Indonesia morning news for January 21

Indonesia morning news for January 21
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Indonesia morning newsCapital inflows reach Rp 14.75t as of Thursday
Bank Indonesia (BI) has recorded that capital inflows into the country totaled Rp 14.57 trillion (US$1.03 billion) in the period from Jan. 1 to Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia set to tax imports
Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says she is prepared to increase taxes on imports to keep the rising trade deficit under control and boost exports amid the potential global slowdown.
— Asean Economist

Indonesia’s Investment Outlook for 2019
Indonesia in recent years has registered a steady growth at above 5 percent. Steady investment flows have also allowed Indonesia’s economy to expand at a rapid pace.
— Asean Briefing

Jokowi 1-0 Prabowo: The key takeaways from the first Indonesian presidential debate
Indonesians will go to the polls in April to decide whether Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, earns a second term as president or his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, should succeed him.
— Asean Today

Indonesia to free ailing terror convict
Indonesian President Joko Widodo decided to free firebrand Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir next week by commuting his jail term over humanitarian concerns, a presidential aide said on Friday.
— Brinkwire

GOJEK buying majority of local startup
Indonesia’s largest on-demand multi-service platform GOJEK is acquiring a majority stake in Philippine startup, one of the fastest-growing fintech companies in Southeast Asia.
— Manila Bulletin

Let’s preserve nature: Bali requires foreign tourists to pay US$10
While battling against the plastic that has besieged its waters, Bali is preparing a bylaw that will impose a US$10 levy on foreign tourists.
— The Jakarta Post

Mt Merapi spews incandescent lava nine times on Saturday
Mount Merapi, which straddles the provinces of Central Java and Yogyakarta, spewed incandescent lava nine times on Saturday, the Center for Technological Research and Development for Geological Disasters (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta stated.
— Antara News

Political motives behind release of Indonesian high-profile prisoners
Ageing terrorist leader Abu Bakar Ba’asyir and former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama are both expected to be released from jail within days of each other this week, Ba’asyir six years ahead of schedule and Purnama after serving a near-full two-year term for blasphemy.
— Asia Times

Indonesia encourages completion of ASEAN concept regarding Indo-Pacific regional architecture
The Indonesian government encouraged the completion of the ASEAN concept regarding the Indo-Pacific regional architecture in accordance with the principles and scope of cooperation conveyed by Indonesia.
— Antara News

ASEAN encourages sustainable development to create regional stability, prosperity
Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to encourage sustainable cooperation as part of the efforts to create stability and prosperity in the region, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
— Antara News

Lack of incentives, uncertain supply hamper progress on biofuels
The production of biofuel from sources such as palm oil and sugarcane is prone to delays and vulnerable to fluctuating supplies and prices, the government has acknowledged.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s palm oil output seen rising 10pct in 2019 GAPKI
Indonesia’s palm oil production is expected to rise by 10 percent this year, the country’s industry association said on Thursday.
— Intellasia

Indonesia Ranked As The “Most Chilled Out” Country In The World
A new study has revealed that Indonesia is the most “chilled out” country in the world, followed by Australia.
— Indonesia Expat

Report indicates 89.1 percent of millennials optimistic about Indonesian diversity
Some 89.1 percent of the millennial generation are optimistic about diversity in Indonesia based on the Indonesia Millennial Report 2019.
— Antara News

5.2-magnitude quake hits northeast of Morotai Island
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit northeast of Morotai Island in North Maluku Province before dawn on Saturday, but it did not trigger a tsunami.
— Antara News

Jakarta to build 10 vocational schools, renovate 137 school buildings
The Jakarta provincial government has set aside Rp2.3 trillion in funds to build 10 new vocational schools and renovate 137 school buildings this year.
— Antara News

IDX’s new calculation reflects fairer value of shares
The Indonesia Stock Exchange’s (IDX) free-float methodology to be introduced on Feb. 1 is expected to encourage listed companies to increase the number of shares available for the public, securities firm Investa Saran Mandiri stock exchange analyst Hans Kwee has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian soccer chief resigns amid pressures in nat’l team
Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) chairman Eddy Rahmayadi resigned on Sunday amid poor outcomes in regional tournaments and on-going investigation into match-fixing allegation in the national league.
— Xinhua

