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23
August

DAN HUJAN PUN BERHENTI

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Welcome back to Book & Film Review where we will review Indonesian books and films. In today's edition, we will review a novel entitled "Dan Hujan Pun Berhenti" or "And the Rain Stops" by Farida Susanty. This novel was the first work of Farida Susanty, a woman who was born in Bandung, June 18 1990. Dan Hujan Pun Berhenti was written when she was in high school and was published in 2007. Until now, that title kept being reprinted. This novel made Farida won the Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Talented Young Writer category in 2007. This novel is about Leostrada Andhika Servorova Ekihara Miyazao or Eko, an Indo-Japan descent, naughty student of 103 or Wahutri High School, who was often summoned by counselor. With four of his friends: Luthfi, Adi, Kevin, and David, they call themselves Bunch of Bastards and often make troubles. However, behind it all, Leo is just a fragile young man. Leo leaves his home, since he cannot bear his family's condition. He feels empty, lonely, traumatic, and distrusts. His life is pitch black. And Leo hates rain, since under it, the world took Iris forever - the only friend Leo had, to whom he trusted all his feelings.Amidst his sorrow, he met Spiza - Spizaeuts Caerina. Both met in an "unusual" way. As if bewitched, Leo finds his Iris in Spiza. Thoughts about Iris guides Leo to keep getting closer to Spiza. Until the two feel comfortable, a bitter reality hits Leo. He must choose: grows up and makes peace with his past, or keeps being haunted by trauma which keeps killing him. Farida created the characters in her novel carefully. Quirky names and strong characterization are presented through every narration and dialogs. They incluude the depressed, deeply wounded Leo who longs for attention and affection; then, Spiza who is innocent, guilt-driven, and fearing betrayal; both selfish parents of Leo; as well as the funny and loyal friends of Leo. With setting in Bandung city, all teenagers' life are well-depicted by Farida. However, long dialogs and many footnones in the middle of the story makes the 322-page novel a little bit uncomfortable to read. Long dialogs in every chapter may exhaust the reader. Very unfortunate if this affects readers' opinion about the book, more overly if they do not finish it. Some conflicts in the novel are also too much for highschoolers, but isn't everything possible in fiction?. The diction used in the novel is still very typical of teenagers, easily understood, and not using too many foreign terms. Up and own plot as well as surprises keep the reades curious. Many messages on family, friendship, and love, and all are well-packaged by Farida.The theme is also very fresh and different from many other teenage novels. Therefore, the original and fresh idea is able to make Farida worthy for Khatulistiwa Literary Award.

 

"Hey! Why do you hang that?"

 

Hei! Kenapa menggantungkan itu?"

 

"So that the rain won't fall."

 

"Biar hujan nggak turun."

 

"So what if it falls?"

 

"Memangnya kenapa kalau turun?"

 

"I'll die before I suicide."

 

"Aku akan keburu mati sebelum aku bunuh diri."

 

"You want to commit suicide?"

 

"Kamu mau bunuh diri?"

 

"Yes, only when it's not raining."

 

"Ya, asal nggak hujan."

 

That was a dialog between Leo and Spiza in their first meeting.Suicide and depression tie the two characters. Some characters of this novel are depicted as easily play with death. What intertesting is, such issues are quite common among teenagers yet often ignored. By bringing out suicide and depression in the novel, this hopefully can make people more aware about teenagers' mental health. The novel which have three different covers contains deep moral values. Besides reminding us to care with depression and suicide among teenagers, this book is full of messages. One of them is to make peace with the past; however dark it was, if we want to forgive and let it go, our life will be peaceful. Also, we should always accept God's fate, because everything destined by the God have some values in it. that was our brief review of Dan Hujan Pun Berhenti or And the Rain Stops by Farida Susanty. 

 

23
August

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on August 23, 1939, when Germany and Soviet Union signed agreement not to attack each other.

On August 23, 1939, Germany and Soviet Union agreed to make Non-Aggression Treaty not to attack each other. The treaty was signed by foreign affairs minister of the two countries. This shocked the world because powerfully, the two countries competed. After Nazi invaded Czechoslovakia, England affirmed its position to face invasion of Nazi. Prime minister of Neville Chamberlain at that time also declared its concern that Poland was being threatened by Invasion of Nazi. England felt obliged to assist Poland to avoid from Nazi. Thus, the only power, which was considered to be able to counterbalance Germany, was Soviet Union. Unfortunately, Hitler read this purpose and rushed to close Stalin until the Non-Aggression Treaty between the two countries was formed. But Germany violated the treaty by launching Barbarosa Operation on June 21st, 1941 to invade Russia.

