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CAIRO, April 30, 2018 (MENA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo received Monday Al Azhar Grand Imam Dr Ahmed El Tayyeb in Jakarta, who is currently on an Asian tour, including Singapore and Brunei. 

Both sides reviewed current Islamic issues and cultural and scientific co-operation between Egypt and Indonesia, particularly with Al Azhar institution. 

The Indonesian president welcomed the grand imam, lauding his role in the service of Islam and his support to the Islamic issues. He also expressed hope for further development of ties with Egypt and Al Azhar. 

Earlier on Sunday, the grand imam was received at Jakarta airport by Muhammad Syamsuddin, the Indonesian president's special envoy for inter-religious and civilisation co-operation and dialogue, and a number of Egyptian and Arab diplomats there. 

Dr Tayyeb will hold talks with senior Indonesian officials and partake in the inauguration of the international conference of Islam's moderation as he will deliver the keynote address at the conference. 

JAKARTA, Indonesia April 26, 2018 (AP) — The death toll from a fire at an unregulated oil well in Indonesia’s Aceh province has risen to 21 following the deaths of three more victims.

The head of the Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency, Teuku Ahmad Dadek, said Thursday that 38 people are still being treated at three hospitals. Many had severe burns.

The newly drilled oil well in Pasir Putih village in eastern Aceh district exploded into flames early Wednesday. Five nearby houses were engulfed. Many of the victims had been collecting oil from the gushing well.

Aceh, at the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, has significant commercially untapped natural gas reserves and is dotted with illegal wells.

JAKARTA, April 25, 2018 - Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla on Wednesday opened the Indonesian Handicraft Expo, Inacraft 2018, which is in its 20th year. More than 1,500 exhibitors are taking part in the handicraft fair, held at the Jakarta Convention Centre from April 25 to 29.

Gusmardi Bustami, head of the Association of Exporters and Producers of Indonesian Handicrafts (ASEPHI), and Tengku Erry Nuradi, the Governor of North Sumatra attended the opening ceremony.

"Industry needs to find something to add beauty to it. Handicrafts depend on Indonesian culture and art," Mr Kalla told the gathering during the opening ceremony.

The Indonesian vice president stressed the key role of handicrafts and the creative economy in general, in boosting economic growth in Indonesia. The objective is to increase the contribution of the handicraft industries to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).

He said that handicrafts, which are labour-intensive by nature, create job opportunities "especially in rural and urban areas". Mr Kalla described the five-day event as "extraordinary" as it is a key driver for the Indonesian handicraft industry and will help boost the creative economy in the long run.

The handicrafts and the creative industries in general add high value to the economy.  Inacraft, which was launched in 1999, has been an open marketplace for producers, merchants, exporters, exhibitors and shoppers for 20 years.

The Indonesian government is targeting exports worth $2 billion of furniture and handicraft products in 2018.

Mr Kalla confirmed the need to use e-commerce as a tool to increase exports and he said it was important to improve the quality of the products. According to him, setting standards that ensured high quality products would guarantee the inclusion of handicrafts in the e-commerce system.

By Zeinab Saber from Jakarta

Indonesian Vice President Muhammad JusufKalla on Wednesday opened the Indonesian Handicraft Expo, Inacraft 2018,which is in its 20th year. More than 1,500 exhibitors are taking part in the handicraft fair, held at the Jakarta Convention Centre from April 25 to 29.

GusmardiBustami, head of the Association of Exporters and Producers of Indonesian Handicrafts (ASEPHI), and TengkuErryNuradi, the Governor of North Sumatra attended the opening ceremony.

"Industry needs to find something to add beauty to it. Handicrafts depend on Indonesianculture and art," MrKalla told the gathering during the opening ceremony.

The Indonesian vice president stressed the key role of handicrafts and the creative economy in general, in boosting economic growth in Indonesia. The objective is to increase the contribution of the handicraft industries to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).

He said that handicrafts, which are labour-intensive by nature,createjob opportunities "especially in rural and urban areas". Mr Kalla described the five-day event as "extraordinary" as it is a key driver for the Indonesian handicraft industry andwill help boost the creative economy in the long run.

The handicrafts and the creative industries in general add high value to the economy.  Inacraft, which was launched in 1999, has been an open marketplace for producers, merchants, exporters, exhibitors and shoppers for 20 years.

The Indonesian government is targeting exports worth $2 billionof furniture and handicraft products in 2018.

Mr Kalla confirmed the need to use e-commerce as a tool to increase exports and he said it was important to improve the quality of the products. According to him, setting standards that ensured high quality products would guarantee the inclusion of handicrafts in the e-commerce system.

 

Jakarta, April 25, 2018 (AFP) -- At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a fire at an illegal oil well in

Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Wednesday.

An oil spill sparked a huge blaze about 1.30am (1830 GMT Tuesday) in a residential area that torched at least three houses

and was still out of control mid-morning.

"The [fire] is still soaring high and has not yet successfully been extinguished," Saiful, head of Aceh's Ranto Peureulak

subdistrict, said.

At least 10 bodies have been recovered and the death toll is expected to rise, police said, while injured victims were being

treated at local hospitals.

Firefighters were at the scene, with state-owned oil company Pertamina assisting their efforts.

East Aceh is dotted with numerous small-scale oil mining operations, which are often operated illegally by local villagers.

JAKARTA, April 24, 2018 (Reuters) — An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced the former speaker of parliament, Setya Novanto, to 15 years in jail for his role in causing state losses of around $170 million, linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.

Yanto, the head of a panel of five judges, also said Novanto would be fined 500 million rupiah (around $36,036) and barred from public office for five years after serving his sentence.

Novanto said he would consider whether to launch an appeal.

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