Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss, and other news in pictures


Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss

Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate clashed with security forces in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, burning vehicles and throwing rocks at police using tear gas and rubber bullets.

The protesters tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency late Tuesday and clashes have continued since then. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said more than 20 suspected provocateurs have been arrested.

Local media reported several deaths among protesters but there has been no official confirmation.

White-robed protesters blocked streets in one central Jakarta neighborhood and in another, rioters fought running battles with police, throwing rocks and setting fires.

During the night, vehicles and a paramilitary police dormitory were set ablaze as police using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon battled protesters who threw molotov cocktails and burning projectiles.

Indonesia’s Election Commission on Tuesday said President Joko Widodo had won a second term with 55.5% of the vote in the April 17 election.

– AP

ISRO launches radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B

PSLV - C 46 / RISAT - 2 B launched successfully by ISRO from Sathish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikottah on May 22.

PSLV – C 46 / RISAT – 2 B launched successfully by ISRO from Sathish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikottah on May 22.  
| Photo Credit:
K.V. Srinivasan


In a pre-dawn launch on May 22, RISAT-2B, the country’s newest microwave Earth observation satellite, rode to its orbit 557 km above the ground.

Data that will come from the all-weather, day and night satellite are considered to be vital for the Armed Forces as also agriculture forecasters and disaster relief agencies.

In a post-launch address from the Sriharikota launch port, K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), hailed the event as a textbook launch of a very important and complex satellite.

Dr. Sivan said ISRO has included two important secondary or "piggyback" trial "payloads that would revolutionise ISRO’s future missions."

The mission carried a complex 3.6-metre unfurlable radial antenna.

It also tested a new low cost, light Vikram processor developed at the Semiconductor Complex Chandigarh. The processor will control future ISRO launch vehicles.

Dr. Sivan, who is the Secretary, Department of Space, also announced that the Chandrayaan-2 lander-rover mission would take place during July 9-16.

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