Indonesia morning news for June 14

Indonesia morning news for June 14

Indonesia morning news

Telkomsel Indonesia to Deploy Ericsson Core in Preparation for 5G
Indonesia’s largest mobile service provider Telkomsel has selected Ericsson’s (ERIC) NFV infrastructure (NFVI) core network technology for a major core network upgrade as it moves towards 5G deployment.
— Yahoo News

Ministry Blocks Online Cigarette Advertising
Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara, said that he had received a letter on restricting cigarette advertising on the internet, which was delivered by the Health Ministry.

Jakarta Crime Rate Drops 24 percent in 2019
Jakarta Metro Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eddy Pramono announced the police’s Ketupat Jaya operation succeeded in reducing the number of criminal cases and accidents compared to the same period last year.

Four Indonesian SOEs on Forbes’ list of world’s largest public firms
Four Indonesian State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), including PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia, PT Bank Mandiri, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, and PT Bank Negara Indonesia, have been placed on the list of the world’s largest public companies in 2019 by Forbes economic magazine.
— Antara News

Elephants in Riau to be fitted with GPS to prevent conflict with humans that built palm oil plantations on their territory
The relentless growth of palm oil plantations in Indonesia has led to massive deforestation, the death and displacement of countless endangered species, as well as conflicts between humans and the animals that used to consider the new palm oil plantations their homes.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Restructuring required to overcome connectivity hurdles in Indonesia – R&M
Indonesia still faces some big challenges if it is to successfully continue the building of the telecommunications infrastructure required to support a large population spread over what is uniquely complex geography.
— Developing Telecoms

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to hold joint exercise
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to hold a joint land patrol exercise next month to tackle security challenges in the waters between Borneo island and the southern Philippines, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
— The Sun Daily

Indonesia benefiting as China’s shoemakers shift production as US trade war worsens, central bank official says
Indonesian exports are gaining market share in the United States in some sectors as supply chains shift away from China’s manufacturing base to the Southeast Asian nation, even though the trade war has hurt more than benefited emerging economies, said Bank Indonesia deputy governor Dody Budi Waluyo.
— South China Morning Post

‘Too many’ maps slow return of Indonesia’s indigenous land
A pledge by Indonesia to hand back control of customary forests to indigenous people is being hampered by overlapping land claims for mines, plantations, forests and public land in the country, a senior government official said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Police deny reports Kivlan named mastermind of post-election riots
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has denied reports the police have identified treason suspect Kivlan Zen to be the mastermind behind last month’s post-election riots in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Ridwan Kamil: West Java Residents Should not Come to MK
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil urged his residents not to come to Jakarta to see the Presidential Election dispute trial at the Constitutional Court (MK).

Jakarta Council Deems LRT Jakarta Failed Project
Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker Mohamad Taufik considered the city’s light rail transit or LRT Jakarta a failed project. He assessed it based on three indicators, namely time, function, and budget efficiency.

Social Media Access not Limited, Gov’t Says
Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara stated that the government will not block public access to social media during the presidential election dispute trial scheduled at the Constitutional Court on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Government to license five more companies to import garlic
The Trade Ministry will allow five more companies to import garlic, after issuing import permits to 15 companies to import 256 thousand tons.
— Antara News

Fishing boats ply in inundated Morowali to transport people, goods
Several fishing boats have been deployed to facilitate the movement of people and goods in Morowali District, Central Sulawesi, reeling from the impact of flooding.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves decline at May-end 2019
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves fell to US$120.3 billion at May-end 2019, down from $124.3 billion recorded at end of April 2019.
— Antara News

Pineapples and peatlands
Sowing 10,000 pineapple plants is not everyone’s idea of a good time
— Forest News

Indonesia Wants Neither Grab, Nor Go-Jek to Win
The government’s plan to ban discounts and promotional fares by online -based motorcycle taxis is based on a long-term view: preventing consumers from ending up at the mercy of monopolistic corporations.
— Jakarta Globe

Agung volcano (Bali, Indonesia): strong explosion this morning, ash to 30,000 ft
Another explosion occurred at the volcano last night, at 01:38 local time this morning. A vulcanian-type eruption ejected lots of incandescent material to distances of at least 700 m from the crater and generated an ash plume that rose to 30,000 ft (9000 m) altitude and drifting south over Denpasar.
— Volcano Discovery

Marine Exercise Highlights US-Indonesia Defense Cooperation
This week, the United States and Indonesia concluded the latest iteration of ongoing exercises between their marine corps.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia’s food, beverage industry growth expected to rebound this year
Food and beverage industry in Indonesia is forecast to log a higher growth this year after registering a contraction last year, an official said here on Thursday.
— Xin Hua

New Bekasi regent silent on Meikarta’s fate
Newly inaugurated Bekasi regent Eka Supria Atmaja remained tight-lipped when asked about the fate of the corruption-riddled Meikarta project after his inauguration on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

