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17
January

Three students of Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Solo, Central Java created a prototype of robot that can be used to search victims of natural disasters. The three students are from Electrical Engineering Study Program, Faculty of Engineering. They are Nada Syadza Azizah, SyaifullahFilard Latifah and Taufik Widyastama. According to Syaifullah, they named the robot as  Unmounted Ground Vehicle (UGV). The advantages are able to reach zones that are not reachable by humans. For example, volcanic areas that are still active, zones affected by forest fires and zones that are exposed to radioactivity.

Syaifullah explained, they only need three months to make the robot. It is made because Indonesia is located in a disaster-prone area. According to him, every time a natural disaster occurs there are still many victims who cannot be evacuated due to terrain conditions that are difficult to reach by human. Syaifullah added that Rescue UGV is equipped with a camera and infrared so it can detect human body temperature. Humans will look red-yellow when detected using infrared. Infrared camera is used to detect body temperature. Thus it can be known whether it is human or not, still alive or has died. Then, this robot is controlled by an internet network.

This tool will continue to be developed so that its ability can increase. In the future, portable transmitters will be used so that they can be used widely. Since it is still a prototype, it still uses the Wi-Fi network of mobile phones or routers so it can only run as far as 10 meters. The robot wheels are designed like tanks and this prototype is still in small size. Later, the robot will be made bigger so it is more stable when crossing difficult terrain, such as during a landslide or in a ravine. In the future, the robot will be designed so that it can be used to communicate both ways. Currently, new robots can transmit sound from the field.

 

 

 

17
January

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Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi met  several businesspeople in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Wednesday (15/1) to push the increasing of  two-way investment.  In a meeting with Traveloka Vietnam's Country Market Manager, Huynh May Thy, Minister Retno explained her commitment to continuously encourage the opening of direct flight route of  Indonesia-Vietnam by Indonesian airlines.  In a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday (16/1), Minister Retno stated that she has communicated and will keep doing the same  with  Vietnamese Foreign Minister to facilitate licencing in opening the direct flight for Indonesian airlines.

Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy,  Angela Tanoesoedibjo explained that her side will boost forreign tourists visit, including those from Brunei Darussalam to visit Indonesia.  She explained in Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday (15/1) that  the Indonesian government targets not only Brunei residents, but also foreigners in Brunei Darussalam.  She admitted that it was the first time for her to visit   Brunei Darussalam in attending the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020 series.  During the event, Angela was accompanied by  Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Sujatmiko.  On that occasion, she received an explanation from Ambassador Sujatmiko related to the activities of the Indonesian Embassy, including activities in the field of tourism.

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy with the Wonderful Indonesia team is determined to maintain its position as the best long-term destination in the Dutch market, during the 50th Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition held in Utrecht, on January 15-19.  Deputy of Marketing Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Nia Niscaya told Antara on Wednesday (15/1) that the presence of the Wonderful Indonesia team at Vakantiebeurs was part of a strategy to reach the 2020 visitors target of 17.5 million.  He mentioned that in 2019, Dutch tourists visit to Indonesia recorded 202.116 people per November, with an average expenditure of 1,866 US dollars per visit, which is usually about 17.5 days.

18
January

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History with the event of January 18th, 2000  that Meteor Fell at Lake Tagish, Canada.

Rocks from outer space or commonly called as a meteor, fell on Lake Tagish, Canada, on January 18th, 2000.  When the meteor fell down, residents around the area saw the light like a falling star on Lake Tagish. After that there was an explosion. The local residents came close  to the location. A number of both local and international scientists conducted research on falling space objects. After studying the meteorite at Lake Tagish, the team of scientists from Japan's Tohoku University concluded that most of the water content on Earth originated from a collision with an asteroid 4.6 billion years ago.


On January 18th, 2002, the Sierre Leone civil war was declared to be over.

The Sierre Leone Civil War was a war that lasted for 11 years, from 1991 to 2002 and it  killed 50,000 people.  The war began on March 23rd, 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front with the support of special forces National Patriotic Front of Liberia under the leadership of Charles Taylor. It launched an attack on the government.  The aim was to impose Joseph Momoh's government. The war was officially declared over by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah on January 18th, 2002.

Today in History with the event of January 18th, 1964 that the Beatles appeared on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time.
 
The Beatles appeared on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time on January 18, 1964.  This music group was named as the most successful rock musician in the 60s. The Beatles is one of the earliest and most influential rock group in the modern era. The members are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The Beatles is considered as the manifestation of progressive ideas which influenced the socio-cultural revolution in the 1960s.

