Indonesia morning news for January 24

Indonesia morning news for January 24

Indonesia morning news

Bank Indonesia Keeps Benchmark Rate, Says Worst Time Has Passed
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, has kept its benchmark interest rate at 5 percent for the third consecutive month on Thursday, saying there are signs that the largest economy in Southeast Asia may have seen the worst of its recent slow economic growth.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, Southeast Asia Enter Golden Age of Economy: HSBC
Despite the forecast of slow global economic growth in 2020, Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, is expected to enter an economic golden age that will take the region well on the path to become the world’s fourth-largest economic bloc in the next decade.
— Jakarta Globe

Save Pigs campaign kicks off in North Sumatra following African swine fever outbreak
Hundreds of Batak people in North Sumatra have kick started a campaign to protest a proposed plan to cull domesticated pigs across the province following the sudden deaths of thousands of pigs from the recent African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

No increase in volcanic activity at Dieng plateau’s crater: authority
Banjarnegara District’s Disaster Mitigation Agency made assurance on Thursday of no increased volcanic activity at the crater of Dieng plateau in the aftermath of a 1.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked the highland on Monday (Jan 20).
— Antara News

Suzuki Indonesia Cuts Car Imports from India
Suzuki Indonesia has decided to reduce imports from India and concentrate on boosting the sales of local assembly.

Indonesia gets global companies to invest at WEF’s annual gathering
Indonesia has continued its venture to lure global corporations into investing in the country during the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Flawed Democracy Improves as Civil Liberty, Political Culture Stagnate
Indonesia’s flawed democracy improved for the first time in four years, bucking a global trend that saw the rise of strongmen and oligarchs, gripping government surveillance and violent protests against authorities.
— Jakarta Globe

Health minister dismisses reports of coronavirus case in Jakarta
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has dismissed reports of a suspected case of a new coronavirus, which first emerged at the end of last year in the city of Wuhan in China, in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 105 million voters to cast ballots for local elections
Some 105,396,460 million people have been included on the list of eligible voters (DP4) for the 2020 simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada), Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian stated.
— Antara News

President Defends Prabowo’s Frequent Overseas Trips
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has come under criticisms for traveling to at least seven countries in the first three months he has been in the cabinet, but President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday he didn’t mind his minister making the trips.
— Jakarta Globe

Opening of new office buildings to further push up vacancy rate in Jakarta
More office space will be available in Jakarta this year as several new buildings enter the market, according to a recent survey by real estate consulting firm Savills Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Prevalence of stunting remains high, biomedical approach not enough
The high prevalence of stunting in Indonesia has driven the government, in collaboration with the Australian government and Nutrition International, to launch a joint program focusing on the distribution of micronutrients in East Java and East Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Islamic government bonds to fund projects worth $2b this year
The Finance Ministry is set to issue project-linked Sharia sovereign bonds (SBSN) this year to fund the development of 728 projects worth Rp 27.35 trillion (US$2 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

10 Indonesian companies to build infrastructure in DR Congo
As many as 10 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private companies are to team up with a United States-based construction service provider, Sandi Group (TSG) Global Holdings to build infrastructure and provide aircraft maintenance in in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police arrests American national for drug-related offense
The South Jakarta metropolitan police have apprehended a 27-year-old American national, only identified by his initials CCB, at his apartment unit in Bintaro, Jakarta, Monday, January 20, for allegedly smuggling marijuana into Indonesia.
— Antara News

Central Java to establish oil and gas holding company
Central Java is establishing a holding company for region-owned oil and gas companies in the hope of improving their performance and thus, boosting locally generated income.
— The Jakarta Post

Search for Common Identity Inspires Asean’s New 2020 Logo
Designed by a young Filipino graphic designer, Asean’s new blooming flower logo represents a new spirit for the bloc in 2020 and a greater sense of belonging.
— Jakarta Globe

Regulatory consistency key to omnibus law: Cargill Indonesia
Cargill Indonesia, the local arm of the US agribusiness giant, has pointed to regulatory consistency as vital to attaining the desired impacts of the omnibus law, as legal uncertainty can hurt businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

10 Indonesians missing as boat capsizes in Bengkalis waters
A total of 10 Indonesian migrant workers survived, while some 10 others went missing, as a wooden boat carrying the workers capsized en route from Rupat Island in Bengkalis to Malaysia.
— Antara News

