Indonesia morning news for March 11

Indonesia morning news for March 11

Indonesia morning news

Life is about to change for 25mln Indonesians: the Internet is coming (video)
The lives of millions Indonesians could be about to change forever. They’re about to get access to the Internet. However, the high price and slow data speeds might mean that many remain ‘offline’.
— AEC News Today (video)

Jokowi Orders Handling of Armed Criminal Group Issue in Papua
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered security authorities to deal with the issue concerning the armed criminal group in Papua Province. His order came following the murders of three military officers by the group on Thursday (Mar. 7).

Bank Indonesia to Hold More Auctions to Boost Rupiah Liquidity
Bank Indonesia will conduct regular open market operations of repo and foreign exchange swap auctions three times per week to boost rupiah liquidity in the banking system, the central bank said in a statement,
— Bloomberg

Thousands surrounded by floods across Java
More than 22,000 families in 10 districts of Bandung, West Java, have been affected by water from the Citarum River that flooded the area on Thursday, killing one.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Named The Most Polluted City in Southeast Asia
Jakarta has perpetually appeared on a list of cities with the worst air quality. Last year, the Indonesian capital was named the most polluted city in Southeast Asia.
— Indonesia Expat

East Java Governor orders authorities to handle flood-affected areas
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has instructed all authorities within the provincial government to get involved directly in handling the impact of floods on the residents of 15 districts.
— Antara News

German FDI in ASEAN Part II: Indonesia and Laos
German investment in the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been increasing steadily and has the potential to grow further in the coming years.
— Asean Briefing

Indonesia is ASEAN’s most unsafe country for women
A recent study has painted a worrying picture of women’s safety in ASEAN, placing Indonesia as the second most dangerous country for women in the Asia Pacific region after India, and the Philippines as the third most dangerous.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia encourages women to learn digital tech through learning initiative
The Ministry of Communication and Information has collaborated with a mobile telecommunications company to encourage Indonesian women to be more literate in digital technology.
— Open Gov Asia

Jokowi orders use of rubberized asphalt for helping rubber farmers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the government has been attempting to find ways to increase the price of natural rubber of Indonesian farmers, one of which is by ordering the use of rubberized asphalt for asphalt road construction.
— Antara News

Jewelry investment trending among Indonesians
For 29-year-old Aprilia Ayu Ramadhani, or Lia, jewelry is not merely a collection of accessories, but a lifesaver.
— The Jakarta Post

More Foreigners Listed in Yogyakarta Voter List for 2019 Election
The Yogyakarta Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) recorded that ten foreign citizens in the region were listed in the permanent voters list (DPT) for the 2019 election.

Presidential candidates vie for support of retired military generals
While no longer in command or leading troops, former military top brass is still seen as very influential in the April presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Deal will help tame Indonesia’s risks
Indonesian businessman John Riady likes to joke that his country is the “world’s largest invisible object”.
— Asian Financial Review

Indonesian Art Group Named to Lead Documenta
Documenta is one of the most respected art events in the world. The art program is held every five years in Kassel, Germany.
— VOA News

At least 9 wounded as train derails in West Java, Indonesia
At least nine people were injured, including the train machinist and two children, as a commuter train deraile in Bogor district of West Java province in Indonesia on Sunday, officials said.
— Xinhua

KPU Field Checks Truth Behind Foreigners with Voting Rights
The General Elections Committee (KPU) will soon verify information of 103 foreign nationals who are supposedly listed in Indonesia’s final voters’ list (DPT) for the upcoming presidential election and legislative elections.

