KNU claims nearly 90 military casualties in more than 50 clashes

KNU claims nearly 90 military casualties in more than 50 clashes  The Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 6 claimed 55 clashes in the area on the 15th of April, killing nearly 90 people, according to the KNU Central Committee.   Pado Saw Taw Ni, the KNU's foreign affairs officer, told RFA that the fighting could continue as the military councils want to gain control of the area before the rainy season.   "Fighting is likely to continue. One side has declared that it will be completed before the rains, especially the territorial administration, and that we will inevitably take control of everything, and that fighting will inevitably occur if we resist."   Karen State The KNU said most of the fighting took place in Kawkareik Township, with the use of fighter jets by the military council.   In mid-April, 87 people were killed and 45 wounded in clashes between the Burmese Army and the Border Guard Force (BGF) in Kawkareik Township, according to the KNU.   During the fighting, four civilians were killed and eight others were wounded by artillery fire by the military council.   RFA has not been able to independently confirm the KNU's statement, and neither has the military council.   At present, they are not doing CDM, but surrendering to the KNU in the midst of the fighting. Pado Saw Taw Ni said that there are now more than 100 officers and soldiers from the Alumni Army.   Fighting in the aftermath of the military coup has left more than 70,000 people displaced and around 30,000 displaced, Pado Saw Taw Ni said.   Farmers are struggling to sell more than 100 acres of banana tissue  More than 100 acres of tissue bananas in the vicinity of Laiza, Kachin State, are no longer being bought by Chinese traders, leaving banana growers stranded.   A banana farmer told RFA that Chinese farmers in the vicinity of Laiza in Momauk Township were facing difficulties as the Chinese-Burmese border gates were closed due to the Covid plague.   “Our family is guarding 18,000 trees. When the Chinese government closed the road last year, the rich did not come. At the time of planting, the rice cost was only 30,000 yuan (K100,000). In fact, you will get 130,000 Chinese kyats (over 400,000 kyats). We are told to give only half of what we get, but the greedy do not give it. ”   He says it has been cultivated for a year, but now that the Chinese traders are no longer picking bananas, they have no money to pay for their children's schooling.   More than 100 acres of banana plantations near Laiza have been invested by Chinese businessmen, with about 70 families guarding banana plantations.   He said it had been doing so for more than five years and that he had encountered similar difficulties this year.   According to a joint report released by 11 Kachin State-based NGOs in 2019, there are 150,000 acres of banana plantations in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, and 3,000 acres in Bhamo District.

The Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 6 claimed 55 clashes in the area on the 15th of April, killing nearly 90 people, according to the KNU Central Committee.
 
Pado Saw Taw Ni, the KNU's foreign affairs officer, told RFA that the fighting could continue as the military councils want to gain control of the area before the rainy season.
 
"Fighting is likely to continue. One side has declared that it will be completed before the rains, especially the territorial administration, and that we will inevitably take control of everything, and that fighting will inevitably occur if we resist."
 
Karen State The KNU said most of the fighting took place in Kawkareik Township, with the use of fighter jets by the military council.
 
In mid-April, 87 people were killed and 45 wounded in clashes between the Burmese Army and the Border Guard Force (BGF) in Kawkareik Township, according to the KNU.
 
During the fighting, four civilians were killed and eight others were wounded by artillery fire by the military council.
 
RFA has not been able to independently confirm the KNU's statement, and neither has the military council.
 
At present, they are not doing CDM, but surrendering to the KNU in the midst of the fighting. Pado Saw Taw Ni said that there are now more than 100 officers and soldiers from the Alumni Army.
 
Fighting in the aftermath of the military coup has left more than 70,000 people displaced and around 30,000 displaced, Pado Saw Taw Ni said.

Farmers are struggling to sell more than 100 acres of banana tissue

More than 100 acres of tissue bananas in the vicinity of Laiza, Kachin State, are no longer being bought by Chinese traders, leaving banana growers stranded.
 
A banana farmer told RFA that Chinese farmers in the vicinity of Laiza in Momauk Township were facing difficulties as the Chinese-Burmese border gates were closed due to the Covid plague.
 
