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25
June

TODAY IN HISTORY

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 Today in History, begin with June 25, 1938, the first Indonesian Language Congress is  held .

The Indonesian Language Congress was first held in Solo on 25 to 27 June 1938. Initially the Indonesian Language Congress was held to commemorate Youth Pledge Day which took place in 1928. It turned out that the event was not only commemorating the Youth Pledge but also discussing  Language development and Indonesian Literature as a whole.

Switch to June 25, 1950 the Korean war begins.

On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces took the South Korean soldiers and small US forces stationed in the country by surprise  and  quickly moved towards the capital city of Seoul. The United States responded by pushing for a resolution through the UN Security Council to call for military assistance to South Korea continues. With the issuance of UN Security Council resolution no.83, US President Harry S. Truman quickly sent the US  Army, Sea and Air Force to be involved in the Korean War as a "police action."

Ended with June 25, 2009, world musician Michael Jackson dies.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, USA, August 29, 1958. He died in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 25, 2009 due to  a heart problem at the age of 50. Michael Joseph Jackson   is well known as the King of Pop and popularized the Moonwalk dance movement that was his trademark. His  album, released in 1982, Thriller is the best-selling album in the world with sales exceeding 104 million copies worldwide.

He began his singing career at the age of five as a member of the Jackson family vocal group or commonly called The Jakcson Five before launching his first solo album “Got to be There” in 1971. He won various awards in his lifetime  including  13 Grammy Awards and “Thriller”  was recorded  as the best-selling album in the world by  Guinness Book of World Records. That was  today in history.

20
June

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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The first story for today’s Diplomatic Corner is from Seoul, South Korea.

Contemporary lurik weaving with theme “Cross Border" which designed by Lia Mustafa from Yogyakarta attracted the attention on ASEAN Week staged in Seoul, South Korea on June 14-16, 2019. Lia looked different and stole the attention when presented her works with other 10 designers from ASEAN member countries and also from South Korea. Lia, Mustafa, who is also senior manager of Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC), said that traditional material or motif with cultural identity which is very strong, can be changed to be outfit or cloth which is very modern and contemporary. Reog Singo Mudo Korea performance, Fashion Carnival worked by Alma Naibaho, and also various kinds of interactive events got prizes at Indonesian Booth.

The next information is from Austria.

Two singers from Indonesia, Vidi Aldiano and Vadi Akbar were involved in a collaboration musical project with Erwin Gutawa entitled "Tribute to S. Darsih Kissowo" in Vienna, Austria. In the collaboration work, Erwin Gutawa re-produced songs of keroncong singer, Darsih Kissowo in orchestra arrangement which was played in Vienna SynchronStage Orchestra with conductor Johannes Vogel. S.Darsih Kissowo was a well-known keroncong singer in her era. In this collaboration project voiceof Darsih Kissowo will be recorded again and combined with Vidi Aldiano and Vadi Akbar vocal.

The last information is from London.

A collaboration of three gamelan groups from Bali, Java and Sunda enliven the commemoration of the 70th Indonesia-England Diplomatic Relation in London, on Monday evening (17/6), which was presented in Indonesian art and cultural night performances. Balinese gamelan performance from Lila Cita group, Javanese gamelan by Southbank Gamelan Player and Sundanese gamelan by Sekar Enggal, and followed by ensemble performance of Kyai Fatahillah group, led by Iwan Gunawan, succeeded to amaze around 800 audiences who flocked Cadogan Hall, London, Monday evening (17/6). In addition, the Indonesian Embassy in London also cooperates with Indonesian and British artists to performvarious kinds of dances, giant shadow and doll puppet and also film show. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi and State’s Minister of UK to Asia and Pacific, Mark Field also attended as honorable guest in the event.

That was Diplomatic Corner.

21
June

Diplomatic Corner

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The theme, archipelago and Unity in Diversity colored the opening of Indonesian Days (ID) 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Combination among Indonesian arts and cultures as well as clothes got attention from Hungarian citizens. Indonesian Ambassador to Hungary, A.H Dimas Wahab said that the theme is chosen to show Indonesia’s wealth and diversity in full by pressing Unity in Diversity of Indonesia.On the occasion, the annually promotion event was combined not only Hungarian people who came to the event, ambassadors of neighbor countries who attended the event, among other Malaysian and Thai ambassadors enjoyed various kinds of Indonesia typical foods and also shopped and watched Indonesian art and cultural performances.

