Indonesia morning news for August 2

Indonesia morning news for August 2

Indonesia morning news

Government injects funds worth Rp6.5 trillion into electricity firm
The Indonesian government has decided to inject Rp6.5 trillion in funds into state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to strengthen its capital structure and boost capacity.
— Antara News

Jakarta Air Quality Index Worst in the World: AirVisual
Jakarta’s air quality today on Thursday, August 1st, at 11:30 Western Indonesia Times (WIB) is the worst it has ever been in terms of air quality compared to other major countries in the world.
— Tempo.co

KPK arrests executives of PT Angkasa Pura II, PT INTI
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested five employees of state-owned enterprises and seized Rp 1 billion (US$70,847) worth of Singapore dollars.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Relax Bank Merger Rule in Push for Efficiency
Indonesia is planning further steps to make it easier for foreign banks to invest in local lenders as well as encourage domestic mergers, as it tries to strengthen the sector against growing competition from financial technology firms.
— Bloomberg

Consumer prices rise 0.3% in July as bird’s eye chili drives inflation
Consumer prices in Indonesia rose 0.31 percent in July as prices of volatile food products, mainly chili, soared in the month.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia forest fires spark haze warnings in Malaysia
The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak have begun to experience haze due to forest fires in Indonesia, Malaysia’s Meteorological Department said on Thursday (Aug 1).
— CNA

Nourishing Indonesia’s 4.0 generation
As Indonesia moves into the Industry 4.0 era, the government has laid out a road map for the country to transition from focusing on infrastructure to focusing on human capital development.
— The Jakarta Post

First Civil Lawsuit Hearing on Jakarta Air Pollution Postponed
The first civil lawsuit hearing on the city’s air pollution is postponed. The chief judge Saifudin Zuhri said that both plaintiff and defendant did not fulfill the administrative requirement yet.
— Tempo.co

BNI Syariah clocks second-quarter profit of Rp315 billion
Syariah-compliant lender BNI Syariah posted a net profit of Rp315.27 billion in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 55.32 percent, from Rp202.9 billion in June 2018.
— Antara News

New tax system procurement on track but to be implemented only in 2024
The process for the procurement of a core tax system is still on track as scheduled, with the tax authority set to appoint a procurement agent in October, the government has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia opts to recruit foreign academics
With the ambition of creating top-tier global universities, the government is pressing ahead with its plan to recruit foreign rectors and lecturers by 2020, despite claims that it will take more than foreign academics to improve the country’s higher education system.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, UN envoy discuss safe Rohinga repatriation
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a telephonic discussion on the safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees with UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener in Bangkok on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Displaced residents refuse govt aid, demand military withdraw from Nduga
Despite government efforts to distribute aid for civilians who escaped armed conflict in Nduga regency, Papua, some evacuees have refused assistance and are instead demanding the withdrawal of security troops from the conflict-ridden regency so that they can return home.
— The Jakarta Post

Fed’s interest rate cut spooks IHSG on Thursday morning
The composite share price index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) opened lower on Thursday morning following the Federal Reserve’s announcement to cut its interest rate.
— Antara News

Indonesia in dire need of large-scale mercury storage
The presence of mercury – a poison that attacks the brain, bowels, kidneys and other organs – in Indonesia’s air, land and waters has risen to dangerous levels, with environmentalists and experts urging the government to take action by capturing and storing the hazardous element.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta inches closer to turning 20 tons waste into energy
The Jakarta Environment Office has outlined a target to convert 20 tons of waste into energy at the Bantar Gebang dumpsite in Bekasi District, West Java, the facility’s chairman Asep Kuswanto revealed here on Thursday.
— Antara News

Even with giant Masela block, Pertamina predicts gas deficit in 2035
Indonesia will produce less liquefied natural gas (LNG) than it consumes 16 years from now as local demand moves up along with economic growth, state energy giant Pertamina says.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Eximbank cuts lending growth target as US-China trade war starts to bite
State-owned lender Indonesia Eximbank has lowered its lending growth target to only 2 percent this year as the trade conflict between the United States and China begins to bite into the country’s exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs to issue more reform packages to spur economic growth, IMF says
The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended the authorities’ policy response in the face of strong external headwinds in 2018, which supported positive economic performance.
— The Jakarta Post

New police team takes over investigation of Novel’s attack, has three months to solve the case
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has signed an assignment order for members of the police’s technical team tasked with investigating the acid on against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) top investigator Novel Baswedan.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta should use electric cars to improve air quality: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Jakarta administration to switch to using electric vehicles for mass transportation in a bid to reduce emission of air pollutants in the capital city.
— Antara News

