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10
December

Mosaic of Indonesia

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A multipurpose guesthouse to accommodate children of Suku Anak Dalam in Musi District, North Rawas, South Sumatra was claimed to be the first educational complex for Remote Indigenous Communities in Indonesia.  This was stated by Head of the North Musi Rawas (Muratara) Social Service, Zainal Arifin in Muara Rupit last Thursday (6/12). He said that the , the multipurpose guesthouse as a special educational park complex for the children of Suku Anak Dalam (SAD) is located in Rupit Sub-District, Muratara Regency. He further remarked that there are 216 SAD children who accommodate the multipurpose guesthouse. They go to school free of charge and they are paid by the Muratara government through the Social Service under the guidance of professional educators. Zainal Arifin added that the inauguration of the multipurpose guesthouse was marked by the shaving hair of the SAD children which was symbolically carried out by Regent of Muratara, Syarif Hidayat accompanied by Chairman of the Muratara PKK Driving Team, Lia Mustika Syarif.

Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman said that his side would develop 200,000 swamp rice fields in South Sumatra, which is equipped with a modern agricultural model to improve the welfare of local farmers. After the Coordination Meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture in Palembang, South Sumatra on last Thursday (13/12), he said that the farmers who are assisted in the program entitled "Saving the Swamp of Farmers' Prosperity" (Serasi) have potential to increase their income threefold. The development of the program is targeted to reach 500,000 hectares in the Banyuasin Regency, Ogan Ilir, and Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI). Minister Andi also explained that the increase in income could occur because there would be an increase in production, land productivity and harvesting intensity from one to two or three times. To support the optimization of swamp rice fields, the Ministry of Agriculture has provided various assistance in the forms of infrastructures and facilities, advice, and agricultural machinery.

Hundreds of Jaipong dancers in various studios throughout West Java participated in the West Java Pasanggiri Rampak Jaipong, which won a total prize of Rp37 million. The Jaipong dancing was held at Cikole Lembang, West Bandung last Saturday (8/12). Chairperson of the Pasanggiri Rampak Jaipong Committee, Irwan Dustirawansyah said that the implementation of the Pasanggiri Rampak Jaipong was based on fears of further extinction of Sundanese cultural arts, especially Jaipong in the West Java community in general, especially among the millennial generations today. Irwan viewed that even though the implementation of the Pasanggiri Rampak Jaipong at the West Java level was held for the first time, the enthusiasm of the Jaipong artists throughout West Java was quite high. The number of participants reached around 400 people.

10
December

Diplomatic Corner

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Marriott Hotel County Hall, one of iconic hotels in center city of London became a place for 9 Indonesian entrepreneurs to market Indonesian organic products on December 7, 2018. Those products were organic honey, cassava, coffee, rice and noodle. Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Rizal Sukma in his speech conveyed that people in England, as many countries in the world, have high awareness to switch into organic foods. The exhibition was packaged by presenting a cooking demo by Executive Sous Chef Marriott Hotel County Hall, Budiono and talk show which was hosted by marketing expert in the field of hospitality Tracey Howes. Attending as speakers were nutritionists, Vita Dikaryanto, Chef Budiono and Helianti Hilman, CEO Javara. More than 200 visitors flocked the exhibition room. The visitors were from various communities, beginning from organic products’ lovers, food blogger, restaurant entrepreneurs, association of organic foods and food distributors in England. They gave positive response on the first single exhibition of Indonesian organic products.