Celebration of the 93rd birthday of the UK’s Queen, Elizabeth II in Jakarta becomes a farewell party of the UK’s ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik. Ambassador Malik who has officiated as representative of the UK’s government in Indonesia since 2014, ended his duty on June 21, 2019.In celebrating the 93rd Queen Elizabeth II birthday in Jakarta, on Wednesday evening (19/6), Ambassador Malik said goodbye and also underlined the achievement of Diplomatic Relation among Indonesia and the UK for 70 years which is also commemorated in 2019.During his term of office, Malik said that Indonesia and the UK have signed around 40 Memorandum of Understanding in various fields, beginning from economy, creative industry, education until environment.

Three Indonesian delegations who are joined Train Signaling Engineer Institution (Irse) will promote profession and also the development of Indonesia’s railway signal in England.One of the delegation, Ahmad Sugiana, expert of railway signal from Telkom University when met in Irse Sponsor Gathering in Jakarta, on Wednesday (19/6) said that currently, railway signal profession is not in demand yet, while railway project more grows.Another delegation, Yanto Yulianto, Head of Railway Department, Information of Telecommunication and Technology of PT MRT Jakarta, said that by explaining about signal development of MRT Jakarta, it is hoped the recruitmentof professionals either Indonesian or foreigner to contribute in railway signal in Indonesia could be done.It will also promote railway projects which are potential to be cooperated.

19
June

Diplomatic Corner

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As many as 120 Malaysian students learn Malay poetry and culture in Tanjungpinang, Riau islands. A 3-day training program was conducted by Cultural Value Conservation Center and Local Culture and Tourism Office. Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Tanjungpinang, Surjadi, in Tanjungpinang, on Sunday (16/6) said that one of the poetries which is learnt, is gurindam 12, poetry on kindness in life attract the attention of the students. The first event which is held in Tanjungpinang, attract students’ attention since it is similar to the art and culture of Malaysia. The historical fact indicates Malay culture is inherited from Riau-Lingga-Pahang Kingdom on Penyengat Island. Therefore, those students are invited to visit Penyengat island which is rich on Malay history.

Garut regent, Rudy Gunawan stated that a number of typical handicraft products from Garut, West Java will get an opportunity to participate in Handicraft Product Exhibition in England which will give advantages for craftsmen as well as introducing Garut in England. Regent Rudy Gunawan when inauguration the new manager of Regional National Handicraft Council of Garut in Garut, on Monday (18/6) said that Indonesian Embassy in England invited Garut regency to participate in an exhibition which will be held in London on September 6-7, 2019by displaying Garut products. The regent hopes the prestigious exhibition in England is participated in by the mainstay craftsmen from Garut so that Garut products are more known abroad and attract foreign investors to Garut.

Alusi Au dance from North Sumatera was performed in Denmark. Indonesian Ambassador to Denmark, M. Ibnu Said, in his speech in front of foreign ambassadors to Denmark and visitors when opening Indonesian Bazaar and Cultural Day 2019, on Saturday (15/6) in Copenhagen said that the main goal in the implementation of the event is to strengthen people-to-people contact among Indonesian people, Denmark citizens, and international communities in Denmark. Not only Indonesian culture, but various Indonesia culinary is also attracted the visitors. In addition, the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen also cooperates with travel agency of Travel2Bali and travel specialist Denmark, Lars Faursholt, to conduct presentation and promotion of Indonesian tourism to Denmark Citizens.

