Indonesia morning news for December 7

Indonesia morning news for December 7
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Indonesia to inject $357 mln into state health insurer
Indonesia will inject more capital into cash-strapped state health insurer BPJS Kesehatan this month, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday, although questions remain on how to ensure the firm no longer operates at a loss.
— Reuters

16 bodies found after attack in Indonesia’s Papua
Indonesian security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 people in the aftermath of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the military said Thursday.
— New Straits Times

News Focus – Indonesia`s economy continues to face uncertainties in 2019
Indonesia`s economic growth will continue to be affected by uncertain global economic conditions, so it would be difficult for the country to achieve a growth of 5.
— Antara News

Indonesia tops ASEAN countries in manufacturing contribution: Minister
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said that based on the 2017 World Bank report, Indonesia was able to rank highest in ASEAN for the contribution in the manufacturing sector to the world economy.
— Antara News

5.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Mataram, causes panic
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Mataram on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Thursday morning, triggering panic among residents, most of whom were survivors of multiple earthquakes that rattled the island in August. No casualties were reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Livestock Export Surges 194 Percent in 2018
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency/Statistics Indonesia (BPS) and the Center for Data and Information at the Ministry of Agriculture, export volume of the livestock sub-sector in 2018 from January to September reaches 183,414 tons. This figure is equivalent to US$ 474,193,507.
— Netral News

Indonesia to introduce new Boeing 737 MAX simulator requirements
Indonesia will immediately impose new requirements for simulator training for Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 MAX pilots in the wake of a Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in October, the country’s transport ministry said on Thursday.
— Reuters

New Indonesian export levies great news for upstream planters, but a threat to processors: CGS-CIMB
CGS-CIMB Securities is maintaining “neutral” on the Asean agribusiness sector as Indonesia revises its export levies on palm oil and its derivative products, following a drop in crude palm oil (CPO) prices.
— The Edge Singapore

Sport minister awards Rp5 billion to 110 athletes
The Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry has awarded a total of Rp5 billion to 110 outstanding athletes at the end of 2018, a minister stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia makes small steps in electric vehicle program
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) kicked off operations at two electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) at its offices in Central Jakarta and at its energy-conservation technology center (B2TKE) in South Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Tax reform for inclusive growth
One of the hot issues raised over the past two months of election campaigning is related to the miserably low tax revenues.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Equity Strategist Puts Expiration Date on Bullish Call
Indonesian stocks are on a winning streak that may last only until May because of two major risks.
— Bloomberg

Government to optimize swamp land use for agriculture: Minister
The government would optimize the use of swamp area as agriculture land, Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said here on Thursday.
— Antara News

2019 Expected to see Stable Property Market Despite Election
According to the Head of Marketing for Ike Hamdan, 2019 will see a stable property market in its first semester despite going head-on against the Indonesian Presidential Election.

Indonesian hosts ASEAN Telecommunication Ministerial Meeting
Indonesia is hosting the 19th Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and the 18th ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) in Ubud, Bali.
— Antara News

OPM Claims Responsibility of Shooting, Dares Jokowi to Catch Them
The military wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has claimed accountability over the shooting in Nduga that killed 31 construction workers.

Economic policy in Jakarta should improve public welfare: Baswedan
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that the economic policy in Jakarta, which is based on justice and equality, should be able to improve the public welfare and narrow down social gap.
— Antara News

Indonesia facing upsurge in separatist violence from independence fighters in Papua
Indonesian authorities are scrambling to deal with an outbreak of separatist violence on one of Australia’s nearest neighbouring islands.
— 9 News

Indonesia wants joint ASEAN Cybersecurity Regulation
Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara assessed that ASEAN cybersecurity was among important issues to be discussed at the Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and ASEAN.
— Antara News

All New Honda Brio Contributes 51 Percent of Total Sales in November
In November 2018, the All New Honda Brio became Honda’s best-selling product with sales reaching 8,152 units, or 51 percent of Honda’s total sales.
— Netral News

Diligent launches first global governance think-tank with Diligent Institute
– Diligent Corporation today unveiled the Diligent Institute, a groundbreaking think tank dedicated to filling a void for today’s board directors around a global perspective on governance.
— Antara News

Minister of Transportation Supports Opening of Electric Car Charging Stations
Indonesia Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has conveyed his support for the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in opening electric car charging stations in Indonesia.
— Netral News

Bali receives three Australian family tourism awards
Bali received three awards as a family tourist destination from Australian travel media, Family Travel, which is under the Australian media company Bound Round.
— Antara News

Police Officers Banned from Making “Political” Hand Gestures on Photos
As the presidential election draws near and has begun to divide the nation, Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Azis has called on his subordinates to maintain impartiality and avoid making hand gestures while being photographed.
— Indonesia Expat

Zumi Zola Sentenced to 6 Years in Jail, IDR 500 Million Fine
Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced non-active Jambi Governor Zumi Zola six years imprisonment and a fine of Rp500 million.

Regulation reform is crucial in crisis mitigation: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati opined that important regulatory reforms were to be implemented as a mitigatory step for being better prepared in the face of an unexpected economic crisis.
— Antara News

Susi Pudjiastuti Discusses Coral Reefs in Monaco
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that Indonesia’s coral reefs are currently facing threats.

Democratic values must be instilled from childhood: Minister
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has said democratic values such as tolerance and mutual respect must be instilled from childhood.
— Antara News

Year-end Holiday; Airlines Asked to Keep Airfares `Realistic`
The Transportation Ministry calls on airlines to keep prices reasonable for travels during the Christmas and New Year`s holidays.

TNI Hampered by Armed Group during Victim Evacuation in Papua
The evacuation of shooting victims in Nduga, Papua, was disturbed by the armed group

Govt Considered Negligent in Handling Air Pollution Issues
A group of environmental activists expressed disappointment over the government`s negligence in handling air pollution issues.

Prabowo answers all your burning questions in his little blue book
Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto’s history has been the subject of many attacks from political opponents. A former Indonesian Military (TNI) general and son-in-law of former president Soeharto, Prabowo has been accused of being involved in human rights violations and wanting to bring back the New Order.
— The Jakarta Post

Google to release low-priced mobile phones in Indonesia
The WizPhone WP006, said to be Indonesia’s first smart feature phone, has taken the internet by storm after it was introduced at a Google for Indonesia event on Dec. 4 in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Developers Offer Lucrative Projects to Investors During Global Summit in Bali
Indonesian property developers are offering projects worth billions of dollars to global investors during the Global Business Summit of the International Real Estate Federation, or FIABCI, in Nusa Dua, Bali, this week.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia: Asia’s Sleeping Volcano for Investment
I’m writing this from Jakarta, the beeping of hooters filling the air as scooters whir past the Hotel Indonesia roundabout outside my window. There’s a 30-foot monument in the center of the traffic circle welcoming visitors to the Indonesian capital.
— The Street

Letter From the Singapore Strait: Crossing Into Indonesia
Sindo Ferry passengers have their passports checked and their luggage x-rayed before they board, but they are divided about how meaningful national boundaries are.

Indonesia: Hearing Women’s Voices in Managing Natural Resources
The flash flood that hit her village in 2006 unexpectedly propelled Dewi Sartika, 38, from low income into abject poverty.
— Relief Web

4 Brilliant Ways to Reuse Used Coffee Grounds
Here are 4 beneficial uses of coffee grounds, from face scrubs to mosquito repellent!


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Soil Day, December 5.


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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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