Print and digital media are fastest tool of modern diplomacy: Indonesian CG

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Mr. Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, hosted a dinner in honor of senior journalist;s  at a local hotel.
 
Karachi(Cliff News)Mr Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia invited senior journalists for a session of media talk which was followed by a dinner in Karachi.Speaking at the dinner gathering, Indonesian CG said that the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Indonesia is increasing fast with each passing day.“Both countries enjoys brotherly and friendly relations since the start of diplomatic ties in 1951 and this bond is strengthening further”, Prianmato said.Indonesian CG also told the journalists that “Working as the official representative of Indonesia for the Sindh Province, one of my key task is to nurture and boost up the brotherly relations between Indonesia and Pakistan in all fields of interest including economy, trade, investments and people-to-people contact, effective 
communication with journalists community etc that shall benefit both countries.”“Sindh Province, especially Karachi, is a very important post for Indonesia, notably in the economic, trade and investment sectors. As Karachi is the largest city with 2 sea ports, its holds immediate importance as the main entry point of Indonesia’s products to Pakistan’s market,” Indonesian envoy said further.Talking about the role of media in today’s world, Indonesian CG said that media is playing a strong role in diplomacy whether it is a public diplomacy or state diplomacy, media has transformed diplomacy from being closed to open.
“Print media and also now digital media are the fastest growing tools of modern diplomacy”, Totok added.The Indonesian CG also requested all media friends to continue their unending support and contribution to the Consulate General of Indonesia in Karachi.In this regard, the role of media in covering various activities organized by both Indonesia and Pakistan will greatly assist in strengthening bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.President Karachi Press Club, Imtiaz Faran, Secretary KPC Armaan Sabir and other senior journalists were also present during the gathering.

Indonesian Women Association and CG visited Al Umeed Rehabilitation

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Karachi(Cliff News)As one of their social welfare program on world disable day, the Indonesian Women Association of the Indonesian Consulate General, Karachi (Dharma Wanita Persatuan) visited Al Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA), Karachi, the nonprofit charitable organization, on December 12, 2019. This visit is also to commemorate of the 20th anniversary of the Indonesian Women Association.The purpose of Indonesian Women Association to visit Al Umeed is to recognize a non- profit charitable organization that offers specialized interdisciplinary Treatment, Rehabilitation, Special & Inclusive Education services for children and young adults suffering from Cerebral Palsy. The Indonesian Consulate General has sharing the same feelings towards what the children felt made them come to Al-Umeed to share happiness.During the visit Mrs. Ani Totok Prianamto, wife of Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Karachi with other members of the Women Association admired Munizeh Ali Habib, President of AURA and the staff of AURA for their noble work.Mrs. Ani Totok Prianamto on her remarks acknowledged their hard work, passion and appreciated them for their enormous effort which they put in to run this Centre.The members of Women Association visited different sections of AURA such as therapy room, art section, computer section, exercise room, swimming pool and vocational room where children prepare many things with their abilities like paintings, embroidery on cloths, jute bags, hair bands etc., which AURA exhibit on different occasion.The visit reflects social and humanitarian concern of the Indonesian Women Association and is part of their commitment to spread the message of love, care, and benevolence to the disabled community in Pakistan, which in turn will strengthen cordial relations between two brotherly countries.

 

