Indonesia morning news for October 5

Indonesia morning news for October 5

Indonesia morning newsForeign Aid for Palu, Donggala Disaster Starts to Arrive
Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced that foreign aid from three countries for the victims of Palu and Donggala earthquake and tsunami have started to arrive.
— Tempo.co

Damage From Central Sulawesi Disaster Estimated at More Than $650m
Jakarta. Officials estimate that the total losses from last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi will likely surpass $658 million, making it one of the costliest disasters to have hit Indonesia in the past five years.
— Jakarta Globe

Government to double £2 million of UK support to Indonesia Appeal
International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has today (Thursday, 4 October) announced that the UK will provide further assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami, by aid matching the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal.
— Gov.UK

UN Announces $15 Million Aid for Indonesia
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has announced that it would allocate $15 million to help the victims, especially women and girls, of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island last week.
— The Sentinel

Indonesia prepares regulation for foreign aid in Central Sulawesi
The Finance Ministry is preparing a mechanism for foreign assistance in the redevelopment and reconstruction of earthquake and tsunami-hit areas in Palu, Donggala and surrounding cities in Central Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Insure Airport, Port as Sri Mulyani Suggests
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he would insure state airports and ports as suggested by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia tsunami: Services begin returning to Palu, but fate of thousands unknown
Some services have begun returning to normal in Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami-stricken city of Palu, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts remains unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck.
— ABC News

LIPI pushes for development of second generation bio-ethanol
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has pushed for the setting up of a consortium of the second generation bioethanol to speed up the process of conversion of fossil fuel into renewable, environmentally friendly fuel …
— Antara News

Scientists zero in on cause of unusual Indonesian disaster
Almost a week after a quake-tsunami wreaked devastation in central Indonesia, scientists are zeroing in on what they believe caused the highly unusual natural disaster.
— Channel NewsAsia

World Bank warns of debt rollover risk in Indonesia, Thailand
Any increase in capital outflows could make it more difficult for companies and governments to refinance foreign debt in developing East Asia, with Indonesia and Thailand most at risk, says the World Bank.
— The Star Online

Indonesia Declines Foreign Personnel To Assist In Sulawesi Disaster Relief
Indonesia said it will not accept offers from other countries to send search and rescue personnel and medical staff, and emphasized that its current priorities are air transportation, water treatment equipment, generators and tents to improve emergency relief efforts following last week’s twin disasters in Central Sulawesi.
— Indonesia Expat

Pope Francis sends $100,000 for relief efforts in Indonesia
Pope Francis has sent $100,000 to help those affected by the powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Sulawesi Island in Indonesia last week, killing over 1,400 people and causing widespread destruction, a Vatican Ministry said on Thursday.
— Times Now

French rescuers detect signs of life under quake-hit hotel in Indonesia
A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to more than 1,500.
— SFGate

Govt Gives Tax Relief for Earthquake Victims in Donggala, Palu
Jakarta – Directorate General of Tax of the Ministry of Finance provides tax relief to the victims of Palu and Donggala earthquake and tsunami that occurred on Friday 28 September.
— Tempo.co

3.8 million Indonesians run risk of tsunami threat
Jakarta – Some 3.8 million Indonesians run the risk of tsunami threat, Chief of the Information Data and Public Relations of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Astra Donates IDR4.5 Billion for Earthquake,Tsunami Survivors in Palu, Donggala
PT Astra International Tbk and Astra Group companies through the Nurani Astra program allocated assistance in the initial phase worth IDR4.5 billion to the earthquake and tsunami in Palu City and Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi.
— Netral English

Tax revenue collection reaches Rp 900.82t up to September
The Finance Ministry’s director general of taxation Robert Pakpahan has said his office booked Rp 900.82 trillion (US$59.41 billion) up to September, or 63.26 percent of the total target of Rp 1.42 quadrillion as set in the 2018 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Traveloka Is Said in Talks to Raise $400 Million
Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel startup, is in talks to raise about $400 million from new and existing investors to accelerate its expansion, according to people familiar with the matter.
— Bloomberg

Palu Quake Update: 4 Districts Remain Isolated, BNPB Says
BNPB said that four districts in Central Sulawesi are still isolated in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu last weekend.
— Tempo.co

Mt. Gamalama in North Maluku erupts, residents told to stay away
The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised the status for Mount Gamalama in North Maluku to caution — the second after normal in the four-level national volcano alert system — on Thursday following an eruption at 11:52 a.m. local time.
— The Jakarta Post

IHSG closes lower, rupiah loses more value on Thursday
The Jakarta composite index (IHSG) closed lower on Thursday on sell off by investors and absence of positive sentiment. The index of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) fell 111.11 points or 1.89 percent to 5,756.61.
— Antara News

Moody’s sees growing CPO demand in medium, long term
Moody’s Investors Service says crude palm oil (CPO) prices — which have fallen 14 percent since the start of 2018 and are at their lowest levels since 2015, will present a credit challenge for rated palm oil producers if they remain at current levels.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah depreciation won’t continue into 2019: BI Governor
Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo has expressed his optimism that the weakening of the rupiah against the US dollar will not continue into 2019, arguing that the external pressures against the country’s currency would slow down.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Declines Offers of Foreign Personnel to Assist in C. Sulawesi Disaster Relief Efforts
Jakarta. Indonesia said it will not accept offers from other countries to send search and rescue personnel and medical staff, and emphasized that its current priorities are air transportation, water treatment equipment, generators and tents to improve emergency relief efforts following last week’s twin disasters in Central Sulawesi.
— Jakarta Globe

