Indonesia morning news for February 27

Indonesia morning news for February 27

Indonesia morning news

Govt: Evacuees from World Dream Heading to Sebaru Islet
The Ministry of Health reported that as many as 188 Indonesians who were crew members on the World Dream cruise ship had been picked up by KRI Soeharso naval hospital that is now heading to Sebaru Kecil Islet in the Thousand Islands.
— Tempo.co

Suspected Coronavirus Patient in Batam Dies
A foreign citizen suspected of being infected by the coronavirus or Covid-19 in BP Batam Hospital or RSBP, died on Monday, February 24, 2020. Riau Island Health Agency confirmed the patient identified as ALS (61 years old), died of another illness that was not Covid-19.
— Tempo.co

Indonesian tourism suffers estimated US$500 million in losses due to COVID-19: Minister Luhut
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said the outbreak of a novel coronavirus around the globe has affected Indonesian tourism, with estimated losses of around US$500 million.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Crisis: Sri Mulyani Set to Launch Pre-employment Card
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the launching of the Pre-employment Card program that was initially planned for mid-2020, will be expedited in March as part of the efforts to suppress the coronavirus impact on the country’s economy.
— Tempo.co

Trump to Meet Jokowi to Discuss US Investment in New Capital City
Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan has revealed that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and United States President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet sometime in the near future, among other things to discuss investment in the new capital city in East Kalimantan.
— Jakarta Globe

2020 budget deficit can potentially widen amid global uncertainty
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has forecast that Indonesia’s 2020 state budget deficit will potentially widen in the face of the current global uncertainty.
— Antara News

Indonesians in Croatia told to be on alert following 1st COVID-19 case
The Indonesian Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, urged Indonesian citizens to be more cautious and take a number of preventive measures following the first case of the new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
— Antara News

Diamond Princess repatriation may put Indonesia at risk of becoming ‘new epicenter’, govt says
The government is apparently in no rush to evacuate 69 Indonesian crew members from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who are reported healthy, arguing they might cause “a new epicenter” after nine others on the cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia keen to gain self-sufficiency in drug production: Minister
Indonesia should channel all efforts to attaining self-sufficiency in drug production rather than targeting the export market, Minister of Research and Technology/Head of the National Research and Innovation (BRIN) Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro stated.
— Antara News

New capital city development requires 300,000 construction workers
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has foreseen a huge shortage in construction workers for the development of infrastructure, such as roads and office buildings, in the new capital in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan .
— The Jakarta Post

‘Soft groundbreaking’ for Indonesia’s new capital may kick off in July: Bappenas
A “soft groundbreaking” and early construction on Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan may take place in July, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s abused domestic helpers
As of February, Indonesia is home to more than 272 million people, making it the fourth largest population in the world behind China, India and the United States (US).
— The ASEAN Post

Foreign, local investors lining up to help develop Indonesia’s new capital city, says Luhut
More than 30 local and foreign investors have expressed an interest in developing Indonesia’s new capital city in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan, according to a top government official.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia treads tight line between China and US
When China and Indonesia’s Natuna maritime stand-off nearly boiled over last month, President Joko Widodo – a leader not known for his abiding interest in foreign relations – did what may come naturally to him these days.
— Asia Times

No EV? Park outside new capital city and take public transportation
As the government brushes up on its plans to ensure transportation in the new capital city fully involves electric vehicles (EVs), it has come up with the idea of developing parking lots surrounding the area, a senior minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus outbreak affects Chinese investment projects in Indonesia
The novel coronavirus outbreak will not only disrupt supplies of raw materials for the manufacturing industry in Indonesia but will also cause a delay in important infrastructure projects, which involve many Chinese companies, a senior minister has predicted.
— The Jakarta Postvince on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Health officials trace contacts of Japanese COVID-19 patient in Bali
Health authorities in Bali are gathering information on a Japanese citizen who visited Indonesia shortly before he tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and closely monitoring every person who had direct contact with the Japanese man.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt monitors condition of Indonesians onboard Diamond Princess
President Joko Widodo said the government would continue to monitor the condition of Indonesian nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, while dialogues with local authorities would continue in an effort to achieve a smooth evacuation process.
— Antara News

Four die, thousands affected in severe floods in Bekasi: BPBD
At least four people have died and thousands of others have been affected by severe floods that inundated 24 districts in Bekasi on Tuesday, the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has confirmed.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi: Negotiation to Evacuate Indonesians in Japan Not Simple
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the negotiation with the Japanese government for the evacuation of 69 Indonesian citizens who are trapped on the Diamond Princess cruise ship was still afoot.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi Denied Rumors on Cabinet Reshuffle
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo denied recent rumors that he was planning to reshuffle the Indonesia Onward Cabinet.
— Tempo.co