Foreign Affairs Ministry cooperated with Agriculture Ministry sent 2 agricultural experts to Myanmar to provide quality improvement in agricultural field. The training starts from December 7—10, 2018.The training is aimed to increase Indonesian contribution in encouraging sustainable development goals. The training had a title “Dispatch Expert on Agriculture for Myanmar” that is held in Hlegu Township, Yangon, Myanmar and officially opened by the Indonesian Ambassador to Myanmar, Prof. Dr. Iza Fadri at Central Agricultural Research and Training Center (CARTC). In his speech, the Ambassador conveyed in Yangon a number of points such as the program of sending experts to  Myanmar which becomes one of efforts of the Indonesian government to assist the government of Myanmar by increasing its capacity in agricultural field. Meanwhile, Director of Regional Yangon on Agriculture Ministry, husbandry and Irrigation of Myanmar, U Kyaw Kyaw expressed that the training is rightly conducted in Myanmar, reminding Myanmar has requirement to increase quality of fruit and vegetable products. Hopefully, through the program, besides being able to increase capacity of its farmers, Myanmar can also share information with the experts.

Vice president Jusuf Kalla received Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Government Leadership from the 4th World Muslim Leadership Forum in London. The award was received by daughter of the Vice president, Muchlisah Jusuf Kalla representing his father, Jusuf Kalla. When receiving the award, Muchlisah Jusuf Kalla expressed gratitude to the committee and read short speech by saying the importance Muslim Leadership throughout the world to pay attention to education, development and peace problem. She also said the three factors are very important in developing people’s welfare. The 4th conference held on December 6-7, 2018 to discuss various problems faced by Muslims like straightening various misperceptions on the Islamic society. Thus, to formulate a global mechanism, Moslems’ leadership can be used throughout the world for collaboration to give contribution for the future peaceful world.

08
December

 

In this edition, I will bring you some information about the Indonesian Choir which won perfect score at the Internazionale Chorus Inside Advent Festival in Italy. So, stay tuned in to RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia that you can listen to via shortwave on 3325 Khz, streaming at www.voinews.id or RRI Play application on your smart phone. 

Indonesia once again can be proud of its youth who have brought fame to the nation. Young people from Indonesia who are members of the Jakarta Youth Choir (JYC) won five awards at the 34th Internazionale Chorus Inside Advent Festival. A choir competition that took place from 1-3 December 2018 at the Pantheon, Rome, Italy.

The Jakarta Youth Choir itself is an organization focused on the field of choir art, under the auspices of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Youth and Sports Agency. This organization was formed in 2015 by Septo Adi Kristanto. Members of the Jakarta Youth Choir themselves come from various circles, there are university and highschool students, employees from state-owned and   private companies also government agencies.

In the 34th Internazionale Chorus Inside Advent Festival, the Jakarta Youth Choir had to face participants from eight other countries, namely Italy, France, Croatia, the United States, Romania, Ghana, Russia and Poland.

The performance of the Jakarta Youth Choir in the festival managed to impress the judges and spectators. In its performance, the Jakarta Youth Choir presented Indonesian regional songs such as Soleram, Jali-Jali, Toki Tifa, Hela Rotan, Bungong Jeumpa, and Yamko Rambe Yamko, as well as other popular songs like O Nata Lux, Cantate Domino, and Gloria Patri.

Thanks to excellent performances and also supported by attractive costumes and choreography, Jakarta Youth Choir won awards in five categories, namely champion Folklore Category, Golden Mixed Category Diploma (Music and Choreography), and Special Award for Best Choreography and Best Conductor, Septo Adi Kristanto Simanjuntak. Jakarta Youth Choir was also named the overall champion with the acquisition of perfect scores, namely 30/30. This is the first time the jury has given a perfect score to any participants.

That was today’s edition of Miscellany with the topic of Indonesian Choir won a perfect score at the Internazionale Chorus Inside Advent Festival in Italy. We will meet again in the next colorful edition. 

04
December

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of Archipelago presents information as follows: Ngawi residents discover ancient elephant ivory fossil; hydroponic plant is for Citarum river preservation; and songket-embroidery mix is displayed in Revealed Minangkabau.

