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February

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian embassy in Seoul conducted medical check-up of migrant workers. The medical check-ups are like checking of blood pressure and health consultation conducted by dr. Dita Anggara Putra at the Indonesian embassy in Seoul on Sunday (3/2). Social and Cultural Information of the Indonesian embassy in Seoul in a press release received by Antara on Monday, reported that the medical check-up was free of charge and joined by a lot of Indonesian migrants in South Korea. Around 40 Indonesian citizens, who were majority Indonesian migrant workers, received the medical service. The event is carried out every month. The Indonesian embassy also makes programs of financial training, investment introduction and other technical trainings. According to the Indonesian embassy in Seoul, until December 2018, the number of Indonesian citizens who stay in South Korea reached as many as 38,886 people. From the number, Indonesian migrant workers who were sent by the government reached as many as 29,360 people and the ship crews that were sent by private companies reached as many 5,320 people. They were spread out in 86 cities in South Korea.

Students of West Sumatera should be active in diplomacy and be part of solution of challenges which are faced by Indonesia and the world. This was emphasized by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi before around 1,000 students on Talkshow at Convention Hall of Andalas University on Saturday (2/2). This reminds that West Sumatera is the birth place of a number of the Indonesian Diplomatic legendries, such as Muhammad Hatta and Sultan Syahrir. The Talkshow was part of series events of “Diplofest" or Diplomacy Festival that was conducted by Foreign Affairs Ministry in Padang, West Sumatra on February 1-2. In her explanation, Minister Retno said that the efforts of Indonesia in protecting the world’s peace, cover in Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Palestine, Afghanistan and Rakhine State. The diplomacy, that is active, friendly, dignified and able to contribute on Indonesia’s peace, is characteristic of Indonesian diplomacy.

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January

A fine arts exhibition will soon be held on social media. The exhibition is initiated by a businessman as well as journalist named Sokoco Hayat DP. The online fine arts exhibition entitled "This is My Work" aims to help artists showcase their works so that they can be acknowledged by public. The theme "This is My Work" represents the objective of the event namely to provide detailed information about the artists who participate in the expo and their works. Sokoco Hayat DP said that the identities of the artists, such as their address, contacts, e-mail address, complete CV and track records would also be featured at the exhibition. By informing about the details of the artists, arts enthusiasts, including collectors can keep being in contact with the artists easily. The online fine arts exhibition has more benefits than the exhibitions which typically take place at art expo center or gallery. The online one needs less time for preparation. It is also more economical. Besides, participants are not restricted by distance, ages, and locations. No matter how far they live, they can still demonstrate their creativity. Meanwhile, arts enthusiasts can access the exhibition anytime and anywhere. They only need smartphones and internet connection. Regardless of the time and space, the bonding between the artists and their arts enthusiasts can still be established. Participants' registration has opened from 21st January to 5th of February 2019. Each participant has to submit two photos of their works and their personal data. In addition to submitting their data and works, the participants must pay for the registration fee which costs Rp 50,000 per person. The exhibition will be held from 10th to 28th of February 2019. Visitors can access the exhibition from Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and Online Magazines. According to Sukoco Hayat, the online fine arts exhibition receives positive responses from artists. Until January the 22nd, 50 participants have enrolled in the expo both the 2D and the 3D artists.

31
January

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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The first story for today’s Diplomatic Corner is from Brunei Darussalam.

Wife Organization of Civil Servants or Dharma Wanita Persatuan of Indonesian embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam carried out tourism promotion to Bali on January 23-27, 2019. Based on the press release from the Indonesian embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, received by Antara in Jakarta, on Monday, the participants’ tour of tourism promotion became special by the existence of a number of ambassadors’ wives of neighbor countries in Bandar Seri Begawan, such as wife of Laos, Myanmar, German and French ambassador. Chairwoman of Dharma Wanita Persatuan, Nani Sujatmiko hoped that the event could encourage and ensure diplomatic and international community that Indonesia is safe and worthy to be tourism and vacation destination. Trip to Denpasar, Bali is reached through directly flight of Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA). RBA has routinely served Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) - Denpasar route and also BSB to Jakarta and Surabaya. In the future, RBA will explore new line to Lombok. It is hoped the opening of RBA destination can encourage the increase of Brunei tourists to Indonesia.

 

The next info is from Denpasar.

Cooperation of Institute of Indonesian Art of Denpasar and Phetchaburi Rajabhat University was signed by Rector of the institute, I Gede Arya Sugiartha and President of Phetchaburi Rajabhat University-Thailand, Prof. Sanor Klinngam in Denpasar, Bali on Monday (28/1). The signature of the cooperation was begun by showing visual profile, explanation of vision and mission and superiority of each college as well as each culture of the country. According to Arya, Phetchaburi Rajabhat University actually has been long time to visit the Institute of Indonesian Art, Denpasar because they want to learn Indonesian arts and especially Balinese arts, to enrich their arts that are developed. In addition, they want to introduce their arts.

