President reviews Istiqlal Mosque’s preparations for new normal

Jakarta President Joko Widodo examined the readiness of Istiqlal Mosque to apply standard procedures for the new normal. “This morning I returned to Istiqlal Mosque to review the progress in the massive renovation of Istiqlal Mosque,” President Widodo stated at the courtyard of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on Tuesday. President Widodo, in a blue mask, toured the mosque and its courtyard in the company of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar. “To date, the renovation has reached 90…

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Citilink resumes operations with new normal procedures amid COVID-19

Jakarta Low-cost airline Citilink Indonesia resumed operations by serving 104 flights following the government’s decision to apply the new normal procedures, as of June 1, 2020. “Today, Citilink resumes its services, with 104 regular flights to 21 cities by implementing the new normal procedures and continuing to prioritize the aspects of passenger safety, health, and comfort,” Citilink President Director Juliandra noted in a statement here on Tuesday. During the pre-flight phase, Citilink worked in close collaboration with the Port Health Office (KKP) and the local Task Force for Acceleration of…

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Development of MSMEs still likely amid COVID-19: Minister Masduki

Jakarta Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Teten Masduki projected that cooperatives and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) were still likely to develop in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I see several SMEs adapting and doing business to align with new demands. I am optimistic that MSMEs would always remain flexible and dynamic to tap new business opportunities,” Masduki noted in his statement on Tuesday. The minister pointed to a change in consumer behavior during the COVID-19 emergency and the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB)…

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May 2020 inflation rate clocked in at 0.07 percent: BPS

Jakarta The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded an inflation rate of 0.07 percent in May 2020 or lower from the corresponding period last year owing to decreased public demand during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. “Inflation in May is very small, very far as compared to that during Eid al-Fitr last year when it touched 0.55 percent in June,” BPS Head Suhariyanto stated during a virtual press conference here on Tuesday. Thus, the January-May 2020 calendar year inflation rate reached 0.90 percent, while the year-on-year inflation touched 2.19 percent.    …

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Ministry devises strategy amid projected fall in tourist arrivals

  Jakarta The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has prepared strategies to cope with an expected drop in foreign tourist arrivals on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement released here on Tuesday, spokesperson for the ministry’s Task Force for COVID-19 Handling, Ari Juliano Gema, said the ministry has estimated a significant fall in foreign tourist visits to Indonesia due to the pandemic. “We have prepared strategies to anticipate the decline in foreign tourist visits by applying new normal protocols in the sector,” he added. The protocol will…

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Papua police arrest one behind Mar-30 attack on Freeport employees

  Jayapura, Papua Papua’s Law Enforcement Task Force arrested TW, a member of a criminal armed group that attacked PT Freeport employees in Kuala Kencana that resulted in the death of New Zealander Graeme Thomas Wall. Two other employees of the giant mining firm also suffered injuries in the attack on March 30. Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw confirmed here on Tuesday that TW was arrested in Timika on Friday (May 29). He was a member of the Kali Kopi armed group led by Joni Botak. TW was…

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