Senin, 15 Januari 2018

HOPES RIDE HIGH ON PEACEFUL, FAIR SIMULTANEOUS REGIONAL HEAD ELECTIONS by Fardah

 Jakarta, Jan 15, 2017 (Antara) - Indonesia has successfully organized smooth, peaceful, fair, and democratic simultaneous regional head elections (pilkada) twice, so the nation is optimistic of repeating this feat in its upcoming pilkada. 
    The third pilkada will be organized simultaneously in 171 regions, comprising 17 provinces, 39 municipalities, and 115 districts across the country on June 27, 2018.  
    The number of eligible voters for the pilkada 2018 reaches 158 million, or some 80 percent of the total number of eligible voters for the presidential and legislative elections in 2019, which is some 197 million.
         Various parties, including President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and several legislators, have expressed optimism that the next local elections would emulate the previous ones.
         During a visit to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province, on June 8, 2018, Jokowi urged all elements of society to maintain fraternity and national unity, as the country welcomes the regional elections.
         "This year, we are entering the year of politics, and we need to be aware of this, so that we can all maintain unity and fraternity in order to ensure smooth implementation of this celebration of democracy," the president stated during a public lecture at the Muhammadiyah University of Kupang.
         The head of state expressed belief that no other country apart from Indonesia holds such a massive celebration of democracy.

Sabtu, 13 Januari 2018

NO EXECUTIONS OF DRUGS CONVICTS IN 2017, BUT "SHOOT-AT-SIGHT" UP by Fardah

Jakarta, Jan 13, 2018 (Antara) - Indonesia is among the few countries that have the harshest drug laws in the world.
        In 2015, the country had executed 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, and four others in July 2016.
         In 2017, there were no executions of drug convicts, but the war on drugs continues, and is even intensified, with this time on the streets.
         The National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) has revealed that in 2017, its officers had shot dead as many as 79 suspects of illegal drug cases for resisting arrests.
        According to BNN Chief Commissioner General Budi Waseso, the agency discovered 46,537 drug cases and 27 money laundering cases from narcotics crimes from January to December last year.
         "Of the total cases, we have detained 58,365 suspects in narcotics cases and 34 suspects in money laundering cases," Budi Waseso, or Buwas as he popularly known, stated.
         Such an achievement shows the authority's seriousness in fighting drug crimes. It has also proved that "shoot-at-sight" move for perpetrators of drug crimes is not a joke but the agency's legal commitment to be hard and stern against drugs syndicates.
        According to the data of the BNN, the police, and customs office, the authorities have seized evidences, including marijuana, amounting to 151,22 tons, and 2,940,748 ecstasy pills, during Jan to Dec period.
        "In drug-related money laundering cases, we have evidences of cars, properties, jewelry, cash, and Rp105 billion (US$7.75 million) in bank accounts," Buwas revealed.

Jumat, 05 Januari 2018

ACEH'S TSUNAMI MUSEUM REVIVES VIVID MEMORIES OF 2004 DEADLY CATASTROPHE by Fardah

  Jakarta, Jan 5, 2017 (Antara) - Located on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, Aceh is prone to quakes, with the most powerful one in the past decades being a 9.2-magnitude that triggered a gigantic tsunami in Aceh and Nias Island.
           The tsunami left some 200 thousand people dead or missing and one million others homeless in North Sumatra Province, on December 26, 2004.    
      The deadly catastrophe caused unbearable grief and suffering to the population. The survivors had to cope with injuries or the loss of loved ones or property.
           The major disaster destroyed some 80 percent of infrastructure in the worst-hit areas. The Indonesian government had set up a Nias and Aceh Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency to mainly handle the redevelopment of infrastructure and houses in the tsunami-devastated cities and villages, with funds coming from the Indonesian government and foreign countries' donations.
           In addition to Indonesia, the tsunami had caused damage in 17 other countries around the Indian Ocean: Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives, Reunion Island (French), Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, Oman, South Africa, and Australia.
          As a reminder of the humanitarian tragedy, an Aceh Tsunami Museum was built in Banda Aceh, the capital of the province.
           Open daily, except on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon local time and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, the museum building has adopted the design of a traditional raised Aceh house while at the same time it resembles a ship with its protruding funnel.