The next event was in 1945, when the establishment of People’s Security Agency became the forerunner of the Indonesian Military.

President Soekarno officially announced the establishment of People’s Security Agency on August 23rd, 1945. The establishment of People’s Security Agency was alteration of the result of the session of the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence on August 19, 1945 which before planning to establish National Army. The alteration was finally decided on August 22nd, 1945 not to establish national army. The leaders at that time chose to take diplomatic approach in a bid to get recognition on the independence which was just proclaimed. Through the government’s declaration on October 5th, 1945, People’s Security Agency was changed to be People’s Security Army and after experiencing several times alteration of name, finally it became Indonesian Military.

And the last event is that in 1949, Round Table Conference began to take place in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Round Table Conference was a meeting which was held in The Hague, the Netherlands from August 23rd until November 2nd, 1949 between representatives of Republic of Indonesia, the Netherlands and Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg to represent some countries which were created by the Netherlands on Indonesia islands. The conference was a bright moment for Indonesian people to gain recognition of dignity from the Netherlands in a bid to solve conflict between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Indonesia tries to become an independent country from the invaders. The outcome of the conference was that the dignity from the Dutch colonial government had to be handed over to Republic of Indonesia, except Western Papua. Indonesia wanted all ex-regions of the East Indies to become Indonesian regions, while the Dutch wanted to make the Western Papua separated because of different ethnic. The conference was closed without concrete decision on it. Therefore, paragraph 2 mentioned that the Western Papua was not part of the handing over and the problem would be solved within one year.

21
August

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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This is RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Mosaic of Archipelago. Today, we are presenting information about thousands of residents of  Banda Aceh city join healthy walking – traditional party. Next information is that avocado from West Pasaman becomes menu for athletes  of Asian Games.  The last information is that humanitarian ship anchors i Lombok.

 

More than 3 thousands of Aceh residents and their neighboring areas enthusiastically joined health walking and traditional party for tribute of state-owned enterprises -BUMN being present for Indonesia. The activity was to enliven the commemoration of the 73rd independence  day of Indonesia in Banda Aceh. In 2018, Ministry of State-owned enterprises appointed Indonesia Bank Negara Indonesia -BNI as major coordinator supported by PT Surveyor Indonesia to hold the 2018 program of the state-owned enterprises in Aceh province. One of  the activities is healthy walking. It was centralized in  Blang Padang, Banda Aceh on Sunday (19/8) and was attended by Mayor of Banda Aceh, Aminullah Usman, Vice President Director of BNI, Herry Sidharta and Director for Indonesia Surveyor Finance, Rosmanidar Zulkifli. Vice President Director of   BNI, Herry Sidharta on his press release on Sunday  (19/8) said that the healthy walking is one of participations of BNI and  Surveyor Indonesia in a series of activities of  ”BUMN being present for  Indonesia initiated by Ministry of BUMN to enliven the commemoration of the 73rd independence day of Indonesia. Moreover, BUMN all provinces in Indonesia are expected to trigger economic development in the regions particularly in outermost, and remote regions.

 

Next information is that avocado from West Pasaman  becomes  menu for athletes  of Asian Games.

Avocado from West Pasaman, West Sumatera becomes menu for athletes of Asian Games 2018 at exhibition and conference of Asian Games 2018 at the office of the Ministry of Youth and Sports  in Jakarta.  General Director of Remote Development, Ministry of Villages, Remote Development and Transmigration, Samsul Widodo on Press Release on Sunday said that West Pesaman is categorized as remote district. But in fact, it has extraordinary potential. The Ministry wants to introduce fruits, especially tropical fruit to athletes and guests of  Asian Games. Avocado type of cape is the original product of Girimaju village, Nagari Kotobaru, West  Pasaman regency. He said that to keep increasing productivity and efficiency of product in the remote area, he will apply concept of "smart farming". Meanwhile, Head of Farmers Group Association “Karya Bersama” in  Nagari Kotobaru,  Usnil Amri explained that his side becomes proud for his district to promote avocado type of cape to athletes of Asian Games 2018 and embassy.  Amri said that athletes of Asian Games 2018 will be invited to visit  Expo and Conference Asian Games 2018. They will be accompanied by representatives from their  embassy.

