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18
January

Today in History with the event of January 18th, 2000  that Meteor Fell at Lake Tagish, Canada.

Rocks from outer space or commonly called as a meteor, fell on Lake Tagish, Canada, on January 18th, 2000.  When the meteor fell down, residents around the area saw the light like a falling star on Lake Tagish. After that there was an explosion. The local residents came close  to the location. A number of both local and international scientists conducted research on falling space objects. After studying the meteorite at Lake Tagish, the team of scientists from Japan's Tohoku University concluded that most of the water content on Earth originated from a collision with an asteroid 4.6 billion years ago.


On January 18th, 2002, the Sierre Leone civil war was declared to be over.

The Sierre Leone Civil War was a war that lasted for 11 years, from 1991 to 2002 and it  killed 50,000 people.  The war began on March 23rd, 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front with the support of special forces National Patriotic Front of Liberia under the leadership of Charles Taylor. It launched an attack on the government.  The aim was to impose Joseph Momoh's government. The war was officially declared over by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah on January 18th, 2002.

Today in History with the event of January 18th, 1964 that the Beatles appeared on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time.
 
The Beatles appeared on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time on January 18, 1964.  This music group was named as the most successful rock musician in the 60s. The Beatles is one of the earliest and most influential rock group in the modern era. The members are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The Beatles is considered as the manifestation of progressive ideas which influenced the socio-cultural revolution in the 1960s.

18
January

 

Miscellany will inform you about the interesting program from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, which was nominated by the United Nations. At the annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Prizes) event, the Miss Lambe Hoaks program was chosen to be included in one of the contested nominations. The program was nominated in Category 17, Action Lines C10 "Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society", as the flagship work of Indonesia. WSIS is a world meeting forum on information technology empowerment held by the United Nations. Miss Lambe Hoaks is a weekly program showing Miss Lambe Hoaks as the Main Figure who reports the results of weekly monitoring from the Content Complaints Team. With the talkative of the main character, Miss Lambe Hoaks, this program tells the latest views that are being the subject of discussion by netizens on all social media platforms. In addition to Miss Lambe Hoaks, there were eight Indonesian projects or initiatives that were nominated, namely the 2019 IoT Makers Creation Ministry of Communication and Information, included in Category 1 "The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development." Later, five of the 20 projects per category that received the most votes from various parts of the world, was named the second winner. Then, from the five projects, one was chosen by UN experts as the First Champion. The Lambe Hoaks program is produced weekly and is broadcasted through its main media channels, namely GPR TV and other Social Media channels of the Ministry of Communication and Information such as Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. With the presence of the latest and superior program collaboration results from the three work units of the Ministry is expected to provide fresh and beneficial shows for the people of Indonesia wherever they are. The Lambe Hoaks displays information about hoaks that was collected for one week by the Automatic Identification System (AIS) ofMinistry of Communication and Information, then displayed by Miss LambeHoaks as the host and broadcasts on all social media platforms and a number of TV stations. 

 

 

16
January

In a limited cabinet meeting on Wednesday (16/1), President Joko Widodo instructed his ministers to immediately finish the law which can accelerate national economy in 2020. Omnibus Law is made to target one great issue that can revoke or amend some laws to be simpler. To stimulate economic growth, the Indonesian government must move quickly so that the 5.5 percent economic growth projection in 2020 can be achieved. There are three focuses in the 2020 Omnibus Law, namely tax, providing employment, as well as empowering micro small and medium enterprises. In the limited cabinet meeting, the President targeted the Omnibus Law for employment and tax to be finished before 100 working day of Indonesian cabinet Onward. Therefore, he instructed all ministries and institutions, including National Police, State Intelligence Agency (BIN), and Attorney General Office to build one-way communication, as well as to communicate with involved organizations. President Joko Widodo hoped the Omnibus Law discussion can be finished soon. Because it can make Indonesia a country with good business ecosystem. Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto said that the Omnibus Law bill is ready to be ratified before 2020 Idul Fitri. According to him, the discussion in government’s internal level had been finished. Therefore, he ensured the bill can be submitted to the House of Representatives immediately to be ratified. One of the main priorities under development in the Omnibus Law bill is manpower. The Omnibus Law is needed to increase Indonesian economic growth that was  stagnant in 2019. The bureaucracy complexity that hampers business activities is the main target in the bill making. Therefore, Omnibus Law completion and implementation are very needed for the government as long as for prosperity and welfare of the people. However, it should be carefully checked again if related parties can make win-win solution for the developing and more complex current economic issues.

 

16
January

Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) focuses on rehabilitation of Java through this year's Social Forestry program. Director General of Social Forestry and the Environmental Partnership at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Supriyanto said that in this rehabilitation effort, there will be an additional Indicative Map and Social Forestry Area for Permit of the Utilization of Social Forestry Forests in Java. Bambang Supriyanto in Jakarta, Monday (Jan 13), said, forest degradation in Java is below 10 percent. The location has been mapped as a location for Social Forestry Utilization Permit.

On the third revision of Indicative Map and the Social Forestry Area, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, reserved 13.8 million hectares area for social forestry. While the addition to the Permit of the Utilization of Social Forestry in Java will be around 326,000 hectares, covering the areas of East Java, West Java, Central Java, and Banten. The location lies in 44 districts and 74 sub-districts.

Bambang said, the realization of the Social Forestry program up to December 31, 2019 was recorded there have given management access to 818,457 households, with a total of 6,411 permits/management rights or a total area of 4,048 million hectares.

He said, after the Utilization Permit of Java Island Social Forestry was approved by Minister of Environment and Forestry, assistance to forestry extension would be immediately carried out. They will assist pre to post permits, preparing work plans, and determining the crops or agroforestry patterns which suitable for the specified area.

Bambang said, he wants to increase the number of assistants but reducing the target area of Social Forestry in 2020. This was done because the Ministry of Environment and Forestry wants to improve access of assistance, so that the social forestry business groups that had been running previously could increase and qualified. As of November 2019, 5,208 social forestry business groups have been formed in the Social Forestry program, which is spread across 33 provinces.