Indonesia morning news for October 8

Indonesia morning news for October 8

Indonesia morning newsAnger, dismay as Indonesia says search for Sulawesi quake victims to end
PALU, INDONESIA (REUTERS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) – Indonesian rescue workers will stop searching for the bodies of victims of an earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi on Thursday (Oct 11), the national disaster mitigation agency said on Sunday, raising anger, sadness and resignation among relatives of those still missing.
— The Straits Times

Signs of life detected under quake rubble as death toll passes 1500
Possible signs of life have been detected underneath a hotel on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, one week after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami caused mass destruction across the region.
— 9News

Forex Reserves Drop by $3.1b in September: Bank Indonesia
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves dropped by about $3.1 billion in September, partly due to currency market intervention, Bank Indonesia said on Friday (05/10), as the rupiah continued to trade near its weakest in over 20 years.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia considers making devastated areas mass graves
Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves.
— Pattaya Mail

Indonesia set to tighten noose on online sellers evading tax
Indonesia plans to require online merchants to own tax identification numbers starting this year, part of efforts to boost revenue and improve compliance in the fast-growing e-commerce industry.
— CPI Financial

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Google to Build Cloud Facility in Indonesia
Tech giant Google announced on Thursday (04/10) that it plans to open a Google Cloud region facility in Indonesia to strengthen its business and capture a larger customers base.
— Jakarta Globe

Industrialists asked to stop producing disposable plastic wrapper
e Indonesia asks the country`s industrialists to stop producing disposable plastic wrapper to create a healthier environment especially the country`s water territory.
— Antara News

Indonesia tsunami: Palu a land of camps and makeshift clinics as earthquake recovery efforts continue
For tens of thousands of Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami survivors, home for the next few months, if not years, will be one of the many camps springing up all over the region.
— ABC News

IMF gathers in Indonesia to focus on global economic tremors
Rising protectionism, vulnerable emerging markets and record debt levels: The IMF holds its annual meeting this week in earthquake-stricken Indonesia, as it shines a light on tremors in the global economy.
— Bangkok Post

Arison Family Foundation Pledges $5 Million to Disaster Relief
The Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation has pledged $5 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines and the recent Indonesia earthquake and resulting tsunami.
— The Maritime Executive

News focus – IMF-WB meetings to be the largest in history by Otniel Tamindael
to be attended by more than 30 thousand people from all over the world, the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) Group in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian island resort of Bali will be the largest in history
— Antara News

Millions of Indonesians could have diabetes without knowing it
In 2013, 12 million Indonesians aged above 15 were suspected of having type 2 diabetes, according to a Indonesia Basic Health Research report by the Health Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

90 percent of drug smuggling into Indonesia via sea
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said 90 percent of drug smuggling in Indonesia is made via sea.
— Antara News

Indonesian officials fear 5,000 missing as Christians pray
PALU, Indonesia — Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing.
— The Washington Post

Indonesia-based company GO-JEK plans to hire 200 engineers in Bengaluru
As the ride-hailing service company, GO-JEK looks to expand its presence across SouthEast Asia, it also works on strengthening its team.
— People Matters

Indonesia’s disaster relief spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho juggles aid work with cancer
National Disaster spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has been working day and night since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
— ABC News

News Focus – Indonesia pleased to witness rise in Chinese tourist spending
China has overtaken Australia in contributing the largest number of foreign tourists to Indonesia, and Chinese tourist spending too has increased.
— Antara News

China-proposed BRI set to compliment economic integration across Asia
Five years after China put forward a new Maritime Silk Road initiative, Indonesian Parliament Speaker Bambang Soesatyo vividly remembers how it came to be.
— Global Times

Foreign Ministry encourages Balikapapan`s MSMEs to penetrate Asean market
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has encouraged Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, to improve their competitiveness in order to penetrate the ASEAN markets.
— Antara News

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Indonesia fears post-tunsami disease epidemics
Hospitals in Palu are understaffed with doctors and overflowing with patients already and now the health conditions in central Sulawesi Island are deteriorating.
— Aljazeera

‘We just find bodies’: Quake survivor hopes turn to search for dead
ng masks to ward off the stench of death, Indonesian soldiers trudge over mountains of mud and concrete, moving slowly as they poke and prod the wreckage.
— Channel News Asia

IMF Managing Director Lagarde to Visit Lombok
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde will be visiting the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara Province during her stay in Indonesia.

