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September

Mosaic of Archipelago

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Today's Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, Melaspas ritual of Simpang Ngurah Rai Underpass. The second information is that Satu Suro carnival of Surakarta palace is participated in by 7 albino buffalos. We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the information on Chief of National Police enlivens Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade in Makassar. 

National Road Implementation Center 8 held Melaspas or Macaru ritual or sanctification of Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai Underpass on Wednesday (12/9), before it is planned to officiated in mid- September.

 

Head of Preservation Sector of the Center, Nusakti Weda said that Melaspas ritual was gratitude to have completing underpass project development. Underpass project development can be completed faster from the previous target on October 20, 2018, completing on July 31, 2018. The Underpass will be operated to support the implementation of IMF and World meeting in October.

 

Director of traffic of regional police of Bali, Commissioner Pol AA Made Sudana said at the location that with the existence of the underpass, traffic jam in Denpasar can be easily overcome, especially when Bali faces international events such as IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings 2018 in October.

 

Made Sudana also said that his side does not want to take a risk if later the state’s delegations and guests are stuck in a traffic jam in Bali. With the existence of the underpass, the police set travel time from  I Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport to the location of the event around 30 minutes. To welcome Javanese New Year, Surakarta Hadiningrat sultanate on Tuesday (11/9) conducted heirloom carnival of Malam Satu Suro, night of change of New Year in Javanese community. The ceremony was participated in by hundreds of relatives and servants of the sultanate. The welcoming event of Javanese New Year was witnessed by thousands of the community along the route which was passed.  Based on RRI’s observation, 7 albino buffalos, descent of Kyai Slamet Kagungan Dalem Sinuhun of the 13th Paku Buwono became ‘Cucuk Lampah’ or road guide. In addition, dozens of the core heirlooms of Islamic Mataram kingdom’s heritage were paraded around the sultanate. Hundreds of the participants of the parade were jointly walking and conducting so-called ‘Topo Bisu’ ritual  or walking without saying any word. Hundreds of tings, small lanterns and bamboo torches became light during the parade. The aroma of incense was smelled along the trip. Relative of Surakarta sultanate, Dipokusumo explained that Malam Satu Suro parade has begun since Paku Buwono X leadership as form of commemoration and welcoming change of Javanese New Year of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo. The calculation combines the date of Hijriyah Islamic calendar and Hindu Saka. Thus, the event is conducted routinely every year as ritual and preservation of the culture. 

Chief of National Police, General Tito Karnavian enlivened Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Wednesday (12/9). He participated in the torch parade from Resort Police of Big City of Makassar to Karebosi field. Asian Para Games torch was directly brought by javelin throw’s athlete, the gold medalist of Vietnam Asian Para Games 2005, Bahar Rahman and he handed over to the Chief of National Police. General Tito was accompanied by Governor of South Sulawesi, Nurdin Abdullah and Mayor of Makassar, Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto. Thus, the torch was handed over to disabled badminton player, Zaldi who was the winner of silver medal in badminton in 2012. Asian Para Games torch was stored at Karebosi Makassar field as part of Asian Para Games 2018 series. Asian Para Games 2018 will start being held on October 6 - 13, 2018.

 

That was Mosaic of the Archipelago.

 

 

13
September

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on September 13, 1993 about Oslo Peace Agreement.

Peace Agreement or officially called "Temporary Declaration of Principles for Facilitating Self-Government" was agreed in Oslo, Norway on August 20, 1993 and officially signed in Washington D.C. on September 13, 1993 by Mahmud Abbas who represented PLO and Shimon Peres represented Israel. This was witnessed by Warren Christopher from the United States of America and Andrei Kozyrev from Russia before US President, Bill Clinton and Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin with Head of PLO, Yasser Arafat. Under the agreement, Palestine began to get authority to reign at West Bank and Gaza Strip. Even, Palestine could form devices of government, police, parliamentary and another governmental institution. For the reply, Palestinian authority had to promote tolerance against Israel and recognized the right of Israel to exist. On September 28, 1995, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed Israel-Palestine Interim agreement. 

The next event is that in 2000, a bomb exploded at parking lot of Jakarta stock Exchange.

