Indonesia Morning News For April 19

Indonesia Morning News For April 19
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Government to build Rp3 trillion dam in Jayawijaya
The Central Government will build a dam to cost Rp3 trillion in the regency of Jayawijaya, Papua to be completed in 2019.
— Antara News

Jakarta polls open amid high tension
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is hours away from finding out if he will make history by being the first non-Muslim to be directly elected governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia aims to reduce tax losses from foreign firms’ dividends
The Directorate General of Taxation is attempting to revise a regulation on controlled foreign companies (CFC) in an effort to prevent further tax losses for Indonesians with controlling interest in a foreign company.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Kresna acquires 17.6% stake in digital kiosk firm M Cash Integrasi
Publicly-listed Kresna Graha Investama on Tuesday announced that its unit Kresna Usaha Kreative (KUK), also known as Kresna Creativeventures, has acquired a 17.6 per cent stake in digital kiosk firm M Cash Integrasi (MCI).
— Deal Street Asia

Kalla, Pence to witness signing of MoUs
Vice Presidents Jusuf Kalla of Indonesia and Michael Pence of the United States are expected to witness the signing of the Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on businesses between Indonesian and the US entrepreneurs on April 21.
— Antara News

Increase predicted in Indonesia`s sea fishing production
Indonesia’s sea fishing production is predicted to rise to 7.8 million tons this year from 6.7 million tons last year.
— Antara News

Indonesia to ratify EEZ agreement with Philippines
The government and the House of Representatives are set to ratify a historic maritime agreement pertaining to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between Indonesia and the Philippines to safeguard the two countries’ maritime security from threats such as the Abu Sayyaf group.
— The Jakarta Post

Gubernatorial Campaigns Failed Voters With Focus on Religious, Ethnic Discourse: Academic
The Jakarta gubernatorial election should be steeped in a discourse on varied ideas rather than a “conflict of morals,” a sociologist said recently, amid heightening religious and ethnic sentiments in the capital.
— Jakarta Globe

North Kalimantan readies 15 hectares to build Bulungan prison
The government of North Kalimantan has prepared 15 hectares of land for the construction of a new prison in Bulungan District, North Kalimantan Governor Irianto Lambrie stated.
— Antara News

Millions head to the polls in Jakarta governor election
Polls opened on Wednesday (Apr 19) in Jakarta’s election run-off with the Christian governor fighting for his job despite standing trial for blasphemy, in a vote that has stoked religious tensions in Muslim-majority Indonesia.
— Channel NewsAsia

New Media Association Will Fight Fake News, Promote Ethical Journalism
More than 100 media representatives gathered on Tuesday (18/04) to announce the establishment of the Indonesian Cyber Media Association, or AMSI, whose primary mission is to verify tens of thousands of online news outlets, fight hoax, promote accurate journalism and make sure that journalists adhere to the code of professional ethics.
— Jakarta Globe

Banten Police Urge Residents Not to Join Mass Gatherings in Jakarta on Wednesday
Banten Police chief Brig. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo has called on residents of the province not to heed calls to participate in mass gatherings planned to take place during voting in Jakarta on Wednesday (19/04).
— Jakarta Globe

Freeport, Indonesia work out initial Grasberg exports deal
Freeport McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX), the world’s largest listed copper miner, has received an initial authorization to restart shipments of concentrate from its Grasberg mine in Indonesia.

Indonesia B2C E-Commerce Market 2017 – Research and Markets
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Indonesia B2C E-Commerce Market 2017” report to their offering.
— Business Wire

Indonesia moves to ease high loading costs at sea ports
The Indonesian government has taken measures to reduce high prices charged on products during loading and unloading processes in sea ports in a bid to boost competitiveness of the products at export markets, a senior minister disclosed here on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

ASSOCIATES OF DONALD TRUMP in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in a campaign that ultimately aims to oust the country’s president. According to Indonesian military and intelligence officials and senior figures involved in what they call “the coup,” the move against President Joko Widodo (known more commonly as Jokowi), a popular elected civilian, is being impelled from behind the scenes by active and retired generals.
— The Intercept

Widodo turns to Islam and nationalism to preserve Indonesia’s diversity
Irrespective of the result, the Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19 (today) will leave a bitter aftertaste that could have consequences on the political landscape in the rest of Indonesia. The election is already billed as the ugliest, and most divisive and most polarising the country has ever seen.


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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