Traffic violations drop 40 percent during E-TLE trial run: Police
Jakarta saw a 40 percent drop in traffic violations on the fifth day of the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (E-TLE) system trial run, according to police.
— The Jakarta Post

Cambodian PM begins 2-nation tour to Japan, Indonesia
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen embarked on a two-nation tour to Japan and Indonesia on Saturday morning, a senior official said.
— Infosurhoy

Palu`s main market has opened, guarded by TNI
The main traditional market in Palu, Central Sulawesi, has begun operating under tight security provided by TNI (military). Groups of fully armed TNI personnel were seen guarding every corner of the market on Thursday, although trading had not yet returned to normal.
— Antara News

Indonesia, New Zealand Intensify Bilateral Cooperation
The diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Indonesia were made formal in 1958.

No excessive security measures during IMF-WB meetings in Bali
Staff of the General Affairs of the Indonesian Defense Forces (Kasum TNI) Vice Admiral Didit Herdiawan Ashaf has stated there will be no excessive security measures during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank …
— Antara News

Satellite time-lapse shows Palu devastated by ‘land tsunami’ as ‘liquid’ soil devours homes
On Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNBP) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho shared a time-lapse of satellite imagery on his Instagram account, showing how liquefaction devastated neighborhoods on Sept. 28 in Palu, Central Sulawesi .
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s BNPB receives Qatari aid
Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB) has received the Qatari aid assistance, which was directed by Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to be sent to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Indonesia shaping the South East Asian foreign policy of India and Sri Lanka
Indonesia with more than 17,000 islands, occupies a key geopolitical position in the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc.
— Modern Diplomacy

Asean Leaders to Meet on Sidelines of IMF-WB Annual Meetings in Bali
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, will convene on the sidelines of the 2018 IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, as part of the regional bloc’s effort to align the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the 2025 Asean Vision.
— Jakarta Globe

Palu students welcome to study in 38 universities across country
The Indonesia State University Rectors Assembly (MRPTNI) has opened up classes to students of the damaged Tadulako University in Palu, Central Sulawesi, at 38 state universities across the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Escaped prisoners who fail to return to jail after quake to face dire consequences: Govt
More than 1,000 escaped prisoners in Central Sulawesi remain free following the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that damaged several correctional facilities in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia opens 2018 Asian Para Games in heartwarming ceremony
Indonesia kicked off the 3rd Asian Para Games at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta with a heartwarming ceremony on Saturday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Mount Anak Krakatau seismically erupts 407 times
k Krakatau located in the Sunda Strait, South Lampung District, Lampung Province, has seismically erupted 407 times and spewed lava since Saturday until Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Aid begins to reach remote communities after double disaster
Humanitarian relief is reaching remote areas in Sulawesi for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami struck.
— Al Jazeera

IMF-WB meeting organizers plant coral reefs in Bali
nal Organizing Committee of the IMF-WB (the International Monetary Fund-World Bank) Annual Meetings has planted coral reefs on Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, as an effort to conserve the environment. “This event is not …
— Antara News

Central Sulawesi`s quake victims to receive social aid funds: Ministry
l Affairs Ministry has ensured that all residents of Central Sulawesi Province suffering from the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami will receive the government`s social aid fund of Rp10,000 per person for three months
— Antara News

Government receives assistance from int`l NGO in the form of money
The Indonesian government received international assistance for post-disaster recovery in Central Sulawesi in the form of money from international NGOs.
— Antara News

Three villages affected by mt Gamalama`s volcanic ash
Three Indonesian villages in West Ternate Sub-district, North Maluku Province, were affected by volcanic ash of Mount Gamalama that erupted on Thursday.
— Antara News

Hundreds Deposit Money as Banks Resume Operations in Palu
Palu – Banks in Palu, Central Sulawesi, have begun to resume their operations following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the area last week.

Police uncover alleged graft involving Rembang vehicle tests
Two transportation agency officials have been arrested in Rembang, Central Java, for allegedly collecting Illegal levies from motorized vehicle tests since 2013.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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