Indonesia Morning News For June 15

Indonesia Morning News For June 15

Indonesia morning news

Asia’s rivers send more plastic into the ocean than all other continents combined
Every year, millions of tonnes of plastics are produced and trashed, with a small portion ending up in the sea, and gobbled up by tiny fish. Even though countries don’t report on how much plastic they are flushing, a recent study suggests that around 86% of the plastic running through rivers was coming from a single continent—Asia.
— Quartz

Halal Local app helps Muslim tourists find halal food, prayer spaces
Most Muslim tourists may have encountered difficulties finding halal food or places to pray when going on holiday or business trips. Halal Local, a marketplace containing halal tourism products has an answer for this very problem.
— The Jakarta Post

As Indonesia’s Sovereign Debt Gets Upgraded, $5 Billion Worth of Inflows Expected
Indonesia (EIDO) is one of the most favorable investment destinations for fund managers currently. Last week, S&P upgraded the country to investment grade on proposed budget curbs. According to the rating agency, the current fiscal policy and economic conditions are leading to lower risk in the country which opens it up for a wider range of investments.
— Frontera News

Indonesia Online Advertising Market Outlook to 2021- Significant Rise in Internet, Mobile and Social Media User Penetration to Drive Growth – Research and Markets
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Indonesia Online Advertising Market Outlook to 2021- Significant Rise in Internet, Mobile and Social Media User Penetration to Drive Growth” report to their offering.
— PR Newswire UK (press release)

Coca-Cola Introduces Lighter Bottles To Tackle Waste In Indonesia
Coca-Cola has launched a new production line, which manufactures lighter bottles and will reduce the company’s plastic usage by more than 800 tonnes annually, according to the Jakarta Globe.
— ESM – The European Supermarket Magazine

Indonesia’s Kalla: TPP has lost its ‘allure’ without US
Indonesia has lost its motivation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership due to the U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact, the Southeast Asian country’s vice president said in an interview.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Rp 4.08t state losses in Pelindo II project: BPK
An investigative audit by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found indications of state losses amounting to Rp 4.08 trillion (US$306 million) in a state-owned port operator PT Pelindo II project.
— The Jakarta Post

700,000 year-old rare elephant fossil discovered in Indonesia
Indonesian archaeologists have unearthed a 700,000-year-old ancient elephant fossil in the country’s Central Java province, Sangiran Ancient Human Site Conservation Agency (BPSMP) announced Wednesday.
— Daily Sabah

Indonesia hits record closing high; Vietnam scales 9-yr peak
Indonesian shares hit a record closing high on Wednesday, with most markets in the region rising ahead of a likely rate increase by the US Federal Reserve, with investors awaiting more clarity on its future stance.
— The Edge Markets MY

Waste banks reduce daily trash in South Jakarta by 135 tons
The South Jakarta Environment Agency has said it could reduce the city’s trash volume by establishing more waste banks.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta prepares 3,674 buses for Idul Fitri exodus
The Jakarta administration will make 3,674 buses ready to transport holidaymakers during the Idul Fitri exodus, which will reach its peak next week.
— The Jakarta Post

Luxurious cell puts prison management in spotlight, again
The government has been widely criticized for its poor prison management ranging from rampant illegal levies, overcrowding and drug trading. Another issue that has put the country’s prison crisis into the spotlight is special cells for convicts allegedly willing to pay hefty sums to enjoy comfort behind bars.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia makes historical win at Asia-Pacific public speaking competition
An Indonesian member of the global non-profit organization Junior Chamber International (JCI) placed first at an Asia-Pacific public speaking competition held by the organization in Mongolia recently, marking Indonesia’s first win at the regional level.
— The Jakarta Post

US Academic Says Revival of Pancasila Necessary to Protect Minorities, Sustain Democracy
Jeffrey Winters, a professor of political science at Northwestern University in the United States, said extremism and radical religious ideologies are threatening the foundations of Indonesia’s democracy.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to Advance National Interests as Member of ILO’s Governing Body
Indonesia was re-elected as a member of the International Labor Organization’s governing body for another three years on Monday (12/06), the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva said in a statement.
— Jakarta Globe

EDITORIAL: The threat of oil import bill
Petroleum industry leaders and energy economists have warned President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that allowing the country to increase its dependence on oil imports, which now account for more than 50 percent of domestic consumption, would make the economy highly vulnerable to the vagaries of wildly volatile oil prices and rupiah depreciation.
— The Jakarta Post

Skull-Washing Ritual Attracts Cross-Border Tourism in W. Kalimantan
A significant number of foreign tourists are expected to witness Nyobeng Sebujit, the unusual tradition of washing the skulls of the deceased, in Bengkayang, West Kalimantan, later this week.
— Jakarta Globe

Enough Resilience in Indonesia’s Banking System to Overcome Severe Shocks: IMF
Indonesia’s banking system remains strong enough to weather slow economic growth and rising bad loans, thanks to healthy capital levels and strong profitability at local banks and improvements in the supervisory regime, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday (12/06).
— Jakarta Globe

Police find active grenade wrapped in plastic in front of Pecenongan police station in Central Jakarta
A grenade was found in front of the Pecenongan Subdistrict Police Station in Gambir, Central Jakarta, today. The grenade was wrapped in plastic and, according to police, was still active when it was discovered.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Underwater tech a pressing need for Indonesia
As a result of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), signed in 1982, the area of sea under Indonesian sovereignty and jurisdiction multiplied.
— The Jakarta Post

PE demand in Indonesia remains weak; PE producers drop prices
SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Domestic polyethylene (PE) prices in Indonesia went down in the week amid persistently weak demand nearer to the Eid-ul Fitr holiday on 25 June, according to market sources on Wednesday.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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