Israeli tanks reach central Rafah as strikes continue

Rushdi Abu Alouf,David GrittenShare

Reuters A man and a young boy walk among ruins in Rafah

Israeli forces have reportedly reached the centre of the southern Gaza city of Rafah and seized a strategically important hill overlooking the nearby border with Egypt.

Witnesses and local journalists said tanks were stationed at al-Awda roundabout, which is considered a key landmark.

They also said tanks were on Zoroub Hill, effectively giving Israel control of the Philadelphi Corridor – a narrow strip of land running along the border to the sea.

The Israeli military said its troops were continuing activities against “terror targets” in Rafah, three weeks after it launched the ground operation there.

Western areas of the city also came under intense bombardment overnight, residents said, despite international condemnation of an Israeli air strike and a resulting fire on Sunday that killed dozens of Palestinians at a tented camp for displaced people.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons stored by Hamas in the vicinity.

It also denied reports from local health and emergency services officials on Tuesday afternoon that tank shells had hit another camp in al-Mawasi, on the coast west of Rafah, killing at least 21 people.

Reuters news agency cited local health officials as saying the blast occurred after Israeli tank shells hit a cluster of tents in al-Mawasi on Tuesday. An official in the Hamas-run civil defence force also told AFP there had been a deadly Israeli strike on tents.

Videos posted to social media and analysed by BBC Verify showed multiple people with serious injuries, some lying motionless on the ground, near tents and other temporary structures.

There was no clear sign of a blast zone or crater, making it impossible to ascertain the cause of the incident. The location – verified through reference to surrounding buildings – is between Rafah and al-Mawasi, and lies south of the IDF’s designated humanitarian zone.

The IDF said in a statement: “Contrary to the reports from the last few hours, the IDF did not strike in the humanitarian area in al-Mawasi.”

Israel has insisted that victory in its seven-month war with Hamas in Gaza is impossible without taking Rafah and rejected warnings that it could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

The UN says around a million people have now fled the fighting in Rafah, but several hundred thousand more could still be sheltering there.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began what they called “targeted” ground operations against Hamas fighters and infrastructure in the east of Rafah on 6 May.

Since then, tanks and troops have gradually pushed into built-up eastern and central areas while also moving northwards along the 13km (8-mile) border with Egypt.

On Tuesday, they reportedly reached the city centre for the first time.

The al-Awda roundabout, which is only 800m (2,600 ft) from the border, is the location of major banks, government institutions, businesses, and shops.

One witness said they saw soldiers position themselves at the top of a building overlooking the roundabout and then begin to shoot at anyone who was moving.

Video posted online meanwhile showed tank track marks on a road about 3km west of al-Awda roundabout and 300m from the Indonesian field hospital, which was damaged overnight.

Reuters A Palestinian girl sits on top of possessions being transported by a cart in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
The UN says around a million people have fled Rafah since the start of the Israeli ground operation in the city

Earlier, residents told the BBC that tanks seized Zoroub Hill, about 2.5km north-west of al-Awda roundabout, after gun battles with Hamas-led fighters.

The hill is highest point along the Egyptian border and its seizure means the entire Gazan side of the border is now effectively under Israeli control.

Zoroub Hill also overlooks western Rafah, where residents said there had been the heaviest air and artillery strikes overnight since the start of the Israeli operation.

A local journalist said the bombardment forced hundreds of families to seek temporary shelter in the courtyard of a hospital, while ambulances struggled to reach casualties in the affected areas.

At dawn, thousands of people were seen heading north, crammed into cars and lorries and onto carts pulled by donkeys and horses.

“The explosions are rattling our tent, my children are frightened, and my sick father makes it impossible for us to escape the darkness,” resident Khaled Mahmoud told the BBC.

“We are supposed to be in a safe zone according to the Israeli army, yet we have not received evacuation orders like those in the eastern [Rafah] region,” he added. “We fear for our lives if no-one steps in to protect us.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not comment on the various reports but put out a statement saying that “overnight troops operated on the Philadelphi Corridor while conducting precise operational activity based on intelligence indicating the presence of terror targets in the area”.

“The activity is being conducted as efforts are continuing to be made in order to prevent harm to uninvolved civilians in the area,” it added.

“The troops are engaging with terrorists in close-quarters combat and locating terror tunnel shafts, weapons, and additional terrorist infrastructure in the area.”

The IDF has told civilians in eastern Rafah to evacuate for their own safety to an “expanded humanitarian area” stretching from al-Mawasi, a coastal area just north of Rafah, to the central town of Deir al-Balah.