 

And the last information is from Manila.

Indonesia Diaspora Network (IDN) Chapter Manila cooperated with Metro Manila Development Authority -MMDA to invite community, especially Indonesian citizens who stay in Manila to conduct clean action of Manila Bay on Sunday (27/1). IDN Manila stated that “Manila Bay Clean Up” is as a form of Indonesian people’s awareness on sustainable environment where they live. Seashore rehabilitation activity which is full of pollution of plastic garbage is also hoped to be able to help save local community on impact of littering and plastic waste. The event with the theme “Manila Bay Clean Up" is to clean garbage at Manila Bay not only for one day, but also for long term in a bid to improve people’s  awareness of clean environment in their daily life.

 

 

 
 
 
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January

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Indonesia and Cambodia renew and extend Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that has existed since 1999 in ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 in Ha long Bay, Vietnam, on Fridy (18/1/). The agreement including to promote tourist potential of each country, Angkor Wat and Borobudur Temple. On the occassion, Cambodian Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, also suggested to open direct flight from Phnom Penh to Yogjakarta. In addition, Thong also suggested cooperation on heritage to heritage, between Angkor Wat and Borobudur Temple. Indonesian Tourism Currently, Srilanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh also want to join in heritage to heritage cooperation.

The Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) of Brawijaya University, Malang in the Program of Enlighten The Future Wafe 2 Project visited Polowijen cultural village on Saturday afternoon (19/1). The students who came from China and Yemen were welcomed by mask dance. AIESEC is the biggest youth international organization in the world which focuses on leadership development of youth and become ambassador in overseas with social project. AIESEC participants participated in every cultural event at Polowijen cultural village.Ana Sopanah, Coordinator of Public Relation and Cooperation, during her speech appreciated the AIESEC of Brawijaya University, since the university has carried out foreign students to Polowijen cultural village in cultural exchange event among nations and multi-culturism studying.

Indonesian Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya said that his ministry will do promotion in Spain by participating in the exhibition of Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR) Madrid 2019. The largest tourism exhibition will be conducted in Feria de Madrid, Spain, for five days starting January 23 - 27. Director of Marketing Development for Europe Region, Agustini Rahayu to Antara London, on Monday (21/1) said that in Indonesian pavillion will raise the theme of Phinisi ship and display Balinese athmosphere. The Indonesian pavillion will also perform cultural performance that aims to give an overview of the richness of Indonesian culturenamely Indonesian traditional dance performance as well as carnival. In addition, Indonesian pavillion also provides Hospitality Corner that represents hospitality of Indonesian people by serving Indonesia traditional coffee.

08
January

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History begin with January 8, 1912, the African National Congress was established.

 

The African National Congress (ANC) is a Central-left South African political party and was founded on January 8, 1912 in Bloemfontein to protect the rights of the black majority. The ANC is the only party to have ruled South Africa since 1994. Support for the party had diminished in the 1999 elections, but they regained additional support in the subsequent elections in 2004.

Turning to January 8, 1926, Abdul Aziz bin Saud became the first King of Saudi Arabia. Initially, Abdul Aziz As-Saud was Sultan Nejd who conquered the Hijaz Kingdom in 1925. On January 8, 1926, Abdul Aziz bin Saud was crowned as King of Hijaz in the Grand Mosque. On January 27, 1927, he also raised the status of Nejd to become a kingdom. Based on the Jeddah Treaty on May 20, 1927, Abdul Aziz's power was recognized by the United Kingdom and his country was called the Kingdom of Nejd and Hijaz. For five years, Abdul Aziz ruled his two kingdoms as separate units. On September 23, 1932, the main Saudi territories namely Al-Hasa, Qatif, Nejd and Hejaz, were united into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Today in History with January 8, 2003, a Turkish Airlines plane crashed. Turkish Airlines Flight 634 was a domestic aircraft scheduled to fly from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Diyarbakir Airport, in the southeast of Turkey. Because of bad weather, the plane crashed into the slope of a mountain. The aircraft broke into three and an explosion occurred that killed 75 of the 80 passengers and crew, including the pilot and co-pilot. Based on the investigation, the thickness of the fog had  made the pilot unable to see clearly.

