Indonesia Morning News For March 20

Indonesia Morning News For March 20
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Indonesia ‘Death Zoo’: President Widodo Petitioned to Save Starving Sun Bears at Bandung Zoo
A petition imploring Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, to shut down the Bandung Zoo on has so far garnered more than 704,900 signatures. The petition was started after video of what appear to be emaciated Sun Bears (also known as honey bears) was posted on social media sites, including that of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).
— AEC News Today

Growth of IS See’s Female Terrorist Numbers Rise in Indonesia
Women’s roles in terrorist networks in Indonesia have until now been dictated by kinship ties through marriage, involving facilitating logistics and finance for terrorist acts. But there is a growing trend of women taking on combat roles.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia Plans to File WTO Complaint over EU Biodiesel Duties
Indonesia plans to file a World Trade Organization complaint this month against European Union anti-dumping duties on biodiesel exports from the Southeast Asian country, trade officials said on Sunday (19/03).
— Jakarta Globe

Freeport Put $12 Billion Into a Giant Mine; Now Indonesia Is Squeezing It Out
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.’s standoff with Indonesia over the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine is entering a new phase, as the company scales back operations while trying to force a resolution to the dispute.
— Wall Street Journal

Indonesia adds 500 MW into electricity grid from new mobile power plants
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Saturday officially inaugurated the operation across the archipelago of eight gas-based mobile power plants (MPP) with a total capacity of 500 megawatts (MW).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia boosts efforts to protect migrant workers in Malaysia
Indonesia is intensifying its efforts to protect migrant workers in Malaysia, as indicated by a visit to Penang and Johor by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Link Net Reports Solid Growth in Profit, Operating Profit and Revenue
Cable TV and broadband internet provider Link Net reported solid revenue and net income growth in 2016, thanks to a big increase in its residential and corporate costumers.
— Jakarta Globe

PAN to Support Anies-Sandiaga in Second Round of Jakarta Poll
The National Mandate Party, or PAN, on Saturday (18/03) officially announced its support for Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno in the second round of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election on April 19.
— Jakarta Globe

Another Banker Arrested in Rockit Adelway $62.5m Fraud Case
A banker, identified as I.U., has been arrested for allegedly receiving a bribe in return for approving a fake loan proposal from Harry Suganda, the owner of Rockit Adelway construction materials firm, police said on Sunday (19/03).
— Jakarta Globe

BRG Partners With Indigenous Groups to Restore Peatlands and Combat Wildfires
The Peatland Restoration Agency, or BRG, and the Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago, known as AMAN, have agreed to work together in peatland restoration and combating wildfires.
— Jakarta Globe

World Bank, AIIB Set Aside $200m for Local Public Infrastructure
The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have agreed to provide a $200 million loan to state-owned infrastructure financing firm, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, paving the way for the firm to set up a fund to help local governments finance large-scale infrastructure projects.
— Jakarta Globe

Not Only Monitoring, but Also Sexual Education Needed to Fight Child Porn: ECPAT
When a group of mothers earlier this week helped the police uncover a child pornography group on Facebook, the news shocked many, but ECPAT Indonesia says the case is nothing new.
— Jakarta Globe

French journalists deported from Indonesia
Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua.
— Sky News Australia

Indonesia shuts down Ahmadiyya Mosque in Depok
Ahmadis were forced to perform Friday prayers in the courtyard after Indonesian authorities shut down the community’ Mosque in Depok, a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta.
— Rabwah Times (press release) (blog)

Jokowi encouraged not to change stance on tobacco bill
The recent decision made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to kill the controversial tobacco bill and support public health has garnered compliments from the public and anti tobacco activists. However, his decision to send ministers to inform the House is feared to open gates that could overturn his decision.
— The Jakarta Post

Interfaith leaders to tour Europe, US to introduce Indonesia’s moderate Islam
Indonesian interfaith leaders are set to visit several countries across Europe and the United States to introduce values of tolerance among Islamic religious followers in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes increased trade with Mindanao
More robust trade between Indonesia and the Philippines, particularly within the areas of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines (BIMP) sub-regional grouping, is expected with the soon-to-be-launched Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) cargo route and increased marketing initiatives.
— Business World

Indonesian officials told to stop shaking down Chinese tourists
The Chinese embassy in Indonesia has accused local customs officials of targeting Chinese tourists and demanding they give them illicit “tips” at border controls.
— The Star Online

Fintech firms see huge potential in e-commerce in Indonesia
A bright yellow sign at the front of Mr Asep Hermawan’s stall in South Jakarta reads, “We accept KJP for the purchase of school uniforms, books and pencils”.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia’s tobacco bill stubbed out but concerns remain
INDONESIA’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo this week rejected a draft law that if approved could have led to a sharp increase in tobacco output, putting himself on a collision course with major players in one of the country’s oldest industries.
— Asian Correspondent

Jakarta’s Iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Spruced Up for 2018 Asian Game
Jakarta’s iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, named after Indonesia’s first president Soekarno and opened for the first time for the 1962 Asian Games, is being refurbished for another Asian Games next year.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian tribes rally for land rights
Thousands of tribal Indonesians gathered on Sumatra, urging President Joko Widodo to protect their land rights.
— Al jazeera

Indonesian man broadcast his suicide on Facebook shocking netizens
An Indonesian man broadcast his suicide on Facebook, which shocked netizens before the government called for the social media platform to take down the content.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire in Sentani kills two toddlers
A fire in an employee compound at Kampung Harapan in Sentani, Papua, on Saturday destroyed seven semi-permanent buildings and killed two toddlers, brothers Herice Wally, 4, and Ted John Wally, 3.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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