Indonesia Morning News For March 21

Indonesia Morning News For March 21
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Indonesia morning newsBusiness selling expired food in West Jakarta had Rp 6 billion turnover: Police
A business in West Jakarta that sold expired food had a turnover of up to Rp 6 billion (US$436,200), police said on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indofood Books Profit of IDR4.17 Trillion in 2017
PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk posted current year earnings that can be distributed to owners of the parent entity (net income), which rose 0.6 percent.
— Netral News

BPOM Finds Roundworms in Canned Mackerel Farmer Jack
Pekanbaru`s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) recently banned the distribution of canned mackerel Farmer Jack after the agency discovered that it contained hazardous parasites.

Rokot Airport Expansion Costs Approximately IDR300 Billion
The Transportation Office of Mentawai Regency, West Sumatera Province, estimates the expansion of Rokot Airport on Sipora Island would cost IDR300 billion.
— Netral News

Bank Mandiri to distribute student loans
State-owned lender PT Bank Mandiri plans to distribute student loans as requested by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Ban on Face Veils at Indonesian University Lasted Just a Week
When the head of a prominent Islamic university in Indonesia banned the face-concealing niqab headdress on campus this month, calling it out of step with the country’s true culture, it seemed a significant pushback against the conservative drift of Islam.
— The New York Times

Protests sweep Indonesia over law criminalizing criticism
A wave of protests has swept Indonesia in recent days after legislation criminalizing criticism of lawmakers took effect on March 15.
— UCA News

Brunei, Indonesia work on new hybrid paddy varieties
A Research collaboration project on hybrid paddy varieties between the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood and PT Biogene Plantation from Indonesia has been going on for three planting seasons from 2016 to 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s parliament bans critical coverage of its members
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Indonesia’s constitutional court to overturn an article in a new law under which anyone, including journalists, could be prosecuted and jailed if they “disrespect” the country’s parliamentarians, and which therefore clearly violates press freedom.
— YubaNet

Indonesia’s Bulog secures permit to import 100,000 T buffalo meat in 2018
Indonesian state food procurement agency Bulog has obtained permit to import 100,000 tonnes of water buffalo meat this year, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Weakening of Rupiah May Boost Imported Goods Price
Expert of Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Unsrat) Manado, Agus T Poputra said weakening of the rupiah against the US dollar will boost the price of goods.
— Netral News

Indonesia expected to witness excessive supply of liquefied natural gas
Production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Indonesia is forecast to be oversupplied this year despite of rising domestic consumption.
— Hellenic Shipping News

561 Villages in South Sumatra Have Yet to Receive Village Funds in 2018
Reportedly there are 561 villages in three regions in South Sumatra which have yet to receive the Village Funds even though the first phase of the village fund has been disbursed.
— Netral News

Indonesia, Switzerland develop vocational education
The Indonesian government and Switzerland have cooperated on vocational education development through Skill for Competitiveness program (S4C), which is aimed at linking teaching process in the level of polytechnic school with the business sector.
— Antara News

Eastern Field gains majority control of Finders Resources
Recently-established Indonesian copper consortium Eastern Field Developments has announced that its shareholding in Finders Resources is now over 50 per cent, making it the majority shareholder.
— Australian Mining

Economic Growth Indonesia Expected to Slow in First Quarter of 2018
Despite (modestly) accelerating economic growth since 2016, concerns about Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) expansion persist.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Indonesia shares lower at close of trade; Jakarta Stock Exchange Composite down 0.73%
Indonesia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Infrastructure, Basic Industry and Consumer Industry sectors propelled shares lower.

97 percent of national rice assistance distributed
The distribution of social assistance in the form of rice for the poor, during the period of January-March 2018, has reached 97 percent of the nationwide distribution coverage.
— Antara News

Indonesian magazine refuses to apologize for cartoon
Indonesian weekly magazine Tempo has defied radical Muslims’ demand for an apology over a cartoon which they said insulted a Muslim cleric.
— UCA News

Govt Boosts Salt Farming to Achieve Self-sufficiency
The government is preparing land for salt farming in the eastern region of Indonesia in its effort to achieve salt-sufficiency, an official said. A number of salt-farming has been opened as expansion strategies in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).


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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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