Indonesia morning news for April 4

Indonesia morning news for April 4

Indonesia morning newsShallow quake injures one, damages dozens of houses, buildings in western Indonesia
A shallow earthquake of 5.0 magnitude struck Indonesia’s East Java province on Tuesday, injuring one person and destroying dozens of houses and buildings, disaster agency officials said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia ends anti-dumping duties on Philippine bananas
This Tuesday, Indonesia’s Trade Minister stated that his nation will no longer impose anti-dumping duties on banana imports from the Philippines.
— Fresh Plaza

Is Indonesia prepared to defend its palm oil sector?
The government has shown its commitment to defending the palm oil sector from a negative campaign waged by the European Union (EU), which has been resilient in its stance against the commodity in recent years.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Fintech is taking over Indonesia
With a growing middle class and high internet penetration rates, fintech firms are mushrooming all over the country. In 2016, there were only around 50 firms operating in Indonesia and it is believed that there are now more than 150 fintech firms running in the country.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia to invest $115m in Batam port to rival Singapore
Indonesia’s ambition to position Batam island as a shipping rival to Singapore just received a 1.2 trillion rupiah (S$115 million) fund injection from state port operator Pelindo I.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia, S Korea sign MoU on Certificate of Origin Data Exchange
To facilitate the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement and enhance trade cooperation between the two countries, Indonesia and South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Electronic Certificate of Origin Data Exchange.
— Antara News

Lombok tourism yet to bounce back after earthquake
The tourist industry in West Nusa Tenggara – home to popular tourist destination Lombok – has yet to recover following a strong earthquake in July 2018 that devastated infrastructure in the fast-growing province for tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia launches three economic zones, eyes $7.7 billion investment
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday launched three special economic zones (SEZs) across 2,200 hectares of land at the eastern part of the archipelago in a fresh bid to attract investment and spur economic growth in less developed areas.
— Intellasia

Indonesia’s labour market in focus at Griffith University
Industry leaders from across Indonesia have commenced a Short Term Award at Griffith University aimed at addressing the distinctive challenges facing Indonesia as it transitions to an innovation-based economy.
— Griffith

Indonesia Succeeds in Reducing Malnourished Children Number: UN
Indonesia has made tremendous progress in the fight against hunger, reporting a decline in the number of children suffering from malnutrition in the country.
— Tempo.co

No date set for commercial operation of LRT Jakarta
LRT Jakarta claimed on Tuesday that the rail-based transportation’s standard operational document has been approved by the Transportation Ministry and that all of its trains have been certified and are ready to operate.
— The Jakarta Post

The mind-boggling challenge of Indonesia’s election logistics
How do you organise free and fair elections in a sprawling developing country beset by political corruption, bureaucratic incompetence and organisational inefficiency?
— Lowy Institute

Indonesia succeeds in reducing number of malnourished children: UN
Indonesia has made tremendous progress in the fight against hunger, reporting a decline in the number of children suffering from malnutrition in the country.
— Antara News

Indonesia Backs Universal Adherence to NPT
Indonesia has remained unwavering in its stance to prioritize the issue of nuclear disarmament and lend enduring, unequivocal support to advance the goals of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
— Tempo.co

Indonesia’s famed Komodo Island may close for one year
The island, which is home to the world’s largest lizard, will be off limits to tourists for a year in hopes of increasing the Komodo dragon population.
– CNN (video)

Developers continue to build retail spaces despite rising vacancy rates
Developers are continuing to build more retail spaces in Jakarta, although the vacancy rate is increasing on the back of poor sales performance.
— The Jakarta Post

Blasphemy cases rise sharply in Indonesia
Blasphemy cases in Indonesia more than doubled last year, according to a human rights group.
— UCA News

IRRI variety increases Indonesia’s rice production
Indonesia welcomed the new country office of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on Monday in Bogor, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has strong defense: Minister
Describing Indonesia’s defense as strong, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said it could be the best in Southeast Asia.
— Antara News