18
January

 

Miscellany will inform you about the interesting program from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, which was nominated by the United Nations. At the annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Prizes) event, the Miss Lambe Hoaks program was chosen to be included in one of the contested nominations. The program was nominated in Category 17, Action Lines C10 "Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society", as the flagship work of Indonesia. WSIS is a world meeting forum on information technology empowerment held by the United Nations. Miss Lambe Hoaks is a weekly program showing Miss Lambe Hoaks as the Main Figure who reports the results of weekly monitoring from the Content Complaints Team. With the talkative of the main character, Miss Lambe Hoaks, this program tells the latest views that are being the subject of discussion by netizens on all social media platforms. In addition to Miss Lambe Hoaks, there were eight Indonesian projects or initiatives that were nominated, namely the 2019 IoT Makers Creation Ministry of Communication and Information, included in Category 1 "The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development." Later, five of the 20 projects per category that received the most votes from various parts of the world, was named the second winner. Then, from the five projects, one was chosen by UN experts as the First Champion. The Lambe Hoaks program is produced weekly and is broadcasted through its main media channels, namely GPR TV and other Social Media channels of the Ministry of Communication and Information such as Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. With the presence of the latest and superior program collaboration results from the three work units of the Ministry is expected to provide fresh and beneficial shows for the people of Indonesia wherever they are. The Lambe Hoaks displays information about hoaks that was collected for one week by the Automatic Identification System (AIS) ofMinistry of Communication and Information, then displayed by Miss LambeHoaks as the host and broadcasts on all social media platforms and a number of TV stations. 

 

 

15
January

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Badung Regency Government, Bali, through the local Tourism Office and Board of Badung Regional Tourism Promotion  held a Sales Mission in early 2020 through a series of activities in India on 6-10 January 2020. Head of  Badung Tourism Office, I Made Badra in the Kuta, Badung explained on Tuesday (14/1) that India is chosen as the Sales Mission  target of this year  because the country is an emerging market that has huge potential to contribute to the achievement of tourists visits by 2020.

Indonesian Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto, held a bilateral meeting with  French Defense Minister /  Florence Parly, at the Office of the French Ministry of Defense in Paris (13/01).  Minister Prabowo   was accompanied by the Indonesian Ambassador, Special Assistant to the Defense Minister, Chair of the Defense Industrial Policy Committee, Operations Assistant Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force and Commander of the Navy's Staff and Command of Defense School  who were warmly welcomed by  French Defense Minister Florence Parly and French Ministry of Defense officials. Indonesian Defense Minister received a Military Honor Ceremony at the French Ministry of Defense as an early  series of bilateral meeting.  At the second meeting / Indonesian  Minister of Defense discussed steps to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries, and efforts to advance the Indonesian defense industries.

Indonesian Embassy in Cairo released the journey of Hakam Mabruri by cycling across the African continent from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa (01/13/2020). Hakam  will explore a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers for one year to reach African continent across Sudan, Etiophia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Hakam also explained that he wants to introduce to those countries  that Indonesia as a Muslim-majority country is a friendly  nation  and  full of tolerance.

14
January

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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First information is “Establishing Cooperation, 3 Sudanese Businesspeople visit PT INKA.”

Three business people who joined in Sudanese Engineer Association visited Indonesian state-owned enterprise, PT INKA’s train factory in Madiun, East Java on Thursday (9/1). Accompanied by PT INKA President Director Budi Noviantoro, the Sudanese businesspeople saw directly the facilities and potentials of Indonesian-made train industry products. One of the businesspeople said that the train produced by PT INKA is very appropriate for climate in Sudan. In the end of the visit, both parties made informal agreement to keep pursuing cooperation potential of rejuvenating Sudan’s train sector. This visit itself was follow-up of a meeting between Sudanese businesspeople and PT INKA President Director in Jakarta last week, facilitated by Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum. Four countries joined in MIKTA, namely Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey expressed their concern for bushfire in Australia. The concern was conveyed by four countries’ foreign affairs ministers as published on Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s website on Friday (10/1). The four foreign ministers expressed sympathy and deepest grief for those who lost family members, and expected speedy recovery for all affected people. The ministers hoped the bushfire could be controlled immediately. Until early January 2020, around 10 million hectares of land, park, and housing were burnt. Data collected by Australian authority until January 9 2020 showed that at least, 27 people died because of this natural disaster. Most of the casualties were firefighters.