Rescuers Search for Children Killed at Bible Camp in Central Sulawesi Quake
Palu. The church where more than 80 children were studying the Bible has moved about 2 kilometers from where it stood last week before disaster struck.
— Jakarta Globe

Foreign Aid for Palu, Donggala Disaster Starts to Arrive
Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced that foreign aid from three countries for the victims of Palu and Donggala earthquake and tsunami have started to arrive.
“We received foreign aid from Japan, New Zealand, and India,” said the vice president at the VP Palace in Jakarta, Thursday, October 4.
— Tempo.co

5 Facts about Mount Anak Krakatau
Bandarlampung – Mount Anak Krakatau located in Sunda Strait, South Lampung, erupted for 156 times since Tuesday, October 2 until early Wednesday. The eruption followed by incandescent lava and thunder sounds.
— Tempo.co

PTDI receives an order for 20 units of N219 aircraft
State-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia received an order for 20 units of N219 aircraft from PT Aviastar Mandiri to be used for air transport in isolated areas
— Antara News

Geology agency to map Indonesia`s disaster-prone areas
The Head of the Geology Agency at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Rudy Suhendar, said the agency is trying to map Indonesia`s territories with high disaster potentials.
— Antara News

Emergency medical facilities operate in C Sulawesi: IDI
Emergency medical facilities have operated to handle earthquake and tsunami victims in Palu, Central Sulawesi, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) secretary-general M. Adib Khumaidi said.
“Mobile Clinics and the Palu General Hospital (RSUD) can treat the victims along with the availability of logistics for medicines,” Khumaidi stated here on Thursday.
— Antara News

Head of Indonesia’s weather agency asked to resign after it was accused of lifting Sulawesi tsunami alert prematurely
JAKARTA – The head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) – which has been accused of prematurely ending the tsunami warning during the deadly disaster in Central Sulawesi – has been asked to resign.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia eyes ‘catastrophe bonds’ as it looks to fund disaster recovery
JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia plans to launch a new strategy to fund disaster recovery, which could include selling “catastrophe bonds”, a government official said on Thursday (Oct 4), as the country faced up to the devastation from a huge earthquake and tsunami.
— The Straits Times

Traumatised kids sleep in the open as rescuers race against clock after quake-tsunami disaster in Indonesia
PALU, INDONESIA (AFP) – Many children have been separated from their families and are “in shock and traumatised” following Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, aid workers said on Thursday (Oct 4), as much-needed supplies trickled in to shattered communities.
A total of 1,411 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster earthquake struck last Friday, sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi island.
— The Straits Times

IoT Training to prepare Indonesia for Industrial Revolution 4.0
An Internet of Things (IoT) Network Planning Training was held in Bandung, Indonesia as part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional activities.
— OpenGov

Indonesia eyes ‘catastrophe bonds’ as it looks to fund disaster recovery
Indonesia plans to launch a new strategy to fund disaster recovery, which could include selling “catastrophe bonds”, a government official said on Thursday, as the country faced up to the devastation from a huge earthquake and a tsunami.
— The Edge Markets

Singapore working with Indonesia over regional intelligence web
Singapore is working closely with Indonesia to get more support at an Asean meeting later this month to build a regional counter-terrorism intelligence-sharing network, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, speaking at a Total Defence Awards dinner last night.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia to import oil from Qatar soon: Official
Indonesia is set to import oil from Qatar very soon, said a top diplomat of the Southeast Asian nation which is one of the leading gas exporting countries in the world.
— Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

A Guide For Foreigners Buying Property In Indonesia
Property investment is one of the preferred investment opportunities for Indonesians, but property sales to foreigners – especially for investment – is far less common.
— Indonesia Expat

Pegadaian Targets 8,044 Agents Throughout Indonesia in 2018
This year Pegadaian targets to have 8,044 agents throughout Indonesia, which consist of 3,000 mortgage agents, 6,000 marketing agents, and 2,044 sales forces.
— Netral English

Mitsubishi announces plan to increase production capacity in Indonesia
Mitsubishi Motors has announced plans to increase production capacity at its factory in Bekasi, West Java in response to high demand, particularly for its Xpander MPV, both in domestic and international markets.
— The Jakarta Post

INAPGOC to give free tickets to 15,000 students
The Indonesia Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) will provide 15,000 free tickets for school students in Jakarta.
The Jakarta Post

Ministry considers three options for crude sales to Pertamina
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is considering three options to resolve tax issues for private oil and gas companies.
Under Ministerial Regulation No. 42/2018 issued on Sept. 6, private oil and gas companies are required to prioritize selling crude to Pertamina. The policy was introduced to reduce the import of oil products from other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

BCA Wins Four Awards in Indonesia Banking Award 2018
The hard work and efforts of PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (IDX:BBCA) or BCA in providing the best service for customers again yielded brilliant results which were embodied in the 2018 Indonesia Banking Award.
— Netral English

Indonesia, Singapore to hold annual leaders` retreat in Bali
The governments of Indonesia and Singapore will carry out the Indonesia-Singapore Annual Leaders` Retreat in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Oct 11, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson has said.
— Antara News

Indonesia: West Sumatra is second biggest mangosteen producer
Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman said West Sumatra is the second largest mangosteen producer in Indonesia, after West Java.
— Fresh Plaza

Overtourism in Bali is resulting in waste and traffic
A yoga teacher in Bali is happy to be teaching 300-400 students a day, but he still recognizes the issues attached to so much business.
— CNN

 

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