Indonesia morning news for August 21

Indonesia morning news for August 21
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Indonesia morning newsAmateur video captures latest destructive Lombok quakes (video) *updated
As authorities scramble to return services and normalcy to the Indonesian island of Lombok a series of strong earthquakes over the weekend has seen the death toll rise and more structures collapsing.
— AEC News Today (video/photos)

BNPB Claims Enough Logistics for Lombok Survivors
Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Information and Public Relations Center, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, claims that the logistical stock for Lombok’s earthquake survivors’ basic needs is sufficient.
— Netral News

Govt temporarily revokes export permit for 4 miners
The government has temporarily revoked four concentrate export permits because the mining companies had failed to fulfill their commitment to develop smelters as part of the permit’s requirements.
— The Jakarta Post

Taekwondoin Defia Rosmaniar Receives Rp1.5 Billion Bonus
Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has given a Rp1.5 billion bonus to Indonesian taekwondoin Defia Rosmaniar who won the country’s first gold medal in the Asian Games 2018.

IMF meeting will go as planned despite Lombok earthquake: Minister
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confirmed that the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting, to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, would go according to plan despite the earthquake disaster in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Antara News

Indonesia, South Korea calling for acceleration of RCEP negotiation
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and visiting Prime Minister of South Korea Lee Nak-yeon met here at the State Palace on Monday, calling for acceleration of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a minister said.
— Xinhua

KT Corp. Brings 5G to Indonesia
KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, is showcasing its next-generation 5G wireless technology and services during Asia’s largest sporting event being held in Indonesia.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

One-price fuel policy implemented in 66 remote areas
State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina has constructed 66 fuel stations in remote and underdeveloped areas at which it will apply the government’s one-price fuel policy.
— The Jakarta Post

Widodo Delivers Dramatic Motorcycle Video For Asian Games Opening Day
Indonesian President Joko Widodo created a buzz on social media after a video showed him traveling to the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games on August 19 in Jakarta on a big motorcycle rather than his usual motorcade – and performing spectacular stuntsas.
— Investvine

Indonesia`s Sea Toll Road Lowers Dependence on Malaysia
The government stated that residents living in the Indonesia-Malaysia border area in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, have reduced their dependence on foreign products as a result of the government’s sea toll road program.

Asian Games: Indonesia reaches Sepak Takraw’s men’s team semis Indonesian sepak takraw men’s team bagged another victory and was granted a place at the semis after beating India 3-0 at the group B qualifiers on Monday, and before that also defeated Iran 3-0 in Sunday’s match.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Naval Command and Staff College Joins Regional Security Conference in Manila
Indonesia’s Naval Command and Staff College, or Seskoal, participated in a security conference in Manila on Aug. 16-17 to discuss expanding security cooperation and maritime resilience in Southeast Asia.
— Jakarta Globe

Lombok Quake: Govt Expedites House Reconstruction
Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said his ministry will speed up the reconstruction and reconciliation projects following the Lombok earthquake, West Nusa Tenggara.

Indonesian Retailers Need Better Digital Integration
Integrating with digital platforms will enable Indonesian brick-and-mortar retailers to better engage with customers, who are increasingly shifting their spending from goods to experiences.
— Jakarta Globe

Cinemaxx Indonesia debuts new concept just for parents
Cinemaxx Global Pasifik, a cinema chain under Lippo Group in Indonesia, has launched a new offering targeted at parents and families called Cinemaxx Junior.
— Marketing Interactive

Asian Games – Some grumbles over tickets, transport as Indonesia works on fixes
Some spectators had complaints ranging from problems with the ticketing systems to transport arrangements on the third day of competition at the 18th Asian Games as organisers in Indonesia pledged quick fixes.
— Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia Blockchain Hub opens its doors: Indonesia’s first community space for everything blockchain
Blockchain technology and the potential it has to revolutionize people’s way of life is becoming more and more recognized.
— Markets Insider

Philippines expects more investment from Indonesia
The Philippines government anticipates more investment from Indonesia in the southern Philippines, as the Bangsamoro Organic Law has come into effect.
— Antara News

Tourism Ministry Activates Crisis Centre following several Aftershocks in Lombok
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has reactivated the Tourism Crisis Centre (TCC) pertaining to the earthquake that have continuously occurred in Lombok on Sunday night, Aug 20.
— Netral News

Indonesia and Laos Call for Prayer and Support After Consecutive Disasters
he Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific region is soliciting prayers and support in the aftermath of the earthquakes and a flash-flood that hit Indonesia and Laos, respectively.
— Adventist Review

Govt Says Lombok Quake Not National Disaster
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung has revealed the reason why the government has yet to declare the recent series of earthquakes in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, as a national disaster.


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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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