Indonesia morning news for February 25

Indonesia morning news for February 25

Indonesia morning news9 Indonesians on Diamond Princess Contract Coronavirus: Govt
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto confirmed that the number of Indonesian nationals infected by the coronavirus or COVID-19 on board of the Diamond Princess cruise ship increased to nine people.
— Tempo.co

Dream Cruises repatriates Indonesian crew over COVID-19 outbreak
Dream Cruises announced that departures of its several cruise ships were suspended over the current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and sent several of its crew back home, including 188 Indonesians employed at World Dream.
— Antara News

Seven provinces placed on alert status over torrential rainfall: BMKG
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced here, today, that the second-highest alert status “siaga” was issued for seven Indonesian provinces over floods following heavy downpour on Monday that may continue on Feb 25.
— Antara News

US Removes Indonesia from Developing Countries List
The US government has decided to remove a number of countries from the list of developing countries eligible to special differential treatments (SDT), including Indonesia.
— Tempo.co

Deregulation in Indonesia: Economy first, environment later. Maybe
A sweeping package of deregulation aimed at boosting Indonesia’s economy will be far more harmful than initially feared as it threatens to revive the centralized power structure of the country’s authoritarian era, environmental experts say.
— Mongabay

Japanese man’s COVID-19 case raises concerns about Indonesia’s detection ability
A Japanese national has reportedly tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after visiting Indonesia, raising concerns about the country’s ability to detect carriers of the deadly virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Eyes Implementation of B40 Biofuel in July 2021
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said the government was determined to implement the 40-percent biofuel or the B40 program no later than July 2021.
— Tempo.co

Morality police swing out wildly in Indonesia
Indonesia’s self-appointed morality police are at it again, this time featuring a university-educated member of the Commission for the Protection of Children (KPAI) who drew public ridicule by claiming that women risk becoming pregnant by sharing a swimming pool with men.
— Asia Times

Omnibus bill provides legal certainty on Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund
The omnibus bill on job creation mandates the establishment of an investment management agency to manage a sovereign wealth fund drawn from tax revenue and foreign investment that is intended to aid Indonesia’s development.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia could lose coal buyers over regulation mandating use of local ships: APBI
Indonesian coal miners may lose buyers because of a regulation that requires coal exporters to only use domestic shipping companies and insurance services, experts have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, US trade balance can potentially record deficit: Ministry
The United States’ (US’) decision to remove Indonesia from the list of developing countries will make its trade balance with the US record a deficit, Secretary of Coordinating Minister (Sesmenko) for Economic Affairs Susiwijono stated.
— Antara News

Three patients in Bandung test negative for coronavirus
Three patients suspected of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung have tested negative.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry Ministry to analyze impact of new taxes on sweetened drinks
The Industry Ministry plans to analyze the impact of the imposition of new taxes on sweetened beverages, proposed by the Finance Ministry, on the beverage industry in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

North Sumatra becomes major exporter of agricultural commodities
North Sumatra has become a major exporter of agricultural products in Indonesia, thanks to serious efforts made by the local government in promoting farming activities the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Sebaru Set as Quarantine Site for Coronavirus Evacuees
The Indonesian government has tapped Sebaru Island as the new quarantine camp for Indonesian nationals trapped in the World Dream cruise ship due to the coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Tempo.co

Philippines eyes Indonesian tourists in efforts to boost foreign visits
The Philippines has set its sights on Indonesian travelers as part of the country’s efforts to increase its foreign tourist arrivals this year.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM boss fears decline in Chinese investment over coronavirus outbreak
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) expects to see a decline in Chinese investment following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani invites Saudi Arabia to invest in Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati hopes to get Saudi Arabia on board to invest more in Indonesia, particularly through the planned sovereign wealth fund that is to be channeled for projects intended to aid the country’s development.
— The Jakarta Post

‘They love to stay longer ‘: 600 Chinese citizens extend permits in Bali amid virus fears
More than 600 Chinese nationals have extended their stays in Bali amid fears of the coronavirus outbreak in China, securing emergency stay permits that enable them to remain on the resort island for another 30 days after their visas expire.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta-Bandung Bullet Train Service Could Be Expanded to Surabaya
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi revealed in a press release on Sunday the government’s idea to expand the Jakarta-Bandung bullet train service to Surabaya in East Java.
— Jakarta Globe

BPJS Ketenagakerjaan ready to manage social security for laid-off workers
The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) is ready to manage the social security of laid-off workers when the proposed omnibus law on job creation is enforced, the agency’s senior executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister awaits detailed information on Covid-19 positive Japanese
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto confirmed he yet awaits comprehensive information on a Japanese, who tested positive for Covid-19 — a new type of coronavirus — after returning from Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia finalizing new NDC, likely to keep old emissions cut target
Indonesia is likely to maintain its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the new nationally determined commitment (NDC), a pledge made by nations to cut their emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the Environment and Forestry Ministry has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has huge research funds but few researchers
Indonesia’s research funding has reached Rp27 trillion which is much higher than those of the Philippines and Vietnam, but it just has 89 researchers for every one million, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said.
— Antara News

