Indonesia morning news for August 20

Indonesia morning news for August 20

Indonesia morning news2 dead as multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island
Multiple earthquakes – including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor – struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Sunday, August 19, killing at least two people and sending fresh panic coursing through the already battered island.
— Rappler

2018 Asian Games Medal Acquisition, Indonesia Ranked Sixth
The Indonesian contingent won one gold medal and one silver medal on the first day of the 2018 Asian Games, which made Indonesia ranked 6th in the medal acquisition.

Court Rejects Bid to Stop Expansion of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Bali
The Denpasar Administrative Court has rejected a legal challenge by Bali residents attempting to halt the expansion of a coal-fired power plant on the island, the environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday (17/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Thousands affected by drought in Central Java without permanent solution
At least 50,000 residents living in 31 villages across seven districts in Wonogiri, Central Java, have been affected by drought since July, according to local authorities, which predict that the water shortage will last until October.
— ReliefWeb

US denies role in Equanimity transfer to Malaysia
The United States (US) Justice Department reiterated it wasn’t involved in turning over Low Taek Jho’s US$250 million super yacht to Malaysia from Indonesia as the fugitive financier vowed not to submit to any jurisdiction where his guilt had been predetermined.
— The Asean Post

Britain to work with Indonesia and Malaysia to probe alleged looting of sunken WWII ships
Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates.
— The Japan Times

Indonesia eyes 12.9% growth in 2019 state revenue
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is eyeing 12.9 percent growth in government revenue to 2.14 quadrillion rupiah (US$146.5 billion) in his final year in office.
— The Nation

Village Minister: Allocates IDR50 million of Village Fund for Sports Facilities
Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT), Eko Putro Sandjojo, stressed that out of the total village funds received by each village, provide a minimum of IDR50 million for sports facilities.
— Netral News

PNS Salary Hike First Time in Jokowi`s Era; Every Year in SBY`s
The government planned to increase the civil servant salary and retiree allowance by 5 percent next year.

IFC and Syngenta Program for Retailers in East Java Now Set to Expand Nationwide.
The Syngenta PartnerGrow Academy, which aimed to improve business management and advisory skills of retailers dealing with farmers in East Java, is now set to expand nationwide.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Asian Games: Indonesian swimmers secure four tickets in finals
Indonesia’s swimmers have managed to secure four tickets so far to the final round, which will take place later at 6 p.m. at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center in Jakarta on the first day of the swimming competition.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahok Gets Sentence Cut on Independence Day, Eligible for Release in January
Former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama received a two-month sentence reduction for good behavior, as part of Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations on Friday (17/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Pegadaian Provides Assistance of IDR600 Million to Ende Community
In commemorating the 73rd Indonesian Independence Anniversary, PT Pegadaian (Persero) held a Cash-for-Work activity to clean the streets, as well as a healthy walk in the city of Ende, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
— Netral News

Government Gave Financial Assistance to Repair Damaged Houses to 1,191 Homeowners in Lombok
In accordance to the direction from the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, to provide assistance fund to rebuild the houses of local community that are severely damaged at about IDR 50 million/households, the central government through the BNPB send assistance directly to 1,191 homeowners through the saving accounts at the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).
— ReliefWeb

An Indonesian tragedy
The Indonesian army and its civilian collaborators killed over half a million people between October 1965 and March 1966 and imprisoned and tortured millions more.
— The Hindu BusinessLine

Asian Games (beach volleyball) – Indonesia men`s team beats Afghanistan
The Indonesian men`s beach volleyball team defeated Afghanistan in straight sets in the 18th Asian Games event held in Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) in South Sumatra`s capital city of Palembang on Sunday.
— Antara News

Discourse: Domestic savings key to economic development in Indonesia
Naoyuki Yoshino (Courtesy of ADB)With infrastructure development having been prioritized by the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, infrastructure financing is a crucial issue.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia Sends Helicopter to UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon
The Indonesian Military, or TNI, on Saturday (18/08) sent a helicopter to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
— Jakarta Globe

Asian Games (soccer) – Indonesian women`s soccer team loses to Chinese Taipei 0-4
The Indonesian women`s national team lost to Chinese Taipei in the qualifying round of Group A soccer match of the 18th Asian Games at the Jakabaring Sriwijaya stadium in Palembang on Sunday night.
— Antara News


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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