“Our family is guarding 18,000 trees. When the Chinese government closed the road last year, the rich did not come. At the time of planting, the rice cost was only 30,000 yuan (K100,000). In fact, you will get 130,000 Chinese kyats (over 400,000 kyats). We are told to give only half of what we get, but the greedy do not give it. ”
 
He says it has been cultivated for a year, but now that the Chinese traders are no longer picking bananas, they have no money to pay for their children's schooling.
 
More than 100 acres of banana plantations near Laiza have been invested by Chinese businessmen, with about 70 families guarding banana plantations.
 
He said it had been doing so for more than five years and that he had encountered similar difficulties this year.
 
According to a joint report released by 11 Kachin State-based NGOs in 2019, there are 150,000 acres of banana plantations in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, and 3,000 acres in Bhamo District.

PBNU appreciates the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road to reach 1,900 Km  Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) in charge of the economy, Arif Rahmansyah Marbun, appreciated the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road in the era of President Joko Widodo, which reached 1,900 kilometers.  " The rapid development of toll roads in the era of President Jokowi shows the Government's commitment and seriousness to equitable development. Toll roads are not only built in Java, but also Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi," said Arif in a statement received in Jakarta, Tuesday.  According to him, the construction of various toll roads is an extraordinary achievement for the Government because it was carried out within a period of seven years.  In Sumatra, he continued, the construction of toll roads is increasingly showing positive developments, including the Binjai-Langsa Toll Road segment Binjai-Stabat, which was inaugurated by President Jokowi on February 4. The toll road segment is estimated to be able to reduce logistics costs by up to 75 percent.  "That means, from an economic perspective, the mainstay commodities of the Medan, Binjai, Deli Serdang, and Karo (Mebendaro) areas in agriculture, plantations and fisheries can be more competitive in price with imported products," he said.  The 11.8 km long Binjai-Stabat Toll Road, he continued, has also been tested in terms of quality.  This can be seen from the award of zero accidents for the construction process of the Binjai-Stabat Toll Road by the Manpower and Transmigration Office of North Sumatra Province to PT HK Infrastructure (HKI), a subsidiary of PT Hutama Karya (Persero).  In addition, he added, the research team of PT SMI's economy stated that the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road had a multiplier impact on output in the local economy, which was 1.7 times of the total expenditure during the construction period. The output  impact per year is equivalent to 2.2 percent of the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) on the island of Sumatra.  "Directly, of course this is the impact of the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road because of the absorption of workers equivalent to 2.4 percent of the workforce on the island of Sumatra," he explained.  The research also shows that the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road is able to become a stimulus to the Indonesian economy and has a positive impact in the form of creating added value, community income, and employment opportunities in the construction sector with a growth of 54 percent.  In addition, the potential in the manufacturing sector is 22 percent, mining is 8 percent, and trade is 6 percent.  According to him, since the beginning of his tenure as President in the first term, Jokowi has set inter-regional connectivity as a top priority for development.  The Trans Sumatra Toll Road is one of the ambitious projects that is predicted to be one of the triggers for economic equality on the island of Sumatra. In addition, Jokowi is also targeting new local tourism epicenters along with the construction of toll road infrastructure in various regions, he said.  "Such as the Sumatran Golden Triangle area, namely Medan City, Binjai City, Deli Serdang Regency, and Karo Regency, otherwise known as Mebendaro. The Medan Metropolitan Area or Medan Raya has been ordained as the economic lifeblood of western Indonesia through Presidential Decree No. 62 of 2011," he said.  The positive impact of the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road on tourism potential around the area is the emergence of Basilam Village in the Langkat area of ​​North Sumatra, he said.  Basilam village is visited by thousands of tourists, both local and foreign, every year because there is the tomb of Sheikh Abdul Wahab Rokan al-Khalidi an-Naqrybandi or also known as Tuan Guru Babussalam, a teacher from the Naqsyabandiyah congregation.  "Easier access via the Binjai-Stabat Toll Road will increase the interest of religious tourists visiting Langkat," he said.  Apart from spiritual tourism, he added, there is also the potential for natural tourism in Basilam Village, namely Bukit Lawang on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park and the Tangkahan area which promises a new experience of interacting with the elephants that have been conserved.  With easier access via toll roads, each regional government in the area has two main routes, namely provincial roads and toll roads. Overall, continued Arif, the focus of the Joko Widodo administration on infrastructure is reflected in the proven developments in various countries.  He mentioned that one of the countries that is ambitious in infrastructure investment is China. In 2019 alone, there are already 200,000 km of toll roads that are connected in the country of the bamboo curtain. This development is able to launch the faucet of economic growth in China.  "Therefore, the President's steps to boost the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road are part of efforts to increase the nation's economic growth," he said.

