Indonesia morning news for August 22

Indonesia morning news for August 22
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Indonesia morning newsADB to lend Indonesia $1 billion: finance ministry
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend the Indonesian government $1 billion next week, an Indonesian finance ministry official said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Death toll from Indonesian quakes rises to 506
The death toll from earthquakes that rocked eastern Indonesia since Aug. 5 has risen to over 500, local authorities said on Tuesday.
— Anadolu Agency

Gov’t to Provide Additional $48m for Disaster Relief Efforts in Lombok
The Ministry of Finance will make up to Rp 700 billion ($48 million) in additional funding available for relief efforts in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, amid calls on the government to declare a national disaster following the recent spate of deadly earthquakes.
— Jakarta Globe

Taiwan donates Rp4.4 billion for Lombok quake victims
Taiwanese government and businessmen have donated Rp4.4 billion to the victims of a powerful magnitude-7 earthquake in the island of Lombok through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Chinese Taipei donates US$310 thousand for Lombok earthquake victims
Chinese Taipei has donated US$310 thousand for the earthquake-affected victims in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Antara News

Government Destroyed 488 Illegal Fishing Boats since 2014
Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti announced that the government had destroyed 488 illegal fishing boats throughout 2014 – 2018.

Indonesian Buddhist woman imprisoned for complaining mosque too loud
An Indonesian court sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday (Aug 21), after she was accused of insulting Islam for complaining that a neighbourhood mosque was too loud.
— Channel NewsAsia

Women Athletes Lead in Indonesian Team’s Medal Count at 2018 Asian Games
Female athletes are leading in the Indonesian team at this year’s Asian Games, having secured the country’s first three gold medals with spectacular performances in taekwondo, wushu and cycling.
— Jakarta Globe

Ministry of Agriculture Distributes 300 Thousand Machinaries to Simplify Planting Patterns
So far the Ministry of Agriculture under the direction of Amran Sulaiman has disbursed more than 300 thousand agricultural equipment and machinery (machines) to all corners of the country.
— Netral News

Asian Games: In hunt for medals, Indonesia offers state jobs, houses and cash
Indonesia will offer athletes who win medals at the Asian Games over the next two weeks the chance to take up jobs in the country’s civil service, or to join the police force or army, officials said.

Indonesia considers scrapping luxury goods tax on superyachts
Proposals to scrap Indonesia’s luxury goods tax could see more superyachts sailing into Indonesian waters than ever before.
— Boat International

The cascade of HIV care among key populations in Indonesia: a prospective cohort study
Indonesia has had low uptake of HIV testing and treatment. We did a study to estimate the cascade of HIV care in key populations and identify predictors of outcomes at key cascade steps.
— The Lancet

Supports PNM Program, Mandiri Prepares IDR800-Billion New Facility
Bank Mandiri prepares a facility ceiling for PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) for IDR800 billion to support the Foster a Prosperous Family Economy (Mekaar) program.
— Netral News

Residents encouraged to rebuild houses after powerful quakes in Lombok, Indonesia
The Indonesian government on Tuesday asked quake survivors in Lombok Island in central parts of the country to kick off reconstruction of their houses after multiple strong quakes devastated the island since July 29, killing over 500 people.
— Xinhua

Finance Ministry: Govt Incurring Debts for People`s Welfare
Finance Ministry`s financing and risk management office director Schneider Siahaan said that the state debts are mainly used for the welfare of the people.

Bumdes Maju Bersama Supplies 60 Tons of Rice for Asian Games
Village-owned enterprises (Bumdes) has now received public recognition. This is a flagship program owned by the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT) to supply rice during the holding of 2018 Asian and Para Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.
— Netral News

Indonesia expects gold medals from half of sports contended in Palembang
Indonesian team Chef de Mission (CdM) Syafruddin said here on Tuesday that sports which the country is participating in at the Asian Games co-host city of Palembang have great potential to win gold medals for the host nation.
— Xinhua

Indonesia Books Sharp Drop In Oil Imports
Indonesia recorded a substantial decline in crude oil imports in June, official statistical data quoted by S&P Global Platts showed, as the country boosted domestic production.

Indonesia Commemorates World Breastfeeding Week
The Indonesian government officially commemorated World Breastfeeding Week on Monday (20/08), hosted by the Ministry of Health.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s top Islamic body issues fatwa against measles vaccine, calling it ‘religiously forbidden’
Indonesia’s peak Islamic body has issued a religious decree — or fatwa — declaring the Rubella-Measles vaccine to be “haram” or religiously forbidden.
— ABC News

Govt Issues Letter for Regions to Assist Lombok Quake Victims
Home Affairs Ministry issued a circular letter on August 20, for all regional leaders across the country to further facilitate and provide humanitarian aid for the earthquake-stricken Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara.

Secular vengeance against fundamentalism stirring in Indonesia
Fifteen months ago, unrest led by radical majoritarian religious groups led to the overthrow of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, the ethnic-Chinese Christian governor of Indonesia’s Jakarta province, on charges of blasphemy.
— Asia Times

Indonesia sets palm biofuel plant condition for jet purchases from US, France
Indonesia has asked for its companies to be allowed to build palm oil jet fuel plants in the United States and France as a condition for its airlines to buy Boeing Co and Airbus SE planes, its trade minister said.
— Nasdaq

Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns
Indonesian officials have defended a street parade that involved veiled kindergarteners carrying replica weapons, with police saying they will arrest the person who uploaded a video of the event to Facebook.
— ABC News

Indonesia revises palm crop fund rules to back biodiesel drive
Indonesia made public on Tuesday a revised regulation that gives the country’s palm crop fund more leeway to support the expanded use of biodiesel in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Reuters

Asian Games: Swimming finals see prolonged Indonesia’s medal drought
The Indonesia swimming team marked 28 years of bad luck in the Asian Games during Monday’s final at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, when swimmers Aflah Fadlan Prawira, I Gede Siman Sudartawa and Triadi Fauzi Sidiq failed to win any medals for the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Support Economic Development of Moro Autonomous Region in Philippines
Indonesia and the Philippines plan to step up cooperation with a special focus on the latter’s southern region, where the country’s indigenous Moro Muslims are in the process of gaining autonomy, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in Jakarta on Monday (20/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Bank Indonesia : ​​Indonesia’s External Debt Growth Slowed
Indonesia’s external debt growth at the end of Q2/2018 slowed.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Viral Baby Smoker from Sukabumi No Longer Smokes
The world was once stunned by the story of 2-year-old toddler Rapi Ananda Pamungkas who was known for his premature smoking habits, which was covered by both Indonesian and international media.

Prosecutors demand year and four months prison for police officer accused of ripping Qurans
An officer with the Medan Police’s medical and health division in North Sumatra faces a possible one year and four months in prison after he was charged with blasphemy for ripping up the Islamic holy book the Quran.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian couple in Palembang name daughter ‘Asian Games’
A sports-mad Indonesian couple in Palembang have named their new-born daughter ‘Asian Games’ to mark her arrival into the world as the country kicked off the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event.
— The Indian Express

Go-Jek Close to Profit in All Segments, Except Transportation
Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first billion-dollar startup, is “extremely close” to achieving profitability in all its segments, except transportation, its founder and chief executive, Nadiem Makarim said.
— Retail News Asia


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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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