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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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February

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian government has hosted a Side Event on Promoting Innovative Measures to Address Capacity Gaps in UN Peacekeeping Mission (MPP) on 14 February 2018 on the sidelines of the C-34 (Peacekeeping Operations) Sessions. It presented, such as Atul Khare, United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Field Support, as the keynote speaker. Chargé d'Affaires/Indonesian Permanent Council to UN in New York, Ambassador Ina Krisnamurthi who acted as moderator. The panel discussion was also attended by several panelists, namely Ms. Anne Marie van den Berg (Director of the UN Logistic Support Division), Colonel Aldrin Petrus Mongan (Deputy Commander of the Center for Peacekeeping Care); Yayat Ruyat (Head of Development Division, PT PINDAD (Persero). It underlined the success of the Indonesian Contingent in carrying out the tasks mandated by the UN Peacekeeping using strategic industrial products. Atul Kare disclosed, facing the current challenges the UN Peacekeeping Mission needs innovation and capacity building to be able to carry out the tasks in the field, and currently the United Nations together with the Contributor States needs to continue to improve their cooperation under the bilateral and trilateral framework, and to successfully optimize the use of national strategic industrial products by the Garuda Contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in accordance with the mandate of the Vision 4,000 Peacekeepers Roadmap 2015-2019.Furthermore, the Panel also discussed concrete ways to strengthen the capacity of UN Peacekeeping Mission, including through alternative procurement and innovative equipment financing for TPCC's. The meeting was attended by 115 participants comprising representatives from countries attending the first week of the C-34 session.

A lot of Indonesians are currently studying abroad. However, not many Indonesian students know that Turkey can also be the main choice to continue their study. Moreover, the cost of education in a number of universities in Turkey is very cheap. One of the Indonesian students who studied in Turkey, Muhammad Al Fatih (20) for example, when interviewed by Republika.co.id in Jakarta, Saturday (17/2) said, many still do not know that the lectures in Turkey are inexpensive, especially in the state campuses. Therefore, according to him, Indonesian-Turkish Education Foundation is currently conducting socializations to Indonesian students.

A total of 37 Indonesian Young Diplomats will participate in live-in (Nyantri) program in Pesantren or Islamic Boarding school, Pondok Modern Gontor. They said they are ready to support the new program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Education and Training Centerbefore entering the madya or senior education level of the Foreign Service Staff School –Sesdilu. They are expected to absorb knowledge about the world of pesantren and at the same time share knowledge and experience with students there. Head of Pondok Modern Gontor, Ponorogo East Java, KH Hasan Abdullah Sahal Wednesday (14/2) said, the young diplomats will know Pesantren better and this can be a provision in Islam diplomacy of Indonesia. Meanwhile, Rector of Darussalam University, Prof. Dr. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi accompanied by Vice Rector, Dr. Hamid Fahmy immediately requested that the concept of the activity be immediately made concrete. In addition to the need to arrange meetings with board leaders, the diplomats will also fill various classes at the University to share experiences on practical diplomacy, such as simulations of international conferences , public speaking, and discussing regional and multilateral issues. The "Diplomat Nyantri" program will be held in April for 3 days. According to Director of Sesdilu, M Aji Surya, during the nyantri in the cottage, the diplomats are expected to understand Islam and pesantren as part of the Indonesian nation. In fact, it is targeted that they are to share about Indonesian diplomacy with more than 3,500 Islamic borading school students.

