Indonesia morning news for December 3

Indonesia morning news for December 3

Indonesia morning news

Inflation Slows to 3% in November Thanks to Cheaper Airfares
Indonesia’s annual inflation rate slowed to 3 percent in November, thanks to declining costs of raw foods and air transportation, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, announced on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

ADB launches $50 million financing for broadband in remote islands
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed its first satellite financing agreement worth $50 million that will bring affordable broadband to countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.
— Philstar

Airbus for Palm Oil? Indonesia-EU Trade Negotiation Continues Amid Tension
Indonesia will continue negotiations on an economic agreement with the European Union despite growing tension, after a leaked document revealed the EU intended to exclude palm oil-derived biofuels from trade between the two countries by 2021.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia ‘must stop building new coal plants by 2020’ to meet climate goals
Indonesia must stop building new coal-fired power plants by 2020 if it wants to do its part to cap global warming under the targets of the Paris climate agreement, new analysis shows.
— Mongabay

Indonesia received over 1.35 million foreign tourists in October 2019
Over 1.35 million foreign tourists had paid a visit to Indonesia in October 2019, a 3.28-percent drop than a month earlier.
— Antara News

Indonesian fires burnt 1.6 million hectares of land this year: Researchers
Fires in Indonesia that spread a smoky haze over Southeast Asia this year burned at least 1.6 million hectares of mostly degraded land and carbon-rich peatlands, data from a respected research group showed on Monday (Dec 2).
— Channel News Asia

Watch out for possible tectonic quake, BMKG warns C. Sulawesi
Authorities and residents of Palu, Central Sulawesi, have been warned by a Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) geophysics station in Balaroa to be on alert over a possible earthquake caused by the Matano tectonic fault that runs through the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Salary hikes in digital, tech sectors could reach 50% next year: Report
Indonesia will experience a sizable increase in growth of the digital and technology sectors next year, particularly in financial technology, potentially raising professionals’ salaries by up to 50 percent in the sectors, a new report has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Like a slap in the face,’ Jokowi says no to third presidential term
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said he will not back proposals to the amend the 1945 Constitution, particularly a proposal to increase the presidential term limit, saying that a such plan was akin to a “slap in the face”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reviewing Rules Mandating Coal Sales to Local Buyers-Official
Indonesia is reviewing rules that require coal miners to sell a portion of their coal to local buyers, a government official said on Monday, as suppliers struggle to meet the regulation.
— The New York Times

Jokowi hopes infrastructure in 5 “new Balis” to be completed in 2020
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his hope that the construction works of infrastructure to support tourism industry in five “new Balis” to be completed in 2020.
— Antara News

Successes in IMO expected to boost Indonesia as global maritime axis
Indonesia’s successes in being re-elected as council member of category C for the 2020-2021 period of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and an external auditor of IMO could become a momentum to materialize the country’s vision as a world’s maritime axis.
— Antara News

Indonesia needs grand change to mitigate HIV/AIDS: Activists
In the middle of a Heroes Cemetery in Surakarta, Central Java, there is a home.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysians dominate foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia
During 2019, tourists of Malaysian nationality dominated the number of foreign visitors arriving in Indonesia, with 2.58 million, or constituting 18.94 percent of the total number of visitors.
— Antara News

KPK summons Commissary of PTPN VI over imported sugar bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) VI Commissioner M. Syarkawi Rauf in connection with investigation over corruption in a sugar distribution bribery case in PTPN III during the 2019 financial year.
— Antara News

27 marine infantry brigade soldiers dispatched to Lebanon
As many as 27 soldiers of the Marine Infantry Brigade 2 in East Java will soon depart for Lebanon to join the Mechanical Battalion Task Force of the Indonesian Military’s Garuda Contingent (TNI Konga XXIII-N/UNIFIL) and Force Protection Company (FPC) Task Force.
— Antara News

Indonesia Drops Plan to Establish Own Temasek
New State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has said he would drop a plan by his predecessor Rini Soemarno to establish a super holding company for state-controlled companies in the mold of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek, and replace it by rearranging the companies into smaller groups with clear core businesses.
— Jakarta Globe

SOEs in agriculture, various industries on brink of bankruptcy: Sri Mulyani
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the sectors of agriculture and aircraft and ship manufacturing, among other sectors, are on the brink of bankruptcy, according to Finance Ministry data.
— The Jakarta Post

Government adds 1.5 million kl to this year’s subsidized diesel quota
To avoid exceeding this year’s subsidized diesel distribution quota, the government has moved to increase the limit from 14.5 million kiloliters (kl) to 16 million kl.
— The Jakarta Post

President orders total revamp of state-owned companies
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered a total revamp of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to improve their management.
— Antara News

Smuggled mobile phones hidden under dogfruit, salted fish
The Customs and Excise Office in Palembang has successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle thousands of mobile phones and hundreds of laptops from a neighboring country into Indonesia through a local port.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to focus on structural reform to tap growth potential
Speaking at the Bank Indonesia Annual Meeting (PTBI) on the evening of Nov. 28, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that his priority was to unleash a structural reform agenda beyond the fiscal, financial and monetary sectors to ensure the effective achievement of the government’s economic goals.
— The Jakarta Post

