Bollywood meets Beyoncé: ‘Brown artists can be mainstream too’

Club event
Image caption,The south Asian underground music scene is rapidly growing

By Yasmin Rufo

BBC News

Scroll through TikTok or go for a night out at the weekend and you could easily be left with the impression that South Asian music is booming. But despite seemingly being so popular, it is struggling to make an impact on the mainstream.

It is a Saturday night in a club in west London, and sounds, cultures and beats are being fused together by South Asian DJs who are going head-to-head in a musical showdown.

“This isn’t just music, this is a celebration of my culture and identity,” one young man shouts over the music.

As revellers dance to remixes of global chart-toppers, iconic Bollywood songs, bhangra beats and a whole host of other sounds, DJ D-lish says she is “pushing the boundary of what south Asian music means”.

The 25-year-old, real name Alisha, is just one of many South Asian artists trying to make their music mainstream.

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Despite an underground music scene that has a cult-like following, Asian artists continue to grapple with the challenge of breaking into the charts. This is despite the fact that almost 10% of the British population are Asian.

While other musical subcultures such as Grime are having their heyday, Asian-influenced music seems to have been left behind.

In 2002, Panjabi MC released his bhangra hit Mundian To Bach Ke. It sold 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

However, what could have been the start of a boom for Asian artists turned out to be little more than a one-hit wonder.

Two decades on, the problem persists – only a handful of British Asian artists have had top 40 singles and even fewer songs with an Asian-influenced sound have made it into the charts.

‘Judged before I opened my mouth’

Singer-songwriter Jay Sean tells BBC News that “people were confused” when he first started performing in the early 2000s.

“They would see a brown kid and immediately assume what kind of music I was about to play, I would be judged before I even opened my mouth,” he explains.

Jay Sean
Image caption,Jay Sean said people would always make assumptions about his music based on the way he looked

Best known for his 2009 hit Down, the British Asian R&B artist said even after he signed to a label, he would be asked “dumb questions” because there was “a lot of ignorance around South Asian culture and label producers didn’t always get it”.

Musician Naughty Boy, who has worked with Emeli Sande and Sam Smith, told the BBC he had a similar experience of being “put in a box because I was brown and Muslim”.

The artist, who had a UK number one hit with La La La and five additional UK top 10s, said he had previously been told to “dilute” his sound to “make it more mainstream and increase the chances of it charting”. He said he resisted doing so and has always been “unapologetic” with his music.

Both artists have different stage names to their actual names, but say that this is not to hide their heritage.

Naughty Boy
Image caption,Naughty Boy has been making music for over a decade

“I didn’t want to prove myself through my identity, so I use the name to not attract attention. I want the world to hear my music without judgement,” Naughty Boy says.

He and Jay Sean have set up their own record labels to give a platform to up-and-coming South Asian talent.

“I’m not going to rest until I see more South Asian artists being played on mainstream platforms – if Spanish music and Afrobeats can be mainstream for a British audience then our music can as well,” says Sean.

‘The media turns a blind eye’

As the South Asian underground music scene continues to expand, record labels are tapping into its popularity and a greater commitment is being made to sign South Asian artists.

Vishal Patel is the co-founder of 91+, an independent label that was created “to fill a void” and exclusively signs artists of South Asian heritage.

He suggests South Asian artists are struggling to become mainstream because “of the lack of infrastructure”.

“There are so few media executives who are of South Asian heritage that can operationally help us push this music. Most execs don’t understand our culture so they choose to ignore it,” he explains.

“It was like this once for black British artists, but they were able to come together and break through – it’s the labels, media and streaming services that have made Grime music cool. We need people in the industry who will champion South Asian musicians.”

Club event
Image caption,Music executives are using social media as a tool to find up-and-coming South Asian artists

Jasmine Takhar, a presenter of the BBC’s Introducing show on the Asian Network has given a platform to more than 500 South Asian artists on her show.

She believes that there is an “ignorance” around the type of music that South Asian artists make.

“The talent is definitely there,” she tells the BBC, “but how often do you hear South Asian artists on the radio or promoted on Spotify?”

Takhar adds that she has come across acts with millions of followers on social media but have barely any presence in the mainstream because “the media turns a blind eye”.

A new Asian sound

One group who has found social media fame is girl band Girls Like You, who were scouted on Instagram by Vishal’s record label.

Comprised of four women aged between 20 and 25 who are all of South Asian Heritage, the band have gone viral multiple times on Instagram and TikTok.

Girls Like You
Image caption,Girls Like You make music in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi

Most recently the girl group had six million views on a remix of Bollywood’s Yeh Ka Hua and Ne-Yo’s R&B classic So Sick.

They say their music is a “fusion of cultures that mix languages and sounds”.

“We love to throw together pop music with bhangra,” explains band member Jaya. “It’s like mixing Bollywood and Beyoncé.”

Sampling Bollywood music is not a new concept in western music – many well-known pop songs have used snippets from India’s largest film industry.

