Indonesia morning news for December 30

Indonesia morning news for December 30

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s net international investment liability position slides
Indonesia’s International Investment Position (IIP) recorded a narrower net liability as the position of Foreign Financial Liabilities (FFL) declined.
— Antara News

Authorities seize Rp 12 billion worth of mangrove charcoal
Three containers of mangrove charcoal worth around Rp 12 billion (US$ 860,000) were confiscated from a vessel in waters near Batam, Riau Islands, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

2 Policemen Nabbed in Novel Baswedan Case
The Metro Jaya Police have announced the arrests of two alleged police members who were allegedly responsible for the 2017 acid attack on senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.
— Tempo.co

Inconsistency in ore export ban overshadows mining sector in 2019
The government’s policy to restrict ore exports dominated the news in the mining sector this year as it not only received negative reactions from local miners but also from other countries such as the European Union, which has threatened to sue Indonesia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the ban.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt’s import tax plan faces backlash from merchants and buyers
The government’s plan to lower the tax threshold for e-commerce retail imports is facing a backlash, with merchants worried that the new policy will cause a sharp decline in sales.
— The Jakarta Post

2019 set to end with wider fiscal deficit amid poor tax revenue
The government’s 2019 fiscal position stands in stark contrast with that of the preceding year amid weak global commodity prices and a slowdown in global trade, which contributed to disappointing tax revenue and a wider fiscal deficit.
— The Jakarta Post

Omnibus Law may hurt domestic workers: labor union
President Joko Widodo’s planned Omnibus Law on Employment Creation Act may hurt domestic workers, mainly because it will revise regulations on salary, working hours, and worker protection, a Confederation of Indonesian Labor Union official said.
— Antara News

North Sulawesi registers US$52.80 million trade surplus in November
North Sulawesi Province recorded a US$52.80 million surplus in its foreign trade in November 2019, increasing from $49.81 million a month earlier.
— Antara News

‘Brain flushing’ method suitable to treat strokes in all hospitals: Health Minister
Health Minister Maj. Gen. Terawan Agus Putranto has said digital subtraction angiography (DSA), more widely known as “brain flushing”, a controversial method he introduced to treat patients suffering from stroke, is safe and can be implemented in hospitals across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil servant named suspect after hitting seven cyclists on Jl. Sudirman
A civil servant has been named a suspect after he allegedly hit a group of cyclists who were riding on Jl. Sudirman, South Jakarta, on Saturday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Police ‘enemy of free press’ in Indonesia: AJI
The number of incidents of violence against journalists committed by police officers in 2019 has shown an increase even though the overall number of attacks against the media generally has decreased, according to the annual report of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia signs Rp9.75 billion-worth deals at Vietnam Expo
Indonesian products clinched Rp9.75 billion in potential transactions at the Vietnam Expo 2019 held at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from December 4 to 7.
— Antara News

Rupiah projected to appreciate before year-end holidays
The rupiah exchange rate traded among banks in Jakarta on Friday morning is forecast to continue to strengthen before the year-end holidays.
— Antara News

Gov’t to Submit Job Creation, Taxation Bills in January
The government will submit the job creation and taxation bills to the House of Representatives next month, the Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Friday, to kick off reform efforts aiming at improving the investment climate in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Chief Security Minister Accuses Papuan District Official of ‘Political Maneuver’
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud M.D. accused a Papuan district official of engaging “political maneuver” by publicly declaring resignation and fabricating story about a fatal shooting.
— Jakarta Globe

Forgery, evictions and assault: LBH Bandung says state repressing people of West Java
The Bandung Legal Aid Institute (LBH Bandung) has said that communities in West Java that protested against infrastructure projects faced repression by the state.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Asked to Reveal Urgency in Forming Deputy Chief of Staff
Head of Commission II at the House of Representatives (DPR), Arwani Thomafi, demanded President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo explain the urgency in forming a new structure of presidential deputy chief of staff. Arwani opined that since the beginning, the government has encouraged the spirit of bureaucratic reform.
— Tempo.co

KPK to Name Acting Spokesman on Monday
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Nawawi Pomolango said his side has yet appointed an acting spokesman.
— Tempo.co

TNI, Freeport Sign MoU on Security
The Indonesian Military or TNI and PT Freeport Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the security of the mining giant in Timika, Papua.
— Tempo.co

