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National Police Spokesman Brig Gen, Dedi Prasetyo., Jakarta – A joint investigation team will declare the results of its preliminary investigation into Sunday’s major blackout that affected certain parts of Java Island, including Jakarta and West Java, next week, a police spokesman stated.

“The results of the preliminary investigation into the causal factors behind Sunday’s power outage will be announced to the public on next Thursday,” National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen Dedi Prasetyo stated here on Thursday (8/8/2019).

This team’s members had conducted a thorough probe into the factors causing the major blackout that disrupted Jakarta’s commuter line and MRT systems as well as the businesses of shopping malls and small and medium enterprises in various affected areas.

Within two weeks from now, they would reveal the comprehensive and final results of their investigation following the completion of ground checks at the electricity power plants in Ungaran, Central Java, West Java, and Jakarta, Prasetyo noted.

Formed by the National Police, this joint team was given two weeks to uncover the case. Its members comprise police investigators and experts representing related ministries and agencies as well as universities, he remarked.

Sunday’s major blackout that hit the areas of Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, and East Java has been nothing short of a nightmarish experience for scores of Indonesians and foreign travelers.

On that day, power outage disrupted the Indonesian capital city’s commuter line and MRT services, majorly hindering the people’s mobility.

This Sunday’s major blackout also affected the business activities of several small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that were not equipped with generators to supply electricity.

Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, spokesman of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party leader Prabowo Subianto, expressed concern over the impact of this major power outage on SMEs’ businesses.

“The SMEs, including ‘Begawan Kupie’, may have suffered significant losses as a result of this longer blackout. I believe that many other SMEs in Java also suffer losses,” he noted on his Twitter account.

State-owned electricity firm PT PLN (Persero) has extended its apology over Sunday’s major blackout. PLN claimed that it was caused by the trips on the Suralaya Turbine Gas from number 1 to 6, while its turbine gas number 7 was off.

Simultaneously, the Cilegon Gas Turbine Combined-Cycle (GTCC) Power Plant also experienced a trip or error. As a result, the power outage hit residents living in Jakarta’s greater areas.

The major blackout also hit those residing in West Java Province’s areas due to troubles experienced in the 500 kV Ultrahigh Voltage Transmission. The affected areas comprise Bandung, Bekasi, Cianjur, Cimahi, Cirebon, Garut, Karawang, Purwakarta, Majalaya, Sumedang, Tasikmalaya, Depok, Gunung Putri, Sukabumi, and Bogor. (apd)





Director General of National Export Development, Dody Edward., Jakarta – The Ministry of Trade through the Directorate General of National Export Development (PEN) will hold the 4th Good Design Indonesia, an award for best design product, in 2020. The competition becomes the real support of the Ministry of Trade in motivating and encouraging businesses to develop design-oriented Indonesian products in the global market.

“Through Good Design Indonesia, we can introduce domestic products that have added value through the development of designs, while at the same time encouraging the performance of Indonesia’s non-oil exports to the world market,” Director General of National Export Development Dody Edward said in a statement here Tuesday (3/12/2019).

The registration will be open from January 2 to March 31, 2020. This event is open to all businesses and designers, Edward explained.

To participate in the competition, products must be manufactured and marketed in Indonesia and designed by Indonesian designers.

Entrepreneurs and designers interested in participating can register their products through the site

Edward revealed 18 product categories that were selected for the Good Design Indonesia 2020, namely accessories and personal items; children and stationery; comfort and hobbies; kitchen utensils and daily necessities; home furniture and household goods; household appliances; and information and communication technology equipment.

Besides, home supplies; mobility; equipment and facilities for manufacturing and medical treatment; equipment and facilities for shops, offices and public spaces; private housing, small apartments; housing (housing complex) medium to large, and construction for industrial, commercial and public facilities. Then, media, contents, and packaging; systems and services; business models and methods; projects and activities.

The Good Design Indonesia 2020 will focus on the value of sustainable lifestyles that look at products from the perspective of users, industry, social, and the masses, according to Dody. The participants are expected to package their products with stories that are filled with ideas and concepts about the creation of a product.

Indonesian business people and designers were eagerly looking forward to the event, Dody asserted.

The winners will receive several benefits, including product publicity, appearing in national and international product exhibitions, recognition for wearing the Good Design Indonesia logo, as well as the opportunity to take part in the G-Mark event.

Also, the Ministry of Trade will facilitate the winners to be included in business forums or exploring foreign trade agreements, as well as being displayed on the permanent trade display of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC). (ant)

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LRT Jakarta had opened a free-of-charge trial run to the public from July to late November 2019, with a route covering six stations - Velodrome, Equestrian, Pulomas, Boulevard Selatan, Boulevard Utara, and Pegangsaan Dua., Jakarta – Jakarta’s light rail transit (LRT) officially operated commercial services on Sunday (1/12/2019) morning by applying a flat-rate tariff of Rp5,000 (36 cents) per passenger per trip.

LRT Jakarta had opened a free-of-charge trial run to the public from July to late November 2019, with a route covering six stations – Velodrome, Equestrian, Pulomas, Boulevard Selatan, Boulevard Utara, and Pegangsaan Dua.

Around 30 percent of the tariff is subsidized by the Jakarta provincial government as the actual tariff for the operational service could reach tens of thousand rupiah.

The General Manager of LRT Jakarta’s Operation and Service Aditya Kesuma confirmed that the subsidized tariff would not have any impact on its service since it is a public service oriented.

“LRT also has a partnership agreement with the government concerning on minimum service standards that we have to implement,” Kesuma noted. (ibl)

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Garuda Indonesia has prepared 2,495 additional seats and 967,771 regular seats., Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is urged to issue a cross-subsidy policy to offer reasonable flight tickets for eastern Indonesian cities, a legislator noted in a press statement received here, Thursday (28/11/2019).

“We are optimistic that Garuda would offer cross-subsidy service for passengers traveling to eastern Indonesia. If this service is not available, our community members in eastern Indonesia will have to bear more burden,” Muhammad Aras stated.

Aras, a member of the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission V overseeing transport, telecommunications, public works, and public housing affairs, highlighted the dire need for affordable flight tickets in the run-up to the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

This legislator, representing the United Development Party (PPP) Faction, noted that most Indonesians residing in various cities in eastern Indonesia will usher in this year’s Christmas and 2020 New Year’s Eve.

To cater to the needs of community members to travel during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, Garuda Indonesia has prepared 2,495 additional seats and 967,771 regular seats.

A rise of two to three percent was expected in the total number of passengers traveling during this year-end’s holiday season than that of last year, he stated, adding that Garuda Indonesia did not make preparations for additional flights this year.

In its place, this national airline will operate wide-bodied aircraft, such as Boeing 777 and Airbus 737. This decision was taken on the basis of operational efficiency.

In the meantime, train operator, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), had earlier announced its decision to operate 114 train trips daily to serve passengers during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

“For this year, the transportation period for Christmas and New Year was made effective for 18 days. It begins on December 19, 2019, and ends on January 5, 2020,” Executive Vice President of PT KAI’s Jakarta Operational Area I, Dadan Rudiansyah, stated.

To cater to the requirements of passengers during the upcoming holiday season, PT KAI has also readied facilities and human resources to ensure journeys are smooth and safe.

PT KAI’s Jakarta Operational Area I will also operate 13 additional trains for this year’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Eight of them will depart from Gambir Station, while five others will leave from Pasar Senen Station, Rudiansyah stated. (ant)

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