Indonesia morning news for January 16

Indonesia morning news for January 16

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s foreign debts reached US$401.4 billion in November
Indonesia’s foreign debts reached US$401.4 billion in November 2019, up 8.3 percent compared to November 2018, but down 12 percent compared to October 2019, Bank Indonesia (BI) said.
— Antara News

2019 trade balance deficit reduced sharply to touch $3.2 billion
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that Indonesia’s trade balance deficit dropped sharply in 2019, reaching US$3.2 billion, with total exports of $167.53 billion in January-December 2019, and imports touching $170.72 billion.
— Antara News

Population of poor dropped 0.44 percent in 2019: BPS
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the number of poor in September 2019 had totaled 24.79 million, plunging 0.44 percent as compared to 25.67 million people recorded during the corresponding period in 2018.
— Antara News

Two islands vanish, four more may soon sink, Walhi blames environmental problems
Two small islands in South Sumatra have disappeared as a result of rising sea levels driven by climate change, while four other islands are already on the brink of vanishing, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia screens tourists as China’s SARS-like virus outbreak reaches Thailand
The government is ramping up efforts to prevent a mysterious SARS-like virus first identified in China from entering Indonesia as neighboring Thailand marked the first outbreak recorded outside the originating country’s borders.
— The Jakarta Post

27 Residents of Gunung Kidul Infected by Anthrax
Anthrax threatens Ponjong and Semanu Subdistricts in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province after 27 residents were infected from consuming the meat of a dead cow, a local health official said on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Government earmarks 9 trillion for flood mitigation projects in West Java
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has poured Rp 9 trillion (US$659 million) into several projects in an effort to protect West Java from flooding.
— The Jakarta Post

Deforestation in Aceh may Reach 35,000 Hectare: Walhi
The deforestation rate in Aceh Province may have reached 35 thousand hectares (ha) in the last three years and will decrease further in the next two years, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has predicted.
— Antara News

Indonesia Is Set to Become Southeast Asia’s Biggest Stock Market
Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is finally poised to take the title of the biggest equity market in the region.
— Bloomberg

Dry Weather Drags Indonesia Palm Reserves Near 8-Month Low
Palm oil stockpiles in Indonesia probably dropped to the lowest in eight months in December after dry weather curbed production in the world’s largest grower.
— Bloomberg

At least 50 major infrastructure projects to be completed this year
As many as 52 national strategic projects in the form of toll roads, sea ports and special economic zones are scheduled for completion this year as part of the government’s mid-term infrastructure development program, a senior government official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

3.68 million in Central Java still in poverty
More than 3.68 million people in Central Java Province still live in poverty as of September 2019, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Office in Central Java said.
— Antara News

China the biggest supplier of imported goods to Indonesia in 2019
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted that China was the largest supplier of imported goods to Indonesia during the January-December 2019 period with a value of 44.58 billion US dollars, contributing 29.95 percent.
— Antara News

Cigarettes contribute to the poverty line: BPS
Cigarettes have become one of the commodities that contributed greatly to the poverty line with a figure of 11.17 percent in urban areas and 10.37 percent in rural areas, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted.
— Antara News

Farm laborers’ wages rise 0.13% in December 2019
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced the daily nominal wage of national farm workers in December 2019, hiking it from Rp54,650 to Rp54,723 per day, up 0.13 percent compared to November 2019.
— Antara News

Before Jokowi’s 100 days, ministers ordered to finalize omnibus law
President Joko Widodo (popular as Jokowi) has ordered his ministers to finalize the drafts of the planned Omnibus Law in 13 days or before his 100-day run, which he will complete on January 28, 2020.
— Antara News

UAE Crown Prince, Tony Blair in Board of Directors for Capital Relocation Mega Project
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited a group of global investors to take part in the construction of Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan. According to reports, the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed, better known as MBZ, will be the chairman of the board of directors for the mega project.
— Jakarta Globe

AGO Names Suspects in Jiwasraya Corruption Investigation as Case Takes Political Turn
The Attorney General’s Office says corruption has left state-owned life insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya on the brink of bankruptcy and names five suspects in the case, including former executives and a prominent local investor.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian researcher bags Newton Prize for research on climate change
Indonesian researcher won the 2019 Newton Prize for research conducted in collaboration with British researcher that focused on protecting coastal communities from the impacts of climate change.
— Antara News

Jokowi Instructs Ministers to Salvage Jiwasraya Client Funds
Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman announced President Jokowi’s order to recover as many funds to reduce the losses the government would endure due to the Jiwasraya corruption scandal.
— Tempo.co

Raja Ampat to reduce liveaboard boats operating in its waters
The Raja Ampat District administration in West Papua will reduce the number of liveaboard boats operating in the waters to safeguard coral reefs in the area.
— Antara News

