Landslide kills four people in N Sumatra

A landslide hit a car carrying five people on Medan-Berastagi highway in North Sumatra province on Saturday night, leaving four people dead. The bodies of two car passengers have been evacuated, while those of two others were still trapped in the car, Chief of the Traffic Police Unit at the Medan City Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sonny Siregar said. “One person survived. He has also been evacuated,” he said. He said the landslide occurred at 07.30 p.m. local time on Saturday night and hit a car carrying five people. By…

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ASEAN’s decision gives Myanmar momentum to contemplate: expert

ASEAN let Myanmar contemplate after the members had decided not to invite its military junta to the summit held on October 26-28, 2021, according to the international relations expert at Padjadjaran University Teuku Rezasyah. “ASEAN needs to ensure the international community that Myanmar has to be let alone first at this moment. This is a contemplating momentum for the country, but the decision is not aimed to expelled it from the association,” Rezasyah told Antara here on Sunday. The association’s decision was based on some considerations, he said adding that…

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Minister pushes village enterprises to diversify business line

Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar urged village-owned enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to diversify their business line. “The main purpose of village-owned enterprises is to consolidate and enhance villagers’ economic activities,” Minister Halim said in a statement obtained here on Sunday. The Job Creation Law recognised and protected village-owned enterprises as a legal entity, hence it has a strategic role in the national economy recovery at the village level, the minister said. Halim made his remarks during his visit to MSMEs and Village-owned Enterprise…

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Harness natural wealth for the people: MPR Deputy Speaker

Indonesia’s diverse natural wealth must be used for the benefit of the people and human resources must be nurtured to process the natural wealth, People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) Deputy Speaker Jazilul Fawaid said. “Our natural resources will be meaningless if we are lacking competent human resources to process the resources on our own,” Fawaid stated in a written statement received here on Sunday. He made the remark during socialisation of the four pillars of the nation in Ternate, North Maluku, on Saturday (Oct 23). Indonesia’s natural wealth had been attested…

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Segmented communication necessary to reduce smoking prevalence: expert

The government should implement a segmented communication strategy in the campaign to reduce smoking prevalence by adopting different campaign approach for different social groups, Professor Kholil of Sahid University Jakarta stated. Kholil said in a statement here on Sunday, he has recognised the government’s measures to reduce the number of smokers in Indonesia, currently recorded at 65 million people. One of the measures is mandating graphic health warnings that must be printed on every cigarette package, he said, adding that the method must be improved and complemented with a comprehensive communication…

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Administrative-customary villages synergy key to preserve culture

Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar said harmony between administrative and customary villages is the key for the preservation of village cultural roots. The minister, popularly known as Gus Halim, pointed out the synergy between administrative and customary village administrations of Kutuh in Badung District, Bali, as a successful harmonization. “I see harmonious collaboration between the administrative village head and customary village head in Kutuh Village,” Halim stated during his visit to Kutuh Village on Sunday. Villages in Indonesia must learn from the success of Kutuh Village, he noted…

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