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October

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Youth and Sports Minister, Imam Nahrawi wrote his pride in Instagram social media accounts for badminton team men's team numbers after presenting Indonesia's first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games after beating Malaysia 2-1 in the final at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan in Jakarta, Sunday (7/10). He also expressed his gratitude for the first gold medal. He hopes the first gold medal won by Fredy Setiawan, Harfizh Briliansyah, Hary Susanto and Deva Anrimusthi to be a good start. Previously, Indonesia first took the first game points through the victory of two direct games won through SL4 men's singles: Fredy Setiawan over Muhammad Nurhilmie, 21-6, 21-12. Unfortunately, Indonesia's efforts to ensure gold earlier failed because the men's double pair: Hafizh Briliansyah Prawiranegara / Hary Susanto was conquered by two games directly 10-21, 17-21 by Cheah Liek Hou / Hoirul Fozi Saaba. Meanwhile, bronze medals were won jointly by Thailand and India. Thailand surrendered in the semi-final in the hands of Indonesia, while India was conquered by Malaysia.

Chief de Mission of the Indonesian Contingent, Arminsyah on Wednesday, October 10 proudly said that the target set by the government in the Asia Para Games event has exceeded.

We got the news that it was calculated to get 18 gold medals which greatly adds to the assessment of gold is chess. We get 6 gold, and gold for lawn bowls branch. So there are 18 gold in total. We still have more than that, we will get more medals”, saidArminsyah

Arminsyah hopes that the addition of a gold medal will continue to occur for the Indonesian contingent, so that success is not only in the medal acquisition, the country's ranking in the total medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games, but also the existence of a Phycology team that maintains mentality and enthusiasm to compete with other disabled athletes in Indonesia.

The chess and lawn bowls sports branch were able to increase the Indonesian contingent's medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games which took place in Jakarta on Wednesday. This placed Indonesia in sixth temporary position with a total of 23 gold medals, 29 silver and 34 bronze until Thursday afternoon.The Indonesian chess team wins six gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in the chess category. Apart from chess and lawn bowls, the tennis branch contributes three gold medals, two silver and seven bronze medals.In addition, the Red-White Para-athletic team also contributes two gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals. Each gold medals was donated by Charisma Evi Tiarani at the women's T42 / T63 100-meter run and Putri Aulia on the women's 100-meter T13. Nurtani Purba in 73 kilograms. Meanwhile, Siti Mahmudah in the 79 kilogram class contributes an additional silver medal to the Asian Para Games weightlifting branch.The mixed ten-pin bowling team: Elsa Maris and Andrey contributed one silver medal in the fifth-day match on the mixed doubles number TPB4. Finally in the Para-swimming branch, Indriani Syuci added a silver medal collection to the S14 butterfly 100-meter swimming number. President Joko Widodo at the Sudirman Hall, Jakarta, Wednesday (10/10) during his visit to the arena of heavy-handed competition, predicted that the Indonesian contingent would win 20 gold medals and exceed the target of 16 gold medals.

Three goals, one from Alberto "Beto" Goncalves's heading and two from Irfan Jaya's kicks brought Indonesian national football team to beat Myanmar 3-0 in FIFA's international friendly on Wednesday (10/10).In the match held at Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, West Java, Alberto Goncalves scored in the 19th minute, while Irfan Jaya scored his goal in the 25th and 39th minutes. Indonesian national team coach, Bima Sakti let his two naturalized players: Alberto "Beto" Goncalves and Stefano Lilipaly play from the start to help their team. Bima positioned Irfan Jaya and Febri Hariyadi on the right and left side.Playing with short passes and utilizing wing speed, Indonesia has repeatedly overwhelmed Myanmar's defence. Goals for Indonesia came in the 19th minute. Beto successfully converted Febri Hariyadi's goal tactic into a goal with his heading. Six minutes later, it was Irfan Jaya's turn to act. The player who was plotted as a right wing made good use of Beto's passing to beat Myanmar goalkeeper Sann Sat Naing and the score increased for Indonesia, 2-0. Indonesia continued to press; the third goal was created at the 39th minute by Irfan Jaya again who kicked the ball into the net after receiving a bouncing ball from Beto who hit the post. There were no additional goals afterwards; Indonesia won 3-0 until the match entered the break.Score 3 - 0 lasted until the end of the second round. Although the Bima Sakti coach made a lot of substitutions by providing opportunities for naturalized players: Esteban Vizcarra and Alfath Faathier. Even so, changes in players did not bring about fresh air to score any goals. Esteban Vizcarra had a chance in Myanmar's penalty box in the 85th minute, but his kicked ball was saved by goalkeeper, Sann Sat Naing. No additional goals were created in the second half. Indonesia won 3-0 over Myanmar.

