Indonesia morning news for July 27

Indonesia morning news for July 27

Indonesia morning newsGov’t Confident 17 Million Foreign Tourists Will Visit Indonesia in 2018
The Ministry of Tourism is optimistic about its chances of meeting the target of 17 million foreign visits in 2018, expecting a surge in August, as Indonesia will host high-profile international events such 2018 Asian Games and the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Claims Phase I of Jakarta MRT Project Has Reached 95.33 Percent
The development progress of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) of South-North corridor project from Lebak Bulus to Hotel Indonesia (HI) Roundabout in Phase I has reached 95.33 percent.
— Netral News

Malaysia Airlines to capture 50% moslem market share in Malaysia, Indonesia
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) aims to tap into 50% of the umrah pilgrimage market in Malaysia and Indonesia with 270,000-290,000 umrah pilgrims projected to make their pilgrimage to the holy land in the upcoming pilgrimage season.
— Retail News Asia (media release) (blog)

Indonesia’s fashion startups tap into Singapore market
The Indonesian Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) in cooperation with the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has opened a temporary pop-up store for Indonesian fashion startups to showcase their products in Singapore.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia To Develop Low-Cost Airport Terminals
The Ministry of Transportation has given its support for the development of airport terminals specifically catering to low-cost carriers, as part of Indonesia’s efforts to lower travel costs and boost tourism.
— Indonesia Expat

Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law Survives Court Challenge
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court dealt a blow to Indonesia’s already fragile religious freedom when it dismissed a petition to revoke the country’s blasphemy law.
— Human Rights Watch

Top Democrat official says willing to work with devil to beat Jokowi
Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Rachland Nashidik has tweeted a controversial message saying he is ready to work with the devil to beat President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the next year’s election.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s Electability Remains High Amid Voter Satisfaction: LIPI
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s electability remains high compared with other potential candidates contesting next year’s presidential election, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, or LIPI.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Studying to Scrap Luxury Goods Tax on Foreign Cruise Ships & Yachts
Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said her ministry is currently studying the proposal to scrap the luxury goods tax (PPnBM) for the arrival of foreign cruise ships or luxury yachts into Indonesian waters.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Human trafficking ring busted in West Java
West Java Police have arrested three people suspected to be behind the trafficking of 18 Indonesian women sent to China under marriage schemes.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to postpone coal, CPO insurance rules by six months -Industry Assoc
Indonesia’s trade ministry has decided to postpone for six months the application of rules mandating that coal and crude palm oil export shipments use Indonesian insurers, the country’s leading coal industry association said.
— Hellenic Shipping News

KPK Auction for Confiscated Items Reachs IDR16.5 Billion
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) managed to collect IDR16.5 billion from the auction of items confiscated from corruption suspects.
— Netral News

Government builds high-speed Internet infrastructure
The government is building high-speed internet infrastructure, targeting all districts across Indonesia, according to Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara.
— Antara News

Kaaba cloth confiscated from former minister fetches Rp 450 million at auction
A piece of the Kiswah, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba, which was confiscated from former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali, was a popular item at an auction conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Aceh is on track to cut off hands for graft
Lawmakers in Indonesia’s Aceh province have vowed to consider cutting off the hands of those convicted of corruption, in response to a public outcry following the arrest of Governor Irwandi Yusuf.
— UCA News

Indonesia to host 7th World Peace Forum
Indonesia will host the 7th World Peace Forum, participated in by 250 foreign and local peacemakers and peacekeepers, from Aug 14 to 16, the Indonesian President`s special envoy said here on Thursday.
— Antara News

Aceh to vaccinate 1.5 million children against measles, rubella
The Aceh administration plans to vaccinate 1.5 million children aged 9 months to 15 years against measles and rubella across the province as part of the nationwide measles-rubella (MR) immunization campaign.
— The Jakarta Post

Telkomsel launches ‘Internet of Things’ innovation center
Mobile operator company Telkomsel launched on Wednesday an innovation center to provide Internet of Things (IoT) laboratories, as well as mentoring and boot camp programs for startups, developers and system integrators with related industry players.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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