Rupiah drops to Rp 14,234 per US dollar
The rupiah exchange rate dropped to Rp 14,224 per US dollar at 10:22 a.m. on Friday, or 0.65 percent lower than its position on Wednesday, which was recorded at Rp 14,143, according to the foreign exchange spot market.
— The Jakarta Post

Australia, Indonesia Sign Free Trade Pact
Australia this week signed a free-trade agreement with Indonesia.
— VOA News

Jokowi Aims to Finish Trans-Sumatra Toll Road by 2024
As part of the trans-Sumatra toll road project, President Jokowi inaugurated the operation of the 140.9 km Bakauheni- Terbanggi Besar toll road on Friday.
— Indonesia Expat

Indonesia formulates plan to become upper-middle income country
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that Indonesdia is formulating plans to become a upper-middle income country.
— The Jakarta Post

Starting from water on the road to reconstruction in central Sulawesi, Indonesia
In February 2019, the TaiwanICDF launched the Central Sulawesi Earthquake WASH Support Program (Indonesia) to provide earthquake-stricken Central Sulawesi province with humanitarian assistance, to help victims obtain clean drinking water and improve sanitation so they can rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
— Relief Web

Jokowi urges Indonesian millennials to be safe while driving
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged Indonesian millennials to remain cautious in terms of their and other people`s safety while driving cars and motorbikes by respecting and implementing all traffic rules and regulations.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia blames external factors for rupiah depreciation
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has blamed external factors for the rupiah’s depreciation to Rp 14,315 per United States dollar on Friday afternoon, according to Bloomberg.
— The Jakarta Post

International Women’s Day; Women Bang Pots and Pans in Madrid
Loudly banging pots and pans, a few hundred women protesters gathered in Madrid in the early hours of Friday, March 8, to mark the start of International Women’s Day.

Jews live in the shadows in Muslim-majority Indonesia
Yaakov Baruch is the rabbi at Indonesia’s only synagogue but he keeps his religious identity under wraps, like most of the tiny Jewish community living in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
— Israel Nation News

House pressured into pledge to rush deliberation of antirape bill
The House of Representatives has once again pledged to expedite its deliberations over a sexual violence bill because of pressure from rights groups.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia votes: New generation of women leaders
Indonesian voters have yet to directly elect a female president, but more high-profile women than ever are leading parties and running for office as the political ground shifts in the world’s third-largest democracy.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

East Luwu Hit by 5.0-Magnitude Earthquake This Morning, says BMKG
East Luwu in South Sulawesi was just hit by a 5.0-magnitude earthquake on early dawn of Tuesday.

4 dead, 4 missing, hundreds evacuated from landslide, flood in central Indonesia
Four people were killed and four others were missing as floods and landslides struck East Nusa Tenggara province of central Indonesia, the country’s disaster agency said on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia plans to have MOU with Fiji
Six Fijian participants were given the opportunity to visit Indonesia for a familiarization trip.
— Fbc News

KPU: 101 Foreigners in 17 Provinces Listed in Election Voter List
The General Election Commission (KPU) said that a total of 101 foreign citizens were listed in the permanent voter list (DPT) for the 2019 election.

Electrical pole derails commuter train in Bogor, at least six injured
A commuter train running from Jatinegara in East Jakarta to Bogor in West Java was derailed in Cilebut in Bogor regency on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. when a power pole reportedly fell on it.
— The Jakarta Post

Multilateral cooperation needed more than ever: APEC host
The Chilean government, as the host of APEC 2019, stressed to APEC economic members that multilateral cooperation is needed now more than ever amid global uncertainty.
— Antara News

Floods in Indonesia leave 2 dead, 6 missing
At least two people were killed and six more were missing after torrential rains and severe flooding hit parts of Indonesia, the country’s disaster agency said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia’s West Papua regency offers pristine natural wonders, tribal culture to explore
Pristine jungles and nature in remote Indonesia’s West Papua province are now opened for those who love adventure, trekking and outdoor activities in the wild, combined with local Papua tribes who are still practicing ancient traditional rites they passed on in generations.
— Xinhua

Indonesia votes: Deputy governor Emil Dardak is no stranger to public service
East Java is shaping up as a stronghold for President Joko Widodo in his bid for re-election at the April 17 polls in Indonesia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Strengthening Indonesia-Cambodia Relations Through Culture
Indonesia and Cambodia have historically shared cultural ties since the Syailendra Dynasty ruling in the days of the Mataram Kingdom in Java and the Jayawarman II Dynasty ruling the Angkor Kingdom in Cambodia.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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