Indonesia morning news for September 2

Indonesia morning news for September 2

Indonesia morning newsBNN confiscates assets of drug convict accused of continuing business behind bars
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has confiscated several assets belonging to Muhammad Adam, a convicted drug dealer it accuses of controlling international drug transactions worth Rp 28 billion (US$1.95 million) from behind bars.
— The Jakarta Post

AIIB to approve $500m loan for PLN power transmission improvement
Beijing-based multilateral development lender Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is set to approve a government loan proposal for the improvement of the country’s electricity distribution.
— The Jakarta Post

Private sector, taxpayers to pay bill for new capital
The government is banking on state budget funds and private sector investments to finance its capital city relocation plan, which is expected to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$32.73 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry encourages fish farmers to produce feed
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has encouraged fish farmers to produce feed to cut down production cost and increase their profits.
— Antara News

Patrialis Akbar’s prison sentence cut to seven years
The Supreme Court has decreased the punishment for former Constitutional Court justice Patrialis Akbar to seven years in prison following a case review petition filed by the graft convict to the court.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt, House agree on 2020 economic growth target of 5.3%
The House of Representatives has approved the government’s target of 5.3 percent economic growth for next year and this will be the foundation for other projections made under the draft 2020 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

How inclusive is financial inclusion in Indonesia?
P/Dhoni SetiawanThe clamor of fintech lending in recent years should not distract us from the various government outreach financial inclusion programs that help more Indonesians gain access to not just loans but also saving, insurance and payment services.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia-UK: The case for game-changing partnership
The Partnership Forum held between Indonesia and the United Kingdom last June reminds us of the modest bilateral partnership between the two countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Education key to growth in Indonesia: World Bank
Andrew Mason (JP/Elly Burhaini Faizal)As the largest economy in Southeast Asia and the fourth-most populous country in the world, Indonesia is striving to improve the quality of its human resources so it can boost the competitiveness of its products and services in the global market.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs more than just financial growth
How do we build an Indonesia that is upper-middle income, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable? Financial growth is important but the foundations of well-being stretch far beyond simple economics.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua Unrest; Police Name 30 Suspects
Papua regional police have named 30 people as suspects of the rallies that turned into riots in Jayapura City and Deiyai Regency.
— Tempo.co

Indonesian solar lessons from Vietnam
During the recent Jakarta Car Free Day on 28 July, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, led a campaign called the National Movement of A Million Solar Roofs (Gerakan Nasional Sejuta Solar Atap) to promote the country’s solar rooftop utilisation.
— The Asean Post

Hundreds of suckermouth catfish found dead in polluted Cileungsi River
Hundreds of suckermouth catfish in the Cileungsi River in Bogor, West Java, were found dead, allegedly because of pollution, during an inspection on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ties that bind Indonesia and Australia
Last week, I joined the leader of the opposition in the Australian parliament, Anthony Albanese, and shadow foreign minister Penny Wong on another visit to Jakarta to continue discussions with Indonesian colleagues and friends on the future of our bilateral relationship.
— The Jakarta Post

Tax office announces new incentives for oil and gas exploration, exploitation
Indonesia’s tax office has announced several tax incentives for oil and gas contractors operating in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Rampant trash burning chokes humans, planet but still taken lightly
When it comes to disposing of trash, some of us might opt for the quick and easy way, burning it.
— The Jakarta Post

Former president Yudhoyono’s mother passes away
Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s mother, Siti Habibah, passed away at 07:21 p.m. on Friday at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Cibubur, East Jakarta, after weeks of receiving treatment for her ailing health.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia launches digital TV in North Kalimantan to develop border areas
Indonesia launched digital TV broadcast in Nunukan, North Kalimantan province on Saturday (Aug 31), in a move to develop its remote border areas.
— Channel News Asia

Netherlands reasserts commitment to improve ties with Indonesia
The Netherlands has reasserted its commitment to maintaining equal ties with Indonesia, a country that was once a Dutch colony that has now become much more than a developing country, former Dutch envoy Rob Swartbol said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s planned capital shift highlights foresight of Putrajaya
Indonesia’s bid to create a new administrative centre in East Kalimantan to relieve pressure on the country’s capital of Jakarta is fresh vindication of Malaysia’s similar creation of Putrajaya in the 1990s.
— Malay Mail

Anarchic group in Papua linked to international organizations: Police
National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian has acknowledged that the groups committed anarchy in Papua and West Papua have links to foreign organizations.
— Antara News

Indonesian fact-checkers fight disinformation amid internet shutdown
More than a week has passed since the Indonesian government imposed an internet blackout in Papua, its easternmost province, and its fact-checkers are bearing the brunt.
— Rappler

Nickel surges past US$8.10/lb on Indonesia export ban
The price of nickel broke through the US$8.10/lb on Friday, as supply shortage fears increased when Indonesia announced a ban on nickel exports beginning in December.
— Sudbury.com

Gov’t Warns ‘Provocateurs’ to Stop Sowing Unrest in Papua
The government wants those responsible for provoking unrest in Papua and West Papua to immediately stop their actions, Chief Security Minister Wiranto said on Friday evening.
— Jakarta Globe

Time to move out: Jakarta ends aid as UNHCR scrambles to find solution for stranded asylum seekers
Hundreds of asylum seekers have been asked to move out of their temporary shelter in Kalideres in West Jakarta and to seek their own accommodation amid looming uncertainties about their future.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta roads to be closed Saturday night for Islamic New Year celebration
The Jakarta authorities will close several main roads in the capital to make way for hundreds of people taking part in a torch-lit parade to celebrate the Islamic New Year, 1 Muharram 1441 Hijri, on Saturday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Muharam Festival; Transjakarta Applies Route Engineering
Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) is implementing a route engineering to its Corridor 1 of Blok M – Kota following the establishment of Jakarta Muharam Festival 2019 at Jalan M.H. Thamrin – Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Central Jakarta, from 2 p.m. to 12 p.m.
— Tempo.co