 

Jakarta Stock Exchange Building on September 13, 2000 was shocked by explosion of powerful bomb. Because of the explosion, the main lobby was destroyed severely enough and made workers panic to run out of the building. 15 people were killed and 90 injured. The explosion made the trade at the Jakarta Stock Exchange directly stopped. Only in 12 days, the perpetrator of the explosion could be known. 

And the last event is that in 2007, it was about declaration of the United Nations on the Rights of traditional people.

Declaration of the United Nations on the Rights of Original population is a declaration which was legalized by General Assembly of the United Nations in the 61st session in New York, on September 13, 2007. The declaration underlined the rights of individual and collective of natives and their rights on culture, identity, language, job, health, education and other issues. The declaration also emphasized their rights to maintain and strengthen institution, culture and tradition and their rights on development to fulfill their need and aspiration. The declaration also prohibited discrimination on natives and improved their participation fully and effectively in all things which involved their problems, and their rights to be still different and to seek vision of their own economic and social development. Although the declaration is not legally binding, as other declarations of General Assembly, the declaration describes dynamic development of norm of international law and reflects commitment of member countries of the United Nations to move to certain direction; the United Nations describes it as important standard for treatment against natives around the world, which certainly will become important tools in eradicating violation of the Human Rights  against 370 million natives in the world, and help them to fight against discrimination and marginalization.

That was Today in History.

 

17
September

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Mayor of Banda Aceh, H Aminullah Usman said,the most effective way to rouse the creative economy by making Banda Aceh a world tourism destination.This was revealed by Mayor Aminullah Usman when he opened the Indonesian Youth National Committee - KNPI Banda Aceh Week at a cafe in the Lampineung area on Saturday (15/9). According to him, the creative economy sector will absorb a lot of employees. He also said that if more and more tourists come, they will hunt for souvenirs which are one type of creative economy products.In addition to promotion, supporting infrastructure also continues to be built such as the arts and cultural stage at Taman Sari as well as heritage Riverwalk and culinary centers on the banks of Krueng Aceh and Krueng Daroy. He also expressed his appreciation to KNPI for opening up a forum for creativity for youth through activities attended by dozens of participants.

The Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises –UKM, Puspayoga appreciated the participation of cooperatives in collaboration with State-Owned Enterprises -BUMN and the private sector. The government accelerates the availability of electricity in all villages in Indonesia. Minister Puspayoga stated this after launching the Desa Terang 2018 or Bright Village 2018 in Krawang Sari Village, Natar District, Lampung Province on last Saturday (15/9). The Indonesian Farmers Fishermen Service Cooperative -KJG drives the program. Lampung is a pilot Desa Terang program that will be implemented nationally. The Minister requested that the KJG continues to expand electricity lighting in all regions in Indonesia to accelerate the government's target in a bid to achieve energy sovereignty.General Chairperson of the Indonesian Farmers Fishermen Service Cooperative –KJG, Dadang Mishal Yofthie said the Desa Terang is a program to provide electricity-saving solar lights for free to people who have not yet had access to electricity. The program as an effort by the KJG and its partners helps the government achieve the target of achieving access to information at 98.95 percent in 2018 which reaches the villages.

Silat or martial arts fighters competition was held again in the series of Anyer Krakatau Culture Festival -AKCF by the Serang District Government.The activity entitling ‘Kaserangan Silat Moves Festival’ was held at Plorida Beach, Cinangka District, Serang Regency on last Saturday (15/9).The fighters competed to show Kaserangan Silat moves, which was initiated by the Regent of Serang, Ratu Tatu Chasanah. As many as 40 representatives of Paguron martial arts (college) showed the ability to compete for the Serang Regent Cup. Kaserangan Silat moves were created  by 13 elders of warriors from 12 schools of Silat in Serang Regency.Secretary of the Formation Team of the Kaserangan Silat Moves, which is also the Committee of the Kaserangan Silat Moves Festival, Medi Subandi in a press release on Saturday (16/9) stated that the moves were created by martial arts warriors, but initiated by Mrs. Ratu Tatu Chasanah as the Serang Regent. Chairman of the 2018 AKCF Committee, Agus Erwana said in Serang District that there are 129 universities. However, only 40 Pagurons were selected to participated in the Kaserang Silat Kick festival. Those who took part in the competition represented 29 sub-districts in Serang Regency. Regent of Serang, Ratu Tatu Chasanah said that Silat is an Indonesian cultural art so that in the Asian Games event, Indonesia could win the most gold medals. In the future, she hopes, many fighters from Banten, especially Serang regency, can perform in every national and international competition.

