Pertamina refinery fire victims ail from respiratory infections

Refugees, who escaped the fire at the Pertamina Balongan Refinery in Indramayu Regency of West Java, complained of upper respiratory tract infection (ISPA). “On the third day, the refugees generally complained of respiratory problems,” Dr Rizki stated at the refugee camp of Indramayu on Thursday. Rizki noted that refugees, not only the elderly and adults but also children, experienced upper respiratory problems. In addition to respiratory problems, almost all refugees complained of gastric problems, which may be due to lack of food intake since the incident. “The medical complaints are…

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Aceh residents gear up for potential hydrometeorological disasters

Residents in a dozen districts in Aceh Province are preparing for potential hydrometeorological disasters owing to heavy rains that may lash their neighborhood areas until Friday. The downpours may batter the districts of Aceh Barat, Aceh Jaya, Pidie, Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya, Bener Meriah, Aceh Tengah, Pidie Jaya, Gayo Lues, Bireuen, Nagan Raya, Aceh Barat Daya, and Aceh Selatan, as well as Banda Aceh City, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated. The early warning on extreme weather events was issued by the BMKG, the BMKG-Aceh Besar Office’s spokesperson,…

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Bappenas projects new presidential palace to be ready in 2024

National Development Planning Minister/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Head Suharso Monoarfa affirmed that construction of the presidential palace in the planned new capital city will commence this year and is projected for completion in 2024. “We are optimistic of the groundbreaking for the construction of the presidential palace to start this year. On August 17, 2024, the president can lead the August 17 (Independence Day ceremony) in the new capital,” Monoarfa remarked here on Thursday. Meticulous calculations have been made for the construction work to be completed in 2024 including…

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Global youth problem-solvers announced as winners of Mary Kay Inc.-sponsored NFTE World Series of Innovation Challenge

Mary Kay Inc., a leading corporate advocate of women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, announced today the top three winners of its World Series of Innovation (WSI) Challenge in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In its first year partnering with NFTE, Mary Kay sponsored the 2020 NFTE World Series of Innovation, a global educational experience that invites young people ages 13-24 to channel their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to find solutions for the biggest challenges facing the world today and help advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

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Govt distributed Rp6.2-trillion aid for micro enterprises in Q1 2021

The government disbursed Rp6.2 trillion Productive Aid for Micro Enterprises (BPUM) in the year ended March 31 to drive national economic growth in the 2021 first-quarter, Cooperative, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki stated. “As of March 31, we have disbursed the BPUM 2021 to 5.2 million micro enterprises, with the aid totaling Rp6.29 trillion,” Masduki stated during a work meeting with Commission VI of the House of Representatives on the evaluation of BPUM here on Thursday. The government is targeted to disburse the productive aid to 9.8 million…

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Religious Ministry’s online, offline Ramadan isbat session on April 12

The Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs will organize the online and offline isbat session to determine the start of Ramadan 1442 Hijriyah on Thursday, April 12, 2021. “God willing, the isbat session to determine the start of Ramadan will be held on April 12, 2021. Since currently, the pandemic still rages on, the session will be held online and offline again while still applying health protocols,” Director General of Islamic Community Guidance (Bimas) Kamaruddin Amin noted in a written statement received here on Thursday. Amin revealed that a cap will…

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