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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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12
May

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Mataram City's residents in West Nusa Tenggara are banned from holding or partaking in city-wide convoys to celebrate the takbiran parade on the eve of Eid al-Fitr to stem the potential spread of COVID-19 infections.

However, Mataram residents are permitted to hold the takbiran, or recital of God, at major events inside mosques, Mataram city police chief, Senior Commissioner Heri Wahyudi, stated here on Tuesday.

However, those holding takbiran inside mosques continue to follow the COVID-19 health protocols to avoid crowding. To this end, the takbiran event organizer should restrict the number of attendants to not over 10 percent of a mosque's total capacity, he remarked.

Police personnel will adopt humanistic approaches for the takbiran events on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festivity that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, he stated.

Community members are firstly advised to steer clear of events where crowding occurs. However, if they still flout the COVID-19 prevention rules, they will be dispersed, Wahyudi cautioned.

The Mataram city police have also established four COVID-19 monitoring posts to ensure that health protocols are applied at places, such as shopping malls, according to Wahyudi.

Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's second-largest Muslim organization, had determined earlier that the Eid al-Fitr festivity will fall on Thursday.

The final decision was made by referring to the results of "hisab," or calculations, made by the organization's Majelis Tarjih and Tajdid, law-making and reform councils.

Based on the observation of "hilal," or the new moon, conjunction between the sun and the moon would occur on Wednesday, May 12, at 02:03:02 Western Indonesia Time (WIB).

"Thus, 'hilal' will have emerged when the sun goes down in Yogyakarta," Muhammadiyah Secretary Agung Danarto stated at a recent virtual press conference.

The coronavirus disease outbreak initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019 and then spread to various parts of the world, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Indonesian government announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

Since then, the central and regional governments have made persistent efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve by imposing healthcare protocols and social restrictions.

To break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, which has impacted the purchasing power of scores of families in Indonesia, the government has banned homebound travel, or "mudik," ahead of this year's Eid al-Fitr holiday season akin to last year.

Traditionally, the Eid al-Fitr festivity is often regarded by several Indonesian Muslims as a time to seek blessings and forgiveness from parents and to strengthen "silaturrahim".

However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, "silaturrahim," or the bonds of friendship, can still be upheld virtually during the Eid al-Fitr festivity. (Antaranews)

12
May

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People that complied with the government's appeal to not go on a homecoming exodus and not conduct face-to-face meetings had contributed to containing the transmission of COVID-19, Wiku Adisasmito, COVID-19 Handling Task Force spokesperson, stated.

"If the community does not go on a homecoming exodus, it means that it will also contribute to suppressing the transmission," Adisasmito noted during a press conference, monitored virtually from Jakarta, Tuesday.

Moreover, the spokesperson pointed out that not embarking on a homecoming exodus also contributed to lowering the potential for transmission of COVID-19 to the elderly and relatives in their respective areas.

Regarding the tradition of friendly meeting, or silaturahmi, that people usually follow during Eid al-Fitr, Adisasmito has encouraged it to not be face-to-face but instead to apply technology by holding virtual meetings.

The spokesperson invited people to learn from the challenges encumbering India, which in the last two months, experienced a significant increase in cases due to religious and political activities that drew huge crowds.

In March 2021, India had an average positivity rate of 3.4 percent, which dipped to 22.2 percent as of May 6, 2021.

Meanwhile, Indonesia clocked a decline in the positivity rate during the same time frame, specifically in March 2021, during which an average of 14.7 percent was recorded and it decreased to 11.3 percent on May 6, 2021.

This drastic increase burdens healthcare facilities in India, thereby hindering the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and other diseases owing to the large number of new cases.

"Through face-to-face meetings, there is a potential of transmitting and contracting COVID-19. Of course, this can have fatal consequences. I am sure we do not want to regret it," Adisasmito remarked. (antaranews)

12
May

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Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim, launched the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) program with the objective of facilitating Indonesian students to spend a semester studying overseas.

