Indonesia morning news for February 19

Indonesia morning news for February 19

Indonesia morning newsGovt May Evacuate Coronavirus-positive Patients from Japan
The three Indonesians on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have been tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 cannot be evacuated yet.

Indonesia Central Bank May Cut Key Rate as Coronavirus Hits Economy: Reuters Poll
A slim majority of analysts polled by Reuters expect Indonesia’s central bank to resume its easing cycle at its policy meeting this week to provide a cushion for the expected economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak.
— The New York Times

All 362 Indonesian Citizens Working aboard MS Westerdam are Healthy: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi
All 362 Indonesian citizens working aboard the MS Westerdam cruise liner currently docked in Cambodia are healthy, said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday (Feb 17).
— Fresh News

Government to launch pre-employment card in April
The government has planned to launch the Pre-Employment Card in April, starting from Greater Jakarta (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi) and West Java Province, Chief of the Presidential Staff Moeldoko stated.
— Antara News

Google predicts Indonesia’s digital economy to reach Rp1.7 quadrillion
Google Indonesia has projected digital economy in Indonesia to reach some Rp1.7 quadrillion in 2025, three folds higher, from Rp548.2 trillion recorded in 2020.
— Antara News

KPAI records 4,369 violations against children’s rights in 2019
The Commission for Indonesian Children Protection (KPAI) recorded a total of 4,369 violations against children’s rights throughout Indonesia last year, including domestic violations against children’s rights.
— Antara News

Thousands of sea turtles released into Indian Ocean, North Sumatra
Turtle conservation activists in North Sumatra’s South Tapanuli District released thousands of sea turtles into the Indian Ocean through their area in the Muara Upu Village of Muara Batang Toru Sub-District.
— Antara News

Miners welcome Indonesia’s new jobs bill that could spur coal growth
Miners have welcomed proposed changes to Indonesian mining rules under a new law aimed at boosting investment, though critics are concerned that the changes could underpin an expansion in polluting coal and threaten environment protection.
— Reuters

Rupiah weakens over fears of COVID-19 outbreak
The Indonesian rupiah weakened in the Jakarta interbank market Tuesday evening as the market feared the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesia to get new business license regime with omnibus bill
The government will introduce a new business licensing regime in the omnibus bill on job creation to boost competitiveness and bolster investment as Indonesia’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index stagnates at 73rd.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Proposes Rp1 Billion Pension Fund for Civil Servant
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo proposed Rp1 billion for the pension fund of civil servants or PNS.

Ministry targets four percent population to take on entrepreneurship
The Ministry of Industry is targeting four percent of the total Indonesian population to take on entrepreneurship in 2030 in line with the government’s target to transform Indonesia into an advanced, onward nation.
— Antara News

58 Million MSME Actors Owe Taxes
The Finance Ministry’s Tax Directorate General said that some 58 million people who run micro, small and medium businesses have not paid their taxes.

Virus-free Indonesia more threatened by COVID-19 than Singapore, Malaysia: Survey
Indonesians are more anxious about COVID-19 — a disease brought on by the fast-spreading Wuhan coronavirus — than their regional neighbors, according to a recent survey by global public opinion and data company YouGov.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR: Govt to Revise Typing Error in Omnibus Job Creation
House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad says the House will give additional time for the government to revise what it claims to be a typo that was found in the draft of omnibus law on job creation (RUU Cipta Kerja).

Google Donates 13 Billion for Teacher Training
The U.S. digital company, Google, donates US$1 million or around Rp13.6 billion for Bebras Indonesia, a non-profit educational organization.

