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Minggu, 30 Agustus 2020

Curfew imposed in Bogor as cases rise - Mon, August 31 2020 - Jakarta Post

Curfew imposed in Bogor as cases rise - Mon, August 31 2020 - Jakarta Post

Bogor municipality in West Java has imposed a curfew to limit out-of-home activities at night after health authorities confirmed an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city. Malls will be required to close at 6 p.m. and people will be prohibited from conducting outdoor activities after 9 p.m. The order was issued after the Bogor administration decided to impose micro and community-scale social restrictions for two weeks starting Saturday to contain the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region. Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said police and military personnel would be deployed to enforce the curfew. “We will monitor the situation every night. We want to raise people’s awareness that the current situation is alarming,” Bima said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com. He added that he would issue a regulation that stipulated sanctions for violators, wh...



2020-08-30 18:00:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/paper/2020/08/30/curfew-imposed-in-bogor-as-cases-rise.html

Sabtu, 29 Agustus 2020

Bogor imposes curfew amid rise in COVID-19 cases - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor imposes curfew amid rise in COVID-19 cases - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor municipality in West Java has imposed a curfew to limit out-of-home activities at night after health authorities confirmed an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city.

Malls will be required to close at 6 p.m. and people will be prohibited from conducting outdoor activities after 9 p.m.

The order was issued after the Bogor administration decided to impose micro and community-scale social restrictions for two weeks starting Saturday to contain the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said police and military personnel would be deployed to enforce the curfew.

“We will monitor the situation every night. We want to raise people’s awareness that the current situation is alarming,” Bima said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Read also: Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day running

He added that he would issue a regulation that stipulated sanctions for violators, which would range from social punishments to fines.

According to the National COVID-19 Task Force’s website www.covid19.co.id, Bogor was declared a red zone on Thursday – meaning a high level of virus transmission had been detected.

On Saturday, health authorities confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases in Bogor, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 574. Twenty-nine residents have died while 334 others have recovered from the disease. (aly)



2020-08-30 02:27:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/29/bogor-imposes-curfew-amid-rise-in-covid-19-cases.html

Jumat, 28 Agustus 2020

Bogor city to provide free WiFi to support online learning - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor city to provide free WiFi to support online learning - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The Bogor administration in West Java plans to provide free WiFi across the city to support students and teachers practicing long-distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free internet connection service will be installed in at least 900 spots across Bogor, Mayor Bima Arya said. The Bogor Communications and Informatics Agency has been tasked with carrying out the program.

Bima said every community unit (RW) in the city would have at least one password-free internet network soon.

“Hopefully, the networks can be installed immediately to support long-distance learning,” Bima said on Thursday, as quoted by tempo.co.

Read also: Ministry provides Rp 7.2 trillion in phone credit, data packages to support distance learning

Bogor Development Planning Board (Bappeda) secretary Rudi Mashudi said separately that the administration had set aside around Rp 1.8 billion (US$123,503) in funds to realize the free WiFi connection program.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced authorities to temporarily close schools to prevent virus transmission, with online learning used as a substitute for classroom teaching.

However, online-based study has presented new obstacles, particularly in regards to unequal access to technology and the internet.

A survey by the SMERU Research Institute revealed that people in a number of regions, especially outside Java, lack access to the internet and digital devices. (vny)



2020-08-28 09:07:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/28/bogor-city-to-provide-free-wifi-to-support-online-learning.html

Rabu, 26 Agustus 2020

Bogor Records 28 Active Family Clusters with Covid-19 Infection - Tempo.co English

Bogor Records 28 Active Family Clusters with Covid-19 Infection - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaBogor Deputy Mayor Dedie Rachim confirmed there are still 28 active family clusters with Covid-19 infection from the total tally of 43 family clusters in the city.

“This means, 28 families are practicing independent isolation or being treated in hospitals,” said Dedie on Wednesday, August 26.

He detailed that the 28 families consisted of 79 positive people. One of the clusters was a family in Semplak, West Bogor, with a total of 35 confirmed cases. 

Most of the patients from the family clusters were asymptomatic carriers. Thus, Dedie appealed to people who came home from work or outside to clean themselves first before interacting with their family members.

Dedie said such clusters had emerged before the pre-adaptation of the new habit period of the large-scale social restriction (PSBB Pra-AKB) was enforced. Yet the number keeps increasing, and to date, there are 43 clusters found with 157 cases.

As of August 23, the family cluster was the largest source of virus transmission, contributing 31.98 percent of the total Covid-19 cases in Bogor City.

Read: Bogor COVID-19 Recovery Rate Slips to 54.04 percent

LANI DIANA WIJAYA



2020-08-27 00:11:30Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1379838/bogor-records-28-active-family-clusters-with-covid-19-infection

Jumat, 21 Agustus 2020

Bogor COVID-19 Recovery Rate Slips to 54.04 percent - Tempo.co English

Bogor COVID-19 Recovery Rate Slips to 54.04 percent - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Bogor - The percentage of people recovered from the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in Bogor plummeted to 54.04 percent as the city recorded 72 new confirmed cases while only 11 patients declared cured for the past six days.