17
September

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Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan, Iwan Suyudhie Amri held a meeting with based entrepreneurs of Pakistan in Lahore on Wednesday (12/9). They discussed opening of trading house for marketing which is more massive in Indonesian various products in Pakistan. Lahore is the second biggest city in Pakistan with population 14 million people and the most prosperous city in Pakistan with GDP 2017 worth US$127 billion. Ambassador Iwan remarked that when observing the location and the information of businesspeople from Lahore, some products which have a great demand and marketing, are beauty products, perfume, kid clothes, baby clothes, adult clothes, stationeries, kid toys, electronic goods, fragile products, under-wears, cleanliness products and other consumer goods.

Indonesian Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Cecep Herawan led Indonesian delegation of Indonesia-Russia at the 2nd Interfaith and Inter-media Dialogue (IID) which highlighted a theme 'Forging a Resilient State and Civil Society towards Religious Harmony'. The meeting was held at Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia (14/9). Chairman of Russian delegation, Konstantin Viktorovich Shuvalov appreciated Indonesia’s role in spreading out peace message through the event.  Shuvalov said that the forum, which was promoted by Indonesia, is the one for country to learn each other in growing tolerance and realizing harmony of pluralism. On the occasion, Director General Cecep Herawan expressed that the Indonesian government offers 5 scholarships to Russian youths who want to learn about Islam at State Islamic University in Indonesia and also to invite participation of Russia on Future Faith Leaders which is conducted by Indonesian Religious Affairs and Interfaith Youth Camp which is conducted by Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Minister of Indonesian Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Germany, Heiko Maas on Friday (14/9). The discussion focused on increasing economic cooperation of the two countries. Minister Retno also said that Germany is the biggest investor from Europe to Indonesia. In the tourism sector, there is the increase of German tourist visit which was very significant to Indonesia in 2017.  Related to the efforts of the two countries to increase economic cooperation, Minister Retno and Minister Maas welcomed the plan of the implementation of Asia Pacific Business Conference to be  held in Indonesia on November 2-3, 2018. The event will be attended by a number of great CEOs and entrepreneurs from Germany. In additional to holding the bilateral meeting, the two ministers opened Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) Chapter Berlin 2018; Europe becomes host of the implementation.  In 2018, BDF Chapter Berlin with the theme ‘Democracy and Migration’ which was viewed by Minister Retno, is very suitable to solve various challenges and to discuss democratic development in Asian and European region. This situation is faced by the two countries.

14
September

Sport World

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The Indonesian National Team defeated the guest, Mauritius in the International Friendship match which was held at Wibawa Mukti Cikarang Stadium, Bekasi Regency, West Java on Tuesday afternoon (11/9). Indonesia, which has mastered the course of the match since the first round, could only break the deadlock on 89th minute of the second half. Evan Dimas Darmono scored the only goal for the Indonesian National Team. Players who are now strengthening Selangor FA in the Malaysia League, fired a flat kick to the right side of the Mauritius goal. Evan Dimas made use of the rebound kick from Dedik Setiawan, who had previously been blocked by Mauritius goalkeeper, Jean Louis Kevin.

Until referee Tojo Minoru blew the long whistle, the match was over and the score did not change. Indonesia won over Mauritius 1-0. Indonesian National Team Coach Assistant, Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto after Tuesday's match (11/9), appreciated the game of his team in this match. According to him, Garuda's players played quite calmly in the defense of the Mauritius team. He added that all tactics and strategies designed before the match could be carried out by Boas Salossa and his friends quite well. The match between Indonesia and Mauritius took place at Wibawa Mukti Cikarang Stadium, and it was witnessed by 12,621 spectators.