Domestic demand remains good in January 2020: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) opined that a rise in the country’s trade balance in January 2020 as compared to a month earlier was indicative of the fact that the domestic demand remained good.
— Antara News

Indonesia plans medical center for disease control
It was a happy February 15, 2020 for 243 Indonesian citizens (WNI), who returned to their families after being in quarantine since February 2 inside Indonesia’s military facility on Natuna Island, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

Hundreds affected by floods within location of Indonesia’s future capital
At least 422 residents of Penajam district in North Penajam Paser regency – the planned location of Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan – have been affected by floods that hit the area on Tuesday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese workers in North Sumatra test negative for COVID-19 after 14-days of quarantine
Five Chinese workers at the Lau Bilang hydropower plant (PLTA) in Kandibata village of Karo regency, North Sumatra, have tested negative for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) after undergoing a 14-day quarantine at the power project site.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It will be like Go-Food’: Jobseekers in Java to get pre-employment cards in April
Millions of jobseekers in Java will get subsidized training funds in April through the government’s much-vaunted pre-employment card, after a brief delay.
— The Jakarta Post

Creative professionals overworked, report says
Overworking and work accidents have plagued the creative economy industry, according to a recent survey by Sindikasi, a union of over 200 creative and media professionals.
— The Jakarta Post

Xpress Air Opens New Routes to Solo, Replacing Yogyakarta Flights
Xpress Air replaces flights from Yogyakarta to Adi Sumarmo Airport in Solo.

Government aims to certify all state lands by 2022
The Finance Ministry expects all government land to be certified by 2022 in an effort to protect state assets from legal disputes and to maximize their use for financial purposes.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek reportedly buys 4.3% stake in Indonesian taxi company Blue Bird
Gojek has paid $30 million to take a minority stake in Blue Bird, one of the largest taxi operators in Indonesia, according to Bloomberg, which first reported that the deal was in progress last month.
— Tech Crunch

Krakatau Steel files anti-dumping petition against Chinese steel
State-owned steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel has submitted an anti-dumping petition against hot-rolled coil/plate (HRC/P) alloy imports from China to the Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI).
— The Jakarta Post

Omnibus bill relaxes drug patent rule to boost pharma innovation
The government is planning to relax rules on drug patents in the omnibus bill on job creation to boost the nation’s pharmaceutical industry and encourage patent-sharing, a top minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Authorities will not be taken away’: Government dismisses concerns over sweeping omnibus bill
The government has dismissed concerns the omnibus bill on job creation will centralize power under the president as lawmakers express concern the bill will be a setback for democracy.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister: Govt Still Has Long Agenda in Combating Coronavirus
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy stated that the government would continue to monitor the coronavirus, or COVID-19, after returning Indonesian citizens from China after their quarantine period in Natuna.

Open Election for Deputy Governor, DPRD: Avoiding Money Politics
Jakarta Provincial Legislative Council (DPRD) Deputy Chairman Muhamad Taufik stated that the election for Jakarta’s deputy governor would be held openly as a means to avoid money politics.

Ridwan Kamil Vows to Tackle Prostitution in Puncak Bogor
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he is committed to eradicating prostitution in Puncak areas, Bogor.

Geological agency recommends vehicle limit on Cipularang toll road following landslides
The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) is urging the government to set a limit on the number of vehicles allowed to drive on the Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang (Cipularang) toll road, following heavy landslides that have occurred in the surrounding area.
— The Jakarta Post

Mainstreaming the Health Agenda in Indonesian Politics
The coronavirus outbreak has caused panic and hysteria among Indonesians.
— Jakarta Globe

‘See you soon, mate’: Australian presenter Matt Wright returns home despite failing to rescue Palu crocodile
After a week of attempting to rescue a crocodile trapped in a motorcycle tire in the Palu River, Central Sulawesi, Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright has excused himself from the rescue mission despite the lack of progress in saving the animal.
— The Jakarta Post

Financial inclusion empowers women in underprivileged families
Financial inclusion for underprivileged women has contributed to an increase in business profits, savings and women’s role in household decision making, a recent joint study shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua’s human development index rose 1.30 percent in 2019: BPS
Papua Province’s human development index rose 78 points, or 1.30 percent, to 60.84 in 2019 in comparison with 2018, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
— Antara News

Rusdi Kirana: Lion Air Will Strengthen Markets in South Asia
Founder of Lion Air Group, Rusdi Kirana, stated that Lion Air will strengthen their market presence in a number of countries in South Asia throughout 2020.

