Rabu, 25 Desember 2019

No Explosive inside Backpack Found Near Depok Church: Police - English

No Explosive inside Backpack Found Near Depok Church: Police - English

TEMPO.CO, Depok - The Depok city police confirmed that a gray backpack, found near the entrance of the Bethel Indonesia Church (GBI) at Kartini Street in Depok city, West Java Province, did not contain any explosive material. The Gegana bomb-disposal squad personnel discovered several books and clippings in the backpack after they had checked it thoroughly, Depok Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms Azis Adriansyah told journalists inside the church's yard Tuesday.

"We received a report from a church worker about a suspicious bag found in front of the church gate. But, we wanted to ensure that there was nothing harmful inside."

"So, our brothers and sisters who are keen to join the Christmas Eve service at the church can take part peacefully," Adriansyah said.

During the Gegana bomb-disposal squad's investigation, Kartini Street was temporarily closed but it was reopened later to avoid traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, more than a thousand Christians in Waena, Abepura, Jayapura city, joined a Christmas Eve service at the Siloam Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) on Tuesday evening.

The church's front yard and its multi-function hall was packed with the congregation who came from various parts of Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province, for the Christmas Eve service.

Christians in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, also attended the Christmas Eve services highlighting the theme of "giving up life for all people."

Workers at Christian churches, such as the GKI Maranatha Biak, Santa Maria, Immanuel Agung Samofa, IS Kijne, and Bethel Indonesia, had made all requisite preparations for the religious events since Tuesday morning.

Fifty-nine congregations of the Biak Selatan Indonesian Christian Churches will be part of the Christmas Eve services, Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Church Workers for South Biak George Korwa confirmed.

"We hope the entire Christmas Eve service process would be held in a tranquil and peaceful environment," Korwa stated, adding that the theme of this year's Christmas celebrations projects the messages of friendship as revealed in Bible's Yohannes Verses.

The messages of friendship are expected to restore the history of togetherness among Indonesians in fighting for humanity and Indonesia's dignity.

In the run-up to the Christmas celebrations Wednesday, the situation in Biak City remains secure and peaceful. Residents are engaged in their routine activities, while shops and markets are open. The city's airport and seaport are also operating normally.

Throughout Indonesia, the police is ready to secure this year's Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD.

"Our police has been ready, and Insya Allah (God's willing), our people can celebrate Christmas and New Year in a tranquil and peaceful environment," he informed journalists after meeting with National Police Chief General Idham Azis in Jakarta recently.

The police will conduct a so-called "Operasi Lilin" (Candle Operation) to secure the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, Azis noted.

The police will conduct "Operasi Lilin" and several other programs to ensure public security at various places, including houses of worship, shopping malls, and recreation sites, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono had revealed earlier.


2019-12-25 05:14:00Z

Senin, 23 Desember 2019

Immigration Deports Pakistani National Over Fake Donation Scheme - English

Immigration Deports Pakistani National Over Fake Donation Scheme - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of Class II Depok Immigration Office arrested a Pakistani national identified as SN after the person was caught red-handed begging for donations at the local Depok Ghani Mosque. He now faces deportation.

“The modus of the foreigner is by asking for donations under the pretext of humanitarian aid for Afghans who are at war,” said Agung when confirmed by Tempo on Sunday, December 22. 

However, immigrations found that the money SN collected through multiple donations is used for his personal needs which according to authorities, has violated the tourist visa SN was equipped with. 

“The foreigner has violated the law for using a tourist visa but was caught conducting activities in search of financial profit,” said Agung.

The Class II Depok Immigration Office says that the Pakistani person has violated Law No.6/2011 and not only will he face deportation but his identity will also be blacklisted from entering Indonesia in the future. Agung also called for people to report on similar cases to the hotline +62 812-8923-2368.


2019-12-23 02:29:58Z

Jumat, 20 Desember 2019

Rapid development in Depok takes heavy toll on green space - Jakarta Post

Rapid development in Depok takes heavy toll on green space - Jakarta Post

Depok, West Java, has seen its green spaces shrink over the past years due to the city’s rapid development. The administration recorded 3,732 hectares of designated green space, or 18.63 percent of the city’s total 20,029 ha of land. The number is far below the 30 percent, or 6,008 ha, of green space required by the 2007 Spatial Planning Law, according to Alfred Sitorus from non-profit organization the RTH Movement (Green Spaces Movement). “The lack of green space in Depok is a result of the massive amount of housing construction and other development. Developers are actually obligated to provide green spaces in parts of their plots. But are the developers providing the green space as required?” he asked during a discussion held in Depok on Monday.  According to the West Java official website, Depok recorded 50 percent, or 10,...

2019-12-20 08:16:00Z

Kamis, 05 Desember 2019

Hepatitis A Outbreak; Disease Carrier Traced to School Employee - English

Hepatitis A Outbreak; Disease Carrier Traced to School Employee - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Health Ministry’s director-general of prevention and disease control Anung Sugihantono says that the source of the Hepatitis A outbreak in the Depok area has been discovered. 

He says that the outbreak has widely spread to 262 cases that initially originated from a school employee at SMPN 20 Depok, who is believed to be the virus carrier. The employee has also sold food within school confines which is believed to be exposed to the virus. 

The food sold by the employee is arguably the main vessel for the Hepatitis A outbreak. The employee lives in the Bogor District, which fears the government that the Hepatitis A will also spread outside of Depok.

The initial outbreak only affected school teachers and students in the school’s vicinity but has now spread to almost every area in Depok. 

Out of 262 Hepatitis A cases, 228 happened at the SMPN 20; 31 people in the vicinity of the school were also affected; five from the Petik Islamic boarding school; and three family members of the SMPN 20 students. 


2019-12-05 05:22:00Z