"Through the IISMA program, Indonesian students will be able to follow their dreams to participate in courses in leading universities, develop their cross-cultural abilities, strengthen global networking, and prepare themselves for the current world of work," Minister Makarim remarked during the launch of IISMA from Jakarta on Tuesday.

Makarim thereafter lauded the chancellors of national universities that had forged cooperation with institutions overseas, where the total number of foreign universities under the scheme reached 73 institutions from 31 countries.

"As you may know, I have had the experience of being a university student in Singapore, the United States, and the United Kingdom. I pursued my dreams in three distinctive environments that have in turn shaped my intellect and character," he remarked.

The minister expressed belief that higher education offers a platform for students to broaden their thinking and chase their dreams, to which end the ministry aims to facilitate Indonesian students.

Makarim affirmed that classroom learning experiences fail to empower students with the skillsets required at the workplace, thereby eventually presenting challenges to them to face the dynamics at the workplace.

"We would like to change that by bringing about transformations that make universities more relevant to the world outside campuses. Students can have the flexibility with the application of best practices in the humanitarian organization industry through the 'Kampus Merdeka' program," he remarked.

The minister further called for continually expanding collaboration-based initiatives to realize the vision of a liberating education, not only at the national scale but also globally.

Meanwhile, Director General of Higher Education from the Ministry, Nizam, remarked that the scholarship program is being implemented in cooperation with the Finance Ministry's Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Program.

"This is an effort to accelerate the progress of students and to strengthen them by enabling them to study overseas in world-renowned campuses, so that they can avail extraordinary learning and have the opportunity to build their confidence and conduct global networking," he explained. (Antaranews)

11
May

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The Indonesian and Chinese navies conducted a joint military exercise in the waters near Jakarta on May 8, 2021 to improve coordination during emergencies at sea, the China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported.

In a 47-second video, CGTN reported on the deployment of two Chinese guided-missile frigate ships — Liuzhou and Suqian — for the joint exercise with the Indonesian Navy.

The Indonesian Navy deployed two warships for the exercise — KRI Usman Harun and KRI Halasan, which are also guided-missile frigate ships.

The joint exercise focused on communication, search and rescue operations, as well as maneuver formation, according to the report.

Earlier, the Chinese Navy had deployed its fleet to help lift the debris of the sunken Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 in the waters north of Bali island.

The Chinese Navy sent three ships, including the 13-thousand tonnage Hull-163, to help salvage Nanggala-402.

The three Chinese ships were different from those that participated in the joint exercise.  (Antaranews)

11
May

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry has sent oxygen assistance to India, which has witnessed an explosion in COVID-19 cases amid a second wave of infections, whose impact has been greater than the first wave.

“With the number of people who are infected every day reaching more than 400 thousand and with a daily death rate of 3,900 people, India currently really needs assistance in the form of oxygen gas for the treatment of COVID-19 patients,” Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, said in Cikande, Serang, Banten on Monday.

At the event, which was also attended by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, Kartasasmita said that India is a strategic partner country for Indonesia, both in terms of diplomatic and industrial and trade sectors.

"We (want to) help our brothers who are experiencing difficulties," he remarked.

According to Kartasasmita, in the first stage, the Indonesian government will send 1,400 oxygen cylinders of the total 3,500 to India.

In the first phase, assistance has been realized through the initiative of the oxygen gas industry as well as the petrochemical industry and the textile industry originating from India, he informed.

The Indonesian Industrial Gas Association and PT Samator have coordinated the procurement of oxygen cylinders and contents for 3,400 tubes for the aid, he said.

Furthermore, PT Indorama Ventures Indonesia, PT Indo-Rama Synthetics, PT Asia Pacific Fibers, PT Indo Bharat Rayon (Aditya Birla Group), PT Mutu Gading Tekstil, and the Carpet and Prayer Mat Industry Association have financed 280 tubes and one shipping container, he added.

The total number of tubes that have been collected and are ready to be shipped is 1,400, which will be sent in five containers, Kartasasmita said.

"The Indonesian government would like to thank for the initiative and participation of those who have assisted in the implementation of this assistance, especially the industries mentioned earlier," he added.

The Minister of Industry expressed the hope that the assistance would help alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, while praying that the situation in India quickly becomes under control.

