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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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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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Indonesia needs to remain alert for COVID-19 spread from travelers entering the country from several bordering countries that are battling an infection surge, an official from the Health Ministry has said.

"In accordance with the weekly COVID-19 report for September 3-9 2021, Indonesia still needs to be aware of cases that have started and are still surging in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and Singapore," head of the Center for Health Research and Development of the Health Ministry, Vivi Setiawaty, said on Monday.

Based on a study by the Research and Development Center, infections in countries located on the Indonesian border are still dominated by the Delta variant, while there are no reports regarding the findings of the B.1621 (Mu) variant, he informed.

Meanwhile, at the global level, some countries that are currently experiencing a spike in cases are Israel, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany, Setiawaty said.

"Of the five countries, Malaysia is the only country that has not reported finding the Mu variant," she added.

The factors that have contributed to the acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in these countries include joining mass gatherings, traveling with COVID-19 positive people, visiting high-risk areas such as medical facilities, and vague transmission (because of lack of symptoms, limited testing, or infection caused by other respiratory viruses), Setiawaty informed.

"With the continued variety of findings of new variants, the new variant is the one that needs to be prevented and monitored. The spikes in cases are generally always accompanied by an examination of the viral genome from samples of COVID-19 patients," she said.

Apart from Indonesia, the Delta variant is still dominating cases in several countries, such as Germany, Great Britain, the US, Israel, and Malaysia, where the trend in infections is starting to experience a spike, she noted.

According to the Health Ministry's weekly overview, the second-highest variant after Delta in Germany is Lambda with an infection rate of 4 percent, while cases in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel are dominated by the Alpha variant, with an infection rate of 0.68 percent, 0.09 percent, and 0.62 percent, respectively.

"Meanwhile, the second-highest variant after Delta in Malaysia is Kappa with 8.11 percent (infection rate)," Setiawaty disclosed.

Although the number reported outside the Delta variant is still relatively small, monitoring new variants reported in other countries will be important to increase vigilance both in prevention and improvement of Whole Genome Sequencing and the development of science and technology related to SARS CoV-2, she added. (Antaranews)




 Indonesia has again received five million doses of  Sinovac vaccine in finished form under the 70th batch of vaccine arrival on Monday.

"This vaccine supply has brought the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia, both in the form of raw materials (bulk) and ready-to-use, to 262,350,400 doses," spokesperson for vaccination of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, noted in a written statement received here.

Tarmizi remarked that with this 70th stage of vaccine arrival, the number of vaccine doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac in Indonesia had increased to reach a total of 53,776,000.

"This number will continue to increase since on Tuesday (September 21), we will receive another five million vaccine doses of the same brand," she noted.

In line with the government's commitment to expediting the national vaccination program, she noted that the received vaccine doses will be distributed to various regions across the country for immediate use.

“In the next few weeks, we will receive more batches of vaccine doses. This is the government's effort to prevent a vaccine shortage from occurring in our country," she stated.

In spite of the increased availability of vaccines, the spokesperson emphasized that the third dose or booster vaccine is only designated for healthcare workers, as they have a greater risk of being exposed to the virus.

Hence, Tarmizi appealed to the public that if vaccinators were available to offer the third dose of the vaccine to people apart from health workers, then they should immediately report it to the authorities.

Regarding the distribution of vaccines, the corporate secretary and spokesperson for Bio Farma, Bambang Heriyanto, stated that as of September 19, 2021, Bio Farma had distributed 169,114,468 doses of the vaccine to various regions in Indonesia. (Anatranews)




Indonesia's youth will face several challenges in future, including a gap or inequitable access to education, which should be handled, Minister of Finance's Special Staff in the Strategic Communication Department Yustinus Prastowo stated.

"We should figure out how to have more equitable education levels as well as better access to knowledge," Prastowo stated during the InFest Incubation 2021 online talk show observed from here on Monday.