EPA A Palestinian woman reacts next to tents destroyed by a fire triggered by an Israeli air strike in western Rafah on Sunday, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
Israel’s prime minister said the killing of civilians in an air strike and resulting fire in Rafah on Sunday was a “tragedy”

On Sunday night, at least 45 people – more than half of them children, women and the elderly – were killed when an Israeli air strike triggered a huge fire in a camp for displaced people near a UN logistics base in the Tal al-Sultan area, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Hundreds more were treated for severe burns, fractures and shrapnel wounds.

The IDF said it was targeting two senior Hamas officials in the attack, which happened hours after Hamas fighters in south-eastern Rafah launched rockets towards the Israeli city of Tel Aviv for the first time in months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a “tragic incident” had occurred “despite our immense efforts to avoid harming non-combatants” and promised a thorough investigation.

IDF chief spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday that the strike had targeted a structure used by the Hamas commanders which was away from any tents, using “two munitions with small warheads”.

“Following this strike, a large fire ignited for reasons that are still being investigated. Our munitions alone could not have ignited a fire of this size,” he said.

Rear Adm Hagari added that investigators were looking into the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons or ammunition stored in a nearby structure, and played what he said was an intercepted telephone conversation between two Gazans suggesting that. The audio recording could not immediately be verified.

Sam Rose of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, told the BBC from western Rafah that the killing of so many civilians could not be dismissed as an accident.

“Gaza was already one of the most overcrowded places on the planet. It is absolutely impossible to prosecute a military campaign involving large-scale munitions, strikes from the sky, the sea, the tanks, without exacting large-scale civilian casualties,” he said.

“It seems like we are plumbing new depths of horror, bloodshed and brutality with every single day. And if this isn’t a wake-up call, then it’s hard to see what will be.”

Last week, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group’s cross-border attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 252 others were taken hostage.

At least 36,090 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

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China bubble tea chain plunges in Hong Kong debut

Getty Images Woman drinking bubble tea.Getty ImagesChabaidao means 100 varieties of tea

Shares in Chinese bubble tea chain Sichuan Baicha Baidao, which is also known as Chabaidao, have fallen by more than 26% in their first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Chabaidao’s market debut was the Asian financial hub’s largest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year.

The poor performance underscores the difficulties the city is facing in attracting investment.

Chabaidao, which means 100 varieties of tea, is China’s third-biggest fresh tea drinks chain by retail sales.

The Chengdu-based company raised about $330m (£267m) in the IPO even as the offering was met with tepid interest from investors.

The firm said it plans to use about half the money to upgrade its operations and strengthen its supply chain.

Rival bubble tea firms Mixue, Guming and Auntea Jenny have also said they are planning to sell shares in Hong Kong.

However, Chabaidao’s weak debut highlights the challenges faced by authorities as they attempt to revive confidence in the city’s stock market.

Investors are concerned about Hong Kong’s recovery from the pandemic and its national security legislation as well as slowing economic growth in China.

Last year, the amount of money raised by IPOs in Hong Kong slumped to the lowest level in two decades.

The city’s benchmark Hang Seng share index has lost over 16% of its value in the last year.

Last week, China’s securities regulator said it will support share offerings in Hong Kong.

The watchdog also plans to relax regulations rules on stock trading links between the city and the mainland as it tries to boost Hong Kong’s position as an international financial hub.

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China bubble tea chain plunges in Hong Kong debut

Getty Images Woman drinking bubble tea.Getty ImagesChabaidao means 100 varieties of tea

Shares in Chinese bubble tea chain Sichuan Baicha Baidao, which is also known as Chabaidao, have fallen by more than 26% in their first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Chabaidao’s market debut was the Asian financial hub’s largest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year.

The poor performance underscores the difficulties the city is facing in attracting investment.

Chabaidao, which means 100 varieties of tea, is China’s third-biggest fresh tea drinks chain by retail sales.

The Chengdu-based company raised about $330m (£267m) in the IPO even as the offering was met with tepid interest from investors.

The firm said it plans to use about half the money to upgrade its operations and strengthen its supply chain.

Rival bubble tea firms Mixue, Guming and Auntea Jenny have also said they are planning to sell shares in Hong Kong.

However, Chabaidao’s weak debut highlights the challenges faced by authorities as they attempt to revive confidence in the city’s stock market.

Investors are concerned about Hong Kong’s recovery from the pandemic and its national security legislation as well as slowing economic growth in China.

Last year, the amount of money raised by IPOs in Hong Kong slumped to the lowest level in two decades.

The city’s benchmark Hang Seng share index has lost over 16% of its value in the last year.

Last week, China’s securities regulator said it will support share offerings in Hong Kong.

The watchdog also plans to relax regulations rules on stock trading links between the city and the mainland as it tries to boost Hong Kong’s position as an international financial hub.