14
June

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesia and Ethiopia have huge potential in increasing relations and cooperation in the field of businesses based start-ups, especially those done by young entrepreneurs in both countries. As in Indonesia, nowadays the start-up business run by young people in Ethiopia is also growing rapidly. The Indonesian young entrepreneurs will cooperate with young Ethiopian entrepreneurs. It was addressed in the 1st Indonesia-Ethiopia Young Entrepreneurs Forum held by Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (11/6). The forum with the theme ‘The Growing Trend of Start-up Businesses’ was attended by around 140 Ethiopian young entrepreneurs and speakers from Indonesia.  Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union, Al Busyra Basnur, when officially opened the forum said that the forum aimed at encouraging economic and trade cooperation between Indonesia and Ethiopia, especially among young entrepreneurs who develop business start-ups.

The acceptance of new university students of State University in 2019, Malikussaleh University, Aceh opens not only domestic student admissions, but also international classes that can be attended by foreign students. The joint registration entrance to State Universities starts simultaneously at 10 to 24 June. Malikussaleh University has received 3,798 students for 31 study programs. Rector of Malikussaleh University, Herman Fithra said on Thursday (6/13) that from the total student admissions, there are 1,323 students for science and technology fields divided into 18 study programs. While in the social and humanities fields, Malikussaleh University receives 1,475 new students for 13 study programs.

The Indonesian and Polish Parliaments are committed to improving cooperation between the two countries through the Polish-Indonesian Bilateral Cooperation Group. It was stated by Chairman of the Bilateral Cooperation Group, Danuta Pietraszewska in a press release of the Indonesian Embassy in Poland received in Jakarta on Thursday (13/6). The commitment of increasing cooperation was conveyed by Pietraszewska when meeting Indonesian Ambassador to Poland, Siti Nugraha Mauludiah along with seven of the 16 members of the Polish parliament who were members of the Poland-Indonesia Bilateral Cooperation Group in Warsaw on Wednesday (12/6). The Indonesian Ambassador appreciated the increasing cooperation between the Polish and Indonesian parliaments over the last several years, one of which was through the exchange of parliamentary visits.

12
June

Diplomatic Corner

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By highlighting agricultural ecotourism as one of the selected tourist destinations in Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) Windhoek, Namibia, is present at the largest tourist exhibition in Namibia, the Namibia Tourism Expo held from June 5 to 8. Function of Economy, Information, Social and Culture of the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek, Paulina Gupta Wijaya to Antara in Jakarta said that green field and Subak irrigation system in Bali becomes the theme of the Indonesian Embassy’s stand. In addition to promoting various tourism destinations in Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy also utilized Namibia Tourism Expo to promote the mainstay export products and handicraft of Indonesia. Ambassador Eddy Basuki is very optimistic the promotion programs of economy and tourism conducted by the Indonesian Embassy this year is able to increase the interest of Namibian tourists to have holiday in Indonesia and also Namibian entrepreneurs to do business with Indonesia.

Eid al Fitr 1440 H celebration in Indonesian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania treated Indonesian citizens’ homesickness on their homeland. Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania, Ratlan Pardede conducted an open house celebration on Wednesday (5/6) to increase relationship among Indonesian citizens in Tanzania. The celebration was also attended by special guest from Muslim community of Tanzania, which was represented by Sheik Issa Othman Issa, Great Imam of Ma’amoor Mosque, the Greatest Mosque in Tanzania, who also becomes member of National Council of Ulema, and also delegation from Dance League of University of Indonesia which was in Tanzania for Indonesian Cultural Day event which was conducted on June 8, 2019.In his speech, Indonesian Ambassador, Ratlan Pardede conveyed his hope that through Eid al-Fitr moment, Indonesian people forgive each other and still unite although having different political choice during the general election. The Indonesian Embassy, in Dar es Salaam makes efforts to increase people-to-people contact and cooperation opportunity in various sectors, including economic sector between Indonesia and Tanzania.

 

The trade line for Bitung-Davao-Vietnam will be opened and should be utilized by traders and exporters in North Sulawesi. This was stated by Governor of North Sulawesi, Olly Dondokambey in Manado, North Sulawesi. The Governor said that according to the plan, Bitung-Davao-Vietnam trade line has operated again on June 17, 2019. Head of Industry and Trade Department of North Sulawesi, Jenny Karouw called on local entrepreneurs to utilize the trade line. He said there were various commodity exported to the Philippines, including copra and corn and many kinds of fruits. He hoped the existence of the trade line gave more opportunity to local entrepreneurs to export their products directly abroad.

