Indonesia morning news for December 10

Indonesia morning news for December 10

Indonesia morning news

$200mln from ADB to develop Indonesian higher education & skills
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $200 million loan to upgrade four higher education institutions in Indonesia and improve the technical and vocational training programmes that will help youth obtain the job skills needed in the evolving global economy.
— AEC News Today

Four killed, over 200 displaced as floods, landslides hit Indonesia’s East Java
Four people were killed and as many as 236 villagers were forced to flee home as landslides and floods struck East Java
— The Nation

Indonesia backflips on plans to relax some foreign investment caps
Indonesia has nixed part of a recent plan to ease foreign ownership in a bid to protect its domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),
— AEC News Today

5.0-magnitude quake hits West Java`s Pangandaran district
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Pangandaran district, West Java, on Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Aceh Authorities demand prisoners who mounted impromptu ‘haj’ return (video)
One week after 113 inmates at Lambaro prison in Bandeh Aceh decided to mount their own impromptu ‘mini haj’ (mini-pilgrimage), more than 40 of them are still at large, defying demands by authorities that they return.
— AEC News Today (video)

Indonesia’s Pertamina reaches financial close on $1.8 billion gas power station project
Indonesian state-owned energy firm Pertamina on Friday said it reached financial close for a $1.8 billion integrated gas-fired power station project on Dec. 5 with Japanese partners Marubeni Corp <8002.T> and Sojitz Corp <2768.T>.
— Today Online

Papua massacre shines light on forgotten conflict
The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesia’s restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.
— The Asean Post

Morrison cabinet to examine Jerusalem embassy move this week
Scott Morrison’s cabinet is due to discuss whether Australia’s Israeli embassy should move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at a meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia seeks IORA support in Indo-Pacific agenda
Indonesia is working on involving the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and other regional organizations in the development of an “open, transparent and inclusive Indo-Pacific”, which will be discussed at an international forum hosted by Indonesia next year.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

AIIB to Support Indonesia’s Sustainable Tourism Development
The Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD248.4-million loan to the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, with a guarantee of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), in support of the Mandalika Urban and Tourism Infrastructure Project.
— Modern Diplomacy

Papua Rebel Attack Raises Questions about Indonesia’s Infrastructure Push
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government has often argued that far eastern Papua province was long neglected, while officials pushed for a massive infrastructure strategy to connect the jungle-covered region as a way to winning the hearts and minds of locals.
— Benar News

Papua to Build Agro Tourism in Dusner Village
The Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Regions will develop agro-tourism in the village of Dusner in the district of Teluk Wondama, West Papua.

Davao-Indonesia academic exchange program eyed
THE Indonesian Consulate is eyeing to create academic exchange programs between Davao City and Indonesia to encourage tourism and cultural appreciation.
— Sun Star

Dutch Government appeals order to compensate Indonesian farmer after torturing him as a teen
Shortly before he died last year, a poor Indonesian farmer sat in a wheelchair in a room in eastern Java and addressed a panel of judges at the District Court in the Hague via Skype.
— ABC News

Year ender – Government poised to achieve salt self-sufficiency By Andi Abdussalam
The main problem that the government has been facing so far in the salt sector is increasing the production and market of domestically produced salt to stop import.
— Antara News

Anies to check residents’ data after scattered e-ID incident
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan says the city administration will check residents’ data following the recent finding of e-ID cards in a sack in Pondok Kopi, East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Muhammadiyah University to provide scholarship for African countries
University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) in East Java Province will soon provide scholarship for students from African countries.
— Antara News

As Democracy Declines Globally, Will Indonesia’s Upcoming Elections Offer a Ray of Hope?
With less than six months to go until the 2019 presidential and legislative elections, will Indonesia offer a ray of hope to a world experiencing democratic backsliding?
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia concerns about live reef fish trade
Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has expressed concern about the issue of consumed live reef fish which was very popular in the international market.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Monaco establish cooperation in coral reef conservation
Indonesia and Monaco have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on research and conservation cooperation as an effort to preserve the world`s coral reefs.
— Antara News

Eight in Bali and East Java die in landslides
Eight people died in two separate landslides in Gianyar regency in Bali and Pacitan regency in East Java on Friday and Saturday, the disaster mitigation agency reported.
— The Jakarta Post

TNI denies explosive use during rescue after Papua shootings
A spokesperson for the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) Cendrawasih Military Command, Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi, denied reports that a joint team of military and police personnel involved in a rescue mission to save victims of recent mass shootings in Nduga, Papua, had carried explosives or fired guns during the process.
— The Jakarta Post

North Bengkulu Jolted by 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter Scale rocked North Bengkulu early dawn on Sunday just after midnight.

Environmentalists face greater risks amid development drive
Indonesia is an increasingly dangerous place for people defending the environment and their land, activists have claimed, with recent data showing environmentalists being the most persecuted activists over the past four years
— The Jakarta Post

Rebels demand Indonesia negotiate on Papua independence
Rebels in Indonesia’s Papua province demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territory’s self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site that left at least 16 dead.
— Asahi Shimbun

Indonesia sends agricultural experts to Myanmar
Through the Directorate of Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia has sent two agricultural experts to Myanmar to provide quality improvement training in the field.
— Antara News

Jokowi Asks College Students to Hold Rally to Support Govt
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expected students from universities in Indonesia conduct rally to support government programs.

PT INKA to Expand Production Capacity to Meet Growing Demand
PT INKA is expanding its capacity to meet growing demand for railway trains in Indonesia.

Indonesian cultural congress provides new insights: Minister
The 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress (KKI) on Saturday provided a lot of new insights for the society, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said.
— Antara News

Progress in smelter construction by three mining companies slow
Progress in the construction of smelters by three mining companies in West Kalimantan has been slow.
— Antara News

Jokowi Asks College Students to Hold Rally to Support Govt
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expected students from universities in Indonesia conduct rally to support government programs.

Soekarno Hatta wins award of `Best airport of the year 2018`
Jakarta`s International Airport of Soekarno-Hatta has again won the award of Indonesia`s Best Airport of The Year 2018.
— Antara News

Kalla Reminds ICMI Not to Prioritize Political Discussions
Vice President Jusuf Kalla reminded the organization of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) not to prioritize political discussion.

Rescuers Evacuate Five Landslide Victims in Bali
The Search and Rescue (SAR) team evacuated five landslide victims, including one survivor, after more than 7.5 hours of searching in Batubulan village

Pope appoints new archbishop in Indonesia
Pope Francis on December 8 appointed Capuchin priest Fr. Kornelius Sipayung as the new Archbishop of Medan, Indonesia.
— Vatican News


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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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