Indonesia morning news for July 12

Indonesia morning news for July 12

Indonesia morning news

Domestic airfares soar in Indonesia despite government price cap
When Resti Novita Sari booked to fly from Jakarta to her hometown of Padang to visit family for the Eid holiday, airfares were 40% to 60% higher than she had paid in previous years.
— Euronews.

Indonesian embassy in Saudi raises IDR15.2 billion in blood money to free domestic worker on death row
The Indonesian Embassy in Saudi Arabia today shared the amazing news that an Indonesian domestic worker has been freed from death row in the Middle Eastern kingdom following almost 19 years of legal uncertainty.
— Coconuts

Indonesian woman jailed for recording sexual harassment hopes President Jokowi will free her
An Indonesian woman prosecuted for secretly recording her boss sexually harassing her has asked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to grant amnesty, after the country’s Supreme Court last week upheld a guilty verdict.
— ABC

RI encourages coop on Industry 4.0, creative economy development
Indonesia held a seminar titled “Industry 4.0 and Creative Economy” at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, Vienna, Monday, (July 8), to encourage cooperation in Industry 4.0 and creative economy at the UN.
— Antara News

Social Ministry provides logistical assistance to refugees
The Ministry of Social Affairs has provided logistical and psychosocial assistance to refugees who originally occupied the sidewalks of Jalan Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta.
— Antara News

Indonesia presents working paper on ASEAN Our Eyes at ADMM
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu presented a working paper on ASEAN Our Eyes at the 13rd ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), Bangkok, Thursday, as a regional endeavor to enhance security in combating terrorism and related threats.
— Antara News

Indonesia to start building 7km bridge linking Bintan and Batam in 2020
Indonesia will start building a 7km bridge to connect two islands close to Singapore next year, as part of efforts to develop industry and tourism in the area.
— CNA

E-cigarette unicorn Juul officially launches in Indonesia
The world’s fastest-growing electronic cigarette brand officially entered the world’s second-biggest market for cigarettes yesterday with the official launch of Juul in Indonesia.
— Coconuts

Ministry seizes illegal rumpon allegedly installed by M’sian fishermen
The Marine and Fisheries Affairs Ministry has seized five illegal fish aggregating devices, or known as rumpon, allegedly placed by Malaysian fishermen in the waters of Ambalat that border Indonesia and Malaysia.
— Antara News

RI-South Korea joint venture establishes $30 million oncology factory
PT CKD OTTO Pharmaceuticals (CKD OTTO Pharma) has recently established a US$30 million factory to produce cancer treatment pharmaceutical products, better known as oncology products.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian newspaper Kompas offers discount as apology for ‘lorem ipsum’ misprint gaffe
Ah, lorem ipsum, the bane of every complacent copyeditor’s existence.
— Coconuts

Authorities seal off illegal reclamation project in Belitung
A joint team comprising investigators from several ministries and law enforcement agencies sealed an unauthorized seabed reclamation project at Air Saga village in Belitung regency, Bangka Belitung Islands.
— The Jakarta Post

BPTJ urges restoring 15-hour, extended odd-even traffic policy
In an attempt to alleviate pervasive congestion in the capital, the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) has called on the city administration to restore the extended odd-even traffic policy that was implemented last August during the 2018 Asian Games.
— The Jakarta Post

Hiring scheme relaxed for first-time Indonesian workers
Two Indonesian workers who have never worked in Taiwan were issued work visas on Thursday under a trial relaxed direct hiring scheme, according to Taiwan’s representative office in Jakarta.
— Focus Taiwan

REI ready to build new capital city: Bappenas
Property developers who are members of the Indonesian Real Estate (REI) are ready to participate in construction activities in the new capital of the country, Minister of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro has stated.
— Antara News

Toward entrepreneurship education in Indonesia
JP/Budhi ButtonThe call to extend the term “entrepreneurship” within Indonesia’s context is urgently needed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s prison chief says LGBT inmates will be put in isolation rooms to prevent ‘transmission of sexual disorientation’
Horrible overcrowding has long been a serious issue in Indonesia’s prison, but one that rarely merits much attention from average Indonesians or the local media.
— Coconuts

Environment ministry intensifies land and forest fire control
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) and related stakeholders are working together to intensify patrols to prevent and control land and forest fires (karhutla).
— Antara News

