President stresses no rice imports have entered Indonesia so far

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has assured farmers that Indonesia will not import rice, at least until June, 2021. “I assure that until June, 2021, no imported rice will enter our country,” the President said in a video uploaded through the Youtube channel of the Presidential Secretariat on Friday. Several parties including secretary general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Hasto Kristiyanto, had objected to the government’s plan to import 1 million tons of rice. Hasto had argued that the rice import would only benefit foreign farmers. “We know…

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IHSG ends in green as foreign investors extend buying streak

The Jakarta Composite Index (IHSG) ended in the positive territory this weekend as foreign investors continued to buy shares. The index of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) added 72.69 points, or rose 1.19 percent, to reach 6,195.56. Meanwhile, the index of the 45 most liquid stocks (LQ45) rose 14.16 points, or 1.53 percent, to 938.83. “Today, the IHSG closed positive, following the global stock movement. Furthermore, the IHSG’s strengthening was led by the mining sector that significantly rose through the metal trio — ANTM, INCI, and TINS — as well…

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Indonesia fights to prevent child marriage amid COVID-19 pandemic

Eni, a resident of West Nusa Tengga (NTB),  regretted that she allowed her 14-year-old daughter to marry last May 2020. Eni (not her real name) told BBC Indonesia in August last year that her daughter was often beaten by her husband, who was four years older. She recalled that her daughter insisted to get marriage because she had been often together with her boyfriend since the COVID-19 pandemic that forced students to study from home. Another a story of a child marriage was about 17-year-old Dini (not her real name),…

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Administration to launch Medan’s Kesawan City Walk revitalization

The Medan administration will launch the revitalization of Kesawan City Walk as the city’s iconic culinary and pedestrian hub on Sunday, as the government endeavors to revive Indonesia’s tourism sector battered by COVID-19 since 2020. “We are launching the revitalization and refurbishment of the Kesawan City Walk on Sunday afternoon. It is part of the city government’s prioritized programs,” Medan Mayor Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution remarked. Revitalizing this city’s vital historical and cultural heritage site was part of the city government’s endeavors to transform Medan into the “Kitchen of Asia”,…

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Indonesian govt helps Jamaah Tabligh members return from India

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry and representative in India again facilitated the return of 16 members of Jamaah Tabligh (JT or Tablighi Jamaat) from India. The members arrived safely in Jakarta by Garuda Indonesia Airways on March 26, the ministry noted in a statement here on Saturday. Upon arrival, swab tests were conducted on the members and were required to undergo a five-day quarantine in accordance with the health protocols against COVID-19. They were the last batch of a total of 751 Indonesian members of JT, who had been returned to…

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Multi-ethnic culinary delights to line Medan’s Kesawan City Walk

The Medan city government has vowed to transform the Kesawan City Walk area into a culinary hub offering authentic culinary delicacies of varied ethnic groups of North Sumatra Province. Thus, visitors keen on enjoying the city’s authentic culinary arts can easily spot food stalls selling an array of cuisines of ethnicities, such as Malay, Minang, Indian, and Chinese communities. “One of the criteria for small and medium enterprises opening food stalls at the Kesawan City Walk is that they offer authentic cuisines of various ethnic groups,” Medan Mayor Muhammad Bobby…

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