Indonesia morning news for July 8

Indonesia morning news for July 8

Indonesia morning news

Turn back trash: Importers have 90 days to return waste to US, Europe, Australia
The Batam Customs and Excise Office has warned the importers of 49 containers filled with hazardous waste to follow the government’s order of returning the waste to their countries of origin within 90 days.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has lost land equal to size of Jakarta in last 15 years
Ever since taking office in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, in December, Nagekeo Regent Johanes Don Bosco Do has been receiving grim reports from residents living in coastal areas in the northern and southern parts of the regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s much-loved disaster agency chief dies of cancer
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesia’s highly regarded disaster agency spokesperson, a man who continued to provide updates on the country’s inordinate number of natural disasters even as he suffered lung cancer, has died aged 49.
— The Guardian

Indonesian woman jailed for sharing boss’s ‘harassment’ calls
Indonesia’s top court has rejected an appeal by a woman who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording and sharing a phone conversation she had with her boss to prove that he was sexually harassing her.

Jakarta economy slows slightly
Jakarta’s economy has sustained stable growth in this year’s first quarter, thanks to low inflation, decreasing unemployment, higher human development and new payment systems introduced by financial technology (fintech) firms.
— The Jakarta Post

Ritase raised a further USD 8.5 Million to digitalize the trucking ecosystem
Businesses worldwide are shifting their gears to the ASEAN market. This, coupled with the e-commerce boom in Southeast Asia, creates a need of a new era of digital logistics.
— AEC News Today

The Indonesian village being buried by the developed world’s waste
The village of Bangun is surrounded by greenery – stretches of lush paddy fields and a slow-moving river.

Kontras records 643 cases of assault by police over course of year
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has recorded that, from June 2018 to May 2019, the National Police carried out hundreds of acts of violence under the shield of its “discretion rights”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian logistics tech startup Waresix seals US$14.5M Series A led by EV Growth
Waresix​, an Indonesian logistics tech startup, announced today that it has closed US$14.5 million in Series A round of funding led by EV Growth, a Southeast Asia growth fund set up by regional VC firm East Ventures (investor in …
— e27

Indonesian woman goes to jail for recording her boss’s lewd phone call
41-year-old Nuril Maknun, a part-time school bookkeeper at a high school in Lombok must serve at least six months in prison for recording her boss’ lewd phone call as proof she was being harassed.
— The Independent

Strong earthquake hits Indonesia’s Maluku Islands
A strong earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Maluku Islands on Sunday, prompting a tsunami warning, which was later lifted.
— Aljazeera

Search for MI 17 helicopter by land and air still produces no result
The search for MI 17 helicopter belonging to the Army Aviation Center by land and air has produced no result until Sunday afternoon, the tenth day since the chopper was reported to have lost contact shortly after taking off from Oksibil Airport in Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua, on June 28, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesian logistics tech startup Waresix seals US$14.5M Series A led by EV Growth
Waresix​, an Indonesian logistics tech startup, announced today that it has closed US$14.5 million in Series A round of funding led by EV Growth, a Southeast Asia growth fund set up by regional VC firm East Ventures (investor in Tokopedia and Traveloka).
— e27

Indonesia vows to eradicate corporate money laundering, tax evasion
The government is set to intensify its crackdown on people hiding behind business entities for corruption, money laundering and tax evasion following the signing of an interministerial agreement on sharing information on corporations’ beneficial owners.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia targets US$5 billion oil and gas investment from UAE
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan is targeting investment worth US$5 billion from a cooperation between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
— Antara News

10,000 foreign fishing ships forced out of Indonesian waters: Susi
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has claimed that sent away some 10,000 fishing ships from Indonesian waters through her tough policy of sinking vessels operating illegally in the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta still lacks air quality meters despite new spotlight on pollution
Under an intense public spotlight illuminating Jakarta’s heavy air pollution, the city administration has admitted that it still needs more measuring equipment to better gather accurate data about air quality.
— The Jakarta Post

Marine debris framework ‘good beginning’ but not enough
Ocean Conservancy, an environmental campaigner, issued in 2015 a report that was damning for at least four nations in Southeast Asia, incriminating them for becoming the largest producers of marine plastic debris around the globe.
— The Jakarta Post

Boeing loses big order for 737 Max aircraft
Flyadeal, the low-cost airline Saudi Arabian airline, has cancelled an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Car Free Day Deemed Effective in Reducing Air Pollution
The Director General of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control of the Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Ministry, Karliansyah, considered regulations that lowered the number of motorized vehicle operations, such as Car Free Day, have successfully improved air quality in Jakarta.

