Indonesia morning news for August 19

Indonesia morning news for August 19

Indonesia morning news

Suspected ‘IS’ sympathizer attacks Surabaya Police officers on Independence Day
An unidentified man assaulted two Wonokromo Police officers working at a Police Integrated Service Center in Surabaya, East Java, using a sickle on Saturday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Police accused of using excessive force against protesters, journalists outside State of Nation venue
As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered his State of the Nation address on Friday, a rally protesting against an amendment to the Manpower Law was blocked from taking place outside the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, where the annual national event was being held.
— The Jakarta Post

Only 18 Bondol eagles left in Seribu Islands
The Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) said that based on the 2014 data, the population of Bondol eagle (Haliastur indus) is only 18 in Seribu Islands District, Jakarta Special Region.
— Antara News

Jokowi lays out vision for human capital development in state of nation address
In his annual state of the nation address, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted his vision to develop the nation’s human capital, a vision that formed part of his reelection campaign Indonesia Maju (Indonesia Onward).
— The Jakarta Post

PMI launches restoration program for Banten’s tsunami victims
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) commemorated the 74th anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day on Saturday by carrying out a restoration program to assist victims of last year’s Sunda Strait Tsunami in Sangiang Island, Serang District, Banten Province.
— Antara News

China’s WeChat and Alipay Seek Way to Legally Operate in Indonesia
Three local banks have applied to Bank Indonesia for licenses to cooperate with WeChat and Alipay, paving the way for the Chinese digital payment giants to operate legally in the archipelago.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s digital economy to double in value by 2024, says study
Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to almost double in value from Rp 814 trillion last year to Rp 1.447 quadrillion (US$101 billion) by 2024, a recent study says.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Launches QR Code Standard
Bank Indonesia launched a standard for quick-response codes for all electronic payments in the archipelago on Saturday, paving the way for integration among various electronic payment service providers.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi reveals bearish oil and gas outlook for next year
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered on Friday in Jakarta the annual financial note speech, which included a bearish outlook on the oil and gas industry in Indonesia next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia capital in the jungle is not a bad idea
Indonesia’s president wants to spend at least $30 billion to move the capital to a forest on the island of Borneo.
— Gulf News

Indonesia Facing Internal Doubts as Global Risks Rattle Outlook
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is facing an uphill battle to make good on an ambitious reform plan with a rapidly deteriorating global outlook prompting doubts, including from within his own government, over growth projections for Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Yahoo News

Australia looks to Indonesia in an era of uncertainty
Our world in 2019 continues to be defined by the uncertainty which has unfortunately characterized recent years.T
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Seen Keeping Rupiah Bears at Bay as EM Risks Rise
Indonesia’s rupiah has braved headwinds both at home and abroad to escape largely unscathed in the recent emerging-market sell-off, and the nation’s central bank is largely to thank for that.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s should put more energy into renewable power
Air pollution is worsening in Jakarta and West Java, while tens of millions of people experienced a day-long blackout earlier this month after gas-powered electricity generators failed and significant proportions of eastern Indonesia have do not have reliable power supplies
— The Interpreter

Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after officer slashed
A suspected militant has launched an attack on an Indonesian police station in the country’s second-biggest city, slashing one officer with a sickle, before being shot and taken into custody, police officials said on Sunday (Aug 18).

‘Data more valuable than oil’: Jokowi asserts need to guard privacy
Streaming video platform Netflix launched in late July “The Great Hack”, a documentary on dire the state of privacy in the United States and Europe, where people spend much of their time online and volunteer countless nuggets of exploitable information.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta puts road pricing scheme on hold for next year
Amid tightened traffic management policies in place to tackle congestion and worsening air pollution, the Jakarta Administration announced it would not impose the long-delayed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) scheme in the capital’s thoroughfares a following legal recommendation by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) regarding a failed tender process.
— The Jakarta Post

W Kalimantan tol gain benefits from capital city relocation: governor
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji said his province would gain optimum benefits from President Joko Widodo’s decision to relocate Indonesia’s capital city from Jakarta to the island of Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Independence Day; 130,000 Prisoners Received Remission
As many as 130,383 inmates were granted with Independence Day remission on Saturday, August 17.

