Indonesia morning news for June 17

Indonesia morning news for June 17

Indonesia morning news

Boeing CEO concedes ‘mistake’ with planes in Indonesia, Ethiopia crashes
The CEO of Boeing says the company made a “mistake” in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in 737 Max jets before two deadly crashes of the top-selling plane.

Indonesia returns five containers of waste to the US
Indonesia has returned five containers of rubbish to the United States and will not become a “dumping ground”, officials said on Saturday (June 15), the latest South-east Asian country to return imported waste.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aceh hit by 283 forest fires since 2016
Aceh Province has recorded a total of 283 cases of forest fires that hit Indonesia’s western most province since 2016 until early June 2019.
— Antara News

President overrides ministry on selection of rector
In an attempt to curb radicalism in Indonesian universities, the country’s president Joko Widodo has controversially intervened in the country’s system for electing university rectors, raising concerns about presidential interference in university affairs and wider academic freedoms.
— University World News

Big tech and data privacy: Time for antitrust’s Velvet Revolution?
The tech giants are thriving by amassing data as an indispensable digital intermediary prism in consumers’ lives.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry takes illegal dumping of medical waste case to Karawang court
The Environment and Forestry Ministry has handed a case pertaining to the illegal dumping of hazardous medical waste in Karawang regency, West Java, by province-owned company PT JM to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Karawang District Court.
— The Jakarta Post

Private sector to challenge EU biofuel ban
Palm oil producers support the government’s efforts to challenge the European Union’s latest decision to completely phase out the consumption of palm oil, which the EU has classed as a high-risk vegetable oil, by 2030.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia shows frustration with Singapore over Indo-Pacific vision
Indonesia has subtly revealed its frustration with Singapore over stalled efforts to get ASEAN nations to declare a common vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
— Asia One

Inpex Agrees on Framework for $20 Billion Indonesian LNG Project
Japan’s Inpex Corp. agreed on a framework with Indonesia for the $20 billion Abadi liquefied natural gas project, a key step toward reaching final investment for one of the world’s biggest export ventures.
— Bloomberg

Landslides cut off access to cities, nickel mine in northern Sulawesi
Massive landslides have cut off the main road connecting Palu, Gorontalo and Manado in the northern part of Sulawesi just as thousands of Idul Fitri travelers were making their way home.
— The Jakarta Post

New rule downgrades rooftop solar as affordable energy alternative
Powered by the sun: Students and teachers observe a solar farm at SMP 9 state junior high school in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Turning Trash to Gold
Bank Sampah Sakinah (Sakinah Trash Bank) has done more than manage trash produced by Batu Gadang residents in Padang City.

Ten Sub-districts in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, hit by drought
Ten sub-districts in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta special autonomous region, are currently being hit by severe drought.
— Antara News

Inpex signs deal for development of Masela Block
The Indonesian government and Japanese oil and gas giant Inpex have signed a basic agreement on the development of the Abadi gas field in the Masela Block in eastern Indonesia, paving the way for the commencement of project estimated to be worth between US$18 billion and $20 billion.
— The Jakarta Post

Brazil asks for WTO investigation of Indonesia on poultry trade
The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazil’s poultry exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.
— The Daily Star

‘Believe it or not’: Jakarta traffic improves, says global index
According to the latest Tom Tom Traffic Index, Jakarta’s traffic eased in 2018, making it the city showing the “biggest improvement” last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Agency calls for review of lantern festivals at Borobudur temple
The Borobudur Conservation Agency has recommended an evaluation of the annual practice of releasing sky lanterns.
— The Jakarta Post

Ferronickel smelter in Sulawesi established
The groundbreaking of PT Ceria Nugraha Indotama (CNI) ferronickel smelter in Wolo Sub-district, Kolaka District, Southeast Sulawesi, was conducted by Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar and Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Syafruddin.
— Antara News

Cirebon police tighten security after finding five bombs
The Cirebon city police in West Java have tightened security around police stations in the city following the finding of five bombs on Saturday night (June 15).
— Antara News

Surabaya Mayor talks about waste management in France
Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini talked about waste management in her city while speaking during a debate on Plastics Recycling in Big Cities at the Fifth World Materials Forum (WMF) held in Nancy, France, on Friday (June 14).
— Antara News

Nickel prices hit two-week high on supply concern in Indonesia
Prices for nickel — the key metal mined in Sudbury — jumped to two-week highs on Friday on concerns that supply of the metal from major producer Indonesia would be disrupted as flooding has impacted some mines there.
— The Sudbury Star

Indonesia’s robotic automation products compete in Mexican market
participated in the annual international exhibition on innovation in the largest processing and packaging sector in Latin America.
— Antara News