Indonesia U-16 national team was in draw 3-3 with Oman in a test match at Usim Mini Stadium, Bandar Baru, Malaysia on Wednesday (12/9). Three goals from the Indonesia U-16 national team was successfully scored by Bagus Kahfi. The match is the last trial ahead of the U-16 Asian Cup 2018 on 21 September 2018. In the first trial, the Indonesia U-16 national team scored a victory against Darby U-17 with the score of 4-0. Then in the second trial match against Felda FC U-17, Fakhri Husaini's team successfully won a landslide score of 5-0. Then finally against Oman U-16 national team, they had to draw 3-3. This trial was carried out by Coach Fakhri Husaini. So, the team could get to know the play of the Middle East style. This is because Indonesia's under-16 national team will meet the Middle East team namely Iran in Group C of the U-16 Asian Cup 2018. After the match, the U-16 Indonesia national team coach, Fakhri Husaini said that the trial against Oman was quite heavy because both teams showed their best games and did not want to budge in a match that had been rained. Indonesia got tough opponents. Fakhri added, the first round after winning 1-0, players lost a lot of opportunities because they were slow to adapt to the wet field. In addition, Fakhri considered his team should be able to reap the victory in the game. There were several opportunities that failed to be maximized well by the U-16 Indonesia national team players. Fakhri also asked the team to take valuable experience before competing in the U-16 Asian Cup on 20 September to 4 October in Malaysia. Indonesia's U-16 national team is in Group C with Iran, Vietnam and India in the U-16 Asian Cup. They will play their first match against Iran on Friday (21/9) at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 16:30 local time.

Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon gained positive results in the second round of the Japan Open 2018. They advanced to the quarterfinals. In the second-round match at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Thursday (13/9), Kevin / Marcus got rid of other Indonesian representatives, Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryyanira / Ade Yusuf Santoso as two direct games. The owner of the Asian Games 2018 men's gold medal won 21-13, 21-17 in the 29th minute. Kevin and Marcus had the potential to meet with fifth-mainstay Danish, who is also a strong rival, Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen, in the quarterfinals. Boe / Mogensen will fight for the last eight tickets with non-mainstay Dutch pair Jelle Maas / Robin Tabeling. In another match, positive result was also won by the mixed double Praveen / Melati. They secured a place in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open after beating seventh mainstay from England, Chris Adcock / Gabrielle Adcock 23-21, 21-18. In that match, Melati was interrupted by services that were declared by the service judge several times. Praveen could ease the situation. The victory was Praveen / Melati's first victory over the Adcock duo. The score was 2-1. Apparently, Praveen had studied the double game which was also the couple. Praveen studied videos of opponents' matches, especially from the two defeats he suffered with Melati at the Malaysia Open and Thailand Open 2018. In the quarterfinals, Praveen / Melati will face Malaysia's 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver-winning pair Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying. Praveen / Melati had a positive provision by always winning in two matches.

The INAPGOC committee is going to prepare a special surprise at the opening ceremony of the Asian Para Games III ceremony in Jakarta, 6-13 October 2018. Chairman of the Asian Para Games Organizing Committee -INAPGOC, Raja Sapta Oktohari in Makassar, South Sulawesi said Wednesday that there would be differences in concepts that would be offered to the public and participants from a number of countries at the opening ceremony later. He explained that although it is more focused on giving or upholding humanity, but his side admits they will also continue to present several guest stars both nationally and internationally. However, anyone who will be involved in enlivening the opening or closing activities later, he admits that he has not been able to open to the public and can be a force for the audience. Meanwhile, General Chairman of the Indonesian Bike Sport Association -PB ISSI also admitted that the opening festivities would not be inferior to the opening of the previous Asian Games 2018. Meanwhile, regarding the implementation of the Asian Para Games fire torch parade in Makassar on Wednesday (12/9), he claimed to be a momentum for everyone if the event is not only sports but also concern for the disability. Besides Makassar City, the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade also visited a number of areas in Indonesia, such as starting from Ternate (Maluku), Pontianak, Medan, Pangkal Pinang, Grobogan, Solo, and Jakarta.

