Indonesia morning news for April 23

Indonesia morning news for April 23

Indonesia morning news4 more weeks of social restrictions for Jakarta as Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases near 7,500
Jakarta’s administration will extend wide-scale social restrictions by four weeks as the number of Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases approached 7,500 on Wednesday (Apr 22).

Indonesia’s palm oil exports drop 19% in first two months
Indonesia’s palm oil exports, including oleochemicals and palm oil kernel, dropped nearly 19 percent in the January to February period driven by lower exports to China as the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the country’s top export commodity.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign debt is within safe limit: Bank Indonesia
Indonesia’s foreign debt, which stood at US$407.5 billion in February, 2020, remains within the safe limit as government debt is overseen by the House of Representatives, said Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo.
— Antara News

Govt officially annuls national health insurance premium hikes in April
The government has officially annulled the increase in National Health Insurance (JKN) premiums following last month’s Supreme Court’s ruling that voided Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 75/2019 on health insurance.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Aceh Ulema Council to allow congregational prayers during Ramadan
The Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) has announced that it will allow people to perform daily mass prayers and tarawih (Ramadan night prayers) during the upcoming holy month despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Nine Indonesians die of COVID-19 in the US
Nine Indonesians have died in the United States so far after contracting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a Foreign Ministry official informed on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s Millennial Advisor Resigns Over Pre-Employment Card Scandal
One of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s much-hyped millennial advisors has resigned over allegations of conflict of interests after his online education app became one of the training partners for the government’s pre-employment card program.
— Jakarta Globe

48 foreign nationals to be flown from Jayapura to Jakarta
Forty-eight foreign nationals will be flown from the Sentani Airport in the district of Jayapura to Jakarta, from where they will return to their home countries, an official announced on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Workers Union Hold Meeting on Omnibus Law
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi and leaders of several confederations of workers union discussed a number of issues in a closed meeting at the State Palace today.

36 medical workers suspected of coronavirus infection
As many as 36 medical workers from different hospitals in Kudus District, Central Java Province, have shown positive signs of having contracted the coronavirus infection, based on the results of a rapid test.
— Antara News

Weak enforcement of safe distancing regulations in Indonesia poses risks of ongoing deforestation during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic may have reduced pollution levels as it forces people to stay at home and restrict their outdoor activities, leaving the Earth in its best condition in decades.
— The Online Citizen

Indonesia Imports $50m Worth of Medical Supplies as Coronavirus Cases Show No Sign of Slowing
Indonesia has spent Rp 777.59 billion, or $50 million, on imported medical supplies since the coronavirus outbreak began in earnest in the country early last month and more imports are now being planned as the number of cases continues to grow.
— Jakarta Globe

Singapore’s Temasek donates one million masks to Riau Islands
Temasek Foundation International of Singapore has handed over one million masks to Riau Islands Province to help avert the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Coronavirus Pandemic Raises Question about Medical Waste
The large-scale social restriction (PSBB) protocol imposed in the capital city of Jakarta and other major cities reduced the number of human activities and emission levels.

Police to Roll Out Idul Fitri Security Operation Earlier Due to Mudik Ban
The National Police are planning to roll out its Idul Fitri security operation, known as “Operasi Ketupat,” earlier this year after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally decided to issue an official ban on mudik, the annual exodus of millions of Indonesian Muslims from urban centers to small towns and villages, which will happen at the end of the Ramadan fasting month in late May.
— Jakarta Globe

Almost all business sectors will get tax breaks: Govt
The government is looking to finalize next week Rp 35.3 trillion (US$2.26 billion) in new tax incentives for 18 sectors including those hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic such as tourism and the food and beverage sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus: 4,500 bedding items shipped to Singapore from Indonesia for community isolation facilities
About 4,500 bedding items have been delivered to Singapore from Indonesia to cater for Covid-19 community isolation facilities here, such as the Singapore Expo.
— Straits Times

COVID-19 won’t stop Indonesia from conserving endangered wildlife treasures
Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Corina had one of her legs stuck in a wire trap for at least three days at a forest in Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau before she was found by a rescue team on March 29.
— The Jakarta Post

2021 state budged to include extra spending for COVID-19 mitigation
The government will allocate another financial package for the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2021 state budget, which is currently being drafted by the Finance Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Bio Farma to start pre-clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine in 2021
State-owned pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma is hoping to start a pre-clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine by 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Job opportunities: Jakarta remains top place for young talents to pursue a career
Many young talents in rural areas don’t have many options but to try their luck in big cities that not only offer bigger job opportunities but also a better career path.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to provide interest subsidy for small borrowers as COVID-19 hits hard
The government has announced that it is to provide interest subsidies for small borrowers in banks and finance companies to help small businesses cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Poverty elimination back to square one as COVID-19 wipes past progress: Experts
The government might have a prolonged struggle with eradicating poverty in the country as the months-long COVID-19 pandemic might set progress back to square one, a report by SMERU Research Institute predicts.
— The Jakarta Post

