Maryati

Maryati

11
May

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to strengthen cooperation to increase investment into Indonesia. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi in a written statement in Jakarta on Thursday (7/5) reminded that it’s important to strengthen the strategy of raising investment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She emphasized that along with the momentum of the post-epidemic world economic recovery, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Investment Coordinating Board must cooperate to attract quality investment.

The commitment to jointly increase investment has been carried out recently on the web seminar entitled "Maintaining Investment Momentum: Post-COVID-19  Investment Improvement Strategy" which was attended by 34 Heads of Indonesian Representatives around the world, including from the Indonesian Embassies (KBRI) overseas such as Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China, Italy, the Indonesian Embassy in Belgium concurrently in Luxembourg and the European Union, and the Indonesian Embassy in Turkey.

In her written statement, Minister Retno Marsudi asserted that Indonesian representatives are expected to improve their performance to explore the opportunities that exist in each local country. The orientation of economic diplomacy becomes more important than before. In addition, investment growth in the first quarter of 2020, which increased by 8 percent, also became a reference to improve and strengthen investment strategies amid the pandemic. The orientation of economic diplomacy must become more important than before.

Meanwhile, Head of BKPM, Bahlil Lahadalia said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, diplomats continue to actively promote Indonesian investment opportunities. He also stated that amid COVID-19, it is very difficult to expect new investment to enter Indonesia. His side will focus on existing investments until they can be realized.

According to Bahlil, the Investment Coordinating Board has a target of stalled investment settlement worth Rp708 trillion. At present, around Rp 287 trillion has been completed, which consists of investment projects such as Lotte Chemical Indonesia; cooperation in the construction of an oil refinery between Pertamina and Rosneft, the construction of Tanjung Jati power plant, and the construction of  Hyundai Motor Company car factory.

08
May

The Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS) collaborates with Airlangga University Hospital (RSUA) to continue to produce innovative technology for handling the Corona virus outbreak. This time, the invented innovation is in the form of Ultra Violet ITS - Airlangga (VIOLETA) robot which is useful to facilitate the process of room sterilization for the care of Covid-19 patients. ITS Deputy Rector IV, Bambang,Pramujati PhD explained that the idea of creating the VIOLETA robot began when several ITS lecturers succeeded in researching the use of UV light to eliminate or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. This robot can also avoid physical contact with UV exposure because it is very dangerous when it comes to humans directly.

VIOLETA uses a UV light that is controlled remotely by using wireless control. This robot is effectively used at a distance of 1 to 2 meters to the object and takes 10 to 15 minutes to fully sterilize. One of the VIOLETA's research teams, Endarko added that in general, these UV lights have wavelengths of 200 to 300 nanometers. In practice and theory, the wavelength range can kill microorganisms well. This 30 watt UV light is healthier and safer than using disinfectants. This is because there are no residues left after the sterilization process.

As for the application in the Covid-19 case, the VIOLETA robot has the benefit of being able to sterilize the isolation space that has been used or the area that has been used in handling Covid-19 and without involving humans directly. One of the VIOLETA robot team programmers, Achmad Zidan Akbar said, the robot which weighs 30 kilograms uses the basic platform of the ITS soccer robot named IRIS. The VIOLETA also uses an inverter to convert the direct current from the battery into an alternating current which will turn on the UV light.

08
May

In the holy month of Ramadan, there are many types of typical culinary. One of them is Rogan Soup. The culinary is so popular in Cianjur, West Java. It is also known as Sup Roti Dawegan. In the local traditional language “Dawegan” means young coconut. Young coconut and fresh bread have become main culinary while breaking fasting in Cianjur.

Besides white bread and young coconut, Rogan Soup is also made from coconut milk and milk.  Initially, the oval-shaped bread is stored on a banana leaf. Then, it is added a piece of coconut, and then it is added with mixture of coconut milk and milk.  Moreover, Rogan is steamed for 25 minutes. When Rogan is taken, it   can be eaten warmly.  But, it is also delicious if it is eaten cold (refrigerator temperature). If t is eaten, there are sweet taste of milk and savory coconut milk and young coconut. Nowadays, there are also people who modify Rogan by adding bananas into it.

Because of using coconut milk, Rogan is only for short time.  Rogan must be enjoyed immediately because it only lasts for 7 hours at room temperature.  However, if it is stored in a refrigerator, Rogan can last for 2 days. But the frozen Rogan can last up to 3 days.  The culinary is easily found in Cianjur area, particularly during this Ramadhan month. The price is relatively cheap about Rp12,500 for a serving of original Rogan  and Rp15,000 for a serving of Rogan with additional bananas.

08
May

The issue of the death of Kim Jong-un - North Korea's Leader, has been revealed. After rumours about his illness and death in early April and three weeks absence, the North Korean Leader appeared to inaugurate a factory. Speculation about Kim's whereabouts and health condition peaked when he did not attend the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who was the founder of North Korea. Moreover,  the North Korean Leader was again not seen  when he was to receive a World War II medal from Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The award was given because Kim preserved the memory of Soviet soldiers killed in North Korea, according to the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang.

The world indeed often speculates about the condition and existence of the North Korean Leader. This is certainly inseparable from North Korea's bargaining position in terms of world nuclear weapons control. Kim's disappearance from the public occurred when Pyongyang's talks with Washington regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons came to a halt, after three meetings between Leader Kim Jong-un and US President, Donald Trump. If Kim is unable to continue the talk  or even dies first, it will increase uncertainty in this negotiation process. Naturally, the international world then highlighted the absence  of Kim Jong-un with various speculations.

For North Korea itself, the absence of Kim Jong-un is also influential,  because this supreme leader’s authority includes the ruling Labour Party and also the military. All major decisions require his approval. The absence of Kim Jong-un means the vacuum in some positions of North Korean life, not to mention the emergence of a new issue about the construction of one more nuclear reactor on the North Korean peninsula.

The world is indeed in the midst of uncertainty, whether it concerns nuclear weapons, conflicts in various regions, or the current hot issue, the Corona pandemic (Covid-19). The existence and condition of Kim Jong-un's health completes this uncertainty.