Indonesia morning news for June 28

Indonesia morning news for June 28

Indonesia morning newsNew ADB Loans to Help Rebuild Critical Infrastructure in Central Sulawesi
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $297.75 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of public works and transport infrastructure in Central Sulawesi, where a 7.4-magnitude earthquake last year claimed thousands of lives and destroyed property and livelihoods.
— Relief Web

Indonesia to cull 3 million chickens in a bid to boost prices
Indonesia has told poultry breeders to cull around three million chickens over a two-week period from Wednesday (June 26) to prop up plunging prices, as farmers protested by giving away thousands of live birds for free.
— Strait Times

World Bank approves US$300 million for poverty reduction in Indonesia
The World Bank Executive Board of Directors approved a loan of US$300 million to accelerate poverty reduction and improve services in more than 66,000 villages in 380 districts across Indonesia.
— Antara News

Online marketplaces test delivery drones in Indonesia
As logistics remains a big issue in e-commerce expansion in Indonesia, online marketplaces are showing an interest in investing in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, to help reach rural areas across the country.
— The Jakarta Post

JCI strengthens as Constitutional Court’s decision awaited
The Composite Stock Price Index at the Jakarta Stock Exchange closed higher on Thursday in waiting for a ruling by the Constitutional Court (MK) on the presidential election dispute whose trial is ongoing today.
— Antara News

Security of KPU’s online data center must be guaranteed: Judge
The panel of judges of the Constitutional Court said that the security of the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) online data tabulation center must be guaranteed.
— Antara News

Prabowo to continue struggle for Indonesian prosperity
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto would continue to help creating prosperity for all Indonesian people, following the decision of the Constitutional Court (MK) which rejected all claims related to the electoral dispute.
— Antara News

Malaysia, Indonesia’s media intensify cooperation: ISWAMI
Malaysian and Indonesian media were able to work together to develop at the regional level and compete with the big names, the new President of the Indonesian Malaysian Journalists Association (ISWAMI), Abdul Rashid Yusof said.
— Antara News

KPK requests Center Point’s assets be returned to PT KAI
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Deputy Chair Saut Situmorang has instructed PT ACK, as the manager of Center Point, to return the land or assets of state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) without further ado.
— Antara News

Law makers ask gov’t to eradicate fake cigarette excise tapes harder
The Indonesian House of Representatives has asked the government and its staff to work hard to eradicate efforts to manipulate cigarette excise ribbons because potential revenue from cigarette excise tax was very high.
— Antara News

Go-Jek appoints Gautam Kotwal as Group Chief Data Officer
Per the ride-hailing company’s statement, the appointment of Kotwal signals its commitment to business intelligence and data science capabilities Mobile on-demand service and payments platform Go-Jek today announced the appointment of Gautam Kotwal as Group Chief Data Officer.
— e27

Jokowi vows to become president for all Indonesians
President-elect of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) vowed on Thursday evening that he would become a leader for the entire nation without exception.
— Antara News

Japan Agrees to Spend $2b to Develop Electric Cars in Indonesia
Japan has agreed set aside Rp 28 trillion, or around $2 billion, to develop electric cars in Indonesia, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Gerindra Party Vice Chairman congratulates Jokowi
Ma’ruf Amin pair after the Constitutional Court (MK) rejected all claims from the Prabowo Subianto- Sandiaga Uno camp.
— Antara News

Toyota ready to invest IDR28.3 trillion: minister
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said that the Japanese automotive company, Toyota, is ready to disburse funds amounting to Rp28.3 trillion over the next four years.
— Antara News

Supporters throng Prabowo’s residence before MK’s trial result
Supporters of Presidential and vice presidential candidate pair number 02, Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, began to throng Prabowo’s residence on Jalan Kertanegara IV, Jakarta on Thursday night.
— Antara News

Indonesia on Edge as Court Rules on Jokowi’s Re-election Dispute
An Indonesian court began delivering its verdict on an appeal against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, with tens of thousands of armed police and military personnel deployed across Jakarta to quell any outbreak of political violence.
— Bloomberg

MK’s ruling expected to end tensions: Jokowi’s lawyer
Ma’ruf Amin pair’s team of lawyers Yusril Ihza Mahendra said.
— Antara News

Customary land map, a first for Indonesia, launches to mixed reception
The Indonesian government has launched an official map of customary forests, the first of its kind in the country, in a bid to protect them from land grabs.
— Mongabay

Court finds no evidence of Prabowo’s massive electoral fraud allegations
The Constitutional Court said on Thursday that it had found no evidence that could prove allegations of “structured, systematic and massive” electoral fraud filed by the losing Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno ticket in its petition challenging the presidential election results.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for national unity following MK decision
President-elect, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), called for national unity following the decision of the Constitutional Court (MK) judges which completely rejected the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair’s petition on the presidential election result dispute.
— Antara News