State mining holding company rebrands as MIND ID
Holding Industri Pertambangan (HIP) has officially rebranded itself as MIND ID, an acronym for Mining Industry Indonesia, as part of the company’s transformation into a super holding enterprise that oversees five mining companies: Aneka Tambang (Antam), Bukit Asam, Freeport Indonesia, Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) and Timah.
— The Jakarta Post

Hopes high permanent ban on forest, peatland clearance will stop deforestation
Following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s signing of a presidential instruction to upgrade a moratorium on the issuance of new business permits for use of forest and peatland areas to a permanent ban, hopes are rising that Indonesia’s remaining forests can be protected.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian soldier shot by separatist succumbs to injuries
Private 1 Sirwandi of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), who was shot in his chest and stomach by armed separatists in Papua, succumbed to his wounds while being treated in Wamena Public Hospital, Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, on Saturday evening.
— Antara News

Indonesian migrant worker becomes commander in flagnhoisting ceremony
An Indonesian migrant worker in Kuching, Malaysia, was selected to be the commander in the flag hoisting ceremony, held at the Indonesian Consulate General compound on Saturday for commemorating the 74th anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day.
— Antara News

Free passports on Independence Day in Bogor
The Bogor Immigration Office exempted two citizens whose birthdays fell on August 17, Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, from paying the administrative fees for their passports, the office head, Suhendra stated here Saturday.
— Antara News

Govt eyes moderate rise in revenue, expenditure in 2020 state budget
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has revealed details of his administration’s 2020 state budget proposal, which foresee only a moderate increase in revenue and expenditure targets compared to this year’s double-digit expansions.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt hopes to tackle inequality between regions
The government is optimistic that it can reduce inequality and poverty rates next year by continuing current socio-economic initiatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Plan to block unlicensed cell phones immature: Ombudsman
The government’s plan to block the use of unlicensed cell phones entering Indonesia is immature and detrimental to the public interest, says the Indonesian Ombudsman.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Police charge notorious ex-debt collector Umar Kei with drug abuse
Jakarta Police investigators arrested Umar Ohoitenan, alias Umar Kei, for alleged drug abuse on Aug. 12 in a hotel room in Senen, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Governor inaugurates Dukuh Atas cultural spot
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan inaugurated a public cultural spot located at Dukuh Atas, Sudirman Boulevard, Central Jakarta.
— Antara News

Jakarta eyes higher 2020 budget priority for sidewalks, pollution control
The Jakarta administration has proposed to the City Council that budget priorities for 2020 be set at Rp 95.9 trillion (US$ 6.68 billion) to address key issues for the capital’s development.
— The Jakarta Post

Roadmap on single-use plastics to be ready by year end: Environment Ministry
The Environment and Forestry Ministry is currently drafting a roadmap to phase out the use and production of environmentally unfriendly packaging such as plastic, aluminum cans and glass.
— The Jakarta Post

With tourism comes better sanitation: Association
Improving a region’s tourism potential may lead to better sanitation for residents, an advocacy group said during a discussion in Malang, East Java, on Aug. 8.
— The Jakarta Post

Haze forces Garuda Indonesia plane to abort landing in Jambi
One of four flights scheduled to arrive on Friday morning in Jambi city’s Sultan Thaha Airport was forced to abort the landing after visibility dropped as a result of haze from forest fires.
— The Jakarta Post

City to boost development of parks to reduce air pollution
The Jakarta administration has planned to build about 50 open green spaces called Taman Maju Bersama each year as one of the measures to control worsening air quality in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta looks to Seoul for technical cooperation
MRT Jakarta will exchange engineers with its counterpart in South Korea to expand its technological capability.
— The Jakarta Post

Semarang sex workers oppose closure of red-light-district
Easy money and the need to make a living are the main reasons for residents’ opposition to plans to close the lucrative red-light district of Sunan Kuning in the Central Java capital of Semarang.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi dons Balinese attire to celebrate diversity on Independence Day
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has marked Indonesian diversity by commemorating the country’s 74th Independence Day on Saturday in traditional clothing from a variety of indigenous cultures.
— The Jakarta Post

Flash Flood Damages Numerous Houses in South Aceh
A flash flood triggered by heavy rains inundated and damaged tens of houses in South Aceh district Friday night.

Plane with broken wheel overshoots runway at Papua’s Mulia Airport
A Demonim aircraft, with 11 passengers and crew members aboard, skidded off the runway at Mulia Airport in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on Saturday after its left wheel got broken.
— Antara News

Police identify bodies of seven killed in motor vessel accident
The police have identified the bodies of seven people killed in a fire that broke out aboard MV Izhar in the waters of Bokori Island in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province.
— Antara News

Indonesia arrests dozens of West Papuans over claim flag was thrown in sewer
Indonesian authorities raided a university dormitory in Surabaya on Saturday and arrested dozens of West Papuan students after a standoff over allegations the Indonesian flag was thrown into a sewer.
— The Guardian

Train passengers sing national anthem to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day
As part of Indonesia’s Independence Day celebration on Saturday, state-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) encouraged passengers riding long-distance trains to sing the national anthem.
— The Jakarta Post

Pregnant woman accuses Puskesmas of giving out expired vitamins
A pregnant woman named Novi Sri Wahyuni, 21, claimed she had received and consumed expired vitamins from a community health center (Puskesmas) in Kamal Muara subdistrict, Penjaringan, North Jakarta.
— 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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