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September

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Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on Sunday opened a relay race competition in "Jakarta Kizuna Ekiden 2019" as a symbol of strengthening of Japan-Indonesia bilateral relations. He said that Jakarta Kizuna Ekiden 2019 as relay race sport establishes togetherness and relationship among nations. Ekiden is relay marathon competition in Japanese style which does not use stick to be given to another runner; otherwise it is used cloth which is called ‘Tasuki’. In Jakarta Kizuna Ekiden 2019, each team consists of 4 runners. Among of them, there is one Indonesian, or vice versa, three Indonesians and one Japanese. This year, there were 600 teams with total 2,400 participants. The event was conducted to commemorate the 61st year of Indonesian-Japanese relations.

Indonesian embassy in Vatican conducted a training to make batik for Catholic clergies and nuns in Napoli, Italy. The activity, which was conducted in Basilica Dell’incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio, was attended by 29 nuns and three pastors from 10 congregations in Napoli and surrounding area. The congregations are hierarchically under Vatican. The training was opened by Indonesian Ambassador to Vatican, Antonius Agus Sriyono on Saturday (14/9). In his speech, Ambassador Sriyono said that the event is aimed to expand knowledge of clergies and nuns in Italy on wealth of Indonesian culture; one of them is making batik process. The event was the first time conducted by the Indonesian embassy in Vatican to promote Indonesian culture. Batik itself has received recognition from UNESCO since 2009 as Masterpieces of the Oral and the Intangible Heritage of Humanity in the uniqueness of its making proses and symbolism.

Ministry of Education and Culture through Directorate General of Teacher and Educational Personnel sent again delegations to participate in Teacher Exchange Program. This year, 12 teachers depart to South Korea for period of August - November 2019. They are placed at elementary and senior schools. The Program is participated in by Asian-Pacific countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mongolia, and Malaysia. The aim of the program is to improve teachers’ capacity of global education and cross-cultural communication skills through experience. Furthermore, the program is to grow mutual understanding among the community in Asian-Pacific region, and also to make cooperation model of educational development.

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September

The Twitter account of the English-language television news station, Al Jazeera English tweeted about the recent finding of Brawijaya University -UB students. The finding is in the form of a disaster preparedness tool called ‘Deoterions’ (Detector of Interconnected Position Points). The account informs his followers that this tiny device created by Indonesian students can save lives from earthquakes, with the only US$ 7 dollars. Deoterions are cards that aim to facilitate the discovery of the position of victims buried by the collapse of a building post-earthquake. Deoterions is invented by three students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Brawijaya University. Located in the Southeast Asian Seismic Zone, Indonesia has the potential to experience an earthquake. This is the background of the three students who discover ‘Deoterions’. This tool functions to emit radio waves that can be captured by victims' search receivers such as the SAR team so that the position of the users of Deoterions can be known even though the building is in a collapsed state. This card is equipped with a button that is able to read movement, so that the user's life opportunity can be predicted. The cards are also connected to each other. So, the position of other users can be known from one user that has been found first. All information will be displayed on a special smartphone application in the form of a list so that it makes reading easier. One member of the discovering team, Muhammad Rikza Maulana said that SAR teams usually use heavy equipment and life detectors to search for victims. However, heavy equipment cannot be used in the search for fatalities whose position is not known with certainty, because if one predicts it can potentially increase the damage to organs of victims who have been buried by the debris of collapsed buildings.

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September

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Hundreds of young people of Cambodia gathered at functioning room of Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh last weekend  to watch Indonesian movie together entitled  ‘Ada Apa dengan Cinta 2’. The young people of Cambodia are the participants of Indonesian Cultural Center in Cambodia  including alumnus of Indonesian Cambodia who are working  in many important sectors. The film of  Riri Riza’s work can promote  social-culture and tourism of Yogyakarta as one of locations of the film. The event was opened by Indonesian ambassador to Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng who explained the importance of the gathering event to explore friendship, mutually know one another as well as build network with Indonesian connection.

