Indonesia morning news for November 22

Indonesia morning news for November 22

Indonesia morning news

Poverty remains major problem in Indonesia: ACT chief
Poverty remains a major problem in Indonesia and concrete efforts to solve it is by being generous, according to Ahyuddin, chairman of the advisory board of ACT (Swift Response and Action).
— Antara News

Australian plastic among waste ‘contaminating’ Indonesian food chains, report finds
Exported Australian plastic waste may be “poisoning” villages in Indonesia, according to a new report which found eggs near dumping grounds had some of the highest levels of dioxins recorded in Asia.
— ABC News

Javanese eagle population in Mt Ijen drops drastically
The population of Javanese eagles inhabiting around Mount Ijen on the eastern tip of Java Island is believed to have dropped drastically in the past few years due to the conversion of forest to plantations.
— Antara News

3 terms in office for president? Proposals for more terms put forth at MPR
Proposals to revise constitutional provisions to increase the term of office for a president and vice president have been put forth at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Assembly deputy speakers have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi confirms Rp115-trillion government spending on BPJS health
The government had spent Rp115 trillion on Indonesian healthcare insurance BPJS Health until 2018, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

B30 nationwide trial begins ahead of January enforcement
A nationwide trial has commenced on the commercial distribution of 30 percent blended biodiesel ( B30 ) to prepare distributors for the mandatory use of B30, which comes into force next year.
— The Jakarta Post

President targets RI standing 40th in WB ease-of-doing business index
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has targeted Indonesia to rank 40th in the World Bank’s (WB’s) Ease of Doing Business index.
— Antara News

Indonesian consumers less optimistic in Q3, surpassed by Vietnamese: Nielsen
Indonesia is experiencing a weakening consumer confidence in the third quarter but now fewer people think the economy is in recession, a recent survey shows.
— The Jakarta Post

BI cuts its outlook for loan growth to eight percent
Bank Indonesia (BI) has significantly reduced its outlook for loan growth to eight percent, from the previous range of 10-12 percent.
— Antara News

LRT Jakarta Fare to be Valid per December 1
PT Light Rail Transit as the operator of LRT Jakarta announced that the train’s normal tariff will be valid per December 1, 2019.
— Tempo.co

Bank Indonesia Keeps Benchmark Rate as Lenders Start Lowering Interests
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, decided on Thursday to keep its benchmark interest rate at 5 percent, ending a series of cuts in the past four months aimed at stimulating the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Security intensified in Malaysia’s Tawau to thwart human trafficking
The Malaysian maritime police-Tawau Zone has been revving up security measures to preclude the smuggling of goods and human trafficking activities from Indonesia into the neighboring country’s territory.
— Antara News

North Sumatra may cull all pigs to curb hog cholera virus
The North Sumatra administration will have all the pigs in the province culled unless it is capable of dealing with the hog cholera virus that has killed over 9,000 pigs throughout the province so far.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippine Wife of Bali Bomber Umar Patek Gets Indonesian Citizenship
The wife of high-profile terror convict Umar Patek has been granted Indonesian citizenship with the help of the National Counterterrorism Agency, or BNPT, as part of the agency’s deradicalization program.
— Jakarta Globe

Mercury from illegal gold mines to blame for fatal birth defects in Mandailing Natal, regent says
The use of mercury in illegal gold mining activities in Mandailing Natal regency, North Sumatra, has reportedly affected the physical well-being of newborns in the region, resulting in five deaths and numerous birth defects over the past couple of years.
— The Jakarta Post

New Jokowi Cabinet Is ‘Wonderful’: Sri Mulyani
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said her first month working in Indonesia’s new cabinet has been “wonderful,” signaling her confidence in its ability to deliver reforms that the government had promised.
— Jakarta Globe

Foreign Ministry confirms no Indonesian victims in Laos quakes
No Indonesian had fallen victim to a chain of earthquakes that struck Laos on Thursday morning, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
— Antara News

Govt hands tied as regional laws discourage business
Many local business regulations contradict national laws and create legal uncertainty, but there is still no clear way to resolve the problem, partly due to a Constitutional Court ruling from two years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

AmCham report highlights need for operational reform to attract investors
The government’s efforts in deregulating and offering tax incentives are insufficient to attract foreign investors due to regulatory uncertainty, rampant corruption and a lack of skilled workers, according to a recently released report on investing in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Sept-end Investment realization in Surabaya touches Rp36.89 trillion
The realization of investment in Surabaya, the capital of East Java Province, in the year ending Sept 30 had touched Rp36.39 trillion, according to the Investment and Integrated One-Stop Service (DPM-PTSP).
— Antara News