China Life launches individual RMB endowment plan in Indonesia
PT China Life Insurance Indonesia, a local unit of China’s leading insurer China Life Insurance Co. Ltd, launched the first individual endowment plan in Renminbi (RMB) currency in Indonesia life insurance market on Tuesday.
— Intellasia

China Wants To Expand Its Footprint In Indonesia, Which Could Marginalize U.S. Influence
China is looking to increase its footprint in Indonesia. But many Indonesians have a history of hostility toward the Chinese.
— Here & Now

Talk of the week: Indonesia, Brunei to improve health care
Inked: Indonesia’s Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi (right, at table) signs a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brunei to improve health care in the two countries recently in Bandar Seri Begawan.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to boost petrochemical development in Bintuni, W Papua
he Indonesian government will continue to boost the development of the petrochemical industry complex in Teluk Bintuni District, West Papua.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Go-Jek to announce tie-up with Thai lender
Indonesian ride-hailing app Go-Jek and Thailand’s largest lender, Siam Commercial Bank Pcl (SCB), are set to announce a strategic partnership on Thursday, the companies said.
— Intellasia

Thailand urge Indonesia to dump Australia in joint World Cup bid
One of the most senior figures in Asian football has told Indonesia that if the country wishes to be part of a future World Cup then its best bet lies with Southeast Asia not Australia.
— The World Game

Indonesia construction firm to sell five toll roads
State-owned construction company PT Waskita Karya is in the process of selling five toll roads this year and says it already has buyers for two of them.
— The Star

Pacific nations among priorities of Indonesia’s foreign policy
Pacific nations were among the priorities of Indonesia’s foreign policy, as they were unwittingly part of the large family of the region, where Africa was, undeniably, also a concern, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi affirmed.
— Antara News

100 Marunda children fall through loophole in relocation, school zoning policies
At least 100 children who live in the Marunda low-cost apartment complex in Cilincing, North Jakarta, are unlikely to attend their first day of elementary or junior high school in the new academic year, which begins on Monday, July 15.
— The Jakarta Post

Refugees throng street in front of UNHCR office
Refugees and asylum seekers thronged a street in front of Ravindo Building at Jalan Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, on Thursday, demanding that the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugee (UNHCR) representative meet them, ANTARA reported.
— Antara News

Semarang students use fake addresses to get into state high schools
The Central Java Education and Culture Agency has turned down the applications of 446 students who tried to enroll in state high schools in the province using fake addresses.
— The Jakarta Post

Three coal mines stop operations following policy change
Three coal mines in Kalimantan operated by PT Tanito Harum have to suspend operations after the government revoked the firm’s extended contract that was supposed to be valid for the next 20 years after the contract extension was deemed against the law.
— The Jakarta Post

Arief optimistic Pacific Exposition a breakthrough in tourism
Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya is optimistic that the First Pacific Exposition 2019 exhibition will be a new breakthrough for the intention to cooperate more actively in the tourism sector.
— Antara News

Minister echoes government’s actions to control air pollution
Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya spoke at length on the government’s steps to curb air pollution through its programs involving several parties.
— Antara News

More companies expected to float shares on IDX in second half
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) is seeing an influx of new listings in the second half, as more companies have unveiled plans to carry out an initial public offering (IPO) in the remaining months of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Business activity improves in Q2: BI survey
Business activity improved in the second quarter, indicated by the increase of weighted net balance (WNB) to 19.17 percent from 8.65 percent in the previous quarter, according to a survey conducted by Bank Indonesia (BI).
— The Jakarta Post

SKK Migas saves US$84m in maintenance costs with new integrated system
A new data system that has been implemented in the country’s upstream oil and gas sector has saved US$84 million in contract service costs from this year’s maintenance budget, the upstream regulator has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 90 nations to vie in 2019 Bowling World Cup in Indonesia
As many as 93 countries and regions will send representatives to the Bowling World Cup slated to be held in Indonesia later this year, organizers said on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Prabowo Camp Joining Jokowi Is a Stand-up Comedy: Politician
NasDem Party secretary-general Johnny G. Plate openly expressed his wishes to see political party coalitions – in support of Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno – to stay as oppositions.
— Tempo.co

Trump eyeing reassignment of top envoy to PH Sung Kim to Indonesia
United States President Donald Trump is planning to nominate his top envoy to the Philippines as the new ambassador to Indonesia, a statement posted on the White House website said.
— Inquirer.net