Kamis, 04 Januari 2018

CYBERSECURITY AGENCY CRUCIAL TO TACKLE CYBER CRIMES by Fardah

  Jakarta, Jan 4,2018 (Antara) - The number of internet users in Indonesia has reached some 132 million, making it is crucial for the country to develop reliable cybersecurity mechanisms.
      Effective cybersecurity reduces the risks of cyber attacks and protects entities, organizations, and individuals from the deliberate exploitation of systems, networks, and technologies.
        In June 2017, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated a national cyber agency called National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN).
         The agency was launched following a global ransomware attack by the WannaCry virus, which affected more than 150 countries around the world, including Indonesia, in May last year.
        The president has later strengthened the role of the BSSN by stipulating the Presidential Regulation No. 133 of 2017, which was signed on Dec 16, 2017.
        "This is a very important agency, and in future, it is necessary, especially to take precautionary measures in the face of rapid developments in the cyber world," Jokowi remarked recently.
        According to the Presidential Regulation No. 133 of 2017 on BSSN, the agency directly comes under the president and is accountable to him.
         The BSSN is responsible for detecting and preventing cybercrimes and maintaining cybersecurity in effective and efficient ways by utilizing, developing, and consolidating all components related to cybersecurity.
           On Jan 3, 2018, Jokowi installed Major General of the Indonesian Army, Djoko Setiadi, as head of the BSSN at the State Palace.
       The BSSN chief's inauguration is in line with the Presidential Regulation No. 53 of 2017, signed on May 19, 2017, on the establishment of BSSN. Under the regulation, the BSSN chief has ministerial-level authority.

Selasa, 02 Januari 2018

SOEKARNO-HATTA AIRPORT TRAIN READY TO SERVE PASSENGERS by Fardah

Jakarta, Jan 2, 2017 (Antara) - Several toll roads and highways are currently being constructed in Jakarta and the surrounding areas to ease traffic congestion in the capital city, notorious for being one of the world's most traffic-congested and populated cities.
          The government has, so far, also provided several means of public transportation, such as the Trans-Jakarta bus services and commuter train KRL Jabodetabek to serve the Greater Jakarta or Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas.
          However, traffic jams persist, and the use of the KRL Jabodetabek as well as the Trans-Jakarta bus services have become inconvenient since they are always crowded during peak hours.
          To solve the problem of congestion, the authorities have been constructing the Mass Rapid Transit and Light Rail Transit that will connect Greater Jakarta as well as a train connecting the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to the Sudirman Baru Station located in Central Jakarta.  
     Initially, the airport train had started from the Manggarai railway station, but since work on another project was ongoing at the station, the plan was postponed.
          As the construction of the airport train was completed in December 2017, its trial operation was carried out from December 26, 2017, until January 1, 2018, with the ticket priced at Rp30 thousand per passenger per trip, but the normal tariff is currently Rp70 thousand.
          Edi Sukmoro, president director of the state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia, informed the press recently that the company had sought feedback from passengers during the trial operations.
          President Joko Widodo inaugurated the operation of the airport train at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport Station in Cengkareng, Banten, on Jan 2.

Minggu, 31 Desember 2017

GOVERNMENT COORDINATES IMPLEMENTATION OF ASIAN PARA GAMES, ASIAN GAMES by Imam Santoso/Fardah

Jakarta, Dec 31, 2017 (Antara) - The Indonesian Government has been very busy making preparations for the implementation of the 18th Asian Games on Aug 2-Sept 2, 2018, and the Third Asian Para Games on Oct 6-13, 2018.
         The Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra Province, and the Asian Para Games will be organized in Jakarta particularly centred in Bung Karno Sport Stadium at Senayan area.
         The Asian Games will be participated in by some 9,500 athletes, 2,500 personnel of the Asian Olympic Council, and 5,500 technical delegates from 45 Asian countries.  At least 3,500 media representatives are expected to cover the Games.
         While, the Asian Para Games will be participated in by around 3,000 differently-abled athletes and 1,000 officials from 43 Asian countries.
         Another difference is that the Asian Games is under the supervision of the Asian Olympic Council (AOC), while the Asian Para Games is under the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC), which is the only official representative of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Asia, and the owner of the Para Games in the region.
         The Government began preparations for the Asian Para Games 2018 in March 2017, following the appointment of Raja Sapta Oktohari as chairman of the Indonesian Asian Para Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INAPGOC).
         The chairman of the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC) is Erick Thohir, a businessman.