Indonesia morning news for August 17

Indonesia morning news for August 17
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Indonesia morning newsJapan donates 40 million yen for Lombok earthquake victims
Japan has donated 40 million Japanese yen (about US$360 thousand) for the earthquake-affected victims in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Antara News

Indonesia Seeks to Reduce Fiscal Risks With 2019 Budget Amid Global Headwinds
Indonesia plans to reduce its budget deficit next year in a bid to lower fiscal risks amid global financial headwinds, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday (16/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Village Minister: At Minimum IDR50 Mln of Village Fund Allocated to Build Village Sports Facilities
The Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo told the community especially in Bengkulu to always remind the heads of their respective villages to build sports infrastructure.
— Netral News

Lombok Earthquake Death Toll Now At 460
The death toll from an earthquake on the island of Lombok has surged to 460, said a national disaster management agency official on Thursday, August 16.
— Indonesia Expat

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes
The Latest on the murder trial of two Southeast Asian women in the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother (all times local): 2.35 p.m.

Jokowi Plans Record Spending in Indonesia’s Election Year
Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans a record spending next year to support growth as he seeks to shield the $1 trillion economy from an emerging-market rout and brighten his chances of a re-election.
— Bloomberg

Can unmanned convenience stores take-off in Indonesia? thinks so has launched its first overseas unmanned convenience store in Indonesia — the JD.ID X-Mart — with a strong snacks and drink offering alongside fashion and beauty items.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Indonesians Dubbed ‘Laziest Walkers’ – New Campaign Looks to Change That
According to the 2017 Survey on Activity Inequality by Stanford University, Indonesians are not big fans of walking with the country ranking last when it came to steps taken per day among 46 participating countries.
— Branding in Asia

Anies Baswedan Lifts Decree on Low-Cost Apartment Tariff
The Jakarta administration decided to revoke Gubernatorial Decree (Pergub) No. 55/2018 on the housing tax adjustment, which stipulates the increase of rent for 17 low-cost apartments (rusunawa) throughout the capital.

Indonesia sets 5.3% growth target for next year
Amid rising external pressures, Indonesia’s economy is expected to expand by 5.3 per cent next year on the back of stronger domestic consumption, investment inflows and export growth, President Joko Widodo told Parliament yesterday.
— The Straits Times

Government to convert non-performing bonds in TPI into shares
The government is set to convert its non-performing bonds in petrochemical company PT Tuban Petrochemical Industries (TPI) into shares, which will be owned by state-energy holding company Pertamina.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Raise Regional Transfer Budget and Village Fund by 9 Percent in 2019
The government plans to allocate Regional Transfers and Village Funds in the 2019 State Budget Draft to reach IDR832 trillion, up nine percent from the estimated 2018 realization.
— Netral News

Indonesia loses to Japan 4-15 in water polo
Indonesia lost 4-15 to Japan in the women`s water polo of the Asian Games 2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Stadium in Jakarta on Thursday.
— Antara News

Asian Games: Indonesia’s police chief unapologetic about shootings of petty criminals
Indonesian police have wrapped up their blitz on crime ahead of the Asian Games opening ceremony, shooting dead at least 15 petty criminals and injuring dozens more.
— ABC News

Jokowi Pledges to Raise Civil Servant Salary
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the government will raise the basic salary and basic pension for civil state apparatus (ASN), including civil servants (PNS) and retiree by 5 percent on average in 2019.

Group Lease downshifting in Cambodia, Indonesia
SET-listed Group Lease Plc (GL) will shift its focus to Thailand and Myanmar as Cambodian and Indonesian operations are downsized because of unresolved conflicts with J Trust Asia Pte Ltd (JTA), GL’s former partner and major creditor for more than two years.
— Bangkok Post

BNI Disburses KPR FLPP to Support Million Houses Program
For the housing sector, the government has launched a million housing development program back in 2015.
— Netral News

VP inaugurates Asian Games broadcast center
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has inaugurated the International Broadcast Center for 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) here on Thursday.
— Antara News

CAS open Ad-Hoc Division to deal with disputes at 2018 Asian Games
A temporary office has been opened in Jakarta by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to deal with disputes which arise during the upcoming Asian Games.
— Inside the Games

Indonesia temporarily revokes nickel ore, bauxite export permits of 4 miners
* Indonesian government temporarily revoked nickel ore and bauxite export permits of four companies citing zero progress in smelter development, energy ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Fewer traffic accidents in Jakarta, thanks to odd-even policy: Police
Traffic accidents in Jakarta have dropped 11 percent since the extended odd-even traffic policy was implemented on Aug. 1, according to the Jakarta Police.
— The Nation


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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