Britney Spears’ Toxic sampled a 1981 Hindi song by Lata Mangeshkar, while the Black Eyed Peas sampled a famous song by Asha Bhosle in Don’t Phunk with My Heart.

Yasmin, another of the band’s members, said the group are “breaking down stereotypes of what it means to be a British Asian woman” and have a “completely global” following on social media.

They are hoping they will be able to turn their social media success into chart-topping hits, and they feel confident that now is the time for South Asian artists.

As well as social media helping artists grow, music festivals are also making an effort to increase the diversity of their line-ups.

Diljit Dosanjh performs on stage during the Born To Shine World Tour in Vancouver in June 2022
Image caption,Diljit Singh Dosanjh will be the first Punjabi language singer to perform at Coachella

Coachella’s 2024 line-up has been praised for its South Asian representation, with the likes of Mercury prize nominee Joy Crookes – who’s from South London and is half Bangladeshi – performing.

She previously told the BBC that it was very important for musicians from minority groups be given a “platform”.

Singer Diljit Dosanjh, the first turban-wearing actor to lead a Bollywood movie and the first Punjabi artist to sell out the O2 Arena in London, will also perform at the festival.

However, while steps are being taken to reflect South Asian music’s increasing popularity, Naughty Boy is wary that the music industry’s commitment is not seen as a “phase”.

“I don’t want labels to throw money at South Asian artists because it’s cool to be brown right now,” he says.

“I’m brown forever, not a minute, so while it’s refreshing to see this, we need a long-term commitment to change the landscape.”https://kebayangkali.com/

Kunjungi Booth PLN di IIMS, Penggiat Otomotif Sebut Infrastruktur EV Kian Masif

SELESAISUDAH.com  Rakyat Merdeka – Gelaran Indonesia Internasional Motor Show (IIMS) 2024 yang berlangsung sejak 15-25 Februari di JIEXPO Kemayoran Jakarta, menjadi ajang bagi PT PLN (Persero) mengakselerasi ekosistem kendaraan listrik kepada masyarakat.

Hal tersebut diakui oleh salah seorang penggiat otomotif bernama Atenx Katros.

Usai berkunjung ke booth PLN, dirinya mengaku terkesima dengan perkembangan infrastruktur kendaraan listrik di tanah air yang semakin masif.

“Cukup kaget juga ya, ternyata PLN ini sudah menyiapkan infrastruktur untuk kendaraan listrik, terutama untuk motor listrik yang nggak cuma satu-dua jenis tapi memang cukup masif dan merata gitu ya, ada di semua bagian Indonesia,” kata Atenx.

Hadir melalui booth bertema The Future Lifestle Experience, PLN menunjukkan beragam keunggulan kendaraan listrik dan fasilitas layanan charging yang tersedia saat ini.

Dengan kesiapan infrastruktur yang sangat matang dari PLN tersebut, Atenx merasa yakin, makin banyak masyarakat yang akan beralih menggunakan kendaraan listrik.

Karena, selain mampu menekan angka polusi, kendaraan listrik juga banyak memiliki banyak keunggulan.

“Karena sebelumnya agak-agak ragu, tapi di tahun ini lebih trust sama motor listrik dan infrastruktur pendukungnya. Gue harapin, nggak cuma gue doang tapi masyarakat juga bisa mulai untuk menggunakan motor listrik. Supaya menekan angka polusi dan lebih enak juga,” kata Atenx.

Terlebih, kata Atenx, tidak hanya ramah lingkungan, kendaraan listrik juga memiliki keunggulan yaitu lebih hemat dan murah perawatannya.

“Ya, kelebihan motor listrik itu sudah pasti lebih irit ya, karena menggunakan baterai. Selain itu perawatannya juga sangat murah karena tidak menggunakan oli dan lain-lain gitu,” ujar Atenx.

Pada kesempatan terpisah, Direktur Utama PLN Darmawan Prasodjo mengatakan bahwa pihaknya berkomitmen penuh dalam mendorong ekosistem kendaraan listrik mulai dari infrastruktur hingga layanan penunjang.

Ketersediaan infrastruktur EV ini diyakini akan mendorong masyarakat semakin yakin beralih ke kendaraan listrik.

“Kami sudah sangat siap dalam hal infrastruktur kendaraan listrik, PLN telah memasok listrik andal bagi 1.124 Stasiun Pengisian Kendaraan Listrik Umum (SPKLU) dan 1.839 Stasiun Penukaran Baterai Kendaraan Listrik Umum (SPBKLU) yang tersebar di 776 lokasi seluruh Indonesia untuk melayani masyarakat,” ungkap Darmawan.

Selain itu, Darmawan menegaskan, saat ini masyarakat juga diberi kemudahan dalam memiliki kendaraan listrik melalui super app PLN Mobile.

Melalui fitur Electric Vehicle Digital Services (EVDS) di dalamnya, PLN memberikan kemudahan pelanggan dalam memenuhi segala kebutuhan kendaraan listrik dalam satu platform.

