Indonesia morning news for November 18

Indonesia morning news for November 18

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia ‘fulfilling’ and ‘welcoming’ for expats, but doesn’t offer much: HSBC survey
Indonesia’s rank has fallen in the 2019 Expat Explorer to 31st out of 33 countries, whereas it ranked 13th out of 31 countries last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Q3 external debt rises 10.2 percent: BI
Indonesia’s external debt in the third quarter of 2019 rose 10.2 percent year-on-year to US$395.6 billion (or Rp5.607 trillion at an exchange rate of Rp14.174 against the US dollar), Bank Indonesia announced here on Friday.
— Antara News

Improving Indonesia’s rice production through improved data collection
In rural Indonesia rice accounts for almost one-quarter of the total expenditures of the poor.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia considers mandatory premarital training on reproductive health, parenting starting next year
The Indonesian government wants couples to be absolutely ready before they say “I do” and go on to have children, with a possible new program designed to prepare grooms and brides for their happily ever afters.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Chinese investment in Indonesia reaches US$2.3 billion
Chinese investment in Indonesia touched US$2.3 billion in the first half of 2019, constituting 16.2 percent of the total foreign investment in Indonesia, consul of the Chinese Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali, Gou Haodong stated.
— Antara News

Two Suspected Militants Killed in Shootout
Two suspected militants were killed in a shootout and 18 others were captured alive in a series of police crackdowns on terror cells after a man blew himself up at a police office in the North Sumatra capital of Medan earlier this week, police said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia posts trade balance surplus amid steep decline in imports
Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus in October, beating economists’ expectations of a deficit.
— The Jakarta Post

US-Banned Defense Minister Prabowo Holds Bilateral Meeting With US Counterpart in Bangkok
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has met United States Defense Secretary Mark Thomas Esper in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, on the sidelines of the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, Ministers Meeting.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to continue IEU-CEPA talks despite protest
Indonesia will continue the ongoing negotiations on economic and trade partnership with the European Union despite a fresh spat following a leaked document about the EU’s plan to exclude biofuels derived from palm oil by 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Internet development not yet accompanied by adequate literacy
Director General of Public Information and Communication of the Communication and Informatics Ministry, Widodo Muktiyo, assessed that the progress of the rapidly developing Internet technology is currently yet to be accompanied by adequate literacy among the public, resulting in cultural shock.
— Antara News

House, govt work to synchronize 70 problematic laws through omnibus bill
The House of Representatives’ legislation body (Baleg) has set up a working committee tasked to synchronize more than 70 pieces of legislation, many of which are considered overlapping.
— The Jakarta Post

B30 may save US$4.8 million in foreign exchange
Indonesia’s 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) mandatory policy to be launched early next year may save US$4.8 billion for the country in foreign exchange in 2020, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated here, Friday.
— Antara News

Stop sinking ships: New minister plans to give illegal vessels to Indonesian fishermen instead
Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo seems to have decided not to continue former minister Susi Pudjiastuti’s tough stance against illegal fishing, as he said he will no longer continue his predecessor’s signature ship-sinking policy.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java’s Karawang waters again polluted by Pertamina’s oil spill
The waters off Karawang, West Java, have, again, been polluted by oil spilled from Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block after the state-run oil firm vouched plugging a leaky oil well there in September.
— Antara News

P2P lenders create thousands of jobs, reduce poverty: Study
Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms have created thousands of jobs and reduced poverty as the online lending companies have provided access to financing in cities and remote areas alike.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry confiscates 17 containers of illegal timber in Surabaya
The Environment and Forestry Ministry confiscated 205.9 cubic meters of illegal timber stored in 17 shipping containers at Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, East Java Province, the ministry’s law enforcement directorate general stated here, Saturday.
— Antara News

Ashes From Merapi Eruption Disappears, but Rain at Crater Poses Greater Danger
The ashes from Mount Merapi eruption early on Sunday have disappeared.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s 30 days At Sea to tackle marine pollution crime
The government has launched the Indonesia Operation 30 Days At Sea that would last from November to December 2019 in the fight against environmental crimes that has polluted Indonesian waters.
— Antara News

Citibank Indonesia’s net profit jumps 70 percent despite shrinking loan disbursement
Private lender Citibank NA, Indonesia posted a net profit of Rp 2.4 trillion (US$170.51 million) in the first nine months of the year, a 70 percent jump from the same period last year.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio can promote Labuan Bajo?’: Local government hopes to reach stars
The tourism authority of Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara is floating the idea of promoting its tourist attractions through endorsements by international celebrities, such as Titanic movie actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau Islands’ police arrest Malaysian drug ring member
The Indonesian Police stalled an attempt of a drug courier to smuggle 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia into the coastal city of Batam, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

