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The Indonesian Embassy in Beirut has acknowledged its continued support for trade cooperation improvement between Indonesia and Lebanon. Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon Hajriyanto Y Thohari gave the Primaduta Award to Lebanese businessman and importer, George R Fattouh. The award was given for his service in helping market Indonesian products in Paris from the Middle East. The award was given at a ceremony at the Indonesian Embassy in Beirut, Thursday (11/1)  Fatough, is the owner of George R. Fattouh S.A.L, a business that has been importing Indonesian products since the 1980s. It has a range of products, including: palm oil and its derivatives, oil and fats (including cocoa butter substitute, fat spread, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, and lauric confectionery fats), cardboard, stationary, and school equipment. Some Indonesian products are now even available at famous retail networks, such as Spinney’s and Carrefour. In 2022, the value imported by George R. Fattough S.A.L of Indonesian products, was 981.3 million USD. This was a 149.5 million USD increase when compared to 2021. Fattouh said Indonesian products are known for their quality and are in high demand in Lebanese markets. However, he said, the challenge now is increasing freight costs due to security challenges in the region. 

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Listeners, a number of delicious dishes were served to the guests of Dhaup Ageng Pura Pakualaman Yogyakarta, at the wedding reception of the youngest son of K.G.P.A.A. Paku Alam X, namely B.P.H. Kusumo Kuntonugroho with Laily Annisa Kusumastuti which was held on January 10, 2024.Head of the Customs and Accommodation Division, Dhaup Ageng Pura Pakualaman, KRT Radyo Wisroyo said that the menu served to guests was quite varied. These menus are typical menus prepared by Pakualaman Pura, Indonesian menus and western food menus were also available. All invited guests including VIP and VVIP guests got the same menu. The first menu served to welcome guests, namely two types of welcome drink, namely lime lemongrass and ginger drink with lime. The welcome drink was given when guests sat down and watched the Bedhaya Sidamukti and Bedhaya Kakung Indrawidagda dance performances. Next, they gotsnacks for appetizer such as croquettes and other light snacks. There is a snack that is considered quite special and rare called Garulina. Garulina was the opening snack at the Pahargyan Dhaup Ageng Pakualaman lunch on the first day. Garulina has been around since the era before Indonesian independence. Garulina is actually not a typical Central Javanese food. It looks like the Lapis Legit layered cake, but there is something different, because there is a special layer like vla which is made from fresh milk, eggs and sugar. To get this sweet snack, Pakulaman Temple has to place a special order from the third generation of makers who have been pioneering since the 1950s. In Jogja, Garulina is very difficult to find and is considered rare because it is not sold every day.

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06
July

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Indonesia Bridge Team triumphed in “36th International Bridge Festival ALBENA 2018” with four gold medals, two silver, and five bronze. According to a written statement quoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/7), the national bridge athletes with four national coaches participated in the event held from June 19 until July 1. At the closing ceremony, 11 times, Indonesian athletes came on the stage of honor to receive trophies and prizes because Indonesia got a total four gold medals, two silver, and five bronze. In the event, Chairman of the Board of Supervisor of Bridge Association of Indonesia (PB GABSI and World coach from Poland, Kristov Martens who handled the Indonesian national team got the award from the committee as honor guest. While Chairman PB GABSI, got the charter as an honor guest, and obtained trophy for the 3rd Champion Mini Team paired with Daily Chief of the PB GABSI, Handojo Susanto and player from Moldova. Besides, Indonesia team was also supported by Indonesia Honorary Consul in Varna City, Krasimir Simov. The tournament was part of trials in Bulgaria and the United States to maximize achievement in the Asian Games 2018 by targeting two gold medals for Indonesia. The tournament is quite prestigious because it is a four-star international championship (out of a maximum of 5 star matches). On July 2, Indonesia team continued the trial to the United States with excellent physical and psychic conditions. Hopefully, this will further strengthen the preparations towards the Asian Games 2018.