Indonesian Consulate to promote fashion diplomacy at Beauty Pakistan Exhibition

Karachi(Cliff News)In bid to fashion diplomacy, Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi in collaboration with Maha Trading, the distributor of Indonesia’s Martha Tilaar beauty products in Pakistan participated at “The Beauty Pakistan: Beauty Care Cosmetics Exhibition” on 7th – 8th December at Alliance Française de Karachi, Clifton, Karachi. The two-day event was organized by the Diplomatic Business Club featuring Indonesian Bridal Show and Pakistani Bridal Makeover Show as well as Cosmetics & Beauty Products Exhibition.Through this event, Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi presented typical characteristic of traditional wedding dresses from Provinces of Central Java, Jakarta (Betawi), and West Sumatra (Padang), cultural performance of Lancang Kuning and Tanjung Katung dances, as well as Batik Fashion Show by Indonesian ladies of the consulate. While the Indonesian Consulate’s stall showcased a variety of Martha Tilaar cosmetics & beauty products and video of various Indonesia’s tourism destinations.It is believe that this event is a unique opportunity for both Indonesians and Pakistanis to show their diverse cultures and traditions through Bridal Makeover Show and dance performance, which reflects harmonious co-existence among diverse ethnic groups with different cultural traditions, particularly in a multi-ethnic state like Indonesia, comprising of more than 17,000 islands, 714 ethnics, and 652 different local languages.Through this event, the Indonesian Consulate General would like to spread the message of love, harmony and respect to Pakistani brothers to further develop our people-to-people connectivity. Events like “Beauty Pakistan” which brings Indonesia and Pakistan distinctive culture under one platform is therefore very important and have a significant positive impact on the successful exchange between people and societies.More than 250 guests attended the event. The participation of Indonesia at this Beauty Pakistan Exhibition received positive response from the visitors.The Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi will take every possible opportunities to promote Indonesian culture and tourism potentials and convey the message of cultural diversity and hospitality of the Indonesian people on various occasions, which is expected to contribute positively to the efforts of improving the positive image of Indonesia among Pakistani people, particularly in Karachi which in turn would increase the number of Pakistani tourists to Indonesia.

 

 

  

 

Blood donation drive at Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi

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Karachi: Blood Donation Drive was held at the premises of the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi,
 in cooperation with Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation(AMTF) of Karachi. Staff of the Consulate General along with their families and Karachi-based Indonesian community, including Indonesian students, as well as a number of Pakistani guests
participated the event.It has been for the fifth consecutive years that Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi in collaboration with AMTF, organised blood donation drive in Consulate’s premise. This event is
the second time during this year. It is the commitment of Indonesian Consulate General to spread the message of love, care, and benevolence to our fellow human beings and voluntarily share something with them that may be indispensable in saving their life.The blood donated would be used for transfusion for children suffering from Thalassemia in
Karachi through AMTF.

The next generation of China’s corporate global giants

Karachi(Cliff News)ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has identified the 100 fastest-growing Chinese businesses emerging as global corporations – based on analyses of historical performance and their potential for future growth.Together with the Shenzhen Finance Institute, ACCA has conducted in-depth research of nearly 3,000 private enterprises listed in China and overseas.The research stems from 11 specially designed diverse indicators, with five of these measuring the companies’ historical performance and six predicting their future growth. These factors include the company’s size, growth, profitability, innovativeness, level of internationalisation, and media coverage.Sajjeed Aslam, head of ACCA Pakistan says: ‘ACCA has been monitoring China’s rising corporates and businesses, with an original report in 2014, followed by further analysis in 2016. What’s clear across all reports is the aspiration to go global, with many Chinese firms already doing so. This most recent report indicates that many of these businesses will become China’s next generation of global corporations over the next few years if they continue on their current trajectories. Businesses in Pakistan need to learn from these examples of accelerated business growth and should explore opportunities to build partnerships with them to jumpstart their own global expansion.’

Key findings include:

Internet: More high-tech enterprises have evolved into the leaders of China’s future economic growth. Among the Top 100 companies, 42 companies are engaged in the computer and internet-related sectors. Since the 2016 ranking, the number of internet enterprises has increased by 50%.

Diversity: China’s future giants represent a fairly diverse range of industries. Those listed overseas tend to be involved in the internet, software development and other related sectors. The seven companies which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) are in the manufacturing, medicine and internet sectors.

Highest performers: The companies with the best overall rankings had better scores than other companies for corporate scale, growth, cash flow, overseas strategy and media coverage.

Common features: Despite not being widely-known internationally, the top-ranked enterprises have had a relatively rapid growth and support innovative development with a long-term vision and international strategy, enjoying positive media coverage and having a strong focus on R&D.The report also profiles three companies as case studies:

1)    Sunway Communication started out as a supplier of mobile device antennas in 2006 and is now a big player among global suppliers, with its focus on maintaining an technological edge, achieving organic growth, pursuit of long-term goals and grasping the best moment to become involved in the new technologies.

2)    Autohome Inc began life as a traditional media company in 2005 and is undergoing a successful evolution into the world’s most-visited car website. Even with the decline in growth and fierce competition in China’s current automobile market, Autohome was able to outperform its benchmark and recorded a 39% year-on-year growth in net profit.

