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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri., Bali – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, has ordered her cadres to respect the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party’s General Chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who would attend the opening ceremony of the PDIP’s congress.

When he attends the opening ceremony, which kicks off on Thursday, the party’s cadres should show respect and sympathy by applauding him, Chairman of the PDIP congress’ organizing committee, I Wayan Koster, said here on Wednesday evening.

Koster said the PDIP cadres were not allowed to disrespect any of the invited guests, including Prabowo Subianto, former contender of incumbent President, Joko Widodo, PDIP’s cadre, at the 2019 Presidential Elections.

On July 24, 2019, Prabowo Subianto had met Megawati Soekarnoputri at her Central Jakarta residence following his July 13 reconciliatory meeting with President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Accompanied by Gerindra’s Deputy General Chairman, Edy Prabowo, and Secretary General, Ahmad Muzani, Prabowo was extended a warm welcome by Megawati’s son, Mohamad Prananda Prabowo, after arriving and getting out of his car at around 12:30 p.m. local time.

Subianto and Megawati, whose party is the main supporter of incumbent President and President-elect Jokowi, appeared happy during their meeting as was apparent in a photograph circulated by the PDIP to journalists.

Megawati enjoyed a round-table lunch along with her guests, her daughter Puan Maharani, her son Prananda Prabowo, and Cabinet Secretary, Pranomo Anung.

Megawati and Subianto have known each other for quite a long time. Moreover, they had contested as the presidential and vice presidential pair during the 2009 Presidential Elections. During that time, their popular slogan was “MegaPro” in their endeavor to challenge the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Boediono pair.

Subianto’s meeting with Megawati took place six days after he met with Gerindra’s advisory council members on July 19 for talks on the future steps following his reconciliatory meeting with Jokowi on July 13.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair as Indonesia’s president-elect and vice president-elect following the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s (MK’s) ruling on the presidential election result dispute on June 27, 2019.

According to the KPU’s final tally, the Jokowi-Amin pair secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as against the contenders Subianto-Sandi’s 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent. (ran)





The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam., Bali – The Bali provincial police thwarted an attempt to smuggle some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters to Vietnam, and apprehended two suspects early Monday (9/9/2019).

The suspects nabbed by the police personnel at a motel in Sidakarya Village, Denpasar, were identified by their initials ERA, 26, and ATH, 35, Chief of the Bali Marine Police Force Sen. Coms. Hadi Purnomo said here Monday. ERA functioned as a courier while ATH was the financier who was involved in a transaction of Rp95 billion through a bank’s automated teller machine, Purnomo said.

The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam. However, the larvae package was not declared at the Customs in Ngurah Rai International Airport to Vietnam via Singapore.

The total financial losses that Indonesia could have suffered had the 36,000 larvae of sand lobsters been smuggled was estimated at Rp9 billion while the smuggling of 24,000 larvae of pearl lobsters could cause financial losses of up to Rp7.2 billion.

The police investigators also confiscated a vehicle, 150 plastic bags containing some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters as evidence, he said.

Due to the huge profits from trading lobsters, irresponsible people have frequently attempted to smuggle the larvae of the sand and pearl lobsters.

In May, Indonesian police investigators grilled Kong Huping, a Chinese citizen after he was arrested for attempting to smuggle several hundred thousand baby lobsters from Jambi Province’s waters to Batam Island and Singapore.

National Police investigators questioned the suspect for two days, Director of Marine Police of the Jambi Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Fauzi Bakti said.

The smuggling attempt was thwarted by the Jambi marine police, he said, adding that police investigators also attempted to apprehend the suspect’s business partner, identified by his initials, LN.

Bakti said the baby lobsters were to be smuggled by Kong Huping through the Jambi-Batam waters on May 13 and 14 and were estimated to be worth Rp40 billion. (akp)

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The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action., Denpasar – Bali Police have arrested a Bulgarian man, Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (43), for alleged skimming in an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Ubud, Gianyar, on Saturday (Aug 31).

“Suspect Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov has illegally accessed the ATM located in a restaurant in Ubud. He was trying to install a hidden camera in the ATM machine,” Spokesman of the Bali Police Senior Commissioner Hengky Widjaja said here on Sunday.

The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action, he said.

Following the arrest, the police conducted a search in his house at Kresna Ulun Tanjung Street, Kuta, Badung, and seized a cellular phone, a passport, four cameras, and a router.

Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov is charged with articles on illegal access of the Criminal Code and Law No 19/2016 on Electronic Transaction and Information.

“The suspect is still under the Bali Police custody, and the police will conduct further investigation,” he said. (akp)

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Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir (center) spoke to the press after opening Research, Innovation and Technological Expo 2019., Jakarta – Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir opened Research, Innovation and Technology (Ritech) Expo 2019 as part of the commemoration of the 24th National Technology Awakening Day in Puputan Renon Square in Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday (25/8/2019).

“Through this expo we hope more innovations in regions will emerge,” he said.

The expo has some 200 stands which display the results of research and innovation. Nearly 100 participants including the directorate general of research and innovation, and the directorate of science, technology and high learning institutions at the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry.

The other institutions taking part in the expo are the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI),, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), the Nuclear Control Agency, the National Standardization Agency, the Center for Scientific and Technological Research and state-owned companies PT Dahana and PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka).

Institutes of higher learning also took part in the expo, including Airlangga University,the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Sepuluh November Institute of Technology in Surabaya., the Arts Institute of Denpasar and the state Electronic Polytechnic in Surabaya.

Ritech Expo is an annual expo held by the Ministry of Research., Technology and Higher Education.

The expo displays a variety of key innovation products from higher learning institutes , research institutions and industries. (mhs)

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