Indonesia morning news for August 13

Indonesia morning news for August 13
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Indonesia morning newsLombok earthquake deaths rise to 387: Aid yet to reach all affected (video)
The death toll from a series of earthquakes on and around the eastern Indonesia island of Lombok has risen to 387, with authorities expecting that number to increase in the coming days.
— AEC News Today (video)

Indonesia’s ‘buzzers’ paid to spread propaganda as political elite wage war ahead of election
Dozens of “buzzers” are getting paid to spread propaganda to armies of followers as the political elite wage war in cyberspace in an attempt to maintain power.
— ABC News

Lombok earthquake video special – 30 quakes rock island in 10 days
Earthquakes continue to rock the eastern Indonesia island of Lombok with more than 340 people reportedly dead, while poor infrastructure is frustrating efforts to get relief to isolated communities in the centre and highlands of the island.
— AEC News Today (video)

Social Ministry to Disburse IDR 6.06 billion for Lombok Earthquake Victims
Social Minister Idrus Marham says the ministry will distribute IDR 6.06 billion in compensation to the heirs of 404 victims who died in the Lombok earthquake, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Netral News

Estimated loss of Lombok earthquake reaches US$138m
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimates that the financial loss caused by last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and Bali has reached Rp 2 trillion (US$138,4 million).
— The Jakarta Post

Google Indonesia eyes 10 million SME partners by 2020
Google is eyeing 10 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia to avail themselves of its business services by 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Eight bodies found in Indonesian plane crash
A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday (Aug 12).
— Channel NewsAsia

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world.
— BBC News

Indonesia, Australia Sign $6.92b Currency Swap Deal
Indonesia and Australia have extended a currency swap agreement that provides a $6.92 billion buffer to help Southeast Asia’s largest economy curb currency swings.
— Jakarta Globe

World Bank’s IFC to help provide affordable housing finance in Indonesia
IFC anticipates the project to improve access to affordable housing finance for individual homebuyers in the low to the middle-income segment.
— Devdiscourse

Thailand Trade Expo, Trade Ministry Records Transactions of IDR15.93 Billion
Indonesian products successfully recorded transactions of USD1.10 million or IDR15.93 billion in the subregional promotion event “The 4th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT) 2018 Trade Expo.”
— Netral News

Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed nearly 400
Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed nearly 400 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).
— Pattaya Mail

Garuda finalizes $300m global syndicated loan
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is now in the final process to obtain a global syndicated loan worth between US$200 million and $300 million as part of the company’s effort to expand its business, the company’s president director, Pahala Mansury, said in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

PPP Trains 550 Youths for Helping Jokowi`s Re-election
The Muslim-based United Development Party`s (PPP) youth wing, Kaaba Youth Movement, has trained 550 members for helping incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running mate, Ma`ruf Amin, win next year`s presidential race.

Indonesia all set for the Asian Games
Having taken on the responsibility for hosting this year’s Asian Games after Vietnam pulled out, Indonesia says it’s ready for the sporting expo starting next week.
— The Thaiger

Death by plastic waste
Humanity’s enduring love affair with plastic, a love more pronounced in the Southeast Asian region, has claimed another victim.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia, Malaysia team up to develop local car brand
Indonesia and Malaysia have reached a deal on a joint venture to produce the first fully local-made Asean vehicle for domestic use.
— The Star Online

M’sia, Indonesia to set up special desk to cut investment bureaucracy
Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) and the Ministry of Rural, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration of Indonesia (KDPDT) have agreed to establish a special desk to facilitate all administrative matters related to investment by companies in both countries.
— Malaysiakini

Garuda Provides 25% Discount on Indonesian Independence Day
Garuda Indonesia provides ticket discount up to 25 percent for its customers as a form of appreciation to celebrate the independence day, the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia.

U.S. to work with Indonesia to resolve trade dispute: Ambassador
The United States government is keen to work with Indonesia to fully resolve the trade dispute between the two countries, which had been arbitrated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan noted.
— Antara News

Environmentally friendly power plants to draw investment: BI
Development of power plants based on renewable energy such as wind energy, water energy and geothermal energy, which are environmentally friendly would help boost investment, Bank Indonesia said.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia to Keep Current Account Deficit Below 3 Percent
Bank Indonesia said it is confident it would be able to keep the country`s current account deficit below 3 percent by the end of this year.

House: Village Funds Continue to Rise, Irregularities Should be Minimized
House Deputy Speaker Taufik Kurniawan talked about evaluating and improving village funds.
— Netral News

Indonesia Beats Thailand, Wins AFF U-16 Championship for the First Time
Indonesian men’s football team won the Asean Football Federation Under-16 Championship for the first time, beating Thailand on penalty kicks in the final match on Saturday (11/08).
— Jakarta Globe


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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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