The dry circuit track in Semarang will become an opportunity for many crossers to stand on the podium of the race to be held on Sunday (8/7).  One of them is Honda mainstay crosser, Tim Gajser who is skillful in dry circuit. At the race in Pangkal Pinang last week, Gejser was strong to compete with two KTM racers, Jefferey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli. However, both racers are more resilient in wet circuit. Besides Gajser, MXGP in Semarang can also rely on Kawasaki racer, Clement Desalle. At the race in Pangkal Pinang, Desalle won in fifth position. However, Desalle who occupies the third position of individual standings MXGP this season will also get pressure from Yamaha crosser, Romain Febvre. The French racer got the third podium in the second race at Pangkal Pinang. Promoter of MXGP Indonesia, A Judiarto said in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/7) that all supplies and motorcycles of the world and Indonesia crossers arrived in Semarang. The racing held at the MXGP circuit Bukit Semarang Baru is believed to be more crowded with spectators because the access to Semarang is relatively easier than a number of cities on the Java Island. Ticket for Semarang is better to get because more 30 thousand  tickets had been sold a few days before MXGP is held. Chairman of the Central Executive of Indonesian Motor Association –IMI, Sadikin Aksa also believed that MXGP in Semarang will be more crowded. Modes of transportation to Semarang are a lot from everywhere to Java. While the difficulty in Pangkal Pinang is now the flight. Nevertheless, Sadikin assessed the MXGP implementation in Pangkal Pinang last week was successful. Although the circuit was showered with rain, the race could still be held and went well. So far, the Youthstream as the MXGP owner also did not submit any complaints after the MXGP implementation in Pangkal Pinang.

Eight Indonesia representatives advanced to the eighth round of Blibli Indonesia Open 2018 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000. The men's doubles and mixed doubles sent the most representatives. Each of the three representatives was followed by a representative in the women's doubles, as well as men's singles. One of the Indonesia mainstays in getting the title is the couple -Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon who won two straight games over Ong Yew Sin / Teo Ee Yi (Malaysia) with score 21-18, 21-12. Kevin/Marcus seemed to have no trouble in the second round match that took place in Istora, Thursday (5/7). Meanwhile, Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto become the last representative. Fajar/Rian beat the Dutch couple, Jelle Maas/Robin Tabeling with score 21-18, 19-21, 21-14. Unfortunately, Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama were defeated by Mads Conrad Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark) with score 12-21, 17-21. In the quarter final, Fajar and Rian have already waited the couple of the World Champion 2017 from China, Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng. However, Fajar/Rian recorded a 1-0 lead in a record meeting with Zhang/Liu. In Singapore Open 2017, Fajar/Rian won 21-18, 21-19. While Indonesian badminton player, Tommy Sugiarto beat the sixth-mainstay badminton player from China, Chou Tien Chen in second round of Indonesia Open in Jakarta, Thursday (5/7). Tommy became the only single Indonesian badminton player who advanced to the quarterfinals after winning with score 21-13, 14-21, and 21-18. In the quarter-finals that takes place Friday (6/7), Tommy Sugiarto faces with badminton player from Japan, Kento Momota.

Indonesia national team U-19 with four goals finally defeat the Philippines. The second match of the teams in the third match of Group A qualifying round AFF U-18 2018, in Deltras Sidoarjo Stadium on Thursday (5/7) ended with score 4-1. The result of the match made Indonesia still maintain the top of Group A. When faced the Philippines, Indonesia already looked superior. In the first half, Indonesia controlled 80 percent of the ball. However, the goalpost guarded by Muhammad Riyandi was successfully penetrated. Exactly in the 31st minute, free-kick of the Philippine midfielder, Tubigon Vergara made Indonesia lagged 0-1. The goal made by the Philippines closed the first half with 0-1. In the second half, the Indonesian players tried to strike back. The entry of midfielder, Todd Ferre replacing Risky Fendi in the 46th minute made Garuda front line increasingly active, but the Philippines defense managed to break the host aggressive game. In addition, the Garuda players often made mistakes in providing breakthrough assist. Indra Sjafrie rotated his last player in the 61st minute. Syahrian Abimanyu replaced Muhammad Luthfi Kamal. The Philippines coach, Hirata Reiji also replaced some of his midfielders.  The Philippines was trying to stay defensive against Garuda player attacks. The effort made by the Indonesia players was deadlock to score one goal. Until the 80th minute, the Philippines was still leading ahead. However, the hard work of Indonesian team paid off in the 81st minute. Saddil Ramdani who become a mainstay in hard kick into the goalpost, managed to dismantle the Philippine defense. Through left-foot hard kick from the penalty area, Saddil made a goal into the goalpost of Jessie Sambiante. The score was 1-1. One minute after the draw, a pass from Rifad Marasabessy led to defender Firza Andika who assisted the attack. The heading from PSMS Medan player silenced the Philippines again. Not enough with these two goals, in the 84th minute, Saddil again took off his hard kick and again made the Philippines lost. The score 3-1 made the defensive game of the Philippines meaningless. Until the 90th minute, the score was still 3-1. However, the referee gave an extra four minutes. In the 90+1 minute, Todd Ferre action fulfilled Indonesia's victory to 4-1. Indonesia closed the match with the score and Indonesian still has to face the Vietnam national team on Saturday (7/7) to advance to the semifinals. In the last game of Group A, Indonesia will face Thailand on Tuesday (10/7).

