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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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Experts from Indonesia and South Korea exchanged their knowledge and experiences at a seminar on Wednesday to support blue carbon projects in Indonesia.

"This seminar is a follow-up to South Korea-Indonesia's blue carbon cooperation," assistant deputy for climate change and disaster mitigation at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Kus Prisetiahadi, said here on Wednesday.

The seminar served as a forum for Indonesian and South Korean experts in the field of blue carbon to discuss ideas that will become the foundation for designing blue carbon projects in Indonesia under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) scheme.

The ODA project will be a platform to implement real action plans to counter climate change and strengthen South Korea and Indonesia's cooperation in the maritime sector.

The seminar was held by the Korea-Indonesia Marine Technology Cooperation Research Center (MTCRC), Seoul National University, and Kunsan National University, on behalf of the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).

The Korea-Indonesia MTCRC is an intergovernmental joint research center in the field of marine science and technology.

At MTCRC, Indonesia was represented by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenkomarves) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Indonesia has a huge blue carbon potential of 3.4 gigatons (GT), or 17 percent of the world's blue carbon.

Therefore, the expansion of blue carbon ecosystems, technical support, and capacity building in ocean and coastal areas are necessary to manage natural resources sustainably.

The MTCRC’s establishment is aimed at strengthening and promoting practical cooperation in the field of marine science and technology between the two countries.

Earlier, based on the results of a bilateral meeting between MOF and Kemenkomarves on October 13, 2021, the two countries agreed to increase and develop international cooperation in blue carbon, which will be realized with the ODA project, which will start in 2024. (antaranews)







Pandemic and other global crises do not reduce Indonesia's global contribution. According to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, over the past year, global attention has been on the war in Ukraine.

"Indonesia has consistently conveyed the importance of respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries. Indonesia consistently calls on related parties to start peace talks and stop the war," the Foreign Minister said in the Annual Press Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (PPTM), Wednesday (11/1) in Jakarta.

According to Retno, Indonesia seeks a rapid reintegration of grain exports from Ukraine and wheat and fertilizers from Russia.

‘In this context, the President visited Kyiv and Moscow in July last year,’ she said.

Indonesia's attention is also inseparable from global humanitarian goals. According to Retno, Indonesia has also provided grants, medicines and health supplies, including for the rebuilding of hospitals in Ukraine.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, in addition to humanitarian assistance, Indonesia also continues to support Afghan society, especially women. According to Minister Retno, the support is among others through a number of dialogues and cooperation.

‘Afghan-Indonesia-Qatar Clerical Trilateral Dialogue in Doha, active participation in the mission of OIC clerics to Kabul, signing Letter of Intent with Qatar to strengthen humanitarian aid and capacity building for Afghanistan and organizing the International Conference on Afghan Women’s Education in December 2022,’ Retno said.

The international conference, Retno said, generated commitments and pledged to promote women’s education in Afghanistan.

In Palestine, Indonesia's support for the struggle of the Palestinian people also continues. According to Retno, the support includes humanitarian assistance to overcome the pandemic to Palestinian refugees.

"Humanitarian assistance through grants has been distributed in the amount of 14.4 billion rupiah to overcome the impact of the pandemic, 7.2 billion rupiah through the ICRC, the annual allocation of 3 billion rupiah to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees," she said.

In addition, Retno added, Indonesia will also maintain its presence in solidarity with partner countries, among others, in providing humanitarian assistance for flood management in Pakistan, overcoming the impact of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, overcoming the pandemic in a number of Pacific countries, including in the Solomon Islands, PNG and Fiji. (VOI/Andy)





South Sulawesi province is using weather modification technology to reduce rain intensity and cut the risk of natural disasters, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has informed.

"South Sulawesi province will also make weather modifications which, God willing, will kick off today,” BNPB head Suharyanto announced in Makassar on Monday.

He delivered the statement during a coordination meeting held to discuss the impact of hydrometeorological disasters. The meeting took place at the South Sulawesi Governor's Office.

