Greatindonesia.co.id, Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has been preparing a comprehensive study on the reasons for the deaths of several hundred members of polling station working committees across Indonesia, a researcher of the public university revealed here on Thursday (9/5/2019).
This interdisciplinary research project would comprehensively reveal the factors that led to the deaths and sickness of the polling station working committee members, said Abdul Ghaffar, coordinator of the UGM’s Working Research Group on General Elections.
The research project involving scientists from Medical School, as well as Faculties of Public Health, Psychology, and Social and Political Sciences, would be conducted for several weeks, he said.
In connection with this interdisciplinary research project, Dean of UGM’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Erwan Agus Purwanto said his university’s team members would collaborate with their colleagues from 10 other universities.
Among the public universities that would also be involved in this research project are the University of Indonesia, Lampung University, Airlangga University, and Cendrawasih University, he said.
As of May 7, 2019, the General Elections Commission (KPU) said the death toll of the working committee members at polling stations had reached at least 456, while 4,310 others fell ill while fulfilling their electoral duties.
According to the KPU, they lost their lives due to exhaustion or after meeting with traffic accidents amid their hectic work schedules. These people were in charge of different ballot booths across Indonesia.
One of the members who lost their lives was Muriah, a resident of Peulokan Village in Labuhan Haji Barat Subdistrict, South Aceh District, Aceh Province, who reportedly died of exhaustion due to the strain of overwork. The death of expectant mother Muridah had also brought grief to her husband, family, and neighbors.
Vice Presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno expressed his deep concern over the deaths of so many working committee members at polling stations in different parts of Indonesia, amid the peaceful convening of the recent general elections. (ant)
ANGKASA PURA I TO MOVE 65 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO YIA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Kulon Progo – State airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I will move 65 domestic flights currently served by Adisutjipto International Airport in Sleman District to the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo District, Yogyakarta, by October 2019.
“The airport’s physical construction will be completed by the end of this year or December. This October, we will accommodate some routes, and some 65 flights will be relocated from Adisutjipto to YIA,” acting General Manager of YIA Agus Pandu stated here on Tuesday (9/7/2019).
The airport operator will hold a meeting with the airlines on July 17 to discuss the plan.
“We will determine which flights can be moved to YIA in October,” he revealed.
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Pandu noted that the passenger occupancy rate at YIA for the Palangkaraya and Samarinda routes had reached 65 percent while that for the Yogyakarta-Jakarta route had reached 50 percent.
“I think this is quite good for a new airport. The market is, so far, dominated by students and workers from Palangkaraya,” he remarked.
Since its initial operation on May 6, AP I has recorded 62 flights in that entire month, with the figure jumping to 290 flights in June, according to the airport operator.
The number of passengers during the period also rose significantly, from 2,935 passengers in May to 27,717 passengers in June, thereby indicating increased passenger interest to use the new airport.
“With its proximity to Purworejo, Banjarnegara, and other areas in the southern part of Central Java, people (from the areas) have also used this new airport,” Pandu remarked.
Construction of the new airport has reached 65 percent completion, and AP II is focusing on the construction of a 219 thousand-square meter passenger terminal. Currently, the airport has only operated a 12,960-square meter passenger terminal.
“We are also focusing on the construction of other supporting facilities, including the cargo terminal, tower, and other facilities, such as a three-story parking lot,” he added. (sut)
1ST INDONESIA-INDIA CONSULAR DIALOGUE HELD IN YOGYAKARTA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The 1st Indonesia-India Consular Dialogue was held for discussing key issues pertaining to consular affairs and diplomatic facilities, among others.
The Consular Dialogue was held in Yogyakarta on July 1-3, 2019, according to a statement in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/7/2019).
The dialogue chiefly centered on the detention of nine foreign ships.
The Indonesian delegation was led by Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Ambassador Andri Hadi and involved officials and representatives of other related ministries and agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers’ (BNP2TKI), Directorate General of Immigration, Indonesian Navy, Ministry of Transportation, and Indonesian Representatives in India.
In the meantime, India’s delegation was led by Deputy Minister for External Affairs, Ambassador Sanjiv Arora and comprised Indian Foreign Ministry’s officials, the Indian ambassador to Indonesia, and other officials from the Indian Foreign Ministry.
Director General Hadi affirmed that this dialogue offered the apposite forum to formulate a strategy of consular affairs between both countries to resolve issues. This dialogue is expected to intensify bilateral relations between both countries. The consular dialogue is part of the efforts to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
During the discussion, Consular Director Hadi revealed that the detention of crew aboard nine foreign ships by the Indonesian Navy should be discussed as one of the topics of strategic focus, as those vessels had operated illegally in Indonesia’s waters.
A total of 87 Indians were aboard those foreign ships of which 20 have been released.
“The foreign ministry has established consular notification and facilitated the visit of the Indian ambassador in Jakarta along with other staff members to meet the ship’s crew. They are treated well in accordance with the Vienna Convention of 1963,” he explained.
He noted that the foreign ministry had continued to respect the law and could not intervene in the process.
In the meantime, India was expected to provide immediate consular notification to help all Indonesian citizens in India facing problems.
As a result, both countries can adopt a balanced approach in terms of the treatment to protect their respective citizens abroad.
The dialogue also covered consular cases including visa-related matters, residence permit in both countries, notification mechanism and consular access, diplomatic facilities, nationality issues, and consular assistance.
Furthermore, an agreement was reached on most issues to resolve matters at the earliest and will be observed further and followed up for discussion at the 2nd Consular Dialogue in New Delhi in 2020. Related news: Indonesia, India discuss economic, maritime issues. (azi)
HOUSES IN BANTUL COAST PRONE TO HIGH WAVES
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bantul – Houses in the southern coastal area of Bantul District in Yogyakarta Special Province are prone to high waves which have the potential to hit the coast, the Bantul District Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said.
“Among the most vulnerable coasts will be Depok, Kuwaru and Baru as well as west of it because the houses were built close to the the coasts, chief of the BPBD Dwi Daryanto said here on Sunday (16/6/2019).
The houses and business buildings in the southern coast are vulnerable to high tides during the period of high waves as predicted by the the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) this week.
Moreover, the high waves will be three to six meters high in the waters off the southern coast of Yogyakarta. The waves are a natural phenomenon which could happen anytime.
“The houses are very close to the coast. In the past they might be far from the coast. But under the current natural condition, the sea water is getting closer to the residence,” he said. (suh)
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