Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1) Papuan Officials Focuses More on Politics than Papuans’ Lives, Councillor Says

2) Mimika Forestry Department Urges Firms to Build an Integrated Wood Industry
3) Homemade Firearm and Bullets Found at Sentani Airport
4) Department of Education Urged To Monitor Exams Readiness

6) Earthquakes rock Papua  on Wednesday

1) Papuan Officials Focuses More on Politics than Papuans’ Lives, Councillor Says

Jayapura, Jubi – The Councillor of the Papua Legislative Council ( DPRP), Yunus Wonda, said Papuan officials did not care about violence against Papuans instead focus their energy on politics.
Wonda made the statement during a discussion on the Paniai case with Civil Society Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights in Papua.
Wonda said there has been no settlement that gives a sense of justice to the victims of violence and their families.
“This is causing the trust to the people of Papua is getting decreased. In addition, the Papuan officials take this case easily, yet will see the division program as an important case, “Wonda said last week.
He the said interestingly Papuan officials would fight for new administrative areas but are silent and had no reaction when Papuans lives are threatened or killed.
Regarding Paniai case, he said, DPRP declared political stance and would write to the President, the National Commission on Human Rights as well as the relevant parties in order to form a Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations (KPP HAM). The local parliament will keep urging the case from the political side, because this approach can have the Central Government to give attention.
“I wish this could also be the entrance to resolve cases of human rights violations in Papua, as I suspect, the case Paniai will evaporate, and all those allegedly involved will not be revealed,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)


2) Mimika Forestry Department Urges Firms to Build an Integrated Wood Industry

Timika, Jubi – The Mimika Forestry Department urged logging companies in the region to build an integrated wood processing industry in order to make it easier for the government to supervise and benefit from the industrial activities.
“If all the timber companies runs well, we will encourage them to build an integrated industry in Timika. So, there will be no more deliverance to the outside Timika,” the head of Mimika Forestry department Mimika Syahrial told Antara in Timika on Monday (04/06/2015).
He further said there were two logging companies operating in Mimika namely PT Dia Diani Timber in Jera district, Mimika and PT Alas Tirta Kencana (ATK) in Kapiraya district, Central West Mimika that will expire in 2016.
One of the new timber company, PT Mutiara Alas Katulistiwa has got a license from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya to manage potential timber in Potowayburu district, West Mimika. The company plans to begin its operation in 2016.
Besides, the three timber companies, there is one company that holds the concession, that is PT. Pusaka Agro Lestari which is involved in oil palm plantation investment in Mimika.
The company, PT Pusaka Agro Lestari has one other company, PT Reksatama that in charge of logging and land clearing of more than 28 thousand hectares for oil palm plantation.
The two logging companies have long operated in Mimika, namely PT DDT and PT ATK did not build a wood processing industry in the area of operation.
According to the data of forestry department in Mimika, the forest area in the region is now an area of 2.1 million hectares of protected forest area covering an area of 500 thousand hectares, Lorentz National Park area of 800 thousand hectares, and forest production of approximately 800 thousand hectares.
All the logging companies and plantation concession are operating in timber production forests. (*/Tina)

3) Homemade Firearm and Bullets Found at Sentani Airport

Jayapura, Jubi – A homemade short-barreled firearm and six bullets were found by officers at Sentani airport in Jayapura regency, Papua last week, police and a source said.
A Jubi source who declined to be named said that the gun was discovered when a black duffel bag passed through the X-Ray.
“A homemade firearm is discovered at Sentani airport but the owner is still unknown,” the source said via a short message on Wednesday (04/01/2015).
Papua Police spokesman Commissioner Patige Renwarin confirmed the finding. He then explained at the time, there was an airport porter, Kunim Komba delivered the goods and black backpack to pass through X-ray examination. When passing through the X-Ray, the screen looked a thing that looked like a firearm.
“The Two airport security, Andris Sokoy and Fabean Pallo then checked the bag and found the firearm in paper wrappers. In the cylinder, there is a bullet, and five rounds of ammunition,” he said.
Continued, Andris Sokoy then reported it to the police to be secured. “Chief of KP3 Police commissioner Jubelina Wally looked for the owner of the bag, but could not be found. Police then asked the testimony from the porter, Kunim Komba, “he said.(Arjuna Pademme/Tina)

4) Department of Education Urged To Monitor Exams Readiness

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council ( DPRP) reminded the Department of Education and Teaching in Papua to monitor school readiness to conduct the National Examination (UN).
A DPRP member from Commission V on Education, Iqnasius W Mimin, said relevant agencies should ensure all schools in the area are ready to participate in the UN.
He said not all schools, specially in more remote areas, are ready due to the absence of teachers before the exams.
“It is clearly can not be accepted,” Mimin said on Monday (06/04/2015).
“The conditions in Papua are not the same as other areas. So the education department should check the readiness of each school in their area,” he said. Final examination will begin on 13th April.
Meanwhile, on one occasion, the Minister of Education and Culture (Education), Anies Baswedan said it continues to monitor the preparation of the manuscript UN this year. Final examination for secondary level will begin on 13th April and Junior highschools starts 4 May. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)


(Lots of photos in article but its about West Papuan not PNG). 
Papua New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. It is inhabited by diverse tribes that depend on nature to provide them with food and medicine. In ecological terms, the island has a rich array of botanical and animal species. Medicinal plants, which many natives use for traditional healing methods, are spread across the forest. Kangaroos, cassowaries, birds of paradise, cockatoos and crocodile are among the species.


6) Earthquakes rock Papua  on Wednesday
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, April 08 2015, 1:03 PM -The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency recorded two earthquakes in Papua on Wednesday morning, with no reports yet of casualties or material losses caused by twin quakes.
The first quake hit at 12:04 a.m. measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, followed by a stronger quake at 7:42 a.m. local time, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale.
The epicenter of the first earthquake was at the coordinates at 0.93 south latitude and 136.4 east longitude, or 44 kilometers northeast of Biak Numfor, at a depth of 12 kilometers, Antara news agency reported.
The second earthquake was centered in the sea at a depth of 10 kilometers, 1.62 degrees south latitude, and 135.50 degrees east longitude, or 81 kilometers southwest of the regency of Biak Numfor. (hhr)

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