The province, led by Governor Andi Sudirman Sulaiman, has replicated the measures of some other regions that have already adopted the technology, such as Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Banten, Suharyanto informed.

The technology had been proven to reduce rainfall in some of these areas, particularly before the new year, he pointed out.

He then reminded regional governments to pursue evaluations of disaster mitigation efforts without delay to prevent unwanted consequences in the future.

"So, in addition to land operations, which has been commenced, South Sulawesi province is also implementing weather modification technology," he said.

Governor Sulaiman had proposed using weather modification technology to reduce the risk of extreme weather in the area.

Acting head of the South Sulawesi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency, Amson Padolo, said that the agency, in accordance with the governor's directives, has submitted a letter to BNPB and the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) asking for permission to use weather modification technology. (antaranews)





The National Police have sent a team of investigators to the Philippines to probe the arrests of Indonesian citizens in connection with unlawful possession of firearms.

The members of the team have been drawn from several units, such as the international relations division, the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the Intelligence and Security Agency, Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo, informed here on Monday.

"In accordance with the directions of the National Police leadership, today a team from the international relations division, the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the Intelligence and Security Agency are flying to the Philippines," said Prasetyo.

The team's task will be to coordinate with the Indonesian Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippines police in a bid to pursue a joint investigation, he added.

An Indonesian citizen named Anton Gobay, 29, and two Filipino citizens were arrested by local police due to unlawful possession of firearms.

Gobay, who is said to be working as a pilot in the Philippines, was arrested on January 7, 2023, in Kiamba, Sarangani province.

Prasetyo said that based on the information received by the police, Gobay and the Filipino citizens failed to furnish the necessary documents for firearms possession, so they were detained by local police for further investigation.

"It is true that the perpetrators could not show documents of possession of firearms, (which means it is) illegal," he added.

He said he was still waiting for information from the team, which has left for the neighboring country.

"The next step is, if the results of the joint investigation by the National Police investigators and the Philippines police (has been received), it will be informed further (to others)," he added. (antaranews)





The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture appealed to the public to stay calm following the eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra Province on Saturday at 06:11 a.m. local time.

"The community should not panic, still, they need to increase their vigilance," the deputy for equitable regional development and disaster mitigation coordination at the coordinating ministry, Sudirman, said on Saturday.

He also asked the public to continue monitoring the information and adhering to the recommendations from the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) not to carry out any activity within a three-kilometer radius from the peak of the volcano.

He has also emphasized the importance of mitigation preparedness if the eruption activity increases and the status of the volcano is raised.

"All related institutions should continue to bolster their readiness to anticipate an increase in the status and impact of the eruption," the deputy stated.

If it is considered necessary or there have been recommendations from related technical agencies, the local government may stipulate the emergency status of the disaster, he said.

His party has also expected that mitigation attempts can be carried out more optimally to minimize the number of casualties, considering the location of Mount Marapi is quite far from community settlements.

Coordinator for Volcano Observation at PVMBG Oktory Prambada noted that the volcano spewed a 300-meter ash column on Saturday at 06:11 a.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIB).

He said there are still potential threats of the ejection of ash, sand, or other eruption materials which may fall within the three-kilometer radius from the volcano’s Verbeek Crater.

The eruption was preceded by the increase of deep volcanic earthquake which were recorded to occur 13 times on December 25, 2022, he said.

The eruption on Saturday at 06:11 a.m. was followed by another six eruptions at 9:44 a.m, 10:34 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 11:44 a.m., 12:30 p.m., as well as 2:51 p.m.

Currently, the status of Mount Marapi is on Level 2 alert. (antaranews)





West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Governor Zulkieflimansyah invited all parties to strengthen the province’s tourism promotion attempts with a tagline of ‘NTB: The Land of Infinite Experience’.

"If people want to enjoy their life, NTB is the Land of Infinite Experience, which means that everything is here -- there are mountains, beaches, and all (other) tourism (destinations). There are (also) culinary delights, tourism villages, and traditional events,” he remarked.

