TV actor Ridho Ilahi faces drug offense charges: Jakarta police

  Jakarta Television actor Ridho Ilahi is charged with a drug offense after forensic laboratory testing confirmed that a drug package he possessed during arrest on June 27, 2020, contained crystal meth, West Jakarta Metropolitan Police stated. “The drug package contains 5.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine,” Chief of the West Jakarta Metropolitan Police Narcotics Investigation Unit Commissioner Ronaldo Maradona informed local journalists on Wednesday. Ilahi, who was apprehended during a drug raid operation in the Cibubur area, East Jakarta, on June 27, is still under police custody, pending completion of…

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Ujung Kulon National Park prepares to reopen

Pandeglang, Banten The Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), which has been categorized as a green zone eco-tourism site, is ready to receive tourists while applying strict protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, said park officials. “Insyaa Allah (God willing), the tour will soon be opened at the Ujung Kulon National Park. We have prepared the standard operating procedures (SOP), (and we are now) just waiting for the circular from the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry (KLHK) (giving the go-ahead for the reopening),” Andri Firmansyah, spokesperson for the Ujung…

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TMII reopens ahead of implementation of new normal

Jakarta The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) tourist area reopened this Saturday, with a promo offer of entry for two people at the price of one ticket, valid until June 30, 2020. The manager has limited the number of visitors and necessitated online purchase of tickets available on the official TMII website. In line with the health protocols for applying the new normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several regulations have been put in place. Visitors must wear masks while visiting the tourist area, apply physical and social distancing…

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Indonesian Channel in West Sumatra cancelled due to COVID-19

  Padang, W Sumatra The ongoing global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has forced the Indonesian Government to cancel the convening of an international arts and cultural night titled “Indonesian Channel” due to be hosted by West Sumatra Province in August. The Indonesian Channel which marks the closing of this year’s Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) Program is a special event for West Sumatra because some 140 youths from 70 countries would perform, Head of the West Sumatra Tourism Office Novrial said. The youths were the awardees of…

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Musician Benny Likumahuwa dies at 73 from diabetes, kidney failure

  Tangerang Selatan Benny Likumahuwa, Indonesia’s 73-year-old senior jazz musician, died of diabetes on Tuesday morning after having fought the ailment for the past two years and his condition steadily deteriorating since April, Barry, his son, confirmed. “His condition worsened, as he was ailing from diabetes and kidney condition. He had undergone dialysis since 2018 but was yet able to perform regular activities. However, his condition took a turn for the worse since the enactment of PSBB (the Large-Scale Social Distancing over COVID-19),” Barry revealed. The COVID-19 pandemic also limited…

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Film workers, artists to receive government social assistance

  Film workers and artists who are affected by COVID-19 will be receiving social assistance, in the form of food packages from the government. “These film workers have had no income for almost four months, as there are no film or soap opera productions, (they are) certainly very affected,” said Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara in Jakarta on Monday. He made the decision to provide assistance to artists and those working in the arts industry following discussions with various parties. “We are waiting for the data, I hear…

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