Govt spends 19% of COVID-19 rescue package, plans more electricity subsidy

first_imgThe government has so far spent almost a fifth of its stimulus budget to contain the health and economic effects of the pandemic as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo calls for acceleration of the national economic recovery program.Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the head of the national economic recovery task force, said Monday Indonesia had spent 19 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion (US$41.8 billion) as of July 22.For social assistance, the government has spent 38 percent of the allocation. It has also spent 13 percent of the allocation for business incentives and 6.5 percent of the allocation for government ministries and agencies.“The President ordered us to speed up the spending of the national economic recovery program that the government had arranged,” Budi said in a virtual presser on Monday.The government is trying to accelerate the disbursement of the coronavirus rescue package to keep up with the pandemic. The slow disbursement prompted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to strike a more urgent tone in pushing his ministers.Read also: Jokowi ‘upset’ over ministers’ lack of sense of urgency in COVID-19 responseThe COVID-19 pandemic has slowed Indonesia’s economic growth to just 2.97 percent year-on-year in the first three months of 2020. The government expects the country to fall into recession in the third quarter.In hopes to better handle the crisis, the government formed a new team, called the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team, which integrates the decision-making process on economic and public health fronts.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who heads the team, said Monday the government was planning to allocate an additional Rp 3 trillion for electricity subsidy for customers in the social, corporate and manufacturing sectors to pay their minimum bills.“In addition to the electricity subsidy for low-income families that we will extend through December, we agreed earlier today on a subsidy to ease the minimum payment that industries and tourist companies have been asking for,” said Airlangga.Without the subsidy, social, corporate and manufacturer customers will have to pay a minimum of Rp 5.6 trillion for the second half of the year. Meanwhile, their actual electricity consumption costs less than half of it.\Read also: Over a million low-income households left out of electricity relief schemeAs many as 112,223 customers in the social sector, 330,653 companies and 28,886 manufacturers will get the subsidy.Previously, the government decided to extend until September the electricity subsidy for customers subscribing to State-Owned Electricity Company’s (PLN) 450 volt amperes (VA) and 900 VA schemes.Topics :last_img read more

Cricket News Could not have dreamt of the blessings: Virat Kohli on his 11-year journey

first_imgVirat Kohli will have a stand named after him at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Virat Kohli made his international debut on August 18, 2008.Virat Kohli has scored 11520 runs in ODIs at an average of over 60. highlights New Delhi: Virat Kohli completed 11 years in international cricket on August 18 and it has been a tremendous journey. Kohli, who had made his debut on August 18, 2008 took to his official Twitter handle to reflect on his journey as a cricketer. In his handle, he wrote, “From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path.”Kohli made his debut in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on August 18 and he came out to open the batting with fellow Delhi team-mate Gautam Gambhir. India started badly when Gambhir was bowled by Chaminda Vaas for 0. Kohli struggled to get going and he showed glimpses of his talent when he flicked a full ball to the deep square leg fence for his first boundary. However, on 12, he was dismissed LBW by Nuwan Kulasekara with a good length delivery that nipped back in to trap him plumb in front.Since that match, Kohli’s batting and his reputation as one of the best batsmen in the modern era has only enhanced. Kohli is the ultimate run-making machine in the modern era. After the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli has taken the mantle of being consistent in all formats of the game and his sheer ability to make runs in all conditions makes him a class act. Currently, Virat Kohli has 6613 runs at an average of 53 in 77 Tests while in ODIs, he has a staggering 11520 runs at an average of 60 with 43 centuries. Kohli is on track to break Tendulkar’s tally of runs and centuries in ODIs. Kohli will soon join the league of cricketing legends like Virender Sehwag, Bishan Singh Bedi and MAK Pataudi to have a stand in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium named after him. The Delhi & District Cricket Association on Sunday announced that it will name one of the stands in Kotla as ‘Virat Kohli Stand’ in honour of his achievements.The Indian skipper will be the youngest players, who is currently active, to have a stand being named after him. Before Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni had a stand named after them at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium and JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, respectively.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 3 to Sunday April 5, 2015

