Indonesia Morning News For April 6

Indonesia Morning News For April 6

Indonesia morning news

Taxation Authority in Indonesia Selects SuperPad 3.3 to Collect Data
With the assistance of Supergeo’s partner in Indonesia, DataScrip, the regional offices of Indonesian taxation authority recently selected SuperPad 3.3 as the mobile GIS software for spatial data collection.
— Directions Magazine

Indonesia’s tax amnesty program comes up short
JAKARTA Indonesia’s tax amnesty program, which came to an end on March 31, has exposed the massive scale of uncollected taxes in the country.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia to initiate global halal tourism consortium
Indonesia has planned to initiate a forum to facilitate the growing halal tourism by establishing Global Halal Travel Consortium (GHTC), an official said here Wednesday.
— Xinhua

ASEAN Market Watch: Indonesia Automotive Market, Malaysia-India Trade, and ASEAN Manufacturing Sector
In 2016, 3.16 million cars were sold in the ASEAN region, according to the latest data from ASEAN Automotive Federation. Around 1.06 million cars, 33 percent of the total car sales, were sold in Indonesia. Thailand follows at second place with 768,788 cars. However, Thailand leads in terms of car production among the ASEAN countries. The country produced 1.94 million vehicles, accounting for almost 50 percent of total ASEAN manufacturing. Indonesia produced 1.17 million cars in 2016.
— Asean Briefing

Indonesians take ‘concrete stand’ against cement plant
Farmers in Indonesia are resorting to extreme measures of protest to show the government how the construction of a cement factory will paralyse their lives.
— Aljazeera

Labuhanbatu withdraws thousand of Islamic text book
The District Education Office of Labuhanbatu, North Sumatra, said it has withdrawn thousands of packages of Islamic text books for school students of the Madrasah Ibtidaiyah (MI) Islamic school as the books are potential to confuse Islamic community.
— Antara News

Dilemma of energy used for cooking in Indonesia
Indonesia still relies on imports to cope with a shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is expected to worsen in the coming years because of surging demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Luhut: Fish Gut Contains Plastic Waste
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that fishes in Indonesia have been exposed to plastic pollutants.
— Tempo

US views Indonesia as potential export market for agricultural products
The US views Indonesia as a potential market to export its agricultural products, taking into account that the current trade value of food products between both nations reaches about US$8 billion.
— Antara News

Bali to get new underpass before IMF meeting
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is set to build an underpass at the intersection of the Ngurah Rai Monument in Badung regency to ease traffic on roads connecting Ngurah Rai International Airport, Nusa Dua and Denpasar.
— The Jakarta Post

Freeport smelter to be built on 100 hectares of land in Gresik
While copper and gold mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia and the government are conducting negotiations over the conversion of the company’s contract, Freeport has earmarked 100 hectares of land on which to construct a smelter in Gresik, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

UN urges Indonesia to make quality healthcare accessible to all
Indonesia has the capacity provide sustainable and equitable healthcare to its citizens, but access and quality of services stand on the way, the United Nations has said. “Despite commendable efforts, availability, access to and quality of health services remains a challenge in a country where population is spread throughout thousands of islands and remote areas,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said on April 4.
— Vatican Radio

Russia, Indonesia to fight global terrorism
Following an international outpouring of grief and solidarity for Russia over Monday’s terror attack in St. Petersburg, a top Russian diplomat has said that the Kremlin hoped to deepen its bilateral relations with Indonesia on joint counterterror activities.
— The Jakarta Post

Karnataka mulls river sand import from Indonesia and Philippines
Hit by acute shortage of sand and its skyrocketing price, the Karnataka government may allow import of sand from Indonesia and the Philippines.
— Times of India

Russia, Indonesia to cooperate on nuclear regulation
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the nuclear regulatory authorities of Russia and Indonesia to cooperate in a range of issues related to the regulation of nuclear and radiation safety and nuclear security.
— World Nuclear News

Indonesian Prisoners Display Handicrafts In Bid For Rehabilitation
An exposition of handicrafts made by prison inmates in Jakarta this week may be a welcome break from the country’s moral panic and tougher sentences for drug and other sensational offences.
— Indonesia Expat (blog)

Indonesian rail project kicks off
China’s first high-speed railway project in Indonesia will push Southeast Asian countries to adopt Chinese standards in building the best quality rail networks, according to Zhou Zhiliang, chairman of China Railway Signal and Communication Co, on Wednesday.
— China Daily

Government sets target to build gas networks in 17 cities/districts
The Indonesian government has set the target of building gas networks in 17 cities/districts in the country next year.
— Antara News

Ahok’s Campaign Team Demands Crackdown on Campaigning in Houses of Worship
Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s campaign team has urged the Jakarta Election Commission to crack down on campaigning in houses of worship which often manipulates religion as a “political tool,” the team’s spokesman said on Wednesday (05/04).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, EU agree to intensify cooperation on eradicating human trafficking
The Indonesian government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to increase cooperation as part of the efforts to combat crimes related to human trafficking, noted a Foreign Affairs Ministrys press release received here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Teenagers Hack Into, Steal Over $300,000 Worth of AirlineTickets
A group of teenagers and one 27-year-old hacked into — one of the largest online travel agents in Indonesia — and siphoned Rp 4.1 billion ($308,000) worth of airline tickets from the website, the National Police said in Jakarta on Tuesday (04/04).
— Jakarta Globe

US to blame for its trade deficit
The US Meat Export Federation has gone the extra mile to fly in a “butcher shop” packed with fresh cuts of prime beef and pork.
— The Jakarta Post

Stock Market Update: Indonesia’s Jakarta Composite Hits New Record
Indonesian stocks continue to expand into record high territory. On Wednesday (05/04) Indonesia’s benchmark Jakarta Composite Index gained 0.45 percent to close at 5,676.98 points, a fresh new record high position. Indonesia’s main stock index is currently “hot” due to several internal and external factors. However, a new report released by Morgan Stanley may make investors a bit cautious as valuations for Indonesian stocks have been rising sharply recently.
— Indonesia Investments

Mah: EU palm oil resolution unfair
Malaysia and Indonesia will team up to convince European Parliament lawmakers that the two countries are already taking proactive steps to ensure their oil palm production activities do not harm the environment.
— The Star Online

Indonesia’s March refined tin exports up 126 pct y/y-trade ministry
Exports of Indonesia’s refined tin in March jumped 126 percent on year to 6,142.55 tonnes, trade ministry data showed on Wednesday. On a monthly basis, exports rose 25 percent from February.
— Times of India

Djarot Says KJP Must Benefit Children of All Poor Families
Incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said the Jakarta Smart Card, or KJP, should be available to the children of all families in the capital that live in poverty, without exception.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Contribution to Scholarships for Afghan Students
Indonesia has provided scholarship for 100 Afghan students to study in various universities in the country. “The Indonesian government would provide scholarship for 100 Afghan students,” Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said here on Wednesday.
— Netral News

Indonesian Female Smokers Increase in Number by 400 Percent
Coordinator of Smoke Free Bandung Santi Indra Astuti said the number of female habitual smokers in Indonesia has increased 400 percent in the past five years.
— Tempo


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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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