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December

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Kendari City Government in Southeast Sulawesi conducted tree planting in commemorating National Planting Day 2018, in Kadia Kendari on Monday (17/12). The event was attended by Acting Mayor of Kendari, Sulkarnain. Sulkarnain after planting the tree, affirmed that the event is a real action to save forest, land and water. He said forest is a very important life support to protect land and water sustainability. According to him, the program can balance development and preserve environment and water resources in Kendari.

As many as 735 athletes are participated in International Wushu Championship in Bali, that was opened by Chairman of Executive Board of Indonesian Wushu, Airlangga Hartarto, in Nusa Dua Bali, on Monday evening (17/12). Head of the championship committee, entitle “1'st Bali International Kungfu Championship 2018”, Bambang Supriyanto, said the participants are from 88 clubs in Indonesia and overseas, namely Ukraine, Macao and Norway. According to Bambang, the main target of the championship is to introduce and to popularize traditional wushu sport to international world. Therefore, part of traditional wushu propaganda that will become the biggest competition, is competed in Indonesia in accordance with the determination and standardization of International Wushu Federation. Therefore, the championship is also packed in form of sport tourism to more strengthen Bali image as tourist destination.

The Office of Tourism, Youth and Sports of Agam regency, West Sumatra recorded that around 7,500 tourists visited Maninjau Lake Festival which was centered at Muko-muko tourism object, Tanjungraya district, on December 15 and 16. Secretary of Tourism and Culture Office of Agam, Agusmardi, said in Lubukbasung, on Monday (17/12) that generally tourists who visited the event were local tourist from Agam, regency, and neighbor towns. The crowdmade most of merchandises at the tourism object sold out. It was along with the goal of the event, namely to increase the economy of the local people, and to increasing the number of visits and also to preserve Minangkabau tradition to young generation. Agusmardi said the event was atambua tansa competition, an art of Salingka people of Maninjau Lake, with the participants 42 teams and also recitation competition of Asmaul Husna or the names of Allah (God the Almighty) which was participated by45 teams. Besides that, there was also competition of pupuik batang padi, fari Minangkabau instrument, with 20 participants and rowing which was participated by 6 regencies and cities. In the future, the event will be held in international level with participants from neighboring countries.

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December

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian Consulate General in Marseille held a meeting with regional government and exporter entrepreneur of furniture and handicraft in Montpellier on December 13, 2018. On the occasion, General Consul, Asianto Sinambela explained on Indonesia’s potential export products at the markets of countries in European Union regions. Deputy Mayor of international and tourism division of Montpellier welcomed efforts to increase cooperation with Indonesian Consulate General. Asianto Sinambela emphasized the need of Indonesian people’s participation in in business events and promoting Indonesian products.

The Indonesian government welcomed the agreement to adopt the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) carried out at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland, as stated in a written statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Monday. Chief of Indonesian Negotiator Nur Masripatin stated on the last day of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP-24) UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Dec 14 in Katowice, Poland that Indonesia welcomed the adoption of the Paris Agreement Work Program, which will guide the parties in implementing the Paris Agreement. During the negotiation process, on Dec 2, the Indonesian delegation actively encouraged the meeting to produce a balanced and comprehensive Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) and put forward the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities. As an archipelagic country which is susceptible on climate change impact, Indonesia is committed to continuously contributing in handling climate change and calling on the need to increase international cooperation and strengthening multilateral frame in handling climate change issue. 

Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya  Den Yealta invited Singaporean investors to invest their capital in Free Trade Zone which is managed by Management Agency of Tanjung Pinang. As many as 50 investors and entrepreneurs from Singapore attended "Tanjung Pinang Investment Forum 2018" which was held in Singapore recently. The event was in cooperation between Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and Management Agency of Tanjung Pinang, which specially offered investment packages in Free Trade Zone/ FTZ of Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island. Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya, also ensured investors from Singapore that FTZ which is managed by the Agency is part of cooperation of Batam, Bintan, Karimun (BBK) of Indonesia - Singapore.

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December

Miscellany in today’s edition presents information about ”Indonesian Author receives Prince Claus Award 2018”. 

Indonesian literary world has just collected a prideful achievement. Indonesian author, Eka Kurniawan received the Prince Claus Award 2018 for the literary category on 6th of December in the Netherlands. The annual award is presented to individuals, groups, or organizations engaging in cultural affair. Their literary works have contributed to developing the society in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Caribbean Islands. Eka Kurniawan is chosen as the winner because of his ability in narrating imaginative stories through the beauty of prose as well as the universality of the themes of his works.