The other area of concern pertains to connectivity challenges in order to connect one region to another in Indonesia as an archipelagic state, he noted.

In addition, he remarked that technological disruption can be a challenge as well, wherein a relevant information today may no longer be so in future.

To this end, he encouraged the younger generation, which would become the nation's future leaders, to not become complacent and continue on the path of self-improvement.

"It is best to not think that what we are doing right now is the peak of achievement to the extent that we are no longer willing to open to other innovations," Prastowo elaborated.

Meanwhile, he emphasized that the youth should also be capable of anticipating, evaluating, filtering, and choosing the best investment based on the correct information.

"Do not become trapped by incorrect flow of information, such as how our government is in constant debt or every infant that was born is saddled with debt," he remarked.

"Do not be scared by them. You have to be willing to look for the correct information," he stated.

Prastowo remarked that the youth should be aware that investment is not just about gaining profits but also about preparing oneself for the future. (Antaranews)




The Industry Ministry has proposed the imposition of warehouse receipt system (WRS) to spur local tobacco absorption in the tobacco industry.

The system is expected to effectively monitor stock of raw material in the warehouse and maintain the commodity's price stability.

"We have initiated the import substitution program and encouraged export of tobacco products. This will bring positive impact to the national economy," acting Director General of Agro Industry of the ministry, Putu Juli Ardika said in a statement here on Sunday.

The move, he continued, would accelerate the government's priority program of the National Economic Recovery (PEN).

"The government could not work alone, we need to work closely with various parties including industry players," Ardika said.

Supports from industry sector, including the tobacco industry, would help the government to revive the national economy.

Meanwhile Temanggung District Head HM Al Khadziq lauded the ministry's quick response on concern over tobacco absorption in Temanggung.

"We thank the Industry Ministry that has responded to our letter regarding tobacco absorption and price improvement at farmers' level," he said.

A member of Commission IV of the House of Representatives Panggah Susanto said tobacco industry is a regulated industry that should benefit from the government's regulation.

Regarding  local tobacco absorption, Susanto said, he continued to encourage farmers to improve the commodity's quality to get a better price. (Antaranews)




The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has targeted to create 1,000 new entrepreneurs in the fisheries sector by 2024.

The ministry's Director General for Marine and Fisheries Product Competitiveness Artati Widiarti said, the ministry has conducted trainings for entrepreneurs in the sector.

"This is our contribution to support the growth of national entrepreneurs as one major project in the Medium-term Development Plan," Widiarti said in a statement here on Sunday.

The training, conducted on September 17, was attended by 200 participants from 20 provinces.

It covered training on marine and fishery product processing, packaging and promotion design, online business strategy, and licensing.

In 2020, she said, the ministry has succeeded in creating 100 entrepreneurs in fish processing.

Director of Business and Investment Catur Sarwanto said, participants had earlier have a 3-month online training from June to August under the GoUKM training center.

Based on preliminary observation, 116 participants (58 percent) already run businesses in the sector and 84 others (42 percent) were still learning to start the business.

"We hope that all participants could become strong entrepreneurs, creative, innovative, competitive and could open new jobs for the locals, hence they can help increasing local economy," he said.

The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono has stressed the ministry's support to micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs).

He said, the government would improve MSME's competence and capacity in promoting and marketing their products through e-commerce. (Antaranews)




Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has actively encouraged the development of the local game industry and continued to promote it.

"For instance, we engaged the local game industry actors in the Tokyo Game Show as well as encourage them to have the ability to market and promote their products," he said at the online Wealth Wisdom 2021 seminar here on Saturday.

Indonesia has the fourth largest Internet users in the world with more than 170 million people are connected to the Internet and about 60 million gamers, he said.

"Nowadays, gamification can also be applied for education purposes, for instance introducing tourism destinations through games. Thus, we are encouraging the capacity and capability of the game developers to have their human resources integrated into the education sector -- we will continue to improve it in future,” he continued.

