Indonesia morning news for October 16

Indonesia morning news for October 16
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Indonesia morning newsInfrastructure in Indonesia: 13 New Toll Road Projects to Be Completed
In the 2015-2017 period, a total of 332 kilometers of toll roads were added to the nation’s toll road network. Meanwhile, in the January-September 2018 period another 136.1 kilometers of toll roads were added.
— Indonesia Investments

Cambodia Develops Halal Tourism to Lure Indonesian Tour
Phnom Penh – The Cambodian government and the country’s tourism industry are developing halal tourism to lure tourists from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Indonesian Embassy in Cambodia on Thursday, October 12, said that a number of investors were developing halal tourism in the country.

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Aceh`s Meulaboh
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Meulaboh, the capital city of West Aceh District, Aceh Province, on Monday evening but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Sept trade balance swings to positive
[JAKARTA] Indonesia’s trade balance unexpectedly swung back to surplus in September as both imports and exports grew much slower than expected, data released by the statistics bureau showed on Monday.
— The Business Times

Indonesia Urged to Follow in Malaysia’s Footsteps and Abolish Death Penalty
Jakarta. Indonesia must follow in Malaysia’s footsteps and abolish the death penalty because the county’s legal system is still prone to making mistakes, while the punishment itself does not serve as a deterrent, a lawmaker said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Coal Production Volume Relatively Low So Far in 2018
In the first three quarters of 2018, Indonesia’s total national coal production reached 319.08 million tons, or nearly 63 percent of the government’s full-year 2018 target (set at 506.9 million tons), according to the latest data from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.
— Indonesia Investments

Tahir exchanges US$93m of personal funds to help strengthen rupiah
As the rupiah continues to weaken, conglomerate and philanthropist Tahir has exchanged his United States and Singapore dollars into rupiah as an effort to strengthen Indonesia’s currency.
“I exchanged US$93 million plus an additional S$55 million into rupiah last week,” he said at the BI office in Jakarta on Monday, adding that the amount was equal to Rp 2 trillion.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi demands funds from Jakarta for flyover project
The Bekasi administration has threatened to block the route of Jakarta dump trucks to Bantar Gebang waste treatment facility if its Jakarta counterpart fails to pay financial compensation for having the dumpsite in the West Java city.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to build new Palu city after earthquake
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The government will build a new city to replace the old city of Palu in Central Sulawesi, which was recently hit by earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction, Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono disclosed here on Monday.
— Antara News

Minister Laoly demands strict supervision of foreigners
Bengkulu (ANTARA News) – Law and Human Rights Minister Yassona Laoly, during a visit to the city of Bengkulu on Monday, sought for tightening supervision of foreigners in the region.
— Antara News

KPK urged to be resolute in solving IndonesiaLeaks report case
Members, initiators and partners of IndonesiaLeaks, an independent whistle-blower platform that recently published a report on the alleged involvement of a top police officer in a bribery case, have urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be resolute in holding those allegedly responsible for the case accountable.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods affect 24,321 people in Aceh Singkil District
Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA News) – The Aceh Singkil Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that the floods that inundated 24 villages in the eight sub-districts of Aceh Singkil Districts, Aceh Province, affected 24,321 people.
— Antara News

17 missing students in North Sumatra flood rescued
A search and rescue team has rescued 17 school students who went missing after a flash flood inundated a school building in Muara Saladi village in Mandailing Natal regency, North Sumatra on Friday afternoon.
– The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to extend odd-even traffic policy until December
The Jakarta administration has decided to extend the odd-even traffic policy that many deemed successful for the rest of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

1,430 families in west sumatra remain isolated due to floods
Around 1,430 families living in the flood-hit areas of Pasaman Barat District, West Sumatra Province, remain unable to get relief aids because road access to the disaster zones were still cut off on Monday.
— Antara News

KPK arrests Bekasi officials, businesspeople
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has reportedly arrested 10 people — comprising officials from the Bekasi administration in West Java and private companies — in relation to property permits.
— The Jakarta Post

Google to build cloud facility in Indonesia
Google has revealed plans to bolster its Google Cloud Platform presence in Indonesia next year in a bid to build a larger customer base and business.
— Marketing Interactive

Pertamina sends 5,040 LPG canisters to Palu
A ship sent by state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina from Somber Seaport in Balikpapan arrived in Pantoloan Seaport in Palu on Saturday to deliver liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in 5,040 3-kilogram canisters.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Index Up on Positive IMF-WB Meeting 2018 Sentiment
Jakarta – The Jakarta composite index (IHSG) opened higher on Monday on positive sentiment of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank ending on Sunday in Nusa Dua, Bali.
The index of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) rose amid shrinking regional market, analysts said.

GKR Hemas Comments on Anti-Idolatry Group Ransacking Sea Offering
Yogyakarta Kraton’s King Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X Empress, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Hemas said that the group of people who tried to put an end to Pantai Baru beach’s sea offerings is trying to eradicate Indonesia’s tradition and culture.
“The people that tried to ban sea offerings are not aware of their nation’s culture” said Hemas to Tempo when we reached her on Sunday, October 14.

Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster
Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.

Corruption Eradication Commission arrests 10 in connection to Meikarta licensing case, Lippo stock drops
Lippo Group’s $20 billion mega-project was touted as the city of the future, but now its future is not so…
— (paywall)

Why Indonesia’s Children Are Not Growing
Experts say Indonesia is experiencing unexpectedly high rates of children stunting.
Studies show that many Indonesian children are stunted in their growth. They fail to grow as large as their parents. They also develop at a slower rate than healthy boys and girls.
— VOA News

N Maluku to collect data on prehistoric cave paintings in Kisar
Ambon, Maluku, (ANTARA News)- The North Maluku Cultural Heritage Preservation Office (BPCB) will collect data on prehistoric cave paintings existing in 36 caves on Kisar Island, Southwest Maluku District, Maluku Province, on Nov 14-28, 2018.
— Antara News

Bio Farma expands exports of vaccines to African markets
Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) – State-owned company PT Bio Farma (Persero) aims to expand vaccine exports to countries in Africa, as the region is one of the potential markets to absorb vaccine products manufactured in Indonesia.
— Antara News


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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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