Indonesia morning news for April 11

Indonesia morning news for April 11

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia, M’sia and Singapore shine as top halal travel destinations
Indonesia has for the first time joined Malaysia to take up the top spot on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, while Singapore retained its premier position as the top Muslim-friendly non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destination for Muslim travellers.
— TTG Asia

Indonesia Seeks Investment From Carmakers For E-Vehicles
The Indonesian government is seeking investment from Renault and Volvo to make electric vehicles as the country targets battery-powered automobiles to account for a quarter of the production by 2030, The Jakarta Post wrote.
— Investvine

Indonesia named as the world’s best halal tourist destination
Indonesia has been named as the world’s best halal tourist destination based upon Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, outclassing 130 destinations across the world.
— Antara News

Indonesia prepares to launch third Nagapasa-class submarine
Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will launch the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) on 11 April.
— Janes

RI, US issue stamp commemorating diplomatic relations
The governments of Indonesia and the United States have issued a stamp commemorating 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relations, which was officially launched by RI’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M.
— Antara News

Minorities matter in Indonesia’s election
By now, most of the world already knows that Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim demographic in the world, housing approximately 229 million Muslims. This, however, is especially pertinent considering the fact that Indonesia is about to face its largest election in a week from today on 17 April.
— The Asean Post

Indonesian Armed Forces issue warning against disorders during vote
The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) are ready to intervene against any attempt to undermine the smooth running of the next general election, said Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, in a message addressed to the nation one week before the vote on 17 April (see video below).
— Asia News

No money no vote in Indonesia election
When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled country –vote buying.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia proposes use of local currencies for internal ASEAN transactions
Bank Indonesia (BI) has proposed the use of local currencies for internal trade transactions within ASEAN countries to reduce dependency on the US dollar.
— The Jakarta Post

Palm oil a hot issue in Indonesian election
All roads lead to Indonesia’s April 17 presidential and legislative elections – even through the vast plantation country of Sumatra where President Joko Widodo and his government unfairly get the blame for the low world market prices of palm oil and rubber.
— Asia Times

Papua regency bans alcoholic beverages ahead of elections
Mimika regency in Papua banned alcoholic beverage sales on Wednesday in an effort to maintain public order during the simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia creates three marine protected areas within Coral Triangle
The Indonesian government has established three new marine protected areas within the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of corals and reef fishes anywhere on the planet.
— Mongabay

Health advocates push for firm regulations on e-cigarettes
Health advocates have urged the government to regulate the use of e-cigarettes to prevent non-smokers, particularly young ones, from taking up the habit.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah Down as IMF Cuts Global Projection
The rupiah’s interbank rate in Jakarta closed down today, following the IMF’s correction over the global economic outlook. The IDR lost 20bps or 0.14% to close at 14.153 per US dollar.

Silkroad Nickel gets nod for construction of nickel smelter in Indonesia
Indonesian mining group Silkroad Nickel on Tuesday (April 9) said it has received environmental approval for the construction of a nickel smelter and supporting facilities at its mine site in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
— Straits Times

Renewable-based electrification key to achieve climate change goal
Scaling-up the world’s renewable energy combined with electrification could deliver more than 75 percent of the energy-related emission reductions needed to meet global climate goals, a recent study shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Validus Capital steps into Indonesia, its first Southeast Asian market beyond Singapore
Validus Capital, a Singapore-based peer-to-business (P2B) lending platform that targets small and medium enterprises (SMEs), has set up shop in Indonesia through its subsidiary Batumbu, in partnership with Indonesia’s Triputra Group.
— Kr Asia

KPU Denies Any Vote Counting Taken Place Overseas
The General Elections Commission (KPU) firmly slams rumors of voting ballots already being counted overseas ahead of the actual voting day on April 17, 2019, and maintains that this info cannot be accounted for.

Indonesia chases Volvo, Renault investment in electric vehicles
The Indonesian government is seeking investment from Renault and Volvo to make electric vehicles as the country targets battery-powered automobiles to account for a quarter of the production by 2030.
— The Jakarta Post

5 miners killed, 2 wounded as landslides hit central Indonesia
Five bodies have been retrieved from the affected areas and two others sustained injuries after landslides hit a pearl mining in South Kalimantan province of central Indonesia, a disaster agency official said here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Gov’t Eyes 9 percent Growth in Cosmetics Industry
The Industry Ministry is eyeing nine percent growth of the national cosmetics industry this year since Indonesia is a quite high potential market of beauty product that is also promising business for producers to develop.