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Rice is the staple food of most Indonesians. Therefore, the availability and quality of rice become very important. In general, clean and fragrant white rice is categorized as high quality rice. However, people should be careful and sure of the use of chemicals as rice bleach. The use of rice bleach is certainly not good and harmful to health. To know the existence of bleach in rice, two students of Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Surakarta have created a tool called SCRAPER, orthe Smart Chlorinated Rice Portable Detector based on microcontrol Atmega8535 and Light Dependent Resistor (LDR). They are Intan Mulia Rahayu from Food Science and Technology Studies Faculty of Agriculture and Kevin Ikhwan Muhammad (Chemical Engineering). According to Intan, using chlorine as bleaching agent is very dangerous for health. Chlorine can damage blood cells, disrupt liver function, and damage the respiratory system. When using chlorine reaching 3-5 ppm in rice or even reaching a dose of more than 30 ppm, it can cause death. SCRAPER appears to address market issues about the rampant unscrupulous sellers of rice that deliberately add bleach / chlorine to low quality of rice. With chlorine, the rice looks clean,and white like,the super quality but most consumers cannot distinguish rice that contains bleach or not. This innovation was featured at the Thailand International Inventors Day 2018 International Innovation Competition held at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Thailand from 2-6 February 2018. Both students also won a special award from the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA). Intan, who is chairwoman of the research team, said that her side hopes that this innovation tool can be useful for the community in a bid to prevent the consumption of unhealthy rice, and can assist the government in the inspection of rice sellers in the market. The competition was organized by the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) with the International Federation of Inventor's Associations (IFIA) and the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA). The Thailand Inventors Day is held annually to showcase the potential of innovation and discoveries from international innovators. The event was attended by 24 countries, including Indonesia, Canada, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Iran and Japan.

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February

LAUT BERCERITA

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Welcome back in Book and Film Review where we will review Indonesian books and films.

We will review an Indonesian novel entitled "Laut Bercerita" or in English "Laut Storytelling" written by Leila S. Chudori. Leila has been well-known for her short stories, novels, and TV drama scripts. She began her career in literature since she was young. Most of her works are about honesty, belief, determination, principle, and sacrifice. Leila had a scholarship in Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (United World Colleges) in Victoria, Canada. In Canada, she graduated from Political Science and Comparative Development Studies at Trent University.

Since 1989, Leila has been a journalist of Tempo news magazine. The early works of Leila had been written when she was 12 and were published in Si Kuncung, Kawanku, and Hai. In 2009, Leila S. Chudori launched her newest anthology entitled "9 dari Nadira" which was seen by literature critics as a novel and a book entitled "Malam terakhir" by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia publisher, which was said by Kompas daily as "the return of Indonesian literature's golden child". Later in December 2011, Leila was invited to the Asia Pacific Literary Symposium in Perth; Winternachten Literary Festival by Writers Unlimited in The Hague in 2012; and Leila Chudori Soiree Literature Event held by Indonesia-France Association in Paris also in 2012.

The novel "Laut Bercerita" is about a family who lost, friends who feel empty, a group who favors torture and betrayal, some families who look for the graves of their children, and about an eternal love. This book is also telling about how some students who were involved in the reformation vanished one by one.    

In an evening, at a flat in Jakarta, a student named Biru Laut was arrested by four unknown men. Along with Daniel Tumbuan, Sunu Dyantoro, and Alex Perazon, he was brought to an unknown place. For months, they were locked up, interrogated, hit, kicked, hanged, and electrocuted so that they would answer one important question: who initiated the movement of activists and students at that time.

The family of Arya Wibisono, as usual, on Sunday evening cooked together, making the favorite food of Biru Laut. The father will put one plate for him, one for the mother, one for Biru Laut, and one for the youngest Asmara Jati. They sit and wait. But, Biru Laut never comes home.

Asmara Jati along with Missing Persons Commission led by Awin Pradana tried to look for their lost tracks while recording and studying the testimony of the survivors. Anjani - Laut's girlfriend, the parents, and the wives of the missing activists demanded the answer about their missing families. Meanwhile, Biru Laut from the silent sea bottom told the world a story, about what happened to him and his friends.

Through "Laut Bercerita", Leila, who is also a journalist, tried to arrange the whole events happening in Indonesia during the transition year in 1998. Although Leila changed the characters' names, but most part of the plot was based on the past events.

As the title, "Laut Bercerita" is about Laut storytelling. The main character is Biru Laut, an English literature student in Yogyakarta joined Winatra, a student organization for poor people such as labors and farmers. With all government-opposing actions, Laut and his friends in Winatara and Wirasena organization must live in the shadows. More overly when Winatra was seen as riot mastermind, such as the Dark Saturday - a riot at Indonesian Democratic Party Central Board in Jakarta. In addition, the government publicly listed the activists of Winatra and Wirasena as wanted people.

