Indonesia morning news for August 9

Indonesia morning news for August 9
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Indonesia morning newsDeath toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 347
The death toll from Sunday’s devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has climbed to 347, the state-run Antara news agency reported today.
— Thai PBS

More than 70,000 homeless after deadly Lombok quake
More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly earthquake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said Wednesday.
— The Nation

Tourism Ministry Targets 20 million Foreign Visits This Year
The Tourism Ministry targets to sign a Cooperation Agreement (PKS) of Co-Branding Wonderful Indonesia (WI) and Pesona Indonesia (PI) with 100 partners (brands) this year.
— Netral News

Tourism Crisis Center established in Lombok
The Tourism Ministry has establish the Tourism Crisis Center in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, to help foreign and domestic tourists who are trapped in the region following a 7.0- magnitude earthquake on Sunday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina to Invest $237m in Sanga Sanga Oil Block
State-owned energy company Pertamina plans to invest $237 million over the course of three years to develop the Sanga Sanga oil block in East Kalimantan, it announced on Wednesday (08/08).
— Jakarta Globe

PLN Builds 50 MW PLTMG in Papua for PON 2020 Preparation
State Power Company (PLN) Papua and West Papua Region built a number of oil gas power plants (PLTMG) on a scale of 10-50 megawatts (MW) in several cities in Papua.

Indonesia to again revise import regulations following complaint by U.S.
The Indonesian government has agreed to revise its import
regulations again following a complaint lodged by the United
States (U.S.) with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Aug 2.
— Antara News

Manufacturing industry grows 4.41 percent in Q2
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the manufacturing industry grew 4.41 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter of 2018, higher than 3.93 percent growth in the corresponding period, last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia`s manufacturing industry expected to grow faster in H2
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto was optimistic that the national manufacturing industry will grow at a faster pace in the second half of this year compared to the previous semester.
— Antara News

‘From high season to absolutely nothing’: Indonesian quake devastates tourism
Days after a powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people and sending thousands of tourists fleeing, its beach strip stands eerily empty, with shops and hotels shuttered.
— Reuters

Jakarta’s anti-macet policy
Jakarta is known worldwide for its never-ending macet or traffic congestion.
— The Asean Post

Purworejo Embankment Dam Financed by Village Fund to be Made as Tourist Destination
The Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration provides assistance of Village Funds for the construction of Embankment dam in Semawung Village, Purworejo Sub-district, Central Java.
— Netral News

City allocates Rp 461 million for special team organizing events at Monas
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has established a special team tasked with reviewing and approving events held in the National Monument (Monas) area.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Issues New Tax Rules as Freeport Seeks Fiscal Guarantee
The government has issued new tax regulations aimed at providing clarity for mining companies shifting their current contracts to special mining permits, in a move that could help cement a $3.9 billion deal with Freeport McMoran.
— Jakarta Globe

Raising heritage awareness in Indonesia
While in Jakarta recently, I had the good fortune of meeting with Isla Winarto, outgoing President of the Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS), at an exhibition at the Museum Tekstil (Textile Museum).
— New Mandala

Jakarta drops low-cost apartment projects
The Jakarta Public Housing and Settlement Agency has dropped the construction of three low-cost apartments (Rusunawa) worth a total of Rp 712 billion (US$49.3 million) from the 2018 city budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Myanmar explore trade, investment cooperation
Indonesia and Myanmar have explored trade and investment potential in both countries to optimize bilateral economic cooperation, Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Rosan P. Roeslani said.
— Antara News

Indonesia Lobbies US for Aluminum Duty Exemption
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said is in the middle of lobbying the United States government, in a bid to exempt Indonesian` aluminum from their import duties.

Non-State Actors Are Main Violators of Religious Freedom in Indonesia
More than 200 cases of religious freedom violations were recorded in 2017, and most of them were carried out by non-state actors, human rights group Wahid Foundation revealed on Wednesday (08/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Government to provide subsidized credits to salt farmers
The government has decided to provide salt farmers with government-subsidized bank loans for small and medium enterprises known as KUR credit scheme to encourage the people`s salt and self-sufficiency programs.
— Antara News


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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