Indonesia morning news for October 4

Indonesia morning news for October 4

Indonesia morning newsBank Indonesia Governor Signals Need to Hike Rates Ahead of Fed Increases
Indonesia must raise interest rates ahead of the United States Federal Reserve to avoid ‘drastic’ capital outflows, the central bank governor, Perry Warjiyo, said on Wednesday (03/10). (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)
— Jakarta Globe

‘Time running out’ for Indonesia tsunami survivors
Time was running out on Wednesday for anyone trapped in the debris of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, five days after disaster struck.
— Aljazeera

Death Toll in C. Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami Rises to More Than 1,400
The death toll from last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi has risen to 1,407, officials said on Wednesday (03/10).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia rocked by volcanic eruption after devastating Sulawesi quake
Mount Soputan in Indonesia erupted on Wednesday (Oct 3), throwing volcanic ash as high as 4,000m into the sky, days after an earthquake and tsunami killed more than 1,200 people on the same island.
— The Straits Times

UN warns Indonesia quake needs ‘vast’
Nearly 1,400 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, with United Nations (UN) officials warning needs are “vast” for both desperate survivors and rescue teams still searching for victims.
— The Asean Post

NZ Hercules on way to quake-hit Indonesia
The New Zealand aid response to the deadly Indonesian earthquake and tsunami has topped $5 million, with the Government committing an extra $3 million to disaster response.
— Otago Daily Times

Indonesian soldiers ordered to fire on looters in disaster zone
Indonesian soldiers have been ordered to fire on people caught looting on the quake and tsunami-struck island of Sulawesi, a colonel said Wednesday, October 3, after desperate survivors raided shops for food and water.
— Rappler

Indonesian Quake Survivors Recount Horrifying Experience
Mahmud Arif appeared dazed as he recalled the horrifying scene after a massive earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Friday and caused the soil in his neighborhood to erupt into torrents of mud.
— Benar News

‘Full impact’ of Indonesia disaster unclear, as UN teams push into worst-hit areas
“The Government of Indonesia have confirmed that 1,234 people have died following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi,” Jens Laerke, from the UN humanitarian coordinating office, OCHA, told journalists in Geneva.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Indonesian Companies Must Improve Corporate Disclosure Practices: Report
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Pushes More SMEs to Use Online Marketplace
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has set a target of having 8 million small and medium enterprises market their products and services online by 2019 to help them boost revenue and pave the way for their entry into the global market. (Reuters
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia tsunami: Survivors queue to escape widespread destruction of Palu in Sulawesi
Humanitarian aid is beginning to flow steadily into the city and surrounds, after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1,400 people, but now many victims are fleeing en masse.
— ABC News

Indonesian President faces election risk over ‘weak’ quake response
Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami could raise political risks for President Joko Widodo as he prepares a bid for re-election next year, with opponents keen to find fault in his handling of the disaster in a region with a history of sectarian strife.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia’s pragmatic policies giving it resilience amid market turbulence
A RELATIVELY small shock spawned by the devaluation of Thai baht in 1997 triggered a traumatic financial and economic collapse in Indonesia.
— The Business Times

Indonesia gov signals need to hike rates ahead of Fed increases
Indonesia must raise interest rates ahead of the US Federal Reserve to avoid “drastic” capital outflows, its central bank governor said on Wednesday.
— The Edge Markets

Venezuela to Donate US$10MN to Indonesia Earthquake Victims
The Venezuelan government announced Wednesday that it’d be donating US$10 million from its “solidarity fund,” Vice President of the country Delcy Rodriquez confirmed on her Twitter account.
— teleSUR

Mitsubishi Motors plans ¥4 billion boost to Indonesia output capacity
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it will spend ¥4 billion ($35 million) to ramp up production capacity at a plant in Indonesia to meet solid demand for its recently launched multipurpose vehicle.
— The Japan Times

What Went Wrong With Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System
n the aftermath of the Friday earthquake and ensuing tsunami that destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 1,200 people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, officials are beginning to sort out what went wrong with the country’s early warning system for tsunami detection.
— The New York Times (paywall)

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi Erupts, No Immediate Need for Evacuation
Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi reportedly erupted on Wednesday morning (03/10).
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) said the eruption started at 8.47 a.m. local time, when the volcano spewed a thick column of ash 4 kilometers into the air, which caused an ash fallout towards the west and northwest of the mountain.
— Jakarta Globe