Garuda Indonesia Pushes for Business Efficiency
State-owned airliner Garuda Indonesia pushed for the efficiency of its business operation by implementing a number of programs.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta police unveil drug distribution hidden in toy packages
The Jakarta Police’ Drug Investigation Unit has unveiled distribution network of ecstasy, hidden in packages of children’s toys, in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
— Antara News

Public participation crucial in sustaining universal health services
The government needs to enforce the mandatory status of the National Health Insurance (JKN) in a bid to maintain public participation in the service and improve health facilities’ readiness as the insurance program sees its premiums rise next month.
— The Jakarta Post

During 2019, Papua police handle 23 cases of armed Papuan groups
The Papua Police recorded that, during 2019, there were 23 shooting incidents involving the armed Papuan groups that claimed the lives of 10 members of the Indonesian police and military, and 10 civilians, a police officer revealed.
— Antara News

Government completes construction of 30 national strategic projects
The Committee for the Accelerated Construction of Priority Infrastructures (KPPP) made an announcement of the Indonesian government having completed the construction of 30 national strategic projects worth Rp165.3 trillion in 2019.
— Antara News

Strong wind, heavy rains damage a dozen of houses in Jember
Strong wind, followed by heavy, incessant rains, lashed the villages of Lampeji and Suco in Jember District, East Java Province, on Saturday afternoon, damaging at least 14 houses and causing several trees to fall down.
— Antara News

Ministry provides four water buses for Biak Numfor in 2020
The Transportation Ministry has allocated Rp800 million of fund in its 2020 budget for the provision of four water buses for public transportation in the islands of Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, a local government official revealed.
— Antara News

Airport, police search for Nat Geo photographer’s missing hard drives
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport management and Bali Police search for a missing rolling bag containing laptop, passport, and three hard drives, with numerous rarest animal pictures by Joel Sartore, National Geographic’s wildlife photographer.
— Antara News

IHSG strengthens in run up to year-end holidays
The Indonesia composite share price index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) strengthened at opening here, today, few days ahead of the year-end holidays.
— Antara News

House presses for development of health tourism in Labuan Bajo
Deputy Head of the House of Representatives’ Commission IX, Emanuel Melkiades Laka Lena, has encouraged the development of health tourism in Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara Province, known for the seeded tourism destination of Komodo.
— Antara News

Deputy regent of restive Papua region resigns after aide shot dead
Wentius Nimiangge, deputy regent of Nduga in Papua, has announced his resignation after his close aide was shot dead by an unidentified perpetrator amid a military crackdown in the restive regency.
— The Jakarta Post

BKSDA installs six other camera traps to avert human-tiger conflict
South Sumatra’s Natural Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA) installed six more camera and box traps to find traces of protected and endangered Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris ssp. sumatrae), calling it a precautionary measure against human-species conflict.
— Antara News

Tiger attacks spike as humans encroach on South Sumatran habitat
Four people have died in at least six tiger attacks in South Sumatra over the past two months, indicating that humans have ventured further into the Sumatran tiger’s habitat and have pushed the creatures to their edge, conservationists say.
— The Jakarta Post

One in 17 children in East Kalimantan faces sexual violence
One in every 17 children in East Kalimantan experienced sexual violence once, while one in three children had endured physical violence once, East Kalimantan’s Demography, Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Office Chief Halda Arsyad stated.
— Antara News

Towering inferno engulfs Tentrem Hotel’s Semarang project
A fire blazed through four floors of the Tentrem Hotel project on Gajah Mada Street in Semarang, Central Java, on Saturday morning.
— Antara News

Indonesians urged to support Garuda squad’s new coach Shin Tae-yong
Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali has appealed to the entire nation to support the appointment of former South Korea national team’s coach, Shin Tae-yong, to train Indonesia’s national soccer team.
— Antara News

AGO issues travel ban for 10 people allegedly involved in Jiwasraya troubles
Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin has issued a travel ban for 10 people allegedly involved in the case of state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya to prevent them from leaving the country amid an ongoing investigation into possible corruption within the company.
— The Jakarta Post

Let police and court uncover Novel Baswedan case: Mahfud MD
Indonesia’s top security minister, Mahfud MD, appealed to the people to let the police investigators, public prosecutors, and district court’s panel of judges uncover the case of acid attack on the antigraft body’s senior investigator Novel Baswedan.
— Antara News