Indonesian consulate in Kota Kinabalu warns fishermen over abduction
The Indonesian Consulate General in Kota Kinabalu reminded Indonesians in Sabah State, Malaysia, to step up vigil after five Indonesian fishermen were abducted recently in the Lahad Datu waters.
— Antara News

Jokowi backs endeavors to bolster Indonesia’s defense diplomacy
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) gave weightage to the significance of defense diplomacy for Indonesia presently and in future, affirming that the defense sector would face tougher challenges over the widening spectrum of conflicts worldwide.
— Antara News

Thermal scanner at Bali airport to screen Wuhan corona virus
A thermal scanner has been installed at Bali airport’s arrival terminal as a precautionary measure against the novel corona virus (2019-nCoV), originating in Wuhan City, China, that claimed 17 lives and infected over 540.
— Antara News

Erick Thohir Tells Reason for Appointing Triawan Munaf in Garuda
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir exposed his reasons for appointing Triawan Munaf as the chief commissioner of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

Jokowi confident of Subianto judiciously managing ministry’s budget
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed strong belief in his Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s capability to prudently and efficiently manage the ministry’s budget that tended to steadily rise.
— Antara News

Conclusion of Indonesia-Bangladesh trade agreement expected in 2020
Indonesia and Bangladesh have outlined a target to conclude a preferential trade agreement (PTA) in the second semester of 2020.
— Antara News

1.9-ton fish adulterated with formaldehyde found in W Manggarai market
The West Manggarai District Food Security and Fisheries Office in East Nusa Tenggara Province discovered 1.9 tons of formaldehyde-laced fish being sold freely in the local markets during an impromptu inspection on Wednesday (Jan 22).
— Antara News

Merpati Plans to Expand Business to Africa
Merpati Nusantara Airlines plans to expand its business to the African continent.

PBNU Responds to Felix Siauw’s Statement about ‘Jilbab’
A leader of Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), Yahya Cholil Staquf, responded to Felix Siauw’s statement regarding jilbab or Islamic headscarf for women.

US, Indonesian citizens arrested for allegedly proselytizing for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Jambi
A citizen of the United States and an Indonesian national have been arrested by the Telanaipura Police in Jambi for allegedly spreading the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Simpang Empat Sipin subdistrict of Jambi city.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese-Indonesians feel like outsiders amid persisting racist sentiment
The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia has been home to over 300 ethnicities for more than seven decades but apparently not all of its citizens feel they belong to the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Chief Taps KPK Ex-chief Agus Rahardjo as Adviser
National Police Chief General Idham Azis has appointed the former head of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Agus Rahardjo as an expert adviser on the corruption handling.

Kudus district allots Rp35.4 billion to improve damaged schools
The Kudus district administration has set aside Rp35.4 billion to improve the infrastructure of 169 schools that incurred damage in the district area, Joko Susilo, the district government’s Education, Youth, and Sports Office head, stated.
— Antara News

Avoid issues that imperil Indonesia’s unity during regional polls: VP
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin urged all partaking in this year’s simultaneous regional election to promote a peaceful fiesta of democracy and avoid inflammatory statements and spread of hoaxes that may impinge upon national unity.
— Antara News

Kivlan Zen Case: Prosecutors Demand 2.5 years for Habil Marati
The public prosecutor has demanded Habil Marati, accused of illegal firearms possession, to be sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

PDIP Legal Team Urges Harun Masiku to Surrender
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) claims they were genuinely not aware of the whereabouts of Harun Masiku, the party member who is incriminated in the bribery case on the General Elections Commission (KPU) Wahyu Setiawan.

Thousands of workers rally to protest enactment of omnibus law
Thousands of workers staged a rally in front of the North Sumatra Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) building on Thursday to express their rejection to the passage of the omnibus bill on job creation into law.
— Antara News

NTB launches Lombok-Sumbawa 2020 Calendar of Tourism Events
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial administration launched the Lombok-Sumbawa 2020 Calendar of Tourism Events in a bid to facilitate the promotion of its tourist destinations and activities.
— Antara News

‘Semesta’: Nicholas Saputra-Produced Documentary Mines Local Wisdom to Help Fight Climate Crisis
New documentary film “Semesta,” co-produced by Mandy Marahimin and heartthrob actor Nicholas Saputra, explores intimately the struggle of seven community leaders in harnessing local wisdom to slow down the effects of climate change.
— Jakarta Globe


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the continuing flooding in Indonesia.


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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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