213 people were listed as the nominations of the Prince Claus Award 2018. 85 of them were accepted and reselected by the Prince Clause Award Board. Those who were selected were invited to attend the formal awarding ceremony in Royal Palace, Amsterdam, before the royal family of Kingdom of the Netherlands and guests coming from all around the world. The award would also be given to respective country of the winner followed by a ceremony led by Dutch Ambassador. Besides Eka Kurniawan, the other winners of Prince Claus Award 2018 include Adong Judith from Uganda for theatrical category, Marwa al-Sabouni from Syria for Architecture and Urbanism Category, Kidlat Tahimik from the Philippines for Visual Arts and Film Category, and O Menelick Ato from Brazil for Media and Journalistic Category. Meanwhile, Market Photo Workshop from South Africa won the Principal Prince Claus Award 2018 for photographic category. Dada Masilo who also comes from South Africa won the Next Generation Award 2018 for Dance Category.

 

Eka Kurniawa is an Indonesian author who was born on 28th of November 1975. His works counter all discriminative political treatments. Eka attempts to communicate social issues through his interactive works so that they can be delivered easily to the public and build better perception about their country. The writer who pursued his study at Gadjah Mada University is thought to be able to sharpen people’s understanding about history so that people will have better perception about their country. He is also able to promote local culture by incorporating local mythology in his stories, which has probably been abandoned in Indonesian literary tradition. The author of Cantik dan Luka or in English Beautiful and Wound, uses the power of literature to deliver crucial topics, especially in the period when the freedom of expressing opinion was restricted.

13
December

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Today’s Mosaic of Archipelago presents the following information:

 

South Bangka held Batin Tikal Festival. Regional government of South Bangka, Bangka Belitung province held Batin Tikal Festival to manifest new tourism destination in the region.

Regent of South Bangka, Justiar Noer said in Toboali, on Tuesday (11/12) that the festival is to remember a struggling figure of Batin Tikal that until now still becomes controversy who he is actually, where he comes from, and what his contribution is. All of these will be verified. The Regent added that in future, the festival will be decided to be one of series events of Toboali City on Fire where the event has entered as tourism agenda by Indonesian Tourism Ministry.

The next information is that Adventure Tour becomes favorite of tourist to Purwakarta. Youth, Sports, Tourism and Culture Office of Purwakarta regency said during 2018, the number of tourists  who visit to the region reaches 2.3 million people. From the number, two percent is foreign tourist. Head of the office, Heri Anwar said if it is viewed from the target of the visit, it is not appropriate with the target. But he was grateful because currently,  Purwakarta has become one of destinations of foreign tourists. One of destinations of the foreign tourists is adventure tourism object. One of them is hiking at Mt. Parang, Tegalwaru district.

The last information is that Emping Melinjo cracker of Lebak, Banten province succeeded to penetrate Singaporean market. It is conducted through company service of exporter from Jakarta. Hardi, craft-man from Banjarsari on Tuesday (11/12) said that all cracker products are supplied by export market. Market demand of neighboring countries is quite high because Emping Melinjo cracker product of Lebak has organic quality. In addition, the product is produced traditionally and without preservatives. Head of Cooperative and Small Medium Enterprises of Lebak regency, Babay Imroni said that the existence of Emping Melinjo cracker can encourage people’s economic growth and also overcome poverty and unemployment.

13
December

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on December 13, 1945 when blood tragedy occurred in Tebing Tinggi city.

On December 13, 1945, massive massacre on Tebing Tinggi civilians occurred. This was conducted by Japanese military. The massacre killed around 2.000 people. Until now, Tebing Tinggi civilians commemorate the tragedy as Massacre Day.

The next event is that in 1937, Antara was established.

Public company of Antara News Agency is State-owned Entreprise that is given duty by the government to disseminate information and carry out coverage which is fast, accurate and important throughout Indonesia and international world. Antara News Agency was established on December 13, 1937 by A.M. Sipahoetar, Mr. Soemanang, Adam Malik and Pandoe Kartawigoena, when spirit of national independence was motivated by the Indonesian youths. As executive director at that time was Mr. Soemanang and Adam Malik was as editor concurrently vice director; Pandoe Kartawigoena was as administrator and also assisted by journalist A.M. Sipahutar. Since 1962, Antara has officially become National News Agency that is directly under president of republic of Indonesia.

And the last event is that in 2003, Saddam Hussein was arrested.

Saddam Hussein was Iraqi president in period July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003. As leader of Iraq and chairman of Ba'ath party, he took policy of secular pan-Arabism, economic modernization and Arabic socialism. Saddam Hussein was overthrown in invasion of Iraq in 2003, which was led by the United States of America, and arrested by the US forces on December 13, 2003. On November 5, 2006, Chief Judge, Rauf Rasheed Abdel Rahman sentenced him to death on his crimes to humanity. On December 30, 2006, Saddam was executed in the age of 69 years.

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