Two arrested as mercury poisoning plagues North Sumatra’s El Dorado
Two suspects have been arrested in Mandailing Natal regency, North Sumatra, for selling mercury, a hazardous chemical compound widely used in the area’s small-scale gold mining, which allegedly polluted water, causing birth defects.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Football Team Hires Korean Coach
The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, introduced new national team manager Shin Tae-Yong on Saturday to help the ailing team make some recovery.
— Jakarta Globe

Stretched earlobes: A fading Dayak tradition
In her youth, 84-year-old Lun Bith must have been considered pretty with more than a dozen large earrings on her elongated earlobes – a standard of beauty of the Long Giaat Dayak ethnic subgroup in her village of Long Tuyoq, situated on the banks of the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Police shoot dead drug lord in Central Jakarta
The police shot dead a suspected drug lord as he evaded arrest in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.
— Antara News

8 injured after air conditioners fell off ceiling on board Indonesian train
One may expect luggage to fall off the overhead compartment onto passengers’ heads, but an incident onboard an Indonesian train saw air conditioner units detach from the ceiling and injuring several unsuspecting passengers.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Two flyovers in Bekasi to be opened in Jan 2020
Government of the city of Bekasi, West Java, has ensured that construction of two flyovers in the areas of Rawapanjang and Cipendawa has been completed and will be operational at the start of 2020.
— Antara News

Ministry denies creating account on porn website, may take legal action
Pornography site PornHub, which is blocked by the Indonesian government, has annoyed the Communications and Information Ministry with the discovery of an account on the website claiming to be owned by the ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta confident it can book higher budgetary spending despite year-end approaching
The Jakarta administration remains optimistic that this year’s budget absorption will be higher than last year despite 2019 coming to an end and amid sluggish disbursement by the city’s working units.
— The Jakarta Post

Remains of Yogyakarta woman allegedly missing for 10 years found in septic tank, police suspect she was murdered by her husband
The remains of a woman from Yogyakarta, identified as Ayu Shelisa, who was thought to be missing since 2009, were recently found in a septic tank at the home of her in-laws.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Woman killed by crocodile, another missing in Southeast Sulawesi
A woman was killed by a crocodile, and another remains missing, after the fifth fatal attack in an Indonesian province this year, disaster mitigation agency officials said Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

BRI gives SMEs leg-up to look beyond local market
State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), the largest public company in the country, is seeking to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) penetrate overseas markets by holding a three-day event last week for them to meet potential buyers from 16 countries.
— The Jakarta Post

A van driver under drug influence hits seven bicyclists in Jakarta
Seven bicyclists sustained injuries after a minivan drove by a civil servant under the influence of drug hit them near Summitmas Building in South Jakarta at around 06.10 a.m. local time on Saturday.
— Antara News

Commuter Line in Jakarta to operate past midnight for NYE
Commuter Line rail service in Jakarta will operate after midnight until 3 a.m. during New Year’s Eve from December 31, 2019, until January 1, 2020, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) noted in a statement here, Saturday.
— Antara News

No blare of trumpets, fireworks: Bogor regent says no to merry New Year’s Eve celebrations
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has issued a circular advising residents of Bogor regency in West Java to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a modest manner without blowing paper trumpets or lighting fireworks.
— The Jakarta Post

Routine repairs to disrupt Jakarta’s water supply
Clean water supply for Jakartans in most parts of the city is expected to be disrupted by routine repairs and water treatment carried out by private-owned water company PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) on Monday and Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Motorcyclist dies after billboard collapses on him
A motorcycle taxi driver died after a billboard fell upon him when he stopped for a red light during heavy rain on Saturday on Jl. Daan Mogot in Cengkareng, West Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Snake fright? How about fried snake?
While Jakarta residents may have been caught up in a snake scare, Aat Sambas has been thinking in terms of his culinary business.
— The Jakarta Post

Another car crashes into Senopati pharmacy, no injuries reported
A car crashed into a pharmacy store on Jl. Senopati in South Jakarta early on Saturday morning in the second crash into the establishment, which is located among popular restaurants and bars, in the past three months.
— The Jakarta Post

Lightning Struck in Bogor Killed 2
Five people were struck by lightning in Jasinga, Bogor.
— Tempo.co

 

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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

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