Ministry facilitates Chinese entrepreneurs to develop infrastructure
The Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry has facilitated meetings between Chinese and Indonesian delegations in Jakarta on Friday (June 14), during the Indonesian Business Visit and China International Contractors Association (Chinca).
— Antara News

Banyuwangi, a city in Indonesia with many stories
My knowledge of the Majapahit Empire was confined to what I learned from history books in school many years ago.
— star2

Huge security operation as Indonesia court hears election rigging claims
Tens of thousands of security personnel were on the streets of Jakarta Friday as a court heard a defeated presidential challenger’s claim that Indonesia’s 2019 election was rigged — allegations that spawned deadly rioting last month.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Australia Releases Four Underage Fishermen From Indonesia
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry managed to secure the release of four underage Indonesian fishermen who were being detained in Darwin, Australia, a ministry official said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Houses in Bantul coast prone to high waves
Houses in the southern coastal area of Bantul District in Yogyakarta Special Province are prone to high waves which have the potential to hit the coast, the Bantul District Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said.
— Antara News

Two dead, five missing after MV Nusa Kenari sinks in Alor, NTT
Alor Police in East Nusa Tenggara province said two passengers died and five others were missing after MV Nusa Kenari 02 sank.
— Antara News

Tight security as Indonesia court considers election challenge
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto claims ‘systematic’ fraud and abuse in Joko Widodo’s April vote win.
— Intellasia

Indonesian FinMin Indrawati: Bank Indonesia may ease monetary policy, IDR trades weaker
The Indonesian Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said late-Wednesday that country’s central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), could ease its monetary policy, as global central banks are shifting to looser monetary policy to bolster their economies in the face of a growth slowdown.
— Intellasia

29 Indonesian businesses win SME100 Awards as ‘Fast Moving Companies 2019’
The prestigious award for small and medium enterprises, the SME100 Awards, recognized 29 Indonesian SMEs honored as ‘Fast Growing Businesses 2019’ in a ceremony in Jakarta on Friday.
— Events News Asia

How Unzyp Software is igniting cloud in Indonesia
Nestled down a narrow street in Jakarta Selatan – Pejaten Barat to be precise – resides a blossoming cloud business housing bold ambitions.
— Channel Asia

Meet ‘cabya’, chili pepper’s weird great uncle
Chili pepper is a staple ingredient in any Indonesian kitchen, so it may come as a surprise to hear that the plant isn’t native to Indonesia at all.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Billionaire Buys Trumps Beverly Hills Home For Millions – Gov’t Ethics Experts Concerned
President Trump’s company has quietly sold one of his last remaining properties in California — a 5,400-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion that county records show was purchased by a corporate entity linked to an Indonesian billionaire and Trump business partner.

Indonesia to Block Online Smoking Ads as Teenaged Smoking Increases
Although the world’s fourth largest producer of cigarettes, Indonesia aims to block all online tobacco advertisements targeting youthful smokers.
— Indonesia Expat

Lombok to Host Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium
Indonesia will host the sixth Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6 at the Rinjani-Lombok Unesco Global Geopark on the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Jakarta Globe

Toba Caldera World Music Festival delayed after strong winds knock down stage
The start of the 2019 Toba Caldera World Music Festival in Bukit Singgolom in Toba Samosir, North Sumatra, was postponed on Friday after strong winds knocked down the main stage, damaging several instruments and props.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo to present ‘unexpected’ witnesses in court
Ahead of the second hearing on June 18, losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s legal team has announced it will present 30 witnesses at the Constitutional Court to support the appeal against the 2019 presidential election result.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia elected chief of AAPA Security Committee Meeting
Information Exchange and Aviation Cyber Security Resilience Workshop.
— Antara News

16,000 runners join Milo Jakarta 10K marathon
Some 16.000 runners took part in the 10th Milo Jakarta International 10K Marathon in Jakarta on Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Giant Peppers Displayed at Chili Festival in Tangerang
As many as 125 types of hot peppers are displayed at the Chili Festival, part of Tangerang Peh Cun Festival, held in the area of Boen Tek Bio temple near the Cisadane river from Saturday to Sunday, June 15-16 at 10:00 to 20:00. The Chili Festival is located at Roemboer Tangga Ronggeng area.

Minister explains energy transition for environment at G20 meeting
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya discussed the energy transition in line with environmental protection at the G20 ministerial meeting in the city of Karuizawa, 150 kilometers north of Tokyo, Japan.
— Antara News

11 Biak mosques reposition direction of qibla for prayers: Minister
Officers from Papua Province’s Religion Ministry confirmed that 11 mosques in Biak Numfor District had realigned the direction of Qibla as a guide for Muslims in Biak and its surroundings to face during prayers.
— Antara News


Feature photo Danumurthi Mahendra

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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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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