Indonesia morning news for August 6

Indonesia morning news for August 6

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia is returning 1MDB-linked luxury yacht to Malaysia
Indonesia is returning a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company after a months-long legal battle, a police official said on Sunday.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia quake kills 82, leaves hundreds wounded
A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early Monday, with thousands of buildings left damaged.
— The Nation

Village Fund Successfully Reduces Poverty Rate of 1.8 Million People
The Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo said poverty rate had plunged 1.8 million people because of the assistance of village funds.
— Netral News

Major earthquake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island
AUSTRALIAN politician Peter Dutton and high-profile celebrities were caught up in a powerful earthquake on the holiday island of Lombok that has claimed at least 82 lives.
— (video)

BI and Philippine central bank sign MoU on money laundering
Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to prevent money laundering and block fund for terrorism.
— Antara News

100 tons of fish killed in in C. Java fish farms
Over 100 tons of red and gold Nile tilapia fish being farmed in karamba (bamboo cages) in Kedung Ombo Dam, Boyolali, Central Java, have died over the past week, reportedly as a result of ammonia pollution, with a financial loss totaling Rp 2 billion (US$138,160).
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s 7% Growth Target for Indonesia Remains a Dream for Now
For President Joko Widodo, the Indonesian economy is offering little cheer as he gears up to run for a second term.
— The Edge Markets

Accused of Steel Dumping, Indonesia Maintains Antidumping Commitment with China
Indonesia maintains its commitment to antidumping with China in order to get a mutually beneficial solution between the two countries.
— Netral News

Australia opens consulate general in Surabaya
The Australian government has opened a consulate general in Surabaya, East Java, it was announced over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Registration for next year’s presidential election in Indonesia | Video
Indonesia’s political parties have until Aug 10 to file their candidates contesting for next year’s presidential election.
— Channel NewsAsia

Papuans protest over ‘Act of Free Choice’ in 13 cities in Indonesia
Papuans have launched protest actions in 13 cities across Indonesia to demonstrate against the so-called “Act of Free Choice” that enabled Jakarta to take control of the Melanesian region.
— Asia Pacific Report

Government says Indonesia will ban dog meat trade
We received exciting news this weekend regarding our fight against the global trade in dog meat.
— HSUS (blog)

Indonesia To Set Up Team To Study Russian Fighter Procurement Process
Indonesia will reportedly set up a team to study planned procurement of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, covering all aspects of the agreement signed early this year.

Minister Susi: Indonesia will Not Compromise with Illegal Fishing
Marine and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that Indonesia will not compromise with illegal fishing activities within Indonesian waters.

Expert: Young Generation Must Embrace Coding Literacy to Face Industry 4.0 Era
The Indonesian nation must start preparing a generation of computer language or “coding” literacy to deal with the industry 4.0 era, said the permanent professor of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) Prof. Yandra Arkeman.
— Netral News

Reducing violence against women in Indonesia
The rate of violence against children and women in Indonesia remains high, so various efforts are being and will continue to be done to reduce such a crime.
— Antara News

Jakarta asks US to retain its GSP perks
Indonesia lobbied visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to keep the Southeast Asian nation on a list of countries that receive preferential trade terms, its foreign and trade ministers said on Sunday.
— Malaya

Minister predicts 2nd quarter growth at 5.2-5.3 percent
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has predicted the Indonesian economy will grow 5.2-5.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, fueled by the harvest in April and May.
— Antara News

Zanzibar Wants Indonesia to Help Develop Its Seaweed Industry
Zanzibar wants to develop its seaweed processing industry with the help of Indonesia, President Ali Mohammed Shein said during a recent visit.
— Jakarta Globe

China Interested in Building Nickel Factory in North Maluku
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said that Chinese investors are interested in building a nickel factory in North Halmahera, North Maluku, to process the nickel that is a component of a lithium battery.

Trade mission promotes ethanol in Indonesia, Vietnam
The U.S. Grains Council and ethanol industry partners added an octane enhancer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent Agricultural Trade Mission to Indonesia, led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.
— High Plains Journal

National Payment Gateway is the future of bank transactions in Indonesia
The National Payment Gateway (GPN) now has 60 banks connected to it. Merchants and customers, alike, are able to save money by using GPN.
— Open Gov

37 Suspected Terrorists Arrested In West Java Ahead Of Asian Games
The West Java Police have arrested at least 37 suspected terrorists ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, in which several events will be held in the province.
— Indonesia Expat


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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