Indonesia morning news for August 27

Indonesia morning news for August 27

Indonesia morning newsJokowi names Penajam Paser Utara as new capital city site
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has named Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan Province as the sites of the new capital city.
— Antara News

Five military personnel suspended, probed for alleged racial abuse against Papuans
The Brawijaya Military Command in East Java have suspended five military personnel who are currently under investigation for their alleged involvement in a recent incident of racial abuse targeted at Papuan students in Surabaya.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Says New Capital Will Cost Rp466tn, 19pct from APBN
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced the new capital city will be built in the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. He said the relocation would cost up to Rp466 trillion.
— Tempo.co

Minister Backs Chemical Castration for Mojokerto Child Predator
The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise supports Mojokerto’s District Court to chemically castrate child predator Aris (20) after committing a series of sexual abuse against nine children since 2015.
— Tempo.co

Indonesian minister clarifies no deal struck between China’s Ping An and national health insurer
A senior Indonesian minister in charge of ties with China was forced to clarify over the weekend that Jakarta had not struck any deal with Ping An, China’s biggest insurer by market value, to improve the national health insurance agency’s information technology systems.
— South China Morning Post

Authorities Warn Burnt Ship Wreck May Endanger Sea Traffic Near Masalembu Islands
The Transportation Ministry issued a warning to ship captains on Saturday to steer clear of the burnt wreck of KM Santika Nusantara, a passenger ship that had caught fire while at sea near Masalembu Islands in East Java on Thursday night, killing three people.
— Jakarta Globe

Cargo ship sailing in Maluku waters loses contact
A Cessna aircraft was deployed Monday to search for cargo ship MV Nur Allya, which has been without contact since communication was cut off on Aug. 20 near Buru Island in Maluku.
— The Jakarta Post

You Can Now Pay for Your Passport on Tokopedia, Bukalapak or Finnet
Paying for your passport could be a bit of a chore since after submitting all the complicated paperwork at the Immigration Office, you still have to find an ATM or a post office to wire the fee.
— Jakarta Globe

Graft watchdogs cry foul over ‘conflict of interest’ in KPK leadership race
The selection committee for the next Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders is once again in the spotlight following its announcement of a 20-candidate shortlist on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Forest preservation prioritized in capital city transfer to Kalimantan
The government has made assurance that relocation of the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan will ensure that the province’s preserved forest remained intact.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani pledges to create favorable policies, tax incentives to boost capital market
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has pledged to improve policies and create more tax incentives in an effort to boost the creation of new instruments in the capital market.
— The Jakarta Post

Abdul Somad Faces Charges on Blasphemy; Ahok: Just Pray
Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok suggested Muslim preacher Abdul Somad pray a lot in dealing with charges of alleged blasphemy. As a Christian, he claimed that he did not have any issue regarding Somad’s remarks.
— Tempo.co

Albanese calls for Indonesia white paper, more tourists to Australia
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called on the Morrison government to commission a white paper on Australia’s economic relationship with Indonesia, as parliaments in both nations move towards ratifying a free trade deal.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Benoa Bay Reclamation, Balinese Calls for Pelindo’s Transparency
Coordinator of Balinese’ Peoples Forum (ForBali) Wayan Gendo Suardana urged state-owned port operator PT Pelindo III to immediately publish the environmental impact assessment (Amdal) on the Benoa Bay reclamation project.
— Tempo.co

Telkomsel Preps Telecommunication Infrastructure in New Capital
Telecommunication operator firm PT Telkomsel stated its readiness to welcome the relocation of the capital city to East Kalimantan that has been finally announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the new administrative hub.
— Tempo.co

Indonesian banks hope interest income will pick up in second half
Indonesia’s major banks expect net interest income will pick up this year as the downward trend in the lending rate will enable them to increase the level of their net interest margin (NIM).
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Involves Foreign Workers in Handling Oil Spill
Pertamina’s incident commander for YYA I Project, Taufik Adiyawarman, said the state-run oil and gas company recruited foreign workers to help handle the oil spill incident in the firm’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) in Karawang.
— Tempo.co