Australian detained in Bali for allegedly assaulting security guard over lost mobile phone
A 19-year-old Australian citizen has been arrested by the Kuta Police in Bali after he allegedly assaulted a security guard at a fast food restaurant in Legian while looking for a lost mobile phone.
— The Jakarta Post

Int’l Islamic University construction completed in 2020: Jokowi
The work to construct the International Islamic University of Indonesia, as a place of Islamic study, will be completed in 2020, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

President vows to fulfill the rights of people with disabilities
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has made assurance of the human rights of the disabled in Indonesia being fulfilled.
— Antara News

Blitar poultry farmers point to prolonged drought for 30% decline in egg production
The prolonged drought this dry season has affected the productivity of poultry farmers in East Java, with a decline recorded in the quality and quantity of chicken eggs over the last few months.
— The Jakarta Post

Reforms to boost economy taking shape
The government has begun to flesh out supporting rules for Indonesia’s sweeping regulatory reforms that will open up the economy and relax investment to stoke sluggish growth and create jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK summons four witnesses in crude oil trade graft case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) issued a summons to four witnesses over investigation into a bribery case linked to crude oil trade and refinery products at Pertamina Energy Services (PES) Pte Ltd on Monday.
— Antara News

Tame End to Anti-Ahok ‘212 Movement’ Reunion as Anies Urges End to Division
A gathering of Indonesian Muslims to commemorate the third anniversary of the “212 Movement,” a massive street rally on Dec. 2, 2016 – hence the 212 moniker – calling for the ouster of then Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for allegedly insulting Islam, ended early on Monday morning with a speech by Ahok’s successor, Anies Baswedan.
— Jakarta Globe

With budget cap set, City Council, administration look to speed up 2020 budget deliberations
The Jakarta administration and the City Council have agreed to set next year’s city budget at Rp 87.9 trillion (US$ 6.25 billion), and will speed up deliberations to endorse the budget before year-end after failing to meet the deadline set by the Home Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

PT KAI launches Dharmawangsa train
PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI), Indonesian major railway operator, launched the Dharmawangsa Train on the Pasar Senen-Surabaya Pasar Turi-Pasar Senen route along with enactment of the 2019 Train Travel Chart (Gapeka) from December 1.
— Antara News

REI expects property sector to recover next year
Real estate developers hope the government’s recent push to attract investment through regulatory reform will help revive the property sector, which has spent years in the doldrums.
— The Jakarta Post

IKEA Indonesia opens second store, more to come in 2020
The Sweden-based furniture store IKEA plans to open new outlets in Greater Jakarta and West Java next year as part of its long-term expansion plan in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Not-So-Wonderful Indonesia: Country Looks Set to Miss International Arrivals Target
Indonesia looks set to miss its target of 18 million international arrivals this year after attracting only 13.62 million foreign visitors between January and October, government data released on Monday showed.
— Jakarta Globe

FPI, Rizieq do not endanger Indonesia’s unity, integrity: analyst
The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and its leader, Habib Rizieq Shihab, are no threat to the Indonesian nation and state’s unity and integrity, political analyst at the Kupang-based Muhammadiyah University Ahmad Atang stated.
— Antara News

Police nab Papuan separatist movement’s youth sympathizers in Abepura
Four youths in Abepura Sub-district, Jayapura, Papua, were apprehended, Sunday, over motifs of Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag painted over their faces indicating their support for the Free Papua Movement (OPM), a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Nadiem’s bold vision for education reform lacks detail
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has repeatedly hinted at possible teaching reform through intensified cooperation with youth and civil society organizations.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta LRT kicks off commercial operations for shoppers, cyclists, horse riders
A new Jakarta Light Rail Transit (LRT) line went on stream on Sunday with endorsements from weekend passengers, but questions linger about who this 6-kilometer service is intended for.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan students demand referendum while dozens arrested on Sunday
Hundreds of Papuan students living in Java and Bali flocked to Yogyakarta on Sunday to rally in commemoration what some Papuans claim to be the Dec. 1 birth of the West Papua nation in 1961, demanding a referendum on self-determination.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Ibu’ Ani, my soulmate: SBY sings for late wife, reactivates her IG to preserve legacy
Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has released a video of him singing a nostalgic song as a tribute to his late wife and former first lady Kristiani Herawati, better known as Ani Yudhoyono, who passed away in June.
— The Jakarta Post

Customs Foil Harley Davidson Smuggle Attempt Onboard Garuda
Soekarno-Hatta Airport customs personnel confiscated a complete Harley Davidson motorcycle smuggled inside a Garuda Indonesia flight that landed on Sunday, November

Indonesian university student dies in motorcycle accident on the way to commencement ceremony
Nurul Faqih, a student of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta) died in an accident on his way to his commencement ceremony.
— Coconuts


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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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