Indonesia morning news for July 17

Indonesia morning news for July 17

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia grants US$1 million to AIS to combat climate change
The Indonesian government has granted financial aid worth US$1 million to the Archipelagic Island State (AIS) Forum as part of its commitment to addressing climate change.
— Antara News

New law allows Indonesia to jail foreign researchers for breaking rules
The House of Representatives passed into law on Tuesday the national system of science and technology bill, which imposes criminal charges against foreign researchers found guilty of violating visa regulations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia drafting rules to apply VAT on online products and services
Indonesia is drafting new rules to impose value added tax to online products and services provided by offshore companies, as authorities target a bigger slice of revenue from the country’s fast-growing digital market, a top tax official told Reuters.
— Reuters

Labor-intensive industries to receive 60 percent tax cut
​​​​​Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto has said that labor-intensive industries will soon enjoy income tax (PPh) reductions of up to 60 percent of their total investments.
— Antara News

Jakarta wholesale market cuts single-use plastic bags
The Jakgrosir Kramat Jati wholesale market in East Jakarta has gone on a “single-use plastic bag diet” by not providing them to customers to help reduce plastic waste in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Refugee relocation rejected by residents of West Jakarta
After spending weeks living on the streets in front of the offices of the United Nations High Council in Jakarta,a group consisting of around 300 refugees were finally removed from the street and given assistance in the form of temporary housing in West Jakarta.
— Coconuts (paywall)

FBI Warns of Indonesia Scam Targeting Entertainment Industry Professionals
The FBI announced Monday it is looking to locate victims of a scam that entices U.S. citizens to travel to Indonesia seeking jobs from fraudsters posing as well-known professionals in the entertainment industry.
— NBC Los Angeles

KEIN confident of SMEs supporting economic growth of seven percent
The National Committee for Economy and Industry (KEIN) reckons that Small- and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs) can boost economic growth by seven percent, as the revenue of SMEs can be increased by 30 percent.
— Antara News

Campaign encourage commuters to report sexual harassment
The daily commute in packed trains at rush hour is undeniably tiring, but it could also leave a tormenting memory for passengers who have to deal with sexual harassment, which might happen to any one of us.
— The Jakarta Post

Forest fires seared through 30,477 thousand hectares area in July
Forest fires had consumed a total of 30,477 hectares of area as of July 2019, Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), stated.
— Antara News

OVO Dominates Digital Payment Market in Indonesia: Study
OVO, backed by diversified conglomerate Lippo Group, is now the leading digital payment service in Indonesia, with more than half of everyday users preferring it over similar apps thanks to its prominence among retailers, transportation companies, e-commerce platforms and bill payment services, a recent study from digital research firm Snapcart showed.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia seizes notorious fishing vessel wanted by Interpol
A notorious Panama-flagged vessel wanted by Interpol for illegal fishing has been seized by Indonesia, the authorities said on Tuesday (July 16).
— Straits Times

6-magnitude earthquake hits Nusa Dua, damaging hotels, schools
A 6-magnitude rocked Bali on Tuesday morning, damaging the entrance to the Nusa Dua hotel area and a few buildings. No fatalities have been reported nor a tsunami warning issued.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandjaitan to examine INACA report to Ombudsman over flight-fare
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confirmed he will examine a report from Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) to the Ombudsman over alleged maladministration regarding the flight ticket fare regulation.
— Antara News

Data points to slowdown in Indonesian economy amid ongoing trade war
The latest trade data suggest economic activity in Indonesia is slowing, in part as a result of the ongoing United States-China trade war.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Short-Term Growth Potential Maxed Out at 5.5%; Reform Needed: Finance Minister
Indonesia’s economy will be unable to grow at more than 5.5 percent in the short term if structural problems hampering productivity are not resolved, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Quick fix: Leaders toy with ditching Manila and Jakarta as capitals
Jolu Bunda spends up to four hours a day commuting to and from his job as a bank manager in Metro Manila.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia, Singapore Discuss Control of Airspace Above Riau Islands
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Singaporean counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan, met at her ministry’s offices in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to discuss Indonesia’s plan to take control of its airspace above the Riau Islands from the city-state.
— Jakarta Globe

