Indonesia morning news for September 20

Indonesia morning news for September 20

Indonesia morning news

From fisherfolk to orangutans, more bear brunt of smog
Smog caused by forest and land fires has spread to wider areas, disrupting people’s activities and even affecting the health of orangutans as the government scrambles with its dousing efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police say they have arrested 230 people suspected of starting fires
Indonesia has arrested 230 people suspected of starting fires to forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan which has spread thick, acrid smoke across South-east Asia, as the country carried out cloud-seeding operations in three provinces on Wednesday (Sept 18).
— Straits Times

Indonesia to prioritize imports of meat, rice, raw sugar from India in exchange for lower CPO tariff
Indonesia will prioritizes imports of buffalo meat, rice and raw sugar from India after the South Asian country adjusted crude palm oil (CPO) tariffs for its top two importers, Malaysia and Indonesia, earlier this month.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to block bank accounts of tax evaders, put them under temporary arrest
With trillions of rupiah in tax arrears, the Jakarta administration is planning to implement stronger measures against evaders next year.
— The Jakarta Post

FInance Ministry Says Lapindo Still Owes Rp1.7tn to the State
The Finance Ministry said that PT Lapindo Brantas Inc. and PT Minarak Lapindo Jaya have not paid off their debts to the state.
— Tempo.co

Govt, House agree on bill intended to help corruption convicts get early release
The government and the House of Representatives have agreed to pass a bill that would make it easier for corruption convicts to get early release from imprisonment, in yet another move that many fear would further undermine the country’s decades-long fights to eradicate corruption.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian govt outlines three scenarios of economic growth projection
The Indonesian government has readied three scenarios of national economic growth projection for the subsequent five-year period to ensure it is well-positioned to withstand the threats of global upheavals.
— Antara News

Recent massive blackout “puts color” on upcoming Rp 5B electricity expo
Last month’s massive six hour blackout remains on the minds of the Indonesian Electricity Society (MKI), which has arranged a discussion and workshop on the issue as part of its 74th annual National Electricity Day (HLN) Exhibition slated for next month.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Continues Aggressive Loosening Moves
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, continues its dovish monetary stance by cutting its benchmark interest rate by a further 25 basis points to 5.25 percent on Thursday, at the same time loosening a liquidity requirement for banks and lowering the down payment requirement for mortgage and vehicle loans.
— Jakarta Globe

Antam Gets US$129mn Investment Loans from Bank Mandiri
State mining company Aneka Tambang or Antam (IDX: ANTM) has obtained US$129mn worth of investment loans from Bank Mandiri (IDX: BMRI).
— Tempo.co

As domestic auto sales slump, manufacturers cut target to 1 million cars
Dark clouds are still on the horizon for the automotive industry as it fails to rebound in August after a poor performance in the first half of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

10 suspected of being poisoned after drinking ‘male vitality’ coffee in W. Java
Some Indonesian men will go to great lengths to improve their performance in bed, seeking out substances and treatments to improve what is euphemistically referred to as their “male vitality”.
— Coconuts

Indonesia says three killed in shootout with Papua separatists
Three civilians, including a toddler, have been killed and four wounded after a shootout between Indonesian security forces and armed separatists in the country’s easternmost Papua area, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
— Euronews

Students stage protest, demand House hold off on passing Criminal Code bill
The House of Representatives saw renewed and larger protests against the controversial Criminal Code bill on Thursday as hundreds of university students assembled in front of the legislative building to demand lawmakers halt the passing of the bill for its potential to curtail democracy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, UAE explore establishment of sovereign wealth fund
Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are exploring the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund as an alternative financing method for infrastructure development or investment.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Singapore to continue vocational education cooperation
Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to continue cooperation in the area of vocational education development to produce competent human resources (HR) to meet the requirements of the industrial era 4.0.
— Antara News

Pudjiastuti urges six foreign ships be handed over before October
Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti had pressed for the handover of six foreign ships used in illegal fishing cases before the end of the current ministerial service in next October.
— Antara News

Archaeologist team chances upon European fortress in Tidore
A team of archaeologists of the Maluku Archaeological Office discovered a fort identified with European characteristics in Toloa District, Tidore Island, Northern Maluku, supposedly built during the era of Sultan Mansyur in 1520.
— Antara News