Kediri to have International Airport, Says Minister
Kediri has been chosen for the construction of an international airport because the district is located in a strategic area, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said.
— Tempo.co

Political parties want to control President through People’s Consultative Assembly
As the latest term of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) comes to an end, its members are mulling over another constitutional amendment, although they are still undecided on the aspects of the Constitution that need to be changed.
— The Jakarta Post

Shelters for online ‘ojek’ needed, otherwise traffic further ensnarled
The dependency Jakartans have on app-based ojek (motorcycle taxis) to commute, despite allowing people to use fewer private vehicles, has ensnarled traffic at numerous spots across the city, particularly near train stations or bus stops during busy hours.
— The Jakarta Post

CEO of Indonesia’s most profitable state bank rejects new post
The president director of the country’s most profitable state lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Suprajarto, immediately submitted his resignation after the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry announced that he would be appointed president director of state housing lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN).
— The Jakarta Post

Power struggle made simple: More MPR speaker posts planned to please all parties
Lawmakers look set to go ahead with a plan to revise the Legislative Institutions Law, which regulates the number of leadership posts in the legislative bodies, amid criticism regarding the matter’s urgency.
— The Jakarta Post

Concerns raised over deployment of thousands of additional security personnel to Papua
Amid the two-week-long unrest in Papua and West Papua, the government is scrambling to cool down tensions in the country’s easternmost provinces, including by deploying thousands of additional security personnel — a move questioned by many.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to build more park-and-ride facilities in outskirts to lure commuters
For her daily morning commute from her house in Bekasi, West Java to her office in Kuningan, South Jakarta, Tri Wahyuni regularly parks her motorcycle near Cakung Station in East Jakarta to continue her trip with the commuter train.
— The Jakarta Post

Jambi to State Palace protest march staged against land dispute with palm oil company
Members of Suku Anak Dalam (SAD), grouping remote indigenous communities in Jambi, are marching from their villages to the State Palace to demand that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo help them resolve a land dispute with palm oil company PT Berkas Sawit Utama (BSU).
— The Jakarta Post

Public holidays for 2020 set. Would-be holidaymakers can rejoice
Would-be holidaymakers are now able to start planning vacations for next year as the government has finalized the list of public holidays for 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakartans file complaints but get no clue on follow-ups
Amid all the new channels for residents to lodge complaints or offer ideas to the Jakarta administration, complaint handling app Qlue remains their top choice, although confusion may be growing over how the complaints are being tracked.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali police arrest a Bulgarian for alleged skimming
Bali Police have arrested a Bulgarian man, Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (43), for alleged skimming in an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Ubud, Gianyar, on Saturday (Aug 31).
— Antara News

Indonesia, Chile to strengthen marine, fisheries cooperation
The Indonesian and Chilean governments are committed to strengthening cooperation in improving the marine and fishery sectors as well as in handling environmental issues.
— Antara News

One feared dead after Papuan student dormitory attack in Jayapura
A Papuan university student is feared dead after a group of nonindigenous Papuans attacked the Nayak student dormitory in Abepura district, Jayapura, Papua in the early hours of Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Think tank urges repatriation of Indonesian children as threats of IS rebirth loom in Syrian camps
The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) has called for the government to begin assessing and creating policies for the swift repatriation of Indonesian Islamic State (IS) movement sympathizers stranded at Kurdish-run camps in war-torn Syria amid fears of intimidation of vulnerable groups and growing activities of the notorious militant group.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi leads limited meeting on Papua
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) conducted a limited meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta Friday to discuss the latest situation in Papua following a series of violent rallies in the easternmost Indonesian province.
— Antara News

‘Listen humbly to Papuan concerns,’ Catholic Church tells govt
The Catholic Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI) has called on the government to be humble in its response to the ongoing unrest in Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Book piracy brings down civilization’: Yogyakarta publishers demand crack down
The Yogyakarta Publisher Consortium (KPJ) is asking President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to order law enforcement officials to severely crack down on book piracy, fearing it may “bring down the Indonesian civilization”.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi seeks to speed up development of four tourist destinations
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is seeking to speed up the development of four priority tourist destinations across the country, as part of his administration’s efforts to boost the country’s tourism industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Internet access to be reopened after peace prevails in Papua: Wiranto
The government will reopen the access to the Internet in Papua and West Papua after peace and conducive situation prevail in the easternmost provinces, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto said.
— Antara News

Fire ravages 150 ha of land in East Kolaka: BNPB
Fire has ravaged 150 hectares of land in East Kolaka District in Southeast Sulawesi, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Spokesman Agus Wibowo said.
— Antara News

Some 70 percent damage caused to South Kalimantan’s mangrove forest
Some 70 percent of the 116,824 hectares of mangrove forest in South Kalimantan’s coastal area have incurred destruction.
— Antara News

New North Luwu council member takes three wives to inauguration ceremony
A newly-installed North Luwu Regional Legislative Council (DPRD North Luwu) member, Andi Sukma, surprised inauguration ceremony attendees by taking his three wives to the event.
— The Jakarta Post

Murder case reopened after skeletons of feuding siblings discovered near family home
In late 2014, residents of Pasinggangan village in Banyumas, Central Java, started questioning their neighbor Saminah on the whereabouts of her three brothers after they had not been seen in the area for a while.
— 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

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