The central government plans to build airport in Purbalingga and Blora regency, Central Java province to increase people’s economy and welfare. Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi after attending topping off of new terminal of Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang, said on Sunday that the growth of investment and economy in Central Java province requires more air transportation. Request on airport development has been submitted to the Ministry of Transportation. The Minister explained that airport development in Purbalingga regency which is the expansion from General Soedirman airbase to a commercial airport, is still in the process of land procurement. For the development of the airport in Blora regency, Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said it is still in the design planning. The location of the General Soedirman airport in Central Java in the West is very strategic. In addition to supporting air transportation, the airport in Purbalingga also promotes the regional economy of surrounding areas such as Banyumas, Pemalang, Banjarnegara, Kebumen, and Wonosobo.
To introduce and preserve the beauty of typical archipelagic batik in international event, designer from Surabaya, Lia Afif is interested in the uniqueness and the beauty of Trenggalek batik. Therefore, the designer, who has experience in Muslim fashion, will bring Trenggalek batik in London Fashion Week 2018. Around 15 models of Islamic clothes combination with Trenggalek batik will be brought to the prestigious event which is held starting from February 16 until 20, 2018.
Lia Afif, said on Sunday (11/2) that Trenggalek batik has various kinds of unique motifs namely clove, durian, mangosteen, and also motif of jaranan turangga yakso dance. The 15 models of Islamic clothes are taken from batik craftsmen in Trenggalek. According to Lia, Trenggalek batik is very unique with its natural color. The complicated making process and also natural color, make the designer interested in designing and participating in London Fashion Week 2018. Meanwhile, vice chairman of Family Welfare Empowerment Team of Trenggalek regency, Novita Hardini explained that Trenggalek batik is very special and worth to be marketed or showed in international event.
Minister of Freign Affairs, Retno Marsudi along with representatives of neighbor countries held Asian Games 2018 diplomatic walk at Bung Karno stadium complex in Jakarta on Sunday ( 11/2 ). The event was held to see the Indonesian preparedness in holding the biggest sport event in Asia. The minister, diplomats, and also ambassadors from neighbor countries started diplomatic walk from West lobby of Bung Karno GBK and finished 2 rounds in the complex. Minister Retno Marsudi in her speech said that Asian Games is not only a competition of sport, but also a platform to expand relationship. The minister conveyed to the diplomats and the ambassadors that Indonesia hosted the Asian Games in1962 in Jakarta. In 2018, for the first time in history, the Asian Games will be held in two cities, namely Jakarta and Palembang on August 18 to September 2. Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia is ready to hold the 18th Asian Games this year and invited the representatives of neighbor countries to announce the Indonesian readiness to their countries. Asian Games Diplomatic Walk was also attended by the chairman of Indonesian Olympiad Committee and Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee INASGOC Erick Tohir and also vice minister of foreign affairs, A.M.Fachir. Asian Games 2018 mascot namely Bin-Bin, Atung and Kaka also enlivened the event.