12
October

A proud achievement was made by a team of students from Bandung Institute of Technology –ITB at the Taiwan Innotech Expo 2018 event. The event took place at the Taiwan World Trade Center at the end of September. The student team consisted of five people from various departments. They are Eka Febriana Triastiningsih (Geological Engineering), Irfan Ibrahim (Geodesy Engineering), Michael Simorangkir (Chemical Engineering), Reza Prama Arviandi (Civil Engineering), and Yudhi Kurniawan (Engineering Physics). The team won a bronze medal in the Communication Technology category through a prototype named NT Obelia 107. Team Leader, Eka Febriana Triastiningsih explained, NT Obelia 107 is a subsea station design that serves as a first step to monitor Indonesia's underwater conditions. Indonesia is rich of underwater natural resources. Through the sub-sea station, the most up-to-date information on the number of natural resources can be obtained. The development of the tool began with the Student Creativity Program held by the Ministry of Technology Research and Higher Education. The design and working principle of NT Obelia 107 is by adapting the morphology and working principle of one of the underwater living creatures, namely Obelia Sp. While number 107 is the longitude coordinate of the location planned for the station to be implemented in Indonesia, namely in the Karimata Strait. The Karimata Strait has a strategic location, the outermost waters of Indonesia and is in line with other countries. By monitoring from the station, it will simultaneously be able to monitor Indonesia's defense and security. As for the building structure, Eka added, the prototype has been categorized to be feasibly implemented. This design can also be implemented in the deep sea and resistant to the physical conditions of the deep sea. The material planned in The Taiwan Innotech Expo 2018 event was attended by many countries. From Indonesia, there are six participating universities. In addition to innovation competitions, there is also an exhibition of innovative product works. Eka hopes that students who have good ideas in creating innovative products can showcase their work by participating in competitions. In the future, because it is still a prototype, the NT Obelia 107 tool will be developed again so that it can be marketed. the implementation of this design is steel and concrete.

12
October

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Bank Indonesia (BI) promotes the pearls and Gedogan woven fabric of Pringgasela Village, East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara -NTB at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Bali. Deputy Head of BI Representative at NTB, Wahyu Ari Wibowo said in Mataram on last Tuesday (9/10) that the meeting was an opportunity to meet and interact directly with guests from various countries to promote NTB. He also used the momentum to not only promote pearls and woven fabrics, but also to introduce NTB in general so that it is known to be in normal condition again after the earthquake. Wahyu also said that the promotion of Lombok sea pearls is actually the result of curation, where Lombok is very well known for the quality of its natural products. Likewise, the Pringgasela Gedogan cloth is something that has passed the curation so that it can be promoted at the IMF-World Bank annual meeting. The hope is that both products are increasingly widely known at the international level, thus opening up export. In addition to introducing physical products, he also promoted Pringgasela pearls and woven fabrics by distributing leaflets in English.

