Three men’s 400-meter hurdles medalists break PON record

Three athletes winning the men’s 400-meter hurdles in  the Papua National Sports Week (PON) XX managed to break the PON record while competing at the Mimika Sport Complex, Mimika Papua on Sunday. West Java’s runner Halomoan Edwin Binsar Simanjuntak recorded a time of 51.33 seconds to bag the gold medal. Meanwhile, M. Khairuddin Syahputra from North Sumatra pocketed the silver medal with a time of 51.75 seconds. The bronze medal went to West Nusa Tenggara’s Andrian after finishing the race in 51.77 seconds. Previously, Andrian held the PON record of the…

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As enforcement tightens, drug cartels’ finance invite scrutiny

Indonesia has continued aggressive law enforcement efforts against drug offenders though it is yet to stamp out drug trafficking entirely. Last year, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) reported that it had mapped 92 drug syndicates that continue to pose a serious threat to the country. Of the total syndicates, 88 have been uncovered. In a press statement published on its official website, the agency claimed that 14 of the 88 drug syndicates are transnational. The agency said its success in uncovering the drug rings resulted in the arrests of 1,247…

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Flood swamps Sumber Sari, E Kalimantan, and displaces 43 people

A flood swamped Sumber Sari Village, Babulu Sub-district, North Penajam Paser District, East Kalimantan Province, and displaced 43 people. “Yesterday, inhabitants of three RTs (nighborhood units) rushed to the Sumber Sari Village’s hall to take refuge, and now the number of refugees increases as several inhabitants from five RTs take refuge,” Nurlaila, the head of the Emergency and Logistics of the Regional Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) of North Penajam Paser, said in Penajam, Sunday. The flooding submerged 54 houses inhabited by 272 people. However, not all residents whose houses were…

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Men’s doubles pair Ahsan-Hendra bring Indonesia win 4-0 over Algeria

Indonesian men’s doubles badminton players Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan added the winning points for the team 4-0 over Algeria  in  the Group A of the first qualification games of Thomas Cup, on Sunday. Playing at Ceres Arena, Aarhus, Denmark, the Indonesian pair who are fro,m Garuda Squad and the world second-ranked pair drubbed the Algerian pair Koceila Mammeri-Yocef Sabri Medel  21-9, 21-25. in 23 minutes, Both pairs closely fought at the start of the first game by grabbing points and taking turns in leading the points. However, the condition only lasted until they…

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SME Ministry ready to help expand marketis of bamboo products

The Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is ready to help expand markets of bamboo products, according to the ministry’s.Secretary Arif Rahman Hakim “Bamboo products must be included in the catalogs. The association could communicate with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs so that they can be linked to the catalogs, including those of the local governments, LKPP (Nationa Public Procurement Agency), and State-Owned Companies (SOEs),” he said during a dialogue with members of the Association of Bamboo Producers in Sukabumi, West Java. Bamboo products were potential…

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Sports Minister visits Papuan women’s market to see impacts of PON

Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali visited a Papuan women’s (locally called ‘mama-mama Papua’) traditional market and participated in an auction of Papua original coffee  in Jayapura. The visit was aimed  to see the impact of the Papua National Sports Week (PON) XX on the people’s economic activities. “The traditional market and auction show that the implementation of the PON has a real economic impact in Jayapura as well as the rest of Papua,” he remarked as quoted from the official website of the Youth and Sports Ministry on Sunday. In…

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