Indonesia morning news for July 3

Indonesia morning news for July 3

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia sends more toxic waste, trash back to US, Europe, Australia
The Batam Customs Office is sending 49 containers proven to contain toxic waste and trash back to their countries of origin, including the United States, Australia, and several European nations, upon receiving a recommendation letter from the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia warns of rubber disease outbreak as farmers cut back on crop maintenance
Some rubber farmers in Sumatra and Kalimantan are seeing production decline due to a fungal disease, Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs said in a statement late on Monday
— Yahoo News/ Reuters

BPPT uses artificial rain to overcome forest fires
he Technology Assessment and Application Agency (BPPT) uses weather modification technology, better known as artificial rain, to overcome drought and forest and land fires (karhutla) in the Riau region.
— Antara News

Palm oil profits used to fund terrorist group behind Bali bombings: Indonesian police
Indonesian police arrested Para Wijayanto, the alleged leader of the Al Qaeda-linked extremist network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) on Saturday in Bekasi.
— Coconuts

LINE aims expansion into digital banking in Indonesia
Japan-based technology firm LINE Corporation plans to expand into fintech services in Indonesia in a bid to more tightly integrate into its users lives under the company’s recently announced mission to provide more services to fit its users’ lifestyle needs, a company executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to the seas for growth
Indonesia’s economy has been praised by the World Bank for shaking off unusually damaging natural disasters and global volatility.
— Public Finance International

Brutality still ‘rampant’ in police force
As the National Police commemorated their 73rd anniversary on Monday, human rights watchdogs leveled a number of criticisms at the force, including for excessive use of violence, biased law enforcement measures against certain groups as well as a lack of neutrality during the 2019 general election.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi-Amin urged to improve rural economy
The Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin administration should be able to make rural areas a source of new economic growth, economic observer Hisar Sirait has suggested.
— Antara News

MK registers 260 cases on legislative election disputes
The Constitutional Court (MK) had registered as many as 260 cases on legislative election 2019 result disputes since Monday (1/7), as stated by the Head of Public Relations and National Affairs of MK Fajar Laksono.
— Antara News

South Kalimantan piloted watershed rehabilitation
South Kalimantan could be an example of the implementation of a national watershed rehabilitation program, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Director General of Basic Management and Forest Protection, Budoyo, said.
— Antara News

Bekasi to protest Jakarta over leachate from dump trucks
The Bekasi administration says it will urge Jakarta to repair its garbage trucks so that they no longer drip leachate when passing through the West Java city.
— The Jakarta Post

Adept officers to occupy TNI’s functional positions
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko affirmed that expert and skilled officers will assume functional positions in the Indonesian National Military (TNI) to accelerate work units and organizations according to Presidential Regulation No. 37 of 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesian pharmaceuticals enter Polish market with diabetes drugs
An Indonesian pharmaceutical company, PT Ferron Par Pharmaceuticals has entered the Polish market with the initial export of its diabetes medicine named Avamina SR®.
— Antara News

More to obtain sharia certification amid halal lifestyle boom
Demand for sharia certification is on the rise as businesses, including hospitals, adjust to the Islamic lifestyle increasingly being adopted by Muslims in Indonesia, an official at the National Sharia Board of the Indonesian Ulema Council (DSN-MUI) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry proposes ‘grandfathering’ in foreign ownership in insurance
The Ministry of Finance proposes “grandfathering” or excluding foreign investors from Government Regulation (PP) No. 14/2018 to continue to have insurance companies with shares above 80 percent.
— Antara News

Bappenas invites UK to increase investments in Indonesia
Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro, invited British investors to increase investments in Indonesia.
— Antara News

APEC encourages digital skills for women in tourism
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is offering support to women involved in the tourism business to gain more digital skills in order to encourage the sector in the Asia-Pacific region to grow further.
— The Jakarta Post

Investigation into May 21-22 unrest is nearly complete: Police
Head of the National Police’s Information Bureau Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo confirmed that investigation of the joint team into riots on May 21-22, 2019, was almost complete.
— Antara News

Indonesia looks to secure golds in 2019 Asian Junior Open & Girl U-20
Young chess players from Indonesia will look to obtain gold medals in the ongoing 2019 Asian Junior Open & Girls U-20 in Solo, Central Java province, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Trade minister skips KPK questioning in fertilizer case
Trade Minister Enggartiasto “Enggar” Lukita failed to obey a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summons on Tuesday for questioning on a bribery case pertaining to shipping arrangements involving the country’s largest fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company (PIHC).
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah weakens in accordance with World Bank’s revised projection
The rupiah exchange rate traded between banks in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon weakened, as the World Bank projected a downward revision of Indonesia’s economic growth this year, from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent.
— Antara News

