Indonesia morning news for August 28

Indonesia morning news for August 28
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Indonesia morning newsHosts Indonesia smash Asian Games record
Asian Games hosts Indonesia smashed their record gold medal haul Monday on a day tainted by referee controversy, while Son Heung-min’s hopes of a military service reprieve were kept alive by a penalty deep in extra time.
— Channel NewsAsia

Social Affairs Ministry Channels Rp1.2tn to Quake-torn NTB
The Social Affairs Ministry has initiated an emergency response and social protection program for earthquake victims in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). The ministry has continued disbursing funds to the province following the disaster.

Indonesia posts 7.5 million visits by foreign tourists in six months
The Tourism Ministry reported that Indonesia recorded 7.5 million visits by foreign tourists in the first six months of this year.

Potentially Toxic Cosmetics Seized in Jakarta
The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency, or BPOM, has confiscated in Jakarta 100,000 illegal cosmetic items worth Rp 7.6 billion ($526,637), imported from China and Malaysia.
The Jakarta Globe

President certain current account deficit to end in a year
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed belief that the problem of current account deficit would be resolved within the next year.

Indonesia reaffirms plan to import 2m tons of rice this year
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said on Monday that the government had reaffirmed its plan to import 2 million tons of rice this year to assure the availability of the commodity in the market.
The Jakarta Post

2 Million Papuan Voters Threatened to Lose Voting Rights, House of Parliament Reacts
House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) fears that some 2 million Papuan voters could not exercise their voting rights in the 2019 Election.
Netral News

WB President to Jokowi: Everything is Difficult to Predict
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Indonesia must rely on its own abilities to shun the impact of the unstable global economy.

MUI edict hinders MR immunization drive in Pekanbaru, Riau Islands
The target of a 95 percent coverage rate for the second stage of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in Pekanbaru, the provincial capital of Riau province, and in another province, Riau Islands, is unlikely to be met because of parents’ opposition.
The Jakarta Post

Jambi rape victim convicted of abortion walks free
A 15-year-old rape victim who was convicted of abortion can walk free after the Jambi High Court acquitted her of all charges on Monday.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: running mates spark controversy
The confirmation by President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo’s of conservative Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin as running mate for the April 2019 presidential contest evoked disappointment among constituencies in Indonesia committed to democracy and pluralism.
The Interpreter

Indonesia welcomes Senegal`s offer to participate in its development projects
The Indonesian government warmly welcomed Senegal`s offer to participate in the realization of projects in the west African country, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

Sampoerna wins tax compliance awards
PT HM Sampoerna recently has become the proud recipient of a Tempo Country Contributor Award 2018 and a Most Tax-Friendly Corporate recognition.
The Jakarta Post

BCA Mulls Raising Loan Interest Rates by 25 Basis Points
Listed private banking company Bank Central Asia (IDX:BBCA), also known as BCA, plans to raise its interest rates in all segments in the near future.
Netral News

Asian Games: Twins forge their way from scavengers to world-class athletes
Twin sisters Lena and Leni have been acknowledged as prominent figures in Indonesia’s sepak takraw landscape.
The Jakarta Post

Maritime Data Finished, Indonesia is Heading to Become World’s Maritime Axis
Reported from, Maritime Coordinator Ministry released National Maritime reference data as an effort to realize its vision as world’s maritime axis.
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

Sandiaga reads out resignation letter before City Council
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno read out his resignation letter to the Jakarta Legislative Council on Monday, coming one step closer to being officially dismissed as he will run as a vice presidential candidate.
The Jakarta Post

Teenagers carry swords, plan brawl in Depok
Police arrested three teenagers who were allegedly were planning a brawl in Cipayung, Depok, West Java.
The Jakarta Post

Village Ministry Introduces Fruits from Disadvantaged Regions at Asian Games 2018 MPC
Journalists from abroad covering the 2018 Asian Games have visited the Main Press Center (MPC) at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) to taste fresh fruits from villages and underdeveloped regions of Indonesia.
Netral News

Medal-winning Athletes Offered Civil Servant Jobs
The Jakarta government has prepared prizes for its athletes who win medals at the 2018 Asian Games, including money and an offer to become civil servants (PNS).

Hungry and overweight: what’s being done about Asia’s nutrition paradox?
In Indonesia, one of Asia’s most populous countries, almost 3 million children are dangerously underweight from acute malnutrition.