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September

 

Surabaya hosted the 7th Congress of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific Association - UCLG ASPAC. This biennial congress is an organizational meeting of city and regional governments throughout Asia-Pacific. The congress was held from September 12 to 15, 2018. This inter-regional discussion concerns various policies that are being carried out according to the theme "Innovation Driven Development for Sustainable Cities." Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini hoped that this congress can cope with the city problems. Around 800 participants attend the Congress from 50 cities in various countries in Asia Pacific and several UCLG member countries outside Asia Pacific.When speaking at the UCLG Asia Pacific congress on Wednesday (12/9), Mayor Tri Rismaharini stated that the temperature of the city dropped to 2 degrees Celsius from the range of 34 to 36 degrees Celsius. The success is a result of the post-construction of many urban parks and forests and the implementation of environmental maintenance programs, such as motor vehicle-free days. She also said that every year, the Surabaya City Government builds 10 to 20 parks, two urban forests, and 10 to 15 sports fields. Her side is also working on the construction of the first Mangrove Botanical Gardens in Indonesia. Surabaya also continues to revitalize the river. So, this makes the temperature drop. Besides the congress agenda and discussion, the participants were also taken around to see a number of historical places such as Tugu Pahlawan Monument and the House of Sampoerna Museum in Surabaya. Then, the delegation continued the tour to the Suroboyo Bridge, Kenjeran. There, they saw various kinds of entertainment and the beauty of the Suroboyo Bridge which is lit by colorful lights and jazz accompaniment.

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September

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry and Center for South East Asian Studies held a workshop theme the 28th Handling Potential Conflict at South China Sea, in Manado North Sulawesi on September 9-11 2018. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Dr. AM Fachir conveyed that South China Sea must be managed through cooperation among stakeholders, and only through collaboration and dialogue, stability and prosperity in all regions can be achieved. The workshop was participated in by 64 participants from Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Chinese Taipei. The workshop was a one and half track diplomatic efforts to support the negotiation at the first track (government), especially to establish confidence. One issue that appeared in the workshop this year is a discussion on handling pollution on sea, and the workshop has proposed research cooperation project on it, among other related to the impact of micro-plastic on ecosystem and marine biota and investigation on the distribution and source of micro-plastic.

Indonesian Consulate General in Tawau, held Wonderful Indonesia Festival 2018 in Eastern Plaza, Tawau-Sabah, Malaysia, on September 7 – 9, 2018. The Festival was attended by 1000 visitors in 3 days. The event aimed to promote products of small and medium entrepreneur, and Indonesian tourism in North and East Kalimantan. Through the event, the entrepreneurs met business partners from Malaysia to develop their products. Besides that, the event also strengthened relation of social culture of the two countries, especially border region of the two countries. As many as 32 small-medium entrepreneurs exhibited their products in the Wonderful Indonesia Festival 2018, among other handcraft, processing food, ingredients, clothes and other various kinds of Indonesian products.

Deputy Minister of Indonesian Foreign Affairs, Dr. A.M. Fachir along with Chief of the Supreme Court, Prof. Dr. M. Hatta Ali, innaugurated technical procedure for the shipment of rogatori letter and civil document of state border in Nusa Dua Bali. Dr. A.M. Fachir stated that the innovation by using technology of information is a mutual commitment of Foreign Affairs Ministry and Supreme Court to keep increasing public service for society. With the inauguration, people of justice seeker throughout Indonesia can follow and monitor by online the shipment process of rogatori letter and civil document through state border. In addition, society and court can also get information on provision of foreign state related to the shipment of rogatori letter and civil document and also the fee of the shipment. Fachir affirmed that the system is established to ensure rogatori letter and court’s document in civil case can be received well by related sides in overseas quickly, precisely, effectively and efficiently.

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September

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Regional Secretary of Tidore Kepulauan, Thamrin Fabanyo officially released participants of Ta’aruf parade to welcome and enliven Islamic New Year 1440 Hijriah/2018, by raising the start flag on Tuesday (11/9).The parade was started at the mayor office of Tidore Kepulauan and finished at Tugulufa beachheld by regional leader of Muhammadiyah of Tidore Kepulauan in cooperation with city’s government of Kota Tidore Kepulauan. The parade was participated in by Islamic organization of Kota Tidore Kepulauan, Majelis Taklim, Local Government Work Unit, Elementary School, Junior High School, and Senior High School with the theme With Spirit of Islamic New Year, Let Us Increase and Piety to haveGood Deed which has a Certain Character.“ In his speech, Thamrin Fabanyo invited all Muslims in Kota Tidore Kepulauan to take themomentum of New Year ofHijriah as media to foster unity and brotherhood towards better changein Tidore Kepulauan.