Should Indonesia accept Islamic State returnees?
Indonesian former members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) stuck in Syria are now under the media spotlight.
— East Asia Forum

Indonesia’s president signals a transition away from coal power
President Joko Widodo has reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal, in a move that runs counter to his own administration’s stated policy of increasing the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel.
— Mongabay

Rise of Indonesia’s young climate champions
Political leaders in Indonesia can be the nation’s president for a maximum 10 years by law.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippines and Indonesia to partially unwind 2018 hikes
Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) were two of the busier central banks in 2018, each hiking policy rates by 175 basis points as pressure on their respective currencies mounted.
— ING

Indonesia, Australia to open registration for working holiday visas
The government will be continuing its bilateral partnership on immigration with Australia by issuing working holiday visas (WHV).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian president tells cities to build waste-to-energy plants
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged cities across the country to set up waste-to-energy plants this year to tackle the country’s growing mountain of trash, according to a statement published on the cabinet secretary’s website on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Young officers should keep up with technological developments: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged teenage officers, who graduated from the Police and Military Academy in 2019, to follow and stay abreast of swift scientific and technological developments, particularly pertaining to the military and police.
— Antara News

Indonesia needs to be more ambitious in saving environment: OECD
While the country had made some progress in integrating environmental issues in its policy, Indonesia needed to be more ambitious to achieve its environmental and climate targets in order to save the planet and keep economic development high, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in its latest report.
— The Jakarta Post

Home Affairs Ministry synchronizes efforts to tackle water crisis
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo confirmed his ministry’s coordination with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and Meteorology, Climatology, Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to tackle water shortage afflicting 200 villages that received no rain in May-Jun.
— Antara News

Darmin Nasution: OSS Evaluation to Boost Investment
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said that attracting investment should not always be done by releasing new economic policy packages.
— Tempo.co

Garuda Indonesia Asks Passengers Not Taking Photo, Video at Cabin
PT Garuda Indonesia calls for passengers to not taking pictures or video or documenting every activity in the cabin during the flight.
— Tempo.co

Use Batam and Bintan islands to enter Indonesian market, Johor SMEs told
Johor-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can benefit from the developments taking place on Batam and Bintan islands off Indonesia’s Riau archipelago.
— Star Online

Go-Jek CEO, Jusuf Kalla Discuss Transportation Issue
CEO of Indonesian ride-hailing app company Go-Jek, Nadiem Makarim, visited Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) at his office in Central Jakarta to discuss transportation issue in Jakarta, Tuesday, July 12.
— Tempo.co

President Jokowi unequivocal in demanding solution to trash problem
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) minced no words in calling for necessary measures to be taken to tackle the garbage problem faced by several regions in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Reclamation project delayed in Riau Islands after governor nabbed for alleged bribery
The Riau Islands administration has decided to postpone a reclamation project at Tanjung Piayu in Batam following the recent arrest of the province’s governor, Nurdin Basirun, by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for alleged bribery.
— The Jakarta Post

Quake damages buildings on Bali, other Indonesian islands
An earthquake shook Bali and other Indonesian islands Tuesday, causing panic and damaging homes and other buildings, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
— The Washington Post

Urbanists: Creativity, innovation necessary for more green in cities
Sluggish progress on expanding public green spaces in Jakarta reflects not only a lack of political will on the part of the administration but also a need for private parties to make land available, experts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Palembang explores sister-city ties with Houston
The Palembang municipal administration in South Sumatra, Sumatra Island, has explored sister-city ties with Houston, Texas, the United States, and suggested forging cooperation in the areas of tourism, education, health, culture, and urban planning.
— Antara News

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Resumes Operations Following Earthquake
The Transportation Ministry assured that the operations of Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport were not affected by the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the province this morning. Flight schedules remain unchanged until this noon.
— Tempo.co

Refugees Are Humans Too… and Bring Many Benefits to Local Communities
Last week the plight of refugees in Indonesia came to the forefront in Jakarta, as hundreds of refugees camped outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters in Central Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

Police hunt liquid marijuana drug network
The Central Jakarta Police are hunting a suspect identified only as T for alleged supplying liquid marijuana for electronic cigarettes or vapes.
— The Jakarta Post