 Rhyme music of Reog was heard hard and joyfully as well as dances from artists consisted of  Bujang Ganom, Jathilan, Prabu Kelana Sewandana and 2 Barongan became the best and the most attractive for visitors of Embassy Festival, Nederlands. In some seconds, the area around the stage of  Creative Arena was visited by hundreds of visitors from many countries. The participation of  Reyog Ponorogo 2019 is based on the cooperation between Indonesian Embassy, Den Haag and Ponorogo regency this year that participated again in Embassy Festival event at boulevard, Lange Voorhout, Den Haag. Indonesian Ambassador to Nederlands, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja stated that he himself is proud because he was able to participate at the event by bringing Reog Ponorogo.  Gusti Agung further explained the  event is the right  moment to participate and promote  Indonesian wealth of culture and arts internationally.

Palembang city government ,South  Sumatera offered  investment opportunity in the field of tourism to entrepreneurs of India because the Indonesian sector is being improved. Regional Secretary of Palembang city government, Ratu Dewa explained that his side will open   wider opportunity for this cooperation because this tourism sector has impact that can give welfare to people. Ratu Dewa   at the meeting with Indian trade delegations led by Consul General of India , Raghu Gururaj in Palembang said that his side is totally open and ready to help and guide, related to investment opportunity until license. Meanwhile, General Consul of India,Raghu Gururaj explained the coming  of Indian entrepreneurs that wants to explore investment opportunity in Palembang. He sees that the tourism sector  is promising enough and nowadays Indian citizens have also made Palembang city as tourism destination.

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September

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Javanese Gamelan performance which was conducted at Indonesian embassy in Washington DC amazed US citizens who flocked presidential room on Friday (6/9). In addition, Javanese Gamelan also performed Javanese and Balinese dances such as Gambyong and Merak as well as puppet leather demonstration. In addition, the attractiveness of the Indonesian embassy’s building as one historical building in Washington, D.C., also became magnet for more than 100 visitors at the event which was packaged with the name “Evening at the Embassy of Indonesia”. The gamelan players and dancers at the evening were from Javanese Gamelan class of the Indonesian embassy in  Washington, D.C., led by Muryanto, the winner of Ambassador Award in Excellence in Arts and Culture 2019. While, the explanation on puppet leather was conducted by Marc Hoffman, a famous puppeteer.

Pendet dance from Bali which was danced by dancers of Indonesian embassy in Pretoria succeeded to amaze audiences in the event with the title "Celebrating 100 Years of Spring Fair" at "Pretoria High School for Girls" in South Africa. Balinese Gamelan and dynamic movement of Pendet dance had succeeded to amaze the visitors who attended the event. This was reported at a press release of the Indonesian embassy in Pretoria,  received in Jakarta on Sunday (8/9). There were some visitors who wanted to take picture along with the Balinese dancers.

The need of Indonesia’s energy which keeps increasing every year and Indonesia’s commitment to decrease emission 29% in 2030, encouraged Indonesian parliamentary to cooperate with parliamentary of Republic of Czech. The cooperation is in the form of development of renewable electrical energy, especially in encouraging development of electric car project which is currently under study by the Indonesian government. The Indonesian parliamentary arrival, which was led by Deputy Speaker of Indonesian House Representative, as Coordinator of Industry and Development Affairs, Agus Hermanto on Saturday (7/9), was received by Deputy Speaker of Czech parliamentary, Vojtech Filip. In addition to visiting Czech parliament, Indonesian delegation had visited a number of renewable energy industries and electric vehicle in Prague, the capital city of Czech.

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September

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The inauguration of the first Oil and Gas Corner at Indonesian embassy in Kuwait City signifies a major role of Indonesian representative to attract investors in oil and gas sectors in Indonesia. This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the inauguration of Oil and Gas Corner in Kuwait on Sunday (1/9). The inauguration of the Oil and Gas Corner, which coincided with Islamic New Year 1 Muharram 1441 H, is a form of collaboration and new initiative which was initiated by the Indonesian embassy in  Kuwait and Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities. In a press release on Monday (2/9), Minister Retno said that Oil and Gas Corner is completed with collection of literature and the newest information on  Upstream Oil and Gas in Indonesia; resources potential which and profile of relevant business actors. The existence of the Oil and Gas Corner will give information in detail to the stakeholders of oil and gas business in Kuwait on various development of Upstream Oil and Gas industry in Indonesia.