The story of "Biru Laut" is a fiction, but living in pursuit feels so real. In the chapter of Biru Laut, we were told about struggle and betrayal. But, readers' emotion peaked in Asmara Jati chapter, which was about loss and denial. It shows how the parents of Biru Laut are still in a "cocoon" they made, denying that their son was dead by preparing a plate for Laut during lunch and dinner. Also, it was about how Asmara Jati -the sister tried to get her parents out of the cocoon and face the reality, that Laut is gone and will never return.

Laut is the main character that was depicted realistically by Leila. The book has also been adapted to short films about the victim families of 98 tragedy. Leila cannot tell the whole events of the New Order, but by writing the story of Biru Laut, Leila successfully depicted what happened and the feelings, especially the feelings of the grieving families, with a little spices of friendship, love, and betrayal. Laut lived, and he vanished and died not in simple way. "Laut Bercerita" is a very good history-based book about the dark politics in Indonesia at that time.

 

 

 

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February

Mosaic of Archipelago

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Mosaic of the Archipelago is presenting information on Tangerang invites ICLEI to implement low emission development. The second one is that Solok Radjo coffee penetrates the United Nations market. We end Mosaic of Indonesia with the news on Batam is ready to develop Putri island.

The government of Tangerang city, Banten province cooperated with International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to implement low emission development. The cooperation is marked by signing a Memorandum of Understanding -MoU which is valid until 2020. Mayor of Tangerang, Arief R Wismansyah said in Tangerang on Tuesday (13/2) that Tangerang city and the council will arrange the preparation of urban development program which focuses on low emission development. According to Arief R Wismansyah, the programs are reduction of greenhouse emission, namely by making absorption wells or biopori, regreening and reduction of traffic jam. International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives is an international organization. Its members are cities in the world. It aims at preventing and solving environment’s problems in local, regional and global scope. Representatives of the Council, Slamet Dorayni and Gina Karina conveyed their appreciation on the government of Tangerang city’s commitment to implementing environmentally friendly city. Gina explained, with this cooperation, in the near future, the government of Tangerang city can implement low emission city in effort to be one of environmentally friendly cities in the world, especially in reducing emission.

Solok Radjo of Arabica coffee which in 2018 is able to penetrate the US market. This was stated by Head of Cooperative, Small and Medium Enterprises Office of West Sumatera, Zirma Yusri in Padang on Tuesday (13/2). According to Zirma Yusri, this year, the Arabica coffee will be exported to the USA. The market of the coffee product is higlighted in exhibitions in some countries which introduced the Solok Radjo coffee to the world. In addition, the review from Q grader has helped the introduction of the product to the coffee lovers. Zirma also said that the coffee has typical aroma and taste. It has fresh sour flavor, mixed with sweet flavor. The coffee has also spicy fragrant. The typical taste and aroma have made the coffee popular among the coffee lovers, not only in West Sumatera but also in Indonesia, even in the world. According to Zirma, the Solok Radjo Coffee is developed by a young man, the owner of coffee plantation in  Solok, Alfridiansyah. He has formed a cooperative to ease the product’s processing since 2014. Currently, the cooperative has hundreds of members. Most of them are coffee farmers. Now, the coffee begins to penetrate international market and the farmers in Solok begin to feel the result of their effort.

