social Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, and Deputy Minister ESDM Arcandra Tahar. Also present were representatives from a number of friendly countries. (setkab)


Some 50 thousand Indonesian Muslims performed Eid-al-Fitr prayers in the yard of Taipei Main Station in Taiwan on Wednesday.

Owing to space restrictions in the former intercity bus terminal in Taiwan, the congregation was segregated into three groups, with the first one starting at 6:30 a.m. local time, the second group at 8 a.m. local time, and the third group at 9:15 a.m. local time

Each of the groups were guided by a bilal, imam, and preacher, who are Indonesian citizens.

Taipei Mayor Ke Wen Zhe, also present at the event, gave a speech, along with Chief of the Indonesian Trade and Economy Office (KDEI) Didi Sumedi, after the second congregation had offered the Eid-al-Fitr prayers.

"We are grateful to the Taipei city government for facilitating the Eid prayers," Sumedi emphasized.

Zhe pledged to always focus on Indonesian citizens in the city, most of whom are migrant workers employed in the formal and informal sectors.

"We consider Indonesian citizens here as being quite good, so they deserve our praise like this," he noted.

The Taipei administrator provided the place, while the KDEI offered funds to organize the event.

To hold the Eid-al-Fitr prayers at the Taipei Main Station, the Taipei administrator and KDEI collaborated with the executive boards of Nahdlatul Ulama's and Muhammadiyah's special branches in Taiwan, and other social organizations, Indonesian state-owned companies, and private companies in Taiwan. (ant) 



President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo will hold the Idul Fitri 1440 Hijriah Open House at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, which coincides with 1 Shawwal 1440 Hijri.

This gathering with the community will start at 09.30 WIB until 11.00 WIB.

For people who will attend this gathering, they are welcome to enter through the gathering point on Jalan Silang Monas Barat Laut, Jakarta.

In addition, while waiting for the queue to shake hands with the Head of State, the community will wait in the tents provided. In each of the tents, snacks and drinks have been prepared for the community.

For mutual convenience, guests who were present at the gathering were not allowed to carry bags and cellphones.

Before staying in touch with the community, the President will first be in charge of the vice president with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Chairmen of State Institutions, Working Cabinet ministers, ambassadors of friendly countries, other state officials at 09.00 WIB until 09:30 WIB. (kemensetkab)


The government through the Ministry of Religion  held an isbat session which stipulates 1 Shawwal 1440 Hijriah or Eid al-Fitr falls on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

"1 Shawwal 1440 H falls on Wednesday June 5, 2019," said Minister of Religion (Minister of Religion) Lukman Hakim Saifuddin at a press conference after the Islamic congregation hearing at the Ministry of Religion's office, Jalan MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, Monday (3/6).

Previously, astronomers from the Falakiyah Ministry of Religion Cecep Nurwendaya, at the time of the exposure, stressed that no empirical reference to the visibility (appearance) of the Shawwal's initial hilal 1440H could be observed throughout Indonesia on Monday (3/6).

This was conveyed by Cecep when presenting the hilal position data towards the beginning of Shawwal 1440H / 2019M at the Isbat Awal Syawal Session 1440H, in Jakarta. "All regions of Indonesia have a negative hilal height. Hilal is sinking before the sun, "Cecep explained at the isbat session at the Ministry of Religion Office, Jakarta, Monday (3/6).

Present at a press conference after the isbat session, Minister of Religion Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Chair of the MUI K.H. Yusnar Yusuf, and Chairperson of Commission VIII Ali Taher. Also present at the isbat meeting of ambassadors of friendly countries, leaders of mass organizations including NU and Muhammadiyah, astronomers from LAPAN and Boscha Planetarium, and Echelon I and II officials of the Ministry of Religion. (Ministry of Religion Public Relations )


Delegates from the Islamic State of Afghanistan will pay a visit to Ambon, Maluku Province, to gain insights into how religious tolerance is practiced in the city.

"In line with the schedule we received from the Afghan delegations, they will conduct comparative studies in the city of Ambon on June 19-21, 2019," Ambon Mayor Richard Louhenapessy noted on Sunday.

Ambon was granted a recommendation from the Foreign Affairs Ministry as a destination to delve into the practice of tolerance among religious believers.

The city has a Christian-majority population, and Islam is the second-largest religion.

"The arrival of delegates from Afghanistan is a matter of pride for the people of Ambon. It means that the city is receiving increasingly more acclaim from the international community and, most importantly, Ambon has a brand," he noted.

Louhenapessy affirmed that Ambon is listed among "the most tolerant cities" in Indonesia on the basis of the human rights advocacy group Setara Institute report in 2018.

The group conducts annual research to rank the most tolerant cities based on practices of tolerance followed in 94 cities in the country.

Some of the points under observation are freedom of religion or belief, gender equality, and social inclusion guaranteed and protected by law. In addition, the statements and actions of city government officials regarding tolerance are taken into account.

Louhenapessy added that Ambon City had also bagged the Harmony Award from the Ministry of Religious Affairs for being the most harmonious city.

Out of several cities in Indonesia, Ambon was then designated in the category of being the city with the most harmonious religious life through Minister of Religious Affairs' Decree Number 1 of 2019. (ant) 


President Joko Widodo led the funeral ceremony of the Indonesian First Lady from 2004 to 2014, Hj Kristiana Herrawati Yudhoyono or Ani Yudhoyono, at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, Jakarta, Sunday.

At the military ceremony, serving as Commander of Ani Yudhoyono's Funeral Ceremony, was Col Inf Yudha Airlangga, a commander of the Army special command.

While the Ceremony Officer was  Brigadier General Herianto Syahputra.

The ceremony began with a report by the ceremony commander to the ceremony inspector before proceeding with the reading of the late's brief curriculum vitae.

Then the funeral ceremony was led by the ceremonial inspector before the drop of the corpse into the grave. Next is flower sowing event by the family.

After that, the hoarding of the burrow was symbolically by the family representatives followed by the grave officers.

Then laying a wreath by the ceremony inspector and family representatives.

On that occasion, the ceremony inspector and a family representative delivered speeches.

Then the ceremony was continued with a prayer and a final tribute to the deceased spirit led by the ceremony inspector.

The ceremony was closed by submitting a report by the ceremony commander to the ceremony inspector.

The Republic of Indonesia's First Lady of 2004-2014, Hj Kristiani Herrawati or Ani Yudhoyono who is the daughter of Sarwo Edhie Wibowo  (an Indonesian military leader) passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Singapore.

Ani Yudhoyono has breathed her last breath after battling blood cancer since the last few months.

In addition to the family, present at the funeral were a number of civil and military officials, former state officials and representatives of friendly countries.

A number of figures present included HR Agung Laksono, Haryono Suyono, Budi Waseso, Budi Gunawan, Hasto Kristianto, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Pramono Anung, Ganjar Pranowo.

In addition, Ridwan Kamil, Emil Salim, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, General Tito Karnavian, Basuki Hadimujono, Hanif Dhakiri, Budi Karya Sumadi, Hidayat Nurwahid, Moeldoko, HS Dilon, Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, Yenny Wahid, Puan Maharani.

Also present was the third President of the Republic of Indonesia BJ Habibie, the Fifth President of the Republic of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, the Indonesian Vice President for the 2009-2014 Period Boediono and his wife, one of the Vice Presidents of the Soeharto era, Try Soetrisno.

At the end of the ceremony President Joko Widodo handed over the red and white flag to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (ANTARA)

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