Indonesia urged to bring Uighur rights issue to OIC
According to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, at least 2 million Muslim Uighurs and other minorities in China’s Xinjiang region have been forced into “political camps for
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Freeing of Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will have repercussions, warn analysts
Indonesian government made a bold statement three years ago when it put five of the most dangerous radical clerics in isolation cells to limit their influence beyond the prison walls.
— The Straits Times

How social media helps spread extremist content in Indonesia, and what’s being done about it
Despite efforts to stem the tide of radicalism on social media in Indonesia, groups and individuals with extreme Islamist views continue to emerge on digital platforms, sowing seeds of intolerance and violence.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesians disappointed by highly anticipated first presidential debate ahead of April election
Many Indonesians have taken to social media to express their disappointment at what they say was a lacklustre presidential debate kicking off the race to lead the island nation of 250 million people.
— Intellasia

Pertamina Oil, Gas Production Jump 42 Percent in 2018
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina recorded the country’s production of oil and gas throughout 2018 increased to 768,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOEPD). The figure jumped 42 percent when compared to that of last year at 542,000 barrels.

MUI lauds Ba`asyir`s release
The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has praised President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for his efforts to secure the unconditional release of terror convict Abu Bakar Ba`asyir.
— Antara News

Indonesians disappointed by highly anticipated first presidential debate ahead of April election
Many Indonesians have taken to social media to express their disappointment at what they say was a lacklustre presidential debate kicking off the race to lead the island nation of 250 million people.
— Intellasia

Public order agency officers chased off by Tanah Abang ‘preman’ thugs fighting relocation (Video)
After the Jakarta administration built a new skybridge designed in part to take the sellers off of the streets, it appears that getting them up there has become a challenge in and of itself due to the district’s notoriously infamous preman (street thugs).
— Coconuts (paywall)

Palu earthquake victims suffer food poisoning at shelter
Dozens of people from Kabonena and Tipo subdistricts in Palu, Central Sulawesi, who were displaced by a recent earthquake, have been hospitalized for reported food poisoning after consuming donated food on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

5 Memorable Moments in Inaugural Presidential Debate
The inaugural presidential debate has been completed. Facts, emotional responses, and outright attack on each candidate were thrown into the debate that was parted into six segments.

South Coast of Yogyakarta not significantly impacted by supermoon
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted that the supermoon phenomenon, which will occur from Jan 19 to 22, 2019, will not significantly impact the southern coast of Yogyakarta.
— Antara News

BMKG warns Southwest Aceh of tidal waves
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned people living in the southwest coast of Aceh Province to be alert of tidal waves that could appear due to the Supermoon phenomenon.
— Antara News

Rights lawyers challenge Indonesia detention of 3 activists
Human rights lawyers said Thursday they were mounting a court challenge to Indonesia’s detention of three Papuan activists on charges of treason.
— Intellasia

Indonesia Ranked as the “Most Chilled Out” Country in the World
A new study has revealed that Indonesia is the most “chilled out” country in the world, followed by Australia.
— Indonesia Expat

Trans-Java toll road to open at midnight but drivers may experience bottlenecks
The government has slated Monday as the day when the 938-kilometer trans-Java toll road will open fully from Merak in Banten to Probolinggo in East Java, although several issues remain unresolved.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Discusses Fair Prices of Non-subsidized Fuels
Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arcandra Tahar invited fuel oil corporate bodies (BU BBM) on Friday to discuss the prices of non-subsidized general fuels. He wanted to set fair prices of non-subsidized fuels.

Interest to study in the Netherlands high among Indonesians
Interest among Indonesian students to study in the Netherlands is high, considering its educational expertise in some majors, such as law and agriculture, as well as shared historical background.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Pertamina to boost domestic crude purchases from Jan
Indonesia’s state-run Pertamina has started increasing its purchases of domestic crude produced by private operators like Chevron from January onwards, as the government tries to narrow its trade deficit and cut down on its import bills.
— Intellasia

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption
Indonesian President Joko Widodo accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions.
— Intellasia

Indonesia, land of indulgent beauty treatments
Indonesia’s vast cultural heritage, which is shaped by rich gifts derived from nature, inexorably includes a range of beauty regimens. From top to toe, simple to sophisticated, there are choices for everyone.
— 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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