Previously, the minister said that the video game industry in Indonesia was still dominated by foreign products.

Hence, the role of the younger generation is needed to be able to lead the market in creative economy sector, especially in the video game industry.

Furthermore, he assessed that the 5G services provided in several regions should be able to encourage the emergence of local creative industry – especially the video games development.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia's digital economy has shown a remarkable development and featured a 40 percent market share in ASEAN.

The country’s creative economy industry was able to contribute Rp1,100 trillion to its gross domestic product and become the third largest in the world due to the development of digital media sector. (Antaranews)


Kemkominfo supports Peruri's transformation in postage stamps


The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemkominfo) supports product development through transformation and the utilization of digital technology by the state-owned banknote printing company Perum Peruri.

"I support the transformation of Peruri that has developed its products by utilizing digital technology, such as the augmented reality feature on postage stamps," Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate noted in a press statement on Friday.

Digital technology, which has become part of the people's daily lives, can be used for the development of the nation and state, including companies.

"Currently, we no longer see this as hope. Digital has become a reality that we must use for the benefit of our country, nation, and society first and foremost. I certainly hope that the digital technologies, which Peruri is involved in, will continue to grow," Plate stated.

The government signed the First Day Cover of the 50th Anniversary of Peruri's Stamps virtually, bearing the theme "Legacy and Infinity." The stamp, developed by Peruri, applies digital technology and provides detailed information with a code inside.

"We hope that in future, these stamps would continue to be developed and keep up with the times and technology," acting Director General of Post and Information Technology Ismail noted in the same statement.

Stamps are special collectible items that showcase social, cultural, and economic aspects of art, among others.

Hence, the ministry has called for breakthroughs and innovations for evolution in the development of stamps in the near future.

"We cannot deny the fact that the era of globalization is developing rapidly and technology is also advancing. Hence, everything is developed using digital technology, including stamps," Ismail stated.

The First Day Cover signing of the 50th Peruri Stamp was conducted by Minister Johnny G. Plate and President Director of Peruri Dwina Septiani Wijaya. (Antaranews)


Home Affairs Ministry reminds regions to report their innovations


The Ministry of Home Affairs has again drawn the attention of regions to report their innovations for measurement and evaluation for the 2021 Region Innovation Index.

In his statement received here on Friday, the Ministry's Research and Development Head, Agus Fatoni, highlighted that 29 regions had yet to report their innovations for measurement and evaluation for the 2021 Region Innovation Index.

"Regions that have not yet conducted data inputs and not yet reported their innovations should do so through the region innovation index website," he expounded.

According to Fantoni, if a region has not reported its innovations until the set deadline, then the region would receive a disclaimer predicate.

To this end, he advised regions to make several preparations to avert such a situation.

"The deadline for the data input is September 17, 2021. Please take note of this," he noted.

Fatoni pointed to several regulations that mandate reporting of innovations by regions.

This mandate is stipulated in Article 388 of Law No. 23 of 2014 on the Regional Government.

The article stated that a regional head should report the innovations being implemented to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Beyond that, a similar mandate is stipulated within Article 22 of Government Regulation No. 38 of 2017 on Regional Innovation.

"The regulation stated that the minister should conduct evaluation of regions that have come up with innovations based on the report by region heads," Fantoni expounded.

Fatoni also requested that the regional government take into account the general condition of the innovation result report.

Among the aspects to be taken into account is that the innovation should be a new breakthrough and have the element of novelty, both completely or partially.

"The innovation implementation result should provide an impact and benefit to the region or to the people sustainably," Fantoni affirmed. (Antaranews)


President Jokowi rewards 2020 Paralympics athletes


Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) disbursed bonuses at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Friday as a mark of appreciation for the achievements of the athletes and coaches that participated in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

“Some Rp5.5 billion will be rewarded to the gold medalists, Rp2.5 billion to silver medalists, and Rp1.5 billion to the bronze medalists. In addition, some bonuses will be given to the non-medal winners and the coaches, though I will not tell the amount – let our youth and sports minister announce it," he stated.

