Odd Man Out: New Minister Rizal Ramli Causes A Stir In The Cabinet

Odd Man Out: New Minister Rizal Ramli Causes A Stir In The Cabinet RIZAL Ramli’s entry into the cabinet of President Joko Widodo was marked by tension and heated arguments between Rizal and his fellow ministers. His public criticism of government policies was seen as directed at State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, which led to the ire of Vice President Jusuf Kalla. What led Rizal Ramli to attack his colleagues in the cabinet? What was his motive and who backed him as minister? Economy: PGN’s Perilous Investment CAPITAL worth Rp2.3 trillion invested by the State Gas Company (PGN) in the Fasken gas fields owned by Swift Energy in Texas, USA, is in danger of being lost, as its shares at the New York Stock Exchange plunge sharply. More recently, PGN’s investment was reported to the Attorney-General for having incurred losses to the state. Was it PGN’s business miscalculation or was there funny business in the company? Outreach: Life-Giving Lakes OUT of 840 lakes throughut Indonesia, only 15 are in the list to be salvaged from environmental destruction. Yet the big lakes urgently need to be rescued from massive degradation. Ultimately, it falls on the local communites around the lakes to do something about restoring their lakes. Wilmar Eliaser Simandjorang, a former regent and university lecturer from Samosir Island in North Sumatra, initiated the regreening of 25 hectares of Lake Toba. For his efforts, one of the companies which destroyed the forests around it, will be prosecuted. Around Lake Tempe in South Sulawesi, enterprising communities found a way to make use of the fastspreading and clogging water hyacinth (eceng gondok), and drastically reduce the lake’s water level. This insidious plant is harvested and turned into mulch or dried to provide the raw material for a variety of crafts. A Tempo English report.

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