Indonesia morning news for September 24

Indonesia morning news for September 24
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia presidential contenders vow peaceful campaign
Campaigning for Indonesia’s presidential election officially began Sunday with the two contenders releasing white doves and vowing a peaceful race as concerns simmer the campaign will sharpen religious and ethnic divides.
Associated Press

Amazon plans 14 trillion-rupiah investment in Indonesia
American tech giant Amazon is planning a 14 trillion-rupiah (SS1.3 billion) foray into Indonesia, in another major investment in the South-east Asian digital economy.
The Straits Times

Indonesian authorities taking on aggressive Chinese online lenders
Indonesian authorities have generally opened their arms to fintech companies offering online loans in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, viewing them as a way of getting credit to tens of millions of people often unable to access bank lending.

Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift in Guam waters
Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, had one of the loneliest jobs in the world: He was a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 125 kilometers out at sea, with weekly brief human contact and a walkie-talkie.
The Jakarta Post

Mount Anak Krakatau erupts, ‘caution’ status maintained
Mount Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) in the Sunda Strait, South Lampung regency, Lampung, erupted over 44 times over the weekend, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia may ease tax rates to stem rupiah slide
The sharp drop in the rupiah, caused by a widening current account deficit and further weakened by US-China trade tensions, has prompted Indonesia to mull over measures to stem a further slide.
The Straits Times

VP contender hits out at Jokowi’s rupiah policy
Indonesia’s upcoming election will be fought on the economy and jobs, with the country’s ailing currency set to be a key issue, vice president candidate Sandiaga Uno said in his first interview with foreign media since joining the race.
The ASEAN Post

Indonesia’s Dollar Supply Increases as Investors Return: Central Bank Governor
The value of the rupiah has stabilized in recent days as the domestic supply of dollars has increased due to inflows from returning investors and more exporters converting their earnings, Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Friday (21/09).
The Jakarta Globe

Dozens of ex-graft convicts to run in Indonesia elections
Dozens of Indonesians who served jail time for corruption are set to run for public office, the country’s electoral agency said Friday, as the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation kicks off campaigning at the weekend.
Agence France-Presse via Coconuts

Why does non-containerized cargo tariff need adjustment?
usiness stakeholders have just aggreed for adjustment of tariff for non-containerized cargo (OPP/OPT) at Tanjung Priok Port. Beginning October 1, 2018, the tariff will variously rise up, from 5 -20%, according to DKI Jakarta Stevedoring Companies’ Association (APBMI DKI Jakarta).
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

Indonesia Stuns Iran at AFC U-16 Championship
Indonesia secured a hard-fought 2-0 win over Iran in the opening AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 Group C match at the National Stadium on Friday.
Indonesia News Net

Kidnappers expected to strike again in Sabah as militants seek funds for terror activities
A sense of unease has overcome parts of the east Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island after a kidnapping incident off the waters of the coastal town of Semporna last week (Sep 11).
Channel NewsAsia

Woman who pushed maid’s head against toilet wall gets jail and compensation order
A 45-year-old woman who pushed her Indonesian maid so hard that it left blood on the toilet wall was on Friday (Sep 21) sentenced to 13 months’ jail.
Channel NewsAsia

1984: the meeting that changed everything for Sumatran rhinos
A 1984 agreement between zoos, conservationists and government officials marked the formal beginning of an international program that brought 40 Sumatran rhinos into captivity in an attempt to ward off extinction. Within 11 years, the program collapsed.

Activists say Indonesia dragging its heels on indigenous rights
Indigenous rights activists in Indonesia have expressed concern that the government is stalling the passage of a long-awaited bill on indigenous rights by tangling the legislative process in red tape.

What good is Asean, Indonesia wonders
Does the Association of Southeast Asian Nations matter? The question has been asked many times since Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand first came together under that banner more than 50 years ago.
South China Morning Post

Pakistan to test waters in fashion trade with Indonesia
Pakistan seeks to tap into Indonesia’s market as it gears up to participate at Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) for the first time next month.
The Jakarta Post

Qatar Charity’s aid projects in Indonesia benefits 8,000 families
Qatar Charity has distributed 100 income-generating projects to the families of orphans, whom it sponsors in the city of Aceh Besar of Aceh Province, Indonesia.
The Peninsula

Inovator 4.0 aims to push Indonesia into age of big data
The fourth industrial revolution, popularly known as Industry 4.0, is unstoppable. Soon, many occupations will be replaced with machines, limiting job opportunities.
The Jakarta Post

Rice imports based on detailed analysis and studies: lawmaker
A lawmaker said the decision on rice import, which has triggered controversy, was based on detailed analysis and study by the government.

Govt to build 1,000 job training centers at Islamic boarding schools
The Indonesian government will allocate Rp1 trillion in funds to build technical and vocational education and training centers (BLKs) at 1,000 Islamic boarding schools (Pesantren) across the country next year, a minister said.

Massively Building Toll Roads, Jasa Marga Focuses on Maintaining EBITDA Growth
Despite being massive in completing toll road projects, PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk (IDX:JSMR) remains focused on maintaining EBITDA growth. Some of the company’s toll road projects are targeted to be completed in 2019, thus requiring planned funding.
Netral News

Three SOEs Sign MOU with Five European Major Companies
As many as three state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including namely PT Len Industri (Persero), PT Railway Industry/INKA (Persero), state-railway company PT KAI (Persero), today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in cooperation with five major companies in Europe.
Netral News

Woman who pushed maid’s head against toilet wall gets jail and compensation order
A 45-year-old woman who pushed her Indonesian maid so hard that it left blood on the toilet wall was on Friday (Sep 21) sentenced to 13 months’ jail.
Channel NewsAsia

Government expands tax holiday to cover more businesses
The government is revising a regulation on tax holidays to increase the number of beneficiaries that are eligible for the fiscal incentives.
The Jakarta Post

Singapore`s Investment in Indonesia Up 38 Percent
Singapore`s new investment in Indonesia reached US$5.04 billion or rose 38 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year.

Indonesia`s External Debts Remain Manageable: BI
The structure of Indonesia`s external debts at the end of July 2018 remained manageable with healthy level, Bank Indonesia (BI) said.


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Rabies Day, September 28.


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