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26
October

HEADLINES

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Headlines from Kompas entitled “Safety depends on coordination.”

Investigation result of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) on the cause of the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 PK-LQP Crash is expected to improve the safety of civil flights. In the future, the Indonesian Government, aviation industries, and flight operators must strengthen their coordination in a bid to support the safety of flights. The National Transportation Safety Committee pointed out that the Lion Air JT-610 Crash is caused by nine factors. So far, plane accidents have always been caused by multiple factors.

Republika entitled “President Joko Widodo inaugurates 12 Vice Ministers.”

President Joko Widodo introduced 12 deputy ministers joining the Cabinet of Indonesia Onward Cabinet on Friday Afternoon (25/10). The 12 deputy ministers were invited by President Joko Widodo on Friday morning to discuss their duties and the challenges that must be faced in the future. In the term of 2014-2019, there were only three deputy ministers: deputy minister of finance, deputy minister of foreign affairs, and deputy minister of energy and mineral resources.

Media Indonesia entitled “Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs needs to anticipate crisis.”

Amid the challenges due to the trade war between the USA and China, President Joko Widodo called on deputy Minister who is related to Economic Affairs to pay attention on trade agreement, investment, infrastructure, and tourism promotion. It was remarked by President Joko Widodo when introducing 12 Deputy Ministers at Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday (25/10).

26
October

TODAY IN HISTORY

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We begin Today in History with the event of 26 October 1979.

South Korean President, Park Chung-hee was killed by the leader of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), Kim Jae-kyu  on 26 October 1979. Park Chung-hee was a former general of the Republic of Korea Army (ROK) and leader of the Republic of Korea in the period of 1961-1979. He was considered to render a service by  modernizing South Korea through export-oriented industrialization, but he was also accused of violating human rights during the additional period of his presidency.

We turn to the event on October 26, 1994.

Two government leaders, King Husain of Jordan along with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an agreement on October 26, 1994. They called it as peace and the process had begun since the Madrid Conference  in 1991.  The agreement was signed in the peace process between Arabs and Israel, which was supported by the United States.  Based on the peace agreement, Israel was willing to move back from parts of Jordanian territory and Jordan canceled their economic embargo on Israel.

 

We end Today in History with  the event on October 26, 2010.

Mount Merapi, located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, was one of the active mountains in Indonesia and it erupted on 23 October 2010. The eruption of Mt. Merapi damaged several villages at surrounding areas. Besides, the eruption of Mt. Merapi killed dozens of villagers around the downhill of the mountain. One of them is Mbah Maridjan, the caretaker of Mt. Merapi.  When Mt. Merapi erupted, there were hot clouds as high as 1.5 kilometers.  The hot clouds rolled down and passed the area where Maridjan lived. Finally,  Mbah Maridjan's body was found a few hours later by SAR team along with 16 other dead people.

25
October

Diplomatic Corner

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Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Zainal Abidin Bakar explained in Banda Aceh on Wednesday (23/10) that he will continue to strengthen Malaysia's cooperation with the REGIONAL Government of Aceh province because Aceh has a lot of potentials, especially in tourism sector. He mentioned that there are several sectors discussed at the meeting. They are tourism, education, economy and investment sectors. He also said that Aceh and Malaysia have historical, brotherhood and similarity ties so that it becomes one of the considerations to strengthen cooperation in various fields.

Government of Sweden hopes that with the new Indonesian government under  President Joko Widodo, bilateral relations with Indonesia will improve.  Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia, Marina Berg told Antara in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/10) that over five decades, the bilateral relations between the two countries have improved in many sectors.

Indang Badinding and Rampai Saman dances performed by students of Indonesian School of Davao successfully attracted  thousands of visitors of the 2019 Pakaradyan Festival in Tagum City, Davao del Norte province, the Philippines. Headmaster of the Davao-Philippines Indonesian School, Agus, as conveyed in a written statement from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Davao on Wednesday (23/10) explained that the promotion of Indonesian culture had become one of the missions of the Davao Indonesian School. Agus' statement has been proven by various activities participated by the Davao Indonesian School to introduce Indonesian culture throughout the Southern Philippines. The Pakaradyan Festival was held on October 22-24 with the theme “Celebrating our Origin, Honoring our Past.”

25
October

Indonesian students regained their achievements at the Taiwan Innotech Expo 2019 event. The students from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology –ITS are Reza Aulia, Riantama, and Afif Purwandi. They have created an innovative machinist fatigue detector called ‘Machinist Fatigue Detector’ (MAFTEC). This innovation won two awards at the same time at the event last September. Taiwan Innotech Expo 2019 is an annual huge event in Taiwan which is participated by companies, associations, and students from all over the world. The event which lasted for three days at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, Taiwan, carried the theme ‘Sustainability Innovative Invention Future Technology’.

