Indonesia morning news for October 17

Indonesia morning news for October 17

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia books US$360.7 billion in foreign debt in August
Indonesia’s foreign debt – which includes debts from central banks, governments and the private sector – stood at US$360.7 billion in August, growing by 5.14 percent year-on-year (yoy), driven by growth in private sector debt amid slowdowns in government and central bank debt.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s budget committee approves 5.3 pct target for 2019 GDP growth
The Indonesian parliament’s budgetary committee on Tuesday approved the assumptions on which the government based its 2019 budget proposal, including a GDP growth target of 5.3 percent.
— Reuters

Indonesia-Australia Free Trade Deal in Jeopardy over Israel Embassy Comments
Nearly one year after US President Donald Trump confirmed the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison followed suit by suggesting that Australia plans to make the same risky move.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Nature Cursed Indonesia, but It Took Neglect to Make a Disaster
Most of Petobo, a middle-class neighborhood in the eastern Indonesian city of Palu, vanished into the vortex of mud created by the earthquake on Sept. 28. One of the greatest horrors born that day was that it was little surprise.
— The New York Times

City proposes allocating Rp 2 billion for social media management
The Jakarta Communications, Information and Statistics Agency has proposed a plan to allocate Rp 2 billion (US$131,000) for social media management to help disseminate information on policies, an official stated on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry 4.0 to Put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies: Minister
The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, stated Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.

BMKG Warns of Flash Flood Potential in Next Week
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned of the potential for the flash flood in several regions in Indonesia due to increasing rainfall for the next week.

Residents demand compensation for river-restoration project
A number of residents of Cililitan in Kramatjati, East Jakarta, flocked to the Jakarta Water Resource Agency in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday, demanding the agency compensate them for giving up their land for a past river-restoration project.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Allots Rp20bn to Support Lombok Tourism Recovery
West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Promotion Agency (BPPD NTB) head Fauzan Zakaria said the Tourism Ministry earmarked Rp20 billion to support the tourism recovery in Lombok and Sumbawa. The budget was set for the funding until December this year.

House approves religious schools draft bill
A House of Representatives plenary meeting approved on Tuesday the draft bill on boarding schools and religious education.
— The Jakarta Post

West Jakarta finds violations at more than 500 buildings
West Jakarta Public Order Agency head Tamo Sijabat has revealed that more than 500 buildings in the municipality have violated their building permits (IMBs).
— The Jakarta Post

Spending by tourists during Asian Games reaches Rp3.7 trillion
A survey by the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) and the Economic and Community Study Institute of the University of Indonesia (LPEM UI) showed that spending by foreign and domestic tourists during the last Asian Games
— Antara News

Samsung offers USD 600,000 for earthquake recovery efforts in Indonesia
Samsung has announced it has sent USD 600,000 to support recovery efforts from the recent earthquake that devastated parts of Indonesia, Yonhap news agency reports.
— Telecompaper

Ministry prepares two draft regulations on ride-hailing apps
The Transportation Ministry has prepared two draft regulations on ride-hailing apps after the previous regulations were annulled by the Supreme Court in September.
— The Jakarta Post

57 Percent of Indonesian Teachers have Intolerant Tendencies
A research by Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) at the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University (UIN) revealed that 57 percent of school and madrasah (Islamic school) teachers in Indonesia have intolerant notions against other religious beliefs.

Phase 2 of Jakarta MRT set to begin construction by end of year, start operation by 2025
For those of us living in Jakarta, it feels like construction on (and the resultant traffic from) the first phase of the capital’s mass rapid transit (MRT) system has been going on forever. But there’s light at the end of that tunnel, with officials saying phase 1 will be operational in March 2019. But how about phases 2 and 3?
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia careful about accepting loan offer for Palu, Lombok reconstruction
The Indonesian government is careful about accepting a loan offer from international financial institutions to finance the reconstruction of buildings damaged due to natural disasters in Palu City and Lombok Island
— Antara News

World’s Largest Rice Gene Bank Secures Funding to Fight Climate Change
The world’s largest collection of rice varieties has secured indefinite funding in what officials say will be crucial for the development of seeds resilient to the effects of climate change.
— Jakarta Globe

Free Supermarket for Palu Earthquake Refugees in Balikpapan
The evacuation post of the Dhomber Balikpapan National Army (TNI) Air Force Base, which accommodated the Palu earthquake victims, has supermarket-style stalls.

