Indonesia morning news for November 1

Indonesia morning news for November 1

Indonesia morning news

Indofood, Danone top list of plastic waste from big brands: Report
Large national and multinational corporations are being called on to take responsibility for the amount of plastic waste polluting the country with a recent audit finding that plastics produced by such companies continue to contaminate the country’s environment.
— The Jakarta Post

A year after Boeing 737 crashes into Java Sea, some families still without compensation
Anton Sahadi, 30, can still remember the moment the National Police phoned him last year to inform him that they had identified the body of his cousin, Muhammad Rafi Adrian.
— The Jakarta Post

SBI team rescues endangered male proboscis monkey in South Kalimantan
A rescue team of Indonesia’s Friends of Bekantan (SBI) rescued a male proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) under severe trauma in Kelayan Barat Village of South Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Indonesia denies giving orders to send waste to India, Thailand, Vietnam
The government has denied a claim made by environmental groups alleging it had re-exported containers of hazardous waste to other countries in Asia rather than sending them back to their countries of origin.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah strengthens against dollar after the Fed cuts interest rate
The rupiah strengthened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Thursday morning after the Federal Reserve reduced its benchmark interest rate.
— Antara News

Realized investment in Q3 reaches Rp205 trillion: BKPM
The realization of investment in the third quarter of 2019 rose 18.4 percent to Rp205.7 trillion against Rp173.3 trillion in the same period last year, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
— Antara News

City Officials Struggle to Explain Rp 82b Budget for Glue
The Jakarta provincial government has come under fire for ridiculous budget proposals, including Rp 82 billion ($5.8 million) for a specific brand of glue and Rp 5 billion for public influencers.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Stock Exchange Sees Fastest Membership Growth in Asia
The Indonesia Stock Exchange has seen the fastest growth in Asia over the past five years and gained 42 new listings so far this year, bringing the total to 656, its president said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

BPJS Premium Hike May Wipe out Deficit in 2 Years: DJSN
The National Social Security Board (DJSN) expressed optimism that the deficit due to soaring hospital claims incurred by the Health Care and Social Security Agency or BPJS Kesehatan could be wiped out within two years following the premium hike.

House to resume deliberations on problematic bills, including Criminal Code bill
As the House of Representatives set a new membership structure for its commissions and bodies on Tuesday, it is expected to immediately start deliberations on problematic bills that had been postponed, including the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill.
— The Jakarta Post

Government digs deeper into alleged nickel export violations
After the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) announced an immediately effective ban on nickel exports, affecting the global market for the metal, one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s most trusted assistants spoke out on the issue by backing the board’s decision, arguing it was necessary as part of efforts to investigate alleged irregularities in nickel exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Lower costs push up Indofood’s net profit 25% in first nine months
Publicly listed food conglomerate PT Indofood Sukses Makmur booked double-digit net profit growth from January to September period this year from the same period a year ago, with moderate sales growth thanks to lower costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Government targets seven percent reduction in stunting rate: Amin
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin spoke of the government’s target to lower the country’s stunting rate by seven percent to reach 20 percent or in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) threshold recommendation.
— Antara News

UI brings together 100 experts to discuss Industry 4.0 challenges
University of Indonesia’s (UI’s) Faculty of Administrative Science (FIA) organized the Third International Conference on Administrative Science, Policy, and Governance Studies (3rd ICAS PGS) and Fourth International Conference on Business Administration and Policy (4th ICBAP).
— Antara News

Minister of Religious Affairs Denies Issuing Niqab Ban
Newly-appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, Fachrul Razi, has strongly denied information suggesting that he issued a ban on women wearing a niqab in State Ministries.

Trade Ministry encourages strengthening of logistics system
The Government through the Ministry of Trade is seeking to improve the efficiency of the logistics system in Indonesia in an effort to strengthen national competitiveness.
— Antara News

In Indonesia, Fried Rice Is Getting Cheaper as Gojek Fights Grab
Indonesia’s national dish of nasi goreng, or fried rice, has become a lot cheaper these days as the nation’s two big ride-hailing apps wage a price war on everyday groceries.
— Bloomberg

Law officers should not be hijacked by organized crime : president
Law enforcement agencies should not allow themselves to be hijacked by organized crime syndicates, President Joko Widodo has stressed.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s plan to build Indonesia’s tallest dam hits stumbling block
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s vision to build Indonesia’s tallest dam in Purworejo regency, Central Java, has been met with resistance from locals.
— The Jakarta Post

TNI backs government to expedite development in remote areas
Commander of the XII/Tanjungpura Regional Military Command Maj. Gen. Muhammad Nur Rahmad echoed the Indonesian Military’s (TNI’s) commitment to supporting the government’s endeavors to speed up development in Indonesia’s border and remote areas.
— Antara News

Telkom pockets $1.1b profit in Q3 as data business soars
Indonesia’s largest telecommunications company, state-owned PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), saw net profit growth of 15.6 percent in the January-September period this year compared to same period in 2018, totaling Rp 16.5 trillion (US$1.18 billion) thanks to the improved performance of its data business.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahok: Transparency is Key to Jakarta’s Current E-Budgeting Woes
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was reluctant in answering questions about the current Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, who criticized the electronic budgeting system the city applied during Basuki’s era.