Forest fires in 2019 exacerbated orangutan-human conflicts
The number of orangutan-human conflicts tended to increase since the forest fires razing Kalimantan’s forests last year, according to data of the Orangutan Protection Unit (OPU) of International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia courting business deals at ASEAN tourism exhibition in Brunei
Indonesia is seeking business deals at a regional travel exhibition held in Brunei Darussalam as the country focuses on tourism to help drive economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 7,000 affected by flooding, landslides in Samarinda
Floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, have submerged three districts and six subdistricts since Tuesday morning, affecting at least 7,213 residents.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Says Autonomous Vehicle to Operate in New Capital City
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said that autonomous vehicles and electric cars will operate in the new capital city in order to create a better environment.
— Tempo.co

In defense statement, Romahurmuziy reveals connection to former KPK commissioner
While seeking to clear his name from a promotion-rigging scandal the Religious Affairs Ministry, former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy disclosed that a former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner once sought his support to gain the position in the antigraft body.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi says Sandiaga may succeed him in 2024
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ignited political speculation on Wednesday after suggesting that former vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno — his former rival in the 2019 presidential elections — would run for president and would “very likely” succeed him in 2024.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek customer loses Rp 9 million in case of fraud
Amid the hustle and bustle of urban life in a big city like Jakarta, online food delivery services are always in demand.
— The Jakarta Post

IHSG strengthens amid correction in Asian markets
The Indonesian composite index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), Jakarta, opened higher, at 0.76 points, or 0.01 percent, to 6,326.17 on Wednesday in spite of correction in the Asian stock markets.
— Antara News

Ministry’s Joint Office for Export to facilitate service for exporters
Indonesia’s Finance Ministry has set up a Joint Office for Export to simplify coordination and ease services for exporters, including micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises, to obtain information pertaining to exports and imports.
— Antara News

North Sulawesi targets 200 thousand foreign tourist arrivals in 2020
North Sulawesi Province has outlined a target to receive as many as 200 thousand foreign tourists in 2020.
— Antara News

Another Australian detained for allegedly attacking taxi driver
Another Australian tourist from Ferndale, Perth, was placed in detention by the Kuta Precinct Police for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver outside LXXY Bar, Kuta, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, an official confirmed.
— Antara News

Jakarta Earmarks Rp1tn to Build, Revamp Sidewalks
The Provincial Government of Jakarta is allocating a budget of Rp1.05 trillion to build and revitalization sidewalks this year.
— Tempo.co

Slipi Building Collapse; Police Question Jakarta Officials
Police investigators have taken the statements of 12 witnesses in the building collapse incident in Slipi, West Jakarta, January 6.
— Tempo.co

‘Misfired explosion’ behind Pertamina oil spill in West Java, says investigation team
A misfired explosion during the drilling of the YYA-1 oil well caused a massive oil spill in West Java in July last year, according to an Energy and Mineral Resources investigation team.
— The Jakarta Post

Lippo Karawaci Bags US$325mn from Global Bond Offering
Lippo Karawaci (IDX: LPKR) issued a five-year global bond worth US$325 million, or roughly Rp4.45 trillion yesterday, January 14.
— Tempo.co

Traffic Smooth amid Online Ojek Drivers’ Protests at Palace
Traffic flow on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat bound for Istana Merdeka is smooth and orderly, despite the protest held by online ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers.
— Tempo.co

Self-proclaimed king Toto sought financial contribution from followers
Totok Santoso, self-proclaimed king of the so-called “Keraton Agung Sejagat” Kingdom in Purworejo District, urged his followers to contribute financially tens of millions of rupiah, Central Java Police Chief Inspector General Rycko Amelza Dahniel stated.
— Antara News

Banyuwangi villagers safeguard mountain range against gold exploration
Dozens of residents of Sumberagung village in Pesanggaran district, Banyuwangi regency, East Java, have occupied nearby Mount Salakan for nearly a week to protect it from gold mining activities as part of protests that resulted in a clash with the police over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG plans to install three earthquake detectors in Bangka Belitung
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) intends to install three earthquake detectors in Bangka Belitung Islands Province to alert locals to natural disasters, including earthquakes, before they strike.
— Antara News

OJK officially recognizes CredoLab as first credit-scoring fintech firm
Smartphone-based credit-scoring financial technology (fintech) company CredoLab announced that it had been officially acknowledged by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) as a provider of fintech services in Indonesia, making it the first firm of its kind to be listed by the regulatory body.
— The Jakarta Post

App development program helps young people build new start-ups
A former bank employee, Marilyn Parhusip, and her five partners spent months developing an online application to better monitor household electricity usage and bills.
— The Jakarta Post

Passenger Dies while Airborne; Lion Air Makes Emergency Landing
Lion Air’s flight number JT-085 bound for Surabaya from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, made an emergency landing on Sunday, January 12.
— Tempo.co

Keraton Agung Sejagat Linked to Another Cult, Says Police
The Yogyakarta Police suspects the cult which shot to social media stardom, Keraton Agung Sejagat (the Great Palace of Universe), operating in Purworejo, Central Java, led by its “King” Totok Santoso had previously operated in Yogyakarta under another name dubbed Jogja Development Committee or “Jogja Dec.”
— Tempo.co

 

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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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