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July

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Indonesia pushed Council of the UN Human Right to investigate violation on human right by Israel in occupied territory of Palestine through the appointment of member of Commission of Inquiry. This was stated by Indonesian permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Hasan Kleib, at the council assembly of Human Right Council in Geneva, on July 2, 2018. As understood, special session of the council on May 18, 2018 has agreed the establishment of Commission of Inquiry to investigate violation on human right, especially related to the violence by Israel authority on peace protest of Palestinian citizens which is begun on March 30, 2018. The violence by Israel caused 132 Palestinians killed and more than 3,000 injured. Until now, the human right council does not form the council yet. Ambassador  Kleib conveyed that Indonesia’s serious concern on human right violence by Israel which keeps continuing on Palestinians, included the use of excessive force on peace protest by Palestinians. Ambassador Kleib also emphasized that policy and illegal action which is conducted by Israel openly, has violated international law, and the UN resolution, including the resolution of the UN Security Council.

More than 70 thousand people flocked along the Champs-Élysées street at the central of Paris city to see Tropical de Paris Carnival on Sunday (1/7). This annually event which is held by Paris regent, Federation du Carnaval Tropical de Paris, and regional government of Ile-de-France every summer. This year, Indonesian team participated in again which consist of Indonesian associations in France under the Indonesian Embassy of Paris, namely association of diaspora Indonesia-France, Sekar Jagat, IKFI, Night Market, Archipelagic dance, Martial arts of the group Indonesian embassy in Paris, Bonapasogit, and also association of Indonesian student in Paris. To add festivity of Indonesian art’s performances were the existence of gamelan and dance team from Dian Nuswantoro University of Semarang.​ Indonesian team has theme “Batik", while maintaining the cultural diversity of the archipelago. Indonesian team which was total 100 persons, was the only participant of Asia. French people and tourists who saw the carnival, gave a standing welcome to Indonesian performances.

Indonesia received strong support from German Chamber and Commerce to conduct campaign on Indonesian economy and trade opportunity and also investment to millions of German Chamber and Commerce members throughout Germany. German Chamber and Commerce has 79 trade offices in 16 states which more than 3.5 million of German companies, which are most of them small medium enterprises. The campaign was conducted through two mechanism, namely Digital Campaign and Roadshow by German Chamber and Commerce support. Digital Campaign will be conducted electronically through German Chamber and Commerce network regularly so  economic and investment opportunity with Indonesia will be on roadmap of German entrepreneurs. Roadshow campaign will be conducted at the end of this year after the implementation of conference of German industry and entrepreneur in Jakarta in November 2018 on Asia-Pacific Conference 2018. The conference has been known by German industrialist and entrepreneur, and it is predicted around 1000 German business communities will come toJakarta. Indonesia must be able to utilize the meeting maximally to increase Indonesian and German Trade Relation.

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July

Cassava is very easy to find in various regions in Indonesia.  The part of this plant commonly used or consumed is the fruit or to be exact the tuber. Cassava peel is usually discarded and become waste,  but actually it can be utilized somehow.A group of students of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta developed a breakthrough by making fish feed coatings or pellets from cassava peel waste. This innovation can increase the effectiveness of fish feed cultivation. One member of the team, Muhammad Burhanudding Fauzi, said this fish feed (pellets) coating provides benefits because it is not easily crumble. The peel serves as a holder so as not to easily absorb water. According to Fauzi, the edible coating nature on the cassava peel starch makes the fish feed not easy to absorb water and can last longer. In addition, it will not easily crumble in the water so it can reduce contamination of residual feed.The innovation named by the students Eating Paku which is an Indonesian abbreviation of Edible Coating of Cassava Peel Starch came from UGM Student Creativity Program 2018. Fauzi developed it with his colleagues in Agricultural Engineering and Biosystem Faculty of Agricultural Technology, namely Ahadian Ansor and Mochammad Idris Ramadana, with the guidance of Sri Rahayoe. Fauzi added, the test results showed this pellets coating can survive in water for 5 to 7 hours.The use of cassava peel starch as the basis for making the coating is chosen because it is relatively cheap compared to other materials such as protein and lipids. In addition, the raw material of cassava peel is available quite abundantly in the community. In fact, cassava peel usually only becomes a waste that has not been optimally utilized. The preparation of fish feed coating is done by processing cassava peel to become starch first. Then the starch is formulated and mixed with glycerol, carboxymethyl cellulose and water. Finally, the resulting solution is sprayed onto the pellet, so the fish feed is more durable in water.According to Ahadian, the idea of ​​developing this fish feed coating started from fish farmers in Sleman who often complained about the condition of their self-made fish feed which quality is not as good as fish feed on the market but the price is relatively more expensive.