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Kasus korupsi LPEI: Perusahaan kelapa sawit, batubara, dan nikel diduga terlibat kasus korupsi Rp2,5 triliun terkait pembiayaan ekspor, siapa saja mereka?

Sri Mulyan, Menteri Keuangan, Jaksa Agung

Empat perusahaan kelapa sawit, batubara, nikel, dan perkapalan, diduga melakukan kecurangan (fraud) dalam kasus dugaan korupsi terkait pembiayaan ekspor sebesar Rp2,5 triliun di Lembaga Pembiayaan Ekspor Indonesia (LPEI).

Menteri Keuangan Sri Mulyani dan Jaksa Agung ST Burhanuddin mengungkapkan hal itu dalam keterangan pers bersama di Gedung Kejagung, Jakarta, Senin (18/03).

“Perusahaan-perusahaan yang empat ini adalah korporasi yang bergerak di bidang kelapa sawit, batu bara, nikel, dan perusahaan perkapalan,” kata Kepala Pusat Penerangan Hukum (Kapuspenkum) Kejagung Ketut Sumedana, Senin(18/03).

Keterangan pers bersama ini digelar setelah Sri Mulyani memberikan laporan dugaan korupsi di empat perusahaan itu kepada Jaksa Agung.

Disebutkan inisial empat perusahaan itu adalah RII (diduga merugikan negara sebesar Rp1,8 triliun), SMS (Rp216 miliar), SPV (Rp144 miliar), serta PRS (Rp305 miliar), seperti dikutip dari kantor berita Antara.

“Jumlah keseluruhannya adalah Rp2.505.119.000.000,” kata Jaksa Agung Burhanuddin.

“Ini tahap pertama, nanti ada tahap keduanya,” tambahnya, seraya menambahkan bahwa tahap kedua laporan dugaan korupsi ini melibatkan enam perusahaan dengan nilai kredit mencapai Rp3 triliun.

Enam perusahaan tersebut masih dalam proses audit oleh Badan Pengawasan Keuangan dan Pembangungan (BPKP), Inspektorat Keuangan Kemenkeu, dan Jaksa Agung Muda Bidang Perdata dan Tata Usaha Negara (Jamdatun).

“Saya ingin ingatkan yang sedang dilakukan pemeriksaan BPKP tolong segera tindaklanjuti ini daripada ada perusahaan ini nanti kami tindaklanjuti secara pidana,” kata Jaksa Agung Burhanuddin.

LPEI adalah lembaga yang dibentuk pemerintah guna mendukung pelaksanaan kegiatan pembiayaan ekspor nasional.

Lembaga ini berwenang menetapkan skema pembiayaan ekspor nasional, melakukan restrukturisasi pembiayaan ekspor nasional, hingga melakukan penyertaan modal.

Dan empat perusahaan di bidang kelapa sawit, batubara, nikel dan perkapalan itu disebut menjadi debitur di LPEI.

Sri Mulyani
Keterangan gambar,”Terindikasi adanya fraud yaitu adanya dugaan tindak pidana yang dilakukan oleh debitur tersebut,” kata Menkeu Sri Mulyani.

Di hadapan wartawan, Sri Mulyani mengatakan pihaknya telah membentuk tim terpadu bersama LPEI, BPKP, Jamdatun dan Inspektorat Kemenkeu. Tujuannya untuk meneliti seluruh kredit-kredit bermasalah di LPEI, katanya.

Sri Mulyani mengaku pihaknya telah menerima laporan hasil penelitian terhadap kredit-kredit bermasalah di LPEI.

“Hasil pemeriksaan tim terpadu tersebut, terutama terhadap kredit bermasalah yang terindikasi adanya fraud yaitu adanya dugaan tindak pidana yang dilakukan oleh debitur tersebut,” kata Sri Mulyani.

Dan, “hari ini kami sampaikan empat debitur yang terindikasi fraud dengan outstanding pinjaman Rp2,5 Triliun,” jelasnya.

Kejaksaan Agung janji menindaklanjuti

Dugaan tindak pidana korupsi terkait pemberian fasilitas kredit pada LPEI yang melibatkan empat debitur perusahaan, yang sudah terdeteksi sejak lama, yakni sekitar 2019.

Menurut Kapuspenum Kejagung, Ketut Sumedana, mengapa kasus ini baru dilaporkan sekarang, karena awalnya kasus diserahkan kepada Jamdatun Kejaksaan Agung. Akan tetapi, setelah dilakukan penelitian ditemukan dugaan tindak pidana.

“Ternyata ada mengandung unsur fraud ada unsur penyimpangan dalam pemberian fasilitas ataupun pembiayaan kredit dari LPEI kepada para debitur tadi. Sehingga karena sudah macet dan sebagainya, makanya kami serahkan ke Pidsus (Pidana khusus) untuk recovery aset,” katanya, seraya berjanji akan segera menindaklanjuti laporan itu.

