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Indonesian Students to Compete in International Science and Engineering Fair

Written By Heni Puspita on Saturday, May 7, 2011 | 2:33 PM


Indonesian students are going to compete in the world's biggest science championship, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2011 in Los Angeles, United States, 8-13 May, 2011. Approximately 1,500 students from more than 60 countries are going to present their shopisticated research and discovery in this event. The winners will receive scholarships and awards from Intel Foundation.

Indonesian delegation consists of 6 students are going to present their expertise in the field of social science, engineering, and nature. The six students are Pebrian and Alanikika Pratyaksa from SMAN 1 Malingping, Yan Restu Freski and Darmadi from Taman Pintar Yogyakarta, and Andrey Irawan Halim and Reyner Jong from SMA Santa Laurensia. They departed for United States today, Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The team is divided into three groups. Each group are going to present their research with the topic 30 Hari Menjadi Anak Nelayan: Studi Kehidupan Sosial Budaya dan Ekonomi dari Keluarga Nelayan di Muara Binangun, Wanassalam, Lebak, Banten (literally means "30 Days Being Little Fishermen: Studi of Cultural, Social, and Economic Life of Fishermen Families in Muara Binangun, Wanassalam, Lebak, Banten"), Hilir Sungai Opak (literally means "Downstream of Opak River: Unique Deflection"), and Bambu sebagai Bahan Bangunan (literally means "Bamboo as Building Material"). Hopefully, the Indonesian team will be able to present their research well and come out as champions.

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Post - kompas.com, May 6, 2011.
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Unikom's Ribbon Climber Robot Won Gold Medal

Written By Heni Puspita on Friday, May 6, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Two students from Unikom Robotics Division were directing flashlights to a arificial-light-powered robot . Solar-powered robot which can climb a ribbon like this robot can be applied in space to move between planes.

Every year, robot contests among university students always challenge the participants to design fire extinguisher robots. This type of robot is a standard for robot competition for years. However, not only this category that makes robot competition becomes interesting. At the 8th Annual Robogames helf in San Mateo, California, United States, on 15-17 April, 2011. There were five categories contested namely "Mech Wars," "Sumo 3 kg", "Ribbon Climber", "Fire Fighting", and "Maze/Micro Mouse".

Robotic team from Indonesian Computer University (Unikom) Bandung won two gold medals in this world level competition. Gold medals achieved were from the category "Fire Fighting" and "Ribbon Climber". Last year Unikom's team only took part in "Fire Figting" category and won a gold medal. This team consists of three students namely Hari Saffarudin Ariyani, Taufiq Nuzwir Nizar, and Ridyan Ardiyan, accompanied by their mentor, Yusrila Yeka Korlooza. Previously, this team won Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot in Hartford, Connecticut, United States on 9-10 April, 2011. Three robots created by this team became the first winner in category "RoboWaiter", first winner in advanced level and standard level.  

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Promoting Indonesian Coffee in Houston


Indonesia continue to promote and market their coffee globally. One of the efforts is by joining the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) 23rd Annual Exposition and Symposion in Houston, United States on April 28 until May 1, 2011. This event is one of the biggest events in coffee industry in the United States. Participants come from dozenz of coffee association and 700 companies from various sectors of the coffee industri supporters. SCAA was also participated by thousands of coffee industry professionals from 40 countries worldwide.


Indonesia were represented by the Association of Indonesian Coffee Exporters (AEKI) and Association of Speciality Coffee (AKSI) and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, Consulate General in Houston, Indonesian Embassy in Washington, Consulate General in Chicago and Los Angeles. Indonesian delegation held meetings and agreed on the transaction of exporting coffee the United States. The United States is the world's largest market of coffee products. Until the second day, 140 buyers have agreed to import coffee from Indonesia. Increasing Indonesian coffee exports value will help the coffee farmers and workers as well as their families, and provides positive impacts to support the coffee industry. 
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Post - kemlu.go.id, May 2, 2011.

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Nagabonar Jadi 2 Played at the International Film Festival 2011 in Darwin


Indonesian film Nagabonar Jadi 2 (Naga Bonar Becomes 2) was played at the International Film Festival 2011, held at the Blue Building, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 29 to 30 April, 2011. This festival was held for the first time as the initiative and cooperation among Indonesia's Consulate, Germany's Honorary Consulate, and Belgium's Honorary Consulate in Darwin, Nother Territory.