He said in a statement received on Sunday that the tagline was chosen to highlight the potentials of the province, both to local people and to the international community -- similar to the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ tagline used by the central government to describe Indonesia to the world.

"The tourism destinations in NTB are very complete actually. They also offer various tourism types and concepts. Thus all people should know that NTB is the Land of Infinite Experience," the governor stated.

Hence, he asked for the cooperation of all tourism actors in the province to realize the tagline.

Thus, he encourages the tourism business players to not only intensify the promotion of sports tourism events, but also the events of other tourism sub-sectors in the region.

Since 2021, the province has been the host of a number of international racing competitions, such as Motocross Grand Prix (MXGP), MotoGP, and World Superbike (WSBK).

"In NTB, there are also many other prominent destinations in Lombok, Sumbawa, Dompu, and Bima, which are interesting and able to provide unforgettable experiences for visitors," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of NTB Sitti Rohmi Djalilah said that in addition to intensifying the promotion for various tourism events and destinations, the provincial government also strived to maintain the environment and sustainability of the destinations.

"It is our duty to protect these (tourism) areas. Hence, we implement several programs for that (environment conservation), such as zero waste, NTB Green, (application of) renewable energy, and sustainable tourism development," she remarked.

The deputy governor further said the programs could be implemented thanks to NTB Provincial Government's collaboration with various parties, since the government cannot work alone in addressing the environmental issue.

"In 2021, we were invited to partake in the COP-26 in the UK. At the forum, we stated that NTB is ready for (achieving) Net Zero Emissions (NZE) in 2050. We know that we cannot achieve it alone. Hence, we are happy to collaborate with all parties for new initiatives and innovations," she added. (antaranews)





Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto emphasized that matters discussed with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) during their meeting are confidential in nature.

"The meeting between the president and his ministers is confidential, especially (matters discussed) between the president and the defense minister. It will be inappropriate if I reveal it to the public," Subianto stated after officiating Gerindra Party's presidential campaign secretariat here, Saturday.

The minister's statement was made in response to queries regarding his recent meeting with Jokowi at the Presidential Palace to discuss national matters.

Earlier, on Friday (January 6), President Joko Widodo summoned Subianto and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to the Presidential Palace to discuss several matters.

The two ministers did not elaborate on matters they discussed with the president during the meeting in detail.

According to the Presidential Secretariat's Deputy of Protocol, Press, and Media, Bey Machmudin, the minister informed the president regarding the planned ministry leadership meeting on January 18 during the meeting session.

"Earlier, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto asked for time with the president to explain about the planned Defence Ministry Leadership Meeting on January 18, 2023," Machmudin stated through a short message here, Friday.

During the meeting, Subianto also invited the president to attend the ministry leadership meeting if the president has no other agenda in the day, he remarked.

Moreover, Defense Ministry's spokesperson, Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, stated that the meeting between the minister and the president aims to discuss governance issues.

"It is just a routine discussion on government issues," Simanjuntak told ANTARA.

Meanwhile, Minister Indrawati, who also met Jokowi on Friday, said that she discussed the proposed ministry regulation on fringe benefits taxation during the meeting. She also clarified that the proposed tax would not affect minor fringe benefits received by employees. (Antaranews)





East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa ensured that 1,225,000 doses of locally made COVID-19 vaccine, Inavac, produced by Airlangga University (Unair) and PT Biotis Pharmaceutical are ready to be injected to Indonesian citizens.

According to Parawansa, the vaccine is ready to be sent to the Ministry of Health to be immediately administered to people, including to East Java's residents.

"Alhamdulillah (thank God), in early 2023, some 1.2 million doses of Inavac vaccine have been ready. This vaccine will become an effort to accelerate (the formation of) immunity among Indonesian people, even though the COVID-19 cases continue to decline significantly," she remarked here on Friday.

The governor affirmed that the provincial government of East Java would send a letter to the health minister, so that East Java can be allotted a quota from the 1.2 million doses of Inavac.

"East Java hopes to receive sufficient allocation to continue vaccinating people to achieve community immunity before the Ministry of Health distributes the Inavac vaccine to all provinces in Indonesia," she affirmed.