Tanah Abang market authorities deny accusations of illegal levies
The Police and Tanah Abang Block B Market management have confirmed that no illegal levies were charged at the market in Central Jakarta, despite a viral video appearing to show such activities taking place.
The Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Closing ceremony tickets now available
The Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) has announced that sports fans could finally buy tickets for the closing ceremony – which will feature Indonesian singers Isyana Saraswati and Dira Sugandi, as well Korean-pop stars Super Junior and iKON – starting on Tuesday.
The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Says Election Won’t Stop It From Raising Rates
Indonesia’s central bank, faced with a deepening currency rout, won’t let an upcoming presidential election prevent it from raising interest rates if necessary.

Ministry hands over management of two airports to AP II
Directorate General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation has handed over the management of — Radin Inten II Lampung Airport and Fatmawati Airport Bengkulu — to Angkapura Pura (AP) II.

Ikea used programmatic to drive footfall by changing Indonesia’s perception of traffic
Ikea Indonesia took a classic problem for Jakartans – traffic – and used data to prove that they could travel, eventually driving greater footfall at its stores.
The Drum

Indonesia in UNSC: Promote holistic approach to peace
Indonesia has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2019 – 2020 and will serve its tenure beginning from January 2019.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Senegal agree to promote moderate Islam
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and Senegalese National Development Planning Minister Syeikh Kante agreed to encourage economic cooperation and promote moderate Islam during their meeting here on Monday.

Indonesia’s shameful blind eye to corruption
Sixteen months after he was partially blinded in an acid attack on his walk home from prayers at a North Jakarta mosque, Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) chief investigator Novel Baswedan says he is now dedicated to Indonesia’s war on corruption more than ever.
Asia Times

Indonesia holds CPO, cocoa beans export tax steady for next month
Indonesian trade ministry said on Monday that it has decided to keep the export taxes for crude palm oil (CPO) and cocoa beans unchanged for the shipment in September.

Chevron sees lower Indonesian oil output in 2018
Oil company Chevron estimated 2018 oil production in Indonesia at 218,300 barrels per day (bpd), lower than 247,300 bpd in 2017, company data distributed to a parliamentary committee on Monday showed.

Indonesia Mahakam, Grissik gas output to rise in 2019 -SKKMigas
Indonesia’s state energy company PT Pertamina is expected to produce 1,100 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of natural gas from Mahakam block next year, up from 849 mmscfd seen in 2018, the country’s upstream oil and gas regulator SKKMigas said.

‘Fabricated hysteria’: Food firms making dubious ‘no palm oil’ claims under fire as GAR highlights sustainability gains
Palm oil sustainability practices in Indonesia are slowly reaping rewards, while manufacturers which make unjustified ‘no palm oil’ label claims are merely cashing in on ‘fabricated hysteria’, claims a senior exec at Golden Agri-Resources (GAR).
Food Navigator-Asia

Bappenas Confident Investors can Distinguish from Turkish Crisis Following Rupiah Slump
Minister of National Development Planning / Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro hopes that investors will be able to differentiate the main issue towards the weakening of rupiah.
Netral News

GFI: Beware of the Existence of US Biomedical Research Center in Indonesia
The Global Future Institute (GFI) feels the need to ask the Indonesian government, especially the Political-Security stakeholders, Foreign Politics, intelligence authorities and the Health Ministry, to be aware of the existence of the third largest US Biomedical Research Center or more known as AFRIMS, as a new style Naval Medical Research Unit-2 (NAMRU).
Netral News

Indonesia’s land swap program puts communities, companies in a bind
Last year the inhabitants of Konbaki village in the Indonesian island province of East Nusa Tenggara filed a request to farm some 174 hectares, about 430 acres, of land in their village.

Rising Undisbursed Loan Ratio in Indonesia as Investors are Hesitant
Despite Indonesia’s better-than-expected 5.27 percent year-on-year (y/y) economic growth rate in the second quarter of 2018, there remain plenty of domestic and external uncertainties that make businesses hesitant to take up credit.
Indonesia Investments

Celebrating 52nd Anniversary, Hasnur Group Provides Free Medical Treatments, Scholarships
Hasnur Group is celebrating its 52nd Anniversary, which falls on August 27, 2018, by carrying out activities including free medical treatment for 200 people from Bahalang River and Pandahan villages, cleaning 19 mosques and prayer rooms, as well as providing scholarships for 25 people from the community around its business location.
Netral News


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