E Java policemen involved in drug ring: police
The East Java police are investigating several local policemen for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of crystal meth being sold in several cities in Indonesia by a drug ring in Sokobanah Village, Sampang District.
— Antara News

Be careful what you tweet: Social media users in Indonesia reported for criticizing government
It was an unusual morning for National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Dian Fatwa on July 29, when she received an email from Twitter’s legal team informing her that the Communications and Information Ministry had claimed that one of her tweets violated the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina CEO: Oil Spill in Karawang Remains 10 Percent Only
State gas and oil company Pertamina CEO, Nicke Widyawati, said that the impact of the oil spill in the northern coast of Karawang, West Java has started to decline.
— Tempo.co

East Java, Slovakia to cooperate on industrial revolution
The East Java Provincial Government wants to cooperate with the Slovak Government with regard to the preparation of human resources to tackle the changes in the industrial revolution.
— Antara News

PDA on the KRL: Train company urges passengers to keep hands to themselves after videos of amorous couples go viral
In conservative Indonesia, public displays of affection (aka PDA) are not just frowned upon, they could potentially land you in legal trouble, particularly if somebody decides to record your PDA and turn it into a viral video.
— Coconuts (paywall)

East Aceh district head orders probe into killing of elephants
East Aceh District Head, H Hasballah HM Thaib, has ordered a probe into the killing of several elephants in the district.
— Antara News

Military’s New Koopssus Not Law Enforcers: Fahri Hamzah
House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah felt inclined to remind people that the National Armed Forces (TNI) newly formed Special Operations Command (Koopssus) does not act as law enforcers, but rather stay true to military’s role as the nation’s defense.
— Tempo.co

PT Mifa Bersaudara bags CSR Indonesia Awards 2019
PT Mifa Bersaudara, West Aceh, added another feather in its cap with the receipt of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Indonesia Award 2019 from CSR Indonesia magazine at a function in Denpasar, Bali, Tuesday night.
— Antara News

Residents warned of potential lava flows after Mt. Kerinci erupts
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has warned residents living near Mount Kerinci in Jambi of potential lava flows from the volcano following an eruption on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

IS returnees help spread counter-radicalism messages online
Febri departed to join the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria some two years ago in hopes of reuniting with his family members who had left Indonesia before him to go to the so-called caliphate in 2015.
— The Jakarta Post

Police grill eight people over land fire in West Aceh
Police have interrogated eight people in connection with land fires in West Aceh District in recent weeks.
— Antara News

Clean energy sector takes regulatory battle to coordinating minister level
Local solar energy players are taking their fight against four regulations they consider unfriendly to the clean energy sector to the coordinating minister level.
— The Jakarta Post

Profit, connectivity and people’s right to fly
The rapid increase in the number of air passengers in the past few years has demanded a substantial increase in air transportation infrastructure such as airports, particularly those serving domestic routes and destinations.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK questions former shuttler Taufik Hidayat in KONI bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned Indonesia’s 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Taufik Hidayat as a witness in a bribery case involving the National Sports Council (KONI) and the Youth and Sports Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua wants more Papuans involved in business, issues new procurement rules
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has issued a regulation to help boost the involvement of Papuan businesspeople in procurement projects and speed up development in Indonesia’s easternmost province.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists condemn ‘adzan’ punishment for orangutan shooters, urge juvenile trial
Environmental activists have condemned Acehnese authorities for resorting to extrajudicial diversion and issuing light sanctions to two teenage boys for allegedly shooting an orangutan multiple times with air rifles.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim organization protests against non-halal restaurants in Makassar
A Muslim organization in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has protested against two local restaurants for selling dishes that contain pork.
— The Jakarta Post

Hopefuls set sights on leadership posts in hip South Tangerang
One year before the next simultaneous regional elections, some are eyeing the top post in Greater Jakarta’s youngest satellite city, South Tangerang.
— The Jakarta Post

Alleviating traffic congestion one railway crossing at a time
Long lines of vehicles waiting for a train to pass by at a level crossing is a common sight in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian man with 5 wives arrested for raping own daughter, gets assaulted in jail
A 44-year-old man named Sugeng Slamet from Lumajang, East Java, was violently assaulted in jail by other inmates, with police saying that they were repulsed by allegations that Sugeng had raped his own daughter.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesian man who ate cat in viral video apologizes, police say he’s turning himself in today
An Indonesian man has come forward to confess that he ate a cat while it was still alive — a deeply disturbing clip of which went viral this week — and apologized, not for his actions, but for creating a public disturbance.
— Coconuts (paywall)

 

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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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