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JOKOWI ISSUES REGULATION ON RATIFICATION OF SMIIC STATUTE

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President RI, Joko Widodo.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has issued a Presidential Regulation No 52 Year 2019 on Ratification of the Statute for the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), which is an affiliated organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Indonesia needed to become a member of SMIIC to enable the country play active roles in developing standard and metrology applied by Islamic countries, the Indonesian State Secretary said on its official website here on Wednesday (14/8/2019).

Indonesia, a member of the OIC, has competency in advanced standardisation and metrology, hence its membership in SMIIC could be beneficial.

The Presidential Regulation (Perpres) was signed on July 19, 2019, and is effective starting July 24, 2019.

SMIIC, is relatively a new institution and launched its activities for the first time in early 2012 after the official formation of its General Secretariat. It aims to develop common standards that are applied across the whole of the OIC as a single market which will aid to ensure the protection of consumers, facilitate cross-border trade, ensure the interoperability of products, encourage innovation and technological development, include environmental protection and enable businesses to grow.

SMIIC Strategic Plan 2016-2020 includes five main strategic approaches, notably: to develop high-quality standards that can be used regionally and internationally; to enhance society confidence and quality infrastructure; to improve connectivity and integration between members; to develop networking for success; and to develop and improve utilization of resources and capabilities

The current Secretary General fo SMIIC is Ihsan Ovut, who was elected at the 7th General Assembly Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov 20, 2014, and re-elected as the Secretary General for the 2018-2020 term at the 12th SMIIC General Assembly Meeting held on Nov 26, 2017 in Istanbul.

The current members of SMIIC Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term are Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. (jok)

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EDUCATION MINISTRY TO PROVIDE HAZE-FREE CLASSROOM IN KALIMANTAN

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Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Ministry of Education will provide classrooms that are free from haze caused by land and forest fires in affected areas in Kalimantan and Sumatera, Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, stated in Jakarta, Tuesday (17/9/2019).

“If the haze covers the air in the long term, we will see the condition. Later, I will soon announce a meeting to explore the possibility of providing haze-free classrooms,” Effendy remarked. However, if the haze is taken care of within this week, the plan would be dropped.

Modest technology, which was also used in the previous case of fire haze back in 2015, will be installed in the classroom in cooperation with Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), he stated. The preparation takes only two to three days.

The technology covers a filter used on windows and an exhaust fan installed in the room to manage air that is circulated. There is a plan to install an aquarium inside the room to maintain humid air and oxygen production.

Besides, an interior plant will help to produce oxygen as well.

“We will prioritize vocational school (SMK) buildings since they need a practical room,” Effendy added.

The haze from the land and forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatera had compelled several schools to stop their activities due to the dense haze which led to a very unhealthy air condition. (ptv)

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HUNDREDS OF MUSLIMS IN GAZA PERFORM PRAYERS FOR LATE BJ HABIBIE

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Hundreds of Muslims performed prayers for the late BJ Habibie at the Great Mosque of Umar, Jabalia City, North Gaza.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Several hundred Muslims in Gaza, Palestine, performed prayers for late BJ Habibie, Indonesia’s third president, at the Great Mosque of Umar, Jabalia City, North Gaza.

“The prayer is aimed to respect and honor Habibie. Hundreds of Muslim in Gaza also raised their hands to pray for him. Hopefully his soul get the best place in the sight of Allah SWT,” Indonesian volunteer who settled in the Gaza Strip, Abdillah Onim, said when contacting ANTARA in Jakarta on Sunday (15/9/2019).

The prayer was led by a senior Palestinian cleric Sheikh Mahmud Dardona.

On the occasion, Sheikh Mahmud Dardona on behalf of the Palestinian Muslims expressed deep condolences to the family of Habibie, Indonesian government and all Indonesian people over the death of this internationally-recognised scientist and technocrat.

In addition to performing a prayer, the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip also participated in the national mourning day to pay their last respect to Habibie by hoisting the Red and White flag at half mast.

The raising of the Red and White flag at half mast has been centered at the Palestinian international dock in Gaza City since Thursday 12 September 2019, Abdillah Onim said.

The 83-year-old former president passed away at 6.05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1. The former president was buried at the heroes’ cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (Sept 12).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie. (ajh)

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XANANA GUSMAO VISIT BJ HABIBIE’S GRAVE TO PAY HIS LAST RESPECT

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East Timor's first president Kay Rana Xanana Gusmao along with Habibie's son, Ilham Akbar Habibie, sow flowers on the grave of former Indonesian president BJ Habibie at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta, Sunday (15/9/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Timor Leste ‘s first president and founding father Kay Rana Xanana Gusmao along with East Timorese students visited the grave of BJ Habibie at the Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery in South Jakarta, Sunday (15/9/2019) morning, to pay their last respect to the the former Indonesian president.

“The students come to the BJ Habibie’s grave to pay their respect to the former Indonesian president. They feel the freedom because of BJ Habibie’s contribution,” Gusmao said.

Xanana Gusmao said that the students of Timor Leste currently studying in Indonesia should visit BJ Habibie’s grave as the former Indonesian president contributed to the establishment of Timor Leste.

During the visit, he was accompanied by East Timorese Ambassador to Indonesia Alberto XP Carlos and Habibie’s private secretary, Rubijanto.

Arriving at the grave of Habibie, Gusmao sat quietly for several minutes, and he continued to lay a wreath and sow flowers on it. After sprinkling flowers on BJ Habibie’s grave, Xanana continued to put a wreath on the grave of BJ Habibie’s wife, Hasri Ainun Besari.

A few minutes later, Habibie’s son, Ilham Akbar Habibie, arrived at the BJ Habibie’s grave. Xanana Gusmao repeated the sowing of flowers on BJ Habibie’s grave while holding Ilham’s hand.

On Saturday evening, Gusmao visited late BJ Habibie’s residence at Patra Kuningan, Jakarta, to submit two letters and express the deepest condolences of the entire people of his country on the passing of Habibie.

Accompanied by Timor Leste’s Ambassador to Indonesia Alberto Xavier Pereira Carlos, Gusmao arrived at Habibie’s home at around 8:25 p.m. local time. Shortly after getting off the car, they directly entered the house.

Gusmao and Carlos were received by Habibie’s family members, including his two sons, Ilham Akbar Habibie and Thareq Kemal Habibie.

“I came here as the representative of the Government and People of Timor Leste to bring their messages to Habibie’s family and to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Habibie,” Xanana Gusmao told journalists after the meeting.

He praised Habibie for his excellence in the mastery of science and technology, saying that this Indonesia’s third president was an inspirator owing to his smartness in science and technology and his consistency of upholding the universal values and principles. This 83-year-old former president passed away at 6.05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept 11) at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was being treated by the best doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctors Team, since September 1.

The former president was buried at the heroes’ cemetery with full military honors on Thursday (12/9/2109).

Along the way from the mourning house in Patra Kuningan to the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Kalibata, South Jakarta, numerous people stood on the road shoulders to pay their last respects to Habibie. (gtr)

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