Indonesia morning news for August 20

Indonesia morning news for August 20

Indonesia morning news

Ministry opens oil and gas data to boost exploration, exploitation
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry recently announced a regulation that will open access for industry stakeholders to the nation’s oil and gas data, which is expected to encourage exploration and exploitation in a time of need.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s non-oil, gas export looked to grow 8 pct this year
Shipment of Indonesia’s non-oil and gas products overseas has been forecast to edge up by the end is year, albeit global economic uncertainty erodes demand and prices.
— Xinhua

Jokowi’s Cabinet overhaul gets business thumb up
While voicing their support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to shake up ministerial structures as part of his second-term bureaucratic reforms, businesses and analysts have said that more could be done to further support efforts to revitalize the economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s higher education: A sleeping giant?
Amid growing global competition and a large young population, Indonesia continues to see more students studying abroad than foreign students learning in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to revise 16 regulations to pave way for foreign rectors, lecturers
In a bid to improve higher education, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration plans to make it easier for foreigners to work in the country as rectors or lecturers.
— The Jakarta Post

West Papuan students barricaded, detained and tear-gassed by police on Indonesian ‘freedom’ day
Indonesian police have defended their decision to storm into a dormitory of West Papuan students alongside the nation’s military, over vigilante allegations that someone had committed slander on the national symbol.

What’s next after resource boom? Jokowi says it’s humans of Indonesia
“Improved human resources for an advanced Indonesia” were the words that caught the attention of the audience when displayed on a big banner spread across a stage on which Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was seen dancing with her staff to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th year of independence.
— The Jakarta Post

How PLN new website can give you details on blackout compensation
State-owned electricity company PLN has announced an official webpage that allows its customers to check the amount of compensation they’ve been promised for the hours-long power outage across West Java and Greater Jakarta on Aug. 4.
— The Jakarta Post

Instagram-driven meat sales in Indonesia may harm Australia’s live export industry
Indonesia’s shift to buying meat online, including via Instagram, could significantly disrupt Australia’s live cattle trade trade, according to industry insiders.

Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue: Indonesia’s increasing presence in Africa
Brand new: State-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) has built 1,000 apartments with all amenities in Ain Defla, Algeria.(Courtetsy of PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA))Indonesia is ubiquitous in Africa.
— The Jakarta Post

IAID 2019: Connecting Indonesia with Africa for prosperity
New forum: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center) opens the first Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF 2018) at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta LRT Trial Run Slated for September
The president director of state-owned train manufacturer PT INKA, Budi Noviantoro, assured the trial run for the Greater Jakarta LRT of the Cibubur-Cawang route will be conducted this September.

Despite bleak outlook, foreign investors flock to Indonesian stock market
The inflow of foreign funds into the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) remained high in the past few weeks despite the country’s bleak economic outlook as seen in the country’s weak export performance and sluggish economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s used car market booms amid slump in new car sales
Amid the decline in the sales of new cars in Indonesia, the used car market is flourishing as more people turn to the more affordable option of secondhand cars to meet their transportation needs.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Set to Redistribute 2.6mn Hectares of Forest Land
Coordinating Minister for Economy Affairs Darmin Nasution said the government is ready to redistribute 2.6 million hectares of forest land as part of the government’s land objects for agrarian reform (TORA).

West Kalimantan Police handles 40 land and forest fire cases
The West Kalimantan police questioned intensely 40 found to be allegedly involved in 34 land and forest fire cases that caused incessant suffering to locals owing to the impact of thick smoke emanating from wildfires.
— Antara News

Injured policeman discharged from Papua’s Bhayangkara Police Hospital
Adjunct Commissioner Saiin, who had suffered from a bullet shot in his left thigh in Jayapura, Papua Province, was permitted to go home after undergoing inpatient treatment at the Bhayangkara Police Hospital.
— Antara News

Thousands of Papuans protest racism, violence against them
Protests over racial abuse against Papuan students spread across several cities in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua on Monday, with the largest mobs reportedly seen in Jayapura.
— The Jakarta Post

Tour d’Indonesia commences from Borobudur Temple
The UCI category 2.1 international cycling race of Tour d’Indonesia (TdI) kicked off from Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java Province, on Monday, with 18 domestic and foreign participating teams.
— Antara News

Forest on Mt Merapi’s slope catches fire
Forest on the slope of Mount Merapi which straddles Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces caught fire on Sunday night.
— Antara News

List of national olympiad winners offers glimpse into yawning gaps in Indonesia’s education system
The National Science Olympiad (OSN) might show examples of success stories of the Indonesian education system, as some of its medalists have won international titles.
— The Jakarta Post

State of nation address overlooks religious intolerance, social justice: Critics
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s annual state of the nation speech, which he delivered on Friday ahead of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, covered wide-ranging topics including the development of human capital and the imminent relocation of the country’s capital city to Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Netizens say no to govt’s planned censorship of Netflix, YouTube
Indonesian movie and video buffs are balking at the government’s plan to begin censoring movies and videos that are being streamed by popular sites such as YouTube and Netflix.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest man with marijuana hidden in underwear
Police in West Cikarang in Bekasi, West Java, have arrested a man identified as Fadli, 22, after discovering a package of marijuana hidden inside his underwear.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Hunt Social Media Account Inciting Riots in Papua
The National Police (Polri) announced it would thoroughly investigate the cause of the riots that broke out in Manokwari, Papua, today.

Indonesian Military on Alert as Conflict in West Papua Rises
The Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel are on alert following the increasing tension in Manokwari, West Papua. TNI’s Kasuari Kodam XVIII Lt. Col. Andi Gus Wulandri said the TNI Commander had ordered them to stand guard.

Riots flare in Manokwari after ‘racist’ attack on Papuan students in Surabaya
Rioting broke out in Manokwari, West Papua, on Monday as local people, comprising mostly university students, protested against the recent case of racial abuse of Papuan students in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Evictees empower fellow kampung dwellers, build community space
It has been years since residents of Bukit Duri in South Jakarta, lost their homes and became evictees.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire destroys nine houses in East Jakarta
Up to nine houses on Jl. Perumpung Tengah in North Cipinang Besar, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, were burned down in a fire on Monday, East Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim preacher Abdul Somad under fire for blasphemous remarks against Christian cross
Muslim preacher Abdul Somad has become embroiled in religious controversy since a video of him calling the Christian cross “an element of the devil” during a sermon went viral on social media.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Gapura’ decorating contests liven up Independence Day in Jakarta
With its special meaning of welcoming residents and visitors, decorating gapura (gateways) has long been a tradition to celebrate Independence Day on Aug. 17, and some communities have joined in the fun to enliven their neighborhood with a gapura competition.
— 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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