Batam is ready to develop Putri island. The government of Batam city, Riau islands provided regulation for tourism development in Indonesia's outer island, namely Putri island. This island borders with Singapore and Malaysia. Mayor of Batam, Muhammad Rudi said in Batam on Tuesday(13/2) that  tourism development of Putri island will be harmonized with Zoning Plan of Coastal Zone and Small Islands whose regional regulations are now being drafted by the Riau Provincial Government. The Mayor also said that the city’s government will develop marine tourism, especially to optimize beach as tourism destination and to increase International tourist arrivals. According to the Mayor, there are potential beaches to be developed on the main and supporting islands, including surrounding Putri island. So far, most tourists have come from Singapore and Malaysia to Batam to shop in the city. Mayor Muhammad Rudi emphasized on the government’s seriousness to develop tourism industry and to support the people’s economy. The government of Batam city is improving the city’s infrastructure.  According to Mayor Muhammad Rudi, the main task of the government is to build infrastructure to make tourists feel comfortable during their stay in the outermost city in Indonesia.

That was Mosaic of Archipelago.

15
February

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, February 15 2018.

Media Indonesia wrote “Time to Uphold Commitment for Indonesia.”

Indonesian Chinese Association invited all to have the Chinese New Year 2569 as time to renew and uphold the commitment for Indonesia, based on Pancasila ideology, 1945 Constitutions, and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. The invitation was stated by the Indonesian Chinese Association as a form of love for the country. In the invitation, they reminded that Chinese New Year is a perfect moment to strengthen loyalty to Indonesia, Pancasila, and 1945 Constitutions as guidance for life in diversity. That was stated by Chairman of Indonesian Chinese Association, Teddy Sugianto in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/2). Teddy Sugianto also invited the people to celebrate the Chinese New Year modestly and solemnly, as well as to use it to get closer to God. The Chinese New Year, Teddy Sugianto said, must also be a moment to enhance empathy for all.

 

While Republika wrote “Indonesian Police Chief Instructed Regional Police to Guard Ulema”.

 

Indonesian Police Chief Tito Karnavian at the Vice President Office in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/2) said, the police will carry out preventive efforts after the attacks against religious figures recently. He claimed to have instructed the regional police across the country to increase security around worship houses. On the past attacks, Chief Tito Karnavian said the police will investigate more deeply the case to find if the cases are related.

 

Kompas wrote “House: KPK Must Be Monitored”.

 

The House of Representatives’ Inquiry Committee suggested Corruption Eradication Commission -KPK to form independent supervisory institution. The institution consisting members from KPK and integrity figures is needed to create check and balance. The supervisory institution forming is one of ten recommendations from the Inquiry Committee and had been announced during House’s Plenary Session in Jakarta, Wednesday (14/2). However, KPK did not attend the session. Instead, KPK sent a letter to the Speaker of the House and Inquiry Committee. In the letter, KPK stated to be appreciating the works of Inquiry Committee, despite of some disagreements on the report. KPK will only carry out relevant recommendations to be implemented in a bid to strengthen the institution and the corruption eradication efforts.

 

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February

Diplomatic Corner

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This is 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 about Senegal which invites Boalemo regency in Gorontalo province to cooperate in Arenga pinnata tree.

Indonesia is committed to helping Senegal in the processing of Arenga pinnata three. Because it is important and efficient to be applied in  Senegal. This was stated by representative of special envoy office of Indonesian president for Middle East and Organization of Islamic Cooperation, M. Amar Ma'ruf when meeting with the leader of Fond Sovereign Senegal in Dakar earlier this weekend.  Amar Ma'ruf disclosed that Senegal is worth being paid attention for receiving reverse linkage program related to Arenga pinnata processing. With the existence of reverse linkage, it is hoped to be able to enrich reference and application of appropriate technology applications  for Senegal. Senegal feels Indonesia is  development model, especially in  research of forestry and agricultural products. As a follow-up, Fond Sovereign Senegal  will visit Boalemo regency to study the cooperation. The visit will be conducted in April before  Indonesia - Africa forum 2018 takes place.