Back to school, Tangerang students welcomed by dust
The first day of new school year has always been an exciting time, including for students at SMP 21 state junior high school in Benda district, Tangerang, Banten, even though they were welcomed back with red dust and debris from a nearby national toll-road project that has been ongoing for a few months.
— The Jakarta Post

Watch: Baiq Nuril in tears after receiving news that President Joko Widodo granted her amnesty
True to his word, President Joko Widodo has granted amnesty to Baiq Nuri — a woman who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording her boss’ sexual harassment on tape — which will effectively grant her freedom from what many have called a great injustice and a clear example of Indonesian law’s inadequacy in protecting women from sexual harassment.
— Coconuts

PAN Explains Amien Rais’ Praise for President-Elect Jokowi
National Mandate Party (PAN) Deputy Bara Hasibuan said that Amien Rais recent tendency to soften up to president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is a gesture that should be appreciated.
— Tempo.co

Police: Bareskrim will Hunt Down Novel Baswedan’s Attackers
Indonesian National Police (Polri) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said the findings and report from the joint team tasked to investigate Novel Baswedan’s case will be followed-up by the police Criminal investigation Agency (Bareskrim).
— Tempo.co

4 tourist locations to be ready by 2020
Four tourist locations namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Borobudur (Central Java) and Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara) could be developed by 2020, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has said.
— Antara News

Soekarno-Hatta Airport to ship passengers’ luggage left behind because of power outage
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport authorities have promised to ship passengers’ luggage that was left behind at the airport’s Terminal 3 because of a power outage on Monday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Depok proposes IDR20 million fines for street parking and garage requirement for car buyers
One of the many, many factors that cause the crazy congestion seen in Jakarta and its satellite cities is the lack of proper parking facilities and the ubiquity of street parking narrowing already cramped roads.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Parents heave sighs of relief on first day of school after enrollment woes
Schools in Greater Jakarta were once again packed with children after a nearly month-long break as the first day of the new school year began Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Netizens praise Jakarta governor by trending #AniesBaswedanForPresident, ends up being filled with criticism
Although the result of this year’s presidential election was only recently settled, one survey group has already come out with a list of potential presidential frontrunners for 2024.
— Coconuts

Concerns raised over adults bringing children to age-inappropriate movies
Parents frequently insist on bringing young children to movies not appropriate for them.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Impossible for palm oil farmers to harm environment’: Acting Aceh governor
Acting Aceh governor Nova Iriansyah has lashed out at the notion that oil palm plantations in the province contributed to environmental degradation, saying it was impossible for Acehnese farmers to harm the environment.
— The Jakarta Post

Depok seeks to fine owners of carelessly parked cars through bylaw revision
The Depok Administration has pressed ahead with a plan to revise a 2012 bylaw on transportation that includes a mandatory provision for car owners to have a garage and fine those who park on the street.
— The Jakarta Post

Motorcycle left at crime scene leads to arrest of accused shoe thief
Police officers in Makassar, South Sulawesi, have arrested Ismail, 50, accusing him of thrice stealing leather shoes belonging to private employee Muhammad Arfan.
— The Jakarta Post

Travel vlogger reported to police for posting viral photo of handwritten menu in Garuda Indonesia’s business class
Rius Vernandes, a popular Indonesian travel vlogger, may be facing legal trouble for posting a viral photo of a handwritten menu from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s business class, with Rius claiming to have been summoned by the police after somebody reported the photo as defamation against Garuda.
— Coconuts

Conservation agency, wildlife group to release 100 songbirds in Kerinci Seblat
The Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and Flora and Fauna International (FFI) are set to release 100 white-rumped shamas into the wild amid rampant illegal hunting in Jambi province.
— The Jakarta Post

50 doctors to separate conjoined twins in Medan
About 50 doctors will be involved in the surgery that will separate conjoined twins at the Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, on July 23.
— The Jakarta Post

Contract-based teacher in Banten lives in school’s toilet building
Forty-four-year-old Nining Suryani and her husband, Ebi Suhaebi, 50, have been living in the toilet building of the school in which Nining works as a contract teacher in Cigeulis district in Pandeglang, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Five firefighters help cut ring off man’s finger in East Jakarta
Despite their profession being called firefighting, a firefighters day-to-day job does not just involve putting out fires.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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