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Some universities are generously awarding honorary degrees to politicians and officials. The selection process is considered to be non-transparent, with underlying political motives. Several officials have also aggressively lobbied for the adjunct professor titles at universities.
Minister of Research and Technology/Chair of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Bambang Brodjonegoro said he received full support from President Joko Widodo who asked BRIN to start working immediately. He also said that he had disagreements with the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo.
Former Pelabuhan Indonesia II chief executive officer Richard Joost Lino asked investigators at the Corruption Eradication Commission and Attorney General’s Office to complete work on the investigations being conducted on him. Lino’s wife and children have turned over their bank records to the AGO.
I’m Not a Magician
Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra inherited a plethora of problems when he joined the national flag carrier last year. Now, if he is not exploring maneuvers to turn the financially-distressed company around amid dwindling number of passengers or taking care of the thorny plane rental contract, Irfan shepherds Garuda as a pivotal airline in distributing Covid-19 vaccines. Armed with extensive experience in leading various companies, Irfan Setiaputra pulls out all the stops to restore Garuda Indonesia’s image as a bona fide airline.
Mathius Awoitauw changes the governance system by involving customary community structure. Development engages the local people.
From The Plague to the Psyche
The Rancage Literary Award has for the 33rd time endowed the best works of literature in local languages. Instigated by literary giant Ajip Rosidi, the award provides impetus to provincial writers to preserve local languages on the brink of extinction.
An aerial photograph shows the extent of damage inflicted by a mud and gas eruption at Al-Ihsan Islamic Boarding School in Pekanbaru City, Riau, Saturday, February 6. Mud and gas have been gushing out since January 4 after locals dug a well to look for water. The incident has damaged the school buildings and the surrounding area, forcing students and local residents to relocate. ANTARA/FB Anggoro
A MUSLIM women prays in the hall of Tanjung Karang Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI) Church, Kudus, Central Java, Thursday, February 11. As many as 41 families of various religions are taking refuge at the church after their homes are inundated by the flood that deluged Kudus and the surrounding areas since January 31. ANTARA/Yusuf Nugroho
With the technology of the Hubble telescope, we see that we inhabit merely one tiny planet in a galaxy, while there are two trillion galaxies sprinkled in space. Humans are not the center.