Makassar International Eight Festival or commonly called F8 is officially held October 10-14 2018. Around 27 countries attend and witness the excitement of the national event initiated by Mayor of Makassar, Moh Ramdhan Danny Pomanto. Guests are from Japan, United States, South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, Poland, the Philippines, and Spain. Governor of South Sulawesi, Nurdin Abdullah when opening Makassar International Eight Festival 2018 at the Losari Beach Pavilion on Wednesday (10/10) expressed deep appreciation for the implementation of the event known as the F8 carrying the theme ‘Palu Rises Together’. He hopes that this event can continue to improve from year to year. Mayor Danny added, the Center Point of Indonesia Region (CPI) is used as one of the F8 event areas, where there will be a floating market in the form of fishing vessels that will sell their seafood to F8 participants. In the CPI carnival venue, there are also booths that are installed to sell. On the edge of the white sand beach, there will be a dinner with VIP guests. In addition, Mayor Danny explained that in the CPI area, there are also lights that have romantic nuances, adding to the excitement of the F8 event. He said that there are 10 thousand lamps in the form of lanterns, plants and flags of F8 needs. He added, the CPI area take part of ‘Fruit, Food and Fish’ which is part of F8. In addition, there is additional pontoon of Floating Zoo in which there will be animals and crazy bamboo game, a typical one of Ambon City.

The Culture and Tourism Office of Ternate City, North Maluku will build a Tourism Information Center to make it easier for tourists to get tourism information while visiting the area. Head of the Culture and Tourism Office of Ternate, Samin Marsaoly said in Ternate on Thursday that with presence of the tourism information center, tourists visiting Ternate would be easier to choose the tourist objects to be visited, including access and the costs needed to reach them without being accompanied by a tour guide. According to him, the Tourism Information Center will be built next to the resident docks, one of the historical sites in Ternate with the consideration of its location in the city center and it is easily accessible from various directions. The Tourism Information Center will be integrated with Babullah Ternate Sultan Airport and many hotels in the area so that tourists, who have just arrived at Sultan Babullah Airport or those are in hotels, can directly access it. He added, Ternate City has many interesting tourist objects to visit, including six colonial heritage fortresses, Kedaton Sultanate of Ternate, Tolire Lake and marine tourism in the form of beaches and under-water panoramas.

10
October

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Professor of Fishery Faculty of Hasanuddin Univresity, Ambo Tuwo called for the residents of Palu and Donggala not to worry of consuming fish, especially from sea, because it is not dangerous. The call is related to a report that the residents of Palu and Donggala are afraid of consuming sea fish at the post of earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people in the region. Prof. Ambo Tuwo said in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Sunday (7/10) that the people should not worry to consume the fish eve though the fish has eaten corpse. Because the fish has naturally underwent energy flow or nutrient cycle. According to him, all foods which enter into the fish’s body will be digested to become protein. People only need to clan it and throw part which is not needed. But, if the people in the region are not sure yet or still worry to consume the sea fish, they can choose other alternative fish sich as fresh fish, dried fish or sea fish from outside Central Sulawesi.

Students of Sebelas Maret University of Surakarta who join Semar Solid team, have succeeded in creating high quality concrete with natural material, namely cow’s bone. Besides cow’s bone, the concrete also uses marble waste. That was stated by one of team members, Panji Pramayswara Pamilih, in Solo, Central Java on Monday (8/10). Panji also said that the concrete has self-compacting concrete type which can be solid by itself. According to Panji, the concrete created by the team, is environmentally friendly, because they use a method in which the concrete can become solid by itself without requiring vibration or other efforts to compact the concrete. Panji Pramayswara Pamilih also explained, in the method, marble waste and cow’s bone are processed as mixture materials in the concrete. The bone is used in the concrete’s structure because it contains large calcium oxide. According to Panji, calcium oxide itself is the largest composition in the cement. Besides chemical element, the marble is also known of having high compressive strength. When tested, the compressive strength of the concrete reaches 20-mega pascal in 24 hours. Another member of the team, Yesika Azzukhruf, said their innovation of the concrete can applied to make road, as it does not need too much time to harden the concrete. As a comparison, common concrete takes 3 days to get 40 percent compressive strength, the self-compacting concrete only takes a day. In addition, using both materials are viewed to be more economical, because it can save cost around 7.78 percent from the common concrete.

