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Primaduta Award for Lebanese Businessman

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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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21
June

HEADLINES

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, June 21 2018. Today’s headlines are focused on the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat in Lake Toba.

We begin with Kompas newspaper which wrote, “Evaluate Ferry Transportation.”

President Joko Widodo asked all stakeholders to immediately find and save the victims of the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat in Toba Lake. The President did not want such incident to happen again. Therefore, Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi was urged to evaluate the whole safety standard of ferry transport. This was affirmed by President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Wednesday afternoon (20/6). Personally and on behalf of all Indonesian people, the President expressed his deep condolences for the casualties in the incident. The President asked the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), National Armed Forces -TNI, National Police -Polri, and National Disaster Mitigation Agency -BNPB to find and save the victims. The government also will give compensation for the casualties’ family and the wounded victims.

We end the Headlines with Tempo entitled, “Government Evaluates Ferry Transport.”

President Joko Widodo instructed the Transportation Ministry and Transportation Agency to evaluate the ferry transport safety standard. The President said that both Transportation Ministry and Transportation Agency must routinely check the condition of ferry transport to guarantee safety. President Joko Widodo said, the sunken Sinar Bangun motorboat must be a lesson for all to comply to the regulation. That was stated by President Joko Widodo at Bogor Presidential Palace yesterday. The Sinar Bangun motorboat sank on the trip from Simanido port in Samosir Island to Tiga Ras port in Simalungun on Monday at 5.30 pm local time. The boat with 43 people capacity sank after being hit by 12-knot wind and high waves. The 35-gross tonnage ship was suspected to be overcapacity. Meanwhile, Head of National Search and Rescue Agency, Muhammad Syaugi said, the search team had evaluated 22 victims, consisting 18 survivors and 4 casualties. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said, the Sinar Bangun had been operating illegally.

21
June

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.

The first information is from Malaysia.

Next year is very important year for Indonesian people. The year is that all Indonesian citizens, either in home or abroad, especially who have political rights, get chance to directly elect president, vice president and legislative members simultaneously. To ensure smooth election, especially overseas, Indonesian Deputy Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur – Andreano Erwin said on Friday (15/06/18) that the Indonesian embassy always coordinates with the overseas election committee in Kuala Lumpur to ensure smooth process of the election. The Deputy Ambassador also gave a message to the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to succeed the implementation of the general election. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur always calls for the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to maintain unity together, and Indonesian image. Because the location of the election which is outside of Indonesia, since early June the Indonesian embassy has coordinated with Police of Malaysia to know the rules which are valid in  Malaysia related to the implementation of the general election. From the meeting, it resulted in the decision that all Indonesian citizens in Malaysia are asked not to conduct practical political activities in anything form related to 2019 general election, including hate speech and hoax related to politic, either on mass media or social media and not to use political attributes such as t-shirt, flags, and banner.

The next information is from Finland.

Foreign Affairs Ministers of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi and Finland, Timo Soini  have become co-hosts of High Level Advisory Board on Mediation Meeting (HLAB-M), the UN Secretary General in Helsinki, Finland on last Monday (18/6). The UN Secretary General and members of the meeting  attended in the event. In the opening, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi disclosed 3 inputs for the UN Secretary General and the meeting related to mediation efforts to prevent conflict and to create peace. Firstly, it is important to increase communication with leaders of community/religion to protect "value of tolerance". Secondly, it’s important to change "culture of reaction" becoming "culture of prevention". In this regard, Minister Retno conveyed support to the initiative of the UN Secretary General to become "conflict prevention" as one of the UN priorities. Thirdly, it’s important to spread "habit of dialogue" to respect the international law, to cooperate with regional organizations in a bid to prevent conflict. It is in line with Indonesian priority as the UN non-permanent member for the period January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The meeting was formed by the UN Secretary General on September 13, 2017, with 18 key members of former presidents, former foreign affairs ministers and other important figures. One of the meeting members is former Indonesian foreign affairs Minister, Marty Natalegawa. The goal of the establishment of the meeting is to give support for the UN Secretary General in increasing mediation in the UN agenda. The UN Secretary General especially conveyed award on Indonesian active role in Rakhine State issue.

We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from Finland.

Indonesia and Finland reached very significant development in bilateral relations in2017. This was stated by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi at bilateral meeting with her counterpart Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister, Timo Soini in Helsinki, Finland on Monday(18/06). As reported on the website of Indonesian foreign affairs ministry, in 2017, the bilateral trade increased 66 percent. Meanwhile, tourist number of Finland to Indonesia increased more than 21 percent. Finnair has also conducted flight from Helsinki to Bali. Besides, there is a new cooperation which has been agreed, namely in the field of dialogue of among religions. Firstly,  meeting and dialogue among religions will be conducted in September. Secondly, both of them also agreed to increase cooperation in 3 fields, namely forest, renewable energy,  and science. One of the important issues which has been agreed, is cooperation of visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

19
June

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today In History from RRI World Service in Jakarta.

