Indonesia morning news for August 23

Indonesia morning news for August 23

Indonesia morning newsMinister claims it’s East Kalimantan as provinces scramble in race for new capital
Following months of vague hints and uncertainty, the government has determined that it will relocate the nation’s capital city to East Kalimantan, a minister has claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia surprises with second rate cut in two months
Indonesia’s central bank announced a surprise cut to its policy rate on Thursday, citing the need to move the economy after the country logged its slowest growth in two years.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Jokowi orders police to ‘take stern action’ against racial abuse
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally spoken out against the racial abuse suffered by Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, following days of protests in Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

South Jakartan loses millions of rupiah in cash eaten by termites
South Jakarta resident Putri Buddin, 23, has to let millions of rupiah in cash go after the bills she had stored inside a cabinet were damaged and eaten by termites.
— The Jakarta Post

BI expounds on rationale behind benchmark rate cut
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo brought to light three reasons behind the central bank’s decision to cut its benchmark interest rate to 5.5 percent on Thursday.
— Antara News

Habibie’s $1b superblock completes first phase of construction, eyes foreign buyers
Publicly listed property developer PT Pollux Properti Indonesia completed on Wednesday the first phase of construction of a US$1 billion integrated mega-superblock, the Meisterstadt, in Batam, a joint venture with former president BJ Habibie’s family.
— The Jakarta Post

Public prosecutor remanded in custody by KPK
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) made an arrest in Surakarta City, Central Java, of a public prosecutor named a suspect in connection with a bribery case concerning a project at the Yogyakarta Public Works Office.
— Antara News

Lawsuits pile up against PLN for massive blackout
Several lawsuits have been filed against state-owned electricity company PT PLN demanding compensation for a major blackout in Greater Jakarta earlier this month.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda, Lion’s $100m aircraft facility in Batam to compete with Singapore
State-run flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s aircraft maintenance unit, the Garuda Maintenance Facility, private airline giant Lion Air Group and Batam Aero Technik announced a joint venture to build a maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Batam to compete with neighboring Singapore.
— The Jakarta Post

Why BRI-GMF cooperation benefits China and Indonesia
The Jakarta Post published the article “The struggle to define the Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia” on July 29 and “How Indonesia can avoid the pitfalls of Belt and Road cooperation” on July 30.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt steps up renewable energy push for Bali electricity supply
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said on Wednesday that he wanted Bali to produce 350 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy sources over the next six years.
— The Jakarta Post

Higher healthcare premiums ‘urgent’, BPJS Kesehatan pleads as finances bleed
With a ballooning deficit over five years of operations putting pressure on the state budget, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which is in charge of Indonesia’s universal healthcare insurance system, is pleading for an increase in premiums.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to cease humanitarian assistance for refugees by August-end
Speaker of the Jakarta provincial parliament Prasetio Edi Marsudi confirmed that the Jakarta administration will put a halt to its humanitarian aid for refugees by the end of August.
— Antara News

200 Brimob personnel reach Timika to ensure conducive atmosphere
Some 200 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel from the Maluku Provincial Police and Gorontalo Provincial Police landed in Timika, Papua Province, Thursday morning, to facilitate security restoration after a rally escalated into chaos a day earlier.
— Antara News

Indonesian car makers wait for more detailed ruling to start EV production
Indonesia’s automotive industry hailed the issuance of the long-waited regulation on electric vehicles (EV) early this month, which they said has provided a clearer picture about the widely anticipated EV production.
— The Jakarta Post

Three companies to start working for BMW stadium development amid land dispute
The Jakarta administration will proceed with the construction of the long-awaited Jakarta International Stadium in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, following the completion of the tender process that saw three construction companies assigned for the city’s flagship mega project amid ongoing legal disputes pertaining to land ownership in the location.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian child protection commission summons dangdut act ‘watermelons duo’ for questioning over ‘inappropriate’ videos
With a name that literally translates to “watermelons duo”, it’s hardly surprising that Duo Semangka has become Indonesia’s latest controversial dangdut act.
— Coconuts

