Indonesia morning news for October 4

Indonesia morning news for October 4

Indonesia morning news

New capital city to accommodate population of three million: minister
The new capital city to be located in an area straddling the border between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, will have a three-million accommodation capacity, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro affirmed.
— Antara News

Six policemen face questioning for allegedly shooting demonstrators
The police investigated six of its personnel allegedly violating the standard operating procedures (SOP), resulting in deaths of two students at a rally against controversial bills in the Southeast Sulawesi provincial capital of Kendari recently.
— Antara News

335 lawmakers absent from plenary session a day after their inauguration
Indonesia’s newly appointed legislators don’t seem to be trying to at least pretend that they care about representing the people, even when all eyes are still on them on the first days of their job.
— Coconuts

Indonesia’s largest power plant on schedule to operate next year
A 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant tipped as the largest project of its kind in Southeast Asia is on track to kick off commercial operations next year “Right now, the Batang power plant has been 83 percent completed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia accuses two Singaporeans over imported plastic waste
Indonesia is accusing two Singaporeans of importing 87 containers of plastic scrap without the correct permits, an official said on Thursday (Oct 3), marking a step up in the country’s efforts to crack down on shipments of foreign waste.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Don’t sell it cheap’: Komodo Island targeted at ‘premium’ tourists
The next time you visit Komodo Island in the Komodo National Park you might be shocked by the admission fee.
— The Jakarta Post

Centuries-old gold, jewelry from Sriwijaya era reportedly unearthed on burnt peatland
After months of being choked by haze from land and forest fires, residents of Ogan Komering Ilir in South Sumatra seem to have literally struck gold after they recently unearthed ancient treasure on land that had been cleared by burning.
— The Jakarta Post

Did the media hijack Indonesia’s student protests?
Students in Indonesia have been protesting on the streets since late September. Many observers have referred to the protests as “the largest student movement since 1998”.
— The Asean Post

Detained IPB Lecturer Made Real Bombs, Not Molotov Cocktails, Police Say
A lecturer of Bogor Agricultural University, or IPB, in West Java who is currently detained for illegal possession of explosives, had allegedly recruited and paid people to make bombs, not just Molotov cocktails as reported earlier, police said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

LIPI Shares Reasons Why Jokowi Should Issue New KPK Bill
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) senior researcher Syamsuddin Haris suggested President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to issue a government regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
— Tempo.co

Wamena Riot Refugees Suffer Diarrhea, Skin Disease at Camp
A number of residents, who are being evacuated from Jayawijaya, Papua due to Wamena riot, are starting to suffer from diarrhea and skin disease at the refugee camps.
— Tempo.co

Wanted: Designs for Indonesia’s new smart, green capital city
Public Works and Housing Ministry has officially opened a design contest for the country’s new capital city in the eastern part of Borneo, offering a total prize worth Rp 5 billion (US$353,490) for five winners who can outline the best concept for a “smart, forest city”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian lawmaker Lora Fadil steals spotlight after photo with his 3 wives went viral; later caught dozing during plenary session
When 575 lawmakers were sworn in to represent the people at the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday, one of them clearly stood out for representing a controversial yet commonly accepted aspect of Indonesian life: polygamy.
— Coconuts

23 companies line up for IPO amid global economic slowdown, bearish market
Unfavorable global economic conditions have not seemed to deter companies from entering the country’s stock market, with some having announced their plans to list their shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) later this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Bulog accuses ‘mafia’ of manipulating rice for the poor
Circling a sack of rice in front of a house in Central Java, five women winced as one of them cupped her hands to scoop up a sample of the contents and brought it to her nose.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina expands single fuel price program to 161 locations
State-owned energy company Pertamina has added this year 37 new locations for its single fuel price program, bringing the 3-year-old program’s total reach to 161 locations as of October.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to establish national action plan on business and human rights
The Law and Human Rights Ministry is looking to establish a national action plan to promote principles of human rights in businesses activities.
— The Jakarta Post

Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes: New hope in combating dengue fever in Yogyakarta
A collaboration involving the Center for Tropical Medicine of Gadjah Mada University’s School of Medicine and Nursing, the Tahija Foundation and Monash University has given the world new hope in combating dengue fever.
— The Jakarta Post

Adopted, yet ignored: Hybrid structure offers hope for sinking villages
Forty-six-year-old Mat Sairi from Timbulsloko village in Demak regency has been worried for several years that one day he will lose his fish pond as a result of massive coastal erosion that has been consuming the village inch by inch for the last 20 years.
— The Jakarta Post

