The Jewels of South Kalimantan – Martapura

South Kalimantan is not only known for its unique flora and fauna such as the Bekantan monkeys. Yet, along with India, Borneo has historically been one of the world’s oldest sources of fine jewelries such as diamonds.

Situated some 45 kilometers east of Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan, Martapura is a sparkling little city literally filled with diamonds and precious rocks mined from inside Borneo’s earth. The city is well-known as the center of the diamond industry as well as the main diamond cutting and polishing venue in Kalimantan, aside from being producers of top quality jewelry.

For those who fancy jewelry and accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and various others made from pure diamond, gold, zircon, silver, and many other gemstones, or even of plastic or glass imitations, then Martapura is the place to be.

The quality of Martapura’s jewelry is globally recognized as one of the best in the world. These sparkling treasures of Martapura are best found at the city’s iconic landmark in the diamond and jewelry market of Cahaya Bumi Selamat. Aside from being the showcase of Borneo’s most sparkling rocks, Martapura is also where diamonds and other gemstones are mined and processed.

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Preserving the Unique Biodiversity of South Kalimantan – Bekantan

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Bekantan or in scientific name Nasalis larvatus is a type of long-nosed monkeys with reddish brown hair and is one of two species in a single genus of Nasalis monkeys.

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The main characteristics that distinguish of bekantan from other monkeys are long and large nose which is only owned by male species. The function of large nose on the male bekantan is still not clear, but it may be caused by natural selection. Female monkeys prefer to males with larger noses as a partner. Bekantan are also known as Holland Monkeys, because of their nose.

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Bekantan spread and endemic in mangroves, wetlands and coastal forests on the Borneo island (Kalimantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei). This species spends most of their time on the trees and live in groups of between 10 to 32 monkeys.

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Bekantan can swim well, sometimes seen swimming from one island to another. To support the ability of swimming, there are membranes on the sidelines of bekantan’s toes. Besides expert in swimming, bekantan can also dive in a few seconds, so that the nose is also equipped with a kind of valve.

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Bekantan is the animal mascot of South Kalimantan province.

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INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY BAZAAR AND FESTIVAL 2018

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On a sunny day on August 18, 2018, the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki held an Independence Day Bazaar and Festival as part of the commemoration of the 73rd Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. Opening remarks were delivered by Mr. Patrick S. Hasjim as the Chair of the Independence Day Commemoration Committee.

The bazaar and festival then officially opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Wiwiek Setyawati Firman, by making symbolic purchases at one of the bazaar stands. There nine booths participating namely DIFE, Java Kitchen, Indonesian Students Association Finland (PPI Finlandia), Dapoer Iboe, Indonesian Women Association (DWP), IMMI, Nusantara, MAKRO IF, and Bakoelan Yessy. The booths sells variety of Indonesian food and snacks, including satay, gudeg, fried rice, kapau rice, traditional snacks, and various drinks such as cendol and es doger.

The event began with the announcement of the winners of various competitions and sports competitions that had been held earlier on August 12, 2018, for the category of children and adults. Special appearance was performed at the stage by Ms. Ni Putu Diah Astriningsih, a dancer from Bali, by dancing Balinese dance Teruna Jaya. Ms. Diah also works as a dance teacher at the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki for Balinese dance short course program during August 2018. The Indonesian community in Finland also do various performance at the stage.

The bazaar and festival was closed with a door prize drawing and performance of Manuk Rawa dance by Ms. Diah and Ms. Laura Bolqia.

FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY OF 73rd ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

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On August 17, 2018, a flag hoisting ceremony to commemorate the 73rd Anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia was held in the premise of the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki.

The ceremony was led by Mr. Widya Airlangga and acting as the Ceremonial Counselor was the Indonesian Ambassador, Ms. Wiwiek Setyawati Firman. Present at the flag ceremony were Mr. Heldur Allese, Honorary Consul of Indonesia in Estonia, Indonesian Women Association (DWP) of the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki, and representatives of Indonesian Students Association Finland, as well as representatives of Indonesian communities in Finland and Estonia.

During the 73rd Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia’s Independence this time, the Satyalancana Karya Satya Award was given, namely a sign of appreciation given to civil servants who have served for 10 or 20 or 30 years. The award was symbolically handed over by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Mr. Patrick S. Hasjim and Ms. Herliany Yuswanita.

As a form of gratitude for the 73rd Anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, after the flag hoisting ceremony, a piece of tumpeng cutting was  given to Ms. Mis Ellysmar Azinur and Mr. Reijo Lainela as representatives of the Indonesian community in Finland and Estonia. The flag hoisting ceremony were closed with gathering with the Indonesian community in Finland as Estonia.

Queen of the Kingdom of Yogyakarta Visit Estonia

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Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Hemas, Queen of the Kingdom of Yogyakarta, a special region in Indonesia, along with a delegation, visited the Estonian National Museum in Tartu and University of Tartu on Thursday, 26 April 2018. The aim of the visit is to have a look at Tartu, discuss possible cooperation as well as introduce Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Honorary Consul in Estonia, Heldur Allese, accompanied the delegation. On the visit to the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, GKR Hemas and the delegation were welcomed by the Museum Director, Mr. Alar Karis, and Mayor of Tartu, Mr. Urmas Klaas. The visit begins with a tour of the museum to learn and obtain input on museum management and how to maintain and maintain the heritage of Estonian culture and traditions. The tour then proceeded with a lunch meeting attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Tartu.

The visit continued with a meeting with University of Tartu, represented by the Chairman Council of University of Tartu, Mrs. Ruth Oltjer; Acting Chancellor of University of Tartu, Mr. Tonu Lehtsaar; Vice Chancellor for Development, Mr. Erik Puura; and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Mrs. Anneli Saro. On that occasion, Mr. Tonu Lehtsaar said that he felt very honored for the arrival of Mrs. GKR Hemas and the delegation because it was the first time an Indonesian delegation visited University of Tartu. University of Tartu welcomes every opportunity for cooperation with Yogyakarta, especially with Gadjah Mada University which is the national and one of best university in Indonesia.

There are currently 3 students from Indonesia studying at the University of Tartu. Exchange of the students and teaching staff of the University of Tartu and Indonesian universities is supported by the Erasmus+ program.