02
July

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Revitalization planning of Grand Inna Bali Beach Sanur has started on Friday (29/6). The planning is to make Grand Inna Bali Beach becoming icon and state’s hotel in Sanur. According to commissioner council of PT Hotel Indonesia Natour (HIN), Michael Umbas, the revitalization is follow-up of President Joko Widodo’s direction on his visit to Grand Inna Bali Holle and stayed overnight on August 3, 2017. On the occasion, the president asked Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel and other state own enterprises’ hotel can be able to compete to promote tourism sector in Indonesia. Michael Umbas said through press release on Saturday (30/6) that the seriousness of the president until asking the detail things on hotel development concept shows a high commitment. That is, for a state-owned hotel can play a maximum role in supporting tourism. It is proved that the president’s commitment can be implemented and conducted on Saturday. With the planning, Grand Inna Bali Beach will be developed to be 'Hotel Indonesia Bali' which consists of convention center which is completed with accommodation facility, art market and enriched with eco-park that becomes own attraction. Executive Director of PT HIN,  Iswandi Said stated that as follow up of the planning, in the near future after the fulfillment of permit aspects, his office will conduct ground breaking. The planning of ground breaking will be conducted on October 2018.  

Acting Governor of South Sulawesi, Soni Sumarsono said that Cheng Ho mosque which has Chinese typical architecture is pluralism miniature in Indonesia. Soni when attending Halal Bi Halal or in English means Gathering to ask for forgiveness of Indonesia-China Islamic Association and  H. M. Cheng Hoo Foundation, said  in Gowa regency, South Sulawesi on Saturday that the mosque is unique; the existence of the mosque is pluralism miniature in Indonesia. Cheng Ho mosque has its own characteristics compared with other mosques in general, because it combines Middle East and Chinese nuance and Bugis-Makassar culture, so that it becomes a nice attraction for Muslim community to pray at the mosque. Cheng Hoo Foundation is also building integrated Islamic educational facility with the budget worth around Rp15 billion rupiah.  In regard to this, Soni asked to Gowa regency along with regional government of South Sulawesi to take part. Meanwhile, chairman of the foundation,  Achmad Fran Sudictar said that Cheng Ho mosque is real evidence that tolerance among religious followers  is well preserved in South Sulawesi. 

Researcher of Bung Hatta University mentioned that turtle population on the waters of West Sumatera province is expected to reach 30 thousands. The active researcher, Harfiandri Damanhuri said in Padang, on Saturday that it is population number of adult turtles which enter into West Sumatera waters and landed and spawned at 124 locations. Harfiandri Damanhuri explained that the protected population landed and spawned at the beach and small islands are dominated by three species, namely green, hawksbill and leatherback turtle.  Harfiandri Damanhuri also said that international party noted that there are 7 species of protected turtle and six, among others in Indonesia. From the six species, four species of the turtle are on West Sumatera Waters.  The researchers have begun to be serious conducting research on the turtle since 1999, especially in south coastal regency, Pariaman city, Agam and West Pasaman. Harfiandri explained in 2004 began to become serious attention from Maritike and Fishery Office of West Sumatera and in 2005 there was nationally determination of turtle’s conservation area in West Sumatera. Thus, the government built infrastructure on Karabak Island, South Coast and also Pariaman city and Mentawai regency. Development of infrastructure of turtle’s conservation has given impact on economy for society and the increasing of population. Another impact of the conservation has also increased tourism branding in Minang. Even, the turtle’s conservation has been visited by tourists from 65 countries in the world.