The city’s Health Agency Head, Sri Nowo Retno, confirmed that the total positive infections reached 457. The number of recovered patients, meanwhile, amounted to 247 or 54.04 percent.

As of Thursday, August 13, the recovery rate hit 60.52 percent of the total 380 cases, meaning that 230 patients were released from hospitals. 

The highest percentage was reported on Saturday, July 18, at 72.35 percent. Yet the figure gradually dropped as the local government enforced the pre-adaptation of the new habit period of the large-scale social restriction (PSBB Pra-AKB) beginning August 4, 2020.

Retno then appealed to Bogor residents to maintain discipline in complying with the health protocols of wearing face masks, washing hands with water and soap or using hand sanitizers, as well as maintaining distance.

According to Retno, the previous trend of COVID-19 transmission in Bogor, which was classified as imported cases since many residents traveled to other cities, has now shifted to local transmission and was even generating family infection clusters.

Read: 85 Doctors Die of COVID-19

ANTARA



2020-08-21 07:21:06Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1378034/bogor-covid-19-recovery-rate-slips-to-54-04-percent

Rabu, 19 Agustus 2020

Bogor Agricultural University ranks first in ministry's higher education clustering - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor Agricultural University ranks first in ministry's higher education clustering - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in West Java has ranked first out of 15 higher education institutions listed in the Education and Culture Ministry’s 2020 university first cluster, the highest of five clusters in which the ministry ranks universities based on their level of development.

In addition to crediting previous leaders of the university, IPB rector Arif Satria said the achievement was due to the hard work of the entire school community.

“This is the result of everyone’s hard work. I appreciated all the academics, faculty members and alumni who continued to be united and earnest in advancing the IPB,” Arif said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

The 15 universities listed in the first cluster are all state-run universities:

  1. The Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)
  2. University of Indonesia (UI) in Depok, West Java
  3. Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta
  4. Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java
  5. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in West Java
  6. 10 November Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya, East Java
  7. Hasanuddin University (Unhas) in Makassar, South Sulawesi
  8. Brawijaya University (UB) in Malang, West Java
  9. Diponegoro Univeristy (Undip) in Semarang, Central Java
  10. Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung, West Java
  11. Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java
  12. The State University of Yogyakarta (UNY) in Yogyakarta
  13. Andalas University in Padang, West Sumatra
  14. University of North Sumatra in Medan, North Sumatra
  15. The State University of Malang in East Java

Out of 2,136 universities ranked this year, the ministry placed 34 universities in the second cluster, 97 in the third, 400 in the fourth and 1,590 in the fifth.

The ministry used several indicators to rank the universities, including the number of academic papers published by lecturers, research and community service performance, percentage of alumni that were employed within six months of graduating, lecturer to student ratio and the number of patents owned by lecturers.

It also took into account the number of lecturers with a doctorate, international students, and industry practitioners who joined under the university.

The ministry’s higher education director general, Nizam, said the clusters indicated the university’s performance and would be used to determine developmental policies.

“This clustering is not a ranking but a grouping of universities according to their level of development; it should not be confused with ranking,” Nizam said during the clustering announcement on Monday.

Last year, the IPB ranked third in the first cluster, with the top spot held by ITB and followed by UGM. (mfp)



2020-08-19 05:14:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/19/bogor-agricultural-university-ranks-first-in-ministrys-higher-education-clustering.html

Jumat, 14 Agustus 2020

KPK detains former Bogor regent for alleged graft after serving sentence - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

KPK detains former Bogor regent for alleged graft after serving sentence - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Rachmat Yasin, former regent of Bogor, West Java, for allegedly embezzling Rp 8.93 billion (US$629,761) from various agencies during his time in office between 2008 and 2014.

According to the antigraft agency, Rachmat asked for money from agencies and told them to take the cash from several sources, such as the honorarium for employee activities and incentives for local hospital services.

“The regent allegedly used the money for his operations as regent and for campaign needs for the 2013 and 2014 regional head and legislative elections,” read a KPK document that was obtained by The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

In addition to the embezzled funds, the KPK also accused Rachmat of accepting gratuities, namely a 20-hectare area of land located in Jonggol, Bogor regency given in 2011 and a Toyota Vellfire car worth Rp 825 million paid in installments between 2010 and 2013.

For his alleged crimes, the KPK accused the suspect of violating articles 12f and 12b of the 2001 Corruption Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment and a Rp 1 billion fine.

The KPK will detain Rachmat at its detainment facility in South Jakarta for 20 days starting Thursday. 