The next information is from Kuwait. Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak has received a mandate as chairman of ASEAN’s committee in Kuwait for the period of January-June 2018. The mandate’s assignment was directly handed over by chairman of ASEAN’s committee in Kuwait for 2017 period, Ambassador of the Philippines to Kuwait, Renato Pedro O. Villa, and witnessed by the Ambassadors of ASEAN member countries at the Philippines embassy in Kuwait on Thursday (8/2). The appointment of Indonesia as the chairman of ASEAN’s committee in Kuwait this year is to replace Singapore which does not have embassy in Kuwait. In his speech, Ambassador Tatang Razak said that he will carry out his duty for 6 months and there is possibility that he will end his duty as ambassador in Kuwait within few months. Because he has been on duty more than 3 years. In addition, Ambassador Tatang Razak also said that he will maintain events which have run so far. One step ahead from the chairmanship of Indonesia is Ambassador Tatang Razak’s proposal that this year will begin informal lunch which according to the plan will be conducted every month by inviting honor guests in the field of politic, economy, culture and social spheres in order ASEAN  committee in Kuwait can discuss matters which are more substantive.

Diplomatic Corner with information on ‘Tak Tun Tuang’ a musical diplomacy succeeded to attract Thailand’s market in Thai International Travel Fair 2018 in Bangkok. The Ministry of Tourism reported that as many as 10 tourism industries and 1tourism office of Indonesia participated in  the exhibition in Bangkok. Besides, there are also tourism travel bureaus, travel operators, and hotel entrepreneurs from Bali, Central Java, West Java, East Nusa Tenggara, Yogyakarta, and North Sumatra. The promotion, which has depended on branding and advertising so far, begins to move on selling. The main mission is to capture foreign tourists at tourism market of Thailand. One of the ways to attract tourists is by showing Sasando, a musical instrument from East Nusa Tenggara province, and also Indonesian traditional dances. The biggest tourism exhibition is quite different when Wonderful Indonesia art team performed on the main stage. One of Sasando preservers from Oebelo, Kupang, Djitron Pah sang a song ‘Tak Tun Tuang’ from West Sumatra which is very famous and the song has ever been sung by famous singers of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.  President of Thai Travel Agents Association, Suparerk Soorangura assessed that the music and dances were spectacular. He said at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok on Saturday (10/2) that tempting tourist through music is smart way. Although Thailand is professional rival of Wonderful Indonesia, Thailand does respect Indonesia.

 

That was Diplomatic Corner.

 

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February

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, February 13.

 

We begin with Kompas which wrote, "Beware of Identity Politics".

 

The Simultaneous Regional Election 2018 has entered the stage of electoral number. Although the campaign will begin on February 15, the political tension has already increased in several regions. Primordial sentiments, including ethnicity, religion, or region, occur in various regions to attack other candidates. The candidates who did not pass the qualification also brought political dynamics in several areas. Currently, the Election Supervisory Agency -Bawaslu also has received report on religiously offensive banners on Governor and Deputy Governor Election in West Kalimantan. In the social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, there are posts on election, by using primordial or religious sentiments. The primordial issues that drive people's votes, according to professor of Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta, Azyumardi Azra, is not healthy for national integrity. The issue will cause discrimination towards fellow citizens and this is contradicting to the spirit of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.

 

Media Indonesia wrote, "Interfaith Tolerance Non-Negotiable".

 

The people of Indonesia have lived together for years in various faiths. The constitution even guarantees freedom of faith. Therefore, President Joko Widodo emphasized that there is no place for people who are unable to grasp tolerance. That was stated responding to the recent attacks against religious figures. President added, the attack must not happen in this country, but it all happens due to information openness. Previously, several religious sentiment-based attacks occurred in the country.

 

We end today's Headlines with Republika, "Beware of Systematic Scenario".

 

Presidential Special Envoy for Interfaith and Civilization Dialog and Cooperation, Din Syamsuddin condemned the attacks against several religious figures and church in Sleman, Yogyakarta province. Din Syamsuddin asked the people to be aware of instability-inducing systematic efforts. Therefore, he encouraged the security apparatus to seriously investigate and reveal who are and what behind the incident is. If not solved, the attacks are potentially causing reactions that end with chaos. Meanwhile, Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin asked law enforcers to be more serious in investigating the motive of the attacks.

