Indonesia morning news for August 8

Indonesia morning news for August 8

Indonesia morning newsLombok quake may inflict Rp1 trillion in losses
The West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) has predicted the powerful magnitude-7 earthquake which rocked the province on Sunday night may inflict about Rp1 trillion in material losses.
— Antara News

Government allocates funds to assist Lombok earthquake victims
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati assured that the government would allocate a budget to help victims of an earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Scared tourists leave Lombok as earthquake toll rises to 105
Terrified holidaymakers rushed to boats and planes to leave Indonesia’s Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.

Super yacht at centre of graft probe arrives in Malaysia from Indonesia
A US$250 million super yacht owned by a fugitive Malaysian billionaire and at the centre of a major graft inquiry arrived in Malaysia this afternoon after an approximately 20-hour journey from Indonesia, according to the New Straits Times.
— Thai PBS

Indonesia’s forex reserves decline $1.5 bln in July
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves fell $1.5 billion in July to $118.3 billion, partly because of central bank intervention to defend the rupiah, Bank Indonesia (BI) said on Tuesday.
— Reuters/ Nasdaq

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Indonesia works to ban trade of meat from pets, exotic animals
Indonesia is preparing a regulation to ban the trade of meat derived from pets and exotic animals, aiming to promote animal welfare and rein in disease, an official said on Tuesday, a decision cheered by animal rights campaigners.
— Reuters

Tourists ‘are being charged’ to be evacuated from Indonesian paradise islands where boats are ‘leaving half empty with selected people’ in the wake of earthquake that killed 105
Indonesian authorities are charging stranded tourists to be rescued off some of the islands hit by Sunday’s devastating earthquake, a witness has claimed.
— Mail Online

SpaceX Delivers Indonesian Telecom Satellite to Orbit
SpaceX has successfully launched a satellite for one of Asia’s biggest telcos.
— Via Satellite

Malaysia, Indonesia usurped courts’ authority, Equanimity lawyers decry
Malaysian and Indonesian authorities have usurped the authority of the courts in California and Jakarta in handing over the superyacht Equanimity into Malaysian custody, lawyers for Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd claimed.
— Malaysiakini

230 aftershocks jolt Lombok Island
As many as 230 aftershocks have jolted Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, since the island was rocked by a powerful earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale on Sunday evening, Antara news agency reported this morning.
— Thai PBS

Economic Minister Responds to WTO Sanction against Indonesia
Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution spoke about United States Government`s request to the World Trade Organization (WTO) upon sanctioning Indonesia with a USD350 million fine for ignoring the November 2017 WTO`s hearing.

Indonesian Spending Revival Set to Boost Sagging Consumer Stocks
Household consumption, the engine of Indonesia’s trillion-dollar economy, is purring again.
— Bloomberg

Indonesian Economy Resilient to Global Trade War, Rising US Interest Rates: Morgan Stanley
Indonesia’s second-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations, reflecting the country’s macroeconomic stability and resilience against a global trade war and rising US interest rates, multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley said in a research note on Monday (06/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Two types of tectonic plate activity create earthquake and tsunami risk on Lombok
Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 105 people and injuring hundreds more.
— ABC News

Agriculture Ministry Encourages West Sumatra to Export 10,000 Tons of Mangosteen to China
The target of the Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman to increase the volume of exports of various food commodities is increasingly realized.
— Netral News

Vehicle to empower farmers
Although a little late, the production of a much-awaited rural vehicle is likely to be a game changer in the country’s efforts to develop its agriculture industry, as well as in improving the well-being of farmers and realizing food security.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Pakistan relations exemplary, says envoy
mbassador of Indonesia Iwan S. Amri has said Indonesia and Pakistan enjoy a unique and interesting history of close bilateral relations, which existed even before the independence of the two countries.
— The News International

South Korean businesses seek larger presence in Indonesia
South Korean businesses are seeking out a bigger role in Indonesia as they face tough competition against neighboring countries that have a greater presence in Southeast Asia’s largest consumer market.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesian shaman accused of keeping girl as sex slave for 15 years
An elderly village witch doctor in Indonesia entrapped a 12-year-old girl and tricked her into having sex with him for the next 15 years by claiming to be possessed by the “jin”, or spirit of a young boy, police said on Tuesday (Aug 7).
— Channel NewsAsia

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Jokowi still waiting for Indonesia challenger as deadline looms
Nominations for Indonesian presidential elections close in three days and there’s still no clarity on who will challenge incumbent Joko Widodo.
— The Business Times

Indonesia counts the cost of coral export ban
The first two months of Indonesia’s coral export ban has resulted in an estimated loss of US$2m (£1.5m) and thousands of jobs, says a global trade group.
— Pet Business World

Deaths of Indonesia’s 300 crocodiles in mob rampage must not go unpunished
We are shocked and horrified at the recent massacre of nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia’s West Papua province (“Indonesian machete mob slaughters 300 crocodiles in revenge attack”, July 16).
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia sells 5.17 trillion rupiah of Islamic bonds
Indonesia’s finance ministry sold 5.17 trillion rupiah ($358.16 million) of Islamic bonds at an auction on Tuesday, above the indicative target of 4 trillion rupiah, its financing and risk management office said.
— Nasdaq

Indonesia grants tax-free entry to Palestinian dates and olive oil
Indonesia and Palestine signed an agreement on Tuesday that would allow entry of Palestinian dates and olive oil to Indonesia free of taxes, according to Palestine’s ambassador in Jakarta Zuheir Alshin.

Moyag Village Allocates IDR131 million Village Funds for Football Field
The Moyag Village Government of East Kotamobagu Subdistrict, Sulawesi will renovate a football field with Village Funds of around IDR131 million.
— Netral News

Jakarta Goverment to Impose Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) in May 2019
The Provincial Government of Jakarta will impose Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) in May 2019.
— Netral News

Lombok quake damages over 4,300 buildings
An earthquake, measuring 7.0 on Richter scale, which rocked West Nusa Tenggara Province at 6.46 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) on Sunday, had destroyed a total of 4,347 buildings.
— Antara News

Grab tackles Jakarta’s odd-even license plate policy with special algorithm
Ride-hailing company Grab has launched a specially designed algorithm to support Jakarta’s odd-even policy.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java seeks 21% of renewable energy contribution
The Central Java administration has targeted to meet 21 percent of the province’s total energy demand with renewable energy by 2025 – lower than the national target of 23 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

In quake-hit Indonesia, a challenge to recover the dead
The rescue team had done everything it could to locate the body of man, who had been killed instantly when a massive earthquake collapsed his home Sunday night on the Indonesian island of Lombok.
— Star Tribune

DFA urged to seek release of 50 Filipino fishermen jailed in Indonesia
A lawmaker is urging the Department of Foreign Affairs to seek diplomatic solutions for the possible release of 50 Filipino fishermen serving jail sentences in Indonesia for allegedly fishing beyond Philippine borders.
— ABS-CBN News

Polri Builds Special Prison for Terrorists
Indonesia National Police (Polri) Chief General Tito Karnavian says his institution will build a special prison specifically for terrorists, located in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.
— Netral News

Indonesia – Truckers highlight challenges with B-20
Trucker association Aptrindo said that Jakarta’s plans to expand the B-20 mandate across the whole diesel segment raise several issues.
— Informa


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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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