Indonesia morning news for August 15

Indonesia morning news for August 15

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s Trillion-Dollar Economy Is About to Get a Reboot
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to unveil measures to lift Southeast Asia’s largest economy from the stagnation that’s marked his first term, amid rising risks from a global slowdown and escalating trade war.
— Bloomberg

Adelaide social media influencer and model detained in Bali over prescription medication
An Adelaide social media influencer and model has told her followers she was detained in Bali for four days over prescription medication and is crowdfunding to claim back almost $40,000 in alleged extortion payments.

N. Sumatra Police nab health workers for allegedly siphoning insurance funds
The special crimes directorate of the North Sumatra Police arrested on Wednesday seven employees at a puskesmas (community health center) in North Rantau district of Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, for allegedly embezzling funds allocated for the puskesmas from the National Health Insurance (JKN) and Operational Health Aid (BOK).
— The Jakarta Post

Six people named in garlic import corruption case in Indonesia
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named six people suspects, including Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra, in a case of alleged bribery related to garlic import permits.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesian gov’t urges citizens to temporarily postpone travel to Hong Kong due to protests
Tensions surrounding the ongoing protests against the government in Hong Kong have escalated dramatically recently due to protesters effectively shutting down the city’s airport the last two days, leading to the mass cancellation of flights and increasingly violent clashes with law enforcement.
— Coconuts

Indonesia forest-clearing ban is made permanent, but labeled ‘propaganda’
Indonesia’s president has made permanent a temporary moratorium on forest-clearing permits for plantations and logging.
— Mongabay

Forgotten heroes: Indonesian independence war veterans fall on hard times
Sitting in a white plastic chair in his home, Mr Soewarso Warsosoewito tried to remember what exactly he did when he fought against the Japanese in 1945.

The top five e-wallet apps in Indonesia
Indonesians seem to have embraced cashless transaction solutions wholeheartedly, with a wide range of businesses and services across the city offering them as a payment alternative.
— The Jakarta Post

Emission test app launched to boost control over air pollution
As the perennial and alarming issue of air pollution in the capital has been under public scrutiny for the past few years, the city administration has introduced an emission test mobile application to improve the monitoring of fuel combustion effectiveness and of pollutants emitted in a vehicle’s exhaust.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to obtain tangible effect from Formula E
The Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan affirmed that while implementation of the Formula E championship will cost US$24.1 million, or Rp343 billion, it is expected to proffer tangible effect worth trillions of rupiah.
— Antara News

E-cigarettes threaten existence of Indonesia’s tobacco farmers says head of tobacco farmers association
The Indonesian government has come around on the subject of electronic cigarettes in a big way over the last few years.
— Coconuts

Govt to look into discriminatory bylaws, official says
The government is set to discuss and review discriminatory and intolerant bylaws issued by regional administrations, the Home Ministry’s acting regional autonomy director general, Akmal Malik, has said.
— The Jakarta Post

EU imposes duties of up to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiese
The European Commission on Tuesday imposed countervailing duties of 8 percent to 18 percent on imports of subsidized biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.
— The Jakarta Post

Lemhanas emphasizes tighter recruitment of military cadets
Indonesia’s National Defense Institute (Lemhanas) has called for tighter recruitment of cadets for the Military Academy as a precautionary measure against radicalism among soldiers.
— Antara News

Jakarta to Hold Independence Day Ceremony in Reclaimed Island
Jakarta to hold Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day ceremony in the city’s reclaimed island. Governor Anies Baswedan said it aims to show that the man-made island is a public, open space.

Indonesia’s real challenges no longer related to foreign invasion: VP
Vice President Jusuf Kalla pointed to the fact that Indonesia’s current challenges are no longer linked to foreign invasion but to foreign nations’ global dominance in economy and technology.
— Antara News

Tesso Nilo’s elephants show signs of stress due to forest fire
Mahouts of the elephant Flying Squad at the Tesso Nilo National Park had to evacuate the trained elephants to a safer place, as they showed signs of stress due to a forest fire that gutted the conservation area in Pelalawan District.
— Antara News

BRI posts Rp16 trillion consolidated profit, 8.1 percent growth
PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) booked an 8.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) rise in consolidated profit to Rp16.16 trillion in Q2 2019, or lower than the 11 percent yoy increase during the corresponding period last year.
— Antara News

Indigenous people report intimidation amid land dispute near Lake Toba
An indigenous community living in Sigapiton village in the North Sumatra regency of Toba Samosir, near Lake Toba, says it is being intimidated over efforts to take back land it claims had been seized by the Lake Toba Authority (BPODT) for tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Law firm: Patients lose access to health facilities over ‘administrative issue’
Dozens of patients had lost access to health care and medical treatment due to “administrative issues” between the hospitals or health facilities and the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), a law firm has claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Court begins hearing over students’ dismissal following publication of short LGBT story
The Medan Administrative Court (PTUN) on Wednesday held the first hearing over a lawsuit against the North Sumatra University (USU) rector filed by students on the Suara USU student website board who were fired for publishing a short story with a lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) theme.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-Bandung mayor summoned by KPK as witness
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned on Wednesday former Bandung mayor Dada Rosada as a witness in an investigation into graft surrounding the Bandung city administration’s land procurement for green open space in 2012 and 2013.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN tests several CPO-fueled generators
The State electricity company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has conducted tests using 100 percent crude palm oil (CPO) blend on several generators.
— Antara News

