Indonesia Current Affairs - 2019
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Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.
About the Stamp
- The stamp is designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta.
- The stamp features a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita.
- It is a specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.
India-Indonesia Bilateral Relations
India and Indonesia have shared close cultural and commercial contacts spanning back to two millennia. The Hindu, Buddhist and later Muslim faith travelled to Indonesia from the shores of India. The Indonesian folk art and dramas portray great influence from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The shared culture, colonial history and post-independence goals of political sovereignty, economic self-sufficiency and independent foreign policy had a unifying effect on the bilateral relations.
The foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement at the Asian-African Conference held in Bandung in 1955 and the adoption of India’s ‘Look East Policy’ in 1991, provided avenues for rapid development of bilateral relations in political, security, defence, commercial and cultural fields. The diplomatic relations have further received uplift with the Act East policy.
Tags: Act East Policy • Asian-African Conference • Bandung • Bapak Nyoman Nuarta • Buddhist • Hindu • India-Indonesia • Indonesia • Jakarta • Jatayu • Look East • Mahabharata • Muslim • Non-Aligned Movement • Philately Museum • Ramayana • Sita
The active volcano of Indonesia Mount Agung has erupted again, spewing volcanic ash into the sky to a height of 2km. Two other volcanoes popular with tourists Mount Bromo in East Java and Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta also continues to erupt.
Mount Agung is an active volcano in Bali of Indonesia. Mount Agung stratovolcano is the highest point on Bali; it dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate, especially rainfall patterns. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Mount Agung.
Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. The name Bromo is derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.
Mount Merapi is an active volcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces, Indonesia. The word Merapi can be translated as the Mountain of Fire. Meru means “mountain” and api means “fire”.