New capital construction to start in 2021: Pandjaitan
The construction of Indonesia’s new capital in Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kertanegara Districts in East Kalimantan Province will begin in 2021, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan reaffirmed here, Friday.
— Antara News

Indonesia Signs Two International Air Transportation Agreements
The Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia has signed two international agreements on air transportation during a series of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday.
— Tempo.co

Domestic car sales hit brakes, down 11.7 percent as of October
January to October domestic car sales have declined by about 11.7 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) compiled by diversified conglomerate Astra International.
— The Jakarta Post

445 personnel deployed to extinguish forest fires on Mt Lawu
The Magetan district authorities deployed 445 personnel to extinguish wildfires which gutted forest area located on the slope of Mount Lawu, Magetan District, East Java Province.
— Antara News

BI projects 158 million Muslim tourists by 2020
Bank Indonesia (BI) has estimated Muslim tourists in the global halal tourism industry to reach 158 million by 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks reelection as Man and Biosphere Council in UNESCO
Indonesia is seeking re-election as member of the International Coordinating Council of Man and the Biosphere for the period of 2019-2024, according to Arrmanatha Nasir, Indonesia’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, concurrently Ambassador to France.
— Antara News

Indonesia condemns Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza
Indonesia has condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza, Palestine, that killed at least 34 civilians and Islamic Jihad commander.
— Antara News

PKS moves closer to Tommy Soeharto, Anies
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is hoping to come back strong in regional elections and in the presidential election in the next five years by embracing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Berkarya Party chairman Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Soeharto.
— The Jakarta Post

Three wounded, 36 buildings damaged in North Maluku’s earthquake: BNPB
The recent 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit North Maluku’s areas on Thursday evening afflicted wounds on three people and caused damage to 36 buildings in the province, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
— Antara News

Bandung court grants victory to dismissed contract workers of Jasa Marga
The Bandung Industrial Relations Court (PHI Bandung) in West Java has found state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga (Persero) and a cooperative affiliated to the company, Jasa Marga Bhakti VI Bandung, guilty for an unlawful outsourcing practice and ordered the firm to pay almost Rp 150 million in compensation to three former workers.
— The Jakarta Post

Most terrorists’ modus operandi identical prior to attacks: Police
Most terrorists followed a similar modus operandi of temporarily staying in rented houses and isolating themselves from the neighborhood before launching attacks, North Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. Pol. Agus Andrianto stated here, late Friday.
— Antara News

Radicalism, Islamophobia major challenges to Muslims, says Indonesian cleric in London
Hasan Al Banna, a cleric from Cirebon stationed in London by the West Java provincial administration under the English for Ulama program, said Muslims’ biggest challenges were radicalism and Islamophobia.
— The Jakarta Post

Grabwheels Accident: Police Examine Witnesses
Investigators of the Metro Jaya Police Traffic Directorate had examined seven witnesses of the accident involving a car driven by an individual identified as DH, and six Grabwheels electric scooter users.
— Tempo.co

President Jokowi’s family welcomes baby girl
President Joko Widodo’s family welcomed into the family a baby girl from Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is the President’s eldest son, and his wife Selvi Ananda, on Friday. “Alhamdulillah our second-born has come into this world.
— Antara News

Bali Offer Regional Hotel Investment Project to Chinese Investors
The Bali provincial government has on Saturday offered its region’s hotel investment projects to 19 Chinese businessmen attending the Sunda Kecil Expo 2019 Forum held in Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara Province.
— Tempo.co

Gov’t Creates Special Directorate for 1,000 Startups
The government remains strongly committed to the agenda for more startups in the country by establishing a new directorate as the breeding ground for hundreds of applicants, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Surya Paloh Open to Constitutional Amendment for Jokowi’s 3rd Term
Media magnate and top politician Surya Paloh said he was open to the possibility of amending the 1945 Constitution that limits presidential terms to two periods, so that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo can be elected for a third time.
— Jakarta Globe

Batik Air opens Jakarta – Nanning direct flight
Indonesian airline Batik Air has officially opened its direct flight from Jakarta to Nanning in China, that marks the carrier’s third destination city in China after Guilin and Kunming.
— Antara News

Batam offers ring solar eclipse tourism package
Government of Riau Island’s Batam City, along with local tourism business operators, offer leisure packages with ring solar eclipse as the center of the program for domestic and international visitors.
— Antara News

Prehistoric cliff paintings discovered at Papua’s Ambesibui Site
Prehistoric cliff paintings were discovered at Ambesibui Site located in Teluk Wondama District, West Papua Province, by the work of Papua’s Archaeological Center in coordination with Teluk Wondama’s Planning Agency.
— Antara News

4 Festivals in Jakarta This Weekend
Jakarta administration organizes four festivals in several locations across the city. These events can be alternatives for people to enjoy their weekends.
— Tempo.co

 

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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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