29
June

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The external factor, global economic uncertainty is increasingly pressuring Indonesia. Despite strong domestic economic fundamentals, efforts to boost Indonesia's economy will be heavier this year. External factors, among others, the increasing of USA-China trade wars, and China's economic growth which is expected to weaken to 6.5 percent this year, India and European Union trade barriers, as well as the hike of world crude oil prices. The influence of external factors, among others, is reflected in the rupiah exchange rate against the US dollar and the Composite Stock Price Index. Director of Center for Reform on Economic, Muhamad Faisal, told Kompas yesterday (28/6) that the hike of world crude oil prices, trade barriers, and commodity price’s uncertainty make Indonesia's trade balance deficit. The hike of US central bank , the Fed interest rate which responded by Bank Indonesia by raising the benchmark interest rate will raise the credit rate. If lending rates rise, the real sector will be heavier in driving the domestic economy. From that indicator alone, it is difficult for Indonesia to develop its economic growth. Chief economist of PT Bank Tabungan Negara (Persero), Winang Budoyo, said that currently Bank Indonesia is predicted to prioritize rupiah stability rather than economic growth.

Supporting parties Joko Widodo continues to consolidate the presidential election -Pilpres 2019. They assess the results of elections of regional heads - pilkada 2018 simultaneously can be a political capital to strengthen the coalition that brings Jokowi two more periods. This was revealed after the Chairman of the Central Executive Board of the Golkar Party, Airlangga Hartarto, held a meeting with the chairman of the DPP United Development Party in the office of United Development Party, Jakarta yesterday (28/6). According to him, the meeting was important after the result of elections was reported. The increase of political capital needs to be followed up by concrete steps, including intense communication between the chairman and the president. Airlangga suggested that the coalition supporting Jokowi should be confirmed as soon as possible. Airlangga added that there is an opportunity for other political parties to join.

The result of 2018 regional head elections is predicted to strengthen President Joko Widodo's chances in the presidential election next year. The quick count of survey institutions shows that the pair of candidates for governors who are nominated by the parties supporting Jokowi controlled 10 of the 17 provinces. Director of Saiful Mudjani Research & Consulting Sirojudin Abbas said on Tuesday (26/6/2018) that many regional heads supported by the government-backed party represented a map of the 2019 presidential election. He said the gubernatorial election showed the strengthening of Jokowi's supporters. Statement of supports to Jokowi presented by the regional head candidates also added the opportunity.

29
June

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German defending champion waseliminated from the World Cup2018after losing 0-2 to South Korea, on Wednesday night (27/6/2018), made Der Panzer lift their suitcase for the first time in the first round in 80 years.Goals in the injury time of the game booked Kim Young Gwon in the 90 + 3 minute, and Heung Min Son on 90 + 6 minutes ended the steps of Joachim Loew's squad who finished in the group's caretaker position with a three-point collection.With a collection of champion for 4 times by defending the title of World Champion 2014 and "runner up" four times, German entered this year's tournament with high confidence. On the contrary, Panzer Team eliminated after being unable to dismantle South Korea's defense and lost 0-1 to Mexico in the opening match.After the group stage, there was a hot France duel against Argentina that opened the 16th major serving of the World Cup 2018 in Kazan Arena, Saturday (30/6). Franceis already making sure the big 16 tickets since the second match day Group C World Cup 2018.This will be the first meeting of both teams in the World Cup since the 1978 edition.At that time, La Albiceleste won 2-1 in the group phase match.After France against Argentina, the last 16 will be decorated with Uruguay's battle against Portugal, Spain against Russia, and Croatia against Denmark.The rest can only be confirmed after the last match in each group completed.

At the time of the world cup fever held in Russia, proud achievement reached by Indonesia through Robot Soccer in Montreal (read: Mongreal), Canada. Ichiro Robot Soccer Team from Sepuluh November Institute (ITS) who represented the Indonesian youth team won in the Robocup 2018 in Montreal, Canada, held on June 16-22, 2018.At the Robocup championship 2018in Montreal,Ichiro ITS Team won four awards categories at once, namely:

1. First Winner of Robot Soccer Teen Size Category after in the final defeated Iran Team with a score of 3 – 0.

2.Second Winner of Technical Challenge Teen Size Category.


