Indonesia morning news for August 23

Indonesia morning news for August 23
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Indonesia morning newsAnother Quake Shakes Lombok
Another earthquake rocked Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday, August 22, at 21:50 local time.

QUAKE SLAM Bali earthquake: Indonesia hit by 5.2-magnitude quake in tourist hub as Indonesia faces more tremors
Tourists reported being woken up by the ground shaking violently beneath them, and others said they fled their hotels.
— The Sun

Bank Indonesia Lowers Forex Swap Hedging Floor to $2m to Encourage Wider Use
Bank Indonesia has lowered the minimum limit on foreign exchange swap hedging from banks to the central bank to $2 million from $10 million, to attract more customers.
— Jakarta Globe

BNPB: No Reports of Missing Victims, Damages Totaling IDR 7.7 Trillion
Head of Information Data Center and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed that there were no reports of victims missing or buried under a building from the Lombok quake.
— Netral News

Halal certification keeps Japan linked to Southeast Asian supply chains
Two of Japan’s biggest transport companies, Nippon Express and Yusen Logistics, have taken a step toward growing their business in Southeast Asia by gaining certification that they are shipping goods in compliance with Islamic law.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Industry Ministry asks for more budget for Indonesia 4.0
The Industry Ministry has proposed for additional budget of Rp2.57 trillion to finance implementation of the national agenda in line with the road map of Making Indonesia 4.0 as a strategy in entering the era of the 4th industrial revolution.
— Antara News

Facebook Holds Digital Training for Indonesian SMEs
Facebook have been focusing heavily on making investments to develop Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) all over the globe, including in Indonesia.

Fresh out of Y Combinator, Indonesian startup launches investing app
Just over a million of Indonesia’s 261 million population have a portfolio of shares. That’s only 0.4 percent.
— Tech in Asia

Blasphemy Conviction Against Buddhist Woman Seen as Threat to Freedom of Expression
The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest independent Muslim organization, said complaints about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers should not be considered blasphemy, after the Medan District Court in North Sumatra sentenced an Indonesian woman of Chinese descent to 18 months in prison for insulting Islam.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Says Indonesia Committed to Closing Wealth Gap
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said his government will continue its efforts to reduce income inequality in Indonesia, following encouraging results in overcoming wealth disparity over the past few years.
— Retail News Asia (blog)

Rapid Development of Fintech Industry in Indonesia
Rapid development of financial technology (fintech), which involves the delivery of financial services that use the latest technology and innovation to compete with the world’s traditional financial methods, is also visible in Indonesia.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

ASEAN is Indonesia’s past, not its future
In re-examining the legacy of former president Suharto in Indonesia’s foreign relations, the proverb ‘old soldiers never die they just fade away’ seems appropriate.
— East Asia Forum

Foreign Journalists Criticize Asian Games Media Services
Foreign journalists have voiced concern over some of the services provided by the organizers of this year’s Asian Games, currently underway in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.
— Jakarta Globe

Village Ministry Hands Over Seven Sacrificial Cows for Bengkulu
The Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration handed over seven sacrificial cows to be slaughtered on Eid al-Adha (Festive of Sacrifice) 1439H in Bengkulu.
— Netral News

A round of applause as Jakarta reach for the stars
JAKARTA, despite given only three years to get ready for the Asian Games, have certainly put up a good show.
— The Star Online

15 Filipinos jailed in Indonesia for illegal fishing come home
FIFTEEN Filipino boat captains who were jailed in Indonesia for fishing illegally on its waters have returned to the country after serving their jail term, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.
— The Manila Times

Minister Susi Urges Local Government to Make Policy on Plastic
The Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Susi Pudjistuti, appealed to all regional governments to issue policy regarding the use of plastic.

Saudi institution delivers humanitarian aid to Lombok
A Saudi Arabian donor institution, Rabithah Alam Islami (League of Muslim Countries), delivered aid to the Lombok earthquake victims, Rabithah`s Secretary General Dr. Muhammad Abdul Karim Al-Isa said in a statement via a short message service received by Antara here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

PLN says 70 percent of electricity restored in Lombok
State-owned electricity company PLN has said that 70 percent of electricity infrastructure on earthquake-hit Lombok, Bima and Sumbawa islands in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has been restored.
— The Jakarta Post

Managing Jakarta’s water-related risks
Every day, Jakarta’s 13.5 million people face water-related risks. Some have too much water, while others just do not have enough.
— The Asean Post

Is Indonesia’s celebrated antigraft agency missing the corruption for the trees?
In 2005, an Indonesian election commissioner named Mulyana Kusumah visited a hotel room in Jakarta to hand over 150 million rupiah, then worth more than $15,000, in cash to an official from the state audit board.

Asian Games, Jakarta Aims for More Investors
Jakarta’s role as the host of the 2018 Asian Games, which involved 11,478 athletes from 45 countries, has gained the attention of the Jakarta Investment and Single Window Integrated Services Agency (DPMPTSP) as the right momentum to attract more investors.

Asian Games: Japan beats Indonesia 3-1 in hockey
The Japan national men’s hockey team defeated Indonesia 3-1 in a Group A match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium hockey field in Jakarta.
— 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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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