Tabut Bengkulu 2018 Festival is officially opened by acting governor of Bengkulu, Rohidin Mersyah, on Monday (10/9). The annual event which is held starting from 1 - 10 Muharram coinciding with September 11 20, has been in the Calender of Event 2018 of Tourism Ministry as one of 100 Wonderful Indonesiaagendas. Besides the beauty of its nature, tourism potential in 9 regencies and 1 city in Bengkulu has uniqueness of various cultures. Meanwhile, Ministerial Expert staff of Multicultural sector of Tourism Ministry, Esty Reko Astuty, in Bengkulu, conveyed that Tourism Minister’s support to Bengkulu Tourism has been the commitment of the ministry and the provincial government in develpoing tourism sector, so it can be source of welfare and economic improvement which certainly still hold sustainable principle. Besides that, Tourism Ministry also gives support to underline Special Economic Zoneof Baai island.

Around 3,000 people who consisted of Muslim students of various school, member of islamic community organizations, andIndonesian Military/Police in Biak Numfor, Papua, participated in healthy walk to enliven Islamic New Year 1 Muharram 1440 Hijriah, on Tuesday (11/9). The event was released by Council of Indonesia’s Mosque of Biak, Saepuddin, at Agung Baiturrahman Mosque. Saepuddin hoped the event can strengthen brotherhood among Muslims and encourage Biak people to conduct sport activities to protect healthy body. Meanwhile, head of prosperity of Agung Baiturahman BiakMosque,  Husin Tamher, conveyed his appreciation on the participation of Biak Muslim people in the event.

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September

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Representatives of Bangladesh's Hajj mission studies the Indonesian Hajj services management to increase knowledge of Hajj matters and improve their services. Representatives of the Bangladesh hajj mission praised the Indonesian Hajj service implementation because they could serve a large number of pilgrims since registration until the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Head of the Medina Working Area Hajj Organizing Committee, Mohammad Khanif in Medina on Saturday (8/9) said the comparative study activity was also a place to exchange ideas about the management of Hajj services to improve service. He explained in the Hajj service system in Bangladesh, the private sector has more roles because the special Hajj quota for the South Asian country is over 100,000, while the regular Hajj is only seven thousand people. Meanwhile Indonesian Hajj quota includes 204 thousand regular hajj service registrants and 17 thousand special hajj service users. Mohammad Khanif added, besides Bangladesh, India also studied the Indonesian hajj services management. He said India uses a lottery system to determine the departure of pilgrims, while Indonesia applies the order system according to the time of registration.

Indonesian Furniture Products participated in Spoga + Gafa Exhibition 2018 which took place from 2 to 4 September in Cologne. Indonesian furniture products attracted many visitors of the exhibition. The exhibition visitors consisted of several large suppliers and retail companies, so this exhibition was a business-to-business promotion event. There were also individual consumers. The Spoga + Gafa exhibition is a leading exhibition in Germany and the world. On that occasion, the Indonesian Consul General to Frankfurt, Toferry P. Soetikno, accompanied by the Indonesian young economic consul and Representative of the German Industrial Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, visited the exhibition to provide support to the 22 Indonesian companies. He said, the annual exhibition was an excellent opportunity to promote Indonesian furniture products, not only for the German market, but also the world market, considering that buyers came from various countries, both from mainland Europe, America, and even the Middle East.

Indonesian Embassy in collaboration with the Center for Asia Pacific Studies at EAFIT University holds a seminar on business opportunities and business experience with Indonesia at the Indonesian Day event at EAFIT University, Medellin, on Wednesday (5/9). The seminar was held in order to bring relations between the people of Indonesia and Colombia closer, especially in the second largest city in Colombia after Bogota, namely Medellin. About 60 people who attended the morning session of the event came from academics, businessmen, and students who were studying at the main campus of the EAFIT University. The event was opened by the Asia Pacific Study Center Director of the EAFIT University, Professor Adriana Roldan, as well as the Indonesian Ambassador to Bogota, Priyo Iswanto, who made a presentation entitled Indonesia: Diversity and Economic Future. On the occasion Adriana said, Indonesia as a major player in the Asia Pacific region and as one of the largest in the world in the future, deserves more attention, especially from the youth in Colombia.