The case was developed from a previous graft case implicating Rachmat, in which he allegedly accepted a bribe of Rp 4.5 billion from a businessman in a case related to the issuance of a forest conversion permit in Bogor. 

The corruption court sentenced him to five years and six months' imprisonment in 2014 for his crime and Rachmat finished his sentence in June 2019.



2020-08-14 12:41:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/14/kpk-detains-former-bogor-regent-for-alleged-graft-after-serving-sentence.html

Jumat, 07 Agustus 2020

Explore Bogor in Indonesia - BusinessLine

Explore Bogor in Indonesia - BusinessLine

To escape the frenetic pace of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, locals often drive to the city’s southern fringes, where the lush town of Bogor provides respite from the trappings of city life. With open green spaces and vestiges of colonial architecture, the ancient city’s pace of life is several notches slower. Travellers to Indonesia often find themselves spending a few days in Jakarta, either for business, or en route to the nation’s more remote locales. Culture and nature enthusiasts can dip their toes into West Java’s history, traditions, and cuisine, just an hour south of the capital at the hilly resort town of Bogor.

Green wing

In the 1500s, Bogor was the capital of the West Javanese Sunda kingdom, after which it passed through the hands of colonial powers. To get your bearings, make a beeline for the city’s green lung, the Kebun Raya or Botanical Gardens. The sprawling greens are more than two centuries old, set up and expanded by the Dutch, British, and the Japanese. The result is a delicious green oasis with rare tropical plants, ancient trees, a snaking river, and a medicine garden.

Massive lily pads float on serene ponds, roots as thick as ropes disappearing into the depths. Gnarled old trees, some over 200 years old, appear to reach the sky. Succulents and cacti dominate the Mexican Garden. Strolling through bamboo groves and boulevards of exotic trees, I come upon a memorial to Lady Raffles. The name is familiar, but I associate Raffles with Singapore. Britisher Stamford Raffles may have had a significant role to play in colonial Singapore, with many establishments in the country bearing his name, but I’m surprised to learn he was once also the lieutenant-governor in West Java. A memorial to his wife still stands in the garden today.

Colonial relics

At one edge of the garden is Bogor’s biggest reminder of colonial rule — the Istana Bogor or Presidential Palace. Now the summer home of the president of Indonesia, the grand palace used to be the residence of the Dutch governors-general until 1942. Raffles took up residence here during British reign, landscaping the surroundings as English-style gardens. The clutch of opulent buildings is immaculately maintained, with whitewashed fa├žades, columns, and sloping red roofs. Indian spotted deer roam free in the grounds, the familiar chital which we are so used to seeing back home. The immaculate palace lawns are dotted with replicas of famous sculptures. I spot the Little Mermaid seated atop a rock, a likeness of the original in Denmark.

Culture cocktail

If the town centre is the seat of colonial history, the lush hillsides are hotspots of Javanese traditions. On a pastoral hillside of terraced rice paddy fields and banana plantations, the Sindangbarang Cultural Village showcases the centuries-old culture of the Sunda kingdom. The ancient village is said to be almost 900 years old, and was once the training ground for the Sunda armies.

Thatched wooden houses with woven doors stand raised on stilts. Lunch is laid out on a wooden platform, and we eat on bamboo plates and clay bowls — there’s a lesson in sustainability in these age-old village practices. The meal consists of a tangy soup of papaya and baby jackfruit, a cassava leaf vegetable, a fiery chilli pickle eaten with guava leaves, and a peanut stir-fry in fish sauce. The ingredients are familiar to anyone from a tropical country, but it’s intriguing how the same foods are consumed in different ways. I’d never before tasted a young jackfruit, or eaten the leaves of the guava. It just shows how a meal is definitely more than the sum of its parts. Seated on the bamboo podium, I can see the fields where my lunch comes from.

A cultural performance follows, showcasing the ancient art forms of the Sundanese. Musicians bring out their elaborate traditional instruments crafted from bamboo. The leader of the troupe, Adde, plays a haunting tune on the angklung. He tells us it’s a folk song from the region about women’s emancipation. I’m amazed at the skill he wields on the immensely complex instrument. A series of bamboo tubes are arranged onto a frame, each producing a specific note when struck. The Sundanese instrument looks large and unwieldy, but creates the most beautiful melody. We speak no common language, but music is a great unifier.

Malavika Bhattacharya is a Delhi-based freelance travel writer

Travel log

  • Getting there
  • Fly to Jakarta from any major Indian city and drive two hours south to Bogor.
  • Stay
  • The R Hotel Rancamaya is a green oasis surrounded by parks.
  • BLink Tip
  • Drop into small streetside restaurants for nasi Padang — a traditional multi-item meal of rice with curries of eggplant, mutton, tofu and more.


2020-08-07 05:54:38Z
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/takeaway/explore-bogor-in-west-java/article32291327.ece