Government positive economic recovery on horizon

The Indonesian government is optimistic the economy will grow positively this year with indications of an improvement emerging amid the pandemic and containment measures, which have plunged the global economy into a deep contraction. After Indonesia recorded its first coronavirus cases in March, 2020, economic growth spiraled to minus 5.32 percent in the second quarter to reach minus 3.49 percent in the third quarter and minus 2.19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. Overall, the Indonesian economy shrunk 2.07 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2020, a figure that is…

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COVID-19 – Bandung city’s six tourist destinations closed until June 1

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) – The Bandung City Government’s COVID-19 Task Force has announced the temporary closure of the city’s six tourist destinations from May 23 to June 1, 2021 to stop large crowds that potentially trigger a hike in COVID-19 cases. The temporarily-closed tourist destinations and entertainment venues comprise the Bandung Zoological Garden, Karang Setra Waterland, Saung Angklung Udjo, Taman Lalu Lintas (Traffic Park), Trans Studio Bandung, and Kiara Artha Park. The instruction for the temporary closure of tourist destinations that have triggered large crowds, is notified in a…

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5.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Talaud Islands

Jakarta (ANTARA) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 struck northeast of Melonguane, Talaud Islands District, North Sulawesi Province, on Sunday at 9:02 a.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB), according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The quake’s epicenter was located at 4.81 degree latitude, 127.39 longitude, 119 km northeast of Melonguane, and at a dept of 113 km below sea level. The tremor did not have potential to trigger a tsunami, the agency said.   Source: Antara News

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Legislator calls for good cyber security to protect citizens’ data

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia must have good cyber security as the alleged data leakage of 279 million Indonesians is a warning for the country’s cyber resilience , according to Guspardi Gaus, member of Commission II of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR). “The alleged leakage of personal data of the Indonesian people shows that the protection of personal data in Indonesia is still very weak. And in the end, the people are always the victims,” he said here on Sunday. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed…

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North Maluku police continue providing antigen tests in tourist spots

Ternate, N Maluku (ANTARA) – The North Maluku police continue to make contribution to Indonesia’s COVID-19 prevention efforts by conducting antigen tests to 119 visitors of Jikomalamo and Sulamadaha Beaches in Ternate Island on Sunday. The throat swab tests were carried out by members of the North Maluku police’s medical team who randomly picked the visitors, North Maluku Police Spokesperson Senior Commissioner Adip Rojikan said. The police’s health workers confirmed that 81 visitors of Jikomalamo Beach and 38 visitors of Sulamadaha Beach who participated in this COVID-19 screening had negative…

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Men’s doubles assure Indonesian team of Spain Masters champion title

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian men’s doubles assured the nation’s badminton team of the champion title at the 2021 Spain Masters through a final match of all Indonesian players between pair Sabar Karyaman Gutama/Moh. Reza Pahlevi Isfahani and pair Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan, on Sunday. Gutama and Isfahani earlier stepped on final match after winning over pair Adam Hall/ Frederik Søgaard through a rubber game 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 at the match held in Huelva, Saturday. “The match was fierce, the opponent’s defense was very tight, so we must be…

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