first_imgSaturday, April 4, 20151 a.m.  Non-Injury accident in the 800 block N. Settlers Dr., Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Sara M. Owens, 35, Wellington and a fixed object/fencing.•2:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of electrical services in the 200 block S. Elm, Wellington.•2:33 a.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 200 block S. Elm, Wellington.•10:25 a.m. Kevin E. Deloria, 31, Wellington was arrested, charged, and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving while license is suspended, speeding 60 mph in a 40 mph zone and driving in a no-passing zone.•4:21 p.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile problem of a known subject(s) in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.•5:29 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1200 block E. 4th, Wellington.•8 p.m. A courtesy motor vehicle accident report was conducted in the 1000 block W.  8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Melissa J. Hare, 38, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Daniel D. Jones, Wellington.•10:10 p.m. Charles W. Dickinson, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and defective  headlight. Sunday, April 5, 2015•10:50 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 200 block E. 19th, Wellington.•11:13 a.m. Amanda J. Brown, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property.•11:17 a.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 2000 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•2:25 p.m. Donald R. Downing, 35, El Dorado, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•5:54 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery, criminal damage to property and assault by a known suspect(s) in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•6:20 p.m. Timothy S. Hays, 28, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and assault.•6:32 p.m. Gary W. Webb, 60, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•Wayne H. Harrold, 86, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for failure to report an accident that occurred on March 31, 2015. Wellington Police notes for Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5, 2015: Friday, April 3, 2015•8:05 a.m. Kenneth G Wilkening Jr., 44, St. Francis, Ks. was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 62 mph in a 50 mph zone.•10:28 a.m. Holly J. Delain, 45, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone (radar) and child restraint violation.•12:15 p.m. Julia M. Whitney, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large and no Wellington registration.•4 p.m. Chase A. Rosewicz, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for three dogs at large.•10:25 p.m. Ramiro Castaneda Jr., 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

WI batsmen struggle in tour match

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies batsmen made a sluggish start to their tour of Sri Lanka on a rain-hit opening day of their three-day tour match here yesterday.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with 46 but West Indies struggled to 127 for six against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI, on a day when only 46 overs were possible at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Rookie Shai Hope was unbeaten on 24 while Darren Bravo made 21, but opener Rajindra Chandrika (18), Jermaine Blackwood (3), Shane Dowrich (3) and Marlon Samuels (0) all failed.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv was the President’s XI best bowler with three for 33, while seamer Suranga Lakmal supported with two for 10.Rain and a wet outfield forced the abandonment of the morning session and when play finally got under way at 1:45 p.m., West Indies lost Chandrika cheaply with the score on 23, pulling Lakmal to midwicket in the 16th over.The right-hander faced 49 balls and struck three fours.Brathwaite and Bravo then put on 55 for the second wicket to take the Windies to tea at 78 for one.The left-handed Bravo fell to the fourth delivery following the break, however, edging one behind off Randiv without a run added to the interval total.He struck three fours and a six in 32 balls at the crease.Multiple wicketsHis dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 35 runs as Randiv and Lakmal ran through the middle order.In the second over after tea, the right-handed Samuels edged the fourth ball he had faced to the keeper off Lakmal, and Blackwood spent 19 balls at the crease before holing out to mid-on off Randiv.The obdurate Brathwaite, who faced 102 balls and counted six fours, perished in the next over lbw to 24-year-old seamer Vishwa Fernando and Dowrich fell six overs before the eventual close to give Ramdiv his third wicket of the day.Though 59 overs had been scheduled, bad light forced a premature end to the day’s play, with Hope and Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on five, attempting to steady the innings.The right-handed Hope has so far struck three fours in a 35-ball knock.last_img read more