Indonesia morning news for September 11

Indonesia morning news for September 11
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Indonesia morning newsEast Nusa Tenggara Governor to Stop All Mines
East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor, Viktor B Laiskodat said that all types of mining on the island-based province would be monitored because they could damage the surrounding environment.
Netral News

Indonesia Charges Pole Suspected in Papua Arms Smuggling Plot
A Pole detained in Indonesia late last month could face life imprisonment having been charged with plotting against the state after being named as a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua, a police spokesman said on Monday.
The New York Times

Central bankers fretting about rupee, rupiah
In the past week, in all likelihood, the central banks of India and Indonesia pumped in billions of dollars to support their respective currencies with the Indian Rupee touching record lows against the US dollar and the Rupiah reaching its lowest level since the Asian financial crisis of 1998.

S. Korea’s Moon Asks Indonesia’s Help for Inter-Korea Peace
South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked his Indonesian counterpart on Monday to support efforts to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Associated Press

Indonesian Muslims celebrate Islamic New Year
Indonesian Muslims across the country held festivals, torchlight parades, and various rituals to welcome the Islamic New Year 1440 Hegira on Tuesday.

Ivanhoe Finds Partners for Slate of Films From Indonesia
“Crazy Rich Asians” producer Ivanhoe Pictures has teamed with three local production companies to deliver a slate of Indonesian movies.

Indonesia’s retail sales growth up 2.9 pct y/y in July
Retail sales in Indonesia grew at a stronger pace of 2.9 percent in July from a year earlier, compared with June’s 2.3 percent growth, as demand increases at the beginning of new academic year for primary and secondary schools, a central bank survey showed on Monday.

Indonesia, South Korea agree on development of Suralaya Power Plant
PT Indo Raya Tenaga (Indonesia) agreed on a commitment with Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (South Korea) for the construction of Unit 9 and 10 of Suralaya Coal Fired Power Plant in Banten.

Korean investors promise to hire more Indonesia workers
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has engaged in talks with businesspeople in Seoul in his bid to improve South Korean investment in Indonesia.
The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Calls South Korea `Old Friend`
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the 2018 Indonesia-Korea Business and Investment Forum called South Korea an old friend. Jokowi said many South Korean companies had running their businesses in Indonesia for decades.

Climbers trapped on Mount Lawu amid threats of forest fire
Around 100 mountaineers remained trapped on the peak of Mount Lawu in Magetan District, East Java Province, amid threats from a forest fire engulfing part of the mountain, a disaster mitigation agency`s official said.

If you exchange US$ for Indonesia rupiahs you get a free meal
As Indonesia’s currency trades at its weakest levels since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, a local restaurant chain is offering free meals to clients who can prove they have exchanged holdings of U.S. dollars for the ailing rupiah.
The Star

Indonesia fin min says state budget can weather rupiah’s fall
Indonesia’s finance minister said on Monday that a slump in the rupiah currency would be a net benefit for government income this year, seeking to reassure parliament that the country’s budget would not be thrown out by an emerging market rout.

Indonesia Raised Taxes on Imported Goods
In this new regulation, Indonesian government decided to raise taxes on some of the category from imported goods. The categories such as cosmetics, automotive, home appliances, electronic, to precious metal.
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

Government sets top-seven target for Indonesia at Asian Para Games
The Ministry of Youth and Sports targets Indonesia to rank among the top seven at the 2018 Asian Para Games to be held in Jakarta on Oct 6-13.

2018 Asian Para Games, Police Deploy 8,000 Personnel
The Jakarta Police are preparing 8,000 personnel to secure the 2018 Asian Para Games, which will take place in the capital from October 6-13, 2018.

Dozens of Officials File Reports With KPK After Receiving Free Asian Games Tickets
The national antigraft agency said on Friday (07/09) that it has received 19 reports from officials and government employees who had received gratuities in the form of free tickets to events during the 2018 Asian Games.
The Jakarta Globe

13 TV Stations Book Rp4.98tn Ad Revenue from Asian Games
At least 13 TV stations and networks reaped profits from last month’s Asian Games. From August 18 to September 2, the networks—booked Rp4.98 trillion in ad revenues.

ITSCL 2018 will be Held at JIExpo Kemayoran Jakarta, September 12th to 14th
Kamar Dagang dan Industri or KADIN (Industrial and Commerce Room) of Indonesia will hold annual exhibition for logistics and transportations sector.
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

Hyundai, LG to construct biodiesel factories in Indonesia
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji has said Korean companies Hyundai and LG will construct biodiesel factories in the province amid the government’s effort to expand the domestic use of the fuel through its mandatory 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ) policy.
The Jakarta Post

Mochtar Riady: The story of Lippo Group and modern Indonesia
From a small bicycle parts retailer in 1950s Indonesia, Lippo Group has grown into one of the country’s biggest and most diverse conglomerates.
Nikkei Asian Review

Defense Ministry`s financial management improving: audit board
The financial management and performance of the Defense Ministry has continued to improve over the past four months, according to the State Audit Board (BPK).

Kirk says mission to Indonesia bears fruit
A former leader with the West Virginia Fusion Center believes a recent demonstration of the network’s capabilities in the Far East will pay dividends toward U.S. security.
West Virginia MetroNews

Rohingya children excited to learn at Indonesian hospital complex
Rohingya children at Cox`s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh are excited to study at rooms located near the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA) field hospital complex.

DPR asks government to resolve three issues after Lombok earthquake
The Lombok Recovery Consultation Meeting, held by the House of Representatives (DPR) on Monday, asked the government to resolve three problems after the earthquake in Lombok.

Former minister Dahuri proposes fisheries export deregulation
Former Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Rokhmin Dahuri has proposed strengthening of policy deregulation measures in order to increase commodity exports in the maritime and fisheries sector.

Number of Children Smoking under 18 Years Old Continues to Increase
Nurul Luntungan from the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiative (CISDI) revealed various facts about smoking prevalence in Indonesia. Currently in Indonesia, active smokers account for 30 percent of the total population and 60 percent are dominated by men.
Netral News

Papua Police Will Not Tolerate Village Funds Corruption
Teluk Wondama Police Chief, AKBP Mathias Yosia Krey admitted there was a misappropriation of Village Funds in West Papua. Thus, it will act decisively against the perpetrators.
Netral News

Mount Anak Krakatau in Constant Tremors: Observatory Post
Mount Anak Krakatau has experienced constant tremors during the past three days, and the Anak Krakatau Observatory Post prohibited tourists and fishermen from going to areas near the crater within 2 kilometers.

Activists welcome NTT governor’s plan to halt mining
Environmental activists welcomed new East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat’s plan to halt mining in the province, but they warn that serious follow-up is needed to protect the environment.
The Jakarta Post

PGN Successfully Records US$1.62 Billion Revenue in 2017
As a form of commitment and responsibility on government instructions, PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk (PGN) on Monday (9/10/2018) held an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (RUPS-LB).
Netral News

PGN appoints Pertamina’s Gigih Prakoso as new president director
State-owned gas subholding company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) replaced on Monday outgoing president director Jobi Triananda Hasjim with Gigih Prakoso, who was formerly the investment planning and risk management director at state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina.
The Jakarta Post

Grab drivers stage rally at Jakarta office
Drivers of application-based ride-hailing company Grab staged a rally on Monday in front of the company’s office at the Lippo building in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
The Jakarta Post


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