3)    Aier Eye Hospital is a leader in ophthalmology with significant growth, offering various types of diagnosis and treatment, surgery and optometry services, with a network spread across mainland China, Hong Kong SAR of China, Europe and the US. The chain has treated almost 6 million patients in over 560,000 surgeries. Among all the companies ranked earnings Aier Eye Hospital achieved the highest scores in earnings quality and cash flow among all the companies ranked.To increase understanding of the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, ACCA is actively collaborating with a range of strategic partners, working together to explore and define the opportunities and challenges facing countries and businesses along the routes, with special focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).ACCA publishes a wide range of Belt and Road focused research and insights to support its members who are already working and supporting BRI projects.

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.ACCA supports its 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,300 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountabilities.

 

 

Discover Wonderful Indonesia by Silk Thai Airways

By: Zahid Hussain Karani
Thai Airlines
The Republic of Indonesia is rich with natural resources. Indonesia is world’s largest Palm oil and second largest coal exporter, with a strong economy of around $188b exports, making it
world’s 25 th  largest exporting country. Recently Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized that the tourism industry should become the biggest industry in Indonesia in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Indonesia – a huge archipelago that consists of more than 17,000 islands –has so much to offer to (foreign) tourists, such as beautiful beaches and countryside, flora &fauna,divingspots,wildlife, culture, culinary, historic relics as well as vibrant city life.Thecountry with largest Muslim population is rich of halal tourism and friendly citizens, making it a safe destination for tourists. In many international rankings – such as the Most Beautiful countries in the World Index or the Global Muslim Travel Index – Indonesia is ranked highly. It means that the international community acknowledges Indonesia's beauty. However, despite all Indonesia continues to lag behind its regional counterparts in terms of foreign tourist arrivals
(specifically trailing behind Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore).Taking it into account, Indonesia is taking several steps to enhance tourism in the country,
recently the Government of Indonesia, invited a number of Journalists from Pakistan, in an effort to show it's country's real image to the people of Pakistan especially. A seven member Pakistani media team undertook an eight days tour of Indonesia in an annual Familiarization Trip
Programme 2019 hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia specially Consul General, Mr. Toto Prianamato and Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. The
programme is meant to apprise journalists, travel writers, tour operators and opinion builder of
Indonesia most popular tourist destination.The Pakistani delegation was flown to Indonesia by Thai Airways International whose marketing
manager for Pakistan, Rashid Siddiqui, went the extra mile to provide comfort to the Pakistani journalists. The service of the Thai Airways was also world class and deserves praise,the hospitality and services is excellent. During the eight days trip the delegation visited Bali,
Lombok, Jakarta and Bangkok. The delegation landed on Bali Island which is the perfect holidays.Travel to Bali in Business Class and enjoyed World class awarded business lounge at Bangkok airport, Business Class seats and enjoyed, Thai warm and renowned 