Diplomatic Corner with, “Japan Committed being Key Partner for Indonesia’s Priority Sector Development.

Indonesia welcomed the commitment of Japan to keep being key partner for Indonesian priority sector development. That was affirmed by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu in the 7th Indonesia-Japan Strategic Dialogue in Jakarta on Friday (10/1). In his first visit to Indonesia, Minister Toshimitsu agreed to support Indonesian government’s priorities in economy and human resource development. In economy, besides increasing investment and trade cooperation, both foreign ministers also agreed to intensify the development of Integrated Fisheries and Maritime Center in six Indonesian outermost islands. Especially for Natuna, besides fishery industry, Japan will support the grant of fishery surveillance ship and tourism industry development.

13
January

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Indonesia and United Arab Emirates plan to form sovereign wealth fund. The financial scheme will be used to develop the new capital city in East Kalimantan. Indonesian Ambassador to United Arab Emirate, Husin Bagis at the office of Coordinating Ministry of Maritime division in Jakarta explained that the plan will be formed along with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). The sovereign wealth fund will finance some infrastructure projects such as real estate, including tourism destination development and other private projects.

Representative of Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Medan held a meeting with officials of city’s government of Pekanbaru on Thursday (9/1). The meeting discussed cooperation between The People's Republic of China and the city’s government of Pekanbaru. Previously, cooperation between the government of and Dao city has been established. Mayior of Pekanbaru, Firdaus hopes cooperation with China can also be established. China plans to invest in infrastructure in Pekanbaru. China considered that Pekanbaru is strategic region in Sumatera.

Government of Papua New Guinea – PNG asked the Indonesian government through provincial government of Papua to hold again Border Trade Festival at the border of the two countries. Head of Border Bureau and Foreign Cooperation of Provincial Government of Papua, Suzana Wanggai said in Jayapura, on Wednesday (8/1) that the request was delivered when meeting the border officials in Lae late 2019. Because, the event also became media for entrepreneurs from PNG to see business opportunities, especially in establishing cooperation with Papuan entrepreneurs to supply various commodities to the country. In addition, the festival also became media to promote their commodities. Suzana also said that her office will try to hold the event.

08
January

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Indonesia prepares to hold a consultation meeting in a bid to discuss Indonesia's mineral and coal policy with the European Union.  The preparation of the consultation meeting was discussed in a consolidation meeting between Indonesian Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related ministries / institutions and stakeholders in the mining sector on Tuesday (7/1) at the Ministry of Trade Office, Jakarta. The consultation meeting between Indonesia and the European Union is scheduled to take place on 30th January 2020 at the office of the International Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, Indonesia had agreed to a request for consultation by the European Union within the framework of the WTO to discuss Indonesia's mineral and coal policies on 29 November 2019.

Tension  between the United States and Iran has escalated.  The enmity has escalated after the death of Iran's supreme commander Qassem Soleimani in the US air strikes ordered by President Donald Trump.  In response to the conflict, Indonesian  Ministry of foreign affair acting Spokesman /  Teuku Faizasyah, in Jakarta on Monday, 1/6 approved that his side has issued  alertness appeal for Indonesian citizens living in Iran and Iraq.  Regarding with  developments in the US and Iran relations, both Indonesian embassies in Iraq and  Iran have issued an appeal to Indonesian citizens to raise alertness.

President Joko Widodo is scheduled to hold his first official working visit in 2020 to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a focus on increasing cooperation in the economic-energy sector that will bring an investment agreement worth 18.8 billion US dollars. Indonesian Foreign Minister  / Retno Marsudi explained  on Tuesday  that the President's major objective to Abu Dhabi is a bilateral meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 11-13 January 2020. The focus of the official working visit will be on investment cooperation in the field of  oil and gas and mineral.

04
January

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The first information is from Africa where it is celebrating 2020 with the Optimism of Increasing Economic Relations between Indonesia and South Africa.

The situation in South Africa is very challenging for Indonesia to be able to penetrate wider markets and bring diverse homeland productions to Africa.In 2019, some positive indications had been obtained by Indonesia, ranging from the commitment of several homeland companies to send representatives in South Africa until new investment plans for South African companies to Indonesia. Some agreements, such as the Defense Cooperation Agreement and MoU in the Fisheries Sector, have reached the final process.It is expected that 2020 will bring encouraging developments. That was the statement of the Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria, Salman Al Farisi, opening 2020.Since 2015, trade trends between Indonesia and South Africa show fluctuating graphs. The Indonesian Ambassador was not overly concerned about the 2018 Indonesia-South Africa trade balance which showed a surplus for the South African side. Increased purchases of capital goods from South Africa show productive activities in Indonesia, mainly related to the need for intensive infrastructure development in recent years.

