Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah


President Joko Widodo inaugurated Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police (Polri) officers in the courtyard of the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Thursday morning, July 19, 2018. A total of 724 officers who were inaugurated consisted of 225 from the Military Academy, 102 from the Naval Academy, 119 from the Air Force Academy, and 278 from the Police Academy. The president who acted as the ceremonial inspector congratulated all the officers he had just inaugurated. He understood that the struggle of the cadets before being sworn in today was very hard. The head of state said the inauguration of these officers was not the ultimate goal they had achieved. It is a beginning for their journey and devotion to the country. The President also gave an appreciation and pinned the rank of officers to the four recipients of Adhi Makayasa award for the best graduates. The four are Rovi Ardya Prawira from the military academy, Faishal Djauheri from the naval Academy, Summa Laras Fatsagunar from the Air Force Academy, and Dolly Septian from the Police Academy. (release Press Bureau)


Indonesia`s National Alms Agency (Baznas) has disbursed a total of US$300 thousand to assist Palestinian and Syrian refugees this year, the agency`s chairman, Bambang Sudibyo, said in Jakarta on Wednesday, July 18.

The donated funds were disbursed to the refugees through the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization for Relief and Development (JHCO) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), he stated.

Each of the non-governmental organizations received $150 thousand ($1=Rp14,414), Sudibyo noted, adding that the JHCO would assist the Palestinian and Syrian refugees being sheltered in Jordan.

Meanwhile, JHCO Secretary General, Ayman R. Al-Mufleh, ensured that Baznas` donations would be distributed to help the refugees in his country by providing them with health and education services and facilities as well as food and clothing.

The health services and facilities for the displaced Palestinians and Syrians include extra number of doctors and paramedics, medical equipment, and medicines.

"The targets are the eight groups of relevant recipients of the zakat (alms). May this initiative cement our relationship with Baznas ," he remarked.

The Jordanian authorities have allowed the Syrian refugees to work in the country so that they can return to their country after they become financially sufficient, he revealed.

Regarding the Palestinian issue, the Indonesian people and government have shown their consistent and never-ending support to the Palestinian people`s struggle for gaining their independence.

The Indonesian Government`s political stance remains unchanged from the era of Soekarno to the present time, when Jakarta supports a two-state solution and emphasizes the significance of impartiality of the international community in dealing with the Palestinian issue. (ANTARA)


Construction of Jakarta's Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has been 85 percent completed and it is expected to be ready for operation ahead of the Asian Games next month.

Jakarta and Palembang will co host Asia's largest sport event in August this year, and the LRT with elevated track is designed to help facilitate transport free from traffic jams in the city.

"LRT of Jakarta is to be operational in August this year a week before the start of Asian Games," Veri Yonnevil a member of the city council (DPRD) said in Jakarta on Wednesday, July 18.

The LRT has been designed to cope with worse traffic jams in the capital city.

In Palembang , the government has already built a 24 kilometer long elevated rail track of LRT linking the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport and the Jakabaring sport center in the South Sumatra capital city.

The Rp10.9 trillion project has a local content of 95 percent making it relatively cheap compared with those of Malaysia and Manila of the Philippines.

The project was built by the state-owned construction company PT Waskita Karya.

Construction of the project which began in 2014, is to be completed this month designed mainly to facilitate the transport of athlete from the airport to the city.

The track is built over land along the main road in the city that the implementation of the project would not be delayed on difficulty in land clearing. Land clearing has been one of the main drag in the implementation of many infrastructure projects in the country. Land owners would put a much higher price when they know their land would be used for big projects. (ANTARA)


Indonesian men`s and women`s field hockey teams groomed for the Asian Games 2018 have increasingly improved their performance after they underwent training at the national training center and joined test events in Malaysia, the Indonesian Hockey Federation (FHI) said.

"The team is currently more structured, either at the time of defending or attacking," FHI Secretary General Yasser Arafat stated in Jakarta on Wednesday, July 18.

They have also been familiarized with the instructions of their Malaysian coach Lim Chiow Chuan, Arafat remarked.

But they are yet to completely understand the games, he added.

This is quite reasonable since the Indonesian national field hockey team has never taken part in any international leagues as their Malaysian counterparts have done, he explained.

"It is a matter of improving their understanding since the sport has been developing rapidly, while Indonesia has no professional league. Also, it is the first time that the national team is trained by a foreign coach," he revealed.

The Indonesian field hockey teams groomed for the Asian Games 2018 are staying in Malacca, Malaysia. However, they also have undergone trials in several areas in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, he pointed out. (ANTARA)