PBNU appreciates the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road to reach 1,900 Km

Jakarta (ANTARA) -
Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) in charge of the economy, Arif Rahmansyah Marbun, appreciated the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road in the era of President Joko Widodo, which reached 1,900 kilometers.

" The rapid development of toll roads in the era of President Jokowi shows the Government's commitment and seriousness to equitable development. Toll roads are not only built in Java, but also Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi," said Arif in a statement received in Jakarta, Tuesday.

According to him, the construction of various toll roads is an extraordinary achievement for the Government because it was carried out within a period of seven years.

In Sumatra, he continued, the construction of toll roads is increasingly showing positive developments, including the Binjai-Langsa Toll Road segment Binjai-Stabat, which was inaugurated by President Jokowi on February 4. The toll road segment is estimated to be able to reduce logistics costs by up to 75 percent.

"That means, from an economic perspective, the mainstay commodities of the Medan, Binjai, Deli Serdang, and Karo (Mebendaro) areas in agriculture, plantations and fisheries can be more competitive in price with imported products," he said.

The 11.8 km long Binjai-Stabat Toll Road, he continued, has also been tested in terms of quality.

This can be seen from the award of zero accidents for the construction process of the Binjai-Stabat Toll Road by the Manpower and Transmigration Office of North Sumatra Province to PT HK Infrastructure (HKI), a subsidiary of PT Hutama Karya (Persero).

In addition, he added, the research team of PT SMI's economy stated that the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road had a multiplier impact on output in the local economy, which was 1.7 times of the total expenditure during the construction period. The output impact per year is equivalent to 2.2 percent of the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) on the island of Sumatra.

"Directly, of course this is the impact of the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road because of the absorption of workers equivalent to 2.4 percent of the workforce on the island of Sumatra," he explained.

The research also shows that the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road is able to become a stimulus to the Indonesian economy and has a positive impact in the form of creating added value, community income, and employment opportunities in the construction sector with a growth of 54 percent.

In addition, the potential in the manufacturing sector is 22 percent, mining is 8 percent, and trade is 6 percent.

According to him, since the beginning of his tenure as President in the first term, Jokowi has set inter-regional connectivity as a top priority for development.

The Trans Sumatra Toll Road is one of the ambitious projects that is predicted to be one of the triggers for economic equality on the island of Sumatra. In addition, Jokowi is also targeting new local tourism epicenters along with the construction of toll road infrastructure in various regions, he said.

"Such as the Sumatran Golden Triangle area, namely Medan City, Binjai City, Deli Serdang Regency, and Karo Regency, otherwise known as Mebendaro. The Medan Metropolitan Area or Medan Raya has been ordained as the economic lifeblood of western Indonesia through Presidential Decree No. 62 of 2011," he said.

The positive impact of the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road on tourism potential around the area is the emergence of Basilam Village in the Langkat area of ​​North Sumatra, he said.

Basilam village is visited by thousands of tourists, both local and foreign, every year because there is the tomb of Sheikh Abdul Wahab Rokan al-Khalidi an-Naqrybandi or also known as Tuan Guru Babussalam, a teacher from the Naqsyabandiyah congregation.

"Easier access via the Binjai-Stabat Toll Road will increase the interest of religious tourists visiting Langkat," he said.

Apart from spiritual tourism, he added, there is also the potential for natural tourism in Basilam Village, namely Bukit Lawang on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park and the Tangkahan area which promises a new experience of interacting with the elephants that have been conserved.

With easier access via toll roads, each regional government in the area has two main routes, namely provincial roads and toll roads. Overall, continued Arif, the focus of the Joko Widodo administration on infrastructure is reflected in the proven developments in various countries.

He mentioned that one of the countries that is ambitious in infrastructure investment is China. In 2019 alone, there are already 200,000 km of toll roads that are connected in the country of the bamboo curtain. This development is able to launch the faucet of economic growth in China.

"Therefore, the President's steps to boost the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road are part of efforts to increase the nation's economic growth," he said.
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