Central Sulawesi Disaster Raises Risks for Jokowi as He Eyes Re-Election
The Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami could raise political risks for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as he prepares a bid for re-election next year, with opponents keen to find fault in his handling of the disaster in a region with a history sectarian strife.
— Jakarta Globe

Eruptions continue at Mt. Anak Krakatau in Lampung
Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, South Lampung, Lampung, has erupted 156 times over the past two days, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
— The Jakarta Post

Sulawesi quake: ‘The ground opened up and swallowed people’
Like in the movies, the ground opened up and “swallowed” people, said Ms Wulansari.
“It was like a giant worm chasing us underground… The last time I saw my sister I could only see her head. . Neck down she was in the moving mud,” the 18-year-old student told The Straits Times at a shelter on a windy hill near the remnants of her village in Central Sulawesi.
— The Straits Times

Airport in Disaster-Struck Palu Can Now Operate Around the Clock
The authorities have restored instrument navigation services at Mutiara SIS Al-Jufri Airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday (02/10), allowing flight operations at night, thus increasing the emergency response team’s ability to deliver supplies and evacuate victims from the area, which was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami late last week.
— Jakarta Globe

Unicef Raises Concern Over Fate of Thousands of Children Affected by C. Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami
The United Nations children’s agency raised concern on Monday (01/10) over the fate of thousands of children affected by last week earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.
— Jakarta Globe

6 Hoaxes Related to Palu, Donggala Earthquake According to Govt
The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry found several misleading contents that followed the Donggala earthquake and tsunami-stricken Palu in Central Sulawesi after the ministry strictly monitored the internet, social media, and online forums.

North Sulawesi’s Mt Soputan erupts, status raised to ‘Alert’
Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi’s Minahasa regency emitted a 4-kilometer column of ash on Wednesday morning around 8:47 a.m. local time, or 7:47 a.m. Jakarta time, prompting authorities to raise the volcano’s status to Level III (alert) of the four-level national volcano alert system.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN faces most difficult electricity recovery work in Palu
State-owned electricity company PLN says the damage to electricity infrastructure caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and the surrounding area was more serious than the damage caused by the more severe tsunami in Aceh in 2004 and the recent earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Telkom announces free telephone call, SMS services in earthquake-hit areas
PT Telekomunikasi Selular, a subsidiary of state-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), has made its SMS and telephone call services free to all operators in earthquake-hit Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, for 24 hours.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest alleged thieves pretending to be PLN officers
The Jakarta police have arrested four people who allegedly stole from houses in affluent neighborhood by pretending to be officers of state-owned electricity company PLN.
— The Jakarta Post

Why wrapping your luggage might be a good idea
Plastic wrap further works to ensure that no one can place anything inside your suitcase, such as drugs or other prohibited items that may land you in trouble.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Mikta promote creative economy in the UN
The Indonesian government is cooperating with a group of countries Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, Australia (MIKTA) to promote creative economy at the United Nations (UN).
— Antara News

President Jokowi again visits quake-hit C Sulawesi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) again visited Central Sulawesi which was severely hit by magnitude-7.4 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami, on Wednesday morning.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s new ETLE traffic cameras captured 232 violations on first day of trial
Early signs are looking good for Jakarta’s new Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system as it look like the cameras for the new automated policing system are identifying delinquent drivers just as intended.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Malaysia, Indonesia in collaboration to boost human capital development in aircraft component manufacturing
Aircraft component manufacturers in Malaysia and Indonesia are collaborating to boost human capital development so as to win more jobs from big names like Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia weighs tax cut for bond investors to help prop currency
INDONESIA is weighing proposals to cut the levy on gains from its sovereign bonds and extend tax breaks to exporters who will park their dollar earnings in local banks for a longer period as part of measures to shore up a weakening currency.
— The Business Times

Indonesian modem rental startup Passpod seeks to raise $2.6m in IPO
Indonesian modem rental company PT Yelooo Integra Datanet (Passpod) on Wednesday said it is looking to raise Rp 40 billion ($2.6 million) through an initial public offering this month on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX).
— Deal Street Asia

Indonesia are champions of ASEAN debates
Indonesia, represented by Universitas Indonesia (UI) have emerged as champions of the Gandhi Memorial ASEAN Debate Competition 2018, organised by Kuala Lumpur based Gandhi Memorial Trust (GMT).
— The Asean Post

Pertamina to issue global bond to finance investments
State energy holding company Pertamina will issue a global bond in an effort to seek alternative financing for its long-term investments, including in the upstream sector, says its finance director, Pahala N. Mansury.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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