10
June

Diplomatic Corner

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Art team of Indonesian embassy in Moscow participated in the 148th Ivanovo city anniversary which took place in Ivanovo on May 25,  2019. Indonesia was the only one country which was invited in the event. The team which was directly led by Indonesian Ambassador to Federation of Russia and Republic of Belarus, M Wahid Supriyadi showed various kinds of events such as gamelan and dances as well as workshop. Gamelan performance attracted the local people who witnessed the uniqueness of its musical instruments in orchestra. People were more interested when two Pesindens who are Russian citizens, namely Yulia Ryzhaya and Anna Zhikhareva sang some songs such as Selendang Biru, Simpang Lima and many others. Even, Dadali Gamelan, coaching of Indonesian embassy Moscow led by Tri Koyo was to accompany the fashion show which performed local designers.

Halal Bihalal event of Indonesian people in South Korea took place at the Indonesian embassy in Seoul on Sunday (9/6).  Around 1,600 people flocked the Indonesian embassy to get together in a bid to apologize each other and to enjoy Lebaran dishes and culture on the victory stage in the festive folk-party. Typical Lebaran foods were served free, such as Rendang, lontong sayur and many other typical foods. There was also bazar which sold various kinds of Indonesian foods. On the stage, there was also performance of Indonesian and Korean cultures which were played by various people’s components, beginning from Ramadhan music, Drama, Gamelan, until Dangdut. The event was initiated by the Indonesian embassy in Seoul for four days after the implementation of Idul Fitri prayer. Not only being attended by Indonesian citizens, the Idul Fitri 1440 H victory stage was also attended by foreign citizens, such as from Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Philippines, Timor Leste and South Korea. Some of them have visited Indonesia.  

National airlines of PT Garuda Indonesia maintained again the achievement of the World's Best Accuracy Time with record of On Time Performance (OTP) with point: 96.3 percent. The achievement increases compared with last month which stood on 95.5 percent. The achievement is for global flight category which has  number of flight above 10 thousand flights of OAG Flight-view version in the period of May 2019.

03
June

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Unity of Women Agency cooperated with Indonesian embassy in Amman conducted social event of distribution of humanitarian donation through iftar along with Palestinian citizens in Gaza. The iftar was conducted in conjunction with the commemoration of the birth of Pancasila on June 1st, 2019. This was stated in a press release of the Indonesian embassy in Amman which was received in Jakarta on Sunday (2/6). In the holy month of Ramadan, iftar was joined around 700 Palestinian citizens at the refugees’ camp of Deir Balah, Central Gaza. The event, which was attended by orphans and poor families, was coordinated by humanitarian volunteer of the Indonesian embassy in  Amman, Abdullah Onim, cooperated with Nusantara Palestine Center (NPC). Separately, Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto expressed his appreciation and thanked to a number of communities in Indonesia which keep giving attention, support and humanitarian assistance to Palestine.

Indonesian Tourism Ministry relies on 10-priority and also 10 branding tourism destinations to trace Chinese market. By inviting one of the biggest travel agents in China, those destinations are introduced in sales mission at four areas of China. Sales mission of 10 priority and branding destinations was conducted in Xiamen and in Fuzhou recently. The theme was 'Tourism Hub'.  The 10 priority destinations introduced are Toba Lake, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, one thousand islands, tourism park of Borobudur temple, national park of Bromo Tengger Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Pulau Morotai, and national park of Wakatobi. Meanwhile, 10 Branding destinations consist of Bandung (West Java), Great Bali, Great Jakarta, Great Kepri, Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Coral Wonders (Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat), Medan, Makassar, Lombok, and Banyuwangi.

The success of the UN Peacekeeping mission needs comprehensive approach, including by involving regional organization such as Union of Africa. This was affirmed in panel discussion on the UN Peacekeepers which was conducted by the Indonesian embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend. The Panel discussion cooperated with the UN office to Union of Africa (UNOAU) and embassies of MIKTA countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Addis Ababa. Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Union of Africa, Al Busyra Basnur at the opening said that the panel discussion was conducted to commemorate International Day of the UN Peacekeepers.

