Pupuk Indonesia posts first-quarter profit of Rp929 billion

State-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) posted a profit of Rp929 billion in the first quarter of 2021, which was 104 percent higher than the target set in the company’s business plan. The profit was realized through efficiencies in operating and financial expenses as well as gas raw material consumption, and rising sales of non-fertilizer products and non-commercial fertilizer products, the company’s finance and investment director Eko Taufik Wibowo disclosed in a written statement released on Thursday. The efficiencies in operating expenses were driven by efforts made by the…

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Govt hits brakes on ‘mudik’ for second year as pandemic lingers

Mbok Ija, a housemaid who worked without a break for the last two consecutive years, was excited when her son told her on the phone to pack her bags for Eid al-Fitr celebrations. He was sending a chartered car to ferry her to her rural home in East Java so she could join in the festivities with relatives. Ija said her son was aware that the government has once again banned homebound travel, locally known as ‘mudik’, which usually involves a mass exodus as millions of people leave big cities…

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SEASUN BIOMATERIALS supplies on-site COVID-19 rapid molecular diagnostic system to Seoul National University campus

– ‘4S’ SEASUNBIO SMART SHIELD SYSTEM has been launched in SNU campus as the first mobile COVID-19 diagnostic center in Korea   Daejeon, South Korea–(Antara/Business Wire)- SEASUN BIOMATERIALS (CEO: Park Heekyung), a molecular diagnostic company has made its molecular diagnostic system ‘4S’ (SEASUNBIO SMART SHIELD SYSTEM) available at the Seoul National University (SNU) campus after the launching at Incheon International Airport. The 4S on-site diagnostic system is a mobile molecular-laboratory equipped with negative pressure rooms and self-powered equipment for molecular diagnostics intended for rapid molecular examination and prevention of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The…

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Increasing demand for environmental services in ASEAN opens opportunities for international trade in environmental services, says the ASEAN-Japan Centre

The ASEAN region is seeing an increase in the demand for environmental services due to rapid population growth and urbanization, including waste and wastewater management, air pollution and climate change mitigation, according to the study by the ASEAN-Japan Centre, Promoting Services Trade in ASEAN: Trade in Environmental Services, published today. This is the third and last report in the three-paper series of social services under the second phase of the project on promoting services trade. The estimated sales of environmental services through foreign commercial presence (Mode 3 delivery of services) in…

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Internet services gradually made available for Papua’s government

PT Telkom claimed that internet services were gradually made available for the Papua provincial administration, police, and military institutions in Jayapura, as it continues to repair its undersea cables broken since April 30, 2021. “We are also attempting to restore internet connectivity in the Jayapura city administration. We also prioritize the repair work for hospitals,” Head of the PT Telkom-Papua Office Sugeng Widodo noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Friday. Widodo attributed natural factors as the chief reason behind the breakage in this state-owned telecommunications enterprise’s undersea cables…

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No Indian nationals had entered North Sumatra: top police officer

A top police officer confirmed that no Indian nationals had entered North Sumatra Province through the Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang District, as India is observing a major spike in COVID-19 cases. North Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. R. Z. Panca Putra Simanjuntak made the statement after paying an impromptu visit to the airport located on the outskirts of Medan City on Wednesday (May 5, 2021). On that day, some 150 passengers aboard Malindo Air that departed from Malaysia arrived at the Kualanamu International Airport. Along with his counterpart,…

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