Indonesian President Joko Widodoinstalled 16 new Indonesian ambassadors, extraordinary and plenipotentiary, at the State Palace in Jakarta  on Monday.As stated by Antara News Agency, during the ceremony, President Joko Widodo was flanked by First Lady Iriana, Vice President M Jusuf Kalla and his spouse, and Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi.Other high-ranking officials attending the ceremony were some cabinet ministersThe newly installed ambassadors were Abdul Kadir Jaelani (Ambassador to Canada and ICAO), Abdurachman Budiono Dimas Wahab (to Hungary), Al Busyra Basnur (to Ethiopia and Djibouti as well as African Union), Arrmanatha Christiawan Nasir (to France and Monaco, as well as UNESCO), Cheppy T Wartono (to Mexico, Belize, El Savador, and Guatemala), Dewa Made Juniarta Sastrawan (to Zimbabwe and Zambia), Edy Yusup (to Brazil), Hajriyanto Thohari (to Lebanon), Julang Pujianto (to Suriname and Guyana), and Lalu Muhammad Iqbal (to Turkey).Prominent figures appointed as ambassadors were Mahendra Siregar (to the United States), Muhammad Anshor (to Chile), Siti Nugraha Mauludiah (to Poland), Sunaryo Kartadinata (to Uzbekistan and Kirgizstan), Tri Tharyat (to Kuwait), and Wajid Fauzi (to Syria). (ANTARA)

The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) has extended the emergency response period in the tsunami-hit district of South Lampung to another two weeks from January 6 to 19.
Pandeglang District, which also bore the brunt of the Dec 22, 2018 tsunami in Sunda Strait, was entering the transition of emergency response period, Chief of the BNPB Data and Information Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement released on Sunday.
The tsunami killed 120 people and injured 8,304 others in South Lampung. The disaster also caused serious damage to 543 houses, moderate damage to 70 houses and light damage to 97 houses, forcing 6,999 people to flee their homes.
According to the agreement reached at a coordination meeting, the government has decided not to build temporary homes in affected areas in South Lampung but to resettle the tsunami survivors on 2 hectares of land in other area.
The emergency response period in Pandeglang district ended on Jan 4. Based on the result of a coordination meeting, Pandeglang is entering a two-month transition period from Jan 6 to March 6.
"During the transition of emergency period, temporary homes will be built (in the affected areas)," he said.
Sutopo said the temporary homes will be built for tsunami survivors who have fled their heavily-and lightly-damaged houses in the wake of the tsunami.
The temporary homes are needed to minimize social upheavals and accommodate the tsunami survivors during the rainy season so that they can live comfortably, he said. (ANTARA) 
Indonesia expressed readiness to compete in the Asian Cycling Championship (ACC), which will take place at Jakarta International Velodrome from 8 to 13 January 2019.
"Our athletes are in good condition. They are ready to compete," Head coach of the Indonesian BMX team Dadang Haris Purnomo said here on Sunday.
Furthermore, all athletes are undergoing a variety of training sessions ahead of the convening of the Asian Cycling Championship.
"The exercise has been carried out since the end of the 2018 Asian Games. After the Asian Games, the athletes immediately took exercises for the ACC," he said.
As a result, he noted, the preparation of the athletes will get better.
He revealed that the competition among athletes would be very tight.
"The Asian Cycling Championship (ACC) is one of 2020 Olympic Qualification Events," he said.
The participants will make the best effort to get points in the annual continental cycling championships for road bicycle racing and track cycling.
The Indonesian team will deploy 28 athletes in 15 match numbers.
"I hope all athletes can perform optimally," Purnomo remarked.
Jakarta International Velodrome is a sporting facility located at Rawamangun, East Jakarta. The arena was used as a venue for 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Asian Para Games.
The sports arena has a 250 m cycling track, tennis court, and swimming pools.
The velodrome is certified as Class 1 by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). (ANTARA) 

The Indonesian Composite Index (IDX) has strengthened by 39.83 points, following investors' optimism towards Indonesia's domestic economy.

IDX closed at 6,221.01 on Thursday evening, increasing 39.83 percent, or 0.64 percent higher than the opening at 6,192.27.

The 45 prime bonds "LQ45" strengthened by 6.53 points, or 0.66 percent, to 990.87.

"Our economic stability remains under control, despite some aspects that need correction, such as our current deficit account," noted Bahana Securities analyst Muhammad Wafi in Jakarta on Thursday.

The bullish move of IDX was also supported by foreign investors' buying actions that closed a total Rp188.27 billion of foreign net buy today.

Thus, Wafi hopes that current domestic economy would continue to remain stable amid sluggish global economy's projection that had been overshadowed by US-China's trade war.

"The trade war still becomes an external negative sentiment," he added.

Overall, the Jakarta Stock Exchange recorded 388,913 times transaction on Thursday, of which 10.84 billion shares worth Rp7.56 trillion were traded. Among of them, 233 bonds were up, 170 bonds down, and 127 bonds stagnant.

Meanwhile, a sluggish trend was seen from the regional market, including Shanghai Index, which weakened by 0.93 points, or 0.04 percent, to 2,464.36; Hang Seng Index, which weakened by 65.90 points, or 0.26 percent, to 25,064.40; and Strait Times Index, which weakened by 26.01 points, or 0.86 percent, to 3,012.88. (ANTARA)

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