Sehingga, tidak hanya sebagai tempat transaksi pembelian token listrik, PLN Mobile juga bisa menjadi opsi bagi masyarakat untuk penambahan daya, pemasangan baru, bahkan pembelian kendaraan listrik.

Saat ini kata Darmawan, masyarakat tidak perlu jauh-jauh datang ke showroom untuk melihat kendaraan listrik yang ingin mereka beli, tinggal membuka aplikasi PLN Mobile, semuanya telah tersedia.

“Mulai dari pembelian token listrik, informasi tentang lokasi SPKLU, SPBKLU, dan SPLU terdekat hingga pembelian kendaraan listrik pun ada,” pungkas Darmawan.https://kebayangkali.com/

West Bank Palestinians paying the price for Gaza war

Kamal Karaja with his daughters
Image caption,Kamal Karaja was working on a construction site in Israel before the war

By Alaa Daraghme & Eman Eriqat

BBC Arabic, Ramallah

Kamal Karaja used to earn $3,500 (£2,780; €3,250) a month working on construction sites in Israel – a good living for a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank.

But after the Hamas assault on Israel on 7 October, and the retaliatory Israeli air strikes and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, his permit was cancelled. Israel cited “security concerns”.

“I waited for the war to end but it’s still ongoing,” says the 32-year-old, from the town of Deir Bzi, just outside Ramallah.

“I had to sell my car after a month due to money problems.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says 200,000 workers are affected, mostly in the West Bank.

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Kamal says his three-year-old daughter Zeina “notices that I’m not buying as much food and vegetables for the house as before”.

“She asks me why I no longer buy her chocolate and crisps.”

Hundreds of men in Kamal’s town are sitting at home for the same reason – and the economy has ground to a halt.

After months of job-seeking, Kamal got two weeks’ work on a construction site in the West Bank.

But his employer had to lay him off due to the worsening financial situation.

He has now started cutting down trees and selling firewood to local residents.

“Selling firewood is worth 2% of the salary I used to get from working in Israel,” says Kamal.

An Israeli checkpoint
Image caption,Israeli checkpoints used to be crammed with Palestinian workers waiting to cross into Israel

He did not receive any compensation from the authorities or his employer when his permit was cancelled.

Like many other Palestinian workers, he was employed without a contract.

Foreign worker campaign

Palestinians working in Israel – and those working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank – accounted for nearly one in five of all Palestinian workers before 7 October, according to official Palestinian figures.

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

The workers contributed $3.2bn annually to the Palestinian economy, with most employed in construction.

While some Israeli business groups lobbied for Palestinian workers to be allowed back, the government has come up with a different plan.

It wants to replace Palestinian workers and plans to admit more than 60,000 workers from India, China, Moldova, Sri Lanka and Thailand this year.

The head of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, Shaher Saad, has criticised Israel’s decision.

“There were about 105,000 Palestinians working in construction in Israel,” Mr Saad told BBC Arabic, adding that they were all unemployed now.

“The agreements between Palestinian and Israeli unions force employers to pay compensation to workers due to the cessation of work.

“But the Israeli employers evade paying their dues and there is no law in Israel that forces them to do so.”

Mr Saad added that it would be “unrealistic and difficult” to replace the expertise of Palestinian workers in the construction, agriculture, tourism and service sectors.

Electricity and water cuts

Bassam Karaja (no relation), a Palestinian father-of-four from Ramallah, has also found himself forced into poverty after his work permit was cancelled.

He can no longer afford to pay his bills, so his electricity and water have been cut off.

“I was never late in paying the electricity and water company while I was working in Israel these past 10 years,” says Bassam.

“But when I stopped working, they stopped their service.”

Ramallah
Image caption,Ramallah in the West Bank – the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority

Bassam used to earn $4,000 per month while working in Israel.

He says the past four months have been the worst since the Covid pandemic, where he was at least able to work part-time.

Bassam accuses the Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, of neglecting workers, and says they could have provided financial aid or at least stopped the utility firms withdrawing their services.

Since the start of the war, the unemployment rate in the Palestinian territories has jumped from 23% to 47%.

The Palestinian economy has also contracted by 35%, according to Labour Minister Nasri Abu Jeish.

Mr Jeish said the PA had asked donor countries and the International Labour Organisation for help but “they haven’t heard back yet”.

The Palestinian Authority was already suffering financially before the war, but now it is even worse.

Israel collects tax revenues on behalf of the PA, worth about $188m per month.

This money is used by the PA to pay civil servant salaries and fund public services in both Gaza and the West Bank.

As a sign of the growing crisis, the PA only paid staff their December salary a few days ago, at a reduced rate of 60%.

It’s estimated that the PA spends about 30% of its budget in Gaza, even though Hamas has run the territory since 2007.

Israel said in November that it would not allow any money to go to Hamas in Gaza, stripping this funding out.

The PA refused to receive the reduced tax revenues from Israel, forcing it to cut salaries.

There seems to be no end in sight.

