Indonesia morning news for July 23

Indonesia morning news for July 23

Indonesia morning news

IT error causes changes in Bank Mandiri customer accounts
Many customers of state-owned lender Bank Mandiri are complaining about transaction failures after attempting to use ATMs on Saturday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, facing a waste crisis, plans to burn it for electricity
The Indonesian government plans to burn waste to fuel power plants in four cities on the island of Java this year as part of efforts to tackle the country’s plastic waste crisis.
— Mongabay

Fears over Indonesian president’s demand for unfettered investment
Environmental activists say they fear for what’s left of Indonesia’s tropical rainforests, following a fiery call by President Joko Widodo threatening action against anyone hindering investment in the country.
— Mongabay

Indonesia plans cloud seeding to avoid crop failure
Indonesia is preparing to carry out cloud seeding in an effort to trigger rainfall to prevent harvest failure and forest fire, the disaster mitigation agency’s spokesman said on Monday.
— Reuters

Government to reclaim regions contaminated by mercury
The government has prepared a national action plan spread over the next few years to reclaim regions exposed to the toxic elements of mercury (Hg), the Environment and Forestry Ministry said.
— Antara News

Amazon’s Jay Carney: Cloud giant plans Indonesian expansion with investment in skills
Only after three decades, Amazon has grown to become one of the largest firms in the world. In the realm of technology, Amazon is now one of the big four tech companies along with Google, Facebook and Apple, with massive reach and wealth.
— The Jakarta Post

Court declares Jokowi liable for suffering inflicted on thousands by forest fires in 2015
Indonesia made headlines around the globe in 2015 when the country was engulfed in raging forest and land fires, which spawned thick smoky haze that raised air pollution in Singapore and Malaysia to levels between those considered moderate and unhealthy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians must not remain mere consumers of world’s technology
Vice President Jusuf Kalla reminded Indonesians to not get trapped in a condition that makes them mere consumers of the world’s rapid technological developments but instead urged them to be part of global innovation networks.
— Antara News

Tax office revokes regulation on income tax to ensure legal certainty
The Taxation Directorate General has revoked a regulation on individual income tax to simplify the tax calculation process and ensure legal certainty.
— The Jakarta Post

KKP keen on network established to combat transnational fishery crimes
Head of the Research and Human Resources Agency of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Sjarief Widjaja expressed intent for a permanent network to be formed to address transnational or cross-border fisheries crimes.
— Antara News

Tech risks urge tighter financial cybersecurity
Financial institutions are urged to gear up to anticipate future digital hazards as a recent technical glitch shakes the industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Promises Aren’t Cutting It for Dubious Indonesia Stock Investors
With arguably the most room for interest-rate cuts in Asia, and a fresh political mandate for its pro-business president, Indonesia would appear to offer much for stock investors.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

China to hit Indonesia, Japan, EU, South Korea stainless steel imports with anti-dumping duties
China will impose duties on stainless steel imports from the European Union, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia this week in response to the damage caused to the domestic industry by products sold at below fair market prices, the Ministry of Commerce announced on Monday.
— South China Morning Post

Palm oil set for bull run after Indonesia supply plateau nears
A palm oil bull run could begin with Indonesia’s production decelerating, even before palm oil output plateaus by 2021.
— Star Online

Cambodia to begin rice exports to Indonesia ‘soon’: Minister
Cambodia aims to begin exporting milled rice to Indonesia, one of the biggest rice markets in Asean, in the near future, according to the Minister of Commerce.
— Khmer Times

Indonesia’s ‘.id’ domain to expand into international market
The Indonesian Internet Domain Name Registry (Pandi) has decided to expand Indonesia’s representative internet domain, ‘.id’, internationally, as it has been deemed to possess big potential in the market.
— The Jakarta Post

Cambodia, Indonesia Optimistic of Stronger Tourism Cooperation
Cambodia and Indonesia are optimistic of tourism cooperation between the two ASEAN member countries and committed to bring it to a new level in a near future.

