Indonesia, France discuss digital transformation

  Minister of Communications and Informatics, Johnny G Plate, met with the French Ambassador to Indonesia, Olivier Chambard, to discuss cooperation in the country’s digital transformation. “The Ambassador came to reiterate the seriousness of the French Government towards taking part in three projects in the field of information, communications, and technology (ICT) in Indonesia,” Minister Plate said in a statement received here on Friday. The meeting discussed cooperation for the speeding up of Indonesia’s digital transformation, including the development of National Data Center, Improvement on Television Transmitting Stations (ITTS), and…

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Sulawesi’s Family Hope Program recipients express gratitude to Jokowi

Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Recipients of the government’s Family Hope Program (PKH) in Palopo, South Sulawesi Province, were thankful to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Social Affairs Minister Juliari P. Batubara for the PKH staple-food packages and cash. One of the recipients, Suriani, a resident of the Salo Bulo neighborhood in Wara Utara Sub-district, remarked here on Saturday that the PKH package and cash had enabled her husband and her to meet their children’s requirements for school kits and nourishment. Suriani told ANTARA that her husband was a construction…

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Male COVID-19 patient in Sampit recovers after 106-day hospitalization

Sampit, C Kalimantan (ANTARA) – A COVID-19 inpatient from Sampit, Kotawaringin Timur District, Central Kalimantan, finally recovered from the deadly novel coronavirus disease after being hospitalized for 106 days at the Dr Murjani Public Hospital, a local government official stated. “The male patient was hospitalized for 106 days. The length of time he took to recover is the longest of the recoveries observed among other COVID-19 inpatients,” Multazam, spokesman of the Kotawaringin Timur COVID-19 Task Force, informed journalists here, Saturday. The span of time required by a patient to recover…

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Flash flood affects 2,281 households in SE Sulawesi’s 14 sub-districts

  Kendari (ANTARA) – Some 2,281 households in 14 sub-districts of Kowane District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, bore the brunt of flash floods, triggered by torrential rains lashing the areas for around a week, a local disaster mitigation official stated. Three disaster zones to reel from the maximum impact were located in the villages of Laloika, Wonua Monapa, Pondidaha Sub-district, and Waworaha, Lambuya Sub-district, Head of the Kowane Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Herianto Pagala noted. “Until Saturday, Aleuti Village in Padangguni Sub-district and Lalomerui Village in Routa Sub-district, remain isolated,” he…

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Health Minister says hospitals not trying to profit from pandemic

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has refuted allegations that hospitals have been trying to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that hospitals have rules of professional conduct and ethics regarding medical services. “I believe that the hospitals have sound rules on ethics. They have a good will to provide good services; make reports and apply for payments. We just verify them through the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan),” he explained. However, in a press statement that ANTARA received in Jakarta on Saturday, Putranto…

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Model Catherine Wilson arrested for drug use

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested popular model Catherine Wilson and a security guard at her house, identified as J, for allegedly consuming illegally obtained drugs on Friday (July 17, 2020). Wilson was arrested from her residence in Pangkalan Jati neighborhood, Cinere, Depok city, West Java Province, at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesperson Sen.Coms.Yusri Yunus told journalists here on Saturday. Police officials who raided her residence reportedly found two small packages of crystal methamphetamine, weighing 0.43 and 0.66 grams, as well as…

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