BNN seizes millions of ‘PCC’ in raid on illicit Bandung pill factory
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) seized a huge haul of carisoprodol (Soma), known locally as “PCC”, during a raid on four houses running an illicit drug manufacturing operation at a housing complex in Arcamanik district of Bandung, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Court orders govt to disclose data on Papua land ownership
Environmental groups have urged the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry to disclose data on landholding in Papua and West Papua following a court ruling that the data be treated as public information.
— The Jakarta Post

Provinces, regencies holding elections in 2020 ‘highly vulnerable’ to disruption
All nine provinces and many regencies that will hold local elections in September are vulnerable to disruption, according to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu).
— The Jakarta Post

Bali government to discuss tourism sector revival amid COVID-19
Bali Governor Wayan Koster plans to hold a coordination meeting with district heads and mayors in Bali to deliberate on reviving tourism affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 — a new type of coronavirus.
— Antara News

Indonesian soldiers bridge teacher shortage gap in Papua
Several members of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) Border Security Task Force extended voluntary assistance to teachers at 12 elementary schools in Sota, Neukenjerai, Eligobel, and Ulilin sub-districts, Merauke District, Papua Province, since July 2019.
— Antara News

Gov’t to Renew Presidential Instruction on Papua
Indonesia’s chief security minister has confirmed the renewal of a presidential instruction, or Inpres, to authorize further development in Papua – the country’s easternmost region – under a single government command.
— Jakarta Globe

President, VP attend Supreme Court’s plenary session
President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin attended the Supreme Court’s Special Plenary Session at the Jakarta Convention Center, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Primary weaponry defense system grant from U.S. approved
The House of Representatives’ Commission I has approved the government request, through the Ministry of Defense, to receive a primary weapons defense system from the United States, Chairwoman of the Commission I Meutya Hafid said.
— Antara News

Relief aid dispatched to Karawang and Subang flood victims
The West Java provincial social affairs office has sent relief aid to flood-affected areas in the districts of Karawang and Subang in West Java Province.
— Antara News

Minister urges SOEs, private companies to compete to advance Indonesia
State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir has called on SOEs and private companies to compete together to develop Indonesia to emerge as an advanced nation.
— Antara News

Banyumas administration recommends ‘tempe mendoan’ for intangible cultural heritage status
The administration of Banyumas regency, Central Java, has recommended that tempe mendoan (battered thinly sliced tempeh), a Banyumas specialty, be recognized as an item of intangible cultural heritage by the Education and Culture Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT seminary expels 2 seniors for ‘feeding feces’ to seventh graders
The Santa Maria Bunda Segala Bangsa (BSB) Seminary school in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), has expelled two grade 12 students for abusing 77 seventh graders by reportedly forcing them to “eat” human feces as a form of punishment.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan, Ridwan Kamil Absent in House Meeting on Floods
The House of Representatives (DPR) meeting today on the Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek) flooding disaster saw the absence of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, and Governor of Banten Wahidin Halim.
— Tempo.co

Paying Influencers to Boost Tourism Not Necessarily Work: Analyst
A researcher from the Center for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG) Rinaldi Camil, assessed that hiring social media influencers would not necessarily effective in promoting tourism.
— Tempo.co

State capital injection last resort to rescue Jiwasraya: Government
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has emphasized that a capital injection into state-owned PT Asuransi Jiwasraya would be a last resort in the government’s efforts to rescue the ailing insurance company.
— The Jakarta Post

6.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Maluku, no potential tsunami
An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude shook Maluku Wednesday, February 26, at 2:33 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB), but with no potential for a tsunami, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
— Antara News

Cipinang Flood; Hundreds of Refugees Returning Home
Around 1,900 people affected by the flood in Cipinang Melayu, Makasar Sub-district, East Jakarta, have returned to their homes since the water has receded on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26.
— Tempo.co

Former Papuan separatist hands over rifle to military
A former supporter of an armed Papuan separatist group, handed over his rifle and two 22-caliber bullets to the Indonesian military in Merauke District, Papua Province, February 22, 2020, a military official said.
— Antara News

Indonesian police destroy 341.6 kg of crystal meth
The Indonesian police destroyed 341.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 51 kilograms of marijuana in the yard of the National Police Criminal Investigation Department Office in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— Antara News

World Muslim League keen to take cue from Indonesian-style tolerance
A delegation of Rabithah Al-Alam Al-Islami, or World Muslim League (WML), is visiting Indonesia to take a cue from Indonesian-style tolerance.
— Antara News

 

 

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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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