Indofood goes ahead with palm oil expansion despite Citigroup’s withdrawal
PT Indofood Sukses Makmur will go ahead with a plan to expand its palm oil business despite Citigroup’s recent decision to stop its financing facilities for the company.
— The Jakarta Post

Time’s up: Outgoing councillors leave deputy governor seat vacant, pass fewer bylaws
With new Jakarta city councillors being inaugurated on Monday for the 2019-2024 term, their predecessors are leaving office with a substandard track record for producing bylaws and having failed to select a new deputy governor.
— The Jakarta Post

IDX index plunges over trade war sentiment
The Jakarta composite share price index (IDX) closed lower on Monday, sparked by a re-intensification of the US-China trade war tensions.
— Antara News

Ministry persuades SMEs to boost productivity, quality
The Industry Ministry has highlighted the importance of technology application for small- and medium-scale enterprises (SME) to boost productivity and quality while increasing access to the global market.
— Antara News

Papuans continue protests, demand justice against racist abusers
Peaceful demonstrations continued in Papua on Monday with thousands of people from four regencies, namely Yahukimo, Lanny Jaya, Tolikara and Nduga, gathering in Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya regency to demand the government immediately prosecute people who commit racial abuse against Papuans.
— The Jakarta Post

Government sets sights on world’s top varsities for HRD collaboration
The Indonesian government is eyeing the world’s leading universities to collaborate with national universities to boost the competency of human resources in the face of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
— Antara News

Arrested terror suspects linked to Surabaya bombing: police
The terror suspects arrested by Densus 88, the police anti-terror squad, from some areas in East Java have close links to the Surabaya bombing, a spokesman for the Indonesian Police, Brig. Gen Dedi Prasetyo has said.
— Antara News

Goodbye West Java, hello Jakarta: Bekasi, Depok want to merge with the capital
A resident of the satellite city of Bekasi, Randa Gusti says he spends more time in the nation’s capital for work and leisure than other areas in West Java – Bekasi’s administrative region.
— The Jakarta Post

New Central Sulawesi deputy governor calls on businesspeople to invest more
Newly inaugurated Central Sulawesi Deputy Governor Rusli Baco Dg Palabbi called on investors on Monday to help develop and accelerate business in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Police officer burned during protest dies after days of treatment
A police officer who suffered severe burn injuries when dealing with a recent protest in Cianjur, West Java, died in the early hours of Monday after a few days of intensive medical treatment.
— The Jakarta Post

Puffing on cigarettes in smoke-free areas still rampant, survey finds
Air pollution in Jakarta is not only happening outdoors but also indoors, as tobacco smoking is still widely done within smoke-free area in shopping malls and markets in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Trial run of public transportation lane under way at Lebak Bulus MRT Station
The South Jakarta Transportation Agency (Dishub) is carrying out a trial run for an exclusive traffic lane dedicated to public transportation under Lebak Bulus MRT Station in South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Coding learning movement reaches children in Jatinegara low-cost apartments
Dozens of children in low-cost apartment blocks in Jatinegara Barat in East Jakarta joined a coding lesson during an “Hour of Code” event held by a group of high school students on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Public gallery to honor Tjong Yong Hian, Medan philanthropist who shaped the city
It has been six years since the Medan administration in North Sumatra officially renamed what was previously known as Jl. Bogor after its first Chinese community leader, Tjong Yong Hian (1850-1911). Yong Hian, who was granted the title of majoor (major) by Dutch colonial rule in the early 1900s, the highest rank for an ethnic community leader, came to be recognized as a notable figure in the city’s history for his contributions in the fields of education, health and culture.
— The Jakarta Post

Suspected sex abuser released after victim settles out of court
A man arrested for allegedly molesting an underage girl on a commuter train has been released from detention after the victim’s family decided to settle the case out of court.
— The Jakarta Post

Two unidentified bodies found in burnt-out car in Sukabumi
The police in Cidahu regency in Sukabumi, West Java, are trying to identify two bodies discovered in the wreckage of a burned-out car on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Man denied ambulance, carries nephew’s dead body on foot
Supriyadi, 40, was forced to carry home on Friday the body of his 9-year-old nephew, Muhammad Husen, who was found drowned in the Cisadane River in Tangerang, Banten, after a local community health center (Puskesmas) refused to provide an ambulance.
— 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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