65% Indonesian market will be open after RCEP
Nearly 65 percent of the Indonesian market will be open to partner countries when the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) begins to take effect, a Trade Ministry official said.
— Antara News

Finance Ministry to halt disbursement of village funds over irregularities
The Finance Ministry will temporarily stop the disbursement of village funds to some villages in Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi, in response to irregularities found in the application for and use of the funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Government offers Rp200-million bonus for each SEA Games gold medalist
The Indonesian Youth and Sports Ministry is considering to grant a bonus of up to Rp200 million to every gold medal winner at the SEA Games 2019 in the Philippines.
— Antara News

Convicted terrorists on Riau Islands Police radar following Medan suicide attack
The Riau Islands Police are monitoring former members of the Katibah Gonggong Rebus (KGR) radical group following a suicide bombing at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

DANA strikes e-payment deal with Blue Bird taxi, eyes KRL and motorcycle taxis
Indonesian digital wallet DANA has scored an important business partner in Blue Bird, one of Indonesia’s largest taxi companies, in its bid to be among the top players in the country’s fast-expanding e-payment scene.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Hunt them down: KPK requests Interpol red notice for BLBI suspects
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is seeking Interpol’s assistance in locating Sjamsul Nursalim and his wife Itjih Nursalim, both of whom are suspects in a graft case pertaining to the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) funding in 1997.
— The Jakarta Post

Dry spell persists in East Sumba as regency suffers 249 days without rain
Although rain has started to fall in some regions of Indonesia, East Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is still experiencing extreme dry season conditions as the area has seen nearly a year without rain.
— The Jakarta Post

President holds meeting with associations to boost textile exports
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a meeting with businesspersons in the textile industry at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Thursday to deliberate on approaches to boost the garment industry through measures including stepping up exports.
— Antara News

Prominent Muslim scholar Bahtiar Effendy dies aged 60
rominent Muslim scholar and Muhammadiyah central board (PP) chairman Bahtiar Effendy passed away in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi picks young people to presidential expert staff for their ‘fresh, innovative ideas’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appointed seven young people as members of his new presidential expert staff to give him innovative ideas in regard to the country’s development in various fields.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina expects own oil, gas output to jump 18 percent in stagnant market
State-owned energy company Pertamina expects to close this year with an oil and gas production of 910,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boped), up 18.4 percent from its output last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Christmas, New Year; Sriwijaya Air Offers Free Baggage Allowance
Low-cost carrier Sriwijaya Air offered a free baggage allowance of up to 20 kilograms for flights during the 2019 Christmas and 2020 New Year holidays.
— Tempo.co

Chinese company Youngor plans on setting up factory in Indonesia
Youngor Group, a well-established Chinese clothing manufacturer, plans on expanding its business to Southeast Asia by considering setting up factories in several of the region’s countries, including Indonesia.
— Antara News

Chinese-Indonesian student challenges ban on ‘non-pribumi’ land ownership in Yogyakarta
A Chinese-Indonesian student has submitted a judicial review to the Constitutional Court challenging an article of the Law on Yogyakarta’s special status that bars Indonesians of foreign descent from owning land in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Lippo Cikarang former director detained for Meikarta bribery case investigation
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained former president director of PT Lippo Cikarang Bartholomeus Toto in relation to an investigation into alleged corruption pertaining to the Meikarta development project in Bekasi regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

NU leader calls for peace before Dec 1
Chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)-Jayapura Chapter KH Abdul Kahar Yelipele called on all Papuans across Papua Province to maintain peace ahead of the commemoration of the Free Papua Movement’s (OPM’s) anniversary on December 1, 2019.
— Antara News

Citilink mulls plan to open routes to Singapore, Germany next year
Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia is mulling a plan to offer more international flights next year after recently adding routes to Perth in Australia and Kuala Lumpur, as the airline strives to strengthen its international network.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Expo in Qatar winds up with fruitful debut
“Indonesia Expo 2019”, the first solo exhibition of Indonesian products, was successfully organized by the Indonesian Embassy at the InterContinental Hotel Doha The City, Qatar, on November 17-19, 2019.
— Antara News

 

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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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