One year after tsunami: Palu temporary houses pose higher risk of sexual violence
Laras (not her real name) sat on a wooden chair on the small front porch of her temporary housing unit in Petobo village, Central Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Airport train to start operating from Manggarai Station on Saturday
Airport train Railink will start operating from Manggarai Station in South Jakarta on Oct. 5, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta tap water drying up after months of drought
Residents of Pegadungan village, Kalideres district, West Jakarta, take extra measures to obtain water as the drought continues to plague Jakarta. Desy, 50, who lives in community unit (RW) 09 in Pegadungan, said she had stayed up late every night for the last two months to fill up water tubs in her house.
— The Jakarta Post

Environment Agency employees take the lead with ‘bike to work Fridays’
The Jakarta Environment Agency has recently issued a policy that requires its employees to commute by bicycle or public transportation on Fridays. Yogi, who works at the agency, expressed his support for the new policy, which aimed to curb air pollution and traffic congestion in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

PDI-P gives blessing for Golkar’s Bambang in MPR race — but with conditions
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the largest party in the House of Representatives and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s coalition leader, has decided to throw its support behind Bambang Soesatyo of the Golkar Party in the race for the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker post.
— The Jakarta Post

State-owned INTI chief named suspect in procurement graft case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Darman Mappangara, the president director of state-owned telecommunication company PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero (INTI), a graft suspect in a case pertaining to a baggage-handling system procurement project.
— The Jakarta Post

Advocacy groups report police’s handling of protesters to human rights commission
Public advocacy groups united under the Democracy Advocacy Team filed reports they had gathered in relation to the police’s alleged repressive measures against demonstrators that took part in a series of protests in Jakarta recently to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday, demanding the commission launch an investigation into the matter.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua provincial government guarantees working paramedics’ security
The Papua provincial administration has pledged to guarantee the safety and security of working paramedics across the province after a senior medical doctor was killed following the riot and exodus of working paramedics in Wamena.
— Antara News

IHSG opens lower on Thursday amid global economic uncertainty
The Jakarta composite share price index (IHSG) opened lower on Thursday over investors’ concern regarding global economic uncertainty.
— Antara News

Baswedan calls off trip to attend C40 Summit in Copenhagen
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan has abandoned his planned trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend the C40 Summit, based on the current inconducive situation in the capital city following students’ protests against several controversial bills.
— Antara News

‘It was not my intention to hurt Mollucans’: Wiranto on earthquake victims
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has clarified that it was not his intention to hurt Ambon residents with his statement related to earthquakes that hit the region on Sept. 26,
— The Jakarta Post

Jayawijaya Regent Calls for People to Remain in Wamena
Jayawijaya Regent John Richard Banua has announced that the situation in Wamena is starting to improve.
— Tempo.co

Papua enhances puskesmas’ role in patient handling following riots
The Papua Provincial Health Office is optimizing the role of community health centers (puskesmas) to tend to patients after riots broke out in Wamena, Jayawijaya District, on September 23, 2019.
— Antara News

Jokowi Reports Achievements in Final Cabinet Meeting
In his last Cabinet meeting, President Joko Widodo, known also as Jokowi, reported the government’s achievements for the past five years.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi expresses heartfelt gratitude to ministers, institution heads
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), due to shortly end his first term of office, was thankful to ministers and heads of non-ministerial government institutions in the Working Cabinet for the 2014-2019 period.
— Antara News

LRT Jabodebek Targeted to Fully Operable by 2021: Minister
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi targets that the mass transportation Light Rapid Transit (LRT) connecting Jakarta – Bogor – Depok – Bekasi, or known as LRT Jabodebek, will be fully operable by the end of 2021.
— Tempo.co

Kenya’s First Green Bond Issue Raises 41.45bn Dollar
Kenya’s first green bond has raised 4.3 billion shillings ($41.45 million) to build environmentally-friendly student accommodation, the issue’s lead arranger said on Thursday, October 3.
— Tempo.co

All Detained Student Protesters Sent Home, Police Claim
The Metro Jaya Police claims to have sent home each and every high schooler and college students who were nabbed in police’s massive detainment following the students’ street protest on September 30.
— Tempo.co

Woman, affair partner allegedly hire hitmen to murder husband
The Kelapa Gading Police have arrested a woman and a man with whom she had an affair for allegedly scheming a murder attempt against her husband in North Jakarta last month.
— 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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