Indonesia morning news for April 30

Indonesia morning news for April 30

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s planning minister announces capital city move
Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta, according to the country’s planning minister.
— BBC News

Indonesia’s inflation rate seen picking up pace in April
Indonesia’s annual inflation rate has likely picked up in April amid rising food prices ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, according to a Reuters poll on Monday.
— Journal Pioneer

Economist urges cutting down on ‘vested interests’ to free up growth
Senior economist Faisal Basri of the University of Indonesia has said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must eliminate “vested interests” in the government that had been putting the brakes on economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 300 workers dead after Indonesian election
More than 300 Indonesian election workers have died, many of which from fatigue-related illnesses, after the world’s third biggest democracy hit the polls earlier this month.
— CNN

Indonesia floods: At least 29 people dead, thousands displaced
Floods sparked by torrential rains have killed 29 people in Indonesia with a dozen more still missing, officials said on Monday, marking the latest calamity for a disaster-prone nation.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia and Vietnam ships crash over fishing
Vietnam’s coastguard rams an Indonesian navy vessel which is moving to intercept a Vietnamese boat suspected of fishing illegally.
— Sky News (video)

Garuda Indonesia: The brand Indonesians would be proudest to work for
Garuda Indonesia is the brand that Indonesians would be proudest to work for, new rankings from YouGov BrandIndex reveal. With a score of 73.3, the national carrier tops the list for the second year in a row.
— Marketing Interactive

Indonesia Bank Mandiri Q1 net income jumps 23 pct
PT Bank Mandiri , Indonesia’s largest lender by assets, posted a 23.14 percent jump in quarterly net profit on Monday, helped by higher interest and fee income.
— Nasdaq

Cyr: Indonesia demonstrates progress in Southeast Asia
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia has carried out democratic elections enormous in scale and importance, including for Americans. As usual currently, most of our media have ignored or only briefly noted this important news.
— Intellasia

Whole Week of Possible Extreme Weather Looming, says BMKG
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced that potential extreme weather might still occur up to May 2, 2019, following the intra-seasonal atmosphere activity Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is in its wet phase.
— Tempo.co

Retailers start to open new outlets this year
Amid the rise of digital marketplaces, offline department stores have started to expand their businesses by opening new outlets in a number of cities.
— The Jakarta Post

Students in Indonesia speak up against sexual abuse and harassment on campus
The road was quiet with only palm trees around and it was only two of us in his car when he began to caress my thigh and slip his hand under my bottom.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jakartans need days to clear mud after floods
South Jakartans are working hard to clear mud from their neighborhood after Friday’s floods.
— The Jakarta Post

Backstory: Hunting for fake news and trolls in Indonesia’s elections
The first online troll I met was a middle-aged, potbellied Indonesian man, dressed casually in jeans and sneakers. He said his nickname was “Commandant”.
— Reuters

200 Tons of Trash Removed from Kalibaru River
The Bogor District administration recently removed 200 tons worth of trash that piled up at the Kalibaru River, which is the tail end of the Ciliwung River in Bogor, West Java.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta to ensure food supply during Ramadan
The Jakarta administration has predicted that food demand will increase by 10 percent during Ramadan, which will begin next week, and has prepared measures to anticipate the surge.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry encourages implementation of policy in downstream industry
The Ministry of Industry will consistently encourage the implementation of the policy in the downstream industry to increase the value addition of domestic raw materials.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Pertamina says jet fuel inventory rises, has stopped imports
Indonesian state energy company PT Pertamina on Monday said its jet fuel inventory had jumped this year amid faltering appetite from airlines, adding that it had stopped importing the fuel from the start of 2019.
— The Business Times

Heavy rainfall to continue in Greater Jakarta until Thursday
Extreme weather with the potential to cause flooding and river overflows in Jakarta may continue to occur until Thursday, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Camp Predicts 60 Percent Parliamentary Control
The Indonesian parliament is expected to be solid with the government if Jokowi is named president in the 2019 presidential election vote recapitulation, considering the number of parliament seats will likely be secured by legislators joined in the “Indonesia working coalition” that is namely pro-Jokowi.
— Tempo.co

Days of heavy rain leads to severe flooding in Indonesia
Severe flooding on Indonesia’s Sumatra island triggered by days of heavy rain has killed over 15 people, according to the country’s disaster agency.
— Irish Times (video)

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash
Indonesia’s navy said that the Vietnamese coastguard rammed one of its vessels off the coast of Borneo as it moved to intercept a boat suspected of fishing illegally in its waters.
— The Jakarta Post

Endangered eagle species found in Indonesia national park
A Javan-hawk eagle, a species of raptor on the brink of extinction, has been spotted nesting within the forest of Mount Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGPP) in West Java.
— Asia One

Indonesia-Vietnam urged to make rules in cases of conflict
Professor of International Law at the University of Indonesia (UI) Hikmahanto Juwana said there should be rules that the Indonesian and Vietnamese governments must follow in case of clashes.
— Antara News

Bogor Plastic Industries File Judicial Review on Plastic Ban
The plastic and plastic recycle industries in Bogor have lodged a judicial review at the Supreme Court (MA) on the Bogor mayor’s ban on plastic bags in the city.
— Tempo.co

Slow tax revenue growth could increase govt debt, expert says
Slow tax revenue growth of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, a major decline from the 9.9 percent growth posted in the same period in 2018, could result in an increase in government debt, an expert has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Government targets 20 million foreign tourists in 2019
The government has targeted to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019, despite its failure to meet the target of 17 million foreign tourists in 2018.
— Antara News

Indonesia Digest: UMG Idealab backs SelenaGo, Avnos to move HQ from SG
Indonesia-based leisure online marketplace SelenaGo has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from a Myanmar investor, while cybersecurity startup Avnos plans to move its headquarters to Indonesia from Singapore.
— Deal Street Asia

Indonesia has highest video call users in world
Indonesian users of Google Duo, a video chat app developed by Google, reportedly make the longest videos calls in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Many call to conduct comprehensive assessment of Indonesia’s elections
Indonesia’s simultaneous legislative and presidential elections were not only the largest single-day democratic exercise but also resulted in unexpected martyrs — 253 polling officers, 55 election supervisors, and 18 police officers — dying of exhaustion.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Prabowo Camps Hold Joint Prayer in Sancang Forest
The two campaign teams of presidential and vice-presidential hopefuls vying in the 2019 elections held today a joint prayer dubbed “Zikir untuk Negeri” or pray for the country in Sancang Forest, Garut, West Java.
— Tempo.co

ADB finances largest combined-cycle power plant in Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Monday that the first drawdown of funds under a private sector financing package totaling more than 305 million U.S. dollars invested in Jawa-1, Indonesia’s largest combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant.
— Xinhua

Investment watchdog finds 144 unlicensed fintech platforms
Investment Alert Tax Force chairman Tongam L. Tobing has said the investment watchdog found 144 unlicensed peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms, including those operating from foreign countries such as China, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.
— The Jakarta Post

Capital City Relocation Not Solution to Jakarta: Gov Anies
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan opined the prospect of the relocation of Indonesia’s capital would not solve Jakarta’s problems, including congestion. According to him, the largest contributor to congestion in the capital was not governmental activities.
— Tempo.co

Children on Jakarta’s coastline try their hand at photojournalism
Jakarta’s coastlines don’t always have much to offer for children, especially those from lower-income families.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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