“We thank God that we are still able to provide food and water to our families,” says Kamal.

“The butcher understands my situation because he’s a relative – but I can only last another month.”https://kebayangkali.com/

Usung Green Development, BRI Komit Salurkan KPR Green Financing

SELESAISUDAH.com  Rakyat Merdeka – PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk atau BRI berkomitmen menerapkan Green Development, khususnya dalam pembiayaan proyek pembangunan berkelanjutan yang mengusung green concept dengan meluncurkan program KPR Green Financing sejak 2021.

Program ini juga mendukung pencapaian Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) dan kepedulian terhadap pemeliharaan lingkungan, khususnya terkait dengan energi terbarukan.

Direktur Konsumer BRI Handayani mengatakan, program ini ditujukan bagi para pengembang atau developer rekanan BRI yang mendapatkan keistimewaan sebagai ‘Developer Green.’

“Dengan penawaran DP mulai nol persen dan suku bunga terbaik hanya 4,65 persen fixed 3 tahun atau 5,65 persen fixed 5 tahun, maupun jangka waktu panjang hingga 20 tahun, ditargetkan BRI dapat ikut berkontribusi menyukseskan peneraapan program Green Development sebesar Rp 2,5 triliun,” jelasnya, Sabtu (17/2/2024).

Sejak peluncuran program KPR Green Financing, BRI memberikan branding perlunya rumah sehat yang berwawasan lingkungan agar kehidupan penghuni di dalamnya semakin berkualitas.

Ia mengatakan, pembiayaan hijau atau green financing/sustainability-linked financing semakin dibutuhkan pada masa mendatang, seiring dengan tuntutan keberlanjutan lingkungan di berbagai sektor, termasuk keuangan.

Meski menjadi sebuah kebutuhan, saat ini green financing ataupun green investment belum menjadi tren yang masif.

“BRI memiliki komitmen untuk mengakselerasi green economy atau ekonomi hijau melalui sustainable business financing (pembiayaan kepada kegiatan usaha yang berkelanjutan),” ujar Handayani.

Meski saat ini sudah banyak produk keuangan yang mengedepankan keberlanjutan, namun masih terdapat banyak ruang untuk peningkatan.

Untuk itu pihaknya berharap, tetap ada dukungan penuh baik dari pemerintah, pengusaha atau developer maupun para calon nasabah. Di antaranya berupa pedoman teknis bagi bank untuk mengimplementasikan perbankan hijau agar mempermudah dalam melakukan evaluasi kepatuhan maupun peningkatan kapasitas.

Dari sisi developer, diharapkan semakin banyak yang concern terhadap Program Green Development, salah satunya dengan melakukan self assessment Green Concept serta mendaftarkan diri jika hasil tes memadai.

“Sementara itu, untuk masyarakat secara umum diharapkan semakin sadar akan pentingnya green concept,” ucap Handayani.https://kebayangkali.com/

Alexei Navalny’s life in ‘Polar Wolf’ remote Arctic penal colony

Alexey Navalny behind bars
Image caption,Alexey Navalny had been in jail since February 2021 and arrived at IK-3 in December

By Oleg Boldyrev and Laura Gozzi

BBC News

Alexei Navalny’s penal colony is the strictest penal colony you can get. Only those accused of the very worst crimes are sent to IK-3.

Nicknamed “Polar Wolf”, it is located in Yamalo-Nenets region, well above the Arctic Circle. Conditions, needless to say, are very harsh.

It is known for a culture of collective punishment and the average winter temperature there is -20C.

Inmates have described being punished for the infringements of others by being made to stand outside in the winter without coats. Those who fail to stand still face being doused with cold water.

Snow covers the ground for months at a time – only to be replaced by muddy slush when temperatures rise above freezing, around May.

In the summer, prisoners are forced to strip to their waists in swarms of mosquitoes.

With summer comes long days with no nights. It all takes a heavy physical toll.

Navalny’s day-to-day life will have been a lonely one, since December in IK-3 and before that at the IK-6 facility in Melekhovo, east of Moscow.

Since 2022, he had spent nearly 300 days in in solitary confinement and lately he was allowed one daily stroll in a nearby cell where the floor was covered in snow.

All he could see outside his window was a tall fence, and no light. In winter in the Arctic Circle, it’s only ever dusk at best.

With years of jail ahead of him, Navalny had to find ways of remaining relevant.

He filed complaints about prison conditions that would allow him to appear in court and deliver statements on camera on a regular basis. He tried to create a trade union for prisoners to campaign for better seats in the jail’s sewing factory.

He made a noise so he wouldn’t be forgotten.

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Navalny was known for his acerbic wit. He always tried to make light of his situation, no matter how hard the conditions were.

Through social media posts, written and posted by his lawyers, he talked about the conditions he was held in – often with more humour than many thought possible.

He described New Year’s Day in the punishment cell, saying: “It goes like any other day: wake-up is at 05:00, bedtime at 21:00. So for the first time since I was six years old, I just slept the entire New Year’s Eve. Overall I’m pleased. People pay money to celebrate the New Year in an unusual way, but I did it for free.”

