Indonesia morning news for November 16

Indonesia morning news for November 16

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia records US$1.82 billion trade deficit in October
Indonesia has booked another monthly deficit in October after it enjoyed a $230 million surplus in the previous month, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ninety-two victims of crashed Lion Air identified: police
Raden Said Sukanto National Police Hospital`s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team members have been able to identify 92 victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed into the Java Sea on Oct 29, a top-ranking police.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Japan agree on disaster mitigation cooperation
The Japanese and Indonesian governments have agreed to develop disaster mitigation cooperation following humanitarian aid and disaster mitigation programs in the wake of a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.
— Antara News

Trade Balance Experiences Deficit, BI Raises Benchmark Rate
The worsening trade balance deficit causes Bank Indonesia (BI) to raise its benchmark interest rate in November 2018 to six percent.
— Netral News

Indonesia Surprises With Rate Hike After Trade Gap Widens
Indonesia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate for a sixth time this year to help rein in a widening trade deficit and bolster the currency.
— Bloomberg

Maritime sector may provide 45 million jobs: BKBM
Maritime sector might provide jobs for 45 million people in Indonesia, according to head of Maritime Cooperation Business Agency (BKBM) Rokhmin Dahuri.
— Antara News

Canberra school cancels Indonesian subject after Scott Morrison pledges closer strategic ties
A public secondary college in Canberra is planning to cancel their Indonesian language program, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent pledge to strengthen ties with one of the country’s closest neighbours.
— ABC News

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport makes top 10 of the most connected megahubs in the world
It’s actually a bit of a step back for Soekarno-Hatta, which was ranked the most connected megahub in all of Asia in OAG’s 2016 report.
— Coconuts Myanmar (paywall)

Agriculture ministry distributes 1.225 Brahman cross cattles to farmers
The Ministry of Agriculture, through the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health (DG PKH), has distributed 1,225 Brahman Cross cattles to farmers.
— Antara News

Indonesian challenger Prabowo Subianto promises tax cut that will put the nation ‘on par with Singapore’
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will slash corporate and personal income taxes if he comes to power, part of a plan to compete with low-tax neighbours like Singapore in luring more investment to Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses
Mobile broadband penetration surges in Indonesia Indonesia still faces some big challenges if it is to successfully continue the building of the telecommunications infrastructure required to support a large population spread over what is a uniquely complex geography.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

The Lion Air crash: Jokowi’s redemption or another stumble?
The crash of Lion Air flight JT610 on Monday, 29th October 2018 marks another unfortunate incident to hit Indonesia. The country recently mourned after a disastrous earthquake in Lombok and the Tsunami in Palu. Now it is doing so once again.
— Asean Today

Women’s role in terrorism and counter-terrorism
May this year saw Indonesia swept by a wave of terror attacks involving suicide bombers that targeted churches and the police headquarters in the city of Surabaya.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia’s video streaming quality among worst in Asia: Report
Indonesia’s video streaming quality is among the worst in Asia, according to OpenSignal, a United States-based company that specializes in mapping wireless coverage.
— The Jakarta Post

Knock Off Product Cause Auto Industry to Lose Trillions Annually
The Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society (MIAP) together with the International Trademark Association (INTA) held a discussion today on preventing the spread of counterfeit and illegal products as a means to protect consumers.

Merpati Could Be Getting Its Wings Back
Merpati Nusantara Airlines has secured a vital court ruling and a commitment from a prospective investor that may allow it to resume operations as early as next year.
— Jakarta Globe

Married Couple on Trial over Surabaya Bomb Attacks That Killed 24
A married couple went on trial Thursday, charged with involvement in the back-to-back suicide bomb attacks on three churches and a police headquarters that killed 24 people in Indonesia’s second-largest city in May.
— Benar News

Indonesia jails teacher who documented sexual harassment
An Indonesian woman has been sentenced to six months in jail after she documented sexual harassment by her employer.
— The Guardian

Number of Cinema Screens in Indonesia Expected to Double Over Next 3 Years
The head of the Creative Economy Agency, or Bekraf, said he expects the number of cinema screens in Indonesia to double over the next few years, amid growing interest in the national film industry.
— Jakarta Globe

Israel embassy putting Australia’s interests at risk, Penny Wong warns
Labor’s shadow foreign minister has called on Scott Morrison to admit he has “made a mistake” and to walk away from any thought of moving the Israel embassy.
— 9 News

Only 200 Sumatran Tigers Left in Aceh
The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) believes that there are only 200 Sumatran tigers left in the wild in Aceh. This tragic statistic was announced by BKSDA Aceh Head Sapto Aji Prabowo at the Banda Aceh Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) office yesterday, Nov. 14.

Exclusive: Indonesia’s Target Media Nusantara bags Series A funding from Alpha JWC
Digital media advertising platform Target Media Nusantara (TMN) has secured Series A funding from Indonesia-focused venture capital firm Alpha JWC.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

East Jakarta Offering Free Cat Neutering to Control Cat Population
The East Jakarta Food Security, Marine and Agriculture Agency is offering a free cat neutering service as the area’s cat population continues to spiral out of control, prompting worries over their effects on the local environment.
— Indonesia Expat

PT Rekayasa Industri (Rekind) Won the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2018
PT Rekayasa Industri (Rekind), a government-owned company and also one of the subsidiaries of PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) that is engaged in providing EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) services has once again shown its best achievement.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Oreo cookie maker targeted by Greenpeace to save Orangutans
The maker of Oreo cookies has become the latest target by Greenpeace in its campaign to stop the destruction of rainforests for palm oil.
— The Straits Times

Sumatran tiger trapped in riau market
The authority in Riau Province could not yet evacuate a Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris) stuck in a market in Pulau Burung subdistrict of Indragiri Hilir since Wednesday (Nov 14).
— Antara News

Digital Economy Era; Sri Mulyani Studies Changes in Fiscal Policy
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government was striving to understand changes in trends in the era of the digital economy. One of the concerns that must be comprehended was business in the digital era.

Indonesia’s Telkom in talks to buy stake in Go-Jek as ride-hailing firm pushes ahead with expansion plans
Just before technology start-up Go-Jek launches its ride-hailing service in Singapore and goes head-to-head with Grab in the region, it may have found another investor to lend it even more financial muscle.
— The Straits Times

More than 1,000 Guests to Attend Suksma Bali
Approximately 1,000 guests from various parties will enliven the main event of Suksma Bali on December 15, 2018. President Joko `Jokowi` Widodo reportedly will also attend the event.

5,3 Magnitude Quake Shakes Bali
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook Southern Bali on Wednesday night.
— Netral News

Police foil smuggling of 2,609 crabs to Malaysia
Water Police of West Kalimantan Region foiled an attempt to smuggle 2,609 crabs that were laying eggs, to Sarawak, Malaysia.
— Antara News

Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya establish cooperation in flight operation
The Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia Group, through its subsidiary, PT Citilink Indonesia, is establishing strategic cooperation with Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air by taking the operational management of the two flight.
— Antara 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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