Regent of West Manggarai, Agustinus Dula said that Labuan Bajo is ready to welcome the guests of IMF and World Bank annual meeting after the meeting is held in Bali. This was stated by Dula to Antara News Agency in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara on Tuesday (9/10). The regent also said he does not know the exact number of the guests who will come to Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, Flores Island, but it is expected to reach thousands of people. Government of West Manggarai fully supported by the Central government has conducted various supporting infrastructure developments such as roads, sidewalks, and light’s street in the city, clean water, culinary and garbage management to welcome the delegations from various counties. Agustinus hoped the readiness of the supporting infrastructures can give comfort to the guests who will have vacation in Labuan Bajo or Komodo National Park. Besides that, the regent also asked the local people to play an active role to support the visit of the IMF World Bank annual meeting participants who are most;y high ranking officials from various countries. Meanwhile, a number of Police Mobile Brigade apparatus of East Nusa Tenggara Province are deployed to secure instalation of Waemese water management during the guest visit to Labuan Bajo.

10
October

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesia, one of coffee, tea and cocoa producing countries is participating again in coffee, tea and cocoa exhibition held every two-year in Hamburg. The exhibition is held for 3 days starting from October 10-12, 2018. The goal of the Indonesian participation in COTECA 2018 exhibition is to penetrate Indonesian coffee, tea and cocoa product export to Germany which is the biggest market in European Union with total population of 82 million people. Special for coffee sector, Indonesia’s participation at COTECA 2018 is also aimed to promote Indonesian specialty coffee product to German, which is the potential market. Representative of Indonesian government in Germany, in this regard Indonesian embassy in Berlin, Indonesian Consulate General in Hamburg and also Indonesia Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) of Hamburg along with nine companies exporting coffee, tea and cocoa products, is taking Country Pavilion. During the exhibition, Indonesia participates actively in various activities, among others: Seminar on Luwak and Indonesian coffee by KOPI ROSS company.

To promote Indonesian culture in Switzerland, Indonesian ambassador hands over a set of shadow puppets to Center for Training and Performance of Gamelan of Sion.

Last weekend, it was a historical moment and new momentum for the Center of Training and Performance of Gamelan, Switzerland. Nicole Coppey, the head of the Center on Friday (5/10) directly received a set of shadow Puppet equipment, part of assistance of social program of Bank Indonesia which was handed over by the Indonesian ambassador of Bern, Muliaman D. Hadad and witnessed by the Indonesian embassy’s staffs of Bern. According to ambassador Muliaman Hadad, in the next future, the Center of Sion is hoped to become an Indonesian Cultural Center which can promote other Indonesian arts and cultures such as traditional music and dance, batik making, and carving.

 

At invitation of commander of Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces in Unifil, South Lebanon, Indonesian ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto, attended “Medal Parade of Garuda Forces of Unifil 2018” in Indobatt headquater, South Lebanon (4/10). In the event which was also attended by Force Commander of UNIFIL, Major General Stefano Del Col and Indonesian ambassador to Lebanon, Achmad Chozin Chumaidy, there was award medal from Secretary General of the United Nations to the commanders and personnel of Indonesian peacekeeping forces for their services in the UN peace mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL). During luncheon held after the parade, force commander Col. Murbianto Adhi Wibowo, who was witnessed by ambassador Ahmad Chozin, has awarded and  pinned Garude Force’s brevet to Indonesian ambassador Andy Rachmianto. The handing over of the brevet is a form of appreciation on the role of ambassador Andy when still officiating as Director of International Security and Disarmament of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, in 2013-2017 period, that helped coordinating policy and preparing the sending of Indonesian forces to the UN peace mission in various countries, including UNIFIL.

