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Yoga day: In Indonesia, a comic book to commemorate cultural links

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Jakarta: To commemorate the International Yoga Day, the Indian embassy in Indonesia has released a special publication, a comic book focusing on the historic India-Indonesia relationship.

“Travels through Time”, is a part of the ongoing “Sahabat India: Festival of India in Indonesia” which has revived and revitalised India’s cultural links with Indonesia at large.

The comic book begins with when Indonesia and India came into contact and goes through different periods of historic, social and cultural interaction. The journey of the book goes through India’s Look East Policy turning to Act East, the recent intensive engagement of India and Indonesia and ends with the elections of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo in 2014.

The comic book will be distributed to libraries, schools, universities and among children and public libraries in a unique public diplomacy effort.Yoga_representational_Thinkstock_650

The publication was released by an array of Indonesian celebrities including actors Nicholas Saputra, Agus Ringgo, Anjasmara, Ikat fashion designer Didiet Maulana, novelist, screenplay writer Asma Nadia, celebrity chef Farah Quinn, film director Nia Dinata.

From India, the cast of the “Mahabharata” television serial were also present.

The Indonesian version of the comic book is entitled, “Perjalanan Menelusuri Sejarah: Cerita Indonesia Dan India”.

It is an initiative of Indian Ambassador Gurjit Singh and the former head of the Indonesian Archives, Tamalia Alisjahbana, who worked with Indonesian historian, Agus Aris Munandar, to compile and prepare the text.

“A lot of effort went into this” said Tamalia Alisjahbana, who is extremely fond of India.

“Ambassador Singh and I both felt the need for such a publication to bring to the mind of the young Indonesians the history of our engagement.”

Ambassador Gurjit Singh, who took the initiative of organising the event, said that the story of India has been told in many ways through the Festival of India and social media has been widely used.

However, there are a large number of schools and public libraries where people want to know about India’s links with Indonesia in their own language. Thus, we decided to work with “Amar Chitra Katha”, well known publishers of Indian historical comics to create a special edition which would be physically available to schools and libraries across Indonesia.

A dedicated team from Amar Chitra Katha was set up to work with the embassy with the ambassador personally supervising this initiative. (IANS)

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New, Endangered Orangutan Species Found in Indonesia

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Oslo, November 2, 2017, 9:17PM : A new species of orangutan has been identified in remote Indonesian forests and immediately becomes the most endangered type of great ape in the world with just 800 individuals, scientists said on Thursday.

The Tapanuli orangutan, found only in upland forests in North Sumatra, differs from the other two species of orangutan in the shape of its skull and teeth, its genes, and in the way the males make long booming calls across the jungle, they said.

“The differences are very subtle, not easily observable to the naked eye,” Professor Michael Kruetzen of the University of Zurich, who is part of an international team, told Reuters.

“With no more than 800 individuals, this species is the most endangered great ape,” the scientists wrote. Apart from humans, great apes comprise orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.

The Tapanuli orangutan had probably been isolated from other populations for 10,000-20,000 years, the researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology. The population had been known by scientists since at least 1997 but had not previously been considered a separate species.

The Tapanuli orangutan faces threats including from forest clearance to make way for mining or palm oil plantations. The region also had plans for a hydro-electric dam.

The scientists urged quick conservation measures. Otherwise, “we may see the discovery and extinction of a great ape species within our lifetime,” they wrote.

Laurel Sutherlin of Rainforest Action Network, who was not involved in the study, said the finding “must also serve as a wake up call to all of us from consumers, to global food and paper brands, to investors and local and national governments” to protect forests.(VOA)

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