Samsung, Tokopedia spend big on digital ads, Nielsen says
Technology company Samsung Indonesia and homegrown unicorn Tokopedia are among several companies that have spent big on digital advertising in the last 12 months, according to a recent study by data analysis firm Nielsen Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Pharmaceutical holding company delayed until October, awaiting Jokowi’s approval
After the establishment of a pharmaceutical holding company was delayed in June, the State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has announced that it hopes the plan can be realized before the end of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air leak puts data protection in spotlight
With all due respect to the affected passengers, the data leak affecting tens of millions of Lion Air Group customers could not have occurred at a better time: right when the government is planning to relax rules on data centers in a move that has sparked a fair amount of debate on data protection.
— The Jakarta Post

6.1-magnitude quake strikes off western Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued
An earthquake measuring 6.1-magnitude rocked Indonesia’s western East Java province on Thursday with no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.
— Xinhua

Jewelry Company Launches Gold Trade App
Aurum Digital Internusa, a subsidiary of Hartadinata Abadi (IDX: HRTA), launches an online platform to trade gold dubbed ‘Masduit’.
— Tempo.co

Save the Children: Gov’t Neglects Children of Haze Victims
Humanitarian Senior Advocacy Manager of Save the Children Indonesia, Rinsan Lumban Tobing, said the future of the children who are exposed to haze from the forest fire has been neglected by the government.
— Tempo.co

Students Declare Motion of No Confidence against DPR
Hundreds of students of numerous universities united today, September 19, in a rally held in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters located at Gatot Subroto Street, Central Jakarta.
— Tempo.co

GoFood’s market share reaches 75% in Indonesia
Go-Food, a food delivery service of Indonesia’s ride-hailing app Go-Jek, announced that its market share has reached 75 percent in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia begins serving as UNGA vice president for 2019-2020
Indonesia began serving as vice president of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the 2019-2020 period at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 17, 2019.
— Antara News

RI rebuts Vanuatu politicizing Papua issue at Human Rights Council
The Indonesian delegation exercised its Right of Reply in response to Vanuatu’s statement politicizing the Papua issue at a general debate of the 42nd UN Human Rights Council Session on September 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Jakarta ‘haze squad’ heads to Central Kalimantan after Riau declines help
The Jakarta administration’s team of 65 disaster management and social services officers has been reassigned to Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan to help combat the forest fires there, instead of its initially intended destination of Riau province.
— The Jakarta Post

Lack of commitment, synergy hinders OSS licensing system
Despite its ability to speed up the process of obtaining business licenses, the centralized online submission system launched by the government last year has yet to be optimally implemented as sectoral ego remains a hindrance.
— The Jakarta Post

Youth and sports minister steps down over bribery charge
Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has stepped down from his position after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a bribery case involving the National Sports Committee (KONI).
— The Jakarta Post

Vietnam Airlines to Launch Saigon – Bali / Phuket Flights; Resume Danang – Bangkok
Vietnam Airlines will launch flights to two of the world’s most popular holiday destinations next month.
— TravelBewsAsia

Public transportation services get more passengers from odd-even traffic regulation expansion
With the expansion of the implementation of odd-even plate regulations in Jakarta, more of those who work in the city are using public transportation while others rack their brains to get around the traffic lessening policy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia opens consulate in St. Kitts and Nevis
The Indonesian government opened its first honorary consul office in Basseterre, the capital city of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tuesday to strengthen diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries.
— Antara News

Jakarta subway experiences another blackout
MRT Jakarta experienced another power disturbance on Wednesday morning but has taken steps to mitigate future disturbances by providing backup power generators.
— The Jakarta Post

Weather modification intervention yields results in Riau region: BNPB
The use of weather modification technology produced artificial rain in Riau in a bid to tackle forest and land fires.
— Antara News

‘So disgusted to read this’: ‘#SawitBaik’ campaign launched amid forest fires in Sumatra, Kalimantan
Amid a smog crisis in Sumatra and Kalimantan that has reportedly claimed a life and is harming the health of tens of thousands of people, a Twitter account promoting palm oil has caused outrage among netizens.
— The Jakarta Post

Ignorance, lack of protection could be fatal for garbage collectors
Residents of Bandung, West Java, were shocked several months ago by the death of garbage collector Wawan Hermawan and the serious illness of his friend, Udin Samsudin.
— The Jakarta Post

Food for thought: MRT’s ‘Pojok Buku’ provides books to kill commuting time
Jakartans commuting between Lebak Bulus MRT station in South Jakarta and Bundaran HI station in Central Jakarta can now browse articles or documents of their interest while riding the jam-free transportation system.
— 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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