This year, Ministry of Education and Culture conducts again Darmasiswa scholarship program. For academic year of  2019/2020, the Indonesian government invites 579 participants from 104 countries to learn Indonesian language and culture for one year at 64 colleges or agencies of partnership of the ministry throughout Indonesia. Sectary General of the Ministry, Didik Suhardi said that Darmasiswa program aims to introduce Indonesia to the world through educational and cultural sectors. He also said that after they return to their countries, the scholarship recipients still become parts of Indonesia. Even, there is participant who returns to serve Indonesia. They become Indonesian ambassadors who also can contribute on development, peace, and  order of the world in their countries.  

To develop vocational education of maritime affairs in Indonesia, Sepuluh November Technology Institute through Department of Sea Transportation Technique cooperates with the government of the Netherlands as one of partnerships of educational institution. This was affirmed by being conducted entourage visit from the Netherlands embassy in Indonesia along with some industrial and educational partnerships from the Netherlands to Rector of Sepuluh November Technology Institute on Friday (23/8). Head of Sea Transportation Technique Department of the Institute, Tri Achmadi PhD explained that the department will collaborate with the Netherlands in developing curriculum. The curriculum will be implemented by Surabaya Shipping Polytechnic and State Shipping as vocational educational institute of Maritime Affairs.

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August

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The governments of Indonesia and Malaysia held Fun Bike Tour De Malindo 2019. Director General of Foster Territorial Administration of Home Ministry, Eko Subowo said in Serawak, Malaysia on Saturday (24/08) that as the first event, Fun Bike Tour De Malindo is social and cultural cooperation to strengthen brotherhood among the two countries. In addition, the fun bike held on August 23-25, 2019 was also conducted in a bid to commemorate Independence Day of the two countries which were celebrated on August. Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports of Serawak concurrently Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture of Serawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is optimistic that there will be various opportunities of cooperation between both sides to explore various potentials in border area.

Regeneration of agriculture and technological transfer become a basic factor to create sustainable food security. This was stated by Head of Food Security Agency of Agriculture Ministry, Agung Hendriadi as Head of Indonesian delegation on the 5th Ministerial Meeting on Food Security in Puerto Varas, Chile on Friday (23/8). On the occasion, he emphasized the importance to attract young generation interest to engage in agricultural sector. On the forum, Indonesia encourages Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - APEC to strengthen international cooperation in technological transfer. Its goal is to anticipate climate change, to support partnership of government and private either in aspect of production, processing until food security, to create young generation of agriculture and to support eradication action of illegal fishing. 

Indonesian embassy in Vienna held folk-party to commemorate the 74th Indonesian independence over the weekend. The folk-party was participated in by Indonesian and Vienna citizens and other foreign people. The event was enlivened with pop and Dangdut musical performance which came from various cities in Austria such as Graz and Linz. In addition, the folk-party was also enlivened with various stands and bazar of Indonesian culinary.

23
August

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CEO of ONE Esports, Carlos Alimurung in a press conference in Jakarta, Wednesday (21/8) said that Indonesia would prioritize a number of Electronic Sports (E-Sports) programs because this modern sport is very popular in Indonesia when compared to other Asian regions.ONE Esport will also hold a large-scale tournament with the genre of DoTA 2, a popular PC-based game since the early 2000s. ONE Esport is optimistic that investment in electronic sport will not disappoint, given that the Indonesian people are familiar with electronic games both PC-based, consoles, and smart phones. ONE Championship Group President, Hua Fung Teh insisted that Indonesia continues to prioritize not only E-Sport, but also other new programs. In the near future, it will hold a ONE Championship and highlight a reality show with the theme 'ONE Series' which takes the story of the struggle of local martial talents. 

Indonesian bike racer, Aiman Cahyadi was the fastest on the second stage of the Tour d'Indonesia 2019 on Tuesday (8/20), even though his bicycle had a tire leakage.Aiman who appeared for the PGN Road Cycling Team completed the Madiun-Batu route with a time of 3:53:49, followed by KFC Cycling Team riders, Selamet Juangga and Muhamad Abdurahman, who each arrived at the finish with a time difference of 0.11 and 0 , 36 seconds behind Aiman. According to Aiman, with the problem of tire leakage, he lost at least two minutes which is the amount of time lost for a level 2.1 UCI bicycle race such as Tour d'Indonesia. The hard work of Aiman and the PGN team also brought Aiman into the top 10 in the general category won by Taiyuan Miogee Cycling Team rider, Jaroen Meijers. The Dutch rider won the sprint competition from Cristian Raileanu (Team Sapura Cycling) and Thomas Lebas (Kinan Cycling Team). These three riders recorded the same time as 3:51:12.