3. Second Winner of Drop in Games Teen Size Category.

4. Third winner of Best Humanoid Robot Soccer for all categories.

Related to the victory, Ministry of Youth and Sports in particular appreciated the youth of this nation's ambassador by giving awards as Youth.The Youth Award is awarded by giving the Award Charter and the Coaching Fund Assistance,and handed over directly by the Deputy for Youth Development, Dr. Asrorun Niam Sholeh after the welcome ceremony, Tuesday afternoon (26/6), at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Banten.


He said, the Award Charter and the Coaching Fund Assistanceis a form of appreciation to outstanding Indonesian youths. Hopefully, the award is able to take care of the spirit of team members and encourage to keep improving achievement in the name of the nation.The recipient of the award is Muhammad Reza Ar Razi, Sulaiman Ali, Tommy Pratam, and Dhany Satrio Wicaksonowho was accompanied by their supervisor from ITS, Muhtadin.

Exploring Archipelago Bicycle or Jelajah Sepeda Nusantara (JSN) 2018 which is one of the objectives for the socialization of Asian Paragames 2018 is ready to be held and the activities of Let’s Sports program will start from Indonesia-Malaysia border in Entikong, West Kalimantan, Saturday (30/6).Deputy for Sport Culture Ministry of Youth and Sport, Raden Isnanta in Jakarta, Thursday (28/6) said the general preparation has been going well and the JSN team has been formed and ready to carry out their duties.He added the riders are the government ambassadors in charge of inviting the community to love more sports, through the big theme “Let’s Sports”.The JSN Team consisted of 15 riders. They are Alfian Zulfajrin (West Sulawesi), Dede Supriatna (West Java), Fito Bakdo Prilanji (West Kalimantan), Isnaeni Ikhsan QS (West Java), Lioe Irwan (Central Java), Sujadi (West Java), Marta Mufreni (Jakarta) as the Road Captain. Then in women’s category, there are Darna (South Sulawesi), Gita Widya Yunika (East Java), Henny Kurniasih (Lampung), Mitya Fitriana (West Java), Ni Made Dwi Puspasari (Bali), Nina Puspawardhani (Central Java), Susi Suryati (West Java), and Yuni Indah Lestari (East Java). They willcover a distance of 6,500 km and finish in Bali.

According to Isnanta, cycling is one of the proper means to socialize the program Let’s Sports and Asian Paragames 2018.On the other hand, the JSN team 2018 will involve the public and the sports community in the mission of campaigning Let’s Sportsas well as explore the richness of traditional sports along the route through Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java and finish in Bali.

Indonesian Karate National Team is optimistic can pass athletes to compete in the Youth Olympics that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 6-18, 2018.Coach of Karate National Team, Mursalim Badoo from Makassar, Monday, said the athletes are expected to show their best ability when competing in the Youth Olympics qualifying round in Croatia, June 29-30, 2018.He explained the national team relied on the top five karateka to compete the tickets for competing in Youth Olympics 2018.The five athletes who are expected to win the tickets are Anggraeni, Melza (Jakarta), Herawati (Central Java), Yudha (East Java), and Muh Arsal (South Sulawesi).All athletes have also been matured at a national training camp in Jakarta in order to keep the opportunity to win the tickets while competing in the Youth Olympics 2018.

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June

Presidential Decree number 39 dated September 15, 2014 stipulates June 29 as National Family Day. The National Family Day was celebrated for the first time in Lampung province. This year, the highlight of the celebration takes place in Manado city. Precisely in the Area of Pohon Kasih (​​ Tree of Love), Megamas, with the theme "Family Day: The Day of We all" with the tagline "Love Family, Planned Love".The theme has the importance of loving in the family and the importance of planning in building a family. The National Family Day is intended to remind the whole Indonesian people of the importance of the family as a source of strength to build the nation and state.According to the Head of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) of Central Kalimantan Province Kusnadi, the National Family Day reminded the families of their duties. He said family was a place to produce quality human, especially in Central Kalimantan. The celeberation of Harganas every year aims to increase the participation of central governments, local governments, partners, and the private sector about the importance of family.Before the peak celebration of the National Family Day , a number of activities will be held. Among others, social service in the form of family planning services, mass circumcision, and blood donation. There are also free medical treatments, national executive seminars, health seminars, trade and culinary titles, healthy walking and gymnastics, and award. These activities are held in two areas, namely Minahasa and Manado.According to the Provincial Secretary Edwin Silangen at the peak of the celebration, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will give awards Satya Lencana Pembangunan also scholarship. In addition, in the series of events also there is also "Family Park" filled with casual bicycles, breakfast together, counseling, family and health consultation room, children's playroom, mass weddings, interactive dialogue with President Joko Widodo, exhibitions, bazaars and various entertainment art.The 25th anniversary of Harganas is different from the previous one where the formal ceremonial event will be smaller. Instead, the portion of the non-formal casual event will be enlarged. The 25th National Family Day on “Bumi Nyiur Melambai” will give priority to the joy and togetherness of Indonesian family.

