Indonesia morning news for January 1

Indonesia morning news for January 1

Indonesia morning news

Manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP above world average: Minister
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto has claimed that the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is 20.5 percent, is higher than the global average GDP contribution from the sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Withdraws Old Banknote
Bank Indonesia (BI) of North Sumatra headquarters pulled decommissioned banknotes, issued in 1998 and 1999, amounting to Rp526 million from the public

Tornado kills one, damages 165 houses in West Java
A tornado swept through Panguragan Kulon village in Panguragan, Cirebon, West Java, on Sunday, killing one person and causing widespread destruction. The powerful winds have reportedly has damaged 165 houses in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

2018 is Indonesia’s deadliest year in a decade
At least 4,231 people died or were declared missing during natural disasters across the Indonesian archipelago this year, making it the country’s deadliest year in a little over a decade, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
— Intellasia

Indonesia`s international investment position remains stable: BI
Indonesia`s International Investment Position (IIP) was relatively stable in the third quarter of 2018.
— Antara News

Darmin predicts 5.2 percent GDP growth this year
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has predicted 5.2 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Recite to lead? Proposed Quran competency test divides Indonesia’s presidential candidates
With Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election fast approaching, both candidate pairs have yet to go directly head-to-head against each other in a debate.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

New poll shows Indonesians no longer the most optimistic people in the world, but still hopeful for 2019
Life may conspire to throw obstacles at us, but, in general, we Indonesians are an optimistic bunch — even if we’re starting to lower our expectations about what the future might bring.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Central Java urged to conduct disaster mitigation
The Central Java government has been urged to conduct disaster mitigation in a comprehensive manner to reduce the risks and losses arising from a catastrophe.
— Antara News

North Sumatra recorded to have best fish cultivation
The North Sumatra Fisheries Association is currently recorded to have the best fish cultivation, such as PT Suri Tani Pemuka (STP) in Simalungun District, which is implementing an Integrated Quality Management program.
— Antara News

Asian leaders hurl populist policy firepower ahead of elections
Asia’s political calendar will be busy in 2019, with India and Indonesia, two of the region’s largest democracies, as well as Thailand, heading to the polls.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia welcomes 2019 with mass wedding in Jakarta
More than 500 Indonesian couples tied the knot on New Year’s Eve at a free mass wedding held under tents in pouring rain in the capital Jakarta.
— Channel NewsAsia

Ancol to Hold New Year Event for Sunda Strait Tsunami Victim
PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol will welcome the New Year 2019 by holding an event to pray together for the victims of Sunda Strait tsunami.

bmkg outlines chronology of sunda strait tsunami
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued a press release on the chronology of Sunda Strait tsunami that affected Banten and Lampung provinces, on late Dec 22, 2018.
— Antara News

Aceh advises Muslims not to celebrate New Year
Officials and religious leaders in Aceh have called on Muslims in the province not to celebrate the New Year for religious reasons.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 33 thousand tsunami victims remain in Pandeglang temporary shelters
A total of 33,316 victims of Sunda Strait tsunami that hit Pandeglang District, Banten Province, on Dec 22, 2018, remain in temporary shelters.
— Antara News

Semarang residents may pay property tax through Go-Pay
People in Semarang, Central Java, will be able to pay property tax (PBB) through Go-Pay as of next year as the Semarang administration and Go-Pay have signed a cooperation agreement.
— The Jakarta Post

Religious Affairs Ministry sets six strategic targets
The Religious Affairs Ministry has set six strategic targets with regard to bureaucratic reforms and public service quality for all religious communities in 2019.
— Antara News

PT Timah`s exports of tin metal up 15 percent to 33,250 tons
PT Timah Tbk said its exports of tin metal totaled 33,250 metric tons in 2018 or 15 percent higher than 28,732 mt in 2017.
— Antara News

Indonesia goes on high alert for second deadly tsunami
Indonesia has raised its alert level, widened an exclusion zone and ordered all flights to steer clear as volcanic eruptions threaten to trigger a second deadly tsunami.
— Intellasia

Caught in Indonesia’s tsunamistories of survival and death
Fishing villages along the western coastline were engulfed by surging waves following the eruption of a volcano.
— Intellasia


Feature photo International Federation of Red Cross

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Indonesia morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Indonesia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities and is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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