No need to make fuss about collapsed swing carousel: Jakarta Fair management
The Jakarta Fair (PRJ) management insisted the operation of its collapsed swing carousel went according to standard procedures (SOP), despite the police having pointed out that a worn-out metal pole had caused the incident.
— The Jakarta Post

Manpower shortage hampers KPK investigations
The Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) latest move in naming a new suspect in a graft case related to the disbursement of Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) might have given the general public new hope that the commission will open more high-profile cases or, at least, solve old and unsolvable cases in the future.
— The Jakarta Post

Southwest extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through Sept. 2
Southwest, the largest global operator of the MAX with 34 jets, had previously said it was cancelling flights through Aug. 5. The revision is in line with American Airlines Group Inc’s recent decision to extend MAX cancellations through Sept. 3, from Aug. 19 previously.
— Reuters

Prabowo and Sandiaga Cancels Constitutional Court Presence
Presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, who were initially reported to attend the Constitutional Court trial on the election dispute schedued to be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, have cancelled their presence.

Election Dispute Trial; Police Bar Rally before Court Building
National Police Chief Tito Karnavian barred any group from staging a rally during the preliminary trial of the presidential election dispute filed by Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in Constitutional Court, Jalan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta.

TNI commander asserts solidity with Polri in addressing May riots
Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto stressed the solidity of the TNI and the National Police (Polri) in handling the case of 21-22 May riot.
— Antara News

Floods have not disrupted national rice stocks: minister
Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said that the floods that swept through several parts of the country in recent weeks will not disrupt national rice stocks.
— Antara News

Police detain 34 terror suspects in Central Kalimantan
The Indonesian Police’s anti-terror squad (Densus 88) and the Central Kalimantan Police took into detention 34 suspected terrorists, including women and children, in Palangka Raya and Gunung Mas District.
— Antara News

Photo of KRL Commuterline train littered with trash goes viral, official blames first-time travelers
Commuters who frequently travel on the KRL Commuterline are probably used to generally clean conditions on the train thanks to the service’s no-eating and drinking rule as well as its tireless janitors, which makes a recent viral photo all the more unusual and outrageous.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesia starts testing 30% biodiesel in cars amid push to boost palm oil consumption
Indonesia on Thursday began testing biodiesel with a bio-content of 30% in cars, its energy ministry said, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes to boost local markets for its vast palm oil crop.
— Reuters

US envoy to Indonesia says Washington wants to boost trade ties with Jakarta
The trade war brewing between economic giants US and China has stirred up anxiety about Asean’s fate in the fight, but US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr on Thursday (June 13) sought to soothe concerns, saying dispute or not, the US hopes to boost trade ties with Indonesia.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Banyumas readies tank trucks to anticipate drought
Banyumas readies tank trucks to anticipate drought
— Antara News

Indonesia, Poland committed to enhance inter-parliamentary cooperation
The Parliaments of Indonesia and Poland have committed themselves to increase inter-parliamentary cooperation through the Poland-Indonesia Bilateral Cooperation Group (GKSB), according to GKSB Chair Danuta Pietraszewska.
— Antara News

Indonesian man puts up wife for collateral, plans to kill lender to get her back, accidentally kills wrong guy
An Indonesian man may face up to 20 years in prison for premeditated murder, allegedly spurred by a truly warped idea of spousal commitment.
— Coconuts (paywall)

PHL,Indonesia driving growth in wheat imports from US
SOUTHEAST ASIA is expected to be the top wheat importing region in 2018/2019 driven by demand from Philippines and Indonesia, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
— Business World

Indonesia’s FTA with the European Free Trade Association: Salient Features
Indonesia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states on December 16, 2018. The EFTA comprises of some of the world’s wealthiest nations – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Named the Indonesia-EFTA Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), the trade pact will come into force after it has been ratified by the parliaments of the signatory countries.
— ASEAN Briefing

New bus routes to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, MRT station launched in South Tangerang
The Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) officially launched the Greater Jakarta Airport Connexion (JA Connexion) and the Greater Jakarta Residence Connexion (JR Connexion) bus routes at Serpong, South Tangerang on Wednesday in a bid to boost public transportation services.
— The Jakarta Post

Online Taxi Discounts Not a Problem, Says YLKI
The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi believes that discounts on online taxi should not be seen as a problematic issue.

Anies Criticized over Issuing Building Permit on Reclaimed Island
The building permits (IMB) for buildings on D Island issued by the administration of Anies Baswedan was considered a law violation since its legal basis, a regional regulation on Spatial Plan for North Coast of Jakarta Strategic Areas and Plan of Coastal Zoning and Small Islands, has yet to be released.

Jokowi seeks ideas from businessmen to boost economy
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and a delegation of the Indonesian Businessmen’s Association (Apindo) held a discussion on efforts to strengthen the national economy.
— Antara News

Four alleged terrorists arrested in Indonesia
Anti-terror squad of Indonesian national police have nabbed 4 alleged terrorists in an outskirt of capital Jakarta, weeks after the city ended terror alert status, police said here on Tuesday.
— Intellasia


Feature photo Albino Indonesia

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Albinism Awareness Day, June 13.


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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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