 

Residents of Pelang Lor village, Kedunggalar district, Ngawi regency, East Java discovered fossilized ancient elephant’s ivory. According to Suyatno – a resident of Pelang Lor, the fossil was discovered when the people were digging land for septic tank on Monday (3/12). The ancient ivory fossil is predicted to be 120 centimeters long with 10 centimeter diameter. Sangiran Museum official, Juwita Nugraha who came to the location confirmed that it was really ancient elephant ivory fossil. More precisely, it came from a predictably 700 thousand years old Stegodon. The fossil is brought to Trinil Museum in Ngawi for conservation and further research.

 

Next information is hydroponic plants for Citarum River preservation. Academicians of Mercu Buana University introduced hydroponic plantation for Citarum River preservation. Head of Mercu Buana’s Community Service, Inge Hutagalung in a written statement received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta on Monday said that the introduction is aimed to make people more aware on the importance of preserving the ecosystem. Greening can function as environment’s regulator and protector. Hydroponic itself is planting without soil which prioritizes mix of water and nutrition as medium.

 

Last information of Mosaic of Archipelago is Songket-Embroidery mix displayed in Revealed Minangkabau. Nusantara Marandang Festival held in Jakarta on Sunday, besides delicious cuisine of Minangkabau, also presented arts and culture exhibition, including fashion. Two Minang designers: Emi Arlin and Rona Rahayu Yunus exhibited their works. Fashion show dubbed “Revealed Minangkabau” focused on two most prominent textile of West Sumatera: songket and embroidery. They assimilate Minangkabau fashion heritage with more courageous and modern concept. Erni on Monday said, songket and embroidery which previously were identical to customs, are now presented aesthetically and suitably for modern women.

Rona added that since hundreds of years ago, songket and embroidery have been inseparable part of Minangkabau culture. Meanwhile, West Sumatra Chapter National Handicraft Council Chairman, Nevi Zuairina stated their support for creative people who want to bring Minangkabau culture forward. She said, fashion is one of important industries in Indonesian creative industry development which contributes 30 percent of the whole creative industry sector to the national gross domestic product.

04
December

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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Welcome back to Diplomatic Corner, presenting information on Indonesian diplomacy, both domestically and internationally.

 

First information is from Manado, North Sulawesi. Navigation security in South China Sea is the interest and responsibility of all countries and the sides that use one of the most crowded sea lanes in the world. Therefore, every user of South China Sea must ensure effective communication system, especially for search and rescue, sea connectivity development, research and science & maritime equipment development, as well as human resource competence in maritime sector. This statement came up during ASEAN-China on Safety of Navigation and Communication in the South China Sea held by Indonesian Foreign Affair Ministry’s ASEAN Cooperation Directorate General in Manado, North Sulawesi on November 30 – December 1.

Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Jose Tavares opened the workshop and expected it to enable countries around South China Sea to cooperate in guaranteeing safety and efficiency for all shipping aspects in the region. Next is from Moscow, Russia. Sumatera Utara University collaborated with Peoples’ Friendship University of Russiaor RUDN University in Russia to further develop the medical science, agriculture, science and technology, law, and economy. The cooperation was agreed in the meeting of both universities’ rectors at RUDN University, Moscow on Wednesday (28/11).The cooperation included exchange of administration staff, lecturers, and students, joint research, new program creation, information exchange and publication, workshop, and conference. Last information came from the Belgium. Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Yuri O. Thamrin asked Indonesian people to know the rapid and fundamental change of the world, including in geopolitics and industrial revolution 4.0.  Ambassador Yuri Thamrin in his speech during Voters Education in Gent, Belgium on Saturday said that Indonesian people need to love the country, make more achievements, and keep being solid to be more respected internationally.

06
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 6 on the independent of Finland.

Kingdom of Finland had colonized by Russian Empire in 1809 and became autonomous region. But Bolshevik revolution by Russian Communist in October 1917 opened way for Finland to obtain independence. Declaration of Finland independence was determined by Finland parliamentary on December 6, 1917. The declaration stated that Finland was an independent state and ended its status as autonomous region of Russian empire. But Finland officially reached independence on January 3, 1918, and conflict on border of territory was solved in Tartu Treaty that was signed in 1920.