 

Last information of  Mosaic of Archipelago is that humanitarian ship anchors in Lombok.

Lombok Humanitarian Ship which transported thousand tons of relief assistance arrived in Carik port, North Lombok regency on Monday morning (20/8). The assistance was transported by Banjarmasin Indonesian Warship after sailing for 3 days. The presence of Lombok Humanitarian Ship was welcomed directly by Quick Response Action  and the Indonesian Navy. The process of loading and unloading logistic was also witnessed by Senior Vice President of ACT, Syuhelmaidi Syukur and some representatives of the Indonesian Military officers. He further said that the assistance which had arrived consists of staple needs, blankets, ready clothing, medicines, field tents and many others. Syuhelmaidi said at Carik port ,North  Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Monday (20/8) that the logistics given by Indonesian people arrived in Lombok after sailing from Jakarta on 17 August. He also stated that the logistic is expected to alleviate the burden of evacuees during emergency response phase and recovery. By tagline “Bersatu Bantu Lombok” (Together Helping Lombok), it is hoped that support and participation of all Indonesian people are getting stronger.

 

21
August

HEADLINES

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, August 21, 2018.

We begin with Kompas on "Inspiration from Medals."

Indonesia isreally happy in the two days since the opening of the Asian Games 2018. Until Monday (20/8/2018), Indonesian contingents have collected 4 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals. The sports which could grab the gold medals are those that have been predicted before exceptfor women's 48 kg weightlifting which only got silver. Besides that, cycling which was not targeted to grab gold by the government has succefully got2 gold medal. On Sunday, Indonesia obtained one gold in women's individual poomsae Taekwondo, by Defia Rosmaniar.

On Monday, Indonesia collected three gold medals from wushu by Lindswell Kwok and cycle downhill by Khoiful Mukhib and Tiara Andini Prastika. Silvers were submitted by Sri Wahyuni Agustiani from women's 48kg weightlifting. Meanwhile, two bronzes were given by Surahmat in men's 56kg weighlifting and Nining Porwaningsih in downhill. The efforts of those athletes in seizing the medals were not only about defeating the opponents, but also defeating their own selves. They had postponed their interests and even bore pain, for the sake of achievement.

Meanwhile, Republika wrote "Indonesia Plays Better."

Some Indonesian athletes made achievements in the Asian Games 2018. Indonesia added three medals from wushu and downhill on Monday. Gold in wushu was obtained by Indonesian main athlete, Lindswell Kwok who played in taijiquan and taijijian. She gained 9.75 points in taijiquan on Sunday morning, and another 9.75 in taijijian yesterday.

We end the Headlines with Tempo on "Aftershock Predicted Goes to Northeast of Lombok."

Aftershocks are predicted to keep happening in West Nusa Tenggara in the next two days. People in Lombok Island and Sumbawa Island were asked to anticipate further disaster in the form of landslide and collapsing building. Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency Head Dwikorita Karnawati said, earthquake may continue due to the previous fault is trying to stabilize. Dwikorita Karnawati yesterday said, aftershocks will head to northeast, since it is in different cluster.

22
August

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Religious tourism attraction in Semarang is able to attract other countries. As we know, many houses of worship in the capital city of Central Java, have their uniqueness and characteristic. There are 6 religions which are recognized in Indonesia, and their houses of worship can be found in Semarang and become religious tourism objects. The oldestone is Taqwa Sekayu mosque which was built in 1413, and the second oldest mosque in Indonesia. Semarang Mayor, Hendrar Prihadi explored a number of cooperations with other countries which has historical relations with Semarang. After exploring cooperationwith Chinato develop tourism object, Sam Poo Kong. Last Sunday (19/8/2018) Hendrar Prihadi explored cooperation with Malaysia to develop historical tourism object, Wali Songo in Semarang. Mayor Hendrar Prihadi received the management of Raja Sakti At Thomim Sunan Kalijaga Malaysia foundation in Semarang. The representative of the delegation Mohamad Sahrulnizam MR expressed that his visit to Semarang was encouraged by sense of brotherhood of big family to support each other in various sectors. Mohamad Sahrulnizam also believed that the meeting is also able to become the adhesive of relations between Indonesia and Malaysia.