31
May

Sport World

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Chairman of the Indonesian Motorbike Association (IMI), Sadikin Aksa confirmed that Palembang will host the 2019 MXGP international motocross championship series which will be participated in by 28 countries with approximately 1.500 officials. This championship will take place on July 6-7.After officially signing the Memorandum of Understanding -MoU at the office of the Governor of South Sumatra on Monday (05/27/2019), Sadikin Aksa confirmed at the third event, and the committee made sure that the facilities are complete enough, such as enough land and strategic location in Jakabaring, Palembang, South Sumatra.Meanwhile, Governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru ensured that Palembang is ready and would make the MXGP event succeed. He also considered MXGP as a sport for all circles. Thus, the government of South Sumatra Province will fully support it.

Bicycle riders from the BMX discipline and the track have a big chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, considering that the present riders are considered to be capable enough in pursuing the four-year multi-event tournament ticket. This was said by Chairman of the Indonesian Sport Bicycle Association (PB ISSI), Raja Sapta Oktohari in Jakarta on Monday night (27/5).The hope of number one in the PB ISSI is not without reason. For BMX, Indonesia has passed athlete to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Toni Syarifudin. While currently, there are several names, including I Gusti Bagus Saputra. From the track, the women's sector is considered to be more possible. The hope is for the two athletes to qualify and one of them is Crismonita Dwi Putri. This young athlete who was born in Lamongan is now able to compete with world-class riders.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) will determine the eight stadiums that will host the U-20 World Cup in 2021. Quoted from the PSSI’s official website in Jakarta on Monday (27/5), PSSI will include the stadiums as a condition to submit them to host the 2021 World Cup U-20 to International Football Federation (FIFA).According to Secretary General of PSSI, Ratu Tisha Destria, her side feels confident that Indonesia can hold the U-20 World Cup because PSSI has been experienced in holding Asian level tournaments such as the Asian Games, Asian Cup and AFF Cup. PSSI itself officially nominated to host the 2021 U-20 World Cup to FIFA on Tuesday (21/5).

Indonesian flagship Paralympic athlete, Jendi Pangabean targets to be able to win five gold medals in the swimming sport in the ASEAN Para Games 2020 in Manila, the Philippines on January 18-25, 2020. Jendi Pangabean stated in Jakarta on Tuesday that to meet the target, he is currently participating in swimming national training in Solo until January 2020.He said that the holy month of Ramadan is not an obstacle for him to take part in the training program that has been prepared by the coach team. At the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Jendi won 1 gold in the 100-meter S9 backstroke, 1 Silver 100 meters in the S9 butterfly, 1 bronze in the 100-meter S9 freestyle and 1 bronze in the 4x100 meter medley relay 34 points.

31
May

The proud achievement was successfully created by Indonesian students at Intel ISEF in the United States. I Made Wiratathya Putramas and Carolline Mathilda Nggebu won the 4th ISEF 2019 Intel Grand Award for the Life Sciences category. The students of High School 3 Denpasar, Bali had also previously won the Special Science Physical Award from Sigma Xi, an international scientific organization. Both of them examined the potential of the active substance of rhizophora apiculata mangrove plants found in Serangan Beach, Bali for environmentally friendly paint raw material on ships.The award was also obtained by Michaela Samanta. The student of Christian High School Penabur Gading Serpong received a Special Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society for her work C-Rice: Computational and Experimental Design Development of Transgenic Rice. Samantha who researched genetic technology to produce animal protein rice for food access for poor families was entitled to receive cash worth US$500 dollars.This year, Intel ISEF was attended by more than 1,800 scientific works of the students representing 423 Intel ISEF affiliates from 88 countries around the world. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) sent eight Indonesian students from high school and Madrasah Tsanawiyah at the event held in mid-May. They are the winners of the LIPI Youth Scientific Work Competition (LKIR) in 2018. Head of LIPI, Laksana Tri Handoko said that the success of Indonesian students this year proves that the creativity and innovation of our young generations are able to compete globally.

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