Indonesia morning news for August 6

Indonesia morning news for August 6

Indonesia morning news

Lights on? Prepare for more blackouts, says PLN
Following the blackout that disrupted activities across West Java and Greater Jakarta on Sunday, state electricity firm PLN has warned there will be further, planned, power outages in several regions as repairs get under way.
— The Jakarta Post

JCI falls 2.59 percent as trade tension escalates, GDP growth slows
Indonesian share prices mostly declined on Monday as the escalation of the trade war between the United States and China, and a decline in Indonesia’s GDP growth in the second quarter added to investors’ concerns.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Vietnam to achieve $10 billion trade target by 2020: Envoy
Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi has expressed confidence that trade between Indonesia and Vietnam will reach US$10 billion by 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

For cleaner air: Jakarta to start odd-even traffic policy expansion next month
Commended as a contribution to smoother traffic management during last year’s Asian Games, the expansion of the odd-even traffic policy is back on track as the Jakarta administration scrambles to fight the choking smog blanketing the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Childhood obesity reaches alarming proportions in Indonesia
The Indonesian Association of Food and Nutrition Experts (Pergizi Pangan Indonesia) has drawn attention to a disturbing rising trend of overnutrition-triggered obesity in Indonesia.
— Antara News

700 Pekanbaru inhabitants suffer from respiratory illness due to haze
Some 700 people in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, currently suffer from respiratory illness as haze from forest fires has shrouded the city over the last several days.
— Antara News

World moves away from coal, and so does ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said it is staying away from coal-related projects in Indonesia and continues to open itself to gas and renewable energy investments, joining the wave of diversion by hundreds of financial institutions around the globe.
— The Jakarta Post

Millions affected by major blackout to be compensated: PLN
State electricity firm PLN plans to compensate at least 21.3 million customers, including businesses, for the losses they suffered because of an hours-long power outage across West Java and Greater Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents angry over imported waste ending up in Bekasi
Dadang, 35, a scavenger living in Burangkeng village in Setu distict, Bekasi regency in West Java was puzzled when he found unusual trash during his regular search in the village, located some 41 kilometers away from the capital city Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Waskita plans to issue US$210 million in global bonds
State-owned construction company PT Waskita Karya (Persero) plans to issue global bonds worth US$210 million in a bid to strengthen its refinancing system and improve its performance.
— Antara News

UAE intends to invest in Central Kalimantan’s food crops
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent a delegation to Central Kalimantan in Indonesia to observe several areas as a follow up to a plan to invest in food crops in the province.
— Antara News

As fires burn, can Indonesia avoid repeat of 2015 haze crisis?
As another outbreak of forest fires in Indonesia sends harmful smoke drifting across parts of Southeast Asia, researchers and environmental activists have urged Jakarta to step up efforts to prevent a repeat of the last major haze crisis in 2015.
— Reuters

Draft state budget should mirror national economic strength: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has drawn focus on the need for the Draft State Budget 2020 to reflect the strength and endurance of the nation’s economy amid the global economic turmoil.
— Antara News

Drivers stage protest, burn tire in front of Gojek office
Hundreds of motorbike taxi drivers protested in front of ride hailing service company Gojek’s headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday as they demanded the return of the old incentive system, which they said gave them more bonuses.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia president criticises state power company over blackouts
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday the state power company PLN should have had contingency plans in place to prevent a major electricity blackout that affected the capital Jakarta and neighbouring provinces.
— Euro News

Indosat Ooredoo to expand 4G coverage to 90 percent by yearend
Telecommunications company Indosat Ooredoo plans to invest Rp 2 trillion (US$140.5 million) to expand its nationwide 4G network coverage from 81 percent to 90 percent of the 264 million population by the end of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of asylum seekers demand justice, humane treatment
Hundreds of refugees living in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, staged a rally in front of the local office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, demanding “justice and a more humane treatment” for asylum seekers in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Renewable energy: Rooftop solar panels to be installed on government offices
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry says it has received a commitment from the Finance Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry to maximize the use of rooftop solar panels in their buildings across Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Australia urged to help refugees stranded for years in Indonesia
The Australian government has been urged to act to help refugees in Indonesia without work rights who have been living on the streets in Indonesia.
— SBS News

‘Small but mighty’ makes long road for MSMEs going public
For a lot of micro, small and medium enterprises, it’s making a profit to feed the family first, growth second, and in their order of priority that follows, going public may well be among the last.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia signals relaxation of banking and M&A rules
Indonesia has proposed measures to enable foreign investment in its banking sector, as well as making it easier for Indonesian banks to merge.
— International Investment