Status kasus ini akan ditentukan usai penyidik melakukan serangkaian pemeriksaan, katanya.

Setelah serangkaian penyidikan yang dilakukan oleh Kejagung, pihaknya akan menentukan status hukumnya, tambahnya.

BPK, Kejagung
Keterangan gambar,BPK telah menyerahkan dua Laporan Hasil Pemeriksaan (LHP) Penghitungan Kerugian Negara (PKN) kepada Kejaksaan Agung pada 1 Februari 2024

Pada awal Februari silam, dugaan korupsi di LPEI juga dilaporkan Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan (BPK) ke Kejagung.

Berdasar laporan hasil pemeriksaan BPK, ditemukan dugaan penyimpangan berindikasi tindak pidana yang dilakukan oleh pihak-pihak terkait dalam pembiayaan ekspor oleh LPEI pada periode 2013-2019 kepada debitur yang mengakibatkan kerugian keuangan negara sebesar Rp81 miliar, seperti dikutip dari Kompas.

Wakil ketua BPK Hendra Susanto mengatakan laporan hasil pemeriksaan penghitungan kerugian negara ini dilakukan pihaknya atas permintaan Kejagung. https://frutangjeruk.com/

Wapres Tinjau Rumah Pemotongan Hewan Bersertifikat Halal Di Wellington

Wapres KH Maruf Amin memberikan keterangan usai meninjau rumah pemotongan Taylor Preston, di Selandia Baru, Kamis (29/2/2024). (Foto: Setwapres)

CERAHKANLA.com  Rakyat Merdeka – Wakil Presiden (Wapres) KH Maruf Amin didampingi Ibu Wury meninjau proses penyembelihan sapi di Taylor Preston Limited, Ngauranga Gorge, Wellington, Selandia Baru, Kamis (29/02/2024). Kunjungan tersebut antara lain untuk memastikan kehalalan daging yang akan diekspor ke Indonesia. 

Salah satu komoditas perdagangan terbesar dari Selandia Baru ke Indonesia adalah daging sapi. Sebagai negara berpenduduk muslim terbesar, Indonesia mensyaratkan sertifikasi halal bagi produk daging sapi dari Selandia Baru. Kehalalan tersebut mencakup kehalalan sejak proses penyembelihan hingga pengemasan

Dalam peninjauan tersebut, Wapres mengenakan pakaian keamanan dan menerima penjelasan terkait proses penyembelihan dari pihak manajemen Taylor Preston Limited. Pemilik Taylor Preston Limited John Preston mendampingi Wapres saat melihat proses pengelolaan daging melalui viewing room (ruang tinjau).

Usai peninjauan, Wapres mengatakan Taylor Preston adalah perusahaan yang salah satu produknya berupa daging sapi di ekspor ke Indonesia. 

“Kami melihat pertama, bahwa (daging) itu memperoleh pengakuan halal dari beberapa lembaga halal di Selandia Baru yang memperoleh endorsement dari sertifikasi halal Indonesia,” kata Wapres. 

Kiai Maruf menjelaskan, dalam proses penyembelihan sapi pertama kali dibuat pingsan dengan menyetrum di area dagu. 

“Informasinya (penyetruman) memang tidak sampai mematikan, hanya memingsankankan saja dan kalau dipotong dalam tempo beberapa menit selesai secara otomatis mekanik cepat sekali,” terangnya.

Wapres menambahkan, proses penjagalan dilakukan setelah sapi berkurang kesadarannya, kemudian disembelih manual oleh penjagal, selayaknya proses sembelih yang sesuai syariat Islam. Selanjutnya, sapi akan dikuliti dan dipotong-potong dengan bantuan mesin.

“Setiap hari 450 sampai 600 ekor sapi diekspor ke Indonesia, hanya sebagian kecil untuk dunia, paling banyak saya tanya diekspor ke China dan Amerika Serikat,” ungkapnya.

Lebih lanjut Wapres menuturkan, dari jumlah tersebut, hanya sebagian kecil yang diekspor ke Indonesia. 

“Ke Indonesia ada dari sini, dari Australia, dan ada juga Brasil. Di sini belum begitu besar, karena yang sebagian besar itu ke China dan AS melayaninya. Tapi cukup besar sekitar 16 persen,” ungkapnya.

Kendati proses halal dalam penyembelihan sapi di Selandia Baru sudah dipastikan, Wapres menegaskan Indonesia tetap berupaya agar pemenuhan komiditas daging dapat dipenuhi dari dalam negeri, tidak semata mengandalkan impor dari negara lain.

“Saya kira kita swasembada lah,” jawab Wapres ketika ditanya tentang apa yang mungkin dapat diduplikasi dari Selandia Baru.