IHSG opens higher as Asian regional markets corrected on Monday
The composite share price index (IHSG) at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) strengthened on Monday morning, as the Asian regional markets experienced a correction.
— Antara News

WTO rules in favor of Brazil over chicken meat imports to Indonesia
Two poultry business associations have expressed concern over the World Trade Organization’s decision to rule in favor of Brazilian chicken imports, fearing the change could affect local business.
— The Jakarta Post

KPI Urged to Take Firm Action against Radical Contents
A member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I overseeing communication and information, Evita Nursanty, demanded the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) firmly supervise and take stern action against broadcasting media displaying radical contents.

Indonesia-Argentina to strengthen agriculture, F&B trade
Businesspeople in the agriculture and food and beverages (F&B) sectors are working to enhance bilateral trade with Argentina by exploring more opportunities for trade in goods as well as negotiating lower import tariffs.
— The Jakarta Post

1 injured, another missing as small plane crashes into river in Indonesia
A small plane with two people on board went down into a river in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, leaving one person wounded and another missing, spokesman of Indonesian transport ministry Hengki Angkasawan said.
— Xinhua

Universities should strive to produce competent graduates: Minister
Minister of Research and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir has urged all higher education institutions, particularly state universities, to produce competent undergraduates and diploma graduates in line with the industry demands.
— Antara News

Wiranto-Xanana sign agreement to complete land border issues
Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste Xanana Gusmao signed an agreement on unresolved segments of land boundaries.
— Antara News

House Commission to consider Nuril’s amnesty on Tuesday
The Indonesian House of Representatives’ Commission III, will consider the granting of amnesty requested for Baiq Nuril by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), in a meeting Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
— Antara News

Saudi ambassador rewards free haj to ITB’s top graduates
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Esam A. Abid Althagafi, has promised free haj to the top graduates from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), class of 2018/2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Watchdog identifies 24 discriminatory bylaws in Yogyakarta
A human rights watchdog, the Setara Institute, has identified 24 bylaws in Yogyakarta that directly and indirectly discriminate against minority groups, including Indonesians of Chinese descent, disabled people, women, followers of native faiths and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
— The Jakarta Post

Concerns mount over possible management shake-ups at SOEs
Concerns are mounting that the government’s plan to hold extraordinary general shareholders meetings at several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) might result in large management shake-ups that could in turn affect performance.
— The Jakarta Post

Two Indonesian promotion centers essential in China: Minister
Ideally Indonesia should have two centers for the promotion of superior products in China, the Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukito said in Shanghai Monday.
— Antara News

Bappenas highlights key challenges faced in human resource development
Minister of National Development Planning and Chief of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro drew attention to major challenges facing the government’s human resource development program.
— Antara News

East Java man walks 800 km backward to meet Jokowi
In an effort to campaign for the environment, a man is walking backward some 800 kilometers from Tulungagung, East Java to Jakarta to urge President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to plant trees in a village at the foot of Mount Wilis.
— The Jakarta Post

South Halmahera’s emergency response period extended: govt
The South Halmahera District Government has extended the emergency response period until July 28 because many residents, displaced by the recent earthquake and currently staying in shelters, still need help, a local government official said.
— Antara News

Refugees of South Halmahera earthquake face shortage of tents
Refugees of the earthquake that hit Gane Luar Village, South Halmahera District, North Maluku, on Sunday, are in dire need of more tents as a temporary shelter before they can rebuild their devastated houses.
— Antara News

Ridwan Kamil inaugurates Sundanese Culture Corner in UK
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil commenced his four-day working visit to the United Kingdom (UK) by inaugurating the Sundanese Culture Corner at South Hill Park in Bracknell Town on Sunday.
— Antara News

TNI forms legal aid team for Kivlan Zen
The Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters will form a legal aid team for Kivlan Zen, the former chief of staff of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad), which will work closely with the retired general’s lawyers.
— Antara News

Pertamina’s oil spill has not affected commercial shipping: Ministry
The oil spill caused by the release of gas in the Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore North West Java (PHE ONWJ) block in the offshore of the Java Sea has not affected commercial shipping, the Transportation Ministry said.
— Antara News

BPJS collaborates with Turkish social security agency
The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) is working with the Turkish government’s social security agency Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu (SGK) to study the health insurance system from various aspects.
— Antara News