08
October

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Indonesian stand on the largest tourism exhibition at the Argentina Feria International de Turismo America Latina-FIT 2018 in La Rural, Buenos Aires was flocked by Argentinian young generation. During September 29 until October 2,2018, more than 400 visitors flocked Indonesian stand to get information of tourism destinations. Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Niniek Kun Naryatie said that Indonesian participation was the Indonesian embassy’s effort to Buenos Aires to approach Argentinian public or Latin America to Indonesian tourism. Argentinian tourists to Indonesia continue to increase, from 8,408 people in 2016, becoming 13,889 people in 2017. The event was also conducted specially with seminar on Indonesia which was carried out by Implementing ‘Economic Function’ and Implementing ‘Information and Social Culture Function’ on September 30.

Executive Director of International Monetary Fund -IMF, Christine Lagarde along with Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, Governor of Bank Indonesia, Perry Warjiyo, and Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani planted coral reefs in Nusa Dua, Bali on Sunday. In Bali, there are 32 thousands of economic delegation from various countries to attend the annual meeting of IMF-World Bank 2018 starting from October 8 – 14,2018. After planting the coral reefs,  Christine Lagarde said that the event is to provide marine biota which will increase life quality of flora and fauna under the sea. Indonesia has 60 percent coral reefs in the world. Unfortunately, the coral reefs are very easy to be damaged due to various  reasons, including climate change and destructive events at the tourism places. She added that the planting of the coral reefs is hoped to be able to produce unique and beautiful under-water aquarium. Lagarde along with Minister Luhut, Governor Perry and Sri Minister Mulyani also directly installed the coral on supporting structure that will be put in the bottom of the sea by volunteers. Governor Perry Warjiyo said that the annual meeting of IMF-World Bank 2018 needs an event to preserve environmental ecosystem. 

On Sunday, September 30, cultural exhibition 'Prince Panji Lost and Found' was held at Indonesian Cultural House in Berlin, Germany. The event was under collaboration among Indonesian embassy of Germany, a number of European researchers and Indonesian artists. The event offered a series presentations, Gamelan and Wayang workshop and also exhibition to introduce Panji’s stories in Java which was determined as Memory of the World by UNESCO in 2017. The idea was initiated by Dr. Lydia Kieven, German research who recognized that she is interested in Panji’s story and has made a research since more than 20 years. She views that it is important for world communities to know the point of the Panji’s story. One of the peak events was exhibition of Wayang Beber project which told about Panji’s stories. While enjoying Indonesian snack and coffee, the guests could read and witness photographs about Wayang Beber tradition in Java, and Wayang performance which was projected on the screen.

08
October

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High school and vocational high school students in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua were asked to become pioneers of driving safety for people in the area. Traffic Director of West Papua Regional Police, Sr. Comr. Indra Darmawan on the Socialization of Orderly Crossing at High School 1 Raja Ampat on last Thursday (4/10) said that the situation of being orderly in traffic is one of the problems faced by the city. An orderly traffic situation, on which people or drivers respect each other and promote safety, will create a positive impression for every guest who has come to Raja Ampat. He said, Raja Ampat is now a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil will implement a Mother School throughout West Java region in 2019 on which a pattern is adapted to each district and city. After graduating 2,040 Mother School graduates at IPB Dramaga Campus, Bogor Regency, West Java on Saturday (6/10), he said the task of the governor is to innovate and to make the West Java people better. He added that the innovation could come from the provincial, municipal, and district level. Mother School is a good innovation originating in Bogor City that deserves to be developed to all regions. A total of 2,040 mothers from 68 urban villages in Bogor City were graduated after studying for three months at the Mother School. Today, the graduates are the first generation since the Mother School of Bogor City was inaugurated last July 2014.