But his day-to-day life must have been truly testing.

In January 2023, he wrote about being assigned a new cellmate with severe mental health problems.

“There are many videos online about people who believe that they are possessed by demons and devils,” he said.

His cellmate was “very similar” – emitting “a growling, guttural scream that periodically turns on and doesn’t turn off for hours. He yells for 14 hours during the day and three hours at night.”

A view of penal colony IK-3
Image caption,A view of penal colony IK-3, where Alexey Navalny had been held since December

On another occasion, he was made to share a cell with a person who had “serious problems” with hygiene.

“If you live in a cell, and some person lives at arm’s length from you 24/7, and you are both one or two meters from the toilet 24/7, and the toilet is a hole in the floor, maintaining hygiene is of fundamental importance. And a prisoner who is problematic in this sense will instantly make your life unbearable.”

Navalny was sure that neither of his cellmates arrived by accident. He believed they were just another way for the Russian prison system to make life hell for an inmate if they wanted to.

At 47 Navalny wasn’t old, but being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok and spending three weeks in a coma took its toll. Living a life of constant deprivation in jail only added to that.

In December, he said his request to see a dentist had been denied for 18 months.

He had also developed serious back problems, and recently had difficulties walking and standing. One of his legs was going numb, possibly indicating a herniated disk.

Despite his smiles and relaxed air in court, with each appearance he became more gaunt.

In 2023, more than 500 Russian doctors signed an open letter demanding to have him seen by a civilian doctor after he said he had been suffering from a cough and a fever and had to share a cell with an inmate with tuberculosis.

Russian prisons have a long history of torture, both physical and psychological. Inmates are often abused by prisoners friendly to the administration, and rules that are impossible to follow add to the mental anguish.

The federal prison system itself estimates there have been an annual 1,400-2,000 prison deaths over the last five years. The number one cause is invariably put down to cardiac problems.

Lawyers treat this explanation with suspicion. “They can cover up anything as a cardiac arrest – even a suicide or a killing by other inmates or guards,” says lawyer Irina Birykova.

In her experience, it’s nearly impossible to overcome the hurdles created by the prison system if authorities don’t want the cause of death to be independently verified.

Navalny’s death has dealt an enormous blow to Russians who saw him as an emblem of resistance.

It was clear he could no longer lead Russia’s opposition, but there was an underlying hope that one day the political situation would change and Navalny would be able to come back.

If Vladimir Putin ever needed to negotiate his own freedom or safety, Navalny might have been part of the bargain.

Most Russians now agree there is little hope now in protest. People will try to mark his death in their own way, laying flowers in locations where Navalny stood.

Some brave souls will even come out on to the streets, and they will be punished.

If shock following the Russian invasion of Ukraine failed to bring masses of people on to the streets, Navalny’s death won’t either.

But privately, a lot of Russians are grieving. For them, this will just be another very dark day and a loss of hope.https://kebayangkali.com/

Sowan Ke Habib Ali Kwitang, Prabowo Minta Didoakan Jalankan Tugas

SELESAISUDAH.com  Rakyat Merdeka – Capres Prabowo Subianto melakukan ziarah ke makam keluarga Habib Ali Kwitang di Masjid Jami Al Riyadh Kwitang, Jakarta Pusat, Jumat (16/2/2024). Setelah berziarah, Prabowo sowan atau bersilaturahmi ke keluarga Habib Ali dan minta didoakan jalankan tugas. 

Prabowo terlebih dahulu berziarah di makam Habib Ali Kwitang di Masjid Al-Riyadh. Dalam kunjungan tersebut, Prabowo ditemani Sekje Partai Gerindra Ahmad Muzani, Ketua DPP Gerindra Prasetyo Hadi dan Adnan Taufiq, serta jubir Prabowo Subianto, Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak. 

 Setelah itu , mereka menyambangi rumah keluarga Habib Ali, yang letaknya tak jauh dari masjid. Prabowo disambut langsung oleh Habib Ali bin Abdurrahman Alhabsyi yang merupakan keturunan Habib Ali Kwitang. 

Kehadiran Prabowo mendapat sambutan hangat dari warga Kwitang. Eks Danjen Kopassus itu pun menyapa warga dengan ramah. 

Kepada wartawan, Prabowo mengatakan hubungannya dengan keluarga Habib Ali Kwitang cukup dekat, karena kakek dari Habib Ali Abdurrahman Alhabsyi, adalah sahabat orang tuanya. 

“Saya sempat menyekar ke (makam) almarhum kakek, nenek dan orang tua (Habib Ali bin Abdurrahman Alhabsyi), kebetulan kakek beliau, sahabat orang tua saya dulu,” tutur Prabowo. 

“Orang tuanya dari dulu juga baik sama saya, saya sering ke sini,” imbuhnya.

