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Ministry of Foreign Affairs include Esperanto as subject for RI diplomats

VOI NEWS 16:30, GMT+7, 08.04.2013

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will include Esperanto Language as a subject of study for Indonesian diplomats. It was stated by the Special Assistant to the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Pribadi Sutiono to RRI World Service Voice of Indonesia on the sidelines during Indonesia's first Esperanto Congress in Puncak, Bogor, West Java, on Saturday. He added, in 2013 the foreign affairs ministry is building a language center for young indonesian diplomats. According to Pribadi Sutiono, not many Indonesian people  knew about Esperanto, despite the fact that Esperanto is an international language and has a long history in Indonesia since 1902.

Pribadi Sutiono said, "Esperanto Language is an old movement, a lot of people do not realize this. In the past, the ministry have also tried to raise Esperanto be one factor or the subject of learning for Indonesian young diplomats. However, back then,  the Indonesian Esperanto Expert died so it was just fading away, now the foreign ministry is building a language center of diplomacy. Besides English they will learn 16 languages including languages of UN and ASEAN, and Esperanto Language. It will begin in 2013. Sutiono believes that Esperanto is a language that is important. Although Sutiono had no idea but he could understand the message being delivered, and that is the point when Zamenhof created the initial idea to create a non-political language and can be understood by all people”.

Esperanto is an artificial language created by Zamenhof, a Polish in 1887. Zamenhof’s main goal is to create a neutral language that is easy to learn and use as an intermediate language by many people who have various mother languages.///RB


Jakarta takes first tentative steps to becoming an autism-friendly city

Not only families but also society need to help create a friendly environment for children with autism, whose numbers increase by the year// In order to create such an environment, the Jakarta administration, in conjunction with the Indonesian Autism Awareness Society (Mpati), launched on Saturday a program called Jakarta, An Autism-friendly City. Governor Joko Widodo said at the program’s launch that the administration would provide facilities for autistic children in schools and public places. Jokowi, who admitted that he did not know much about autism but was willing to learn, said he would study further the kind of facilities that children with autism needed. He added that the administration had so far helped campaign autism through brochures, letters and videos, so more people knew about the complex neurodevelopment disorder that typically lasts through a person’s lifetime. Indonesia has no reliable data on autism cases// Data collected by Yayasan Autisma Indonesia estimates the number of people with autism stood at one per 500 children in 2000, an increase from one per 5,000 children in the previous 10 years. ////JP


Sports Minister Calls on Bali Administration to Build World-Class Stadium

Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo has urged the Bali administration to develop an international-class stadium to replace the province’s rundown 13-year-old sports arena. Bali once said it wanted to have an international-standard stadium. Someday indeed Bali has to have one, Roy said on Sunday as he inspected Kapten I Wayan Dita Stadium in the Bali district of Gianyar. Construction of the stadium, which is supposed to accommodate 25,000 people, kicked off 13 years ago but it still has not been completed. The unfinished stadium has instead been used as the home base for the Bali Devata football club since it joined the Indonesian Premier League in 2011. The sports minister said he would soon travel to the United Kingdom to lobby for Manchester United to open a football academy, adding that he hoped Indonesia, including Bali, could be prepared with decent stadiums and supporting facilities. The Bali administration once expressed a plan to build a new stadium in Bali set to become Indonesia’s second-largest sports stadium after the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, and which would host football club Persegi Bali. It was planned to accommodate 85,000 people. ////JG


RI to receive Super Tucano and F-16 this year

The Indonesian Air Force TNI AU will procure 102 new armaments as listed in its 2010-2014 development strategic plan. These include F-16, T-50 and Sukhoi jet fighters; Super Tucano and CN-295 turboprop aircrafts; Hercules transport aircrafts; Cougar helicopters; Grobs; KT-1s; Boeing 737-500s and radars. Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshall Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency said in 2013, the Super Tucanos will arrive to complement the ones they already have and F-16 jet fighters will arrive as well. Currently, the TNI AU has 4 Super Tucano tactical fighters. With the new aircraft, the air force will have a total one squadron of Super Tucano based at the 21st air squadron in Abdulrahman Saleh Airbase in Malang, East Java.////JP

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