hospitality’s and during fights its very comfortable and served fabulous foods etc.Destination as offers everything for all age group be it youth Honey Mooners, families or senior citizens. The tour began with a trip to Ulu Watu Temple as more than 80 percents of Bali Island population practises a.unique brand of Hindu culture. Throughout Bali a tourist gets to see beautiful and Magnificent Temple. The island offers a tantalising blend of rich heritage tastefully weaved into modern Tourist Facilities. There are many water sports "Toya Devasya Water
Sports" like Banana Boat, Donut Slider, Fly Board, Jet Ski, Flying Fish, Natural Hot Spring and Waterpark in Bali. We next visited Lombok Island which is Bali’s neighbour, and very
environment conscious. It is a tropical paradise whose main attraction are three islands known locally as Gili.
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The largest of these island is Gili Trawangan which only allows green transport likes animal horse cart or bicycles which are only mode of transports. Another popular attraction is water sport and snorkeling between the three Gilis which opens a vast and wondrous underwater world. Another must visit site in Lombok is Sukarara village famous for its weaving craft.These textile are much appreciated by women who visited from all over world. Lombok is also the home of a colourful and vibrant Sasak culture, Lush Forests, Scientific waterfalls and
an active volcano, Mount Rinjani. The last two day of the tour were spends in Jakarta,we explored old Batavia, its harbour once was abuzz with ships from the East and the West Batavia
was then known as “The Queen of the East” and as “The Jewel of Asia”. The harbour acted as the meeting points of East and West. The merchants who traded here become the master of
fabulous wealth. The harbour front still reflects those glorious days in the beautiful ancient buildings of the past which have been preserved. During they stay throughout Indonesia our
delegation had authentic Indonesian meals specially Sea Food.On the last day in Indonesia, Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Abdul Salik Khan, his wife invited
journalist delegation for dinner at his official residence. Same night .a Pakistan high Laval Navy delegation headed by Rear Admiral invited by the Ambassador and his wife, some high ranking Indonesian Army officials also invited, we had talk on mutual interest, on the occasion Mr.Sajjad Haider Khan, Minister/ Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Jamal Nasir, Second Secretary of
the Pakistan Embassy were also present. Our return journey began the next day our journey is not ended and we travel from Indonesia to Thailand ” Land of Smile” with the courtesy of the Thai Airways and will write and share our experience in my next article.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT BALI:
Bali is a small island and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Asia. It is the most wealthy and mostly predominantly tourist island. Bali is one of 17.000 islands of the Indonesian archipelago and
is located just south below the equator between the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean, and east of Java and west of Lombok. With an area of 5.780 km 2 , the island is the most westerly located island of the Small Sunda Islands, and currently, has more than 4.225 million people who are predominantly
Hindu. The capital of Bali is Denpasar and the most famous places are Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud,Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Canggu.The official language on Bali is Bahasa Indonesia however, the island also has its own language
Balinese (Basa Bali). The distance from Amsterdam is 12.140km and the average travel time by
plane from Amsterdam is 16 hours. The time difference between the Netherlands is 6 hours by the
clock to summer time and 7 hours with the clock to winter and the sun in Bali, at around 6:00 am and
sets around 18:00.Because Hinduism is seen everywhere along the road or in the countryside and at each house
features a temple where many times a day an offering is placed. These offerings are made from natural materials and filled with food, flowers and burning incense, the offerings are used to appease the gods and to keep the evil spirits away. The main and most important temple of Bali is Bali's
mother temple, Pura Besakih, located on the slopes of the sacred volcano Gunung Agung, which,
with its 3031m, is also the highest mountain in Bali and hosts daily ceremonies.The palm-fringed beaches of Bali are predominantly obsidian black or brilliant white and there are
many beautiful coral reefs with colorful fish in the clear blue water all around the island. These places are ideal for snorkeling or diving, these spots over beautiful caves or shipwrecks. The south sea is very suitable for surfing and offers world-class waves. The slopes of the volcanic mountainous
landscape are very famous and offer the characteristic terraced green rice fields (sawah), which are
part of the World Heritage list and make Bali a feast for the eyes for any tourist.

Money
The currency on Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp abbreviation). Bali is an island where most is paid
in cash. The tourist places have many good exchange offices; it is better to avoid the ones in the
small backwater alleys. Good exchange offices keeping the pricing very good and mostly mention
the rate clearly on digital signs. Everywhere on the island, at gas stations, banks, mini markets,
shopping centers or just along the road, are ATM's where you can withdraw safely. Always stow your
bank cards safely in the safe of your villa or apartment.

Weather
Bali is located just south of the equator and has a dry and wet season (monsoon). The monsoon is
from November to May and The dry season is from May to November. During the day, temperatures are constant around 30 degrees Celsius regardless of the season. There are exceptions in the mountains where it can be considerably cooler and 21 degrees Celsius in the evening.The dry season during the dry (Kite) season it is often cloudy and there is a slight sea breeze from the southeast and the humidity is lower than in the wet season. The days have an average of 9
hours of sunshine and most of the rain that falls is short and in the night. The average water temperature is a lovely 29 degrees.Monsoon season different from areas such as Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Bali is not bothered by cyclones or hurricanes, and the chance of a tropical storm is small. During the months of December and January, prolonged heavy tropical showers can occur during the day or in the evening. Around the months of December and January during the monsoon, there is risk of violent
short rain showers, however, the rain is most experience as very refreshing and welcome.The climate is ideal to enjoy a wonderful holiday. The average temperature on land during the day is
30 degrees with seawater temperature of 29 degrees and the cool sea breeze together with lots of suns forms the ideal weather for a holiday!Many beautiful beaches, great diving sites, restaurants, nature, activities and wide nightlife or just resting further components are why Bali is the ideal holiday destination for young and old, whole year round.