Ketum Partai Gerindra ini mengatakan, tujuannya datang untuk mengucapkan terima kasih atas dukungan keluarga Habib Ali. Ia pun meminta doa agar pekerjaannya dipermudah.

“Alhamdulillah ya, beliau kemarin waktu GBK baca doa untuk saya dan kami semua. Sekarang saya datang untuk sowan, saya berterima kasih, minta doa lagi juga untuk nanti kita, pekerjaan kita ke depan baik untuk rakyat,” ujarnya. 

Sementara itu, Habib Ali bin Habib Abdurrahman bin Muhammad bin Ali Al Habsy mengucapkan terima kasih kembali kepada Prabowo yang telah menyempatkan waktu sowan sekaligus berziarah ke makam keluarganya. Ia berharap agar jalinan silaturahmi terus berlanjut.

“Mudah-mudahan silaturahmi ini bisa terus, mudah-mudahan ini bukan terakhir, tapi ini adalah awal dari semuanya,” katanya.

Israel Gaza: Biden says Israel must protect vulnerable in Rafah

Palestinians walk past houses destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Photo: 12 February 2024
Image caption,Many Palestinians fleeing the violence have ended up in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza

US President Joe Biden has said civilians who are “packed” into Rafah in the Gaza Strip are “exposed and vulnerable” and must be protected.

Israel must make “credible” efforts to protect the more than one million Palestinians sheltering in the southern Gazan city, he said.

Rafah has come under heavy Israeli air strikes in recent days, with a number of casualties reported.

A Palestinian doctor told the BBC people in Rafah were living in fear.

Last week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had ordered troops to prepare to expand its ground operation to Rafah. He vowed to defeat Hamas gunmen hiding in the city.

UN human rights chief Volker Türk said any assault would be “terrifying” and many civilians “will likely be killed”.

More than half of the Gaza Strip’s population of 2.3 million is now crammed into the city on the border with Egypt, which was home to only 250,000 people before the war between Israel and Hamas erupted in October.

Many of the displaced people are living in makeshift shelters or tents in squalid conditions, with scarce access to safe drinking water or food.

Israel’s military launched its operations in the Gaza Strip after at least 1,200 people were killed in southern Israel on 7 October by Hamas-led gunmen, who also took 253 people hostage.

A number of those hostages were later released but Israel says 134 are still unaccounted for.

Some 28,473 Palestinians have been killed and more than 68,000 wounded in Gaza since 7 October, according to the Hamas-run health ministry there.https://kebayangkali.com/

On Sunday, Israel’s military said two male Israeli-Argentine hostages had been rescued during a raid in Rafah.

Update KPPS Meninggal Dan Rawat Jalan, Kemkes Waspadai Petugas 55 Tahun Ke Atas

SELESAISUDAH.com  Rakyat Merdeka – Kementerian Kesehatan (Kemenkes) mencatat bahwa sekitar 15 persen dari petugas Kelompok Penyelenggara Pemungutan Suara (KPPS) berusia di atas 55 tahun. 

Hal ini disampaikan oleh Kepala Biro Komunikasi dan Pelayanan Publik Kemenkes, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, dalam keterangannya, di Jakarta, Kamis (15/2).

“Masih ada sekitar 15 persen petugas yang berusia lebih dari 55 tahun dikarenakan memang terbatasnya yang berkenan menjadi petugas. Selain itu masih ada yang memiliki penyakit komorbid, tetapi tidak terkontrol,” kata Nadia, dilansir ANTARA.

Bagaimana dengan update petugas KPPS yang meninggal dan rawat jalan?

Nadia mengatakan, berdasarkan laporan dari fasilitas kesehatan sudah empat petugas KPPS yang telah diverifikasi meninggal dunia. Dari 13 laporan meninggal yang masuk. Selebihnya, ada petugas KPPD yang berobat jalan.

“Ada dilaporkan 13 kematian, tapi masih proses verifikasi Dinkes setempat,” ucapnya. 

Sebelumnya, telah dilakukan berbagai upaya untuk mengurangi risiko kesehatan selama pelaksanaan pemilihan umum, termasuk skrining kesehatan bagi calon KPPS. 

Di antaranya, syarat pendaftaran dibatasi usia 20 hingga 55 tahun dan memprioritaskan yang tidak memiliki komorbiditas atau penyakit kronis seperti penyakit jantung, hipertensi, gangguan ginjal, stroke, dan penyakit paru.

“Sehat secara kejiwaan, tidak memiliki gangguan mental dalam bentuk apapun,” kata Nadia.

Selain itu mereka juga membatasi waktu bekerja yaitu 8 hingga 10 jam sehari. Kemenkes juga mengedukasi protokol kesehatan dan konsep 4C bagi petugas KPPS, yaitu cukup tidur, cukup minum, cukup makan, dan cukup olahraga.

Guna memastikan kesiapan dalam menghadapi keadaan darurat, puskesmas dan rumah sakit akan siaga selama 24 jam selama 14-15 Februari. 

