TNI Provides Security Measure for KPK
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VOI NEWS 14.04.2017, 11 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7
Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo, revealed that the TNI has already prepared personnel to secure the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) following the attack on its senior investigator Novel Baswedan. TNI is ready to mobilize their best soldiers in order to guard the Commission for 24 hours straight. Gatot revealed that the military has already coordinated with KPK following the attack. In other words, the TNI is ready to provide an all round 24-hour security measure for KPK as soon as the Commission delivers the request. Gatot however, will not reveal the number of personnel that will be mobilized. The General only said that the security measures will be provided based on circumstantial demands. (Tempo)
Police Chief Warns About Possible Terrorist Retaliation
==== Indonesian National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, reminded members of the police institution to always be cautious considering that the recent attacks by terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) are considered as acts of vengeance. Tito said recently that he also ask for Special Counter-Terrorism Detachment 88 and Regional Polices to work together in probing for other cells that might conduct any retaliation. He has also urged regional police to keep remain cautious. Tito explained that the Banyumas case is related to the arrest of a Jamaah Ansharut Daulah figure in Lamongan. Tito said the attack against the police happened after Jamaah Ansharut Daulah cells were mobilized by their core. Tito explained that the previous incident was also connected to Lamongan and Tuban. Police search revealed a plan to construct a bomb that would be made from cooking utensils. (Tempo)
In 10th Anniversary of Diplomatic School Indonesia Calls for World Cooperation
Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the ministry’s International Senior Diplomatic School on Thursday in Jakarta. The commemoration was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir, a number of foreign Ambassadors in Indonesia as well as Indonesian and foreign diplomats. In his remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir expressed hope that the ministry’s International Senior Diplomatic School could be means for exchange ideas among diplomats to the benefit of the world order. AM Fachir said Indonesia is open to cooperation with other countries, both in the form of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
"We are open to have collaboration to all people from other countries. So please share with us if you have initiatives that we could collaborate. We don’t do it just like bilateral, we can do it even trilateral or more than that. So again we invite, we encourage that you could collaborate with us and hopefully together we can contribute to the world order," he said.
AM Fachir explained further, Indonesia in its constitution have the obligation to contribute to world peace. Hence Indonesia is committed to cooperating with various parties as well as sharing experiences in order to create world order. He said, so far the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia has implemented many programs of cooperation with other countries in an effort to promote world peace. One program that is routinely carried out is awarding the Indonesian Art and Culture scholarships to know Indonesia closely. According to him world peace could be realized if there was a conducive atmosphere for sharing in solving problems. (Ndy)
Tax DG Visit Japan to Discus Information Exchange
==== A Delegation of the Finance Ministry's Tax Directorate General visited the National Tax Agency (NTA) in Tokyo, Japan this week to discuss the implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI). Tax Office head Muhammad Haniv said in a press release on Thursday, April 13, 2017 that the Tax Directorate General's delegation was led by international taxation director John Hutagaol and was welcomed by National Tax Agency 's director of international operation Yoshiro Ikeda and NTA's director of Exchange of Information, Tadahiko Ban. There are at least four requirements that must be met by each country or jurisdiction to participate in the Automatic Exchange of Information, namely the availability of international agreement for Automatic Exchange of Information, domestic regulations on Automatic Exchange of Information implementations, financial information secrecy and security, and technology information readiness to conduct data exchanges. In addition to the Automatic Exchange of Information, the Tax Directorate General and National Tax Agency of Japan also discussed the signing of multilateral instruments in June 2017 in Paris, France. Indonesia and Japan will meet minimum standards related to the multilateral instruments and other criteria. Both countries have agreed to effectively utilize the multilateral instruments in a bid to have a common understanding related to tax evasions. (Tempo)
Garuda Indonesia opens new routes in West Papua
==== National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is expanding flights to Kaimana regency in West Papua with ATR-600 aircraft that can carry 70 passengers. The new routes will serve Ambon-Kaimana-Manokwari and Ambon-Kaimana-Nabire. The Ambon to Kaimana flight departs at 7:55 a.m. local time and arrives at 9:40 a.m. local time. The Ambon to Manokwari flight arrives at 11:30 a.m. while the Ambon to Nabire arrives at 11:20 a.m. local. The Manokwari route is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the Nabire route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Kaimana is a small port town in West Papua and the capital of the Kaimana regency, served by Kaimana Airport. The town itself is part of a sea conservation area in West Papua and offers a variety of attractions such as marine tourism, culture and history. One of its famous tourist attractions is Triton Bay. (Tempo)
Gianyar regency Elected as Member of World Heritage Cities
=== Gianyar regency was elected as a World Heritage City by the Organization of World Heritage Cities on April 12, 2017. Chairman of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Heritage Preservation Agency (BPPI), Catrini Pratihari Kubontubuh explained that Gianyar regency has been proposed as World Heritage City since February 2017. Currently, 280 cities around the world are listed as members of the Organization of Heritage Cities. In addition to Gianyar, Surakarta and Denpasar have been listed as member s of the organization since 2008 and 2013 respectively. Gianyar has several heritages recognized by UNESCO.
"The heritages that have been recognized by UNESCO in Gianyar namely traditional dagger keris, leather puppet wayang as the oldest heritage from Balinese ancestors such as Bali dance and Subak," she said.
Catrini further explained, the Organization of World Heritage Cities was established as a forum for mayors and local leaders of heritage citiess with the requirement of having at least one world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. According to Catrini, Gianyar could be a model for other cities in promoting alignments to preservation of its long history. In the same occasion, the Gianyar regent, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata said, Gianyar was very honored to get the trust the world to contribute along with other heritage cities from various countries in the preservation of nature and culture. (sekar/alike/edit r)
NZ woman sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for drug possession
==== The Denpasar District Court on Thursday sentenced a New Zealand citizen, Myra Lynna Williams, 27, to two-and-a-half years in prison for drug possession. The sentence was lighter than what was demanded by prosecutors, who sought a three-year prison sentence for her. The court’s judge panel, presided by Ni Made Purnami, stated in their verdict that the defendant was guilty of violating Article 127 of Law No. 35/2009 on Narcotics. Purnami said that in making the verdict, the judge had considered several factors. The judge said she gave a lighter sentence than what was demanded by prosecutors as Williams admitted to being guilty and expressed remorse for what she had done. Williams was arrested upon arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport from Melbourne, Australia, on Air Asia XT-803 on August 31, 2016, by a joint team comprising personnel of the Customs and Excise Agency, the Immigration Office and other airport authorities during a security check, in which they found 0.43 grams of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as sabu-sabu, on her. (Jakarta Post)