Health protocols crucial to prevent third coronavirus wave: task force

The implementation of the health protocols is crucial and must be carried out consistently to prevent a third coronavirus wave, COVID-19 Handling Task Force member Dr. Falla Adinda has said. “A third wave (of COVID-19) is not impossible; it may occur if people do not obey the health protocols,” Adinda said during a virtual dialogue on ‘Let’s Wear Masks, Let’s Get Vaccinated Quickly’, originating from here on Tuesday. The implementation of health protocols must be continuously encouraged among the public, she added. For that, it is hoped all parties will…

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Krakatau Steel, PTPN proofs of successful transformation of SOEs: govt

State-owned steel maker PT Krakatau Steel and plantation holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara III (PTPN) are proofs of successful transformation of the state-owned enterprises (SOEs), SOEs Minister Erick Thohir has said. “Amid the restructuring process, Krakatau Steel has to go through three stages. Currently, it has succeeded in passing the first and second stages. In addition, regarding its performance, the company, which previously experienced losses for the last eight years, has currently made a profit of Rp800 billion,” he noted. “However, I have told the management not to become complacent as it…

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Global investor trust in Indonesia improving: Investment Minister

Foreign investors’ confidence in Indonesia is starting to improve, in line with the 8.3-percent investment growth in the second quarter of 2021, Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia has said. “In 2021, we are targeting an investment of Rp900 trillion, of which 49.6 percent has been realized. Of the 49.6 percent, foreign direct investment is recorded at 50.5 percent. This means that the trust of global stakeholders in Indonesia has slowly begun to improve,” Lahadalia, who is also head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), informed here on Tuesday. He made the…

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Lumajang prison’s terror inmate freed after pledging allegiance to RI

An inmate, convicted of terrorism-related charges, held at Class II-B Prison in Lumajang District, East Java, was freed after pledged allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), a prison official reported. The Lumajang prison head Agus Wahono confirmed that the inmate, Ahmad Dani bin Ibrahim from East Kalimantan, was freed on Tuesday (Sept 20) after having earlier declared loyalty to Indonesia. Ahmad Dani was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after being convicted of terrorism-related charges and was detained at the Lumajang prison after being held earlier…

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Esports exhibition match showcases creative economy’s potential

The opening of the XX Papua National Sports Week (PON) esports exhibition match brought a message of the huge potential of the digital industry to strengthen the national economy. The event was held at the indoor hockey and cricket arena in Doyo Baru Village, Waibu Sub-district, Jayapura District, Papua, on Tuesday evening Eastern lndonesia Standard Time. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno noted that e-sports, with a vast economic potential, are expected to continue to develop, thereby contributing more to the growth of the national digital economy. “The…

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Govt highlights DPD’s important role in driving regional digitization

The Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) has a vital role to support regional governments in expediting digitization in their regions, according to Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate. “This collaboration is important to facilitate regional governments to accelerate digital transformation in their regions on the four strategic sectors of infrastructure, governance, economy, and society,” Minister Plate stated during the meeting with DPD RI senators. Regional governments are obligated to develop digital infrastructure by ensuring convenient permits and assistance for telecommunication providers installing communication facilities in their region, Plate was…

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