Little Wushu athlete, Rainie Elena Liem made Indonesia famous on the second day of the 10th Junior Asian Wushu championship in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday (8/20). According to a press release received by ANTARA from the Indonesian Embassy to Brunei Darussalam, Tuesday night, Rainie who is 11-year-old won a gold medal in the 'Chang Quan' as female category. In addition to the gold won by Rainie, PB Wushu Indonesia contingent also won one silver medal and two bronze medals. The silver medal was won by Patricia Geraldine (16 years) for the 'Qiangshu' female category. While bronze won by each by Amadani Bagaskara (12 years) in the male category 'Daoshu' and Jennifer Tjahyadi (15 years) in the 'Gunshu’ as female junior category. The 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship was officially opened by Brunei Darussalam Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah on Monday (7/8). The opening ceremony was also attended by Minister of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, Airlangga Hartarto, as the Chairperson of PB Wushu Indonesia, and Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Dr. Sujatmiko. The championship that lasts until Friday (23/8) is followed by 265 athletes from 19 countries and competes for 70 gold medals. 

Indonesian young chess player under the support of the United Tractors (UT) Inspiring Youth program, IM Novendra Priasmoro presented a gift for the 74th Indonesian Independence Day by winning a title at the Malaysia Open 2019 which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For Novendra's success, UT is very proud. Of the nine rounds played, Novendra with a rating of 2474 collected 7 winning points. In the last round, he was defeated by his counterpart, IM Yoseph Taher (2460). Besides Novendra, UT athletes also let Aditya Bagus Arfan play. The UT team is under the guidance of Manager, Kristianus Liem who also serves as the Chairman of PB Percasi's Coaching and Achievement Division. For these results, Novendra managed to collect an elo rating of 9.6 points. He received a first prize worth US$ 4,000 dollars or Rp60 million. With these achievement points, Novendra only needs an elo rating of 16 to break the elo rating of 2500 in order to validate the title 'Grand Master'. This was revealed by Kristianus Liem in Jakarta Wednesday afternoon (8/21/2019). For Novendra, this is his first title in Malaysia. Previously, Novendra had been a champion in Thailand (Bangkok Open 2018), in Mongolia (Asian Junior 2018), and in Hungary (First Saturday February 2019 edition).

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August

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Egyptian Ambassador to Indonesia, Ahmed Amr Ahmed Moawad met Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster to discuss tourism cooperation with Sharm el-Sheikh City which becomes center of tourism in Egypt. Ambassador Moawad said in Denpasar, Bali on Thursday (22/8) that Egypt has looked at the rapid progress of Bali recently, especially in the field of tourism. He said that Bali province becomes one of favorite tourism destinations for Egyptians, especially for new bride and bridegroom to have honeymoon. He also explained that the relations between Indonesia and Egypt have been taken place for long time and Egypt becomes the first country that acknowledged the Indonesian independence.

PT Industri Kereta Api received a visit of some delegations of Africa: Zimbabwe and Angola that are interested in railways production in Indonesia. Executive Director of PT Industri Kereta Api, Budi Noviantoro said in Madiun on Thursday (22/8) that the visit of delegations of Zimbabwe and Angola to PT Industri Kereta Api is a follow-up of the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Forum Dialogue event in Bali on 20th and 21st of August 2019. He said that Africa is potential market because of its wide territory. But the African countries have not enough infrastructure of transportation. Unfortunately, some countries in Africa such as Zimbabwe and Angola have financial problem.

A total of 20 female and male university students of Language Program from Universities in China won Dharmasiswa. Educational and Cultural Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in Beijing, Yaya Sutarya said to Antara in Guangzhou on Tuesday (20/8) that the number of winners of scholarship is the same as the previous year’s winners.  Dharmasiswa is a scholarship program from Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture  for foreign citizens to learn Indonesian language deeply for 10 until 12 months in Indonesia. The 20 university students will learn Indonesian language at University of  Airlangga,  Surabaya State University, University of Brawijaya Malang, University  Diponegoro  of Semarang, University of Katolik Atma Jaya Jakarta,  Trisakti University Jakarta, and University of  Telkom.