On the occasion, the president was accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Youth and Sports Minister Zainuddin Amali, Chairman of the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee Senny Marbun, Indonesian Chef de Mission at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Andi Herman, as well as other related officials.

Some 23 athletes from Indonesia bagged nine medals at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in seven sports disciplines.

"I and all the Indonesian people welcome your homecoming with pleasure, joy, and pride. I express my highest appreciation for your struggle and hard work that have resulted in the achievements and made the nation proud," the president affirmed.

Jokowi believes the medals achievement at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics was a milestone.

"Thank you for the gold medals pocketed at the badminton sports -- not just one, but two gold medals. They are milestones. You have proved that you are able to compete at the global level. Thus, congratulations to all champions, who have won either gold, silver, or bronze medals," he noted.

Furthermore, President Jokowi expressed optimism that the athletes' achievement at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics would become a source of inspiration for all Indonesian people.

"Thus, it can be a source of motivation for all of us -- both athletes and Indonesian people -- to continue to work hard to garner success and give the best to the nation," he stated.

In addition, Jokowi reminded athletes to prepare for the 2024 Paris Paralympics.

"Do not forget to prepare yourself. Remember that the 2024 Paris Paralympic is just three years away. We hope to win more medals and clock higher achievements at the event," he affirmed.

In the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Indonesia was ranked 43rd, with nine medals.

The Indonesian contingent bagged one gold medal in the women's doubles badminton by Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah, one gold medal in the mixed doubles badminton event by Leani Ratri Oktila and Hary Susanto, as well as one silver medal in the women's singles badminton by Leani Ratri Oktila.

In addition, a silver medal was won by Dheva Anrimushti in the men's singles badminton event, a silver medal in the women’s weightlifting by Ni Nengah Widiasih, a bronze medal in the men’s athletics by Saptoyogo Purnomo, a bronze medal in the men's singles table tennis event by David Jacobs, as well as two bronze medals in the men's singles badminton event by Suryo Nugroho and Fredy Setiawan.

Meanwhile, the non-medal winners will be rewarded Rp100 million. (Antaranews)




The handling of COVID-19 in Indonesia has been praised as one of the best in the world as the nation has successfully reduced the number of cases to minus 58 percent in two weeks, a Health Ministry official has said.

"Citing one of the publications from the website, data from John Hopkins University, the last updated data on September 12 (2021) has stated that the handling of COVID-19 in Indonesia is praised as one of the best in the world," spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccinations at the ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, informed while delivering the PPKM Press Release here on Wednesday.

Tarmizi said the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia has begun to show good results, especially with the number of cases declining to minus 58 percent within two weeks.

The number of daily positive cases in Indonesia has fallen dramatically compared to the recent spike in cases, she said.

"On September 13, 2021, we even recorded the lowest daily case finding number since May 2021, which was 2,577 people," she informed.

Although daily cases have decreased, Tarmizi advised the public to continue to remain disciplined in implementing the health protocols and immediately schedule a vaccination.

"Of course, we do not want to be careless, so we will not face a surge in COVID-19 cases again. We have also continued to take anticipatory measures so that no new variant of COVID-19 enters the country by tightening supervision at the entry points to Indonesia," she said.

According to Tarmizi, one of the anticipatory measures is the requirement for foreign travelers to carry out PCR tests and quarantine for eight days.

During the quarantine period, the spokesperson said, a second PCR test is carried out after the seventh day of arrival to ensure foreign travelers' COVID-19 status.

"The Health Ministry appeals to all parties related to supervision at the entrance of this country to coordinate well and tighten guard and supervision in order to protect all of our people from being exposed to the new variant of the COVID-19 virus, which transmits faster and is, of course, more difficult to control," she added. (Antaranews)

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