 

The second information is from Iran.Efforts to Encourage Increased Value of Trade between Indonesia and Iran.

Indonesian Ambassador to Iran, Octavino Alimudin attended the Indonesian Trade Promotion Forum held by Iranian Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) at the International Permanent Fairground, Tehran (Dec 31). On the occasion Ambassador Octavino delivered a presentation on the development of trade relations between the two countries; the value of trade between Indonesia and Iran was recorded higher than the value of Iran's trade with several other countries in Southeast Asia.During January-September 2019, the trade value of the two countries was recorded at US$106.4 million dollars, the surplus for Indonesia was worth US$85.6 million dollars while Iran's imports into Indonesia reached US$18.9 million dollars. The Ambassador further explained a number of prospective commodities from Iran, including LPG, dates, pistachios, medicines, medical devices, and steel. Meanwhile, prospective commodities from Indonesia include coffee, tea, textiles, garments, medicines and paper. Indonesia is a large market with 260 million people and a hub for countries in the Southeast Asian region.

 

The last information is from Singapore. Indonesian Foreign Minister and Singapore Foreign Minister Discuss Plans for Singapore President's Visit to Indonesia.

At the end of 2019, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, held a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Foreign Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan in Singapore (Dec 31). Minister Retno Marsudi said that she discussed a number of plans to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in 2020, including the visit of Singaporean President, Halimah Yacob to Indonesia in February 2020. In addition, she also discussed the importance of continuing to reaffirm ASEAN's centrality in the region. Besides discussing bilateral issues, both Ministers discussed various ASEAN issues. They agreed that ASEAN must continue to play a central role in the region. Some of the issues discussed include Indo-Pacific cooperation, women's empowerment in the context of women, peace and security, ASEAN's role in the Rakhine State issue and the dynamics of the current regional situation.

03
January

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At least, 500 Indonesian citizens flocked Wisma Duta of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Beijing, China to celebrate New Year's Eve. Most of them who are students stayed at the Indonesian Embassy on Tuesday (31/12) at 19.00 local time until Wednesday morning. Before entering 2020, Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun and Trade Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy, Marina Novira read poetry to release 2019. The celebration of New Year's Eve was the second time that was held at the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing. The first celebration was held when welcoming 2019.


Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Wan Azizah Ismail expressed his sorrow over the flood disaster in Jakarta and its surroundings. The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister's remarks were conveyed through his Twitter account in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday night (2/1). He hopes that everything will recover. On that occasion, Wan Azizah also linked the BBC London Section of Indonesia news under the title Jakarta Flood and surrounding areas: Areas on the riverbanks immediately emptied, floods could come suddenly. So far, Wan Azizah Ismail has always given a speech every time a disaster occurs in Indonesia, including during West Nusa Tenggara disaster some time ago. Floods in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi also received the attention of Malaysian media, such as Astrowani, Sinar Harian, and MalaysiaKini.


The Association of Indonesian Film Company decided to send the films 'Kucumbu
Tubuh Indahku’ dan ‘Ambu’ as Indonesia's representatives in the 59th Asia Pacific Film Festival which will be held in Macau, 7 to 9 January. According to Secretary General of the Indonesian Film Company Association, Zairin Zain through official information received by Antara on Thursday (2/1), the two films have been chosen through careful consideration. Both are considered to closely represent the national film world. He also mentioned that both films, Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku by Garin Nugroho, winner of the 2019 Indonesian Film Festival, and Ambu by Farid Dermawan, have different creative arts approach. Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku is considered to show not only an aesthetic image, but also one sub-culture of the complexity of sexuality with a symbolic approach. While Ambu film is a film that raises the issue of acculturation of Badui tribe, one of the strictest groups interacting with outside cultures. In addition to introducing Indonesian culture, the film is also considered to have an interesting story packed with charming cinematography. Indonesia's participation in the Asia Pacific Film Festival is inseparable from the history of the Indonesian Film Company Association as one of the founders and members of the Federation of Motion Pictures Producers in Asia Pacific, which was founded in 1953. A year later, in 1954, the Federation of Motion Pictures Producers in Asia Pacific started organizing the Asia Pacific Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan and this is held annually in turn by 22 member countries. Indonesia has won several honorable titles in this festival.

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