Four major projects to lower unemployment, poverty rates in 2021

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Public Works and Housing Minister BasukiHadimuljono expressed belief that four major projects in infrastructure development in 2021 will be able to create more jobs to reduce the unemployment and poverty rates. “Four major projects at the Public Works and Housing Ministry are aimed at reducing the unemployment and poverty rates,” he noted in a written statement released on Saturday. The projects comprise the development of food estates in Central Kalimantan, North Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara; development of industrial estates; development of five super priority tourist destinations;…

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Election candidates should adhere to health protocols, campaign rules

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD urged regional election candidates to comply with health protocols and campaign rules on the last day of the campaign period for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections. “To all campaign teams and candidates, sanctions will still be imposed if you violate the rules on this last day of the campaign period,” Mahfud MD noted in a statement here on Saturday. Mahfud lauded the smooth running of the election campaign. “Thank you and I am glad because reports from…

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Social Affairs official arrested over alleged COVID-19 aid fund misuse

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A Social Affairs Ministry’s official was taken into arrest by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over alleged graft in the use of funding funneled for social aid to weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is true. On Friday, from November 4, 2020, at 11 p.m. local time to Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 2 a.m. local time, the KPK has conducted the arrest operation (OTT),” the commission’s chairman, FirliBahuri, stated here on Saturday. The official is a Commitment-making Official (PPK) for the social aid program…

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IDI confirms 342 medical workers succumbed to COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A total of 342 medical workers comprising 192 doctors, 14 dentists, and 136 nurses died from COVID-19 infection while conducting their duties, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI). “As of December 5, 2020, as many as 342 medical workers have died,” an official of IDI’s mitigation team of the Advocacy and External Relation Division DrEkaMulyana noted in a statement here on Saturday. Among the 192 doctors dying of the disease, 101 are general practitioners comprising four professors, 89 specialists (seven professors), and two resident doctors registered…

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Waste processing to boost industry’s competitiveness in global market:

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Industry Ministry has pushed manufacturing firms to streamline their waste processing system in a bid to enhance industrial competitiveness in the global market. “As we know, in addition to the positive impact on the national economy and workers’ absorption, industrial activities also have environmental consequences,” Secretary General of the Industry Ministry AchmadSigitDwiwahjono stated during a visit to the Industrial Pollution Prevention Agency in Semarang, Central Java. “To this end, industrial waste processing is deemed necessary in accordance with the characteristic of the waste,” Dwiwahjono noted in…

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Minister respects, backs KPK to conduct graft probe on subordinates

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Social Affairs Minister Juliari P. Batubara respects and supports the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK’s) move to interrogate several officials of the Social Affairs Ministry caught red-handed on early Saturday. “We respect and support the process underway at the KPK,” the minister stated through messaging apps on Saturday. The minister spoke of still monitoring the interrogation. KPK Deputy Chairman NurulGhufron noted that the commission was conducting a formal and systemic questioning of several officials of the Social Affairs Ministry caught red-handed on early Saturday. “The KPK has…

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