Forest, land fire threat increases in South Sumatra
South Sumatra will experience the peak of the dry season with no rainfall in August, the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted, prompting the agency to issue an early warning about an increased risk of forest and land fires in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Pos Indonesia dismisses report of company going bankrupt
State-owned postal and logistical service company PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) has denied a report that claims its internal financial crisis led the firm to bankruptcy.
— Antara News

Komnas HAM submits four new May riot videos to Police
The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) submitted copies of four new videos on alleged violence by police officers against protesters in Jakarta on May 22, 2019, to the Indonesian Police’s general supervision inspector.
— Antara News

Ministry to call for tenders for seven toll road sections
The Public Works and Housing Ministry plans to call for tenders for the construction of toll road sections this year.
— Antara News

My Political Career Is Over: Ahok
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, said on Monday he saw no future in his political career, ending speculation of his return to the political scene after serving a prison sentence for blasphemy.
— Jakarta Globe

Sailboat crew members survive mishap with raft.
The skipper and five crew members of a motor sailboat which sank in the waters of East Kotawaringin district, Central Kalimantan province survived by staying on a raft.
— Antara News

Govt distributes aid to conflict-hit residents of Papua
The government has begun providing evacuees in Papua with basic needs and medical assistance after receiving a report that some 139 civilians had reportedly died in shelters because of starvation and poor living conditions.
— The Jakarta Post

Police did not target comedian Nunung Srimulat
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have denied specifically targeting comedian, Tri Retno Prayudati, commonly known as Nunung Srimulat, and her husband for allegedly consuming crystal methamphetamine.
— Antara News

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— e27

Jakarta is home to at least 129 bird species: JBS
At least 129 bird species exist in the wilderness of Jakarta’s area, according to the Jakarta Birdwatcher Society (JBS).
— Antara News

Go-Jek unveils new logo as it enters next phase of growth
The new logo rolls out today, as the unicorn celebrates its three-year-long growth and considers what is next Go-Jek, Indonesia-based ride-hailing unicorn, has officially rebranded by launching a new logo today.
— e27

IMT-GT concludes its 11th meeting in Palembang on Saturday
The two-day 11th meeting of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand – Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Working Group on Transport, Infrastructure, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Connectivity ended in the South Sumatra provincial capital of Palembang on Saturday (July 20, 2019).
— Antara News

‘Jokowi, help us’: Activists reject plan to develop road traversing forest areas
Activists from a coalition of 36 civil society groups have protested a proposal to build a 31.8-kilometer-long mining road that they say will damage the ecosystem in the forestry area of Jambi and South Sumatra, asking President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s support to halt the plan.
— The Jakarta Post

Head of Islamic school for transwomen wins rights award
The leader of the al-Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) for transwomen, 57-year-old Shinta Ratri, has received the Front Line Defenders Award in honor of her work as a human rights activist.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Bangka Police arrest 11 over crystal meth trafficking charges
The police in Central Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Islands Province, arrested 11 people on charges of trafficking crystal meth since May 2019.
— Antara News

Istiqlal Grand Mosque being renovated under Jokowi’s directive
The Istiqlal Grand Mosque is under renovation in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) instruction, and the work is expected to be completed in March 2020, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated.
— Antara News

Five villages in Temanggung, Central Java, ravaged by dry spell
The extreme dry season has adversely affected five villages in Temanggung District, Central Java Province, leaving them parched and without clean water.
— Antara News

Huge fire ravages forest area of Kota Batu’s Mt Panderman
A huge wildfire ravaged forest area on the slope of Mount Panderman in Kota Batu, East Java, on Sunday evening but the disaster did not harm anyone because all mountaineers had safely arrived at the mountain’s observation post, according to local authorities.
— Antara News

‘Where else can I find justice?’, disabled dentist writes to Jokowi as civil servant dream crushed
Romi Syofpa Ismael, a dentist from West Sumatra, had her dream crushed when her disability led the South Solok administration to remove her name from the civil servant candidate list.
— The Jakarta Post

Blasphe-mie: Girls crush instant noodles packets in supermarket (Video)
Indonesians love their mie (noodles), and many hold locally produced instant noodles in extremely high regard.
— Coconuts


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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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