Critics demand stricter conflict-of-interest rules for public officials
Recent controversies surrounding the perceived dual loyalties of certain expert presidential staffers have damaged public trust.
— The Jakarta Post

Manufacturers adapt to shifts in demand but layoffs continue
While a number of large manufacturing companies are adapting to the shifts in demand toward health equipment and basic necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread layoffs and furloughs have still been seen with small and medium-sized manufacturers struggling.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Bio Farma to produce kits for 50,000 PCR tests in May
State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma is set to produce 2,000 real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits for 50,000 tests in May.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus outbreak may end in June with ‘mudik’ ban: IDI
The central government’s ban on the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) is likely to help break the chain of COVID-19 contagion in the country and may cause the nation’s outbreak to end in June, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI).
— The Jakarta Post

Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital treats 559 confirmed COVID-19 patients
The Emergency Hospital (RS) of Wisma Atlet in Kemayoran has offered treatment to 559 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, constituting 373 men and 279 women, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Women’s groups start online petition against sentence for sexual exploitation victim
The Women’s Solidarity Network for Justice has started an online petition demanding the Garut High Court in West Java rule in favor of PA also known as V, a woman sentenced to prison for starring in several pornographic videos.
— The Jakarta Post

Obstacles abound in bid to protect Indonesia’s forests and cut emissions
Indonesia has little wiggle room to keep clearing its forests if it’s to meet its emissions reduction goals, and will need to step up the conservation of even non-protected forests, experts say.
— Mongabay

Yogyakartan charities report police intimidation, monitoring during COVID-19 relief efforts
As citizens help low-income community members weather the COVID-19 outbreak, several civil society groups in Yogyakarta have reported police intimidation and excessive monitoring during their relief efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

20,000 Businesses File for Tax Relief amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The Ministry of Finance Directorate General of Tax has received more than 20,000 applications requesting for incentives or tax relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 21, 2020.

Govt Rejects Input to Convert Pre-employment Card into Cash Aid
Coordinating Minister for Economy Airlangga Hartarto responded to the public controversy surrounding the government’s program on the pre-employment card.

Indonesia introduces baby born to rescued orangutan
A female orangutan recently born at the Mt. Tarak protected forest on the island of Borneo now has a name.
— Anadolu Agency

Surplus rice production predicted in South Kalimantan
South Kalimantan Province is expected to record up to 160,000 tons of surplus rice in August, 2020, so residents need not worry about rice stocks amid the coronavirus pandemic, a local government official said.
— Antara News

More Than 80 Percent of Coronavirus Cases in Bali Are Imported
The regional secretary of the Bali provincial government and the head of the tourist island’s Covid-19 Task Force, Dewa Made Indra, said 82.67 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases on the island were imported cases from overseas.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Pandemic, Police Headquarter Ban May Day Gatherings
The Indonesian Police Force Headquarter (Mabes Polri) has banned all forms of gatherings in commemoration of May Day on May 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Govt Admits Mudik Ban May Affect Economy in Villages
Coordinating Minister for Economy Airlangga Hartarto assessed that the ban on annual mass exodus or locally known mudik for this year’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr holiday season will slightly affect the economy.

BKPM cooperating with DBS Bank to promote foreign investment
The Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is collaborating with DBS Bank for increasing foreign investment into the country.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Riau’s Chinese community donates 668 pieces of PPE
The Chinese community in Riau Province has donated 668 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) and vitamins to Pekanbaru city’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) to help frontline paramedics battling the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

South Sulawesi’s Gowa to Enforce PSBB as Permitted by Terawan
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has granted the request of Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi, to implement the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB)

ICW Talks of Possibility of Medical Devices Mafia amid Pandemic
The Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Almas Sjafrina opined that the medical devices mafia amid the COVID-19 pandemic might exist as revealed by State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir.

Police: 30 Coronavirus Assimilation Inmates had Reoffended
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) headquarters announced that there are 30 former inmates in the assimilation and integration program who reoffended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Luhut: No Budget Cuts for 5 Tourism Projects
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, said that the budget to develop five prioritized tourism destinations will not be reduced.

COVID-19: Indonesian embassy in Canberra distributes aid
The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra has urged Indonesians residing in Australia to join a caring-and-sharing program and distribute aid to fellow nationals who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Antara News

Activists slam ‘sluggish’ investigation into murder of two farmers in South Sumatra
Activists have accused police of dragging their feet in an investigation into the murder of two farmers linked to a land dispute in Pagar Batu village, Lahat regency, South Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Drug trafficking remains serious concern in North Sumatra
Drug trafficking continues to be a major threat in North Sumatra with the number of drug users projected to reach 436,356, or 3.06 percent of the province’s total population, an official said.
— Antara News

In Sumatra, villagers switch from weaving mats to producing masks
Villagers in Ogan Komering Ilir District (OKI) of South Sumatra Province have switched from weaving mats to producing cloth masks amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News



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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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