“Kita harapkan ke depan kita kurangi impor daging sapi. Kita kan punya wilayah-wilayah yang cukup besar di Sulawesi, Kalimantan, di NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur), ada padang-padang rumput yang luas,” pungkasnya.https://frutangjeruk.com/

Usai Dianugerahi Jenderal Bintang 4, Prabowo Syukuran dan Sungkem ke Sukartini Djojohadikusumo

Menhan Prabowo Subianto (kanan) saat menerima penganugerahan jenderal bintang 4 dari Presiden Jokowi di Mabes TNI, Jakarta, Rabu (28/2/2024). (Foto: Instagram @prabowo_subianto)

CERAHKANLA.com  Rakyat Merdeka – Usai dianugerahi jenderal bintang 4 dari Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Menteri Pertahanan Prabowo Subianto menggelar syukuran bersama keluarganya di kediaman Jl Kertanegara 4, Jakarta, Rabu (28/2/2024).

Prabowo dalam kesempatan itu masih memakai pakaian dinas upacara (PDU) angkatan darat lengkap dengan tanda bintang 4 di pundak.

Ia pun memotong tumpeng tanda syukur. Potongan tumpeng tersebut kemudian diberikan kepada sang bibi, yaitu Sukartini Silitonga-Djojohadikusumo, adik dari ayah Prabowo, Soemitro Djojohadikusumo.

Prabowo juga melakukan sungkem kepada Tante Tin (sapaan akrab Prabowo untuk Sukartini) yang diketahui sudah berusia 105 tahun.

Seperti diketahui, Prabowo menerima penganugerahan jenderal bintang 4 dari Jokowi di Mabes TNI, Jakarta, Rabu (28/2/2024).

Jokowi memberikan kenaikan pangkat secara istimewa kepada Prabowo sesuai dengan Keppres Nomor 13/TNI/Tahun 2024 tanggal 21 Februari 2024.

Selaras dengan Keppres tersebut, penganugerahan pangkat istimewa TNI untuk Prabowo ini sesuai dengan UU yang berlaku saat ini, yaitu UU No. 20 tahun 2009.

Dalam UU tersebut terdapat pengaturan soal pengangkatan atau kenaikan pangkat istimewa.

“Penganugerahan ini adalah bentuk penghargaan sekaligus peneguhan untuk berbakti sepenuhnya kepada rakyat, kepada bangsa dan kepada negara. Saya ucapkan selamat kepada Bapak Jenderal Prabowo Subianto,” kata Jokowi.

Sebelumnya, pada 2022 Prabowo telah menerima empat tanda kehormatan bintang militer utama, yaitu Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama; Bintang Kartika Eka Paksi Utama; Bintang Jalasena Utama; dan Bintang Swa Bhuwana Paksa Utama.https://frutangjeruk.com/

Perluas Jaringan Di Kalteng, Fuso Buka Dealer 3S Di Pangkalan Bun

Peresmian dealer 3S Mitsubishi Fuso, PT. Murni Berlian Motors, Pangkalan Bun. (Foto: Ist)

CERAHKANLA.com  Rakyat Merdeka – PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors (KTB), distributor resmi kendaraan Mitsubishi Fuso di Indonesia membuka dealer 3S (Sales, Service, Spare Part) PT. Murni Berlian Motors, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, Selasa (27/2/2024). Kehadiran dealer ini untuk memperluas jaringan dealer dan meningkatkan layanan servis bagi konsumen di wilayah Indonesia Tengah.

Dealer ini merupakan dealer 3S baru yang didirikan oleh PT. Murni Berlian Motors dengan tujuan memberikan pelayanan terbaik dan cepat, khususnya kepada konsumen Mitsubishi Fuso di sekitar Pangkalan Bun dan Kotawaringin Barat karena banyaknya konsumen Fuso di kedua area tersebut. 

Beberapa sektor industri seperti kelapa sawit, kontruksi, logistik dan pemerintahan yang semakin bertumbuh di area Pangkalan Bun membuat potensi pasar di area ini semakin menjanjikan untuk semakin berkembang. Kehadiran dealer ini memudahkan konsumen untuk mendapatkan unit dan layanan purna jual dari Mitsubishi Fuso untuk mendukung operasioanl bisnis konsumen di wilayah Pangkalan Bun.

Dealer 3S baru PT. Murni Berlian Motors merupakan dealer ke 222 bagi Mitsubishi Fuso dan dealer ke 5 bagi PT. Murni Berlian Motors. Dealer baru ini terletak di Jl. Diponegoro, Kec. Arut Selatan, Kel. Sidorejo, Kab. Kotawaringin Barat, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah. 