The machinist fatigue detector -MAFTEC, which won a silver medal at the Korea International Youth Olympiad Idea, Innovation, Invention, and Intellectual Property (KIYO 4I) last year, has been upgraded. From previously detecting driver drowsiness through eye movements, now MAFTEC uses a new method, which can detect sleepiness through heart rates. This innovation is also accompanied with real-time control over the level of fatigue of a machinist. The MAFTEC team leader, Reza explained, the workings of this tool are to detect the fatigue and drowsiness of the machinists and to give vibrations. This tool can find someone who is tired or sleepy through processing by a computer on the basis of a combination of eye blinks and heart rates. Reza added that if the machinist indicates to be sleepy, this tool will vibrate to wake up its users. In addition, this tool can also detect fatigue and sleepiness in real-time through online via the website. So hopefully, the control center can find out the machinist's condition directly.

With this new detection method innovation, MAFTEC won an honorable mention at the event. Although this tool can be considered common, the method we use is new; there are detection of heart rate and eye blink. Another award obtained is the Special Award from the Korean Invention Promotion Association (KIPA), because according to the KIPA association, this discovery has great potential to be implemented in a larger market. This can be applied not only in train, but also in other transportation sectors. In the future, Reza hopes that this MAFTEC can be implemented in the world of railroad and can be useful for the community. At present, Reza and his team are still trying to obtain a patent process for this tool.

24
October

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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Diplomatic Corner is from Denpasar, Bali.

KRI Bima Suci ship anchored at Benoa seaport of Bali after carrying out a series of mission of the first sailing of Bark class sailing ship to visit 9 neighboring countries. The countries, which were visited, are the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, China, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The ship carried Kartika Jala Krida 2019 unit of exercise to conduct diplomatic sailing of national ambassador and also students of Navy Academy. This was stated by Commander of Indonesian Navy of Benoa Headquarters, Col. Henricus Prihantoko at Benoa seaport on Wednesday. He said that the ship, which was made by Vreire shipyard in Spain, sailed for 99 days by carrying 89 crews, 18 trainers, and 83 students. In addition to carrying out diplomatic sailing, they also introduced Indonesian culture.

 

Pariaman, West Sumatera. 

The city government of Pariaman, West Sumatera will construct Tahfiz boarding school whose operation cooperates with Turkey’s Sulaimaniyah boarding school. This was stated by Head of Religion Ministry’s Office of Pariaman, M. Nur in Pariaman on Wednesday (23/10). The construction of the boarding school has three-star standard so that every room has air conditioner. He also explained that the cooperation with the Turkey’s boarding school related to provision of teacher looks for students and operational finance. While, Mayor of Pariaman, Genius Umar said that the existence of the boarding school is expected to be able to support the region as tourism city in Islamic principles.

 

Davao, the Philippines.

Indang Badinding and Rampai Saman dances, which were performed by students of Davao Indonesian school, succeeded to amaze thousands of visitors of Pakaradyan 2019 Festival at Tagum City, Davao del Norte province, the Philippines. This was stated by Principal of the school, Agus, which was quoted in press release of Indonesian Consulate General in Davao received in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/10). The promotion of Indonesian culture has become one of missions of Davao Indonesia school. Agus’ statement has been proven with various events which were participated in by Davao Indonesian school to introduce Indonesian culture throughout South Philippines. The participation of Indonesian Consulate General in Davao in Pakaradyan Festival is expected to give more understanding on Indonesia to the Filipinos and also to be able to strengthen relations which have been established so far.

22
October

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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Businesspeople of Indonesia and Italy agreed a 60-million US dollar-worth trade contract.

Indonesian and Italian pulp and paper companies signed a trade contract worth around US$60 million dollars during Trade Expo Indonesia, held in Tangerang, Banten. Indonesian Embassy in Rome, with a written statement received in Jakarta on Saturday (19/10) said, the agreement was one of the biggest single trade contracts between PT Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills from Indonesia and APP Italia Srl. APP Italia Srl, Timo Toivonen said that his Indonesian counterpart had long history in producing high-quality paper and support community development programs, so that his company appreciated the agreement signing.   

Next information is that Indonesian songket and tenun are promoted in Ukraine.