Lombok Indonesia
Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of
the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas
Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" ( Sekotong Peninsula ) to the southwest, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) across and a total area of about 4,514 square
kilometres (1,743 square miles). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is  Mataram.Lombok is somewhat similar in size and density, and shares some cultural heritage with the
neighboring island of Bali to the west. However, it is administratively part of West Nusa Tenggara,along with the larger and more sparsely populated island of Sumbawa to the east. Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.The island is home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded in the decennial 2014 census Lombok island is the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia’s among world wide travellers and holiday makers. Lombok located East of Bali, it’s take 25 minutes by flight and taking 1 hour by
fast boat. The fabled Gili Islands drawing visitors for action both in and out of the water, mighty Mount Rinjani luring climbers, and the big breaks on the south coast a magnet for surfers.
About Lombok Island
Lombok Often touted as the ‘next Bali’, Lombok offers its own unique version of Indonesian culture and society at a much slower pace than its more popular neighbor to the west. In Lombok, there are certainly similarities to Indonesia’s other islands, such as volcanoes, beautiful beaches, clear warm waters, jungle terrain and plenty of traditional villages which have yet to be grossly modernised.However, the low-key character of Lombok’s tourism means that visitors need to do more of the legwork to find the really special sights on this island. The island’s major highlights, like the 12,000foot Mount Rinjani and beach resorts at Senggigi and Kuta, are already well into the tourism development phase, making them popular destinations. Yet conditions rarely reach what could be
considered overcrowded and even at the peak of Lombok’s high season, you’ll find far fewer tourists than on neighboring Bali. Most visitors come to Lombok to enjoy the warm weather and lovely beaches. Swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing are all big activities here, and the sublime Gili Islands just offshore provide even more tropical splendor without the hustle and bustle of other Asian beach resorts. Balancing the natural beauty of Lombok is an interesting cultural scene defined in
part by the traditional Sasak animists which dominated the island before the arrival of Islam in the 18th century. Traditional crafts such as pottery, textile weaving and basket making are practiced with skill and finesse, and a visit to a traditional Sasak village is well worth the effort. Accommodation in
Lombok comes in all classes, from five-star luxury spa resorts, to chain hotels and rustic beach bungalows.Modern and convenient hotel facilities ensure visitor needs are well-catered for.
Lombok makes an ideal destination for travellers who have seen Bali or are tired of Java’s congestion, but aren’t ready to explore the hinterlands of Sulawesi or Flores. If you want to visit
Lombok, don’t wait too long; it is on the fast track to becoming one of Asia’s next great travel
destinations.
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Short History

Lombok’s history began with a group of animist farmers called the Sasak, who created a small
kingdom sometime before the 17th century. The Sasak made their way to Lombok long before most
of Indonesia’s other ethnic groups settled among the 13,000 odd islands of the archipelago. It is
believed that the Sasak migrated from either Burma or northwest India, but few archaeological
remains exist to verify this theory. In the early years, Lombok was made up of dozens of tiny clans,
each ruled by a Sasak prince. There was constant fighting among the clans, which the neighbouring
Balinese princes used to their advantage when they conquered the island. The Balinese ruled
Lombok from the middle of the 1700s until the 1890s, when the Dutch arrived on the scene and
backed the indigenous Sasaks. The Balinese were driven out after a series of bloody fights and
Lombok became part of the group of islands known as the Lesser Sunda Islands.Hefty taxes imposed by the Dutch pushed most of Lombok’s peasants into poverty and opened the
door for Chinese businessmen to exploit the economic vacuum. Things continued in this rather
repressive manner until Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. Sukarno, the first president of
Indonesia, tried to regroup Lombok into a larger cluster of islands known as Nusa Tenggara, but the
island group proved hard to govern.
When Sukarno was ousted in 1965, Lombok was thrust into a dark period of murder and oppression,
along with many other parts of Indonesia. Anyone considered subversive by the new government,
such as communists and ethnic Chinese, was killed or displaced. Initially the new president.Suharto’s rather harsh New Order plan brought growth and stability to the island, until prolonged
famine reached a crippling peak in 1973. Most of the locals moved away from Lombok as part of the
transmigration programme implemented by the government.
With little agricultural work and few resources, Lombok fell into a quiet lull until 1980 when tourism
development began to catch on. Touting itself as a quieter, more natural alternative to Bali, the
tourism industry has slowly but steadily grown. Unfortunately, during the wave of development along
Lombok’s coastline, many traditional landowners were displaced as outside businesses took over
the land.Indonesia was thrust into political turmoil during the late 1990s, in response to widespread
corruption. Lombok was caught up in the civil unrest, and students in Mataram and Praya held
protests resulting in a major drop in the tourism industry.
Since the riots in 2000, tourists have continued to arrive in Lombok. Now considered a safe and
stable travel destination, Lombok is a popular alternative to its more developed neighbour, Bali.

