Indonesia morning news for February 17

Indonesia morning news for February 17

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s population to reach 319 million in 2045
Indonesia’s population would reach 319 million in 2045, and the government needed to prepare various facilities and infrastructure to anticipate this surge, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has projected.
— Antara News

Returnees from Wuhan Leave Quarantine Island Healthy
Hundreds of Indonesians of mostly returnees from the Chinese city of Wuhan left the Natuna Island after completing two-week quarantine on Saturday, with all being declared as free from coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’
Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Face mask prices skyrocket in Indonesia over fear of deadly new coronavirus
Prices of face masks spiked nearly tenfold in Indonesia, triggered by fears over the spread of the deadly coronavirus, as a consumer group head urged authorities to step in to regulate soaring prices.
— South China Morning Post

DVI team identifies 10 victims of crashed MI-17 helicopter
Some 10 out of the 12 victims of the MI-17 helicopter that had crashed on Mount Mandala, Oksob Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, have been identified, according to a spokesman.
— Antara News

Groups encourage Indonesian women to break stigma, join STEM
Indonesia is stepping up its efforts in women empowerment with more communities to help young girls and women embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
— The Jakarta Post

BI survey indicates retail sales seasonally declined in January 2020
The latest retail sales survey conducted by Bank Indonesia (BI) showed that retail sales had tracked a seasonal decline in January 2020 over normalcy restored in public consumption after the recent year-end festive period.
— Antara News

Riau Police arrest members of crime ring implicated in tiger organ trade
Police have apprehended three members of a crime ring allegedly involved in the illegal trade of Sumatran tiger organs in Pasir Penyu district, Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has done ‘very well’ in handling its nationals evacuated from Hubei: WHO
Indonesia has done a good job in handling its evacuees from China’s Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday (Feb 15).

Riau elephant calf Puan dies from complications on Valentine’s Day
After two months of treatment for injuries caused by a poacher’s snare, 3-year-old elephant calf Puan Pandan Wangi died on Friday morning at the Minas Elephant Training Center in Siak regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Examines 52 Individuals for Coronavirus
The recent outbreak of coronavirus has gained everyone’s attention nowadays. This includes the Jakarta regional government which had examined 52 individuals with risks of being infected with the novel coronavirus, also known as coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Education 4.0: Is Indonesia ready?
In the endeavour to build the future of any nation, higher education contributes significantly by providing “global competitive talent”.
— The ASEAN Post

S Sulawesi to start palm oil plant construction in February end
South Sulawesi will start the construction of a new palm oil processing plant in North Luwu District in late February 2020.
— Antara News

Former sports minister Imam Nahrawi indicted for accepting Rp 20 billion in bribes
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have indicted former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi for accepting Rp 11.5 billion (US$840,280) in bribes and an additional Rp 8.64 billion in gratuities from a number of ministry and Indonesian Sports Council (KONI) officials.
— The Jakarta Post

Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirus: Business watchdog
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has rejected claims that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has diminished garlic supply from China, which had been blamed for a price spike of the commodity in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Nearly 100 foreigners denied entry to Bali amid China’s coronavirus travel ban
The Bali Immigration Office has denied entry to nearly 100 foreigners since the government put in place a restriction on those who had recently traveled to China from entering Indonesia’s territory, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian city bans sales of bats, snakes over virus fears
A city in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province known for exotic animals has stopped sales over Covid-19 epidemic (coronavirus) fears, a health official said on Saturday (Feb 15).
— The Star Online

Japan hands over fishery patrol vessel to Indonesia
Japan has handed over a fishery patrol vessel Hakurei Maru to Indonesia, along with maintenance and equipment fund worth 2.2 billion yen or Rp274 billion.
— Antara News

Scientists warn of earthquake risks in South Sulawesi
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned about a possible earthquake caused by the Walanae fault that runs underneath South Sulawesi province.
— The Jakarta Post

Indosat Ooredoo lays off 677 employees amid ‘strategy shift’
Indosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications providers, has laid off nearly 700 employees as part of a change in its business strategy “to bring the company’s closer to market needs”.
— The Jakarta Post

Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrations
An omnibus bill on job creation will grant the President the authority to revoke regional bylaws that contradict the central government’s regulations, effectively weakening the influence of local administrations but resolving business people’s complaints about conflicting rules.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus: Indonesia to screen ships seeking to dock from China
State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Pelindo II) will start screening every vessel and ship from China seeking to dock in Indonesia’s ports, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, from spreading in the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Family barred from visiting suspected COVID-19 patient in Maluku
The family of the 19-year-old student with suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been prevented from visiting the patient at Magretty Saumlaki Regional General Hospital in Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, which has placed the student in isolation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Japan agree on 31.8 billlion yen loan to mitigate disasters
Indonesia and Japan signed an exchange of notes concerning loans worth 31.8 billion yen (3.9 trillion rupiahs) to improve the management capacity of Indonesia in mitigating natural disasters.
— Antara News

Indonesia Uses CIA Data to Identify Ex-IS Fighters
The Indonesian chief security minister admitted that the US Central Intelligence Agency has provided data about Indonesian militants who have fought for the Islamic State in foreign countries.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s 2020 census to recruit 390,000 volunteers, keen to follow S. Korea footsteps
Indonesia will hire around 390,000 volunteers starting early April to help the 2020 census fieldwork in July as it aims to replicate South Korea’s census success.
— The Jakarta Post

5.6-magnitude Earthquake Jolts East Seram, Fakfak
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted East Seram District in Maluku Province and Fakfak in West Papua Province on Sunday morning, the second quake occurring in Seram sea this month, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said in a statement.

Bintan island prone to water crisis annually: expert
Bintan island, a tourist resort in Riau Islands Province, is prone to water crisis annually, because of poor water management and prolonged drought, according to an ecology expert, Kherjuli.
— Antara News

Batan Indah’s groundwater free from radioactive contamination: BAPETEN
The Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) has affirmed that groundwater in Batan Indah housing complex in Serpong, South Tangerang city, is free from radioactive contamination following a finding of high level of radiation at a vacant land inside the residential area last month.
— Antara News

SOEs ministry to upgrade Benoa into cruise port
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry plans to develop Benoa Harbor, through state-owned port operator PT Pelindo III, into the archipelago’s hub port for cruise liners to attract more tourists.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia continues push toward more efficient electronic transactions
Bank Indonesia (BI) is continuing to accelerate electronic transactions as they will provide a source of income and strengthen financial infrastructure within regional governments, BI Governor Perry Warjiyo has said.
— The Jakarta Post

No discounts, no problem: E-wallet users stick around despite less cash back
Discounts are an effective way to attract first-time e-wallet customers, but as more people and businesses adopt cashless payment, they have become a secondary motivation; many users will use electronic payments even without cash back or discounts, a recent survey shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Growth first, environment later. Proposed legal revision relaxes mining restrictions
Proposed changes to the 2009 Mining Law make clear that the government will prioritize economic growth at the risk of overlooking its environmental commitments.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air offers discounts to rev up business amid virus fears
Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier, Lion Air, is offering discounts for flights to and from three destinations across the country as the aviation business is weighed down by the coronavirus outbreak widely believed to have originated from Wuhan, China.
— The Jakarta Post

KPAI urges govt to decide who gets custody of orphaned children of IS affiliates
The government must decide who will take care of the orphaned children of Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria when they return to Indonesia, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We’ve found a record’: Bali Health Agency locates hotel where infected Chinese tourist stayed
The Bali Health Agency has managed to identify a hotel where a Chinese tourist who allegedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus had stayed during his vacation in Bali.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Disinfects Planes After a Passenger Is Diagnosed With Coronavirus
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has disinfected several of its planes that have been used on flights to Chinese destinations in the past two months to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from spreading to Indonesia, the company said in a statement on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Furnish truthful data for 2020 Population Census: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged Indonesians to offer truthful information in the 2020 Population Census that is underway concurrently across Indonesia from Saturday, February 15, 2020.
— Antara News

High-wave alert in southern West, Central Java waters, Yogyakarta
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has urged citizens to be wary of the potential of high waves in the Southern Sea of West Java, Central Java, to Yogyakarta.
— Antara News

Bad weather caused Indonesian Army’s Mi-17 crash in Papua: official
The Indonesian Army’s Mi-17 helicopter that crashed on Mount Mandala in Oksop Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, and killed 12 people aboard, was owing to bad weather, according to an official.
— Antara News

Five orangutans released into Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya National Park
Five orangutans were released into the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park after undergoing rehabilitation in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, according to the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia.
— Antara News

European tourists cancel trips to West Java, fear transit in virus-hit Singapore: ASITA
Fears over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak have affected tourism in West Java, with a number of European tourists reportedly canceling their trip to the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt thankful to Natuna people for facilitating transit observation
The Presidential Palace, through President Joko Widodo’s spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman, expressed gratitude to Natuna’s people for having hosted citizens from Wuhan to undergo a transit observation.
— Antara News