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June

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The effort to provide better service for hajj pilgrims of North Maluku Province is continued by improving Ngade Hajj Dormitory in Ternate. It is done so that from the beginning of this year, the hajj pilgrims from regencies and cities of North Maluku who previously must stay at hotels during their transit in Ternate prior to Makassar embarkation, now they can stay at Ngade Hajj Dormitory, Ternate. Head of Religious Affairs Ministry of North Maluku Representative Office's Hajj Planning and Finance H. Tahmid Abubakar to RRI on Sunday (24/6) said, by increasing the facility at Ngade Hajj Dormitory, prospective pilgrims can use it from this year. H. Tahmid Abubakar added, the improvement of Ngade Hajj Dormitory facility was assisted by the central government, from the 2017 Sharia Sovereign Bonds fund allocation.

Considering the challenges in securing the upcoming 2018 Regional Election, Tanjungpura XII Military Command ensuresthat the national army will be neutral in their political life and will refrain from practical politics. Besides that, the Tanjungpura XII Military Command also keeps trying to realize peace, so that the election committee and participants can feel safe, and the people can use their right to voteaccording to their hearts. In ensuring security and stability during the 2018 Regional Election, preventive actions must be prioritized. All that was said by Tanjungpura XII Military Commander Major General Achmad Supriyadi during Joint Prayer for 2018 Regional Election to Realize Peaceful Regional Election in West Kalimantan, held at local hall on Sunday evening (24/6). More overly, Achmad Supriyadi affirmed, the commitment to protect every core stages of 2018 Regional Election which is supported by intelligent and law enforcement.

After finding two objects in 490 meter depth of Lake Toba, the joint search and rescue agency deployed 13 motor boats to pull the objects which are suspected as the wreckage of Sinar Bangun ferry from the lake bottom. The motor boats will be located 2 km and 2.5 km from Tigaras Port, the location of the two objects. National Search and Rescue Agency Head Air Marshall M Syaugi at Tigaras Port on Monday (25/6) said, the move was done because there was no equipment which was able to pull the wreckage in 490 meters below the lake surface. According to M Syaugi, the team was trying to release the victims who are predictably trapped inside the ferry. Meanwhile, Head of Search and Rescue Agency's of Medan Office Budiawan added, from 13 ships 9 of them belong to the people, 2 belong to the National Search and Rescue Agency, and 2 from the Navy. In the 8th of the search, the team had deployed 100 people to do searching under the waters, 70 in the surface while 34 others on land.

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June

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono had the 6th Strategic Dialog of Indonesia and Japan in Jakarta, Monday (25/6). It was Minister Taro Kono’s first visit to Indonesia. The dialog also attended by representatives of Indonesian Economic Coordinating Ministry, Maritime Coordinating Ministry, and Marine & Fisheries Ministry. It was held at the same time with the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan bilateral relations. The dialog was aimed to increase relations in politics & security, economy, trade & investment, people to people contact, and more strategic cooperation possibilities. Besides bilateral issues, both foreign ministers also discussed regional and global issues that became the concern of the two countries. They also identified strategic cooperation to be realized through bilateral cooperation development. Japan is a strategic partner for Indonesia. In the meeting, Marsudi and Kono agreed on the importance of increasing cooperation in investment, especially for infrastructure.Meanwhile on climate change, both ministers welcomed the Joint Crediting Mechanism that has been implemented, and agreed that its implementation must give added value and increase the capacity of Indonesia in handling impacts from climate change. In the meeting, they also welcomed the positive development in Korean Peninsula, which is expected to bring regional peace and stability.

Indonesian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir welcomed 252 passengers of LOT Polish Airlines in Denpasar, Bali (25/6). Fachir appreciated the charter flight continuity from Poland to Indonesia as the reflection of the increase of cooperation on people to people contact, especially in tourism. Deputy Minister believed, Polish tourists will enjoy various tourist attractions in Indonesia, mainly maritime tourism and cultural diversity.Specifically, Deputy Minister Fachir awarded Panorama Tour and Rainbow Tour which had played many roles in realizing the tourism cooperation by using LOT Polish Airlines charter flight. Fachir added, the Polish tourist visit with charter flight can be a reference to increase similar cooperation with other countries.