"And for us, let us take lessons from the tragedy that befell India so that we do not let our guard down and remain disciplined in implementing health protocols," Kartasasmita remarked.  (Antaranews)

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May

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has condemned the use of force against Palestinian worshippers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and the forced eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem.

"The forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, and the use of force against Palestinian civilians at Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be ignored. Indonesia condemns these actions," Widodo said on his Twitter account @jokowi, here on Monday.

The President said Indonesia has urged the UN Security Council to take action on repeated violations committed by Israel.

Indonesia will continue to side with the Palestinian people in their struggle for independence, he added.

Last Saturday, the Indonesian government had vehemently denounced an Israeli attack on Palestinian civilians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and the forced eviction of six Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

"Indonesia equally condemns the use of force against Palestinian civilians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex that resulted in hundreds of casualties and thereby hurt the sentiments of the Ummah," the Indonesian Foreign Ministry tweeted on its official Twitter account on Saturday.

Meanwhile, United Development Party (PPP) deputy chairman Arsul Sani urged the Indonesian government to not contemplate on establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, in spite of the associated economic benefits.

"A firm step must be taken, although diplomatic relations could offer economic benefits for Indonesia," Sani remarked here on Monday.

The stern measure has been deemed necessary in view of the ongoing acts of violence committed by Israeli security forces against Palestinians, especially Muslims worshiping at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan, he said.  (Antaranews)

10
May
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Indonesia has condemned Israeli attack against Palestinian civilians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and the forced evictions of six Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, East Jerusalem.

"Indonesia equally condemns the use of force against Palestinian civilians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex which has resulted in hundreds of casualties and thereby hurting the feeling of the Ummah," the Indonesian Foreign Ministry tweeted on its official Twitter account on Saturday. Palestinians have been protesting against the forced displacement of people in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood following an Israeli court order, Aljazeera reported on May 5, 2021.

The Israeli district court in East Jerusalem approved a decision to vacate six Palestinian families from their homes in May in favour of Israeli settlers. The same court ruled that another seven families in Sheikh Jarrah are to leave their homes by August 1.

Palestinians fear that it is part of an ongoing effort by Israeli settlers to take control of Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said such forced evictions and use of force are contrary to various UN Security Council resolutions, International Humanitarian Law, particularly the IV Geneva Convention of 1949, and have the potential to increase tension and instability in the region.

"We urge the international community to take concrete steps to put a stop to the forced evictions of Palestinians and use of force against civilians," the ministry said.

Aljazeera reported that Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinians at Al-Aqsa as anger grows over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

At least 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear. Jewish settler organisations filed a lawsuit in the 1970s claiming the area belonged to Jews originally, and seeking the expulsion of Palestinian families living there since 1956, Aljazeera wrote. (Antaranews)

10
May

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The East Java chapter of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) has strongly condemned the attack against Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex last Friday (May 7), and called for an international sanction against Israel.

Head of the NU East Java K.H. Marzuqi Mustamar said here on Sunday that NU East Java also instructed nahdliyin (members of NU) to read Qunut Nazilah and Hizin Nashor prayers for the rest of the Ramadan fasting month this year.

"This is a form of solidarity, asking for help from Allah SWT to restore peace in Palestine in particular and also the world," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the NU East Java K.H. Abdussalam Shohib condemned the Israeli attacks on Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and urged the Indonesian government to launch a strong protest at the United Nations.

"Violent practices and obvious violations continue to be carried out by Israel against Palestinians, such as the attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. NU firmly urges the government to launch an official protest at the UN," the chief of the Denanyar Islamic boarding school in Jombang, said.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has condemned Israeli attack against Palestinian civilians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and the forced evictions of six Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, East Jerusalem.

"Indonesia equally condemns the use of force against Palestinian civilians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex which has resulted in hundreds of casualties and thereby hurting the feeling of the Ummah," the Indonesian Foreign Ministry tweeted on its official Twitter account on Saturday.

Palestinians have been protesting against the forced displacement of people in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood following an Israeli court order, Aljazeera reported on May 5, 2021.

