Indonesia Morning News For March 23

Indonesia Morning News For March 23
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Indonesia morning newsPilgrimage travel agency under investigation for allegedly losing IDR1 trillion of customers’ money
It seems that there is no end to travel agencies in Indonesia literally robbing customers of their hard-earned money by exploiting their desire to go on the religious journey of a lifetime.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Noble Group hit with $260m lawsuit by Indonesian coal producer
Noble Group Ltd.’s week of woe just got worse as the commodity trader, which has defaulted on its debt and seen founder Richard Elman quit the board, said that it’s being sued by an Indonesian coal producer for more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
— Deal Street Asia

20 Indonesians on Saudi Death Row, 5 Charged with Witchcraft
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s civil protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, revealed that there are at least 20 Indonesians that face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for various allegations.

Batam Recalls Hundreds of Worms-infested Canned Mackerel
Industry and Commerce Agency (Disperindag) of Batam, Riau Islands, recalled hundreds of canned mackerel that contaminated with roundworms in several local supermarkets.

Distribution of Toxic Gas on Mount Ijen, Residents Hospitalized
Head of Information and Public Relations Data Center of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed that there has been a spread of poisonous gas on Mount Ijen.
— Netral News

Maintaining Economic Stability, BI Keeps 7-Day Reverse Repo Rate at 4.25 Percent
The Bank Indonesia (BI)’s Board of Governors Meeting (RDG) on March 21-22, 2018 decided to keep the BI 7-day Reverse Repo Rate fixed at 4.25 percent, with the Deposit Facility interest rate at 3.50 percent and the fixed Lending Facility at 5.00 percent.
— Netral News

In Indonesia, a shadowy campaign to stoke unrest as elections loom
A spate of mysterious attacks on Islamic clerics, schools and mosques in Indonesia in recent weeks has ramped up tensions as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country heads into provincial elections and a presidential poll next year.
— Channel NewsAsia

BRI to Install Deep Skimming in ATM
State-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Mataram branch planned to install a security tool dubbed Deep Skimming as to prevent break-ins in customers’ savings account through the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

JCI Ends Slipping 0.9 Percent on Trade Closing, Majority Sectors Plummet
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Thursday (3/22/2018)’s stock trading moved in two directions.
— Netral News

Indonesia central bank holds rates, keeps eye on rupiah
Indonesia’s central bank on Thursday kept its policy rate unchanged, as expected, saying its stance was sufficient to support the economy and pledged to keep the rupiah currency in line with fundamentals.
— The Business Times

Some 305 people in Minahasa affected by HIV/AIDS
Health Office of Minahasa District in North Sulawesi Province has reported that around 305 people had been infected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) until 2017.
— Antara News

Number of victims of Jambi pedophile reaches at least 87 teenagers
The Jambi Police has confirmed that at least 87 teenagers have become victims of a pedophile identified by his name as Toni alias Angel (28), and the number might increase as investigation is still going on.
— Antara News

Inspection Reveals 80 Percent Of Jakarta’s Construction Projects Unsafe
The Jakarta Manpower and Transmigration Agency has said that the majority of construction projects in the capital city are unsafe.
— Indonesia Expat

Credit Card Skimming in Indonesia: What to Do When Your Bank Account Gets Compromised
In the wake of a series of credit card skimming cases last week, lenders have taken efforts to strengthen their security systems and advise customers to take precautions.
— Jakarta Globe

Palm oil environmental issues stressed amid negative campaign fears
Joining the wave of what the industry has described as a “negative campaign” against palm oil, three documentaries on oil palm plantations have been released and two of them have garnered international recognition.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia dominates Qur`an rote competition for Asia-Pacific region
Indonesia dominated the Qur`an and Hadist rote competition for the Asia-Pacific region held by a Saudi royal family foundation this year, Saad an Namasi, Saudi Arabia`s religious affairs attache to Indonesia, stated.
— Antara News

Go-Jek drivers’, partners’ earnings total Rp 10 trillion, UI survey finds
Online transportation service company Go-Jek has distributed Rp 9.9 trillion (US$720.72 million) in earnings to its drivers and its micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) partners annually, a survey conducted by the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Economics and Business School has found.
— The Jakarta Post

Here Is a Simple Guide on How to Submit Your Tax Return, Stress-Free
It is tax season, and 14 million individual taxpayers must fill and submit their tax reports. So far, 6.1 million reports have been filed, and the remaining taxpayers have until Mar. 31 to fulfill their obligation.
— Jakarta Globe

Despite Government Pledges, Ravaging of Indonesia’s Forests Continues
Driving from Medan, Indonesia’s third-largest city, to Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake in the central highlands of Sumatra, the extent of the country’s deforestation becomes numbingly clear.
— Yale Environment 360

State contractors foot the bill in Indonesia’s infrastructure push
The debt of Indonesia’s four major listed state-owned construction companies jumped 57% to 156.2 trillion rupiah ($11.3 billion) last year, raising alarm about excessive borrowing being used to fund the government’s infrastructure push.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Ministry to use new technology for road repairs
The Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry said it would use a new product of technology a mixture of plastic asphalt and plastic rubber for road maintenance in various regions of the country.
— Antara News

2017 – a record year for Travel & Tourism in Indonesia
2017 was a record year for Indonesian Travel & Tourism with the sector contributing IDR787,100 billion to the nation’s economy, more than any other year on record, according to major new research released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
— eTurboNews

Rupee and rupiah seen vulnerable to U.S. rates, tantrums not expected
Rising U.S. interest rates are considered likely to undermine the high-yielding Indian rupee and Indonesian rupiah, but less this time around than during the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 2013 ‘taper-tantrum’.
— Reuters

Sinar Mas, East Ventures ink JV with Yahoo Japan, target growth stage startups
Indonesian venture capital firms Sinar Mas and East Ventures have entered a joint venture with Yahoo Japan to form EV Growth, a venture capital fund targeting to raise $150 million to be invested into growth stage startups in Southeast Asia and Indonesia in particular.
— Deal Street Asia

Opposition denounces Fiji First govt’s support for Indonesia
Fiji’s Opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party said it is deeply disturbed about allegations that the Fiji First Government acted forcibly to have Indonesia admitted as an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
— Radio New Zealand

Indonesia-Malaysia to discuss cross border traffic
Indonesian and Malaysia have agreed to impose tighter control over illegal border crossing that would prevent more undocumented Indonesian job seekers to enter Malaysia especially from North Kalimantan.
— Antara News


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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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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