The festival begun by Nagabonar Jadi 2, followed by German film "Hande Weg Von Mississipi/Hand of Mississipi" and Belgium film "In Bruises". The festival attended by local people, foreigners, and Indonesian citizens residing in Australia is expected to strengthen relations among communities. 
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Post - kemlu.go.id, May 1, 2011.
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American Batik Design Competition and Batik Fashion Show in San Francisco

Written By Heni Puspita on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | 9:01 AM


Indonesia continues to make efforts to promote batik. For this purpose, Indonesian representatives in the United States launched batik design competition and batik fashion show. American Batik Design Competition (ABDC) and batik fashion show for San Francisco and surrounding areas has been launched on Saturday, April 30, 2011 (April 29 U.S. time) at Wisma Indonesia. ABDC launched in San Francisco was conducted following the previous events in Washington DC on April 8, 2011 and New York on April 20, 2011. Competition with the theme "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik" is expected to encourage the cultural syncretism (confluence of civilization and culture) which is increasingly emerging in the 21st century.


This launching event was attended by the Consular Corps and universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco Academy of Art, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco State University (SFSU) and University of San Francisco (USF) as well as observers and fans of Indonesian textiles.

Javanese classical dance and a video about making batik were shown. Audiences were amazed while watching the batik fashion show by members of Dharma Wanita of Consulate General of Indonesia (KJRI) in San Francisco. Batik products shown were ranging from shirts, casual dresses, kain (a long clothe) completed with traditional and modern kebaya.

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Post - kemlu.go.id, May 3, 2011 & deplu.go.id, April 11, 2011.
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Indonesia Supported Cairo International Fair 2011

Written By Heni Puspita on Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 1:43 PM


In the midst of Egypt's efforts to restore its economy after the revolution last January 25, Indonesia with its superior products returned to participate in the 44th Cairo International Fair (CIF). Indonesia's participation in the 44th CIF this year other than as an effort to promote qualified products such as batik, as well as an effort to show Indonesia's support toward the transition period in Egypt.

Cairo International Fair is the largest annual exhibition in Egypt. CIF 2011 held from 13 to 23 April, 2011. Unlike previous years where CIF was enlivened by more than 20 countries, this year the number of participating countries has fallen. For local participants, only 300 companies from 1,300 registered companies actively took part in the exhibition. Chairman of the Exhibition Sherif A. Salem admitted that the number of participants has fallen since some countries cancelled their participation in CIF 2011 because of safety reason.

Indonesia's participation in this event was specially covered by several Egyptian television channels. Egyptian TV channel in an interview to the Trade Attaché Embassy in Cairo, Lasmaningsih Pradjakusumah asked the reason Indonesia actively participated in CIF 2011. Responding to this question, Lasminingsih said that Indonesia wants to continue to support Egypt in any circumstances. This participation is expected to strengthen relation between Indonesia and Egypt.


Indonesia's booth's theme at CIF 2011 was "Batik Indonesia". Various batik products were displayed. The booth was also filled with other products such as tea, coffee, various bath and laundry soaps, plastic wares, etc. This booth received huge appreciation by the Egyptians. Direct interaction by the booth keepers and the near arrangement made Indonesia's booth became the most popular in CIF 2011. The demand for Indonesian products displayed and sold, especially for plastic ware products, was quite high. Value of retail transaction in Indonesia's booth up to the closing was recorded at USD 10,000.

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Post - kemlu.go.id, April 29, 2011 and cairofair.com.
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Batik Paintings Exhibition by Poland Artist


Are you batik lovers? Indonesian people are not the only who love batik. A Poland artist, Mrs. Dorota Wielkosielec is in love with this beautiful patterned fabric. Mrs. Dorota Wielkosielec is exhibiting approximately 50 pieces of her monumental batik painting from April 28 until May 29, 2011 at the Museum of Textile in Łódż, Poland. Indonesian Ambassador for Poland attended this exhibition in order to fulfill the invitation from Marcin Oko, Director of the Textile Museum of Łódż.

Batik paintings by Mrs. Dorota Wielkosielec are all in abstract motif. Among her batik paintings, there's a painting depicting the city at night with lights, and there's also a painting with bird wings motif. Her batik paintings are made as artwork and for decoration. Since 2001, Mrs. Dorota Wielkosielec has been giving batik training at the Center of Education and Culture in Warsawa. She has also been asked to give batik training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsawa. She often holds batik exhibitions such as in Warsawa (in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2004), Siedle (in 1999 and 2003), and Łódź (2005).

Batik for Indonesian people is not only considered as a textile product that is used for everyday wear, but as a textile product with taste of art, value and pholosophy. Batik has been confirmed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from Indonesia on October 2, 2009. The Ambassador's presence at the exhibition shows that batik is a heritage from Indonesia and that Indonesia is very supportive toward the development of batik in the world, including Poland.

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Post - kemlu.go.id, April 29, 2011.

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Indonesian Future Grandmaster Trained in Russia


Many famous chess grandmaster come from Russia. This is what makes Indonesian kid chess player, Muhammad Firman Pratama familiarly called Ancha, aspires to study there. Ancha then contacted Indonesian Ambassador for Russia, Mr. Hamid Awaludin through e-mail and by phone. When knowing the Ambassador was in Indonesia, Ancha and his family tried to meet him.