I’ll start with 19 June 194, the battle in the Philippine Sea between the United States Navy and the Japanese Navy begins. The battle of the Philippine Sea took place on 19 to 20 June 1944 near the Mariana Islands. This battle is a major defeat of the Japanese Navy, which lost 3 aircraft carriers and about 600 aircraft during the two days. This happens because the Japanese aircraft was old and poorly trained, compared to the more modern and refine American Navy. After this battle, the Japanese Navy was almost completely destroyed. This Allied victory opens the door for an attack on Iwo Jima.

Turning to 19 June 1961 Kuwait declares its independence from the United Kingdom.

In the 1800s Kuwait became part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. To break away from Ottoman rule, the great Sheikh Mubarak ruling in Kuwait then signed a treaty with the British state in 1899 that defined the state of Kuwait as "an independent State under British protection". Under the agreement Britain had control over Kuwait's foreign policy, and in return Kuwait got annual protection and subsidies from the UK. On June 19, 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of British protectorate and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah to Amir. But the National Day of Kuwait, celebrated on February 25, is the commemoration of the coronation of Sheikh Abdullah.

I’ll End Today In History with 19 June 2008 John Ario Katili passed away.

Former Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly Professor John Ario Katili passed away on June 19, 2008 in Jakarta. John Ario Katili had served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1992 to 1997. Previously served as Director General of Geology and Mineral Resources Department of Mining and Energy 1984 to 1989. In addition to his career in the legislature and government, John Katili also served as Vice Rector of the Institute of Technology Bandung and the Dean of the Department of Mineral Technology Bandung Institute of Technology. Professor of Bandung Institute of Technology has written about 11 books and 250 papers. His expertise in geology is highly respected in the international world. John Katili has been the Chair of the South East Asia of Geological Societies and a member of The National Geographyc Society. For his various devotions, John Katili was awarded the Star of Mahaputra, the Honors Medal of the Commandeur de L'Ordre National du Merite of the French government. A number of awards were also obtained from the governments of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Sweden and Russia.

19
June

MOSAIC OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, Bandung offers thematic tourism destination.The second information is that tens of tourists flocked Gunung Kidul regency. The third information is that diaspora of Banyuwangi throughout the world get together.

Bandung city still becomes one of tourism destinations, especially for community from Jakarta and surrounding areaS. Moreover, there are many cheap destinations with their own themes. Culture and Tourism Office of Bandung city, West Java recommended some thematic tourism objects which should be visited on Lebaran 1439 Hijriah holiday. Head of the office Kenny Dewi Kaniasari said on Sunday (18/6) there are interesting destinations, firstly such as historical tourism objects like museum of Asia Africa Conference, Gedung Sate, Geology Museum, Sri Baduga Museum, the Dutch and Japanese caves. Secondly, there is fashion. According to Dewi, besides offering fashion products which centers on Jalan Sultan Agung-Riau, Bandung city also offers experience to see directly cloth making process.  Thirdly, there is cultural tourism object. Cultural tourism object is still dominated by Saung Udjo. In the era of Ridwan Kamil’s leadership, various parks which have different concept were built in a bid to accommodate public activities. There are 15 parks which become favorite places of  Bandung people. Meanwhile, for holiday with natural nuance, Kenny Dewi suggested the visitors to visit other regions surrounding Bandung city.

Tens of tourists flocked a number of tourism objects in Gunung Kidul regency, Yogyakarta on Lebaran 2018 holiday, from Saturday (16/6) until Sunday (17/6). Secretary of Tourism Office, Gunung Kidul, Harry Sukmono said on Sunday that total of visitors will continue to increase because there are still many travelers who are at hometown. Harry believed that the momentum of long Lebaran holiday will increase local revenue.

Homecoming momentum during Idul Fitri  was utilized by thousands of nomads from Banyuwangi throughout Indonesia and the world to get togather in the event of “Diaspora Banyuwangi” on Sunday (17/6). The event was also attended by Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya who never misses the event since 2013. He said that the event is a great re-union to boost the spirit for Banyuwangi. Because the annual diaspora gathering is a good way to strengthen relations in a bid to promote the region. Minister Arief Yahya before thousands of Banyuwangi Diaspora said that it was a moment to increase closeness, and to give contribution in promoting Banyuwangi. Meanwhile, Banyuwangi Regent, Abdullah Azwar Anas stated that Diaspora is designed to strengthen love to Banyuwangi. The moment was also to build solidarity, to build region and to exchange information.