Selain itu, sistem rujukan dan Public Safety Center (PSC) 119 juga telah disiapkan sebagai langkah pencegahan. 

PSC 119 melayani tanggap darurat untuk masyarakat, termasuk anggota KPPS, yang memerlukan layanan kesehatan.

“Tetap siaga jika ada bencana alam, non-alam maupun konflik sosial, dan pemda harus membuat rencana antisipasi bila ada bencana,” kata Siti Nadia Tarmizi.https://kebayangkali.com/

Gaza war: What we know about Israel’s Rafah hostage rescue raid

Louis Har (2nd L) and Fernando Marman (R) hug members of their families at Sheba Medical Center in central Israel
Image caption,Louis Har (2nd L) and Fernando Marman (R) hug members of their families at a hospital in central Israel

By David Gritten

BBC News

Details have begun to emerge of an overnight Israeli military operation which freed two Israeli-Argentine hostages held captive by Hamas in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces carried out intense strikes in the area during the raid, which Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said killed dozens of people.

This is what we know so far about what happened.

Who are the freed hostages?

They have been named as Louis Har, 70, and Fernando Marman, 60, who were kidnapped from the kibbutz of Nir Yitzhak on 7 October.

Hundreds of Hamas gunmen infiltrated southern Israel that day, killing 1,200 people and taking another 250 back to Gaza as hostages. More than 28,100 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched a military campaign in response, according to the territory’s health ministry.

Both of the freed hostages have been taken to the Sheba Medical Center in central Israel, where they were said to be in a good condition.

Videos and photos showed the men walking around and embracing members of their families at the hospital.

What does Israel’s military say?

The first indications that something was taking place in Rafah were a series of intense Israeli strikes, which were reported shortly before 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Monday and caused panic in a city that is sheltering the majority of the estimated 1.7 million Palestinians displaced by the war.

At 00:50, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that they had conducted strikes on “terror targets” in the Shaboura area of Rafah.

Palestinian inspect the rubble of destroyed residential buildings in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, following an Israeli operation to rescue hostages (12 February 2024)
Image caption,Palestinians reported that Israeli forces stormed a building in the Shaboura area, which was later targeted by Israeli strikes

One hour and 40 minutes later, the IDF put out a brief statement announcing the rescue of Louis Har and Fernando Marman in a joint operation with the Israel Police’s Yamam special forces unit and the Shin Bet security service.

In the morning, IDF spokesman Rear Adm Daniel Hagari provided more details about what he described as a “complex rescue operation under fire”, for which Israeli commandos had been preparing “for some time”.

“In the early morning, at 01:49, the special forces breached into a building in the heart of Rafah,” he told a news briefing. “On the second floor, Louis and Fernando were held by armed Hamas terrorists, who were present in the building along with terrorists who were in the adjacent buildings.”

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“From the moment of the breach and entry into the apartment, Yamam forces shielded Louis and Fernando with their bodies, initiating a daring battle and heavy exchanges of fire at several locations simultaneously, with many terrorists.”

Adm Hagari added: “By 01:50, aerial fire was activated by the Israeli Air Force and Southern Command, to enable the force’s disengagement and to strike Hamas terrorists in the area.

“At this stage, the forces extracted Louis and Fernando from the apartment and evacuated them under fire, accompanied by IDF forces who provided them protection in the Rafah area until they reached a safe zone.”

A soldier was lightly wounded in the operation, according to Israeli media.

“I salute our brave fighters for the daring action that led to their release. Only continued military pressure, until total victory, will bring about the release of all of our hostages,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

During a week-long ceasefire in late November, 105 Israeli and foreign hostages were released by Hamas. Israel says 134 hostages are still being held, although about two dozen of those are presumed to be dead.

What do Palestinians say?

Rafah residents said there was gunfire from attack helicopters and naval vessels in the early hours of Monday. At least two mosques and more than a dozen houses were reported to have been hit.

Photos and videos taken in the Shaboura area in the morning showed a huge pile of rubble where multiple buildings were reportedly destroyed in Israeli strikes.

Palestinian women react at the Abu Yousef Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip (12 February 2024)
Image caption,Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said at least 67 people were killed by Israeli forces overnight in Rafah

Several large craters and the remains of plastic polytunnels could also be seen in adjoining agricultural land.

“We were asleep and then suddenly we saw heavy fire, lots of gunfire but we didn’t know what was going on,” resident Ziyad Seyam told Reuters news agency. “There were unimaginable strikes hitting the homes.”

Another man at the scene, Abu Abdullah al-Qadi, said his cousin was among those who were killed in the Israeli strikes.

“They stormed this building and it appears that they freed prisoners – and then they bombed it,” he told AFP news agency. “They bombed all the houses next to it.”

Night-vision video footage of the rescue operation released by the IDF on Monday afternoon showed a number of commandos entering one of the buildings at the location, as well as an air strike on an adjacent building.

Other photos and videos taken 1.6km (one mile) to the south-west showed that the al-Huda mosque in the centre of the city’s densely populated refugee camp was destroyed. A gaping hole could be seen extending down from the building’s roof.

