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October

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The commemoration reception of the 74th Anniversary of the Indonesian Military ( TNI) in Beijing on Wednesday night (9/10) was attended by high-ranking Chinese officers and a number of military attaché officials from  friendly countries. Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun delivered a speech about  the role of  TNI in the past and present.  In Southeast Asia,  TNI has increased cooperation, including within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting, the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, military exercises, joint maritime patrols, education and training programs. Ambassador Djauhari explained that the TNI has also cooperated with the Chinese People's Liberation Armed Forces in various sectors, such as education, training programs and joint military exercises.

Three Indonesian Muslim intellectual figures, Din Syamsuddin, Nasaruddin Umar, and Ismail Fajrie Alatas visited Amman, Jordan  to attend the 18th Conference of the Royal Institute  Aal-Bayt for Islamic Thought under the leader of Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad. Aal al-Bayt is an international institution of Islamic studies under the auspices of the Kingdom of Jordan, which consists of 120 prominent Muslim intellectuals from 36 countries. The agency holds an international conference every three years to discuss various issues which are faced by Muslims and to find out  solutions through the perspectives of Islamic teachings. Based on the official statement of the Indonesian Embassy in Amman, last Wednesday (9/10), the conference was opened by Prince Ghazi as adviser to the King of Jordan for religious and cultural affairs.

Millennial generation is expected to strengthen relations between Indonesia and South Korea through the Indonesia-South Korea Young Leaders Dialogue, which was held in Jakarta, 10th and 11th October 2019. The activity is one of the results of the bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in  in September 2018. The dialogue between the Indonesia-South Korea Young Leaders is held annually.  South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom, after opening the dialogue at the Pancasila Building, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jakarta on Thursday (10/10) explained that it was the first time for Korea to obtain suggestions from leaders of next generation.

08
October

TODAY IN HISTORY

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October 8, 1912, the Balkan War I begins.

The First  Balkan War was a series of battles that took place from 8 October 1912 to 18 May 1913 between the Balkan League (Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria) against the Ottoman Empire of Turkey. It  was the first part of the War on the Balkan Peninsula and aimed at capturing Macedonia,  then controlled by Turkey. The war ended in victory on the Balkan League and the London Agreement was signed. After the end of the war, a dispute arose over the territorial borders between members of the league, which led to the outbreak of the Balkan War II.

 

October 8, 1929, Jakarta Kota Station was inaugurated.

Jakarta Kota Station, also known as Beos or Batavia Zuid, was originally built around 1887, then closed in 1926 to be renovated into a current building. Around 200 m from the closed station, the new  Jakarta Kota Station was built. Construction was completed on August 19, 1929 and officially operated on October 8, 1929. The inauguration ceremony was carried out on a large scale by planting buffalo heads by the Governor of the Netherlands East Indies from 1926 to 1931,  A.C.D. de Graeff.

 

October 8, 2009, a meteor crashed in Bone, South Sulawesi province.

Bone meteor explosion is a natural event that occurred on October 8, 2009 by 11:30 local time.  An asteroid fragment entered  into the Earth's atmosphere and exploded in space. This explosion caused anxiety to the surrounding residents. It killed one indirect victim due to shock and a  heart problem. On October 23, 2009 NASA issued a report stating that the explosion was detected by infrasound analysis from several illegal nuclear explosion monitoring agencies. The force of the explosion is estimated to be close to 50 kilotons of TNT, or about three times the strength of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

08
October

 

Leading companies from Florida, United States expressed wishes to focus more on cooperating with companies in Indonesia and further increase the value of trade and investment between the two countries. The wishes also received support from members of the United States Congress representing various districts in Florida and Florida high officials who attended the seminar at the JAX Chamber Jacksonville with the theme "The 70th Anniversary of Indonesia and US Relations: Ways to Move Forward" in Jacksonville, Florida, United States on Tuesday (1/10).


The seminar was aimed at enhancing trade cooperation between Indonesia and America, particularly Florida and Jacksonville City and was held in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Consulate General in Houston, and Representative Member of the District Three Congress in Florida, Ted Yoho. The seminar was also attended by Florida District Four Congress member -John Rutherford, officials in the Florida government offices and Jacksonville City and more than 70 businesspeople both from Indonesia and from various regions in Florida.