Government of Egypt officially extended the emergency status after the Parliament agreed on the decision of President Abdel Fattah el Sisi to apply emergency situation for the next three months. The status extension was done for the first time in October 2017, which was extended again in January and April. The emergency status extension in Egypt will begin on July 14, 2018. The government’s official statement said, the army and police must keep the security across Egypt, both to protect public and private properties and to take necessary measures against terrorism.Indonesian government via its Embassy in Cairo admitted to keep monitoring the situation in Egypt. Defense Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in Cairo Colonel Kemas Muhammad Ikhwan Madani explained, the extended emergency status was the policy of local government based on assessment towards actual condition to maintain national stability and security. Muhammad Ikhwan in Cairo, Monday (25/6) said the extension would make the law enforcers be more repressive actions against Indonesians and the security system will be tighter, mainly in some critical regions including access to Gaza.

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, June 28, 2018.

We begin with Kompas entitled, "More Matured Democracy."

The simultaneous regional election on Wednesday (27/6) indicated that democracy in Indonesia got more matured. This was seen from the post-voting situation which was relatively secure; as well as the results in some regions which showed that voters considered more the capability and track record of the candidates, instead of their political relation. Still, some issues happened in the 2018 Regional Election. From 171 regions, two failed to have election for regent due to security issues, namely Nduga and Painai, both in Papua Province. The two regencies’ General Election Commission (KPU) will hold voting later. Issues also happened in other places, yet not that massive. For instance, voting in 10 polling stations across Morowali, Central Sulawesi was hampered by flood.

Besides that, some other surprises happened. From the quick count, incumbent candidate Agung Syahri Mulyo got more votes in Tulungagung, East Java despite he is currently being held by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for some infrastructure project corruption cases. However at the same time, from 16 single candidate pairs in this year's regional election, one was defeated by empty box in Makassar city, South Sulawesi. They are Munafri Arifudin & Andi Rahmatika Dewi. On that, Indonesian Institutes of Science (LIPI) senior researcher Syamsudin Haris in Jakarta, Wednesday (27/6) said, the voters got more critical; they used common sense and got more autonomous in deciding. This condition, according to Haris, was a good sign for democracy in Indonesia.

Moving on to Tempo entitled, "Figure Strength Decides."

More than half of this country's citizens had chosen their regional leaders yesterday. Quick count results by various institutions showed that figure decides the voting, instead of political parties. Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) Executive Director Kuskrido Ambardi yesterday (27/6) said, political parties with dominant votes in several regions were proven losing. Ridwan Kamil in West Java for example, defeated his competitors which was supported by Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) - the most voted party during 2014 Legislative Election in the province. The PDIP voters chosen Ridwan Kamil instead of Tubagus Hasanuddin.

Executive Director of Indonesian pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, Burhanuddin Muhtadi had similar opinion with Kuskrido Ambardi. Burhanuddin said, three big parties namely National Awakening Party (PKB), PDIP, and Gerindra Party failed to make Saufulah Yusuf & Puti Guntur Soekarno as governor and deputy governor of East Java. Meanwhile, Emil Dardak - former Trenggalek regent, who accompanied governor candidate Khofifah Indar Parawansa, was seen more experienced to manage the region instead of Puti - member of House of Representatives. As deputy governor, Emil Dardak is a better vote-maker than Puti. PDIP Secretary General Hasto Kristianto also did not deny the figure factor in regional election.

We end the Headlines with Bisnis Indonesia entitled, "Strong Capital Maintains Economy."

Contestation onregional election without problem is expected to return national business climate and investment spirit which temporarily stopped due to wait and see move of the businesspeople and investors. Despite waiting for the poll recapitulation by General Election Commission KPU, quick counts by some survey institutions were enough to describe the winning map of the candidate pairs. Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) Executive Director Robert Endi Jaweng said, realizing a peaceful, safe, and smooth regional election was not easy. Therefore, the success in having the simultaneous democratic festivitymust be appreciated, because it showed that the development of our democracy was more mature. Compared to the previous regional election, Robert said, Indonesia had leveled up, because the political elites and the people became more matured in voting.