Armed Papuans that killed two Beoga teachers are terrorists: House

Armed Papuan criminals, who shot dead two teachers in Puncak District, Papua Province, were terrorists, according to House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Azis Syamsuddin. “Almost every year, armed criminal groups conduct their acts of terror against civilians in Papua,” Syamsuddin noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Monday. However, Indonesian security personnel, stationed in the province, are still slow in tracing and cracking down on the perpetrators behind the acts of terror. The armed criminals’ deadly assaults on the ill-fated teachers were indeed acts of terrorism, he noted,…

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Killings of two Papuan teachers are inhuman: human rights defender

A human rights defender in Papua denounced the killings of two teachers in Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, calling such assaults on them as being heinous and inhuman. “The government needs to set up a joint team for probing the fatal shootings,” Executive Director of the Justice and Papuan People Integrity (YKKMP) Theo Hesegem stated. Hesegem was vociferous in condemning the killings of the two teachers, who had indeed contributed to edifying Papuans to become smart, Hesegem noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Monday. “The two teachers fell victims…

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Some 936 teachers in Bangka have received first shots: task force

Some 936 teachers in Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, have received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccine as the government pushes the school reopening across Indonesia in July this year. The first-dose recipients are part of 1,200 teachers the provincial government has targeted to get vaccinated, the province’s COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson, Boy Yandra, said here Sunday. The teachers who have received the first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine comprise those from early childhood education schools, elementary schools, and junior high schools, he said. The vaccination program would be…

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Indonesia’s consumer confidence index increased to 93.4 in March: BI

A survey conducted by Bank Indonesia (BI) found that consumer confidence in the national economy had continued to improve in the past three months. “The consumer confidence index (IKK) rose to 93.4 in March, from 85.8 in February and 84.9 in January,” Executive Director of the BI Communication Department Erwin Haryono noted in a written statement released on Friday. Haryono attributed the improving consumer confidence index to the smooth national vaccination program, thereby increasing confidence in the current economic condition and expectations of economic recovery in future. “The improving consumer…

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TNI task force distributes bags to students at Indonesia-PNG border

Indonesian soldiers of the mechanized infantry battalion 512/QY handed out school bags to kindergarten students near the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea borders in Keerom District, Papua Province. “The activity conducted by the Arso XIII border post is also aimed at boosting the spirit of students of the Tunas Harapan kindergarten to study more diligently and fostering emotional ties between Indonesian soldiers and children and people in the border area,” Commander of the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 512/QY Task Force Lt Col Taufik Hidayat noted in a written statement released on Friday. The…

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BNN destroys nine hectares of cannabis plantations in North Aceh

Officers from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) set fire to nine hectares of cannabis plantations in two villages of North Aceh district, Aceh province on Tuesday. The BNN officers were assisted by personnel from local military, police, and government agencies in destroying the marijuana plantations in Jurong and Sawang villages. More than 70 thousand cannabis plants reaching 30 to 250 centimeters in height were burned to the ground by 174 personnel, BNN head Coms.Gen.Petrus Reinhard Golose informed. The total weight of the destroyed cannabis plants was recorded at 35 tonnes,…

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