‘What are the alternatives?’ Market vendors anxious over upcoming plastic ban in Jakarta
Despite a recently issued regulation banning single-use plastic bags, vendors in several markets in Jakarta are still left with lingering questions about their business and services to customers as they claim alternatives have yet to be provided by the city administration.
— The Jakarta Post

Banks taking cautious approach amid fears of rising bad debts
Banks are taking a more cautious approach in providing new loans amid fears that the worse-than-expected economic conditions will cause an increase in bad debts.
— The Jakarta Post

More Than Dams Needed to Prevent Floods
The House of Representatives’ Commission V, which oversees infrastructure and transportation development in Indonesia, said the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s recent effort at improving flood prevention is often found wanting since the infrastructure development is often too focused on managing the country’s rivers and neglecting other sources of flooding.
— Jakarta Globe

Transjakarta Routes Recovering from Floods, 2 Remain Inoperable
Two of Transjakarta’s bus rapid transit (BRT) routes currently remains inoperable due to the floods caused by extreme rainfall the night before.
— Tempo.co

Govt to Hold Roadshow of Job Creation Omnibus Law
The Secretary of the Coordinating Economic Ministry, Susiwijono, said the government was set to hold a roadshow of omnibus law on job creation across 18 cities this week. He added the event was aimed at collecting inputs from stakeholders.
— Tempo.co

Gov’t Encourages More Partnerships With Private Sector to Reduce Plastic Waste
The government has encouraged more partnerships with the private sector to reduce plastic waste, arguing that a recent presidential decree mandating such collaborations has already helped Indonesia go some way toward reaching its plastic waste-reduction target.
— Jakarta Globe

Telkom Spills Out Reasons for Blocking Netflix
The director of consumer services of telecom operator Telkom, Siti Choiriana, stated that access to Netflix was still being shut down as they have yet to see eye to eye on a partnership.
— Tempo.co

Prabowo Favored Over Anies Baswedan in Indo Barometer Poll
Executive Director of pollster Indo Barometer, Muhammad Qodari, revealed its latest poll result which favors Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto over Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a situation if both run for the 2024 presidential election.
— Tempo.co

West Papuans should watch out for natural disasters
The West Papua Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) urged residents and authorities to remain vigilant about flash floods and landslides that could occur after a heavy downpour in many parts of the province until March 2020.
— Antara News

Corrections in Asian currencies propel rupiah’s depreciation on Monday
Indonesia’s rupiah opened lower by 128 points, or 0.93 percent, to Rp13,888 against the US dollar on Monday morning in the Jakarta interbank market amid corrections in Asia’s currencies.
— Antara News

BI stresses greater cooperation to restore global conditions
Bank Indonesia (BI) highlighted the need to step up international cooperation to overcome the current global economic pressure arising from the spread of the coronavirus.
— Antara News

Five stranded foreign nationals placed under observation in Bengkalis
Five foreign nationals stranded along with their high-speed luxury yacht on Tanjung Mayat Beach in Bengkalis District, Riau Province, are being kept under observation in an isolated room at the Bengkalis Regional General Hospital.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s narcotics agency seizes two million pills in West Java
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) investigators seized some two million pills, suspected to be illicit drugs, from four houses in Cisaranten Endah Village, Arcamanik Sub-district, Bandung City, West Java Province, on Sunday.
— Antara News

Bandung houses produce millions of carisoprodol-containing pills: BNN
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) exposed the reality on Monday that four houses in Bandung City, West Java, raided by the agency’s personnel and local policemen on Sunday, produced some four million carisoprodol-containing pills.
— Antara News

BPPT tasked with creating national artificial intelligence strategy
Minister of Research and Technology (Menristek) Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro assigned the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) the task to coordinate the creation of Indonesia’s national artificial intelligence strategy.
— Antara News

BNN names five suspects in Bandung drug factory case
The National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) has named five suspects in a case of a raid on an illicit drug factory in Cisaranten Endah Village, Arcamanik Sub-district, Bandung City, West Java Province, on Sunday (Feb 23).
— Antara News

Holland Park emerges as Gorontalo’s novel tourist attraction
Holland Park, with a scenery of myriad colorful flowers and locations for capturing pictures and selfies, has become a new preferred tourist attraction in Gorontalo District.
— Antara News

PSI Considers Anies Baswedan a Populist, Incompetent Leader
The Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Secretary-general Raja Juli Antoni called for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s allies to encourage national figures to enter the upcoming 2024 presidential election to compete against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
— Tempo.co

Fire Breaks Out at DPR Headquarters, Occupants Evacuated
Fire has reportedly engulfed the second floor of the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters’ Nusantara 3 building this noon on February 24.
— Tempo.co

Indigenous Moluccans named suspects in struggle over corporate-claimed forest
The Eastern Seram Police have named two people from Sabuai customary village in Maluku’s Eastern Seram regency suspects for alleged vandalism.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of djembe drum producers in Blitar stop production because of COVID-19 outbreak
Hundreds of djembe drum makers in Blitar, East Java, who depend mainly on the Chinese market, have been severely hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in that country.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java company exports double-decker buses to Bangladesh
Central Java-based bus assembling company CV Laksana has exported 10 double-decker buses to Bangladesh after exporting about 200 executive buses to Fiji and Timor Leste last year.
— 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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