In his remarks, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, Mahendra Siregar invited all businesspeople to actively explore efforts to establish a sustainable business ecosystem between Indonesia and Jacksonville City. Ambassador Mahendra also said that Florida as chosen as the venue for the business forum, it was one of the five states in the United States, with the highest trade value with Indonesia.


Ambassador Mahendra also invited Florida businesspeople to attend the Trade Expo in Indonesia on October 16-20 2019. Congressman, Ted Yoho said that the business forum was aimed at promoting Indonesia to businesspeople from Florida. He also said that Indonesia and the United States have many principles in common that could be the basis for strengthening trade cooperation, security politics in the ASEAN region and educational cooperation.


Meanwhile, Florida District Four Congress member, John Rutherford said that Jacksonville City with a very complete logistics infrastructure is ready to collaborate in various fields with Indonesia. The business forum continued with a field visit so that Indonesian business people had the opportunity to obtain first-hand information about the operations of several leading companies in Florida: Jacksonville port operator -Jaxport, and LNG Management Company in Jacksonville -JAX LNG and the expedition company -TOTE Maritime.

07
October

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Indonesian embassy in Pretoria carried out Indonesian Tourism Promotion Mission in South Africa. The event was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 3, 2019, according to press release from the Indonesian embassy in Pretoria which was received in Jakarta on Sunday (6/10). In the event, the Indonesian embassy in Pretoria, Tourism Ministry and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Johannesburg cooperated with Singapore Airlines to invite 25 travel bureaus and business partners in South Africa in a bid to convey the update of Indonesian tourism.

Indonesian embassy in Beijing introduced ‘Pelangi Sepak’  sport which was competed on the commemoration of the 74th Indonesian Military Anniversary in Beijing, China on Saturday (5/10). The sport is like ‘Sepak Takraw’ or kick volleyball, but each group consists of two persons by using ball from multicolored goose feathers. So, it is called Pelangi Sepak or Sepak rainbow. Defense attaché of the Indonesian embassy in Beijing, Brigadier General Kuat Budiman said that the rainbow color on the ball reflects Indonesian students who competed in the sport in Beijing coming from various kinds of backgrounds such as tribes, races and religions in accordance with the motto of Unity in Diversity.

Chiefs of Agency of Drug and Food Control from two countries: National Agency of Drug and Food Control of Indonesia and Saudi Food and Drug Administration -SFDA of Saudi Arabia agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of  drug and food control. Based on the press release of Presidenri.go.id. on Saturday (5/10), the bilateral meeting was held in Riyadh recently. In the meeting, there are five strong reasons which become background of strategic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia in the field of drug and food regulation.  Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have majority of Islamic population  and they have strong relations. Both of them are member countries of G20. Drug and food Control in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia is conducted by one independent agency and the two agencies of drug and food control. Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) and National Agency of Drug and Food Control have their specific and excellent strengths in their field in each region.

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September

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Pencak Silat Festival was held at the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland in the United States of America on Saturday (28/9). The event recorded history as the first festival which was held in the USA. The festival was participated in by hundreds of participants who were majority in the United States of American citizens and one of Pencak Silat maestros, Cecep Rahman. Cecep directly comes from Indonesia as star guest of the festival and shared his skill through workshop. The festival was also enlivened by warriors of Pencak Silat who educate various Silat colleges in the United States of America. In showing the uniqueness of cultural art element in Pencak Silat as original martial arts of Indonesia,  there were two groups of Indonesian art culture from Washington DC and surrounding area,  Rumah Gadang USA led by Muhammad Afdal, an artist from West Sumatra and Javanese Gamelan group of Indonesian embassy led by maestro Gamelan from Yogyakarta, Muryanto.

Twenty-six elementary students in Beijing, China accompanied by some teachers visited Indonesian embassy in Beijing towards celebration the 70th anniversary of the establishment of People’s Republic of China. Wade Cheng as companion of elementary students in Beijing, on Saturday (28/9) said that Indonesian embassy in Beijing is one of the main objects which should be visited by students because Indonesia has very tightly relations with China. At the Indonesian embassy in Beijing, those elementary students were received by ‘attaché staffs of Education and Culture and Indonesian students who joined in the Indonesian Student Association in China.  They were taught to play Angklung, Sundanese traditional instruments from bamboo and traditional dances from some regions in Indonesia. On the sideline of the visit, those students enjoyed lunch with Indonesian cuisine. 