The next event was in 1922, on declaration the independence of Ireland.

United Kingdom has controlled Ireland since the 12th century. In the 16th century, the UK queen, Elizabeth I encouraged massive immigration of Protestant Scottish community to Ireland. Over the next several centuries, rebellions which were inflamed by native people, Catholic Irish people were extinguished by Anglo-Irish minorities. Irish movement gained momentum in the last 19th century. In 1921, the two parties agreed to hold ceasefire. Nationalism faction of Ireland signed peace agreement with the UK. They asked separation of Ireland with autonomous rights for the Southern region, while 6 states in the North of Irish Islands still became part of the UK kingdom. Civil war broke before declaration of the independence of Ireland on December 6, 1922. The victory was obtained by the soldiers of the independent Ireland in 1923. In 1937, constitution of Ireland declared Ireland as "sovereign, independent and democratic country." The independent Ireland was named as Eire, and still neutral during World War II. In 1949, Bill of Republic of Ireland decided the remaining relations with the United Kingdom Commonwealth.

And the last event is that in 2014, Indonesian Film Festival was opened and attended by President.

Indonesian Film Festival 2014 in Palembang, South Sumatra is the first film festival which was attended and directly opened by Indonesian President, Joko Widodo. Since 1955 and 7-times change of president, it was just for the first time to be attended and opened by the Indonesian President. In addition, the Indonesian Film Festival also made a new history, namely the Citra award for the big screen and the Vidia award for television films combined into one.

01
December

TODAY IN HISTORY

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This is RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with Today in History.

 

The first information is about the resignation of Muhammad Hatta as the Indonesian Vice President.

 

Muhammad Hatta or better known as Bung Hatta was an Indonesian fighter, statesman, economist, as well as the first Indonesian Vice President. Along with Soekarno, Muhammad Hatta contributed significantly to achieving the independence of Indonesian nation from the invasion of the Netherlands and proclaimed the Indonesian independence on August the 17th, 1945. Hatta had also become the Indonesian Prime Minister.  On December the 1956, Hatta resigned as the Indonesian Vice President due to having disagreement with President Soekarno.

 

The second information is about the signing of the Antarctic Treaty

 

The Antarctic Continent is the last continent discovered by human. There are many nations which want to take control of the continent. Therefore, in a bid to regulate the management of the continent, the Antarctic treaty was established and signed on December the 1st 1959. According to the treaty, the Antarctic Content would be used for peaceful purposes so that all activities related to military, such as the establishment of Military base, military exercise, and weapon testing are forbidden to take place in the continent. Besides, the treaty allows the continent to be used, especially for scientific purposes. Scientists must inform about the continent to the other scientists. They even can freely explore the continent. All biodiversity in the continent is protected communally. The countries which agree with treaty include Argentine, Belgium, Chili, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, UK, North Ireland, and the USA.

 

The last information is about the International AIDS Day

 

The International AIDS Day was firstly initiated in 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two officials of the World Health Organization -WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. They conveyed the idea to Head of the UNAIDS (a joint committee established for HIV-AIDS Programs) at the UN named Dr. Jonathan Mann. Dr. Mann liked the concept of the International AIDS Day and agreed to establish the International AIDS Day on 1st of December 1988. Bunn initiated 1 December as the date. He estimated a date which could attract mass media in the USA, a date which coincided with the 1988 US General Elections. Despite of having been initiated since 1988, the International AIDS Day was activated in 1966. The commemoration has been used to promote the harm of the disease and ways to prevent it.

29
November

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world. 

