Indonesia morning news for August 13

Indonesia morning news for August 13

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia is the second-largest target for digital ad fraud in ASEAN
Indonesia has become the second-largest target for advertising fraud in ASEAN, after Thailand, due to the country’s large scale and volume of ad spending, a new survey has indicated.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants 30% biodiesel in cars as soon as January next year
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he wanted to increase the portion of diesel blended with crude palm oil (CPO) from the current 20 percent ( B20 ) to 30 percent ( B30 ) starting January next year and to 50 percent ( B50 ) by the end of 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Five Indonesians onboard Taiwanese-flagged vessel missing at sea
Five Indonesians working as crew members of a reportedly missing Taiwanese-flagged ship are feared to be lost at sea after the discovery of a capsized vessel in the waters near Taiwan.
— The Jakarta Post

Toxic air could cut Jakartans’ lives by 2.3 years, says EPIC study
Wondering if the severe air pollution blanketing the Jakarta sky might negatively impact your respiratory system? Wonder no more, as a recent study reveals that the city’s air pollution may also shorten the lives of its residents by more than two years.
— The Jakarta Post

SOE solar energy project to cost Rp 143 trillion
The government plans to install rooftop solar panels on all assets and offices of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) across the country by 2025 as part of efforts to increase the renewable energy use in the country’s energy mix.
— The Jakarta Post

Devil in the details: Can Jokowi’s pre-employment cards bridge skills gap?
As the technicalities of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s fund for training jobseekers are being scrutinized by the government, critics are raising questions about the effectiveness of the cards for narrowing the country’s deeply rooted skills gap.
— The Jakarta Post

Economic growth slows as Indonesia loses momentum
Indonesia recorded lower economic growth in the second quarter of this year as it lost the momentum that had come from an increase in consumer spending, payroll bonuses and migrant worker remittances during Idul Fitri, according to the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian crude price increases to US$61.32 per barrel
The Indonesian crude price (ICP) stood at US$61.32 per barrel in July 2019, a slight increase of $0.32 per barrel, from $61 per barrel a month earlier.
— Antara News

Govt expects 60 percent of commuters to use public transportation by 2029
The government is considering an expansion of rail-based public transportation in Greater Jakarta, namely the MRT and the LRT, in the hope of encouraging more people to make the switch from cars and motorbikes.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry: Indonesia Saves up to Rp23tn from Biodiesel Use
The Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Arcandra Tahar, announced Indonesia saved up to US$1.66 billion or Rp23 trillion after implementing a policy of the mandatory use of 20 percent palm oil blend in Solar-branded diesel (B20 biodiesel).
— Tempo.co

Indonesia anger as West Papua independence raised at Pacific forum
Human rights violations and political independence in West Papua are set to command debate at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), where Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda will urge government leaders to support the “Free Papua” campaign amid recent escalating political violence.
— The Guardian

European businesses worried about security in Indonesia
European businesses operating in Indonesia have become increasingly concerned about security risks in the country, a recent joint survey by European business chambers has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to speed up enforcement of mineral ore export ban: detik.com
Indonesia aims to speed up enforcement of a ban on mineral ore exports that is currently due to come into force in 2020, news website Detik.com quoted coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Pandjaitan as saying on Monday.
— Reuters

Nine toll roads stretching 406 kilometers to be launched this year
Nine toll road routes as long as 406.14 kilometers are set to be inaugurated in stages this year as part of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s infrastructure push for better connectivity across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

From tourist paradise to island with just one car: Can Indonesia’s longest sea bridge narrow the divide?
In Indonesia’s sprawling Riau Islands province, paradise and poverty collide, as Straits Times’ regional correspondent Arlina Arshad and photojournalist Kelvin Chng have discovered after a three-day trip to Batam and its surrounds on a rickety boat.
— The Straits Times

‘Caliphate No; State Policy Guidelines Yes!’: PDI-P
The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, has ended its fifth congress, reinstating itself as a bastion against moves to establish an Islamic caliphate in the archipelago.
— Jakarta Globe

West Kalimantan governor summons 94 companies over land, forest fires
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji, at a coordination meeting to discuss land and forest fire control, Monday, summoned 94 plantation companies and timber estates believed to have set fire to land in their respective concession areas.
— Antara News

Banks hope to strike gold with wealth-management products
Banks are pinning their hopes on the wealth-management business this year as an easing political and economic scene provides high-income earners with more confidence about investing in local financial instruments.
— The Jakarta Post

Looming US-China currency war to have little impact on rupiah: Analysts
The currency war looming between the United States and China has rattled global financial markets, but some analysts and central bankers believe it will not have a significant impact on the Indonesian rupiah.
— The Jakarta Post