Khaled al-Taweel said he saw Apache and Cobra helicopters attacking targets in the area, as well as F-16 jets and drones.

“So much terror. Something you’ve never seen. Not in Hollywood in the US, not in Libya, not in Syria… Only in Rafah,” he told Reuters news agency.

A Palestinian man looks at the remains of the al-Huda mosque in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, which was reportedly destroyed in an Israeli strike during an operation to rescue hostages (12 February 2024)
Image caption,The al-Huda Mosque in Rafah’s refugee camp was destroyed during the Israeli operation

At the nearby Kuwait Speciality Hospital, a Palestinian girl receiving treatment for shrapnel wounds to her neck said her father was killed when a camp for displaced people was struck.

“We were in the tent, me and all my family, when the bullets all came at us. My father went to see what’s happening and said there were strikes, and a strike happened while he was talking,” Mai al-Najjar told Reuters.

Recent satellite images of the location where the hostages were held showed small clusters of tents less than 100m (330ft) away.

A doctor at Kuwait Speciality Hospital said some of the casualties brought there after the strikes had suffered traumatic amputations of their legs and hands, and that they included children, women and the elderly. Footage from the facility also showed dead and wounded children.

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said in a statement on Monday morning that at least 67 people had been killed and that the number could rise as rescue and recovery operations continued.

Hamas described the attack as a continuation of Israel’s “genocidal war” against the Palestinian people, while the Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry condemned what it called an Israeli “massacre” in Rafah.https://kebayangkali.com/

Gaza war: What we know about Israel’s Rafah hostage rescue raid

Louis Har (2nd L) and Fernando Marman (R) hug members of their families at Sheba Medical Center in central Israel
Image caption,Louis Har (2nd L) and Fernando Marman (R) hug members of their families at a hospital in central Israel

By David Gritten

BBC News

Details have begun to emerge of an overnight Israeli military operation which freed two Israeli-Argentine hostages held captive by Hamas in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces carried out intense strikes in the area during the raid, which Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said killed dozens of people.

This is what we know so far about what happened.

Who are the freed hostages?

They have been named as Louis Har, 70, and Fernando Marman, 60, who were kidnapped from the kibbutz of Nir Yitzhak on 7 October.

Hundreds of Hamas gunmen infiltrated southern Israel that day, killing 1,200 people and taking another 250 back to Gaza as hostages. More than 28,100 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched a military campaign in response, according to the territory’s health ministry.

Both of the freed hostages have been taken to the Sheba Medical Center in central Israel, where they were said to be in a good condition.

Videos and photos showed the men walking around and embracing members of their families at the hospital.

What does Israel’s military say?

The first indications that something was taking place in Rafah were a series of intense Israeli strikes, which were reported shortly before 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Monday and caused panic in a city that is sheltering the majority of the estimated 1.7 million Palestinians displaced by the war.

At 00:50, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that they had conducted strikes on “terror targets” in the Shaboura area of Rafah.

Palestinian inspect the rubble of destroyed residential buildings in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, following an Israeli operation to rescue hostages (12 February 2024)
Image caption,Palestinians reported that Israeli forces stormed a building in the Shaboura area, which was later targeted by Israeli strikes

One hour and 40 minutes later, the IDF put out a brief statement announcing the rescue of Louis Har and Fernando Marman in a joint operation with the Israel Police’s Yamam special forces unit and the Shin Bet security service.

In the morning, IDF spokesman Rear Adm Daniel Hagari provided more details about what he described as a “complex rescue operation under fire”, for which Israeli commandos had been preparing “for some time”.

“In the early morning, at 01:49, the special forces breached into a building in the heart of Rafah,” he told a news briefing. “On the second floor, Louis and Fernando were held by armed Hamas terrorists, who were present in the building along with terrorists who were in the adjacent buildings.”

  • Israel rescues two hostages in Rafah amid deadly strikes
  • Bowen: Gazans fled to Rafah for safety but now Israel wants to attack

“From the moment of the breach and entry into the apartment, Yamam forces shielded Louis and Fernando with their bodies, initiating a daring battle and heavy exchanges of fire at several locations simultaneously, with many terrorists.”

Adm Hagari added: “By 01:50, aerial fire was activated by the Israeli Air Force and Southern Command, to enable the force’s disengagement and to strike Hamas terrorists in the area.

“At this stage, the forces extracted Louis and Fernando from the apartment and evacuated them under fire, accompanied by IDF forces who provided them protection in the Rafah area until they reached a safe zone.”

A soldier was lightly wounded in the operation, according to Israeli media.”I salute our brave fighters for the daring action that led to their release. Only continued military pressure, until total victory, will bring about the release of all of our hostages,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.During a week-long ceasefire in late November, 105 Israeli and foreign hostages were released by Hamas. Israel says 134 hostages are still being held, although about two dozen of those are presumed to be dead.

https://kebayangkali.com/