Jokowi urged to recruit capable cabinet ministers: PKS
A top politician of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has urged President-elect Joko Widodo to recruit candidates who are capable of improving and advancing Indonesia’s economic performance.
— Antara News

AirAsia adopts Workday cloud tech to manage 22,000 global employees
Southeast Asia’s largest budget carrier, AirAsia, is adopting cloud technology to manage the company’s 22,000 employees across the region as part of its digital transformation.
— The Jakarta Post

Kalla invites Amin to vice presidential office for discussion
Vice President Jusuf Kalla invited his successor — Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin — to the Vice Presidential Office in Jakarta, Thursday (July 4), to deliberate on tasks that the latter would conduct, starting October 2019.
— Antara News

Could using WhatsApp actually be good for our health?
New UK research has found that despite concerns about spending time on social media, using the text-based messaging app WhatsApp could actually be good for our well-being.
— The Jakarta Post

Widodo does not need to increase coalition: Observer
There was no need to add more parties to join the coalition of supporters of Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin, Political observer of the Syarif Hidayatullah state Islamic university, Jakarta, Iding Rosyidin said.
— Antara News

Weak June inflation ‘good news’ for Bank Indonesia rates
The weak inflation in June should be good news for Bank Indonesia (BI), as it had more room to lower its benchmark interest rate – the seven-day reverse repo rate ( 7DRRR ) – after seven consecutive months of maintaining it at 6 percent,Financial analysts say.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra-PKS opposition perceived ineffective for checks, balances
A political observer opined that if Indonesia’s opposition political parties were to constitute only the Gerindra and the Justice Prosperous (PKS), then the system of checks and balances would not be effective.
— Antara News

Business watchdog extends probe into chicken price drop
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) will extend its investigation into the sharp price drop of chicken at the farming level, which according to farmers is lower than production cost.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians’ Online Search For Loans Surges
Indonesia saw the highest growth rate in terms of online searches for loans amongst three Southeast Asian countries.
— Finews.asia

Brutality still ‘rampant’ in police force
As the National Police commemorated their 73rd anniversary on Monday, human rights watchdogs leveled a number of criticisms at the force, including for excessive use of violence, biased law enforcement measures against certain groups as well as a lack of neutrality during the 2019 general election.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia does not participate in signing the Osaka declaration?
The G20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan, was finished.
— Indotelko

FAO disburses aid to farming, fishing households in Central Sulawesi
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) collaborated with the Central Sulawesi Governor’s Office and the Provincial Office of Agriculture to dispense aid to farming and fishing households in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala.
— Antara News

USD/IDR: Modestly flat ahead of Indonesia inflation data
USD/IDR traders remain cautious ahead of the key Inflation data.
— Intellasia

Indonesia selects France-based Thales to build 150 Gbps satellite
Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, announced on Monday that it had been selected to build “Satria”, a 150 Gigabits per second (Gbps) satellite.
— The Jakarta Post

Awaiting Indonesia’s concrete efforts to fight marine debris
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his counterparts from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos have pledged to combat marine debris at the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Intellasia

Gender-segregated sharia beach in E. Java spurs accusations and denials of ‘Arabization’
While some conservative Indonesian culture warriors are concerned about the increasing “westernization” of Indonesian culture and social norms, those on the other end of the political spectrum often object to what they call the “Arabization” of Indonesia, particularly the implementation of government regulations based on strict interpretations of Islamic sharia law, similar to what might be found in Saudi Arabia.
— Coconuts

Fare hike causes 25-percent drop in Yogyakarta’s air passenger traffic
The hike in flight ticket fares has been attributed to a 25 percent drop in the number of domestic and foreign tourists opting for air travel to visit Yogyakarta.
— Antara News

Man-eating crocodile in Aceh caught
Officers of the Aceh Nature Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA) has managed to catch a crocodile that had attacked an inhabitant of Setia Bakti Sub-district, Aceh Jaya District, Aceh Province.
— Antara News

Indonesian Mosque Council condemns woman who entered Bogor mosque with dog
The Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has condemned a woman who brought her dog into Al Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul, Bogor, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Malindo Air to fly Kuala Lumpur-Sydney via Bali starting August
Malaysian-based airline Malindo Air is set to open a new international route from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney via Bali starting Aug. 14.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi well-liked among G20 Leaders: Luhut Pandjaitan
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was well-liked by leaders attending the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28-29, 2019, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, also an attendee at the meeting, stated.
— Antara News

Right-minded Catholics will not deliberately commit offensive acts: MUI
In response to the blasphemy charge against a middle-aged woman identified only as SM who entered a mosque in Bogor, West Java, with a dog on Sunday, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officially stated that such an action would only be considered blasphemous had it been done intentionally by a person of sound mind.
— 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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