Lokasi dealer ini mudah dijangkau oleh konsumen karena berada di dalam kota, dekat dengan akses ke Pelabuhan Kumai, dan merupakan jalur yang dilintasi oleh truk yang masuk dan keluar kota Pangkalan Bun. Dealer ini dibangun di atas lahan seluas 3.901 m2 dengan luas bangunan 1.375 m2 dengan luas showroom area penjulan sebesar 228,67 m2.

Di dalamnya terdapat fasilitas counter pelayanan penjualan unit, ruang tunggu konsumen, counter pelayanan service, counter pelayanan pembelian spare part , kidszone, display kendaraan, ruang tunggu service, snack coner, toilet. Dengan luas area workshop 1.012,6 m2, terdapat bengkel yang siap melayani perawatan dan perbaikan unit bagi konsumen. 

Area bengkel ini telah dilengkapi dengan 1 truck pit, 4 stall besar, dan 2 stall kecil, yang mampu menampung 12 unit per hari untuk perbaikan unit, sehingga kendaraan konsumen dapat terlayani dengan baik dan kegiatan perbaikan kendaraan dapat dilakukan dengan cepat.

Aji Jaya, Sales and Marketing Director PT.KTB mengatakan, Mitsubishi Fuso terus memperkuat jaringan di seluruh Indonesia. Salah satunya peresmian dealer baru 3S di area Pangkalan Bun.

“Hal ini merupakan komitmen Mitsubishi Fuso untuk memudahkan konsumen mendapatkan unit dan melakukan perawatan dan perbaikan kendaraan untuk mendukung operasional bisnis konsumen terutama di wilayah Indonesia Tengah,” katanya.

PT. Murni Berlian Motors, Pangkalan Bun siap melayani konsumen dari Senin hingga Jumat mulai dari jam 08:00 – 16:00 WIB dan Sabtu 08:00 -13:00 WIB bahkan di hari Minggu konsumen dapat melakukan perawatan kendaraan dengan melakukan booking service terlebih dahulu.https://frutangjeruk.com/

Hungary’s parliament clears path for Sweden’s Nato membership

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands at a joint press conference in Budapest, Hungary, February 23, 2024
Image caption,Swedish PM Ulf Kristersson and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban met in Budapest on Friday

By Paulin Kola

BBC News

Sweden has cleared its final obstacle to joining Nato after Hungary’s parliament voted to ratify the bid.

The Nordic nation applied to join the defence alliance after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Every member must approve a new joiner, and Hungary had delayed, accusing Sweden of being hostile to it.

But last week Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the two countries were now “prepared to die for each other”.

All Nato members are expected to help an ally which comes under attack.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said it was a “historic day” and a “big step” for Sweden to abandon 200 years of neutrality.

“Sweden is an outstanding country, but we are joining Nato to even better defend everything we are and everything we believe in,” he said.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Hungarian decision made the alliance “stronger and safer”.

The parliament’s approval must now be signed by the president – after which a formal invitation is sent to Sweden to join the 31-member group.

The process usually lasts a few days.

Mr Orban is a nationalist politician with close ties to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. He has often blocked EU efforts to send military aid to Ukraine.

Sweden is one of the EU countries which have accused Hungary of backsliding on the EU’s democratic principles.

In turn, Mr Orban’s spokesman Zoltan Kovacs accused officials in Sweden of sitting on a “crumbling throne of moral superiority”.

Last week, however, Mr Orban hosted his Swedish counterpart Ulf Kristersson and announced his support for Sweden’s membership.

Monday’s vote of Hungarian MPs was almost unanimous – 188 to 6.

In his speech, Mr Orban sharply criticised unnamed Nato allies for exerting pressure on his government to end the 21-month delay.

“Hungary is a sovereign country and does not tolerate being dictated to by others, on the content or timing of decisions,” he said.

Turkey had been the other Nato country to withhold approval of Sweden’s application in a row over what it called Sweden’s support to Kurdish separatists. It eventually lifted its veto in January.

Sweden and its eastern neighbour Finland, both long considered militarily neutral, announced their intention to join Nato in May 2022.

Finland formally joined in April last year, doubling the length of the alliance’s border with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his army into Ukraine in 2022 in the expectation it would check Nato’s expansion and weaken Western collectivism.https://frutangjeruk.com/

In fact, with the addition of Sweden and Finland, the opposite has happened.

Tok! MIND ID Beli 14 Persen Saham Vale Indonesia

Menko Kemaritiman dan Investasi Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (kedua kanan), Menteri BUMN Erick Thohir (kiri), Menteri BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia (kanan) dan Wakil Menteri BUMN Kartika Wirjoatmodjo (kedua kiri). (Foto: Ist)

CERAHKANLA.com  Rakyat Merdeka – PT Mineral Industri Indonesia (MIND ID) membeli 14 persen saham PT Vale Indonesia Tbk (INCO). Akusisi ini jadi bukti keseriusan pemerintah lakukan hilirisasi.