Health Ministry maintains it follows WHO procedures to test for coronavirus
As questions begin to be asked about the government’s claim there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Health Ministry has maintained that it is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) testing standards.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta police release three friends of Lucinta Luna
The West Jakarta Metropolitan Police released three friends of Lucinta Luna, a transgender celebrity arrested during a police’s drug raid at an apartment in Central Jakarta, early Tuesday, since they were not found consuming drugs.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s West Kalimantan border road to be ready in 2021
The government has targeted to complete construction work on the Nanga Badau-Puring Kencana Road in West Kalimantan that borders Indonesia and Malaysia by 2021, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated.
— Antara News

Taking closer look at Netherlands before King’s Indonesia visit
Eight Indonesian journalists are bracing for their five-day trip to the Netherlands at the invitation of the Dutch Foreign Ministry ahead of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s state visit to Indonesia on March 10-13, 2020.
— Antara News

Jakpro Starts Work on Formula E Track in Monas After State Commission Reverses Ban
Jakarta Propertindo, or Jakpro, has started work on a racetrack inside the city’s National Monument Park after early this week a central government commission reversed a decision to ban June’s Formula E electric car race from the park.
— Jakarta Globe

Minister ensures studies for Indonesians from Wuhan remain unhindered
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has made assurance that Indonesian students will still be able to continue their studies in China, if they opt for it or in Indonesia.
— Antara News

VP urges developers to be heedful of social, environmental aspects
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has appealed to property developers to be heedful of social aspects in building new housing complexes by prioritizing the culture of togetherness to thwart radicalism.
— Antara News

‘Not the letter’: Minister Mahfud clarifies dismissive remark about West Papua report
Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD clarified on Thursday that he did not refer to documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua recently handed over to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as trash.
— The Jakarta Post

Lacking access to health facilities, 10 villagers in Maluku die from diarrhea
Ten villagers have died from diarrhea between Jan. 25 and the first week of February because of a lack of health facilities and unhealthy lifestyles, according to the Tanimbar Island Health Agency in Maluku.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua Police refutes lawyer’s report on political prisoners
Papua Police rejected a report detailing deaths of 57 political prisoners and 243 civilians in Papua since December 2018, submitted by Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman and fellow activists to President Joko Widodo recently.
— Antara News

Jokowi inaugurates Manahan Stadium in Solo, Central Java
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Saturday inaugurated Manahan Stadium following its renovation to become an international standard stadium being prepared to host U20 World Cup in 2021.
— Antara News

Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan top tourist destinations in Bali
Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan in Klungkung District, Bali, are put on the list of “Top Tourist Destinations in Bali 2019”, Bali’s Tourism Promotion Office (BPPD) said.
— Antara News

Tirtonadi bus terminal to become creative center
The Transportation Ministry plans to turn the second floor of the Tirtonadi bus terminal in the Central Java city of Solo into a creative terminal to accommodate millennial generation’s potentials.
— Antara News

‘We are up to plan D or E’: Australian rescuers still have no luck catching crocodile
Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright and fellow crocodile expert Chris “Willow” Wilson made another attempt at rescuing a crocodile trapped in a motorcycle tire in the Palu River, Central Sulawesi, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Surakarta to operate 99-year old steam trains for tourism
Surakarta City Administration in Central Java will operate a 99 year-old steam train as part of its cultural tourism attractions, after previously it has operated a steam train named Jaladara for tourists in the city.
— Antara News

Slow but steady: Unfinished Batam Botanical Gardens begin attracting tourists
It has been five years since the groundbreaking of the Batam Botanical Gardens in Batam, Riau Islands, in August 2014, but few facilities are open to visitors in the 86-hectare complex, which includes a main gate as a photo backdrop, colorful gardens as well as hothouses.
— The Jakarta Post

Church Leaders Meet Chief Security Minister to Complain of Rising Religious Intolerance
Representatives of the Association of Indonesian Churches, or PGI, met Indonesia’s chief security minister Mahfud M.D. on Thursday to tell him their fear of rising religious intolerance against minorities and warn him of a sharp drop in religious freedom in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Medan Police arrest man for damaging, stealing Quran
The police in Medan, North Sumatra, have arrested a man for allegedly ripping a page from the Quran after stealing it from Al-Mahsum Mosque in the city last month.
— The Jakarta Post


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