Indonesia morning news for January 7

Indonesia morning news for January 7

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia: Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Moluccas islands
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.0 struck 173km northwest of the city of Ternate, North Maluku, in the Moluccas group of islands in Indonesia late on Sunday (Monday local time), according to the US Geological Survey website.
— Al Jazeera

In Indonesia, cleaning up the Citarum, ‘the world’s dirtiest river’, is now a military operation
West Java is the heartland of Indonesian manufacturing, and industrial zones on the outskirts of the provincial capital city, Bandung, are, according to the Ministry of Industry Indonesia, responsible for more than 14 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation’s gross domestic product.
— South China Morning Post

E Kalimantan sees trade surplus of us$12.52 billion
East Kalimantan -Province saw a trade surplus of US$12.52 billion in the January-November 2018 period, according to the local office of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
— Antara News

Indonesian Marine Life Affected by Ocean Princess Sinking: Govt
Oil tanker Ocean Princess that sank in the vicinity waters off Aemoli Village in eastern Indonesia on December 22, 2018 has affected the marine life of Pantar Strait and its surrounding waters, an official stated.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia: Cash-rich tobacco lobby, cheap puffs fuel smoking habit
Across Asia, various governments have stepped in to curb smoking to manage the side effects of second-hand smoke, and in a bid to reduce the burden tobacco use has imposed on healthcare systems. Our correspondents look at what’s been done – and how effective it has been – to get smokers to stop lighting up.
— The Straits Times

Police arrest 2 for spreading hoax about millions of tampered ballots from China aimed at helping Jokowi
Indonesia’s National Police have arrested two people believed to have spread a hoax on social media alleging a massive ballot tampering scheme to help President Joko Widodo win reelection in April.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia’s elections and the challenge to its democratic achievement
Indonesian politics in the past year was dominated by one major dynamic: manoeuvring and positioning in preparation for impending elections.
— East Asia Forum

Death toll from Sukabumi`s landslide has reached 32: mily officer
Rescue workers have found 32 bodies of 33 victims of landslide that hit Garehong area of Sirnaresmi Village, Cisolok Subdistrict, Sukabumi District, West Java Province, a week ago, a local military officer said.
— Antara News

Freeport`s Revenue will be Down in 2019: ESDM Ministry
The Director General of Mineral and Coal (Minerba) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Bambang Gatot Ariyono estimated that PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) revenues would fall in 2019. B
— Tempo.co

Automotive Market Expected to Grow Positively in 2019
Automotive observer Yannes Martinus Pasaribu predicts that the domestic automotive market in 2019 will advance in a more positive direction.
— Netral News

Jakartans agree with plastic ban: Environment agency
Despite their dependence on plastic bags, Jakartans mostly agree with the city administration’s plan to issue a policy restricting plastic bag use, according to a survey conducted by the Jakarta Environment Agency.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian student loan platform Dana Cita snags funding from Patamar Capital
Impact investor Patamar Capital has injected an undisclosed sum into Indonesia-based student loan platform Dana Cita, according to two people familiar with the development.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Indonesia freezes Taiwan internship programme after students forced to work in factories, eat pork
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia suspends Taiwan internship programme after students forced to work in contact lens factory, eat meals with pork
— Intellasia

Pirated DVD business struggles amid streaming trend
Several years back, movie buffs in Jakarta knew how to catch up with the latest episodes of their favorite TV series or box office movie: by going to pirated DVD sellers mushrooming in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

BPJS Kesehatan terminates contracts with dozens of hospitals
The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has terminated, as of this month, contracts with dozens of hospitals that have not yet received accreditation from the Hospital Accreditation Committee (KARS), including some in Greater Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian freight marketplace Andalin close to securing Series A funding
Indonesia’s online marketplace for freight forwarders, Andalin, is close to securing its Series A investment round likely to be led by Access Venture Capital, according to two people aware of the development.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Merapi volcano (Central Java, Indonesia): lava dome continues to grow steadily
The lava dome of the volcano continues to grow steadily, at rates of 3800 cubic meters per day. On 3 Jan 2019, PVMBG estimated it to have reached 415,000 cubic meters volume.
— Volcano Discovery

Indonesia confiscated some 200 pet cockatoos. What happened to them?
In May 2015, a wildlife smuggler was arrested at an Indonesian port. He had attempted to transport nearly two dozen yellow-crested cockatoos, stuffed in plastic water bottles, aboard a passenger ship.
— Mongabay

MUI officials deny proposal to have thieves’ hands amputated, but admit its under discussion
MUI deputy secretary general Tengku Zulkarnain said he and his colleagues, would “propose that thieves and corruptors who have been proven guilty, with both evidence and witnesses, need not be imprisoned but only have their hands cut off” on Monday night, but other MUI officials denied that and said it was just something being considered.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

KPK chairman panelist for first debate of presidential candidates
Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Agus Rahardjo has become one of the panelists for the first debate of presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2019 presidential election.
— Antara News

Rohingya in Aceh: Sailing into Indonesia’s unsteady embrace
Aceh in Indonesia has proven to be a rare harbour of safety and embrace for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar by boat. But as sailing season begins again, funds and patience are running desperately low in the religiously conservative province.
— Channel News Asia

Ferry runs aground off Lombok in bad weather
The Kalebi ferry with passengers and vehicles on board ran aground at Gili Lebur, east of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, shortly after leaving Kayangan Port in Lombok, bound for Poto Tano Port in Sumbawa on Thursday. No passengers were hurt.
— The Jakarta Post

Visual Scars of the Tsunami-Stricken Carita Beach
Structures that used to stand tall across the coastline of Carita Beach in Banten are now left in rubbles after the area that was packed with holidaymakers was struck by the devastating Sunda Strait tsunami on Saturday evening of December 22.
— Tempo.co

High rainfalls cause flooding and landslides in Jayapura
High rainfalls in the past few days have caused floods and landslides in several parts of Jayapura city, Papua Province, on Saturday night.
— Antara News

KPU allows campaign team to present vision-mission separately
The General Election Commission (KPU) allowed the presidential candidates` campaign team to deliver their vision and mission separately after the two candidate pairs had disagreed on the mechanism of presentation, earlier …
— Antara News

Satellite images show extent of Indonesian volcano’s collapse
Intellasia East Asia News New satellite images show the extent of the changes caused by the collapse of the Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami in late December last year.
— Intellasia

Emergency response period in tsunami-hit South Lampung extended
The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) has extended the emergency response period in the tsunami-hit district of South Lampung to another two weeks from January 6 to 19.
— Antara News

Hundreds seek shelter as fires destroy houses in West Jakarta
Two West Jakarta fires destroyed 40 makeshift houses in Jelambar and dozens of others in Tambora, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin says he regrets testifying against Ahok
A video of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, saying he regretted taking part in former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama being jailed for blasphemy went viral, sparking various public responses.
— The Jakarta Post

Researchers: We Must Listen to the Forests to Halt Deforestation
Conservationists and palm oil companies tackling deforestation and forest fires must rely less on satellite imagery and instead start listening to the sounds of the forests, according to a report published on Friday, January 4.
— Tempo.co

Antara photographer wins award from environment and forestry ministry
The Environment and Forestry Ministry has bestowed an award upon Antara photographer Irwansyah Putra for publishing the healthcare of protected wild animals.
— Antara News

 

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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo depicts the effects of Tsunami on Sunda Strait in Indonesia’s Banten and Lampung regions.

 

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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. Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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