Complaints lead to harsh penalty for sitting on floors of MRT stations
A new regulation that fines people Rp 500,000 (US$35.27) for sitting on the floors of MRT stations was implemented in response to complaints from passengers, an executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s trade war pushback
A coalition of nations led by Indonesia with Australia’s backing is working to stop the US and China’s trade fight derailing the push for broader reform of world trade rules at the G20, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison securing an early face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump to try keep negotiations on track.
— Financial Review

Indonesia ‘a friend to all’ and won’t play favourites with US and China, says former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa
As the United States and China fight for influence in Southeast Asia, with battles over everything from 5G technology to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, Indonesia is attempting a balancing act by refusing to choose sides.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesian unicorn Bukalapak looks to possible expansion into the Middle East
Indonesian e-commerce platform Bukalapak has expanded into five overseas markets in Asia since its founding in 2010 — and the Middle East could be next, the company’s co-founder said Thursday.
— CNBC

Indonesia’s regulatory changes set to bring more uncertainty to coal sector
Indonesian coal miners said upcoming regulatory changes are putting added pressure on their businesses amid depressed prices and rising competition from other energy sources.
— Business Times

Janus partners in Indonesia to promote carbon management
Japanese-based consultancy JANUS has established a partnership with Indonesian state-owned university Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to research and promote the concept of regional carbon dioxide emissions management within the Southeast Asian country.
— Environmentanalyst

Grieving families demand answers after deadly Indonesia fire
Families are angry at slow process of identification as most bodies were burnt beyond recognition in the factory blaze.
— Aljazeera

Indonesia eyes trade partnership with Latin America through Argentina
The Indonesian government is seeking better market access to the Latin American region through the establishment of a working group with Argentina, a member state of South American economic bloc Mercosur.
— The Jakarta Post

Mahathir vs Goldman Sachs: Indonesia trails Malaysia in fighting graft
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and former presidents should feel ashamed by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who needed just one year to realize his commitment to addressing the entrenched corruption and abuse of power that have brought his predecessor and former man Najib Razak to trial.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta makes top 20 for resilient cities in global real estate index
United Kingdom-based international property consultancy firm Savills has ranked Jakarta as the 20th most resilient city in its recent real estate index.
— The Jakarta Post

Transit plaza to be built at Lebak Bulus MRT station
The Lebak Bulus MRT station in South Jakarta will be equipped with a transit plaza for pick-ups and drop-offs.
— The Jakarta Post

Australia, Indonesia held talks for joint 2034 World Cup bid
Australia has held discussions with Indonesia about making a joint bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Thursday.
— Euronews

Lack of state schools in Central Java causes enrollment hiccups: Official
State high schools and vocational schools in Central Java can only accommodate 45 percent of the province’s junior high school graduates, Central Java Education and Culture Agency head Jumeri has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to receive honorable mention at Sustainable Transport Award
Jakarta is set to receive an honorable mention at the 2020 Sustainable Transport Award in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the city’s efforts to develop the Transjakarta bus network, which has seen a 200 percent increase in passengers in less than three years.
— The Jakarta Post

Rivals scramble to strike deal
As the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the presidential election result looms, representatives from the rival camps are reportedly scrambling to strike a political deal. Gerindra Party chairman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who submitted the legal challenge to the result, returned from a trip to Germany on Wednesday evening, hours before the court is scheduled to rule on the case on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Open-list voting system ‘needs reform’
Vote-buying marred the 2019 legislative elections and the open-list proportional voting system is believed to play a crucial role in explaining the seemingly intractable problem.
— The Jakarta Post

W. Sulawesi warden fired for forcing Muslim inmates to read Quran
The Law and Human Rights Ministry has dismissed Polewali Mandar penitentiary warden Haryoto in West Sulawesi for making Muslim inmates read the Quran and memorize short chapters as part of a requirement for their release.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s offices empty with 218 hectares unoccupied
Unoccupied office space in Jakarta remains plentiful, with 23.8 percent of office space in the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) empty and 23.9 percent empty outside the district, a situation one property consultant does not believe is likely to change.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab’s three-wheeler strategy to attract locals, tourists
Over the past two years, Grab Indonesia has introduced quirky ride-hailing services in three provincial cities, and it announced earlier this week it would continue this trend as part of a renewed partnership with the Tourism Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Inalum’s revenues increase, profit drop by 89.9 percent
The revenues of state-owned mining holding company Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) increased 17.38 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 17.48 trillion (US$1.23 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, but its net profits dropped significantly, particularly as a result of higher financing costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Eight new destinations to be developed through KEK scheme: Official
The government plans to develop 12 special economic zones (KEKs) this year that include tourist destinations.
— The Jakarta Post

Erick Thohir named new member of International Olympic Committee
Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) chief Erick Thohir has been elected as a new member of the International Olympic Committee, giving the country a leg up in its bid to host the 2032 summer Olympic Games.
— The Jakarta Post

Come hell or high water: Pilgrim to go on haj at 107 years old
At 107 years old, Sumiati, a resident of Jombang, East Java, is determined to fly to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, next month to go on haj despite her declining health. Born on June 1, 1912, she is likely to be the oldest haj pilgrim from Indonesia this year.
— 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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