People and foreign tourist as well as domestic tourist will be presented again various events in Boost-Sanur Village Festival 2018. The event which is one the top 10 agendas of Tourism Ministry in 2018, will be held in Sanur.  Chairman of Sanur Development Foundation who is also chairman of Boost Sanur Village Festival, Ida Bagus Gede Sidartha Putra told the journalists on Monday (20/8/2018) that the event will be held for 5 days from August 22-26. The theme of this year is Mandala Giri. Ida Bagus Gede Sidartha said that Mandala Giri as a spirit of thinking to focus attention again on Mt. Agung. His party targeted Boost Sanur Village Festival 2018 can book positive result comparing 2017.

“Meugang” tradition has been practiced by Acehnese people from generation to generation. The tradition is celebrated by Acehnese people to welcome religious holidays, such as month of Ramadhan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. In one year, the tradition is celebrated three times. To celebrate Meugang, Acehnese people buy meat at traditional market. Usually, people have bought meat two days before lebaran and fasting festivities. Even though the price of the meat during this time is expensive, buying meat and eat it with their family, is a must for Acehnese. Banda Aceh Mayor, Aminullah Usman told the journalists on Tuesday (21/8/2018) that Meugang tradition only exists in Aceh. The mayor said that the tradition is celebrated as gratitude to the God on good fortune. Meanwhile, Head of the Center for Cultural Value Conservationof Aceh, Irini Dewi Wanti mentioned that Meugang tradition in Aceh has been determined as intangible cultural heritage since 2016.

22
August

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesia and the Philippines are ready to welcome their 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2019 by strengthening bilateral cooperation especially in economy. This was stated by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi and Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Alan Peter Cayetano, in their meeting in Jakarta on Monday (20/8). In the meeting, the two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation especially in economic sector to translate close relations that are almost three-fourth of a century for the welfare of the people. One of issues which becomes their concern, is the intensification of connectivity especially Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) route between Davao City and Bitung to encourage bilateral economy which was agreed by the two presidents last year. According to minister Retno, the increasing of the connectivity will further open the door to trade and encourage business activities of the two countries, especially local communities. Indonesia also welcomes the invitation of the government of the Philippines to strengthen economic cooperation especially in investment for the development of South Philippines which becomes autonomic region. The situation in the South of the Philippines is hoped better by legalization of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by the Philippines’ parliamentary in July 2018.

The commemoration of the 73rd Independence of Indonesia which was held by Ho Chi Minh City Union Friendship Organizations (HUFO), was made used by the Indonesian consulate general to conduct integrated promotion of economy, social and culture by introducing Indonesian art culture and product especially aircraft and train product. During the event, the Indonesian Consulate General expressed the close relations between Indonesian and Vietnam leaders since the beginning of the independence. The high-level visits are still going on until now. The consul also informed that flight route of HCMC – Bali is being tried by low budget airlines. In addition, the consul also conveyed Indonesian supports to the government of Vietnam by offering Indonesian products such as aircraft and train. Based on tradition, the Indonesian anniversary is followed by the cutting of tumpeng (mount-shaped yellow rice) by the consul which was given to leader of HUFO and Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association (VIFA). The event was enlivened by dance performance which was performed by Indonesian students who study at University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH).

The increase of economic cooperation between Indonesia – Iran supports the state growth rate in each country, among others through the increase in trade cooperation, tariffs, medicines industry and many others by eliminating obstacles and changing them to be challenge. This was stated by Indonesian Ambassador to Iran, Octavino Alimudin, on the diplomatic reception to commemorate the independence of Indonesia, in Tehran, on Sunday (19/8). The ambassador said that the two countires exchanged export’s commodity in oil and gas, mining, agricultural and industrial products such as foods and beverages. Various obstacles in economic and trade turn to be challenges especially for capability of the two countries. Therefore, both countries must work together to support each other through strengthening capacity building including technology transfer.

20
August

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The Film “November the 10th” or “Battle of Surabaya” by Mohammad Suyanto, Hery Soelistio, and Adi Djayusman won the category of “Best Animation or Animated Sequence” at the Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival. The film produced in 2015 was nominated for three categories, namely best sound, best film, and best animation. The trophy for the winner of best animation category was received by Deputy  Ambassador of Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands in The Hague, Mr. Fikry Cassidy, representing the MSV Pictures Production House which could not attend the festival. The achievement of ‘Battle of Surabaya’ the movie at the 2018 Amsterdam International Film Festival marks the success of the film of having successfully received 24 international awards.

The embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok introduced a new platform called “The E-library of the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok” or “KBRI Bangkok E-library”. The application is presented by the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok in a bid to support the government’s program in developing the quality of education, dissemination of information, and promotion of Indonesian culture. The E-library of the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok is a digital library application that can be used on the iOS and Android platform. Within this application, there are 2.500 books, magazines, and newspapers provided by the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok in collaboration with 700 publishers both domestic and overseas. Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Ahmad Rusdi after the launching of the digital library at the Indonesian Embassy Building in Bangkok, Saturday (18th of August 2018), said that this E-library is the first digital library of the Indonesian Embassy in the world. The launching of the application was carried out in line with the commemoration of the 73rd Independence Day of Indonesia held by the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok.

Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, received the new Vice Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Sun Chunland on Sunday (19th of August 2018). Both of them discussed the preparation of the 4th High Level Meeting People to People Exchange Mechanism (HLM-PEM) to be held in China. During his visit, Vice Prime Minister, Sun Chunlan also attended the Opening Ceremony of the 18th Asian Games, and it was her first time visiting Indonesia after she was inaugurated as the new Vice Prime Minister replacing Liu Yandong in March 2018. Through the 4th High Level Meeting People to People Exchange Mechanism (HLM-PEM), Indonesia and China have boosted their intensity in education partnership. It is recorded that there were about 14,000 Indonesian students in China in 2017 on which the trend increases every year. The another cooperation to be conducted between China and Indonesia is the cooperation of research and technology in which both of the governments support the implementation of cooperation stated in the 2018-2020 Plan of Action on Science, Technology, and Innovation Cooperation. The plan includes the implementation of Young Scientist Program facilitating Indonesian young researchers to obtain working opportunity and conducting research with Chinese researchers. 

19
August

President Joko Widodo said that the Scout Movement must revitalize itself so that it can continue to form strong, resilient, noble, and innovative based on Pancasila philosophy humans. Revitalization of the Scout Movement is needed because the challenges faced by the young generation are now very different from what was faced in the past. The President was speaking at the 57th Scout Day Commemoration Ceremony at Gajahmada Field, Wiladatika Recreational Park, Cibubur, Jakarta, Tuesday (8/14) afternoon. The Scouts , said the President, must be taught not only the Morse language, but also digital language and knowledge, coding, and artificial intelligence, including knowledge about Advance robotic, and the internet. He said, the language and knowledge of the industrial revolution 4.0 which had begun to change the face of human civilization in the world, must be known. The head of state reminded that now the economy is changing, politics is changing, socio-culture is changing, everything is changing. Therefore, he asked members of the Scout Movement to emphasize that behind line-up exercises, building tents, training to make knots there are superior values ​​of discipline, superior values ​​of perseverance and noble character. These superior values ​​are needed by Indonesia's young generation to win global competition now and in the future. These are​​needed to bring Indonesia into a winning nation, become a victorious nation. All of that, must be instilled by the Scout Movement in creative ways, current ways, ways that are favored and captivate the attention of generation Y and Generation Z, who are critical,want to work hard, whose behavior is already increasingly digital. That, the president emphasized, must be considered by the Scout Movement to remain relevant to the lives of Indonesia's young generation today. Ending his speech, President Jokowi left a message to all members of the Scout Movement throughout the archipelago. First, to remember and maintain always Pancasila and Unity in Diversity. Secondly, to continue being a generation that is in thirst for achievement, for work hard in any field that the scout members live, because the achievements are the pride of the nation. And thirdly, if the time comes for a generation of Scout Movement members to lead this nation, the President entrusts them with the Indonesia's future. Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Scout Movement Adhyaksa Dault in a live broadcast at Pro 3 RRI, explained this year theme “ Scouts as Adhesive of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia-NKRI was to strengthen the cadre's determination to become a Glue of Unity between the nations. He explained, Scouts maintain the continuity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia by becoming a glue of the nation regardless of the Religion of Race and Groups - SARA. With formal education the challenges are increasingly evident with the existence of drug problems and inter-student brawls. Creative breakthroughs continue to take place in Scout cadres with character education.