 

The first information is from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Indonesian Embassy in Sofia held promotion event whose theme is ‘Wonders of Indonesia: Indonesia Outlook 2018’ to increase Indonesian trade value with Albania and Macedonia. The event was held in Tirana, Albania on November 26 and in Skopje, Macedonia on November 27. Indonesian Ambassador in Sofia, Sri Astari Rasjid said as quoted by Antara News Agency on Wednesday that Indonesian government makes efforts to create economic system which is conducive in supporting trade, tourism and investment. Meanwhile, Director of European III, Adrian Wicaksono explained in the event that Indonesia has various Indonesian mainstay products, such as airplane, horticulture and fishery. Various local entrepreneurs of the two countries welcomed the Indonesian initiatives. Some exporting challenges of Indonesia to Albania and Macedonia can be addressed. Indonesia can enhance its products for export, such as coffee, fishery, agricultural products, airplanes, and cooperation in tourism. The trade value of between Indonesia and Macedonia in 2017 reached almost US$7 million dollars; while until August, it was exceeding US$ 9 million dollars. Meanwhile with Albania, the trade value reached more than US$10 million dollars in 2017.

The next information is from Islamabad. Indonesia presents dance art and culinary in Islamabad.

Dance art and two gazebos of Indonesia enlivened annual charity bazar which was held by Pakistan Foreign Office Woman's Association (PFOWA) at the square of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan. Based on written statement of the Indonesian embassy in Islamabad which was received in Jakarta on Tuesday, Indonesian pavilion at the event got a lot of attention with the performance of Pencak Silat demonstrated by Indonesian martial arts and dance. Indonesian typical handicraft and food outlet also attracted some buyers. First lady of Pakistan, Samina Alvi officially opened Bazaar PFOWA 2018 and said that the event was a form of people’s responsibility on fellows in doing formally diplomacy and also improving harmony and brotherhood between two nations.

Diplomatic Corner with the information from Tashkent. There is new step of Indonesia-Uzbekistan Friendship Relations.

Head of Indonesia-Uzbekistan Friendship Association who also serves as rector of Gunadarma University, Prof. Dr. Eko Sri Margianti met Deputy of State’s Committee for Inter-technical Relations and Friendship Cooperation with Foreign Countries of Uzbekistan, Mr. Kamoliddin Ishanxodjaev (25/11). The meeting is a new step of relationship of the two countries, remembering that the association was established on August 7, 2018. The association is expected to be able to increase and to strengthen relations of the two countries that have run well so far. This was stated by Kamoliddin Ishanxodjaev when welcoming the visit of delegation from Indonesia that consisted of the rectors of various colleges in Indonesia and the Indonesian embassy’s staff. Kamoliddin also said that the committee is ministerial level state institution which has relationship with 140 countries and 138 Cultural Centers and also 34 relation associations. One of them is Indonesia-Uzbekistan Friendship Association. Kamoliddin Ishanxodjaev believed that with the existence of Friendship Association of the countries, this will do strengthen not only educational or cultural social sector, but also economic sector. Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Eko Sri Margianti is optimistic that the Friendship Association will become media of development of further cooperation from relations that have been established in educational sector.

That was Diplomatic Corner.

29
November

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, Wondama people are introduced with creative industry. The second is the enchantment of Rumah Bundar Museum. We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the information on Constitutional Court confirms Bangbang village as Constitutional Village.

People in Teluk Wondama and South Manokwari regency are introduced with creative industry to optimize utilization of local potential. The activity which was conducted by people’s Empowerment Office of West Papua province, targets native people of Papua in the two regions. At the training which was conducted at Teluk Wondama, starting from November 26-28, people got a technique or how to make plate with stick of coconut midrib as material. Through the training, the local people of Papua are expected to be able to have skills by processing abundant natural resources potential, especially stick of coconut or palm midrib in a bid to become source of income and to support economy of family.  This was stated by Regent of Teluk Wondama, Bernadus Imburi on the sidelines of the activity on Tuesday. Regent Imburi welcomed the existence of the training because in Teluk Wondama, a lot of people plant coconut trees, including areca trees, the special plants of Papuan people. Regent Imburi also hoped that the participants, who are housewives, used the opportunity well so that they are able to have knowledge and skill to plant sticks to become plate. They also have skill to make dry areca that is good and having good quality so that it can be sold well.   

