Indonesia morning news for August 24

Indonesia morning news for August 24
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Indonesia morning newsPro-Islamic State hackers threaten terror attacks against Indonesian government
A group claiming to be pro-Islamic State (IS) hackers has threatened to attack the Indonesian government to avenge the “jailing” and “killing” of its “brothers”, a senior counter-terrorism source told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Aug 23).
Channel NewsAsia

Australian consulate in Indonesian city of Surabaya boosts security after threat
Australia’s consulate in the Indonesian city of Surabaya has boosted security measures after a social media post urged militants to “kill” one of its diplomats there.

Jokowi signs presidential decree on handling of Lombok earthquake
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) signed a Presidential Instruction (Inpres) regarding the handling of the impact of the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

Indonesia Earns Silver After Losing to China in Badminton Men’s Team Final
Indonesia suffered a 1-3 defeat against China in the Asian Games badminton men’s team final at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta on Wednesday (22/08), when the host only managed to win a silver medal during the event, watched by thousands of spectators, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
The Jakarta Globe

Minister Urges Railway Industry to Use 50 Percent Local content
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi demanded the railway industry to increase the use of local content.

Australian Diplomats Miss Surabaya University Event Over Security Concerns
Staff members of Australia’s consulate in Surabaya, East Java, could not attend an event at Airlangga University due to security concerns, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement on Thursday (23/08).
The Jakarta Globe

Telkom’s Merah Putih Satellite Runs Orbital Tests
Telkom’s Merah Putih Satellite, launched on Aug. 7, is now in orbit at 108 degrees east longitude. On Aug. 18 the satellite finished its “orbit raising” phase on schedule.
The Jakarta Globe

Indonesia embraces blockchain
Indonesia has been at the forefront of blockchain technology. In fact, Indonesia was probably the first country in the region to actively utilise blockchain technology.
— The ASEAN Post

W. Java likely to be tight in 2019 race: Alvara survey
A survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Alvara Research Center shows that the race between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto is likely to be close in West Java.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia proposes palm oil to be used as jet fuel
Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus to set up palm oil jet fuel plants as a condition for continued Indonesian purchases of Boeing and Airbus planes, according to Reuters.
— Investvine

Lobby groups oppose plan to increase import tax
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) have opposed a government plan to increase import tax on goods that can be produced locally, saying it could backfire on the economy.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Inflation Comes into Spotlight as Rupiah Depreciates
This trading month is very difficult for the rupiah because the dollar which strengthens in general, the Turkey’s crisis, and global trade tensions.
—Netral News

What Meiliana said similar to Kalla’s statement, says rights group
The Anti-Discrimination Struggle Movement (GANDI) is the latest rights group to condemn the blasphemy conviction of Meiliana, a Buddhist resident of Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, for complaining about the volume of the adzan (Muslim call to prayer).
The Jakarta Post

Association launches code of conduct for fintech
The Association of Indonesian Financial Technology (Aftech) has launched a code of conduct for responsible lending signed by 43 players in peer-to-peer lending.
The Jakarta Post

Jakarta MRT has second successful trial run
The MRT train successfully completed its second trial run from Lebak Bulus Station to the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday.
The Jakarta Post

How will Indonesia fare in PISA 2018?
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will be unveiling its results for 2018 sometime next year. When it does, one of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries that will come into focus is Indonesia.
— The ASEAN Post

Tax revenue reaches 53% of this year target up to August
With only four months left of 2018, tax collection has reached Rp 760.57 trillion (US$52 billion), or 53.41 percent of the government’s total annual tax revenue target, according to the Taxation Directorate General.
The Jakarta Post

GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2019 will take place on 18 to 28 July 2019
GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2019, organized by Seven Event, will be once again take place at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), Tangerang, Indonesia, on 18-28 July 2019.
AEC News Today/PR Newswire (annoying full screen auto play video ads)

Prabowo – Sandiaga Focus on 2 Economic Issues
Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno welcomed seven representatives of volunteer supporter at the Melawai Outpost in South Jakarta on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Businessman kills motorcyclist in deliberate collision: Police
The Surakarta Police have named a 40-year-old businessman a suspect for allegedly killing a motorcyclist after deliberately hitting him with his car in a road rage case.
— The Jakarta Post

Lombok Earthquake Victims Search for Tarps
A number of Lombok earthquake victims are having difficulty in getting tarps to be used to construct emergency tent.

Starting August 28th, Cikarang Dry Port Access Tariff Start From IDR 4.500
Reported from, Dwimawan Heru, AVP Corporate Communication of PT Jasa Marga Tbk said that the Cikampek Dry Port access rate will be officially applied on Tuesday, August 28th 2018 at 00.00 local time.
Indo Shipping Gazette

Jokowi to revisit quake-devastated Lombok
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he would visit Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province to ensure that reconstruction of the quake devastated island would progress as expected.

Anak Krakatau erupts sending volcanic ashes as high as 300 meters
Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda strait separating Java and Sumatra, has continued to show activities over the past several days.

The re-emerging threat of measles
Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released data showing that over 41,000 children and adults in Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018, resulting in 37 deaths.
— The ASEAN Post

24 Districts in Painai Receive Phase Two Village Funds
As many as 24 districts in Paniai Regency, Papua, have received the second phase of village funds for the 2018 fiscal year which is spread in 216 villages.
Netral News

C. Java civil servant pays Rp 155m in alimony with coins
A civil servant with the Central Java administration, Dwi Susilarto, paid Rp 155 million (US$10,598.65) in alimony with coins weighing 890 kilograms at the Karanganyar Religious Court in Central Java on Thursday.
The Jakarta Post


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