19
August

Robotics Team of the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, East Java once again made achievements. This time the robotics team won an award in the RoboWorld Cup 2018 FIRA event in Taiwan. Previously the team also won the RoboCup 2018 event in Canada and bagged the overall champion of the 2018 Indonesian Robot Contest (KRI). In a competition that took place from August 6 to 12 at the Feng Chia University Campus in Taichung City, Taiwan, the ITS robotics team managed to bring a total of 19 award goes home.The instructor of the ITS Robotics Team, Muhtadin said that specifically for the RoboWorld Cup 2018 FIRA, the full preparations only lasted for three weeks. After the completion of the Indonesian Robot Contest in mid-July, the team immediately prepared themselves for this FIRA RoboWorld Cup contest. Three teams of robots competed in Taiwan namely the Ichiro team (legged robot) competing in the FIRA Humanoid Robot Cup (HuroCup) category, the Iris team (wheeled robot) competing in the FIRA Roboshot category, and the Bayu Caraka Team (flying robot) competing in the FIRA Air category. Muhtadin in a press statement received by Antara Surabaya thanked the Ministry of Reseach and High Learning for all the opportunities and support provided until the ITS team won the championship. In addition to getting 19 awards, Robot Ichiro Adultsize which won 2 weightlifting Champion also managed to get a world record. Until the 23rd FIRA RoboWorld Cup, the weightlifting record for Adultsize class robots is 100 CDs. According to Muhtadin, during the preparation of the race, they tried to always practice with 100 CDs and it turned out that the robot was able to work well. Therefore, Ichiro's team tried to increase the number of CDs lifted to 130 CDs, thus breaking the world record. He added that this record could be achieved because the robots used in the Adultsize match were large. So it has good stability and has been developed for two years.Despite bringing 19 awards, the ITS Robotic Team also encountered difficulties. Muhtadin said, this year there were several changes in the rules of the match. The rules were made more difficult than last year to give challenges to each participant. Changes to the rules of this match caused participants to face a little difficulty due to time constraints. Even though the mistakes that occur always become a lesson for the team for future success. According to Muhtadin, the ITS Robotics team still has other targets to be achieved. For Ichiro's team, it is targeted to become a Robocup champion in the Kidsize class, as well as to defend the champion in the Teensize class that has been achieved previously in Canada.

15
August

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Fried noodle and various cultural similarities of Indonesia, for example dangdut music and traditional games such as spinning top, sack race, and kite were introduced in Colombia through the Indonesian Festival. This was stated by Ambassador of Indonesia to Colombia, Priyo Iswanto at the opening of the Indonesian Festival in commemoration of the 73rd Independence Day of Indonesia at Wisma Indonesia  House yard, Bogota, on Saturday (10th of August 2018). Instant noodle products were promoted through cooking demonstration and spicy fried noodle eating competition. Sate, typical Indonesian was served as lunch to the guests. Ambassador Priyo said besides exhibition booths displaying Indonesian excellent products, there were also other exhibition booths showcasing the arts and cultural richness of Indonesia such as the gamelan musical instrument, puppets or wayangpuppet, batik, weavings, carvings, wooden sculptures, and the angklung bamboo music. The festival attended by more than 500 guests was officially opened by Indonesian Ambassador to Colombia, Priyo Iswanto; Director General of Asia, Africa, and Oceania of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, Alfredo Ramos; and Miss Grand Colombia 2018, Genesis Quintero as the Colombian Cultural Ambassador.

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek again successfully conducted the Indonesian Film Week from 6th to 10th of August 2018. The Tabula Rasa Movie successfully opened the Indonesian Film Festival held by the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC) of Windhoek. Spectators packed the cinema hall to watch the Tabula Rasa movie highlighting the Indonesian culinary from Minang Region from West Sumatra. After watching the movie, a lot of spectators expressed their fascination towards the culinary richness of Indonesia. Besides Tabula Rasa, the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek also presented 4 other movies namely ‘Cinta Dari Wamena’or Love from Wamena, ‘Ada Apa dengan Cinta?  part 2’ or What ahppens with Love, ‘The Raid’, and ‘Sokola Rimba’or Forest School. Paula Gupta Wijaya as Acting of Economy, Information, Social, and Cultural Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek explained that the organizing of the Indonesian Film Week in Windhoek marked the accomplishment of the similar event in 2013 and 2014. Paulina also told that in commemoration of the 73rd Independence Day of Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek established collaboration with the Government of Windhoek by holding the 2018 Namibia- Indonesia Festival (NAMINDO FEST) on August the 3rd 2018 aimed at promoting tourism, culinary, handicrafts, and business opportunity of both countries. The 2018 NAMINDO FEST was also a platform to promote the 2018 Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang.