Indonesian products were sold out by visitors of not only Indonesian citizens but also Danish citizens. Indonesian embassy’s press release in Denmark reported that those products such as batik and woven clothes were in demand, especially by women. Packaging food products such as soy sauce, chili sauce, abon and tea were also sold out. Many kinds of Archipelagic culinary such as Rendang, chicken kalio, gulai, chicken satay, fried rice, chicken noodle, Pangsit meatball, egg martabak, and Pempek were also sold. The visitors also tasted Wedang Secang and Indonesian coffee. Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen participated in Gentofte Cultural Festival held by the government of Gentofte district annually. This was stated by Indonesian ambassador to Denmark, M. Ibnu Said in press release on Saturday (28/9). In the festival, the visitors were also presented Pencak Silat attraction. Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen cooperated with Indonesian people and diaspora in implementing the cultural festival.

26
September

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The Headlines Begin with Kompas titled, “Face It Professionally.”

Dialog needs to be held immediately to overcome disagreements on some law revision that triggered waves of protest in some regions. Professional moves and without violence are also needed to face the protesters that happened again around Parliament Complex, Jakarta on Wednesday (25/9). This was because victims were falling in the protest that ended with riot on last Tuesday. According to data of Jakarta Metro Police, 254 people were wounded and 11 were hospitalized due to the riot. Around 39 police officers were also wounded.

Meanwhile, Republika with, “Criminal Code Bill will be revised.”

Government and House of Representatives agreed to delegate the discussion of Criminal Code Draft Bill to the members of 2019-2024 periods. The delay was done to accommodate public’s aspiration towards controversial articles. Speaker of the House Bambang Soesatyo at Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta on Wednesday (25/9) said, the House will try to improve the articles disputed by the public. Even, they might drop some articles if necessary. Some articles in the Criminal Code draft were seen as threatening freedom of speech, criminalizing press, and too much intervening private realm.

We end the Headlines with Koran Sindo titled, “New Capital City Boosts Investments.”

Relocation of Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan is projected to boost investment growth for short, middle, and long term. This positive impact could also benefit other parts of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and most of eastern Indonesia. Even Java and Sumatera also will receive investment growth from the capital relocation. The projection was conveyed by National Development Planning Minister and National Development Planning Agency Head - Bappenas Bambang Brojonegoro during his explanation about capital city relocation, in a meeting with House of Representatives’ special committee for capital relocation, at Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta yesterday (25/9).

23
September

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Indonesian embassy in Algeria conducted Indonesian Cultural Festival and Pencak Silat Tournament, "Safira Cup" to introduce Indonesian cultural potential in the country. The event which was conducted in Notre Dame d’Afrique on September 20-21, 2019 was opened by Indonesian Ambassador to Algeria, Safira Machrusah. The ambassador said that cultural festival and Pencak Silat tournament was for the first time held in Algeria and the Indonesian embassy welcomes invitation of Pencak Silat Aljazair association to hold tournament which competed Indonesian ambassador Cup.  On the occasion, Indonesian delegation showed Gamelan performance of Ki Ageng Ganjur and Pencak Silat attraction which was represented by Pencak Silat organization of Nahdlatul Ulama Pagar Nusa with  fighters from Algeria.

Indonesian tourism is promoted in World Flight Industry Forum namely World Routes 2019 in Adelaide Showground, Australia on September 21-24, 2019. Deputy of Development Marketing I Field of Tourism Ministry, Rizki Handayani said in Jakarta, on Saturday (21/9) that the participation of Tourism Ministry in World Routes 2019 is to promote Indonesian tourism and also to introduce potential of cooperation with more than 2,000 representatives of industry and aviation authority of the world. The ministry in the forum opens stand and Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II also hold meeting with industrial representative countries and world aviation authorities. 

Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry signed agreement of cooperation with Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) as early initiative to increase trade and investment relations between Indonesia and Serbia. The signature was conducted on Indonesia–Serbia Business Forum which was conducted at SCCI office in Beograd on September 19, 2019. In a press release on Friday (20/9), it was said that Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry was represented by Head of Bilateral Committee to Bulgaria, Albania, and Georgia, Alexander Yahya Datuk and SCCI was represented by Director of SCCI Sector, Mihailo Vesovic. Alexander Yahya Datuk hopes that the cooperation can become an initial step to increase trade and investment relations between  Indonesia and Serbia.  

16
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.

13
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.

11
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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