New normal: Govt prepares budget for traditional markets

  Jakarta  The Presidential Staff Office is preparing a budget to implement measures to prevent traditional markets from becoming COVID-19 clusters in the new normal era. “I believe the government has prepared quite a substantial budget to handle COVID-19 and respond to its impact, and with regard to traditional markets, there are budgets being prepared to ensure they do not become clusters of COVID-19 spread,” said Main Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office, Donny Gahral Adian, during a virtual discussion in Jakarta on Saturday. According to him, the budget…

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COVID-19 shifts tourism focus to safe, responsible travel

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought the world to a standstill, with people around the globe confined to their homes over the last three months at least to break the chain of virus transmission. As countries race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, their tourism and hospitality industries, which have been crippled by the pandemic, are trying to revive and adapt their businesses by implementing stringent health protocols. Tourism and hospitality industries are now working to ensure guests and clients stay safe, healthy and comfortable by implementing physical distancing measures…

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Terror suspect from Solo dies of illness in jail: National Police

  Jakarta  The National Police has said that Bagus Kurniawan (26), a terror suspect from Solo, Central Java, died of illness while being jailed in the Police’s Mobile Brigade detention center in Cikeas, West Java. “Based on a medical diagnosis, the patient, who died, had suffered from prolonged fever, plus sepsis suspected infection, meningitis plus pleural effusion. The hospital recommended an autopsy to find out the definite cause of his death,” Chief of the National Police’s Public Information Bureau Brigadier General Awi Setiyono said in a statement here on Saturday…

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Ministry to help recovery of Gili Matra marine tourism in NTB

Kuta, Bali  The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) is ready to help the recovery of marine tourism industry in Gili Matra, North Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, following a plan on the implementation of the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NTB Province is one of Indonesia’s international tourism icons, hence the revival efforts of its tourism sector by applying stringent health protocols must be guided up to the technical details, according to Aryo Hanggono, the ministry’s Director General of Marine Space Management (PRL). “I hope…

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Ministry to develop sustainable shrimp farming model in Sukabumi

  Jakarta  The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has planned to develop Sukabumi District in West Java as a model for sustainable shrimp farming in Indonesia. The ministry’s Director General of Aquaculture Slamet Soebijakto said in a statement here on Sunday, the development of sustainable shrimp farming is aimed to increase shrimp export by 250 percent in 2024. Shrimp is the largest contributor of foreign exchange to the national fishery export after tuna fish, he said. “For export top commodities, we still rely on shrimp export.” Shrimp export value in…

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Schools reopening in green zones under stringent procedure

Jakarta  Schools reopening in green zones, where no COVID-19 case were reported, would be conducted under stringent procedure, Head of the Cooperation and Public Relations of the Education and Culture Ministry Evy Mulyani said. “Our priority is the health and safety of school community (students, teachers and parents) hence schools in the green zone areas could not be opened instantly. It should be done carefully and follow the health protocol,” Mulyani said in her statement here on Sunday. Schools which are located in yellow and red zones would still use…

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