MIND ID bersama Vale Canada Limited (VCL) dan Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd (SMM) telah menyepakati syarat dan ketentuan untuk pelaksanaan akuisisi 14 persen saham PT Vale oleh MIND ID.

Penandatanganan perjanjian ini dilakukan oleh Direktur Utama MIND ID Hendi Prio Santoso, Chief Executive Officer Vale Base Metals Deshnee Naidoo dan Executive Officer SMM Yusuke Niwa di Jakarta, Senin (26/2/2024).

Penandatanganan ini disaksikan langsung oleh Menko Kemaritiman dan Investasi Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Menteri BUMN Erick Thohir, Menteri BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia, dan Wakil Menteri BUMN Kartika Wirjoatmodjo.

Penandatanganan ini juga merupakan bagian dari upaya PT Vale memenuhi kewajiban divestasi saham kepemilikan asing berdasarkan peraturan perundang-undangan di bidang pertambangan mineral dan batubara di Indonesia (Minerba). Dengan kesepakatan ini MIND ID dan VCL akan bersama-sama mengendalikan pelaksanaan kegiatan usaha PT Vale (joint control). 

Menko Kemaritiman dan Investasi, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan mengatakan, momentum penandatanganan kesepakatan pelaksanaan akuisisi saham PT Vale oleh MIND ID merupakan bentuk keseriusan pemerintah dalam menjalankan program hilirisasi. Pemerintah memastikan program hilirisasi dapat menjadi motor penciptaan lapangan kerja bagi perekonomian Indonesia dalam menghadapi tantangan ekonomi global.

Di samping itu, proses akuisisi saham PT Vale oleh MIND ID akan berjalan secara transparan, dan tidak akan menimbulkan biaya tambahan bagi pihak investor. “Program hari ini merupakan bentuk keseriusan pemerintah. Kami akan mendorong semua bentuk agar segera diselesaikan terutama IUPK, sehingga proses akuisisi ini bisa selesai,” ujarnya.

Menteri BUMN Erick Thohir mengatakan, penandatangan ini merupakan momentum bersejarah, karena MIND ID akan menjadi pemegang saham terbesar di PT Vale dan bersama-sama dengan VCL akan melaksanakan joint control terhadap PT Vale. “Saya mengucapkan apresiasi yang sebesar-besarnya kepada para pihak yang terlibat dan membantu proses divestasi yang tinggal selangkah lagi bisa terwujud,” ujar Erick.

Erick menambahkan, bentuk joint corporation dalam pengelolaan PTVI ke depan akan dapat menjamin pembangunan ekosistem pertambangan hulu hingga hilir yang lebih baik bagi Indonesia. Melalui momentum ini, Pemerintah berkomitmen untuk terus mengawal investasi keberlanjutan untuk down streaming dengan luasan lahan dan total investasi terbaik bagi Indonesia. 

Direktur Utama MIND ID, Hendi Prio Santoso mengapresiasi, dukungan dari Kementerian BUMN, Kementerian ESDM serta kementerian dan lembaga lain dalam proses divestasi. Hendi mengatakan, MIND ID akan terus berkolaborasi dengan VCL dan para pemangku kepentingan PT Vale lainnya dalam mengembangkan PT Vale.

“Kami akan mengoptimalkan proses hilirisasi terhadap hasil tambang PT Vale agar dapat mendukung industri dalam negeri serta kebutuhan ekspor dalam mendukung program Hilirisasi,” ujar Hendi. 

Akuisisi saham PT Vale menjadi langkah strategis MIND ID agar Indonesia dapat mengambil posisi yang kuat untuk mengamankan pasokan bahan baku industri hilir berbasis nikel. Komoditas ini adalah salah satu sumber daya strategis dan penting bagi dunia dimana nikel telah menjadi bahan baku utama baterai untuk kendaraan listrik dan juga untuk infrastruktur penyimpan listrik.

“Aksi korporasi ini menjadi momentum dalam memperkuat posisi Indonesia dalam industri baterai dan kendaraan listrik ke depan,” ujar Hendi.https://frutangjeruk.com/

India ICICI bank: ‘My bank manager stole $1.9m from my account’

Shveta Sharma
Image caption,Shveta Sharma accuses her bank manager of pulling an elaborate con on her

By Geeta Pandey

BBC News, Delhi

An Indian woman has accused a manager at one of the country’s largest banks of defrauding her by siphoning off 160m rupees ($1.9m; £1.5m) from her account.

Shveta Sharma says she had transferred money to the ICICI bank from her US account, expecting it to be invested in fixed deposits.