Parawansa, who concurrently serves as chairperson of the Unair Alumni Association (IKA), explained that the 1.2 million doses were from the first production in November 2022.

Inavac's production target for 2023 is 15-20 million doses. Apart from being used to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in the country, some of the doses would be exported to countries that are in need of vaccines.

Based on its clinical trials, Inavac can be used as a primary COVID-19 vaccine or for first-dose and second-dose vaccinations, with an interval of 28 days between doses.

She explained that Inavac could only be used for people aged 18 years and above after it received an emergency use authorization from the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM) on November 4, 2022.

Head of the Inavac Research Team Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih ensured that the team would continue its research, so that the vaccine could be used not only for adults and adolescents but also for children. (antaranews)





East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa stated that improving people's welfare remains the main focus of the province's development in 2023.

"(This is) especially related to the handling of extreme poverty, education, and human resource development as well as stunting prevalence reduction," Parawansa remarked after leading the "East Java Provincial Government Outlook 2023" coordination meeting here on Friday.

The governor instructed all regional government agencies (OPD) in East Java to synergize and collaborate in order to execute all programs targeted to boost the welfare of people.

According to the governor, there are seven priorities in the 2023 regional development work plan of East Java.

The first priority is driving recovery of the people's economy by increasing the added values of the secondary sector and the tourism sector.

The second focus pertains to strengthening inter-regional connectivity to distribute development results and improve infrastructure services equitably, while the third priority is improving the quality of education, health, workers' productivity, and competitiveness, as well as poverty alleviation.

The fourth area of focus is increasing social awareness and preserving local cultural values, while the fifth priority is increasing food self-sufficiency and management of energy resources.

The sixth area accorded priority is increasing disaster resilience and environmental quality, while the seventh priority is improving peace and public order as well as the quality of public services for people.

Parawansa urged the Village Community's Empowerment Office of East Java to conduct a detailed mapping of villages categorized as extremely poor, developing, and developed.

"If possible, hold a coordination meeting with the district heads and mayors as soon as possible to be able to survey the villages. If necessary, we can invite the Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration as well as launch the disbursement of village funds because the acceleration of the distribution of village funds is crucial," she remarked.

She emphasized that poverty reduction is one of the essential aspects to make a dignified community and to honor the community, one of which is by ensuring that residents reside in livable houses. (antaranews)





The Health Ministry has appealed to all Health Offices as well as hospitals in provinces, districts, and cities to immediately report any cases of food poisoning caused by liquid nitrogen-treated snacks.

“The Health Ministry will carry out monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (of the cases) in all regions of Indonesia," director for referral health services at the ministry Yuli Astuti Saripawan said in a statement issued on Thursday.

It is very important to pay attention to this appeal since the ministry has received a report on an extraordinary incident (KLB) of food poisoning caused by the consumption of snacks made with liquid nitrogen, which are locally called chiki ngebul in West Java province, she added.

Local governments and Health Offices have been asked to directly report their findings on food poisoning cases to the Directorate of Referral Health Services of the Health Ministry, Adhyatma Building, Floor 4 (R.409), H.R. Rasuna Said Street Block X5, Lot 4–9, South Jakarta, 12950.

They have also been asked to contact the Working Team for Other Referral Health Services over the phone (088215992763) or on email.

"I expect that all parties will immediately report if a case of food poisoning due to the consumption of the smoked snack is found," Saripawan added.

A number of students from Ciawang 2 Public Elementary School, Leuwisari sub-district, Tasikmalaya district, West Java province, were suspected to have suffered food poisoning after consuming snacks made with liquid nitrogen near their school.

The children reportedly experienced several symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea. They were provided medical treatment at the local community health center.

The Health Ministry had earlier issued a warning on the risk of consuming “ice smoke,” a snack containing liquid nitrogen, after a child in Ponorogo district, East Java province, was reported to have been burnt by a flame that suddenly appeared due to the nitrogen added into his snack. (antaranews)

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