The border residents who live in the North Netemnanu Village, North Amfoang Sub-District, Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara –NTT are longing for the internet network to make it easier for them to build communication access. This was stated by North Netemnanu Village Chief, Wemfied Komeo to the journalists in North Netemnanu on Sunday (7/10). North Netemnanu Village in Kupang Regency is one of the villages in the Amfoang region, NTT which is directly adjacent to the East Timor enclave, Oecusse. Wemfied Komeo also explained that to be able to access the internet in the area, it would cost quite a lot. Consequently, this makes most people inaccessible to  the internet as a medium to communicate or obtain important information. For this reason, he hopes that the internet network from Indonesia can be present in villages in the Amfoang region, East Nusa Tenggara. He added, if the internet network could be present in the area, it would be very helpful for the local community.

05
October

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Indonesia keeps trying to enhance economic cooperation with Tanzania in many fields, such as tourism and nuclear technology exploration  for economic development. The initiation of tourism cooperation and the use of nuclear technology were discussed during  a visit of the Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania,  Ratlan Pardede to Arusha Province on Friday (28/9). During the visit to Arusha, Ambassador Pardede visited the laboratory facilities owned by Tanzania's atomic energy institution. He also  talked with Arusha Provincial Officials, Arusha Provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Arusha Provincial Mining Commission. From the meeting with the Arusha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, there is a potential export of palm oil products and organic fertilizer in Arusha. Besides having fertile agricultural land, Arusha is a valuable mineral producing area, such as gold and tanzanite. The economic potential owned by Arusha can be an opportunity for Indonesia to improve economic relations between Indonesia and Tanzania. Some investment opportunities in Arusha are gold mining, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development.

The Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver participated again in the Vancouver International Travel Expo (VIT Expo)  2018 to promote Indonesian tourism and culture. This activity took place on September 29th at the Vancouver Convention Center. VIT Expo is a quite prestigious thematic tourism exhibition in the Province of British Columbia. The exhibition was attended by 82 participants from various countries and businesspeople in the field of tourism, such as travel agents, airlines, tourism associations  and also banks. At the VIT Expo 2018, the Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver promoted Silk Holidays, a travel agency in Vancouver that offers tourism tour packages to Indonesia. The favorite destinations for visitors at the exhibition are Bali, Lombok and Komodo Island.

The Indonesian Embassy in Lima participated in the biggest food and beverage exhibition in Peru, Expoalimentaria 2018, by presenting Indonesia's booth in the international zone. A total of 12 Indonesian companies supported Indonesia's participation in the exhibition which was held on September 26-28. The exhibition attended by exhibitors from 21 countries was officially opened by Peruvian Minister of Agriculture, Gustavo Mostajo, Production Minister, Raul Perez Reyes, and First Vice President, Mercedes Araoz and President of the Peruvian Exporters Association, Juan Varillas. Peru's Vice President Mercedes Araoz said that the 10-year exhibition had reached US $850 million dollars in sales. According to the president of the Association of Exporters, the food and beverage industry in Peru has employed 1.6 million people. The target of 2018 is to reach 2.2 million people. The most popular products for Indonesian stand visitors are coffee products along with a variety of coffee products, in the form of coffee candy and coffee-flavored biscuits, flavored biscuits, chocolate, cheese, coconut, sugar, cocoa, ginger cookies, egg noodles, canned fish products and Indonesian instant spices.

05
October

October 5 is commemorated as the anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Forces –TNI. On October 5, 2018, TNI enters 73 years old. TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said that the 73rd TNI Anniversary Commemoration was carried out in every city from Sabang to Merauke. In Jakarta, the TNI's main weaponry system or Alutsista exhibition was held at the National Monument, Jakarta. The exhibition was held from Thursday to Saturday, September 27-29, 2018. Alutsista on display included Anoa, Komodo and leopard tanks. Every year, the alutsista exhibition in Monas attracts the attention of people who want to witness or take photos with defense equipment. Not only in Jakarta, on the 73rd TNI anniversary, and Kodam IV / Diponegoro will hold an Alutsista exhibition on the Ahmad Yani Army Air Base, Semarang. Head of Information on Military Region IV / Diponegoro, Colonel Arh Zaenudin said that the activity is carried out on 5 to 7 October 2018. The opening of the exhibition is held after the ceremony at Ahmad Yani Air Base on 5 October. At the exhibition displayed alutsista from the Army, Sea and Air where Apache helicopters will be the main focus. The event will also feature TNI Yong Moo Do martial arts demonstrations, dances, and art performances. Commemorating the 73rd TNI Anniversary, the TNI held 2018 Indonesian National Armed Forces International Marathon to be held at Kuta Beach, Mandalika, Bali. The running competition was held on 23 September 2018 and it has a total prize of Rp10 billion. In Palembang, the red-white heritage flag was paraded around the city on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The procession was a series of flag relay activities welcoming the TNI anniversary. The flag relay series was carried out in a relay, involving TNI-Polri personnel and community elements. After Palembang, the parade passed through a number of other major cities, such as Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Manado, Kupang, Ambon, Sorong and ended in Merauke.