The Israeli district court in East Jerusalem approved a decision to vacate six Palestinian families from their homes in May in favour of Israeli settlers. The same court ruled that another seven families in Sheikh Jarrah are to leave their homes by August 1.

Palestinians fear that it is part of an ongoing effort by Israeli settlers to take control of Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said such forced evictions and use of force are contrary to various UN Security Council resolutions, International Humanitarian Law, particularly the IV Geneva Convention of 1949, and have the potential to increase tension and instability in the region.
 

"We urge the international community to take concrete steps to put a stop to the forced evictions of Palestinians and use of force against civilians," the ministry said.

Aljazeera reported that Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinians at Al-Aqsa as anger grows over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

At least 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear. (Antaranews)

10
May

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The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through its Coastal and Marine Resources Management Center (BPSPL) in Denpasar, released 21,000 lobster seeds that were previously seized in the conservation area of Bangsring waters in Banyuwangi, East Java, in the beginning of May.

Director General for Marine Resources and Fisheries Supervision, Tb Haeru Rahayu, in a statement received here, Sunday, said that the lobster seeds were seized in a bust of an attempted smuggling thwarted by officers.

The plan for illegal lobster seeds export was revealed by an initial tip obtained by officers, after which a joint operation carried out an investigation and caught the perpetrators.

Director General Rahayu explained that the Ministry continues to disseminate information in order to avert similar incidents of illegal lobster seed exports.

"Lobster seeds can be cultivated and grown in the country, and the retail price will grow higher, therefore boosting the economy for the people, fishermen, and cultivators," he said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Coastal and Marine Resources Management Center (BPSPL) in Denpasar Permana Yudiarso added that the release of lobster seeds should be carried out in a conservation area that is well-maintained.

He explained that the lobster seeds were released in the conservation area in Banyuwangi as they were found in the area.

The seeds were set to be illegally sent to Vietnam, as revealed by the investigation, and the scheme was set to cause losses of 1.5 billion rupiahs.

The Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, reiterated that it is illegal to export lobster seeds. Under the Minister's leadership, the Ministry is determined to strengthen national lobster cultivation and exports, once the lobsters reach the appropriate size for consumption. (Antaranews)

09
May

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Indonesia received the third batch of ready-to-use COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, under the COVAX facility multilateral scheme, at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang on Saturday.

“Today, we need to be grateful that Indonesia is able to receive again the third batch of the vaccine under the COVAX facility multilateral scheme,” Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated during an online press conference here on Saturday.

Marsudi confirmed the arrival of 1,3,389,600 doses of the ready-to-use vaccine on Saturday.

Earlier, on Thursday (May 6), as many as 55,300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine also arrived here.

“Overall, a total of 1,444,900 doses of the ready-to-use AstraZeneca vaccine of the third batch reached by this week under the COVAX facility scheme,” she noted.

The minister stated that 6,410,500 doses of the ready-to-use AstraZeneca vaccine, under the multilateral scheme, had arrived in Indonesia.Collectively, the number of vaccine doses received by Indonesia, so far, has reached 75,910,500.

Of the total doses of vaccines, 68,500,000 were from Sinovac, 6,410,500 were from AstraZeneca under the COVAX facility, and one million were from Sinopharm.

Marsudi highlighted that Indonesia was sentient of the fact that upholding the commitment to providing equal access to vaccination for all nations was no easy task.

The COVAX facility, supported by GAVI, WHO, and CEPI and in cooperation with UNICEF, has made unwavering attempts to provide vaccine equally to all countries, according to the minister.

“I laud the efforts. Since the start of the pandemic, Indonesia has consistently voiced for equal access to the vaccine for all. Indonesia also supports the COVID-19 patent deletion to boost the capacity of vaccine productivity globally,” she highlighted.

On May 17, 2021, the Indonesian foreign affairs minister, along with the Ethiopian health minister and Canadian international development minister, will chair the meeting of the COVAX AMC Engagement Group.

The meeting is aimed at discussing the current situations pertaining to the attempts to ensuring equitable vaccine access for all countries//ANT

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