Indonesia warns rich countries against making it dumping ground
Indonesia said it will crack down on trash imported from the world’s richest countries after closer inspections showed it’s increasingly the recipient of toxic waste materials.
— Straits Times

Ombilin coal mine makes it into UNESCO World Heritage list
The Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, was designated as a world cultural heritage during the 43rd session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan.
— Antara News

BNPB to deploy thousands of officers to prevent forest fires
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) through institutions such as the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police is expected to deploy thousands of officers to reduce forest fires this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Forex reserve up to $123.8b in June
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserve rose to US$123.8 billion in June from $120.3 billion recorded in the previous month, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced.
— The Jakarta Post

Constructive opposition needed to advance Indonesian nation: Uno
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has believed a constructive opposition is needed to help develop and advance the Indonesian nation.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s coal price reference drops 11.73 percent
Indonesia’s coal price reference (HBA) dropped by 11.73 percent to US$71.92 per metric ton in July from $81.48 per metric ton in the previous month.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia takes baby steps in palm oil waste management
The government and palm oil businesses are painting a rosy picture for palm oil waste management, with recent technologies set to lessen the industry’s environmental impact.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia engages Netherlands to improve tourism human resources
The Tourism Polytechnic of South Sulawesi province’s capital of Makasar collaborates with Breda University of Applied Science from the Netherlands to work together to improve the quality and competency of Indonesian tourism human resources, especially lecturers and students.
— Antara News

Indonesia Fund Fest aims to fund 20 nascent startups with US$4 million
Jakarta-based consultancy firm Chairos International Ventures opened on Wednesday applications for its second annual Indonesia Fund Fest aimed at local early stage startups.
— The Jakarta Post

Regional military chief leads search for MI 17
Chief of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command Major General Joshua Sembiring led the search Saturday for the Indonesian Army’s MI-17 helicopter that has been missing since June 28 on its flight from Oksibil to Jayapura.
— Antara News

Infrastructure development intensifies to boost N Sulawesi Tourism
North Sulawesi, with a population of 2.4 million and located on the northern Sulawesi Island, or formerly known as Celebes, is looking forward to attracting more foreign tourists to visit the province.
— Antara News

Fires still threaten peatlands, even in restoration areas
The threat of fire continues to hang over peatlands, even in areas dedicated for restoration purposes.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra, PKS expected to remain effective, quality opposition
The 2019 presidential election held simultaneously with legislative elections on April 17, 2019, across Indonesia was a long and tiring process with a campaign lasting more than six months, leading to a deeply divided nation.
— Antara News

Passenger occupancy rate at Kertajati Airport reaches 70%
Passenger occupancy rate at the Kertajati International Airport (BJIB) in West Java has shown positive growth and reached 70 percent, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said.
— Antara News

Ministry of Tourism prepares plan on special economic zone in Mandeh
The Ministry of Tourism will soon prepare a master plan for the development of the Ameh Hill Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Integrated Marine Tourism Area of Mandeh in Pesisir Selatan District, West Sumatra.
— Antara News

Aceh legislature mulls easing polygamy restrictions
Aceh’s regional legislative council is deliberating on a bylaw that would make it easier for men to be polygamous.
— The Jakarta Post

SAR looking for one victim of sinking boat in Lingga waters
The joint search and rescue team conducted a search operation on one missing person due to a sea accident in the waters of Bakong Island, Lingga District, Riau Islands Province on Sunday.
— Antara News

Water tanks for C Kalimantan’s residents for drought
The authorities in Pulau Hanaut Subdistrict of Kotawaringin Timur District, Central Kalimantan Province, have distributed 2,070 water tanks to help residents in 11 villages tackle the scarcity of clean water during the dry season.
— Antara News

Bluebird, MRT link up on passenger services
Travelers will soon be in store for more convenient services, as Blue Bird and MRT have finalized a joint scheme to improve the passenger experience.
— The Jakarta Post

President urges PGRI to remain instrumental in strengthening pluralism
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) to continue to play a pivotal role in bolstering unity in diversity in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Kalla, UAE Minister explore avenues to boost investment in Indonesia
United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Energy and Industry Minister Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei held discussions here, Friday, with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on the potential to increase investment in Indonesia, particularly in energy and infrastructure.
— Antara News

Constructive Opposition Needed to Advance Indonesia: Sandiaga Uno
Sandiaga Uno has believed a constructive opposition is needed to help develop and advance the Indonesian nation.