Police get expertise help to crack down on online loan sharks
Police looking to crack down on online loan sharks offering easy money on tough terms have sought expert help in getting past the complexities of the fintech industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Ulema Council attempts to take back halal certification authority with lawsuit in Constitutional Court
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s highest clerical body that also long held sole authority in providing halal certifications in Indonesia, is taking legal action to regain that authority ahead of the government’s imminent take over of the certification process.
— Coconuts

Jakarta Police arrest illegal cosmetics, food smugglers from China
The Jakarta Police’s special crime directorate has arrested four people suspected of smuggling billions of rupiah worth of cosmetics, drugs, food and electronic appliances from China.
— The Jakarta Post

Canada supports two women’s rights organizations in Indonesia
Canada will back two Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) projects in Indonesia supporting women’s grassroots organizations with funds totaling US$6.23 million, Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, Peter MacArthur, has announced.
— Antara News

East Java’s Lamongan targets realization of zero stunting in 2020
The Lamongan district government in East Java Province confirmed having outlined a target of achieving zero stunting in 2020 by encouraging local children to consume more fish to improve their nutrition from early childhood.
— Antara News

Lion, Garuda synergize to develop aviation industry
Lion Group is cooperating with Garuda Indonesia in revamping the national aviation industry, including developing a joint hangar, preparing human resources and establishing an aircraft tire manufacturing plant.
— Antara News

Some Jakartans unhappy with expanding odd-even regulation
As the Jakarta administration works to reduce traffic jams in the capital city by expanding the odd-even license plate regulation, some residents are unhappy with the new plan, which is to take effect in September.
— The Jakarta Post

Air in satellite cities Tangerang, Bekasi even worse than in Jakarta
Air pollution is worsening not only in Jakarta itself but also in the capital’s satellite cities.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s raging forest fires, explained
Indonesia is currently on the brink of another haze crisis as the archipelago is seeing an increase in the number of forest and land fires.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia backs Georgieva nomination for new IMF chief
Indonesia has voiced its support for the nomination of Kristalina Georgieva, currently chief executive officer of the World Bank, as the new chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to replace Christine Lagarde.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura I, S. Korean airport operator team up to explore opportunities
State-owned airport operator PT. Angkasa Pura I has agreed to cooperate with South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) to explore airport management opportunities in Indonesia and abroad.
— The Jakarta Post

Kalla makes fun of snail’s pace progress in geothermal energy projects
Vice President Jusuf Kalla poked fun at the country’s geothermal energy industry on Tuesday at an annual international geothermal convention in Jakarta, which came as a sharp wake-up call for industry stakeholders attending the event.
— The Jakarta Post

FPI finds itself out of government favor
The Islam Defenders Front (FPI), a hard-line group notorious for using violent measures, faces an uphill battle to obtain an extension of its permit after top government officials have expressed doubt over the organization’s loyalty to the state ideology of Pancasila.
— The Jakarta Post

Ciliwung riverbank residents in South Jakarta expand living space with piles of stones
Tebet district head Dyan Airlangga in South Jakarta instructed his staff on Wednesday to check on allegations that people living along the banks of the Ciliwung River near Jl. Manggarai Selatan 3 in Tebet were attempting to expand their land.
— The Jakarta Post

Russian water-bombing crew member dies
A member of a water-bombing team died during a mission to put out peatland fires in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Tulungagung Police uncover child prostitution at cafe
The Tulungagung Police in East Java have arrested a fisherman, Suwaji, 48, for allegedly buying prostitution services of a 14-year-old waitress at a cafe in Prigi Beach, Trenggalek, also in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim cleric dies after being struck by ‘qurban’ cow
A Muslim cleric who was set to participate in qurban (animal sacrifice) during Sunday’s Idul Adha in Blitar, East Java, has died following three days of being in a coma after a cow struck his body.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s youngsters turn to internet for answers on sex, reproductive health
In predominantly Muslim Indonesia, it is easier for young people to buy cigarettes than to get access to sexual and reproductive health education in schools.
— The Jakarta Post

An inside look at the Kedoya social house
The woman who had just arrived at the Panti Sosial Bina Insan (PSBI) social house in Kedoya, West Jakarta, wept as an officer conducted a routine inspection on the second floor one day.
— The Jakarta Post

Suspected drug dealer dies falling from 10th floor while evading police in West Jakarta
An alleged drug dealer identified as Aldi was found dead after falling from the 10th floor of Seasons City Apartment in Tambora, West Jakarta, in a reportedly failed attempt to evade arrest by the police on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Dufan offers discounted tickets to celebrate anniversary
Jakarta’s biggest amusement park Fantasy Land (Dufan) in Taman Impian Jaya Ancol is offering visitors discounted admission in celebration of its anniversary, which falls on Aug. 30.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Indonesia Independence Day, August 17. 


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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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