19
June

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.

The first information is from New Delhi, India.

With happy feeling at around 7 o’clock A.M. local time, Indonesian Muslims flocked Baiturrahman mosque of Indonesian embassy in New Delhi to conduct Idul Fitri 1439 Hijriah prayer which felt on Friday, June 15. Besides Indonesian came to the mosques in New Delhi, other Muslims from other cities such as Aligarh, Gurgaon, Noida, and Lucknow, also attended to voice ‘takbir, tahlil and tahmid’ in a bid to welcome the day of victory after fasting one month. Around 100 Indonesian citizens shared happiness together. After worshiping Idul Fitri payer, gathering at the Indonesian embassy by all Indonesian citizens in New Delhi and surrounding area, was the most waited moment. Idul Fitri celebration at the Indonesian embassy in New Delhi was enlivened by not only Muslims, but also Indonesian citizens who follow different religions. This reflects harmony, tolerance and togetherness which become strength among Indonesian citizens in foreign country. Lebaran typical foods also made Lebaran nuance in New Delhi perfect.

The second information is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hard work by the staffs and high officials of Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia increased service and protection to Indonesian citizens, got appreciation from several Indonesian migrant workers. One of them who gave the statement was Emma who has worked for 10 years in Malaysia. Emma and some of her friends when having dialogue with RRI in Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday (17/6) admitted that they feel the change of service which has been carried out by the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Emma remarked that now, it is easy for Indonesian citizens in Kuala Lumpur to administer immigration document or other related documents. She viewed that the Indonesian embassy is very responsive to any problems posed by Indonesian citizens in Malaysia, especially if they busy with legal document. Currently, the Indonesian embassy is operating for 24 hours every weekday to serve Indonesian citizens, Malaysian citizens or citizens of other countries who are in Malaysia, and want to administer all immigration documents to visit Indonesia.

We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from the country.

On Thursday (14/6), European commission has updated EU Air Safety List on a list of airlines that do not meet the international safety standards. Thus, the airlines may not operate in European Union territory. Based on the newest list, 55 Indonesian airlines that were on the old list, have been issued from list of flight restrictions in European Union. The revocation was the result of collaboration which was very long among diplomacy, regulatory improvement and Indonesian flight safety standard which have been begun since 2007. Since 2007, European Union imposed a ban for Indonesian airlines to operate from and to the territory of European Union. In 2009 until 2011, gradually Indonesian airlines were revoked from the restriction list, namely Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, Airfast Indonesia, and Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua. Meanwhile, in 2016, 3 Indonesian airlines were also issued from the restriction list, namely Lion Air, Batik Air, and Citilink. The development has chance to increase national and international trust on Indonesian airlines’ industry, to facilitate, to enhance tourism industry more solidly, and to open up opportunities for the development of the national aviation industry to Europe.

25
June

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The government of  Malang, East Java targets that the ceramic product in Dinoyo is able to go international in the future. This was stated by Regional Secretary of Malang, Wasto after receiving equipment assistance from Ministry of Industry. He assessed that so far, the ceramic products in Dinoyo Malang continue to develop. Even, these provide economic contribute local people. Unfortunately, the products are still dominated by domestic market reaching 87 percent. In the future, there is good opportunity from overseas market. To reach the target, Wasto hopes that there is synergy among industry office, craftsmen and central government. The local human resources are also qualified. The target only needs more encouragement from central and regional governments on the ceramic industry.

Ins Shakti (A57) and Ins Kamorta (P28) of Indian Navy warships anchored at Soekarno Hatta port in Makassar, South Sulawesi to strengthen cooperation between Indonesia and India. Commander of the Headquarters of the Navy, First Admiral Dwi Sulaksono said in Makassar on Saturday that the arrival of Indian Navy warships is aimed at boosting relations and strengthening cooperation with Indonesian Navy. In addition, they also enjoyed various tourism and social events. The warships were welcomed by Music Unit of the Indonesian Navy and continued by draping flower to Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi along with Commanders of Indian warships. By being greeted in Makassar, the honorable guests were presented Massanang traditional dance from Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. According to the Commander of the Headquarters of the Navy, the Indian two warships are scheduled to anchor in Makassar for 4 days and will conduct logistic reset to return to India after carrying out joint exercise along with the US Navy on Guam Island.