If visit Tarakan city, North Kalimantan, please do not forget to visit one of tourism objects, Rumah Bundar Museum. Because this tourism object is rich of information of flora and fauna. Reportedly, at the museum, we can find various kinds of seeds of typically rare plants of Kalimantan, such as Pasak Bumi and also various kinds of orchids. In addition, there is also rare wood, such as Ulin and Bangkirai; there are also photographs of rare animals, including Proboscis monkey or monkey with long nose (Bekantan). Previously at the museum, there were some objects of World War II such as Samurai, soldiers’ shoes, bullets and headpieces, but they have been moved to World War II Museum.  This is called “Rumah Bundar” because its roof is like circle of drum, that is cut flat in the middle. Rumah Bundar is located on Jalan Danau Jempang at the center of city. Rumah Bundar was functioned in 1945 by ally as activity center to restore environment in Tarakan that was heavy damaged due World War II when attacking Japanese forces.  Tarakan becomes historical region because Tarakan is the place where Japanese forces landed for the first time in 1942.

The last information of Mosaic of the Archipelago is on Constitutional Court confirms Bangbang village as Constitutional Village.

Constitutional Court inaugurated Bangbang village in Bangli regency, Bali as Constitutional Village that was signed by inscription signature. This was stated by Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati when giving speech on the inauguration event in Bangli on Wednesday. He said that the existence of village and traditional village in Bali and other villages in Indonesia have specialty and strategic role in determining the existence of the constitution. By the inauguration of Bangbang village, Deputy Governor, Tjokorda hopes that the villagers are really aware to mainly understand the constitution. In his speech, Chairman of Constitution Court of Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Anwar Usman conveyed that constitution must be well understood and interpreted by all national stakeholders so that the goals of the nation and state life can be reached. The inauguration of constitutional village is part of Constitutional Court’s efforts to establish "role model" in strengthening the constitution. The constitutional village is also as effort of confirming, protecting, maintaining and enlightening the values of Pancasila. By inaugurating the Bangbang village as constitutional village, it is expected that the villagers are committed being aware of the constitution. In addition, Bangbang village has eligible criteria as constitutional village, such as having religious value, mutual cooperation value, democracy and also awareness of law.

That was Mosaic of the Archipelago.

29
November

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on November 29, 1947 when the United Nations issued resolution No. 181.

On November 29, 1947, General Assembly of the United Nations agreed Plan for Division of Palestine to end conflict in Palestine by issuing resolution number 181. The plan was agreed by General Assembly of the United Nations with 33 agree, 13 reject, and 10 neutral. The plan broke Palestine in the region for Jewish and Arab, with the great region of Jerusalem, including Bethlehem under international supervision. Jewish side received coastal area around Tel Aviv, region around Galilea Lake, and region of Negev desert. Meanwhile, Arab side received remaining of Palestine, including a small enclave of Jaffa in the South of Tel Aviv. Jewish side also received around 55 percent of total area of land, while Arab received 45 percent.

The next event is that in 1963, accident of Trans-Canada DC8 airlines occurred.

Aircraft, which was just taking off from Montreal to Toronto, felt down on November 29, 1963 and killed 118 passengers, including 7 crews. The tragedy occurred at 06.32 of local time around 20 miles from Montreal International Airport. Part of aircraft debris reportedly dispersed until 1 kilometer from toll road. The aircraft was allegedly still burning two hours after the plane crashed.

And the last event was in 1971 about Day of the Corps of Employees of the Republic of Indonesia.

Corps of Employees of the Republic of Indonesia -Korpri is an organization in Indonesia whose members consist of Civil Servants, employees of State-Owned Enterprises, Regional-Owned Enterprises and subsidiaries, as well as village government equipment. Korpri, which was established on November 29, 1971 based on Presidential Decree No. 82/1971, is an organization to gather all employees of Republic of Indonesia. The date of the establishment of Korpri is commemorated as Korpri Day.

That’s Today in History.

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