Hamid Awaludin eventually touched by Ancha's letter and his high spirit. "If you take me to Russia to learn chess, you will not regret it," Ancha wrote. Hamid Awaludin then contacted Russian Chess Federation to help Ancha. On March 10, 2011, he arrived in Moscow. Ancha who had studied in GM Utut Adianto's school chess and won variuos chess competitions in Indonesia before, was then trained intensively at The International School Chess Union. There, Ancha was trained by notable grandmaster Mr. Aleksey. But, Ancha also kept learning the courses in Sekolah Indonesia Moskow through the internet.

After a month of intensive training, Ancha joined a chess competition for his age, held by Russian Chess Federation. Ancha defeated his opponents and only got one remise. In a match held simultaneously by Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Ancha always won the game against the staff and Indonesian students who are studying in Russia with absolute victories.

According to his teacher, Mr. Aleksey, Ancha has got the potential to become a grandmaster. However, he must be more patient and use the time wisely to think about the best steps to win each game. This made Hamid Awaludin proud. In every occasion, he always introduced Ancha to his guests. For him, Ancha is the evidence of the close relationship between Indonesia and Russia. He hopes that someday there will be world chess champion from Indonesia.  

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Post - kemlu.go.id, April 30, 2011.
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Indonesia's Heritage Corner in South Africa


Last week, precisely on April 22, 2011, the Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia (Konsul Jenderal RI or KJRI) in Cape Town, South Africa, Mrs. Sugie Harijadi inaugurated the opening of the Indonesian Cultural Heritage Corner called Indonesia's Heritage Corner (IHC). IHC is located in Port Elizabeth city, Easter Cape Province, South Africa. IHC inauguration was also accompanied by the inauguration of the Easter Cape Muslim Heritage Museum (ECMHM). This museum illustrates the life of Malay descent South African people who joined the Eastern Cape Malay Cultural Society (ECMCS).

"IHC located in ECMHM museum is the result of cooperation between KJRI and ECMCS. IHC was formed with the aim of helping the community of Indonesian desecnt in South Africa to trace their ancestral root," explain Mrs. Sugie Harijadi. IHC is also expected to help promote Indonesian culture, art, and economic, as well as the history of relationship between Indonesia and South Africa.

In IHC there are various kinds of information, such as maps that tell the origins of the Indonesian people became the ancestors of Cape Malay community in South Africa. There's also a picture of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Makasari Al-Bantani, an Indonesia who is highly respected and recognized as a National Hero in South Africa. This picture comes with a history about him, from his birth until the moment he was exiled by the Dutch to Tanjung Harapan or Cape of Goof Hope (now Cape Town), until he passed away and buried in Kramat Macasar Cape Town. From this information, it's expected that the Cape Malay community understand that their ancestors came from Indonesia, not from Malaysia since the word 'Malay' is always associated with Malaysia.

In other parts of IHC, there's a part displays the history of Jakarta formely known as Batavia, which became the center of VOC in controlling their colonies on the East Indies (now Indonesia), including controlling the Cape of Good Hope (now Cape Town). In IHC, there's also information about Wali Songo and several famous mosques in Indonesia. IHC is also equipped with a display of Al-Qur'an and mannequiens dressed with Muslim clothes, books about Indonesia, calligraphies, and miniature of Phinisi ship which is the pride of Bugis/Makasar, Sheikh Yusuf's homeland.

Inauguration of IHC and ECMHM in Port Elizabeth attended by hundreds of resident who joined in ECMCS. The opening of the museum located next to Sabireen Mosque begun with a prayer by Imam of Sabireen Mosque. KJRI plans to build some Indonesia's Heritage Corners in other places. Furthermore, KJRI will promote Indonesia through Splash Festival 2011, also held in Port Elizabeth. 

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Post - kemlu.go.id, April 28, 2011.
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Saman Dance to be Acknowledged by UNESCO

Written By Heni Puspita on Friday, April 29, 2011 | 2:56 PM



Have you ever seen Saman dance performance? Saman dance is a Gayo tribal dance, usually performed during important celebrations or events. Recently the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that Saman dance from Gayom which is performed by male dancers have been registered and will be acknowledged by UNESCO. The type of Saman dance registered is the original version from Gayo. This dance will be acknowledge and affirmed by UNESCO as world cultural heritage in November 2011. Thus, many more Indonesian cultures have been acknowledged by UNESCO, such as wayang, keris, batik, and angklung.

The efforts to register the Saman dance to finally be acknowledged and included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity have been doing since several years ago. Until now, there are 11 Indonesian cultural heritages acknowledged by UNESCO.

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Post - MetroTVNews.com & Kompas.com, April 28, 2011 & id.wikipedia.org
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