Indonesian songket and tenun cloths were promoted in Ukraine recently, more precisely during a fashion show by Indonesian designer, Anna Maria. Indonesian Ambassador to Ukraine, Yuddy Chrisnandi in a written statement said in Jakarta on Saturday (19/10) that they cooperated with ‘Rumah Kreasi Indonesia Hebat’ and gained support from Ukrainian conglomerate, Oleksandr Feldman to hold the country’s fashion show about songket and tenun. For the last 25 years, this was the first fashion show by Indonesian designer, which displayed the diversity of Indonesian tenun and songket.

Last information is that Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah and Palembang Aviation Polytechnic sign Cooperation Agreement.

Acting Function of Information and Socio-culture at Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Agus MUktamar and Director of Palembang Aviation Polytechnic, M Andar Adityawarman signed cooperation agreement on Human Resource Development at Air Transport in Jakarta (18/10). The signing was witnessed by Head of Air Transport Human Resources Development Center at Indonesian Transportation Ministry, Hery Sudarmadji, Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah, Mohamad Hery Saripudin, and Transportation Attaché of Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah, Amiruddin.

Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah Mohamad Hery Saripudin welcomed the cooperation agreement signing and expected it would be followed-up soon with real working plan, so that the benefits can be enjoyed by both sides soon. For Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, the signing mandated two things. First, Consulate General’s Information and Socio-culture Function in cooperation with Indonesian School in Jeddah (SIJ) and Indonesian School in Mecca (SIM) must start mapping the interest and talent of the students they will recruit. Secondly, the Transportation Attaché must begin analysis on flight attendant need in Saudi Arabian transportation industry, along with the requirements.

 

22
October

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII was one of the kings in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta who was in power from 1921-1939. His original name is Gusti Raden Mas Sujadi, and he was crowned as  the Sultan of Yogyakarta on February 8, 1921. During his reign, he ordered a lot of renovations of the Yogyakarta palace complex. One of them is Bangsal Pagelaran which is located in the front of the palace. Other buildings are Siti Hinggil tratag, Donopratopo Gate, and Gedhe Mosque. He was one of the first people from the top politicians in Yogyakarta City to support the struggle of KH. Ahmad Dahlan in the formation of Muhammadiyah as a form of loyalty to Islam. He passed away on October 22, 1939.

On October 22 as National Santri Day

October 22 as National Santri Day was set by President Joko Widodo at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on October 22, 2015. It is intended to exemplify the spirit of jihad to the students about Indonesianess which is encouraged by the Ulemas. The date refers to a historic event that is a call by the National Hero, KH. Hasjim Asy'ari on October 22, 1945. It contained orders to Muslims to fight against the Allied troops who wanted to re-colonize the territory of the Republic of Indonesia after the Proclamation of Independence. As the winner of World War II, the Allied came to take over the former Japanese colony. Apparently, there were Dutch troops who were riding along to re-colonize Indonesia which already proclaimed its independence on August 17, 1945.

The last event was International Stuttering Awareness Day.

October 22 was designated as International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in 1998. Today, it is intended to raise public awareness about millions of people, or about one percent of the world's population  who have a speech impediment. In an article published in the British Community magazine to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day, Irina Papencheva from the Bulgarian Stuttering Association and Phil Madden from the European Service Providers Association for People with Disabilities demanded a new start in attitude towards stuttering. They say, everyone has a responsibility to be aware, to be sensitive in conversations and meetings and to remember that stuttering is "not funny".

21
October

Diplomatic Corner

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Before the inauguration Joko Widodo as Indonesian President for period of 2019-2024, President Joko Widodo received the honor visit of state’s guests who would attend the inauguration at the State Palace in Jakarta on Sunday morning until afternoon (20/10). The state’s guests were Sultan Brunei Darussalam Hassanah Bolkiah, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, and King Eswatini Mswati III. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said that they expressed commitment to keep strengthening bilateral cooperation with Indonesia.

Australian residents amazed to see the typical woven of Manado and also tasted North Sulawesi culinary at the Indonesian embassy in Canberra, Australia. The third Indonesian Cultural Circle (ICC) in 2019 entitled "The Magnificence of North Sulawesi" was conducted at Indonesia guesthouse in Canberra, to give new experience and knowledge to participants on tourism and cultural sites of North Sulawesi province from region of Bitung, Sangihe island, Bunaken, Minahasa until Manado. The event which was held on Friday (20/10) was different from the one of last year. Because in 2019, the event was attended by members of International Club of Canberra which performed fashion show of North Sulawesi traditional clothes, namely original woven of Minahasa and Manado. According to press release ofIndonesian embassy in Canberra that was received on October 20, 2019, the event was opened by Caecilia Legowo, chairwoman of DWP of Indonesian embassy Canberra, with greeting of Special North Sulawesi, namely "Tabea!" which means "Salaam".