Indonesia cracks down on illegal fintech firms
Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) has said it has closed hundreds of fintech firms this year, after companies were found charging inflated fees and recovering money by threatening customers.
— Central Banking

LGBT Indonesians on edge as police, military highlight ‘risks’ of alternative sexual orientations
Indonesia’s national police and military have publicly warned about the “risks” of being LGBT, in officials’ latest verbal attack against the minority group in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Tangerang residents help themselves to tap water amid power outage
Residents in Gondrong, Cipondoh, Tangerang, Banten, have illegally tapped water supply lines of city-owned tap water company PDAM Tirta Benteng arguing they were in experiencing a water crisis because of the continued power outage on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG warns of high waves across Indonesia caused by Tropical Storm Lekima
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued warnings of possible high waves until Tuesday in several regions across Indonesia as Tropical Storm Lekima hits the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side of the Philippines.
— The Jakarta Post

Where is privacy? Personal data on spreading spree in Indonesia
Ratri, 30, was appalled to receive a bill of Rp 3 million (US$211) from a loan company for purchases she never made.
— The Jakarta Post

Electoral dynamics and the rise-and-fall of parties
The country only recently held its general elections in April.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java invites UK’s Finlays on plantation visit to promote unique teas abroad
Finlay Tea Holdings (Finlays), a multinational company based in London that specializes in tea products, is to visit several tea plantations in West Java later this month to learn about the uniqueness of the province’s tea varieties, especially white tea, which has gained popularity overseas.
— The Jakarta Post

Analyst backs synergy of Jokowi-Prabowo camps for stronger Indonesia
Indonesia would become stronger if the camps of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his ex-contender in the 2019 Presidential Elections, Prabowo Subianto, were to synergize in the upcoming cabinet line-up, a political communication analyst stated.
— Antara News

BRG to develop more peat rewetting infrastructure in Riau
The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) will develop infrastructure for peat rewetting in areas in Riau Province, with no record of land and forest fires.
— Antara News

Juggling studies and helping parents: Daughter of Bantar Gebang trash collector receives education assistance
The daughter of a garbage collector at Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, has received fund assistance from the Indonesian Islamic Fraternity Association (HPPI) in Moscow, Russia to continue her studies.
— The Jakarta Post

Conflicts in South Sumatra triggered by overlapping land
South Sumatra is seen as the most vulnerable province to land conflicts on the island of Sumatra as 20 percent of its territory has overlapping functions, according to the One Map Policy Acceleration (KSP) team, which has been tasked with compiling and integrating 85 thematic maps of the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra begins CPO export shipment
The Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) in Batubara regency, North Sumatra, handled a shipment of about 2,000 metric tons of crude palm oil (CPO) to Krishnapatnam, India, on Friday, marking the first CPO export through the port since the start of its operation in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Police question leader of group raiding bookstores over communist titles
Literacy activists in South Sulawesi have condemned a raid against bookstores overt titles deemed to contain communist thought by a group claiming to represent Muslims
— The Jakarta Post

The devil is in the detail on Indonesia’s efforts to curb illegal cell phones
Rachmadea Aisyah The Jakarta Post/Jakarta A plan by three ministries to issue regulations aiming to combat illegal cell phone sales in Indonesia faces a long list of technical challenges, raising concerns among industry players and consumers that the law will only demonstrate the authority’s lack of preparation.
— The Jakarta Post

Investigators name one suspect in West Kalimantan wildfire probe
Investigators with the Environment and Forestry Ministry named an individual, identified only as 46-year-old UB, a suspect for allegedly starting a wildfire on 274 hectares of land in Kubu Raya regency, West Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to target unofficial, unguarded crossings to reduce railway accidents
The Transportation Ministry’s railways directorate general is seeking ways to increase railway crossing safety across the country, especially at unguarded, informal crossings where accidents often occur.
— The Jakarta Post

Electrical short circuits, candles cause dozens of fires during Jakarta blackout
Dozens of fires, two of them fatal, were reported across Jakarta on Sunday amid the massive power outage that disrupted activities in the western part of Java Island.
— The Jakarta Post

Man arrested for throwing stones at Minister Susi’s house
Ciamis Police and Pangandaran Police in West Java have arrested a man they accuse of causing damage to a security post at the residence of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Jl. Merdeka in Pangandaran.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Eid al-Adha, August 11.


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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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