Police apprehend two Malaysians on drug charges
The Police in Singkawang District, West Kalimantan Province, arrested two Malaysians at their rented houses on Tuesday for alleged possession of 8.81 grams of crystal meth.
— Antara News

BNPT urges regions to divert greater attention to terrorism
The National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) has appealed to local governments to channel greater attention to the threat of terrorism and deliver a common response to counter radicalism.
— Antara News

Improved macroeconomic will have positive impact on stocks: Study
Investment management company, Eastspring Investment Indonesia, believes the improved macroeconomic conditions in 2020 will lead to a positive sentiment among the stock market.
— Antara News

Paniai Shootings; Setara Institute Calls for Human Rights Court
Setara Institute demanded President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo establish a human rights court in regards to the Paniai shootings in Papua, following in the firm stand by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

Agus ‘AHY’ Yudhoyono Responds to 2024 Presidential Run Rumors
In his visit to one of Indonesia’s most outer regions in Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Democratic Party deputy chairman Agus “AHY” Harimurti Yudhoyono responded to the possibility of participating in the 2024 presidential election.

Gerindra, PKS Defend Anies Baswedan Following Indo Barometer Poll
Both the Gerindra and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) defends Governor Anies Baswedan following the Indo Barometer survey on the achievements of the city’s last three governors in overcoming issues regarding Jakarta’s notorious traffic and flooding.

Villagers told to return firearms from crashed chopper
Indonesian Military Chief Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto has asked villagers of the Pegunungan Bintang District in Papua to return 11 firearms on the Mi-17 Army helicopter that crashed in the area eight months ago.
— Antara News

Trash for cash: Apps promote recycling through monetary rewards
For many people, waste management is still considered a bothersome chore.
— The Jakarta Post

Russia-Indonesia 70 years on: Some like it hot, cold or warm
Old friends: Painter and curator Vladimir Anisimov gestures in front of a photograph of first president Sukarno and then-Soviet Union prime minister Nikita Kruschev at an exhibition held to commemorate 70 years of Indonesia-Russia ties at Jakarta’s National Gallery on Feb. 3.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi stresses on powerful basketball national league for FIBA 2023
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to related ministries to divert attention to building a powerful basketball national squad for the 2023 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Basketball World Cup.
— Antara News

BNN foils attempt to smuggle one ton hashish
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) thwarted an attempt to smuggle an estimated one ton of hashish in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

Mahfud MD Unaware of Komnas HAM’s Report on Paniai Shootings
Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Human Rights Mahfud MD claims he has not received the report from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) regarding the Paniai incident in Papua on December 7-8, 2014, that saw four civilians shot and stabbed.

PA 212 to Hold Rally on February 21
The 212 Alumni Association (PA 212) will hold a rally on February 21.

‘We hope people won’t be afraid of us’: RI evacuees from Wuhan brace for uncertain future
Hilyatu Millati “Mila” Rusdiyah could finally breathe a sigh of relief when she was reunited with her family two weeks after her repatriation from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Study reveals terrible toll of domestic violence on women workers
Sari, a 32-year-old garment factory worker, relies on over-the-counter painkillers just to get through the day.
— The Jakarta Post

Majority of Indonesian public favors direct presidential elections: Survey
Belief in democracy among the Indonesian public remains strong despite the political turbulence that dominated last year’s headlines, as reflected by a survey from pollster Indo Barometer.
— The Jakarta Post

All hotels where ‘Jin’ stayed free of coronavirus, says Bali Health Agency
The Bali Health Agency has declared “coronavirus-free” the three hotels where a Chinese tourist who reportedly tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had stayed.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to work with ‘kos-kosan’ start-up Mamikos in pre-employment card program
Jobseekers may soon find it easier to find a place to stay when they take vocational classes under the pre-unemployment card program outside their hometown, following the government’s latest partnership, a presidential official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Elnusa books higher revenue, profit despite lower oil prices last year
Publicly listed integrated energy services provider PT Elnusa booked higher revenues and profits despite lower oil prices last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam factories at risk as coronavirus outbreak stops shipments of raw materials from China
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has begun to take its toll on industrial activities in Batam, Riau Islands, as supplies of raw materials from China – the epicenter of the outbreak – have dried up.
— 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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