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August

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Indonesian government through Indonesian embassy in Harare begins to keep developing cooperation of train revitalization in Zimbabwe and Zambia this year. Indonesian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Zambia, Dewa M. Juniarta Sastrawan, through Indonesian embassy’s press release which was received in Jakarta on Sunday (18/8) explained that starting 2019, the Indonesian embassy in Harare prioritizes to develop cooperation of revitalization of train cargo in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Ambassador Dewa pointed out that starting this year, the Indonesian embassy in Harare promotes the Indonesian superiority in developing infrastructure connectivity of transportation in Zimbabwe and Zambia to obtain benefit from the implementation agreement of African Continental Free Trade Zone which has been applied by both countries.

This year, there is a difference in commemorating Indonesian Independence at Indonesian embassy in Ankara, Turkey. This is the existence of Indonesian Peace Forces, Garuda 28-K UNIFIL Forces which enlivened the event. Garuda Forces arrived in Mersin port, Turkey by using KRI Sultan Hasanuddin-366 on Sunday (18/8). Besides attending the 74th Indonesian Independence Day ceremony, Garuda Forces also entertained in the event with the title ‘Gebyar Kemerdekaan’. This was attended by around 500 Indonesian citizens and various Indonesian partners. The presence of the Special Forces was also welcomed with flowers by Indonesian citizens in Turkey, who wore archipelagic traditional clothes. Some members of Garuda Forces participated in entertaining Indonesian people who were present. One of them is musical performance by  "The Armed Forces Band". There were also members of Forces who showed traditional dances, such as A Saman and Rampak Kendang dance.

In the midst of limitation and condition of security which is not condusive, Indonesian embassy in Baghdad still held flag ceremony to commemorate the 74th Indonesian Independence Day. The ceremony was led by Indonesian Ambassador to Iraq, Bambang Antarikso. All staffs of the Indonesian embassy, Indonesian students from Najaf, Indonesian citizens who work in Baghdad and Iraqi residents also attended the ceremony. Ambassador Bambang said that there was interesting thing in the ceremony in Iraq this year. 2 persons from 3 flag raisers were Iraqi people.  They were Amir, the Indonesian embassy’s staff and Hasan, son of the Indonesian embassy’s staff. According to the ambassador, they admitted being proud because they were elected as flag raisers. This refers close relationship between the Indonesian embassy and its staffs who are Iraqi citizens. For Hasan, it was the first time for him to line up and hoist the flag. As stated by Ambassador Bambang in his statement on Saturday (17/8).

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August

Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK), Siti Nurbaya highlighted forest and land fires (Karhutla) in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, which happen sporadically and threaten the survival of protected animals, such as Sumatran elephants and tigers. This was conveyed by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya when accompanying TNI Chief, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Chief of National Police, General Tito Karnavian at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base Pekanbaru on Monday (12/8/2019). Minister Siti Nurbaya asserted that the legal process for the perpetrators of land burning in Tesso Nilo will continue. According to her, there will be two other actors involving individuals who have a fairly large amount of land that will soon be processed legally. She also stated that the issue of law enforcement is important in providing a deterrent effect to the perpetrators of land burners. Thus, she ensures that law enforcement against land burners, both individuals and corporations, must be carried out optimally. In addition, the Ministry is also investigating a number of companies in Siak, Pelalawan, Indragiri Hulu and Indragiri Hilir areas. Minister Siti added that there are widespread forest and land fires in the four regions related to plantation companies. She said that if indeed later there are companies involved in the case of forest and land fire, her side would provide firm sanctions, ranging from administrative sanction such as license revocation, civil and criminal sanctions. Furthermore, Minister Siti Nurbaya also said that she has warned 55 companies in a number of provinces related to forest and land fires. Although she did not explain in detail the 55 companies in question, she confirmed that some of them are located in Riau Province. Minister Siti Nurbaya further said that her side would carry out collaborative steps with the National Police to crack down on land burners, including in Tesso Nilo National Park, which is now in poor condition due to looting and forest and land fires. Head of Tesso Nilo National Park Office, Halasan Tulus admitted that the conditions are indeed very dry due to drought, but it is very unlikely that fires would occur naturally. The burned areas are mostly found in locations occupied by the community, such as in Toro area. Halasan Tulus further said that the burned area of Tesso Nilo has not yet reached its natural forest, but it indeed approaches the area of the Flying Squad Team Camp, which contains eight tame elephants fostered by WWF-Indonesia along with the National Park Hall.

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