Indonesia morning news for September 17

Indonesia morning news for September 17
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Indonesia morning newsMilitants free 3 Indonesian hostages in southern Philippines
Muslim militants have freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday.
Associated Press

Bali prepares 30 helicopters for heads of state for IMF-WB meeting
As many as 30 helicopters will be prepared to evacuate heads of state who will attend the IMF-World Bank meeting from October 8-14, 2018 in case of a tsunami and earthquake.

Quake-hit Lombok Declares Health Emergency over Malaria
Lombok is battling malaria, authorities said on Saturday, Sept. 15, declaring a health emergency after a series of earthquakes in July and August forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

Pertamina sends bid for Corridor block in South Sumatra
State-owned energy holding company Pertamina has sent a proposal for South Sumatra’s Corridor block, which is currently under the operation US-based oil firm ConocoPhillips, a government official said on Friday.
The Jakarta Post

Investors not disturbed by decision on domestic oil sale priority
Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Arcandra Tahar said the government`s decision to give priority to meet domestic demand for oil and gas would not disturb investors.

Coordinating Minister Luhut Reviews Simulation of Security for IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan as Chairperson of the National Committee for organizing the annual meeting of IMF-World Bank conducted a review of the security of the event on Saturday (09/16/2018).
Netral News

Economic Nationalism Is Back in Indonesia as Election Approaches
Facing a challenge from a self-proclaimed nationalist, President Joko Widodo has used speeches after his nomination for April’s vote to tout his success in wresting control of the nation’s prized natural resources from foreign companies.

Jokowi campaigns for MR vaccine amid low coverage
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has campaigned for the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine amid rejection of it in several regions.
The Jakarta Post

PNG and Indonesia cooperating on border development, says Pato
Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says economic and social development is already underway in the area around the border with Indonesia.
Radio New Zealand

At least 13 dead in Indonesia ferry accident
At least 13 people have been killed and eight are still missing after a ferry caught fire and sank in central Indonesia, an official said Saturday (Sept 15).
The Straits Times

Indonesia’s Go-Jek could ‘soon’ launch its ride-hailing app in Thailand
Indonesia’s largest ride-hailing, payments and services company, Go-Jek, plans to expand its presence across more markets in Southeast Asia in the near future, according to its president.

Go-Jek in Talks to Raise at Least $2 Billion in Funding
Go-Jek, Indonesia’s most valuable technology startup, is in talks to raise at least $2 billion to fuel an accelerated expansion overseas, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Indonesia plans to buy C-130J Super Hercules, CH-47 Chinooks
Indonesia’s defense minister has said the country intends to acquire new tactical airlifters and heavy-lift helicopters from the United States, as it continues its gradual drive to modernize its military.
Defense News

Russia to take on Australia and Indonesia in Asian coal market
Nikkei Asian Review

Nickel producers eye Indonesia to plug into EV battery market
Several global metals producers have set their sights on Indonesia’s nickel reserves to tap an expected surge in demand for the metal for electric vehicle batteries.

Authorities Arrest 8, Seize Hundreds of Ammunition in Papua
Joint officers from the Police and Indonesian Army (TNI) arrested eight people and seized hundreds of ammunition, a homemade firearm, and a number of documents at a residence in Mimika, Papua, on Saturday.

How Islamists stigmatise Indonesia’s transgender waria
Indonesia’s LGBTI community could be forgiven for thinking their search for equality is going backwards.
South China Morning Post

In Indonesia, long-term foreign bond investors keep faith – for now
Recent turbulence in Indonesian markets has tested the pain threshold for foreigners who invest in the country’s longer-term bonds, but they appear to be keeping their nerve.
The Star

Indonesia must improve its e-government
Indonesia is failing to keep up with other Southeast Asian nations in terms of providing efficient online public services, but measures can be taken to improve the situation.
The Jakarta Post

Nestle Using Satellites to Monitor Palm Oil Plantations for Deforestation
Nestle will use satellites to monitor palm oil plantations for signs of deforestation, it said on Friday, as it aims to speed up its commitment to more sustainable ingredient sourcing.
The New York Times

Indonesian Groups Call for Minority Religious Protections
Interfaith and human rights groups gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, this past week to show their support for Meiliana, an Indonesian Buddhist who was sentenced to 18 months prison in August for complaining about the volume of the call to prayer in the town of Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra.

Smart buildings for an energy-efficient Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of both, land area and population. Over the past five years, Indonesia’s urban population has increased by 53.5 percent, more than half of the country’s total population, according to Statistics Indonesia.
The ASEAN Post

PT Bank NTB Syariah converted into full-fledged Syariah Bank in Indonesia
The Islamic Banking industry in Indonesia received a new boost with the entrance of PT Bank NTB Syariah. The bank has successfully converted from a conventional bank into a full-fledged Syariah bank, which was officially launched on Thursday (Sept. 13).
Saudi Gazette

Government needs policy to encourage investment in renewable energy
The government will need to prepare a policy and regulation that can encourage development of investment in renewable energy in Indonesia.

Recruiting High School, Vocational School Graduates, Govt Ready to Produce 20,000 IT Technicians
The government focuses on building internet infrastructure despite several obstacles, such as geographical conditions. As is known, the Indonesian territory consists of thousands of islands, a condition which is quite a challenge for the development of internet infrastructure.
Netral News

Mitsubishi Motors Brings New Ambitions and Spirit to Surabaya 2018 GIIAS
PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI), the official distributor of passenger and light commercial vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Indonesia, participated in the Surabaya 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) event, which is held on September 15-23, 2018 at Grand City Convex, Surabaya.
Netral News

Drought, Water Deficit Hit 11 Provinces South of Equator
Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Data Center, Information and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reported that the drought and water deficit hit 11 provinces south of the equator.
Netral News

12-year-old Makassar drug fugitive surrenders to police
A 12-year-old elementary school student in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has turned himself in to the police after being a fugitive for a month.
The Jakarta Post

Yudhoyono’s party to sue Asia Sentinel over ‘false’ report
The Democratic Party will sue Hong Kong-based news website Asia Sentinel over its report accusing the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration of engaging in a “vast criminal conspiracy” to swindle US$12 billion from Indonesian taxpayers.
The Jakarta Post


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