Farmers bewail low rubber prices, plant disease
A plant disease has spread to a majority of Palembang’s rubber plantations in South Sumatra, amid a plunge in the commodity’s prices and the government’s joint efforts with major rubber producing countries to limit supply.
— The Jakarta Post

Unclear regulation puts Acehnese farmer-CEO in legal fix
The freedom of Indonesian farmers has entered the media spotlight after local police apprehended a farmer in Aceh province for using and distributing uncertified rice seeds.
— The Jakarta Post

The Cost of Charging a Tesla Model 3 in Indonesia
Prestige Motorcars President Director Rudy Salim promised to officially introduce Tesla’s most affordable family saloon, Tesla Model 3, to the Indonesian market by the end of August 2019.
— Tempo.co

Haze in Palangka Raya causes temporary closure of schools
The Palangka Raya Education Office in Central Kalimantan Province temporarily closed schools owing to haze arising from wildfires, the chief Sahdin Hasan stated here, Monday.
— Antara News

Time for Indonesia to join Singapore convention on mediation
The Singapore Convention on Mediation (the Singapore Convention), an international trade dispute resolution treaty, opened for signature in Singapore on Aug. 7, and saw 46 signatories, which represents the highest-ever number of first-day signatories of a United Nations trade convention.
— The Jakarta Post

Flatworms found in over 200 sacrificed animals in Blitar
The Blitar Food Security and Agriculture Agency found that at least 205 sacrificed animals slaughtered during Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) on Sunday, had been infected with flatworms (Fascioliasis) and pneumonia.
— The Jakarta Post

Sumatra, Kalimantan report sharp rise in hot spots, raising concerns of another haze crisis
Authorities have reported a sharp increase in hot spots in Kalimantan and Sumatra in the past few days, raising concerns about a possible repeat of the 2015 haze crisis that badly affected the islands, as well Singapore and Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Meet the man who brings big data to Indonesia’s tax office
Two years ago, a district tax office (KPP) in Surabaya, East Java, would need four days just to retrieve a taxpayer’s data from servers at the Jakarta headquarters because it had to wait for the information to be manually extracted, processed, then flown-in on compact discs.
— The Jakarta Post

Commuter line operator procures more trains to serve ever-growing number of passengers
In its bid to improve services train operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has revealed that it has purchased a total of 192 new cars, 64 of which have been received and are operating in Greater Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Bappenas suggests government to improve state budget effectiveness
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has suggested the government to increase effectiveness of the state budget annually to ensure optimal implementation of development programs.
— Antara News

Joint team combs Mount Sumbing to ensure fire completely doused
A joint team is conducting a thorough search of Mount Sumbing in Wonosobo District, Central Java Province, to ensure that fire raging in the mountain’s forest area on Sunday afternoon was completely extinguished.
— Antara News

Thousands of Pekanbaru residents perform Idul Adha prayers amid thick haze
Thousands of Muslim worshipers in Pekanbaru, Riau, performed Idul Adha prayers in the yard of Annur Mosque on Sunday while blanketed by thick haze resulting from the forest fires raging in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Mt. Slamet’s potential eruption puts five regencies at risk: BPBD
Five regencies in Central Java are at risk of being affected by a possible eruption of Mount Slamet, which has been increasing in volcanic activity over the past few months.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry operates nine highways in 2019
Indonesia’s Public Works and Public Housing Ministry had operated nine highways, measuring nearly one thousand kilometers in total, during the 2015-2019 period, its minister, Basuki Hadimuljono, noted in a statement received here, Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesian Muslims embrace plastic ban on Day of Sacrifice
Several mosques across Java, with support from governors, have adopted a plastic ban in distributing qurban (sacrificial) meat during Idul Adha the Day of Sacrifice, which fell on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Film festival highlights strength of Papuan women in face of discrimination
Papua-based film community Papuan Voices has held the third-ever Papua Film Festival as part of an effort to raise awareness on the role Papuan women play in society and the changing gender dynamics in traditional culture.
— The Jakarta Post

Tolerance among religious communities enlivens Idul Adha
As the most populous Muslim-majority country celebrated this year’s Idul Adha, the Day of Sacrifice, various actions of tolerance and respect among religious communities shaped the capital’s attitude, reflected through worshippers rearranging mass schedules, providing parking spaces and even sharing sacrificial meat.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor to conduct ecotourism promotion through Halimun Youth Camp
The Bogor district administration will organize the Halimun Youth Camp 2019 (HYCamp2019) on August 24-25, this year, to celebrate Indonesia’s National Day and promote Mount Halimun as a tourist destination globally.
— Antara News

Depok residents challenged to catch thieves in residential area
Rampant thievery and robbery in a residential area in Pancoran Mas district in Depok, West Java, has prompted officers of community unit (RW) 03 in Depok Jaya subdistrict to challenge people to catch the culprits in the act.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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