Indonesian Military Intensifies Hunt For Armed Criminals In E. Provinces

The Indonesian military intensified its hunt for armed criminals, after five Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers, and one female nurse, were killed this month, in three separate attacks committed by armed militants, in the country’s eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua. TNI in recent years has been combating armed criminal groups in the two provinces. On Sept 21, a shootout occurred between TNI soldiers and armed militants of Ngalum Kupel (KKB), in the Kiwirok area, leaving one TNI soldier dead during the crossfire. Due to the growing tensions, security forces…

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Naval Base XIII intensifies vaccinations in border area

Naval Base (Lantamal) XIII said it has ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in Sebatik, Nunukan District, North Kalimantan, which borders Malaysia. “In principle, we continue to work with the government to support its effort to handle and prevent COVID-19 without delay,” Commander of Naval Base XIII, Lieutenant Colonel Nonot Eko Febrianto, said while reviewing vaccinations of residents at Aztrada 88 Building in Sebatik, Nunukan on Saturday. The vaccination drive aligns with the instruction given by Naval Chief of Staff, Admiral Yudo Margono, to work together to break the chain of COVID-19 spread…

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Ripple effect of President Joko Widodo’s Baduy attire

President Joko Widodo’s attire during his State of the Nation Address—traditional black Baduy clothing and a black and blue songkok (skull cap)—has caught the attention of the people and sent demand spiraling for the traditional attire. President Widodo has always worn traditional clothing during the State of the Nation Address and the People’s Consultative Assembly’s annual plenary session. However, his relatively understated look this year as he stepped into the Plenary Meeting Room in the Senayan Parliamentary Complex was in complete contrast to last year, when he had worn traditional…

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Some 122 kg of crystal meth seized during maritime operations: BNN

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has wrapped up the integrated maritime interdiction operations during which the Indonesian authorities could have seized 122 kg of crystal methamphetamine from arrested drug smugglers. The BNN officers and their counterparts from the National Police and several government agencies also found those violating maritime and customs rules, BNN Eradication Deputy Head Arman Depari said. During the operations, conducted in the western and eastern Indonesia’s territorial waters, the joint team of personnel handled two violations of customs rules, and two violations of maritime law, he said.…

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Indonesia vows to continue transformation toward circular economy

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stressed the government’s commitment to carrying out an economic transformation toward a circular economy. “The concept is not only about waste management but is also about production process with reusable raw material. Hence, this will be a significant saving of natural resources,” Hartarto said in a statement here on Sunday. The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. This model will reduce consumption of…

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