As many as 327 artists of Denpasar took part to enliven the 40th Balinese Art carnival which was released by President Joko Widodo in front of Balinese People Struggle Monument on Saturday. Acting Mayor of Denpasar, IGN Jaya Negara in Denpasar appreciated the artists who performed and the performance was witnessed  by President Joko Widodo along with other invitees. Jaya Negara  supported fully the artists who performed at the carnival as annual event which is centered at Denpasar Art Center. He also said that the event can become media of  Denpasar’s artists to develop art and culture and  local wisdom, especially Denpasar city as preservation and strengthening in art. He further said that the event was an art appreciation for all artists in Denpasar in a bid to preserve and develop their art.

25
June

"Make the art work as a source of inspiration to unify the nation, and unify the existing tribes of this nation and make the art as a source of energy of civilization of the nation." This is the message expressed by President Joko WIdodo, while closing a public lecture at the Campus Institute of Arts Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali on Saturday. In particular, he delivered the message in his public lecture entitled "The Advancement of Indonesian Art in Maintaining Indonesian Diversity and Unity." The explanation of the art was indeed presented in the framework of the 40th Bali Arts Festival being held for one month by displaying various arts, including the art work from abroad. But a deeper message is meant that Indonesian people continue to explore, maintain and develop the art. Indonesian nation with 714 different tribes certainly has a lot of art. According to 2015 data from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, there are more than 5,700 types of art. Unfortunately throughout Indonesia, there are at least 58 kinds of dance art and 33 kinds of musical which are threatened to be almost extinct. The loss of Indonesian art will certainly reduce the character of Indonesia. Because in every region in Indonesia, the art becomes one of the characteristics and it’s unique for each region. In fact, this diversity is one of the advantages of the Indonesian nation, which is not owned by other nations. This diversity and characteristic are also possibly developed to become attractive performance. Besides having cultural values, art also has creative economic values. The efforts to promote Indonesian art are not only the responsibility of the government, but also the task of artists, students, lecturers of art schools. All related stakeholders are certainly expected to produce art work by exploring wealth and strengthening local wisdom. It is expected that more opportunities and facilities will be given to art groups to showcase their artwork. It’s necessary for many parties to cooperate and to further promote the art of Indonesia. There are some Indonesian art works which have been registered at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -UNESCO. So, the sense of belonging is possessed by not only the tribe, but also by all Indonesian people. The art work becomes the identity of the Indonesian nation.

25
June

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian Trade Ministry is committed to boosting potential market in African regions. Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita led directly a series of trade mission to Tunisia and Morocco starting on June 24-28, 2018. The implementation of trade mission to Morocco synergizes with Fes Meknes Economic Forum event in Fez. Minister Enggar said that Tunisia and Morocco are expected to become hub for Indonesian products in African regions, especially in the North of Africa and European Union. Tunisia has signed free trade agreement with European Union since 2008 so that import duty tariff from Tunisia to Europe became 0%. It can be utilized by Indonesia to export Indonesian products to Europe through Tunisia. The Indonesian trade mission to Tunisia is followed by 21 entrepreneurs of 11 companies and organizations from various business sectors. Meanwhile, the trade mission to Morocco is followed by 35 entrepreneurs of 18 companies and regional government of West Sumatra. The export products are coconut, cocoa, coffee, food and beverages, spices (nutmeg, pepper, clove), medical equipment, jewelry, furniture, building materials, military products, tires and rubber. In the trade mission to Tunisia, Minister Enggartiasto is scheduled to be received by Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed on June 25. Thus, the Minister is scheduled to meet with some ministers of Tunisia. In Tunisia, the Minister also will conduct bilateral negotiation related to Preferential Tariff Agreement.

Uruguay will open its embassy in Indonesia. It  views Indonesia as strategic partner in Southeast Asian region. It is time for Uruguay to have embassy in Jakarta. This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs minister of Republic of Uruguay, Rodolfo Nin Novoa when handing over a copy of credentials of Indonesian Ambassador to Uruguay, Niniek Kun Naryatie in Montevideo on June 11, 2018. According to Uruguay Minister, Indonesia is a gate to ASEAN. With the opening of the embassy in Jakarta, Uruguay can be close to Southeast Asian region.

Five typical archipelagic dances -Kipah dance from Aceh, Belibis from Bali, Muda Mudi from Papua, Nagekeo Bangkit from Flores, East Nusa Tenggara and Mirah dance from Betawi will be performed in Wales, England starting from July 3-8, 2018. Head of Public Communication Bureau at Ministry of Tourism, Guntur Sakti said in Jakarta on Sunday that the cultural mission team of Al-Izhar Pondok Labu Jakarta, which is supported by Ministry of Tourism, will perform the 5 dances in cultural festival among nations of Llgollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. The event will be participated in by more than  5,000 singers, dancers and music players from around 50 countries.