 

Indonesian citizens in Rome, Italy and its surroundings enthusiastically participated in ranges of activities and competitions at an event called “ Hari Ceria Merdeka 2018” or the 2018 Cheerful Independence Day. On Sunday, August the 12th 2018, various individual and group competitions were carried out in happiness and the spirit of togetherness. The event held at the Indonesian Embassy in Rome in commemoration of the 73rd Independence Day of Indonesia was commenced by a walking march agenda. At 7.30 a.m. local time, citizens who attended the competition were divided into several groups to join the morning walk at the pride park of Rome, namely Villa Borghese. Not only joining the morning walk, as the signature of preserving the surrounding environment, citizens and diasporas of Indonesia also actively picked up trashes along the walking march route they passed.  Through the press release of the Indonesian Embassy in Rome, on Tuesday (14th of August 2018), Indonesian Ambassador to Italy in Rome, Esti Andayani told that the activities were the symbol of Indonesian society’s care towards the cleanness of their residence and the brotherhood with the society of Rome. Ambassador Esti Andayani on her remark called for Indonesian Citizens under the accreditation area of the Indonesian Embassy in Rome to express their enthusiasm of commemorating the 73rd Independence Day of Indonesia by showing their solidarity for citizens in Lombok who recently have been struck by the earthquake disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Industry and Trade of Belu, East Nusa Tenggara Province, held Indonesian Archipelago Cultural Carnival and development parade. The carnival in Atambua city, on Tuesday (14/8) afternoon was held to commemorate Indonesian 73rd Birthday. Children from kindergarten, Elementary School, until Senior High School, also youth group took parts in wearing clothes from various ethnics, clothes for nurses, police and Indonesian Military (TNI), and young teachers. It certainly enlivened atmosphere that was so lively during the carnival parade around Atambua. It was also taken part in by ornamental vehicles from all the agencies of Regional Government of Belu. The head of the organizing committee, Florianus Nahak, said that the activities is a concept to embody a sense of nationalism for the border community, by prioritizing cross-culture by involving all ethnicities in Belu. Cross-cultural context was Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, nationalism, and Love of the Motherland, those were the priority. In addition, the development of the regions were highlighted through the parade.

 

 

Friendship and Unity of Bogor people might be kept despite having different political views. It was the main value in cultural show welcoming Indonesian 73rd Birthday and Bogor 536th Birthday along Jenderal Sudirman road on Sunday (12/8). About 1.000 people participated on the event which presented various Indonesia arts and cultures, such as Sisingaan, Jaipong, and Pencak Silat. In addition, there were also ornamental cars attractions from supporters elements of the Central and Regional Governments and Community Groups and Private Companies. The Mayor of Bogor, Bima Arya, in Bogor, West Java, Sunday (12/8) revealed that this event was the pride of Bogor City residents . He believed that if all parties had mutual love, coaching, and care, Bogor City would be peaceful approaching the Presidential election 2019. According to Bima Arya, the society had to share positive activities to all people to strengthen the sense of brotherhood among the citizens, so that unity can be realized.

 

Various activities were held in  Bali 60th anniversary, Tuesday, August the 14th 2018. One of them was fragment dance performance involving dozens of young artists from Dewata Island. Samuan Tiga dance fragments shown in Niti Mandala field in Denpasar got positive response from the society. The Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, to reporters in Denpasar on Tuesday (8/14) explained that the dance fragment contained an important history about the life journey of the people on Seribu Pura Island. One of the crucial factors was the milestone in the formation of the Pakraman Village Main Assembly on March the 17th 2004. Made Mangku Pastika said that samuan tiga dance fragments implied concrete efforts to prevent society from being divided. In the present era, the task was carried out by the Pakraman Village Main Assembly of Bali. The Governor of Bali said that samuan tiga dance fragments reflected the government's efforts assisted by all components to succeed it. The society, acknowledged by Made Mangku Pastika, has contributed greatly to the succession of the Bali Mandara program that was implemented in the last 10 years.

 

 

 

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