Former Vice President, Jusuf Kalla inaugurated Indonesian Agency for International Development (Indonesian AID). He hopes that the agency can make effective cooperation among countries in all aspects. The launching of Indonesian AID was held at Gedung Pancasila, Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jakarta on Friday (18/10/2019). He also hopes that the agency can increase cooperation with other countries. He further expects that Indonesian AID is meant to realize hands-above diplomacy so that Indonesia can give assistance to other countries in social problems. Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi said that this was a special moment for Indonesia. She further said that Indonesia can strengthen its positive contribution and major role in the world’s peace and welfare.

17
October

TODAY IN HISTORY

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October 17, 1947 on Special Force Corps of Indonesian Air Force anniversary

On October 17, 1947, Dakota carrier aircraft which flew from Maguwo airport, Jogjakarta crossed on the sky of Kalimantan. Dakota aircraft carried out parachuting to 13 best soldiers of Indonesian Air Force over Waringin City. Their mission was to open radio transmission between region and center, to prepare dropping zone for the next jump, to help warriors in Kalimantan, and to open the eyes of the world that Kalimantan is part of Republic of Indonesia. The Parachuting, which was conducted by the 13 soldiers of Indonesian Air Force, signed the birth of combat unit of Special Force Corps of Indonesian Air Force. Thus, October 17 was decided as the Day of Special Force Corps of Indonesian Air Force. 

 

In 1973 on Embargo of Arabic oil

On October 17, 1973, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries –OPEC, whose most country members are Arabic countries, began to impose oil embargo on the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other countries which sold oil to Israel. The embargo was conducted because the USA, the UK were viewed to massively provide military assistance for Israel in the war between Israel and Syria as well as Egypt, that began on October 6. As a result, oil price became higher and Western countries were in serious trouble due to the embargo which was known as period of oil shock. In March 1974, the embargo was pulled out again after US State Secretary, Henry Kissinger succeeded in carrying out negotiation of ceasefire agreement between Israel and Syria.

In 1992 on the commemoration of World Poverty Eradication Day, the commemoration was recognized by United Nations in 1992

The commemoration was held for the first time in Paris, France in 1987. At that time, 100 thousand people gathered at Human Rights and Liberties Plaza in Trocadero to honor the victims of hunger, poverty, violence and threats. They declared poverty is violence on Human Rights. Afterwards, General Assembly of the United Nations declared on October 17 as World Poverty Eradication Day. International communities celebrate the commemoration with various ways.

 

17
October

Menoreh Art Festival 2019

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Since October 12, festival with the title ‘Menoreh Art Festival (MAF) 2019’ has been opened. The festival which is held to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Kulon Progo takes place at the field of Wates City, Kulon Progo until October 20, 2019. The festival is aimed to introduce Kulonprogo culture to the community. Many different arts and cultures are shown during the festival. The opening of the festival started by holding Ngalarak Blarak competition, the traditional sport that belongs to Kulon Progo. In the past, Ngalarak Blarak was only kids’ and youths’ game at the hamlet of coconut juice tapper on Menoreh hill which used blarak or in English means coconut midrib. The local government makes it as packaged competition so that Nglarak Blarak becomes an interesting competition for adult people by using coconut midrib. The government also makes Nglarak Blarak to be the traditional sport of Kulon Progo. After competing Nglarak Blarak, there is Campursari singers’ parade. The next day, there is puppet show by using Tiga Kelir or screen. Then, it is continued by performances of Sendratari Sugriwa Subali and Sendratari Api on Menoreh hill as Kulon Progo icon. Sendratari is a drama story which is presented by dancing without dialog, and it’s usually accompanied by Gamelan. Another traditional sport is Jemparingan or traditional archery in national level. There is also massive Macapatan or singing in Javanese language, karawitan and choir or flash-mob. In addition, there is also full moon festival while playing music from rice pounder. In the Menoreh Art Festival 2019, the regional government of Kulon Progo also handed over awards to a number of culturists. The government also released a book entitled "Sanun" which tells about a student army from Kulon Progo who becomes policeman and was killed at Shanun field, Sentolo district. Menoreh Art Festival 2019 will be continued by Fine Arts Exhibition entitled 'RUPAKU' which will be conducted at Kulon Progo Cultural Park starting from October 21 – 30, 2019. Previous years, the exhibition was held in one location with cultural festival. This year, the exhibition presents community of artists, curators from Jogjakarta, cultural actors, performance of art community. The regional government of Kulon Progo also makes a package of the Cultural Park to be Kangen market where various kinds of traditional culinary products of Kulon Progo are sold.

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