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February

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President Joko Widodo officially opened the Working Meeting of Indonesian Representative Heads with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jakarta, Monday (12/5). According to President Joko Widodo, the peace diplomacy by Indonesia received appreciation by the world leaders, namely Palestinian President, Iranian President, and Afghanistan President. In regard to fulfilling the constitutional mandate Indonesia also continously assist the peace and development in various countries such as Palestine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. President Joko Widodo asked Foreign Affairs Minister and all representative heads to continue Indonesian contribution for peace and humanity. As a country with most moderate and plural Muslim population, as well as third biggest country in the world, the President said Indonesia has responsibility to be part of global solution. President emphasized, the people of Indonesia hoped their diplomats can fight for the interests of Indonesia. Therefore, new approach of diplomacy must be adjusted to the current challenges. Diplomacy must be quick and responsive. 

More than 600 people visited Indonesian Pavilion during international tourism promotion event entitled "La Borsa Internazionale del Turismo (BIT) Milano 2018' in Milano, Italy, on Sunday (11/2). In BIT Milano 2018, Indonesian Embassy in Rome as the Indonesian Pavilion coordinator cooperated with six tour operators from Italy and Indonesia, with various services and destination. The press statement of Indonesian Embassy in Rome, as quoted by Antara in Jakarta, Monday (12/2) stated, besides Bali and Lombok that had long been well-known, Tanjung Puting, Komodo Island, Tana Toraja, and Raja Ampat received more attention during the biggest tourism expo in Italy.

Trade Atache of the Indonesian Embassy, Sumber Sinabutar, believed the support for Indonesian tour industry promotion will not only increase foreign tourist visits, but also double the positive impact for Indonesian service trade. Besides that, Indonesian Ad Interim Charge d'Affaires Charles Hutapea said, integrated promotion is a key that makes Indonesia becoming more widely known in Italy. Currently, Italy is the fifth biggest source of foreign tourists from Western Europe to Indonesia.

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati received award as the World's Best Minister during World Government Summit 2018 held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The award was given by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates recently. The Best Minister Award held since 2016, is an annual global award given to ministers around the globe.  The selection process was carried out independently by Ernst & Young and held by the World Governemnt Summit. The Summit itself is an annual meeting held in Dubai, attended by goverment heads from accross the globe. They discuss government process and public policies, as well as their relation to technology, innovation, economic policy, and many others. The aim was to improve the lives of 7 billion global residents and pursuit happiness for all people.

Indonesian Finance Minster Sri Mulyani in her remark said the award was a recognition of Indonesian government's collective effort under President Joko Widodo, especially in economy. She also dedicated the awards for 257 million people of Indonesia and more than 78 thousand staffs of Finance Ministry who had worked hard to manage state finance with high integrity and commitment to create equal and just people's welfare.

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February

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February 13 is annually celebrated as World Radio Day. The role of radio is recognized to be important, because radio can reach wide community quickly. Representative of Palangkaraya Diocese, Pastor Subandi, after "Kalimantan Tengah Menyapa" dialog at Palangkaraya RRI on Tuesday (13/2) said, the merits of radio must be used for educating people, especially on environmental issues. He explained, radio nowadays must keep innovating to be accepted by listeners. The increasing number of social media becomes rivals of radio. However, He also said, the social media is relatively limited, because not all people join it. He added that radio also plays a strategic role in educating people to be not easily provoked by invalidated issues spread in social media. Pastor Subandi hopes, radio can be used to spread useful information for people's welfare.

Youths of Central Aceh, initiated by the National Committee of Indonesian Youth and the Indonesian Nationalist Student Movement, held a seminar on the dangers of drugs at Takengon Arts Building on Tuesday (13/2). Chair of the organizing Committee, Mulyadi, amidst the seminar said, the event was held based on the spirit of the youths to prevent drug abuse that currently is getting more and more worrying. The seminar themed "Drug Prevention Through Local Wisdom" according to Mulyadi, received support from Aceh Tengah Regency Government, Aceh Tengah Legislative Council, and many other parties. Aceh Tengah Regent, Shabela Abukabar appreciated the youths' movement that had initiated an important activity to educate the people, especially the youths, to stay away from drugs. According to Shabela, local wisdom can help preventing drug trafficking among the people, by increasing togetherness, reminding each other, and sharing information if people find any drug abuse suspects. Cooperation from all is needed to anticipate the drug abuse and trade, beginning from the lowest level of community which is the family and village until higher governmental structure. In the seminar, there was also the signing of Integrity Pact as joint commitment to prevent and eradicate drug trafficking.