Indonesia-France forum to stimulate research climate: Minister
The forum for university heads of France and Indonesia, having entered its 11th year, prioritizes the advancement of research climate in Indonesia, according to Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro.
— Antara News

Grab services in Medan contribute Rp 2.66 trillion to local economy: CSIS survey
As gig economy gains mainstream traction, a survey conducted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Tenggara Strategics shows that ride-hailing app Grab Indonesia’s services in Medan, North Sumatra has made a significant contribution to the local economy.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG confirms detection of 136 hotspots in 12 NTT districts
Some 136 hotspots of wildfires were detected throughout East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
— Antara News

Indonesia renews EoDB target to reach 50th ranking
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) renewed the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) target ranking to 50th, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia stated.
— Antara News

Palm oil producers open clinic for ISPO certification
To ensure all its members are certified by the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) by the end of 2020, the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) will open a clinic to assist companies.
— Antara News

Jakarta Budget Oddities Raise Suspicion of Possible Corruption
The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) suspected the practice of corruption planning following the findings of irregularities in the 2020 Jakarta Regional Budget (APBD) Draft.

FL Technics to build new hangar to tap into Indonesia’s growing MRO business
When Lithuania-based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company, FL Technics, stepped foot in Indonesia in 2015, it started its business by taking over former airline Batavia Air’s unused hangar in Tangerang, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian education start-up confirms expansion to Vietnam
A start-up in the education sector, Ruangguru, confirmed the expansion of its services to Vietnam, as revealed by one of its top officers in Jakarta, Thursday.
— Antara News

PUPR Minister Basuki Recalls Jokowi’s Order to Avoid Corruption
Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister, Basuki Hadimuljono, revealed President Jokowi’s mandate for members of his ministry to strictly avoid acts of corruption.

Scientists launch study on five primate species endemic to Mentawai Islands
Scientists from the Primate Research Center (PSSP) at the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) and wildlife park Taman Safari Indonesia in West Java recently collected data on five primate species endemic to Mentawai Islands during an exploration of the islands off the western coast of Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Defense Minister to inventorize issues to strengthen national defense
The Defense Ministry will make an inventory of issues to strengthen the defense and strategic industry in Indonesia, Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, said.
— Antara News

Garuda back in black following increase in airfares
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia booked a large amount of profits during the first nine months of this year following a sharp increase in domestic airfares since early this year.
— The Jakarta Post

‘If we have done wrong, show us the right way’. ‘Odong-odong’ drivers ask city to reconsider ban plan
For many parents, odong-odong (amusement ride) are helpful whenever their children throw a tantrum or simply to get them to finish their food.
— The Jakarta Post

Kelapa Gading-Velodrome LRT line to begin commercial operations next month, expansions planned
The first line of Jakarta’s LRT network, spanning 5.8 kilometers from Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta to the Jakarta International Velodrome in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, is expected to begin commercial operations next month after long delays, officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Millennials rejoice! Wi-Fi planned to be installed in Jakarta-Bandung train by 2020
State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) plans to provide passengers of Argo Parahyangan trains, which serve the Jakarta to Bandung in West Java route, with free Wi-Fi starting next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung regency urges civil servants to put up family portraits at work to lower divorce rate
An official of Bandung regency in West Jakarta has urged civil servants in the regency administration to put up family portraits in their work space in a bid to lower the divorce rate among civil servants.
— The Jakarta Post

Nonpermanent teacher sues government over civil servant status
A nonpermanent teacher at state junior high school SMPN 84 Koja in North Jakarta has filed a lawsuit against the government for not appointing her as a civil servant despite passing the test back 2014 and winning a previous legal fight for her employment status.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s anti-drug police deplore shoddy mall security checks
The Head of the West Jakarta Metropolitan Police Drug Investigation Unit, Adjunct Sen. Coms. Erick Frendriz deplored the absence of security checks on a car loaded with crystal meth packages at a big city mall.
— Antara News

Fishermen conduct ocean cleanup to facilitate healthy crab harvesting
Central Java’s crab fishermen group recently conducted an ocean cleanup by removing three tons of plastic waste from Pemalang Beach and Java Sea since they believe a healthy ocean will facilitate production of healthy crabs.
— Antara News


Feature photo Tribute to the lion air flight JT610 crash

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the crash of Lion Air flight JT610, October 29, 2018.


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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