Til diesel do us part: Gas station in Indonesia transformed into wedding venue (Photos)
One Indonesian couple recently had a Pertamax wedding reception (Indonesian motorists should get that) by holding it at a gas station of all places, photos of which have gone viral.
— Coconuts Jakarta

DPR Stray Bullet; Shooter Used Full Auto Glock Conversion Kit
Jakarta Metro Police`s general criminal investigation Director, Sr. Comr. Nico Afinta said that the two shooters that ended up lodging two stray bullets into an office at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters are not members of the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association (Perbakin).

Export level hasn’t met expectations: Minister
Although the country booked a trade surplus of US$230 million in September, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said exports had not met the government’s expectations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Transportation Ministry proposing panic button in ride-hailing apps for passenger and driver safety
Like any form of public transportation, there’s always an element of risk involved in ride-hailing services — often referred to as “online taxis” in Indonesia — for both passenger and driver.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Government of Canada secures new access in key ASEAN markets
Expanding and diversifying Canada’s trade with emerging markets such as those in the ASEAN region through trade agreements and increased market access is a priority for the Government of Canada.
— Benzinga

Miners want ISDS in Indonesia free trade agreement
Businesses in the mining sector and beyond insist protection for Australian investors in Indonesia is required in a free trade deal because of Jakarta’s track record of nationalising natural resources and erratic court system.
— Financial Review

Indonesia calls to establish standard for halal products in Asean
The Indonesian government has voiced a call to set up a standard for halal products in Southeast Asian countries during a meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF).
— Antara News

Tangerang regent instructs civil servants to prioritize praying on time even when they’re in the middle of serving the public
For many of the religiously devout, servitude to God is more important than fulfilling their earthly duties. That is presumably the argument one Indonesian official used to come up with this new regulation for his civil servants.
— Coconuts Jakarta

$90k worth of Singapore currency seized in Indonesia’s latest corruption raid
JAKARTA – Indonesia’s anti-graft agency KPK has confiscated almost S$140,000 in cash – including Singapore currency – which it suspects that a property company was using to bribe local government officials in Bekasi, a satellite town of Jakarta.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia fights for eradication of fisheries crime at UN
Fisheries crime not only has a dire impact on the environment but also threatens the security and economy of a country, an Indonesian diplomat stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia considering putting trade deal on hold over Scott Morrison’s Israel embassy comments
The Palestinian delegation to Australia has warned the nation risks becoming an “international pariah” on foreign policy in the Middle East, if it moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
— ABC News

Bali Beauty Pageant Promoting Equality, HIV Education Forced To Cancel
A Bali beauty pageant promoting HIV education and equality has been called off after mounting pressure from hardline anti-LGBT groups.
— Indonesia Expat

PDIP: Anis’ 0 Down Payment Housing Program Not for Disadvantaged People
Jakarta Regional Representatives’ PDIP Faction criticizes several programs in the one-year administration of Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan. Monday (10/15/2018) in the PDIP Faction Meeting Room, Jakarta Regional Representatives Building, at Kebun Sirih, Central Jakarta.
— Netral English

PMI cares for victims of C Sulawesi disaster
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) continues to pay serious attention to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Central Sulawesi by setting up a field clinic to provide basic health services for refugees in the province.
— Antara News

23 suspects of surabaya church bombing moved to Jakarta: Police
Twenty three suspects of a church bombing in Surabaya have been moved from East Java city to the National Police headquarters` jail in Jakarta for an investigation, a police spokesman said.
– Antara News

In Indonesia, transgender women find haven in Islamic boarding school
Shinta Ratri, the matron of an Indonesian Islamic boarding school, corrects the pronunciation of a group of fellow Muslims as they chant the phrase “only one God” in Arabic and prepare to pray together.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Unicef builds temporary classes in C Sulawesi
United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF) has contributed tents to build temporary classes and provided some educational equipment for children who became victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi
— Antara News

IMF-WB – Telkomsel provides 1,500 BTYS for delegates holidaying in NTT
State cellular operator PT Telkomsel has prepared more than 1,500 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to serve delegates of the IMF-World Bank annual meetings vacationing in the province.
— Antara News

Gobi Partners follows up on the Philippines with $10m early-stage Indonesia fund
Gobi Partners has established a US$10 million venture fund dedicated to investing in early-stage startups in Indonesia.
— Tech in Asia


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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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