Asylum seekers refuse to move from Central Jakarta sidewalks
Asylum seekers from several war-torn countries are camped out on the sidewalks of Jl.
— The Jakarta Post

Tech players replace energy firms in Jakarta’s business district
Indonesia’s internet economy is booming and many of its players are setting up offices in one of the country’s most expensive areas: the central business district (CBD) in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire-ravaged oil well in East Aceh located in PEP’s working area
A fire that engulfed an oil well site in Seuneubok Dalam Village, Ranto Peureulak Sub-district, East Aceh District, Aceh Province, on Friday evening, occurred inside the working area of PT Pertamina EP (PEP), authorities revealed.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani says 2018 state budget ‘safe’
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has revealed on Tuesday that last year’s state budget recorded a deficit of Rp 269.4 trillion, or 1.81 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), far lower than the 3 percent threshold stipulated in the law.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia attends CEAPAD Meeting in Palestine
Indonesia participated in a senior officials’ meeting (SOM) of the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) held in Ramallah, Palestine, for the first time, on July 3-4, 2019.
— Antara News

Tax cut supports sales of luxury houses
Fiscal incentives in the form of a tax cut introduced by the government resulted in a slight increase in sales of luxury homes and apartments in June and early July, according to property marketing firm Lamudi.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister blames ‘excessive’ imports for salt price drop
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has blamed “excessive” imports on the recent price drop of salt produced by local farmers for household needs.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia Set to Fly 111,000 Hajj Pilgrims
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its subsidiaries stated their readiness to fly 111,071 would-be Hajj pilgrims using 14 jets starting Sunday, July 7.

SMF eyes Rp 21 trillion from shelf registration bonds, sukuk
Secondary mortgage market company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) aims to collect Rp 21 trillion (US$1.49 billion) in funds by issuing shelf registration conventional bonds (PUB) V and shelf registration Sukuk Mudharabah I securities.
— The Jakarta Post

Don’t overregulate, let market decide: AirAsia CEO
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has called on the government not to overregulate the aviation industry, arguing that it could kill the business itself.
— The Jakarta Post

Lamongan teacher named suspect in sexual abuse case involving 30 students
An elementary school teacher in Lamongan, East Java, has been named a suspect in a child sexual abuse case that allegedly involved 30 students.
— The Jakarta Post

East Jakarta hit by two fires in one day
Two separate fires broke out in a single day in East Jakarta, displacing more than a hundred people and causing millions of rupiah in material losses.
— The Jakarta Post

Wells dry up as drought hits North Jakarta
Residents of Muara Baru, Penjaringan district in North Jakarta are starting to suffer the effects of the dry season and are complaining that their wells are running out of water.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s whale sharks in spotlight at Australia conference
Whale sharks in Indonesia were in the spotlight at the 2019 International Whale Shark Conference (IWSC) held in Exmouth, Western Australia, in late May.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian official encourages workers to save for their future
An official from the Indonesia Financial Services Authority (OJK), which regulates and supervises the country’s financial services in banking, capital markets and the non-bank financial industry sectors, encouraged Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan to save for their futures.
— Focus Taiwan

East Jakarta ‘kampung’ teaches foreigners to understand Indonesians
Language is a “window” to understand human nature, so say linguists, and a woman in East Jakarta has provided the window for those who want or need to understand Indonesian people.
— The Jakarta Post

Damri services return to normal as drivers end strike
Operations of state-owned public transportation company PT Damri returned to normal on Saturday afternoon after the company’s drivers ended their strike.
— The Jakarta Post

One man killed after 81kg meth found in car tires
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has uncovered a large drug ring involved in smuggling 81 kilograms of methamphetamine and more than 100,000 ecstasy pills in the inner tubes of car tires.
— The Jakarta Post

LinkAja sinks teeth into QR code commuting
Jakarta commuters and those in other cities can soon expect their fare-payment experience to improve as state-owned digital payment service LinkAja pushes its QR code-based system into the transportation sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Operator to offer new routes from Bandung airport after flight relocations
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has offered new routes from Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung after the airport lost 56 flights to the new Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka regency, West Java, on Monday.
— 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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