But she alleges that a bank official created “fake accounts, forged her signature, took out debit cards and cheque books in her name” to withdraw money from her accounts.

“He gave me fake statements, created a fake email ID in my name and manipulated my mobile number in the bank records so I won’t get any withdrawal notifications,” she told the BBC.

A spokesman for the bank admitted to the BBC that “indeed the fraud had happened” but said that the ICICI “is a bank of repute which holds trillions of rupees in deposits from millions of customers”.

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“Whoever is involved will be punished,” he added.

Ms Sharma and her husband, who returned to India in 2016 after living for decades in the US and Hong Kong, met a banker through a friend.

As the interest rate on bank deposits in the US was negligible, he advised Ms Sharma to move her money to India where fixed deposits were offering an interest of 5.5% to 6%.

She opened an NRE account meant for non-resident Indians on his advice after visiting the ICICI’s branch in old Gurugram near the capital, Delhi, and in 2019, began transferring money into it from her US account.

“Over a period of four years from September 2019 to December 2023, we deposited our entire life savings of around 135m rupees in the bank,” she said, adding that “with interest, the sum would have grown to more than 160m rupees”.

She said she never suspected anything was amiss because the branch manager “would give me proper receipts for all the deposits on bank’s stationary, regularly send me email statements from his ICICI account and sometimes even come over with folders of documents”.

The fraud came to light in early January when a new employee at the bank offered to get Ms Sharma better returns on her money.

It was then that she discovered that all her fixed deposits had vanished. There was also an overdraft of 25m rupees taken on one of the deposits.

ICICI bank
Image caption,ICICI is India’s second largest bank

“My husband and I were shocked. I suffer from an autoimmune disorder and I was so traumatised that I couldn’t get up from bed for an entire week,” she told me. “Your life is being ruined right in front of your eyes and you can’t do anything about it.”

Ms Sharma says she has shared all the information with the bank and held several meetings with top officials.

“At our first meeting on 16 January, we met the bank’s regional and zonal heads and the head of the bank’s internal vigilance who had flown in from Mumbai. They told us they accepted that it had been their fault, that this branch manager had cheated us.

“They assured us that we will get all our money back. But first, they said, they needed my help in identifying fraudulent transactions.”

Ms Sharma and her team of accountants spent days going through the statements for the past four years. Her accountants then sat with the vigilance team to mark the transactions which they were “100% sure” were fraudulent.

“It was shocking to actually discover how the money had been siphoned from my account and where it had been spent.”

Ms Sharma says despite the bank’s assurances that the issue would be resolved within two weeks, more than six weeks later, she’s still waiting to see any of her money back.

In the meantime, she has sent letters to the CEO and deputy CEO of ICICI and lodged complaints with the Reserve Bank of India – the country’s central bank – and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi police, which deals with financial crimes.

In a statement sent to the BBC, the bank said they have offered to deposit 92.7m rupees into her account with a lien, pending the outcome of the investigation.

But Ms Sharma has rejected the offer: “It’s a lot less than the 160m rupees they owe me and the lien would effectively mean the account would be frozen until the case is closed by the police, which could take years.”

“Why am I being punished for no fault of mine? My life has turned upside-down. I can’t sleep. I have daily nightmares,” she added.

Indian rupees
Image caption,Shveta Sharma says she has lost 160 million rupees

Srikanth L, who runs a fintech watchdog called Cashless Consumer, says such cases are not very common and banks use audits and checks to ensure such things don’t happen.

But if your bank manager decides to defraud you, he says, there’s little you can do.

“Since he was the bank manager, she had some implicit trust in him. But customers must be more vigilant. They must monitor the outflow of money from their account at all times.

“The lack of double checks on a customer’s part can lead to this kind of fraud,” he adds.

This is the second time just this month that ICICI bank has been in the news for the wrong reason.

Earlier this month, police in Rajasthan state said a branch manager and his aides had duped depositors of billions of rupees for years to meet targets set up by the bank.

Police said they withdrew money from customer accounts and used it to open new current and savings accounts and set up fixed deposits.

The ICICI spokesperson said in that case, the bank acted swiftly and took action against the manager involved. He added that none of the customers had lost any money.

In Ms Sharma’s case, he said it was “bewildering” that she remained “unaware of these transactions and balances in her account over the past three years, and only recently noticed a discrepancy in her account balance”.

The accused branch manager “has been suspended, pending investigation”, he said, adding “we have also been defrauded”.

“We have also lodged a complaint with the EOW and we have to wait until the police investigation is complete. She will get all her money back, along with the interest, once her allegation is proven to be true. But unfortunately, she has to wait.”https://frutangjeruk.com/

The BBC was unable to contact the manager for comment.