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MINISTER of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar gave the subsidiary of Rajawali Corpora, owned by tycoon Peter Sondakh, the permit to build a road for transporting coal in Harapan Forest in Jambi and South Sumatra. Before issuing the permit, Minister Siti even went as far as revising a regulation that would have prohibited building the road. The Harapan Forest restoration area, which is a natural habitat for Sumatra’s endemic animals, will be split by the 26-kilometer-long and 60-meter-wide road. Besides destroying trees in the secondary forest, at a value of over Rp400 billion, the mining road will also threaten biodiversity and indigenous communities, and will open the opportunity for illegal loggers to enter the restored production forest. This report is completed in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, through the Rainforest Journalism Fund program.
Around the end of June, Agrapinus Rumatora alias Nus Kei suddenly found his home in the Green Lake Housing Complex, Tangerang, Banten, stormed by dozens of thugs.
The phase III clinical trial of Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s Covid-19 vaccine has generated a lot of interest from prospective volunteers. Four days after the open registration began, over 1,000 volunteers have signed up for the trial conducted by the research team from the faculty of medicine of the Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java.
The Tiger Day
Radda village in North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi, is submerged under the mud after a flash flood swept the area on Wednesday, July 15. The flood was a result of heavy rains in the region that caused the Salukula and Meli rivers to overflow. As many as 21 people lost their lives, dozens are missing, and hundreds of houses destroyed./ANTARA/Moullies/ABHE/foc.
It’s the weekend And we’ve had enough of death