Weather
Lying just south of the equator, Lombok consistently enjoys 12 hours of sunlight a day and warm
temperatures throughout the year. There are two distinct seasons on the island: the rainy season
from October to March and the dry season from May to September. Throughout the year, daytime
temperatures normally remain in the 27°C to 32°C range.
Lombok’s rainy season is also when the island experiences its highest levels of humidity. Rain
showers come in the form of brief but powerful afternoon thunderstorms. If you can bear the hot and
humid conditions, you’ll have the island to yourself as this is Lombok’s low season. As the wet
season tapers off in April, temperatures begin to drop and the countryside becomes lush with green
vegetation. May through June is considered the most pleasant period for a visit, as the days are
reliably sunny and not too hot.
The west coast of Lombok generally experiences the coolest weather on the island, and the inland
regions the hottest. The island’s high season for tourism spans July and August, with equally busy conditions around Christmas and New Year. Hotel rates are higher during these peak months, andpopular destinations like the Gilis and Rinjani can become uncomfortably crowded.

Flag hoisting ceremony at Indonesian consulate Karachi to mark 74th Independence

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Karachi(Cliff News)The Flag-Hoisting Ceremony was held at the premises of the Indonesian Consulate General in
Karachi, to mark the 74 th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the
Republic of Indonesia. Staff of the Consulate General along with their families and Karachi-based Indonesian community, including Indonesian students, as well as number of Pakistani
guests attended the event.The ceremony began with the flag-hoisting carried by the “Paskibra”, a special flag bearing and flag raising team accompanied by the national anthem of “Indonesia Raya”. The ceremony followed by observing moment of silence in honor of all who have sacrificed their lives for the independence of Indonesia, reading of the proclamation text of Indonesian independence, reading of text of “Pancasila” or Five Principles of Indonesian State Philosophy, reading of text of Preamble of the Indonesian Constitution 1945, and speech by Indonesian Consul General
who leads the Flag-Hoisting Ceremony.
Indonesian Consul General, Totok Prianamto in his remarks among others said that celebration of Independence Day is of great significance to the people and history of Indonesia, marking the
declaration of Indonesia as a free nation from the shackles of colonialism and reminder of the unmatched sacrifices and untiring efforts rendered by the forefathers in their struggle of
independence. The Independence Day also gives message to every Indonesian national to play their due role and work wholeheartedly with full devotion and commitment to present Indonesia
as a progressive and prosperous country among the comity of other developed nations.Indonesian Consul General also highlighted Indonesian Government achievements in
economic, trade and social among other things. The priority programs of Indonesian government also be mentioned, included continuation of the country’s infrastructure
development, human capital development, creating more investment and employment opportunities.
Touching upon bilateral relations between Indonesia and Pakistan, Indonesian Consul General
shortly highlighted activities of the Indonesian Consulate in promoting bilateral trade, economic,social and cultural cooperation, which include regular participation of Indonesia at My Karachi Exhibition, facilitating the visit of Pakistani businessmen to Indonesia’s biggest automotive exhibition, Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) and Trade Expo Indonesia
(TEI), blood donation campaign in collaboration with Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation(AMTF), educational cooperation with University of Sindh, Jamshoro, as well as Indonesia’s cultural performance in various occasions in Karachi. He also highlighted the growing bilateral
Indonesia-Pakistan ties, where the bilateral trade volume has reached US$ 3.1 billion in 2018 against US$ 2.2 billion in 2016 which is a significant growth, while Indonesia has recently
offered additional 20 tariff lines to Pakistan in a bid to further strengthen bilateral trade relations.The ceremony was observed with great zeal and fervour and followed by “prosesi tumpengan”(cutting of well-decorated cone-shaped yellow rice, often prepared for special occasions like
communal feast) by Consul General to mark the celebration of the 74 th Anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. The entertaining dance performance of Bajidor Kahot and Gemu Famire by the Indonesian ladies enthralled the audience and made the
atmosphere more lively.
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