Indonesia morning news for November 7

Indonesia morning news for November 7
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s retail sales grew 4.8 pct y/y in September
Retail sales in Indonesia grew 4.8 percent in September from a year earlier compared with August’s 6.1 percent annual growth, a central bank survey showed on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Less than 1,000 psychiatrists for 260 million Indonesians
For its size, Indonesia has a severe shortage of mental health practitioners.
— The Jakarta Post

Families hold mass prayer at sea for victims of Indonesia’s Lion Air crash
Hundreds of grieving relatives prayed Tuesday (Nov 6) at the spot where a Lion Air jet plunged into the sea as revelations over the jet’s malfunctioning air speed indicator raised fresh questions about the cause of the accident.
— Channel News Asia

Budget for palu reconstruction awaits local regulation: kalla
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that the budget for reconstruction in Central Sulawesi awaits a regional government regulation on Spatial Planning for post-disaster relocation in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala.
— Antara News

Government considers formation of aviation court: Kalla
The government will consider the proposed formation of an aviation court, following the incident of the Lion Air JT 610 plane crash in Tanjung Karawang waters, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
— Antara News

Lion Air victims` search continuation to be decided Wednesday: Basarnas
The decision to continue search and evacuation activities for victims of the Lion Air JT 610 plane crash will be taken on Wednesday noon, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Head Muhammad Syaugi stated.
— Antara News

UPDATE 1-Indonesia’s PLN gets $1.6 bln loan for giant power station project
Indonesia’s state-owned power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) said it has secured a $1.62 billion syndicated loan facility to support its role in the country’s ambitious 35 gigawatt power station development programme.
— Reuters

Indonesia extends three energy contracts, opens third bidding round
Indonesia has decided to award 20-year contract extensions from 2022 to three existing oil and gas block operators, Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar said late on Monday.
— Reuters Africa

Mixed reaction greets cancelled plan to hike cigarette tax
The government has canceled its plan to increase the excise tax for tobacco and tobacco products in 2019 and has also postponed its plan to simplify the tax, which has met with mixed responses from industry and consumer groups.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian passenger plane grounded after passengers complain about smell of durian fruit
There has been another incident involving an Indonesian passenger plane — this time after complaints about a two-tonne load of the pungent-smelling durian fruit.
— ABC News

Indonesian Startup Uses Road Safety to Drive Women’s Empowerment
Iim Fahima Jachja cannot operate a vehicle and relies on a driver to get around the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but that did not stop her from putting road safety at the heart of her women’s empowerment startup.
— Voice of America

South Sumatra plans restoration of hundreds of hectares of peat land
Peat land restoration would cover around 594,231 hectares in South Sumatra this year to preserve the environment, a government official said.
— Antara News

BPOM seizes sex aids, other items worth Rp 17 billion
The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) had seized unlicensed sex enhancers and other products worth Rp 17.4 billion (US$1.2 million) from two warehouses and a house in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi to merge 110 schools
The Bekasi administration in West Java plans to merge 110 elementary schools into 50 schools in an attempt to cut costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Lender BRI Launches Mobile App to Empower Small Businesses, Boost Creative Economy
State-controlled lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia launched its Wirausaha Brilian smartphone application, which is aimed at giving small businesses easier access to entrepreneurship training.
— Jakarta Globe

Digital revolution making waves in Indonesia’s healthcare industry
Jonathan Sudharta realized the gap within Indonesia’s healthcare industry very early. In 2016, he created a website with the aim of directly connecting doctors and patients on one platform. He called it HaloDoc.
— CGTN (media release)

Indonesia eyes millennial tourists at London trade fair
The Tourism Ministry is eyeing the millennial market at London`s World Travel Market (WTM) by establishing some 100 tourist destinations to serve as photo spots and be showcased on social media platforms, including …
— Antara News

Lack of high-quality startups contributes to Series B crunch, says
Indonesia may be seeing a scarcity of Series B deals, but this phenomenon is hardly down to a shortage of scale-stage investors, according to YC Ng, a partner at Latitude Venture Partners (LVP), the newly-formed venture capital arm of Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas.
— Dealstreet Asia (paywall)

Indonesia: Crackdowns on LGBTI people hit alarming level
LGBTI communities in Indonesia are facing increasing crackdowns both from the police and the municipal police (Satpol PP) with at least four series of arrests and public humiliations having taken place across the country in the past month, Amnesty International says.
— Amnesty International

Gov`t Declines to Compensate False Arrest Victims
The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) accuses the government of failing to compensate two street performers in South Jakarta who fell victim to a case of false arrest by the police.

Jokowi Expects MRT Jakarta Ticket Price Set at Rp8,000
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi mentioned the ticket price that will be charged to the public when the capital`s Mass Rapid Transit or MRT Jakarta operated.

2 Protected Crested Serpent Eagles Reintroduced to the Wild
The Yogyakarta Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) successfully reintroduced two crested serpent eagles to the wild at the Hutan Raya Bunder Park in the Gunung Kidul Department, Yogyakarta, on Monday, November 5.

FAO assists farmers, fishermen to recover from natural disasters
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a recovery program to help over 70 thousand Indonesian
— Antara News

Operation Zebra 2018: Police Issue Tickets to 52,366 Violators in 7 days
The Jakarta Metro Police’s Operation Zebra 2018 has been conducted for seven days until Monday, Nov 5. Throughout the seven days, police have ticketed 52,366 violators (motorcycles and cars).
— Netral News

Jakarta`s elevated railsway to be operational in March 2019
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) riding the Jakarta elevated railway, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), from its station at Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Lebak Bulus on Tuesday saying the mass transport system would be operational in …
— Antara News

West Java committed to preserving Cibodas biosphere
West Java Provincial Administration Secretary Iwa Karniwa voiced the provincial administration`s commitment to continue to preserve the Cibodas Biosphere Reserve established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and …
— Antara News

Four Indonesian oil and gas blocks up for auction
The government put four exploration blocks up for auction on Monday, marking its third effort this year, in a bid to push up oil and gas production in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and three other provinces receive information transparency award
The Jakarta administration has received an award from the Central Information Commission (KIP) for its transparency in disseminating information to the public, together with Central Java, West Java and West Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia prioritizes health in national development
Health development in Indonesia is the most important pillar of national security, according to Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani.
— Antara News

Over 60 rectors of Asia`s universities meet in Surabaya
A total of 62 rectors of universities from 14 countries in Asia met at the 17th Asian University President Forum (AUPF) at Surabaya`s Petra Christian University (UK) on November 6-8, 2018.
— Antara News

Why Grab Doesn’t Have a Handle on Indonesia
With a fresh $2 billion war chest, Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Pte is doubling down on its expansion into Indonesia. Meanwhile, Go-Jek Indonesia PT is tiptoeing into its main competitor’s home turf, and making a foray into Vietnam’s buzzing cities.
— Bloomberg

‘They terrorized me every day’: Fintech debtors tell of abuse
Forty-year-old L, a Central Jakarta resident, wiped the tears that were streaming down her face as she recalled her experience being intimidated by an app-based lending firm.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Arrest 10 Women Suspected of “Being Lesbians”
Police in Padang, West Sumatra arrested the 10 women after someone reported them for being LGBTI. The person saw a photo of one of the women kissing and hugging another woman in a Facebook photo.
— Indonesia Expat


Feature photo Syachrul Anto

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Syachrul Anto, a 48-year-old volunteer diver from Surabaya who died recovering debris and human remains from Lion Air Flight JT610


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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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