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October

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The Japanese government helps provide salted-fish drying machines for fishermen in Belitung. This was conveyed in a written statement made by the Japanese embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday (3/10). The handover of the drying machines as a grant from the Japanese government took place in Sijuk sub-district, Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Province. The handover was attended by Secretary II of the Japanese Embassy, Kazuho Yoshida, Head of Subdirectory of Foreigners' Supervision and Foreigners' Institution at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Masykur, Regent of Belitung, Sahani Saleh, and Chairman of the Belitung Youths' Works (Karya Muda Belitung), Suryandaru. The project was a part of grassroots grants from the Japanese Government , with the value Rp 717 million and was signed by the Japanese Government and Chairman of the Belitung Youths' Works in March 2018. In Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Province, 50% of the fish are made into processed foods to be sold at markets. However, the weather condition often destabilizes fish-processing industry which complicates the small-scale fishermen. Through the project, the Japanese Government gave 10 fish drying machines consisting of 5 big and 5 small ones in a bid to develop the fishermen's welfare in six villages in Sijuk Sub-district. The Japanese Government hopes the aid can improve the small-scale fishermen's welfare. Therefore, the fishery industry and other related industries in Belitung can develop further.

Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) in Serpong, Banten Regency has now an artificial intelligence laboratory that contributes not only the students but also industries. Rector of Multimedia Nusantara University, Ninik Leksono said in Tangerang Regency, Banten on Wednesday that the laboratory would be utilized to print accessible scientists' data to support the advancement of industries. Ninok perceives the artificial intelligence has recently become a friend as well as the necessity in industrial fields. Multimedia Nusantara University is also committed to producing qualified human resources as data scientists, big data experts, and artificial intelligence experts. Through the cooperation, students will be trained to become data scientists who are competent in their job, even they can also have an opportunity to work in Japan.

Consulate General of the Philippines, Oscar G. Orcine and his entourage attended the invitation of the former Ternate Sultan's son, Firman Mudaffar Syah on Wednesday (3/10) in a bid to discuss economic potentials in North Maluku and to establish cooperation. Orcine said that he and his entourage also visited the sultanate to discuss the economic potentials and the efforts of establishing mutual cooperation between the Philippines and North Maluku. Besides holding important meeting with the Sultanate's side, Regional Government and the Subsidiary of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in Ternate, the Philippines' Consulate General and his entourage also visited the palace (Keraton) of Ternate Sultanate, Tolire Lake, and witnessed the cultural attractions: Katreji Dance and the Baramsuwen Bambu Gila (Crazy Bamboo) attraction. Finally, they ended their visit by having a Gala Dinner at the hall of the small Keraton. According to Oscar, his side would like to establish trade route through the roll-on-roll ship whose operation had been inaugurated by President Joko Widodo some time ago. The discussion in regard to building the cooperation was also held between Indonesian Embassy to the Philippines, Sinyo Sarondajang and The Philippines' Embassy to Indonesia. Meanwhile, Firman Mudaffar Syah said that the selection of coconut as the main commodity of export is that basically the cooperation was also implemented several years ago. Besides coconut, the Philippines' Consulate General is also interested in seaweed as the commodity has high value.

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