Walhi activists report several hundred hotspots in S Sumatra’s forests

Palembang, South Sumatra (ANTARA) – Activists of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) chapter in South Sumatra reported about hundreds of hotspots with the potential to trigger forest fires in several districts in the province over the course of last month. The local community and forest and land firefighting task force should apply preventive measures to stop hotspots from spreading, Executive Director of Walhi’s South Sumatra Chapter M. Hairul Sobri stated here on Monday. The Aqua, Landsat-8, and NOAA satellites detected the hotspots in May in the districts of Ogan Komering…

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Increase public awareness through momentum of No Tobacco Day: Doctor

Purwokerto, Jateng (ANTARA) – The World No Tobacco Day commemoration offers the right momentum to raise public awareness of the dangers of smoking, pulmonary specialist from the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI) in Central Java, Dr. Indah Rahmawati, Sp.P stated. “This momentum should also be used to start quitting smoking in order to avoid a greater risk of contracting COVID-19,” Rahmawati noted here on Monday. The doctor remarked that smoking can increase the risk of being exposed to COVID-19. “Research states that the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor where…

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Papua police awaits Densus 88’s church attack plot probe results

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – The Papua police still awaits the final outcomes of a probe into nine men and a woman recently apprehended for allegedly plotting to attack several churches in Merauke District. “We are still awaiting the final outcomes of the investigation of the National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88,” Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri stated. The suspects, only identified by their initials as AK, SB, ZR, UAT, DS, SD, WS, YK, AP, and IK, were taken into arrest in Merauke District, Papua Province, on May 28,…

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Indonesian fianance minister highlights persistent threat of COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat and is causal to uncertainty worldwide, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat and creates uncertainty for any country in the world,” Indrawati noted during a plenary meeting of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) here on Monday. The minister cited as an example the tsunami of COVID-19 cases in India, although the number of fresh cases had begun to decline at present. Moreover, several countries, including neighboring states, such as Malaysia, the…

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Jokowi encourages P4G Initiative to facilitate sustainable development

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has encouraged the Partnership for Green Growth and Global Goals (P4G) 2030 Initiative to take extraordinary steps to achieve sustainable development. “The P4G 2030 Initiative cannot be realized through business as usual. We must achieve it in extraordinary ways. Partnership among stakeholders is the key to ensuring that the economy, production, and consumption are realized in a sustainable way,” the president remarked in the YouTube Channel of the Presidential Secretariat. The president made the remarks in his address to the Partnering for Green…

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Expedited inoculation helps Indonesia get 4-5 percent economic growth

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister, concurrently COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee Chief, Erick Thohir is optimistic of Indonesia clocking an economic growth of four to five percent by 2021-end through accelerated vaccination. “We also expect that by accelerating vaccination, Indonesia’s economy can grow again soon. The government has projected that (our economy) this year with begin to grow again akin to the corresponding years, reaching four up to five percent, by the end of this year,” Thohir stated during an online press conference here on Monday.…

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