Megawati Says She Won`t Meddle with Jokowi`s Cabinet
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri said she would not interfere with formation of cabinet by President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia’s Pacific trade show kicks off in New Zealand
Dozens of government and private sector representatives from the Pacific are in Auckland for the Pacific Exposition this week.
— RNZ

Papua election commissioners suspected of vote-rigging
Local authorities have named six commissioners of the Papua General Elections Commission (KPU Papua) suspects of vote-rigging in connection with the 2019 concurrent elections.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi approves incentives for airlines
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a government regulation that will give fiscal incentives to airlines after all relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry agreed to cost sharing to push airfares down.
— The Jakarta Post

Ratna Sarumpaet Sentenced to 2 Years Behind Bars
The South Jakarta District Court on Thursday, July 11, sentenced Ratna Sarumpaet to two years imprisonment.
— Tempo.co

KPK arrests Riau Islands governor for alleged bribery
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Riau Islands Governor Nurdin Basirum and five others during a meeting at the governor’s residence in Riau Islands on Wednesday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta councilors still formulating process for selecting deputy governor
The City Council special committee tasked with selecting the new deputy Jakarta governor is still preparing the procedures.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants to accelerate Labuan Bajo’s development
The government has said it will accelerate the development of tourism facilities in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, to attract more visitors.
— The Jakarta Post

Former head of PPATK discusses money laundering cases
The former head of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), Muhammad Yusuf, explained a number of indicators that could become loopholes when law enforcement officials are uncovering money laundering cases.
— Antara News

Indonesian university battles to save cornerstone course
A university in Indonesia, founded 60 years ago to train catechists, is now struggling to find new theology students, its administrators say.
— LaCroix

In search of a cause for whale’s death in East Java
An 11-meter-long whale was found dead after it was washed ashore on the Bambang Beach of Lumajang District, East Java Province, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Lost tree species unexpectedly re-discovered in Indonesia
While carrying out fieldwork in the Indonesian rainforest, near the settlements of Abuki and Kolaka on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as part of a research trip to Asia, Liam Trethowan (a PhD Ecology student), spotted a group of Kalappia trees around 200km from where it was last sighted back in the 1970s.
— Geographical

Two Malaysians arrested over Tangerang jewelry heist
Tangerang Police say two Malaysian nationals were behind the jewelry shop robbery in Balaraja, Tangerang regency, on June 15.
— The Jakarta Post

Glorious no more: Mangga Dua tenants adjust to survive e-commerce era
When ITC Mangga Dua first opened its doors in North Jakarta in 1989, the shopping center was a fashion revolution and the capital’s point of reference for the latest clothing trends from overseas.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s two provinces to host annual cycling Tour de Singkarak
Indonesia’s two provinces in Sumatra, Jambi and West Sumatra, will jointly host the annual international cycling event of Tour de Singkarak slated for November 2 to 10 this year.
— Xinhua

Experience the Culture of Indonesia at the 4th Annual Remarkable Indonesia Fair
For many, experiencing another culture can include visiting a museum, national monuments or archeological ruins.
— WGN Radio

Talking Indonesia: palm oil and indigenous peoples
Over recent years, concerns about Indonesia’s food security have seen a sharp increase in industrial-scale agriculture across the country, including into the forests of West Papua.
— Indonesia at Melbourne

Russian man sentenced to one year in prison for attempting to smuggle orangutan
The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a Russian man, Andrei Zhestkov, 27, to one year of imprisonment for a foiled attempt to smuggle an orangutan from Bali to his home country.
— The Jakarta Post

Teenager drowns while crossing river in Bekasi
After being carried away by the current of the Bekasi River in Bekasi regency, West Java, on Tuesday, a 14-year-old was found dead in Pangkalan village, Babelan, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Elderly woman missing for six days found alive in forest
After being missing for six days, an elderly woman identified as Ahian, a resident Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan has been found in a forest, alive and mostly well.
— The Jakarta Post

Fruitful friendship: Skillful macaques and their masters who train them to collect coconuts
Desriadi, a 37-year-old resident of East Koto district, Padang Pariaman regency, West Sumatra, had just finished mixing egg yolks with honey in his front porch last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Mystery as crocodile lands on roof of Malang house
Kedung Kandang Police in Malang, East Java, are looking for the owner of a crocodile that was found on the roof of a house.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Asean’s endangered species, here, the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis).

 

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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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