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Jokowi Mulls Introducing a Minister of Islamic Boarding School

VOI NEWS 09102017 12:00 Local Time GMT +7

Indonesian President Joko Widodo mentioned that introducing a minister that specializes in handling Islamic boarding schools or ‘pesantren’ in his working cabinet, will need further deliberations and calculations. President Joko Widodo who responded to a request made by a Islamic Boarding School mentor who suggested for a Minister of Pesantren to be introduced. The president said on Sunday, October 8th in Sumenep that when he decided to introduce the Santri Day (Islamic boarding school students’ day), before that, he asked for inputs from a Kyai (Islamic expert) of an Islamic Boarding School before. The president has received information that there are nine million Islamic Boarding School students in total, which is a large number and someone must take care or at least pay them attention to. Previously, leader of Alkarimiyah Islamic Boarding School Busro Karim suggested President Jokowi to consider implementing it since he considers this type of education is useful for a person’s character building, skill improvement, and affects the unity of the nation//   Voi.Tempo


China leads in number of foreign tourists visiting Bali

Chinese are the largest in number of foreign tourists visiting Bali in the first eight months of the year. Head of the Bali office of the Central Bureau of Statistics Adi Nugroho said in Denpasar, Bali on Monday, October 9th that 1.04 million Chinese tourists visiting Bali in the January-August period this year. Almost all of the Chinese coming to Bali by air via the Ngurah Rai international airport with only 153 on board tourist boats via Balis seaports. The number of Chinese arrivals in the first 8 months of the year surged 58.7 percent from 661,462 in the same period last year, he said, adding Chinese tourists made up 26.21 percent of the total number of 4.005 million foreign tourists visiting Bali in the 8 month period. Second to China was Australia accounting for 18.57 percent of the total number of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the January-August period, followed by India, Japan, Britain, the United States, South Korea, France, Germany and Malaysia. A significant increase was recorded in the numbers of tourists from all 10 main countries of origin. Observers attributed the growing number of visitors from China to cultural similarity, improved relations between the governments of China and Indonesia and the opening of more direct flights between China and Bali mainly by the nations flag carrier Garuda Indonesia//  Voi.Ant

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