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September

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Indonesian female boxer, Huswatun Hasanah gained bronze medal in female 60-kg class of Asian Games 2018 on Friday (31/8). The achievement has become a new history because for the first time, the women's boxing won a medal in the Asian Games scene. The first women's boxing was held at the Asian Games 2010. So far, there has never been an Indonesian boxer who won a medal. After eight years, Indonesia’s waiting was finally paid off. Huswatun secured the bronze medal after failing to move to the final round. In the lightweight female 60 kg boxing at Hall C, JIExpo, Jakarta, Huswatun Hasanah forced to recognize the superiority of Sudaporn Seesondee from Thailand. Throughout the history of the Asian Games, Indonesian boxing has collected three gold medals, eight silver and 13 bronze. However, all of the medals came from men's boxing. This is the first medal that Indonesia won at the Asian Games 2018.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach stated that Indonesia has a good position and opportunity to hold a grand Olympic sports party. In a press conference session at the Asian Games 2018 Media Center, Jakarta on Sunday (2/9), Thomas Bach appreciated the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, and stated that it was a good capital for Indonesia to hold a bigger sports party like the Olympics. Also, thanks to Asian Games 2018, he claimed to see the Indonesian people’s spirit towards the sports world. Another reason for Indonesia's excellence as one of the countries to hold the 2032 Olympics is the age of being young. As a country that has not yet reached a century of independence, Indonesia is seen as having a vibrant young generation and plenty of room to develop.

Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta said Indonesia managed to record history by achieving the highest achievement during the Asian Games since 1951. He explained, Indonesia in its participation in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, was ranked 17th with four gold medals, and this year at the 18th Asian Games, it rose to fourth with 31 gold medals. This was conveyed by the Vice President Jusuf Kalla in his remarks at the Asian Games 2018 closing ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta on Sunday (2/9) night. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said, with 98 medals at the 18th Asian Games, the sense of unity of the Indonesian people could be further strengthened by increasing tolerance in Indonesia's pluralism. Indonesian national athletes won a total of 98 medals, with details of 31 gold medals, 24 silver and 43 bronze.

The eternal fire located in Mrapen Village, Grobogan, Central Java will be a historical witness to the start of the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade. INAPGOC Secretary General, Bayu Rahardian became the recipient of a fire lantern from Mrapen paraded towards Solo on Wednesday (5/9) noon. The taking of Mrapen's fire for the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade began with Grobogan Regent Sri Sumarni who was handed over to INAPGOC Secretary General Bayu Rahardian. In her remarks, Sri Sumarni expressed her gratitude for the umpteenth time the Mrapen fire which was located in Grobogan became a part of history for the success of the Asian Games 2018 and Asian Para Games 2018. Bayu Rahardian who brought the torch said the spirit of the Asian Para Games 2018 was expected to inspire and energize the Indonesian people. He said, Indonesia had just felt tremendous energy from the Asian Games 2018 with success in entering the top 4. This energy is expected to be transmitted to the Asian Para Games 2018 athletes. Regarding the target and preparation, Bayu said everything went well. For the target, it is pegged into the big 8, but he is sure it can surpass it. Solo became the first city to start the Asian Para Games 2018 torch parade. Solo is called a historical city for disability athletes in Indonesia. In the torch there are also three rings which indicate higher speed, strength and achievement. Braille letters are also part of the 1.9kg torch to make it easier for blind athletes who will carry torches. After coming from Solo, the torch will be brought to Ternate to be held again in a parade to coincide with National Sports Day (Haornas) on Thursday (6/9). Then proceed to Makassar (12/9), Bali (16/9), Pontianak (19/9), Medan (23/9), Pangkal Pinang (09/26) and ends in Jakarta (30/9). INAPGOC Chairperson Raja Sapta Oktohari said the commencement of the torch rally in Solo was the beginning of the Asian Para Games 2018 held on October 6-13 in Jakarta. This is a great history for Indonesia, which was the first to hold an Asian Para Games.

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