Deputy Regent of Jember, Kyai Muqit Arief called on all people of Jember Regency, East Java Province not to be easily provoked by issues that try to disturb the religious harmony that leads to disintegration of Indonesia. Various attacks against religious figures in several regions were suspected to be effort from certain groups with hidden agenda that is not based on any religious teaching. That was stated by Kyai Muqit to RRI Jember on Tuesday (13/2). According to Kyai Muqit, in every religious teaching, the attacks by the irresponsible individual were anarchism that cannot be justified and must be condemned. Therefore, to prevent similar cases from spreading into other regions, including Jember regency, more proactive communication among interfaith figures is important to give enlightenment to the people.

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February

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The central government plans to build airport in Purbalingga and Blora regency, Central Java province to increase people’s economy and welfare. Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi after attending topping off of new terminal of Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang, said on Sunday that the growth of investment and economy in Central Java province requires more air transportation. Request on airport development has been submitted to the Ministry of Transportation. The Minister explained that airport development in Purbalingga regency which is the expansion from General Soedirman airbase to a commercial airport, is still in the process of land procurement. For the development of the airport in Blora regency, Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said it is still in the design planning. The location of the General Soedirman airport in Central Java in the West is very strategic. In addition to supporting air transportation, the airport in Purbalingga also promotes the regional economy of surrounding areas such as  Banyumas, Pemalang, Banjarnegara, Kebumen, and Wonosobo.

To introduce and preserve the beauty of typical archipelagic batik in international event, designer from Surabaya, Lia Afif is interested in the uniqueness and the beauty of Trenggalek batik. Therefore, the designer, who has experience in Muslim fashion, will bring Trenggalek batik in London Fashion Week 2018. Around 15 models of Islamic clothes combination with Trenggalek batik will be brought to the prestigious event which is held starting from February 16 until 20, 2018.

Lia Afif, said on Sunday (11/2) that Trenggalek batik has various kinds of unique motifs namely clove, durian, mangosteen, and also motif of jaranan turangga yakso dance. The 15 models of Islamic clothes are taken from batik craftsmen in Trenggalek. According to Lia, Trenggalek batik is very unique with its natural color. The complicated making process and also natural color, make the designer interested in designing and participating in London Fashion Week 2018. Meanwhile, vice chairman of Family Welfare Empowerment Team of Trenggalek regency, Novita Hardini explained that Trenggalek batik is very special and worth to be marketed or showed in international event.

Minister of Freign Affairs, Retno Marsudi along with representatives of neighbor countries held Asian Games 2018 diplomatic walk at Bung Karno stadium complex in Jakarta on Sunday ( 11/2 ). The event was held to see the Indonesian preparedness in holding the biggest sport event in Asia. The minister, diplomats, and also ambassadors from neighbor countries started diplomatic walk from West lobby of Bung Karno GBK and finished 2 rounds in the complex. Minister Retno Marsudi in her speech said that Asian Games is not only a competition of sport, but also a platform to expand relationship. The minister conveyed to the diplomats and the ambassadors that Indonesia hosted the Asian Games in1962 in Jakarta. In 2018, for the first time in history, the Asian Games will be held in two cities, namely Jakarta and Palembang on August 18 to September 2. Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia is ready to hold the 18th Asian Games this year and invited the representatives of neighbor countries to announce the Indonesian readiness to their countries. Asian Games Diplomatic Walk was also attended by the chairman of Indonesian Olympiad Committee and Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee INASGOC Erick Tohir and also vice minister of foreign affairs, A.M.Fachir. Asian Games 2018 mascot namely Bin-Bin, Atung and Kaka also enlivened the event.