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June

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On Lebaran holiday 2018, Management of PT Sari Ater Hotel and Resort Hot Spring Camping Park targets to reach tourist visit, either domestic and foreign tourists, more than 20 thousands tourists. In regard to this, Director of Sales and Marketing, Dian Rahadian said that his office is optimistic to be able to achieve the target of the tourist visit. If every single day can bring in average 4 thousand tourists, during the next week, his side  can reach 24 thousand tourists who will visit Sari Ater hot spring in Subang regency, West Java. This was stated by Dian Rahadian to Radio Republik Indonesia in Subang on last Saturday (16/6). Dian also remarked that to reach the target, his office tries to conduct several steps, beginning from giving free-charge entrance ticket to North Coastal people, carrying out advertisement in various mass medias, attaching billboard, until giving pamphlets and brochures, even giving special discount.

A day after conducting Idul Fitri 1439 Hijriah prayer as gratitude, Commander of Military Resort 162/Wira Bhakti, Col. Czi Ahmad Rizal Ramdhani held “Open House” in his residence in Mataram on last Saturday (16/6). The Open House was held starting from morning until evening to all personnel of Military Resort Command 162/WB along with staffs and the general public. Rizal Ramdhani hoped that such an event could be established well so that in the future, communication between leader and personnel or the public does not only limited about duty, but also more than that, namely as a family.  Commander Rizal also hoped that in this holy day, everything returns to the identity as servants of  Allah SWT, who always improve worship in a bid  to bring about good quality of work at their workplace.

Acting Regent of Subang, Ating Rusnatim viewed that people’s security and order during fasting month or Ramadlan until Idul Fitri was quite save, smooth and conducive in general. Her perceived that such a condition was established due to good coordination of state officials, good communication and synergy among Indonesian Military -TNI, National Police -Polri, regional government and all elements of Subang people. In addition, the prices of staple food have been controlled well. Take for example, during Ramadan, there was no price hike which might disturb the public.  Lebaran 2018 homecoming during H-7 until H-1, either at Cipali toll, or artery road was running smoothly, including Takbiran night implementation until Idul Fitri. This was stated by Acting Regent of Subang, Ating Rusnatim to Radio Republik Indonesia in Subang on last Saturday (16/6). However, there are still heavy duties to guarantee the security of Lebaran holiday at Ciater tourism object, and backflow of Idul Fitri 2018, and the implementation of simultaneous regional head 2018 which will be held on June 27, 2018.

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June

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Head of National Agency for Combating Terrorism, Commissioner General  Police Suhardi Alius met Director of Malaysia Special Branch, Commissioner Police, Dato Abdul Hamid bin Bador in Malaysia Special Branch Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on last Tuesday (12/6). On the occasion, Suhardi hoped that the cooperation to tackle terrorism, which has been established well so far, can be improved. Meanwhile, Dato Hamid said that the cooperation to tackle terrorism has run smoothly so far. Thus, his side hoped that in the future, it will be better and easier to conduct coordination between Indonesia and Malaysia.

For the first time, an Indonesian citizen was elected as member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Nations. This was stated byIndonesian permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani on last Tuesday (12/06). Risnawati is an activist and founder of OHANA, non-governmental organization which engages in the rights of persons with disabilities. She competed with 30 other candidates. Ambassador Triansyah Djani said that the election of Risnawati as the committee was a result of the Indonesian government’s efforts in the field of Human Rights enforcement, especially the rights of disabilities, and form of trust of international community on ability and experience of Risnawati. Besides, the election of Risnawati is as realization of President Joko Widodo’s commitment in Human Rights, especially to honor, to protect and to fulfill the rights of disabilities which finally can improve the disabilities’ welfare.

Positive role of sport in peace building has no doubt anymore. This was stated by Benny YP Siahaan as acting SOM Leader ASEAN-Indonesia when leading discussion of Heart-to-Heart Partners agenda  on the 33th ASEAN–Japan Forum meeting in Tokyo, Japan on last Wednesday (13/6). In regard to this, Japan conveyed briefing on Free and Open Indo Pacific concept as Japanese initiative in cooperation efforts among countries in Indian and Pacific Ocean’s region.  Japan viewed that the concept supports principle of  'ASEAN Centrality' and perceived ASEAN member countries as 'hub' of Indian and Pacific Ocean. So, ASEAN has a major role to implement it. Indonesia in responding it conveyed that the fast changing on geo-political and geo-economic order in the region demanded the existence of cooperation in Asia Indo–Pacific region which puts forward the principles of openness, transparency, inclusiveness and compliance with international law and encourage cooperation and friendship.