Indonesia Showcases Manufacturing Prowess at Hannover Messe 2020
Indonesia yet again proves its mettle as one of the industrial powerhouses, with Southeast Asia’s largest economy, at Hannover Messe 2020, the world’s leading manufacturing technology fair, by donning the role of official partner nation.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia election: Quake survivors in Palu hope polls will hasten rebuilding efforts | Video
Several months after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Palu killed thousands of people, survivors share their hopes for the future ahead of Indonesia’s upcoming legislative and presidential polls. Saifulbahri Ismail reports.
— CNA (annoying popups)

Manufacturing industry grows in March
The manufacturing industry saw growth in March, as indicated by an increase in the purchasing managers index (PMI) to 51.2, from 50.1 in the previous month, higher than the average PMI in ASEAN counties, which stood at 50.3.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia expects more tourists from India
Indian tourist arrivals in Indonesia have increased by more than 20% during 2018 over the previous year and is expected to increase during the current year too, Ade Sukendar, Consul General of Indonesia, Mumbai, said here on Wednesday.
— Hindu

Jokowi Presses for Modernizing Nation`s Agricultural Industry
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has endeavored to drive the modernization of Indonesia’s agricultural industry to strike a fine balance between maintaining quality and swiftly catering to the nation’s demands alongside competing in the global market.
— Tempo.co

Military operations in Nduga violate human rights: Report
Military operations conducted by the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Nduga regency, Papua, in the past few months have led to various human rights violations, a recent investigation initiated by the Nduga administration has alleged, allegations that the TNI has denied.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: 4.5-magnitude earthquake hits Central Sulawesi
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck Kulawi district in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on April 3.
— Vietnam Plus

Garuda makes emergency landing in Colombo due to low cabin pressure
A Garuda Indonesia aircraft serving flight number GA 972 with 338 people onboard made an emergency landing at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo at 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday due to low cabin pressure in the middle of the flight.
— The Jakarta Post

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes Kulawi, Central Sulawesi
Kulawi in Central Sulawesi Province was rattled by an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale on Tuesday, at 11:31 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB).
— Antara News

Indonesia declares priority status for PHL agricultural goods
THE Indonesian government will implement a “Philippines First Policy” that will prioritize the Philippines as a source of agricultural goods whenever there is a need to import, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Tuesday.
— Business World

Survey says That Jokowi – Ma’ruf would Win the 2019 Election
A survey of 1,200 respondents conducted by Indo Barometer indicated that the presidential-vice presidential candidates of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Ma’ruf Amin would win the 2019 general elections.
— Tempo.co

Ahead of Indonesian election, Facebook attempts to launch useful features for voters
Facebook has had to face a ton of criticism for the way its platform has been co-opted by politicians and their campaign teams in attempts to influence voter behavior.
— Kr Asia

32,000 people flee violence in Papua – rights group
A human rights group has reported that tens of thousands of people in Indonesia’s Papua province have been displaced by conflict.
— Relief Web

Papua gets 1,080 hajj quota for 2019
The hajj quota for 2019 given to the Provincial Office of the Ministry of Religion in Papua is 1,080, including eight hajj officials.
— Antara News

Four Rare Diseases Found in Indonesia
Of all the 8,000 rare diseases in the world, at least four were found in Indonesia, namely Mukopolisakaridosis (MPS) type II, Gaucher, Pompe, and Glucose-Galactose Malabsorption (GSM).
— Tempo.co

Facebook’s New Feature will Support Indonesia’s Upcoming Election
Social media giant Facebook has launched a new feature called Candidate Info to help Indonesians learn more about the candidates running for the 2019 general elections, as well as their programmes, ahead of election day on 17th April.
— Indonesia Expat

THE CONSPIRACY TO CRUSH AIRASIA IN INDONESIA
Imagine a circular rope. In the center is AirAsia Indonesia. Around it are three actors: the Indonesian government, Garuda Indonesia, and Lion Air.
— Live and Lets Fly

 

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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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