UNHCR welcomes the safe disembarkation of Rohingya refugees in east Aceh, Indonesia

BANGKOK, Thailand – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed yesterday’s disembarkation of 81 Rohingya refugees in east Aceh, Indonesia. After several months at sea in perilous conditions, these women, children and men have now found safety ashore. UNHCR commends the Government of Indonesia for allowing their disembarkation, as well as the members of the local community who initially provided food provisions to the refugees. The Rohingya refugees are currently being sheltered in Pulau Idaman near Simpang Ulim and are receiving food and medical assistance from the Indonesian authorities. UNHCR and…

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Three villagers found dead following gunfight near Ilaga Airport

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Three villagers were found dead following a gunfight between security personnel and several armed Papuan terrorists that torched various facilities of the Aminggaru Airport in Ilaga, Puncak District, Papua Province, on Thursday evening. The dead civilians were identified as Patianus Kogoya, head of Niporolome Village; Petena Murib, Patianus Kogoya’s wife; and Nelius Kogoya, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri stated in Jayapura on Friday evening. The police investigators received reports that they had died of gunshot wounds, but the investigation into their deaths could not…

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Sharia ecosystem must incorporate digitalization, local wisdom: VP

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said the development of the sharia ecosystem in Indonesia must be based on the use of digital technology and prioritize the local wisdom of various regions. “There needs to be a breakthrough in developing a digital-based sharia ecosystem that is integrated and harmonized with local wisdom,” the Vice President said while attending a gathering of the Sharia Economic Community (MES) at The Tower building in Jakarta on Friday. Incorporating local wisdom is important, he explained, because the economic and social conditions of…

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RI, Norway cooperate to provide training for hydropower professionals

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Embassy in Oslo has partnered with the International Center for Hydropower to offer capacity building training from Norway to Indonesian professionals in the hydropower sector. Some 43 professionals in Indonesia partook in the capacity building program and training for waterways management at the International Center for Hydropower (ICH) in Norway, according to a statement released by the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo received here, Friday. On the occasion of the opening of the program on June 2, Indonesian Ambassador to Norway, Todung Mulya Lubis, affirmed that…

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Primeval roads charted by spice carriers

Another language of luxury — taste — also becomes an addiction that sometimes makes humans lose their minds. In pursuit of this, the Romans, at the start of the reign of Emperor Octavian Augustus, around 27 BC, spent a hundred million sestertius annually to import pepper, other spices, pearls, and silk from China as well as perfume from the East. Hundreds of merchant ships sailed from Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire, to the ports of India and East Africa. They scoured the Mediterranean Sea to cross the Necho…

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Berau-Bulungan toll road construction targeted to commence next year

Tarakan (ANTARA) – The North Kalimantan provincial administration has outlined a target to start the North Kalimantan-East Kalimantan toll road construction project next year. “We have set a target of commencing the construction of the Berau-Bulungan toll road section next year,” North Kalimantan Governor Zainal Arifin Paliwang stated. This year, owing to financial conditions, the toll road construction project had not been feasible, Paliwang noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted in Tanjung Selor on Saturday. In connection with this toll road project, Paliwang spoke of having met with East…

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