Jakarta city councilor wins Supreme Court case to clear sidewalks of street vendors
The crowded market district of Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta exemplifies the controversy over Jakarta’s sidewalks being used by street vendors and kaki lima (food carts).
— Coconuts

Manpower Ministry mulls options to protect laid-off workers
Many workers in Indonesia are employed on limited contracts, especially as the so-called gig economy takes hold, but who and what is there to protect them if their contract ends abruptly?
— The Jakarta Post

BPPT, Korea concur on cooperation for development of green technology
Indonesia’s Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) and Seoul-based Green Technology Center-Korea were on the same page over cooperation in green technology through the launch of the Green Technology Partnership Initiative (GTPI).
— Antara News

Bukalapak provides MSMEs with integrated e-payment service
Online marketplace Bukalapak has signed up at least 1,000 micro, small, and middle enterprises (MSMEs) in the QRIS-based integrated payment system it recently introduced.
— The Jakarta Post

North Sulawesi students to gain mastery over Mandarin through training
North Sulawesi’s provincial government offers a scholarship scheme to hundreds of local students interested in studying tourism and honing their Mandarin language skills to cater to the province’s skilled workforce demand in the tourism industry.
— Antara News

Local hospital chains step up expansion amid growing healthcare market
Several hospital chains are expanding their business to further tap into the country’s growing demand for quality healthcare services, which have emerged as one of the most lucrative in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaka outlines salt pond development target to reach 5,000 hectares
Malaka District in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has targeted to develop over five thousand hectares of salt ponds to function as the backbone of the local economy.
— Antara News

Gabion replaces controversial bamboo art installation at Bundaran HI
A gabion installation has replaced the controversial Getih Getah bamboo sculpture near the Bundaran HI traffic circle in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

‘I was beaten, choked’ by police: Suspected May 22 rioter tells court about arrest
A defendant accused of rioting during postelection protests in May has told a panel of judge at the Central Jakarta District Court that uniformed policemen assaulted him during his arrest.
— The Jakarta Post

Police investigate Molotov cocktail attack at Golkar HQ
The Jakarta Police are hunting attackers who threw Molotov cocktails at the Golkar Party central executive board (DPP) headquarters in Slipi, West Jakarta, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Keep Eye on 5 Twitter Accounts Spreading Hoaxes on Papua
The National Police have discovered five Twitter accounts that allegedly disseminated hoaxes that ignited the riots in Papua and West Papua.

Police arrest 34 suspected rioters in Timika after protests against racist abuse
Mimika Police in Papua have named 34 people suspects for rioting in the town of Timika, where rallies protesting racism and violence against Papuan students escalated into extreme unrest on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Seismic activities on the rise. What we know so far.
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit on Aug. 12 Jembrana regency in Bali. The earthquake was not so powerful, but it was only one of the many earthquakes that occurred in the past few months across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Missing German tourists on North Sulawesi’s Mt. Lokon found
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) manage to locate two German tourists who went missing upon climbing Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes UNESCO recognition for Belitung, Toba Caldera geoparks
Indonesia is to push for Belitung geopark in Bangka Belitung province and Toba Caldera geopark in North Sumatra to be inducted into the UNESCO Global Geopark Network (GGN), an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Rehabilitation efforts in countering terrorism overlooked, warns think tank
Ardila Syakriah The Jakarta Post/Jakarta Two police officers were assaulted by a man armed with a sickle in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Medan Police gun down motorbike thieves
The Medan Police shot dead two infamous motorbike thieves in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

New movie theater planned at Taman Ismail Marzuki
A new movie theater is to be built at the Taman Ismail Marzuski (TIM) arts and cultural center, Central Jakarta, to replace the Cinema XXI movie theater that shut down for good just this week.
— 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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