Indonesia hopes to earn US$10 bln from Iron and steel exports

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (LBP) has said that the government has set a target of earning US$10 billion from iron and steel exports this year. Although the value was relatively small, the amount would significantly help export performance, Pandjaitan said here on Saturday. He said the country’s investment sector was badly affected by the COVID-19 impacts, however exports began to go up. “(COVID-19) has hit demands, consumption and investment hard since the beginning of this year until at present,” he…

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Five investors plan to build Kayan hiydropower plants in N Kalimantan

Tarakan, N Kalimantan (ANTARA) – North Kalimantan Governor Irianto Lambrie has said that five investors plan to build Kayan hydropower plants (PLTA Kayan) in North Kalimantan (Kaltara) Province. “Of the five PLTA investors in Kaltara, I see that PT Kayan Hidro Energi (KHE) is the most ready to build the Kayan hydropower plants,” Irianto Lambrie said in Tanjung Selor, on Saturday. PT KHE still needed to obtain two more licenses, namely a renewal permit to use forest area, and permits for dam construction and safety certificate. To build PLTA Kayan,…

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Ministry sets target to rehabilitate 200 ha of mangrove forests

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has set a target to rehabilitate 200 ha of mangrove forests in several coastal regions across Indonesia this year. KKP planned to improve the condition of mangrove ecosystem by planting mangrove trees in 200 hectare areas in 12 locations across the country in 2020, Aryo Hanggono, KKP’s Director General of Marine Space Management (PRL), said in a statement here on Sunday. “One of the priority locations is in East Lampung with planned planting areas covering 40 hectares, namely in…

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Surabaya’s teenagers violating health protocols punished with push-ups

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) – Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini punished tens of teenagers with ten push-ups on Saturday evening because they did not wear face masks while hanging out on the city’s sidewalk of Diponegoro Street. “Last night, I got off my car to remind the teenagers of wearing face masks while venturing outdoors,” she said here on Sunday. Rismaharini said wearing face mask and practicing social and physical distancing measures while venturing outdoors are mandatory for the teenagers and other Surabaya’ residents to break the chain of novel coronavirus…

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Successful local elections part of national agenda: Home Ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Successful regional head elections (Pilkada) to be organized simultaneously in 270 regions in Indonesia’s 32 provinces are part of the national agenda, according to acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Home Affairs Muhammad Hudori. “The 2020 simultaneous local elections will be organized in 270 regions in 32 provinces, except Aceh and Jakarta. Pilkada is a national agenda, or a national strategic program, and it must be implemented successfully,” Hudori said in a statement here on Sunday. The simultaneous local elections must be carried out democratically as…

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47 merchants in Surabaya isolated: city government

  Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) – Fourty seven merchants at the Pabean and Panggung Street Markets in Surabaya, the capital of East Java Province, have been sent to a hotel for isolation while waiting for the results of their swab tests, according to a local government official. They were temporarily isolated after the rapid tests that they took along with other 300 merchants on Saturday (July 25) showed the reactive results, Head of Surabaya’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) Eddy Christijanto told local journalists on Sunday. The Surabaya city administration…

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