Indonesia, Australia strengthen research collaboration

Indonesia’s Research and Technology Ministry and Australia’s Monash University have agreed to strengthen research collaboration between the two countries’ varsities. The possible cooperation was included in a memorandum of understanding, signed by the ministry’s secretary, Mego Pinandito, and his Australian counterpart here on Thursday. Pinandito said he would monitor and evaluate the implementation of the MoU on research collaboration and administration policies under the Australia Indonesia Center (AIC). The MoU aims to provide research collaboration frameworks to the AIC and seven selected universities/institutes in Indonesia, he informed. The selected higher…

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Unri students partake in COVID-19 vaccination awareness campaign

Some 10 students of the University of Riau (Unri) conducted a public awareness campaign on the significance of joining the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program on Thursday. The pupils focused their public awareness campaign at the Tangkerang Labuhai traditional market in Pekanbaru City to raise awareness among merchants of the vaccination program. Three of the Unri students wore traditional attire emblematic of the multicultural communities in Indonesia while brandishing banners bearing health protocol messages. Nurlaila wore an Aceh traditional costume, while Agung was dressed in a Papuan traditional attire, and Arky…

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Task Force highlights decline in daily trend of COVID-19 cases

The trend of daily COVID-19 cases is currently experiencing a decline despite fairly good testing numbers, according to the Task Force for Handling COVID-19. “With the testing numbers recently being fairly good, the number of positive cases detected has actually decreased,” Wiku Adisasmito, spokesman for the COVID-19 Task Force, noted in a written statement here on Friday. According to data on the development of COVID-19 cases as of April 1, 2021, there were an additional 6,142 confirmed positive patients, with 121,222 active cases, or eight percent, as compared to the…

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Task force confirms 7,664 command posts nationwide to handle COVID-19

Until March 28, Indonesia had 7,664 command posts established by authorities in 15 provinces to impose micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro). The 7,664 command posts are in charge of prevention measures for 12,619,259 households in 193,550 neighborhood units, according to Indonesia’s COVID-19 Task Force. “We laud this achievement since the more command posts we have, the more people can be protected,” the task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, stated here on Friday. Most of the command posts are established in rural and neighborhood areas in Central Java Province, according to…

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Mount Merapi belches searing clouds thrice on Friday: BPPTKG

Mount Merapi, straddling Yogyakarta and Central Java, emitted hot clouds as far as 1.5 kilometers to the southwest direction on Friday morning. Head of the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) Hanik Humaida noted in her official statement here on Friday that during the first observation, the hot clouds billowed at 4:13 a.m. and 4:28 a.m. local time as far as 900 meters to the southwest. “It was recorded on the seismogram, with a maximum amplitude of 15 mm and a maximum duration of 84 seconds,” she remarked.…

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Government should re-contemplate halting cash aid for poor: lawmaker

Deputy House Speaker Azis Syamsuddin has appealed to the Social Affairs Ministry to reevaluate stopping cash social assistance (BST) for poor families. “We suggest that the government evaluate the implementation of the BST program in 2020 and 2021 to see the extent to which the assistance has been effective in promoting the people’s economy and seek other form of assistance if BST is scrapped,” he noted in a press statement released on Friday. The House of Representatives (DPR) also called on the government to reconsider extending cash assistance if the…

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