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    Sep 24, 2015

    Jokowi inspects hot spots


    INDONESIA President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo would have flown to Kalimantan last night to check on efforts to stop forest blazes that are causing pollution across the region, reported the local media.

    He would next head to Sumatra tonight for a similar inspection.

    Mr Joko would have a first-hand look at some hot spots and speak to fire fighters while in South Kalimantan province today, reported CNN Indonesia.

    According to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the Polllutant Standards Index (PSI) of West Kalimantan province worsened to 779 yesterday, while that of Central Kalimantan province was 1,500, a slight drop from Tuesday's reading of close to 2,000.

    The PSI in South Kalimantan was 54, marking the haze there as moderate.

    Any PSI reading above 300 is considered to be in the hazardous range.

    Mr Joko would likely inspect Jambi province when he is in Sumatra, skipping Riau province, whose PSI hovered around 300 yesterday, because of a tight schedule, according to the Tempo daily.

    Mr Joko is facing regional pressure to stop the perennial haze pollution by cracking down on the companies that set forests on fire to clear land, Bloomberg reported.

    He has set a deadline of two weeks to a month to end the current round of burning.