Indonesia’s halal industry gains momentum amid pandemic

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is focusing on developing its halal industry to meet domestic and global demand in light of trends that indicate sharia businesses grew amid the economic crises wrought by the pandemic. The halal industry has been able to record positive performance despite the pressure on economies around the world owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, the industry had recorded a growth of 3.2 percent — higher than global economic growth of 2.3 percent. “Globally, spending on halal products in…

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Ministry asks netizens to ‘speak right’ during Ramadhan

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has urged Internet users, or netizens, to speak “good things” on digital platforms, especially during Ramadhan. “Let us speak the right things, good things, and beneficial things,” secretary general of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Mira Tayyiba, said in a press release on the Nuzulul Quran (the day of the revelation of the Quran) commemoration here on Thursday. Referring to the event’s theme ‘Let’s Speak Good’, Tayyiba urged the public to keep spoken and written communication positive, and understand that not everything posted…

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Minister provides details on incentives for health workers

The Health Ministry has said that the incentives offered by the government to health officers handling COVID-19 cases are based on the parameters set by the Finance Ministry’s letter No.113/2021. The letter lays down the incentives based on several criteria, such as the ratio of the number of patients, the number of health workers on duty, and working hours, secretary of the development and human resource empowerment board at the Health Ministry, Tisa Wahjuni Putri, said here on Friday. “The letter mentioned that specialized doctors will receive Rp15 million per…

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5.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Banda Aceh on Friday night

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Friday night jolted Banda Aceh, a city in the northernmost tip of Sumatra Island which had ever been hit by a deadly giant tsunami following an undersea megathrust earthquake in 2004. The quake that occurred at around 11:43 p.m. was located at the coordinates at 5.14 north latitude and 94.46 east longitude, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The quake’s epicenter was located around 106 kilometers south west of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh Province, at a depth of 10 kilometers, the…

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