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Govt Awards Hero Title to War Veterans
| President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled on Friday to hand the title of national hero to four people for their contributions to the country before and after the 1945 revolution.
Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said Thursday that the awards would be given during a ceremony at the State Palace in Central Jakarta.
Foundation Gives Hope to CP Sufferers
| Sixteen-year-old Maria Theresia Lanina sat quietly in her wheelchair, having finished distributing garlands to distinguished guests at an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her school, the Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Children (YPAC) in Jakarta on Wednesday.
“Maria is able to stand and walk several steps,” her 64-year-old grandmother Gismulat Wardhani said, gazing at Maria.|
Aid Programs Remains Vague
| President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has launched his signature Productive Family welfare program to help cushion the blow of the expected plan to raise fuel prices.
The launch of the program on Monday was marked by the distribution of four cards- a cellular phone SIM card to facilitate e-money transfers, the Prosperous Family Card (KKS) , the Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS) and the Smart Indonesia Card (KIP)-at five post offices in Jakarta.
Welfare Program Kicks Off
| On Monday, the government will officially launch President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo''s signature Productive Family welfare program, timing the roll out to help cushion the blow of the planned reduction of the national fuel subsidy, which Jokowi''s economic advisors have said could take place in early November.
"In the launch of the Productive Family program, the President will introduce three cards; the Prosperous Family Card (KKS), the Indonesia Health Card (KIS), and the Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) on Nov, 3," said Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani on Friday.
Lack of information on new cards regretted
|The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration said it deplored the inadeqaute information provided by the government on the implementation of the Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) and the Indonesia Health Card (KIS) programs President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially launched on Monday.
NTB governor TGH Zainul Majdi said no action to introduce the implementation of the KIP and KIS programs had taken place in the province since Jokowi first unveiled his plan to deliver a non-cash government assistance program through the issuance of the two new cards during the 2014 presidential election campaign.|
Disabled communities demand attention from candidates
|Various disabled groups have urged presidential and vice presidential candidates to pay closer attention to them and to explicitly express their commitment to issues affecting the disabled.
The director of the Institute for Inclusion and Advocacy of Disabled People (Sigab), Joni Julianto, said he lamented the lack of strong commitment by both tickets to empower people with disabilities.|
Police keep eye on Dolly after closure
|The East Java Police say stern measures will be taken against any brothels attempting to reopen the Dolly after the Surabaya administration officially closed the red-light district recently.
“I don’t like violence, but we will act against those who continue operating prostitution businesses in Dolly,” East Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Unggung Cahyono said recently, adding that persuasive measures would continue to be used in dealing with the case.|
For first time, displaced Ahmadiyah receive aid from govt
|For the first time since taking refuge at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), dozens of Ahmadi children received donations of Rp 800,000 (US$66) from the Social Affairs Ministry ahead of Ramadhan holy month.
“We are thankful because this aid will help meet children’s school needs,” Syahidin, coordinator of the refugees, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.|
Brothels still running despite ban
|The Surabaya city administration has officially closed the Dolly red-light district and have aired plans to turn the brothel into a trade center. Meanwhile, sex workers are still offering services at discount prices.
Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini said her administration had set aside Rp 36 billion (US$3.05 million) to acquire land in the Putat Jaya subdistrict in Dolly.|
Surabaya bids farewell to Dolly
|Scenes of scantily clad women sitting on long sofas behind glass windows in the brothels of Dolly red-light district look set to be a thing of a past, as the Surabaya administration officially closed the area on Wednesday.
Witnessed by Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, East Java Governor Soekarwo and Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri, 100 residents of Dolly in the Putat Jaya area read the declaration of closure of an area once dubbed Southeast Asia’s largest red-light district.
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