Merchants cashing in on Indonesia’s election fever | Video
Election merchandise is selling like hot cakes in Indonesia ahead of the presidential and legislative polls on Apr 17. It’s the first time that both elections are being held simultaneously in the world’s third-largest democracy.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Renewables way to gain energy independence, German minister says
The transition from dirty to clean energy is often perceived only as an effort to cut global carbon emissions, but such a perception has already been left behind as global leaders start to believe that it is also a way to gain energy independence for each country in this planet.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to hold presidential and legislative elections on April 17
An official shows ballot papers during an election simulation event in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 10, 2019. Indonesia will hold its presidential and legislative elections on April 17, 2019.
— Xinhua

Ubud Food Festival Set to Commence in Late April
The international-scale culinary festival dubbed the “Ubud Food Festival” is set to be held from Friday to Sunday, April 26-28, 2019.

Overseas Indonesians vote for country’s next president
There are almost nine million Indonesians living abroad, a key constituency for the contenders Widodo and Subianto.
— Intellasia

Jokowi aims for 70 percent votes in Central Java stronghold
The incumbent intends to repeat his 2014 performance in cities and regencies across Central Java to secure at least 70 percent of all votes in the province, which is widely regarded as his stronghold.
— The Jakarta Post

Effects of Sugar Content in Fruits for Body
Fruit naturally contains sugar, such as fructose and glucose. A nutritionist and founder of Osinga Nutrition from Canada, Nicole Osinga, explains that the human body metabolizes both types of sugar differently.

Komodo dragon mascot, local dialects encourage E. Nusa Tenggara voters to visit polling stations
Local General Elections Commissions (KPU) in East and West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, are putting forth local dialects and mascots to encourage people to vote.
— The Jakarta Post

Banks Invest on Cyber Security
Banks are preparing large investments on cyber security as digital transactions are growing rapidly. The situation may lead to higher potentials for cybercrimes.

Tourism ministry to introduce VITO in Thailand
In a bid to promote and market national tourism in Thailand, the Ministry of Tourism will establish a Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO) there.
— Antara News

Batumbu to help finance SMEs
PT Berdayakan Usaha Indonesia has announced that it aims to help small and medium enterprises (SME) access financial capital through a partnership program with its digital platform Batumbu.
— The Jakarta Post

Elevated Toll Road Project to be Delayed During Eid Homecoming
Transportation Ministry has announced that the construction project of Jakarta – Cikampek II elevated toll road will be postponed during the 2019 Eid homecoming session until the return period on June 10, 2019.

The real challenge for Indonesia’s next president
The runup to Indonesia’s general election on April 17 has so far seen four revealing presidential debates. Occasionally strident, sometimes humorous, the events have been a welcome opportunity for the candidates, incumbent President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto, to reach out to voters.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Jokowi consents to shut down Komodo Island: spokesman
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed approval to the East Nusa Tenggara governor’s suggestion to close down Komodo Island to embark on a conservation program, the province’s spokesman, Mariius Ardu Jelamu, confirmed in Kupang, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia ‘money politics’ greases election machine
When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled countryvote buying.
— Intellasia

Tourists check out early from Batam resorts after oil found on beaches
Beaches near Nongsa resorts in Batam, Riau Islands, have been covered with a thick film of stinky, black oil since Tuesday, forcing foreign tourists staying at the resorts along the beaches to check out earlier than planned or cancel their stay.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: New Book on Ethnic, Religious Violence
Political changes in post-Suharto Indonesia have triggered ethnic and religious violence across the country, says a book by Andreas Harsono, a veteran Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, that was published today.
— Human Right Watch

In Indonesia, an earthquake leaves devastation on land and under the sea
Few people knew about the luscious coral off Palu, in Indonesia’s Central Sulwaesi province, before an earthquake turned it into an underwater wasteland.
— Mongabay

Garuda still has about 170,000 promotional seats on offer
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia still has 170,000 promotional seats available on several domestic flights offered during the Garuda Indonesia Online Travel Fair Festival (GOTF), which will end on April 12.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, US commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the US Embassy in Jakarta will celebrate 70 years of Indonesia-United States diplomatic relations.
— Antara News

Hoax busters: Indonesia’s front line in the war on fake news
A small army of “hoax busters”in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world’s third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.
— Intellasia


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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