Indonesia morning news for August 1

Indonesia morning news for August 1
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‘Indonesia is not ready’: Millions of domestic workers have no protection
Every day, working mother Loecia Nhadilah and her husband get help from two domestic workers who live with them in East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

1 million civil servants to move from Jakarta to new capital city in Kalimantan: minister
Jakarta may lose around one-tenth of its citizens — all of them government workers — in the coming years as the government moves forward with its plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital city to the island of Kalimantan.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Home of journalist who covered corruption in Aceh burns down, arson suspected
The house in southeastern Aceh, belonging to Asnawi Liwi, a reporter for Aceh-based newspaper Serambi Indonesia, burned down early yesterday morning at around 2am.
— Coconuts

Rupiah strengthens as investors brace for Fed’s announcement
The exchange rate of the rupiah transacted between banks in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon strengthened, as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve’s (The Fed’s) key announcement of the monetary policy.
— Antara News

Jokowi to Announce Exact Location of New Capital City in August
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is said to announce the exact location of Indonesia’s new capital city in August of 2019.

Indonesia, China discuss mail-order brides issue
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi held bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Bangkok on Tuesday to discuss joint efforts to solve the issue of human trafficking under the pretext of mail-order brides,
— Antara News

Mount Kerinci in Jambi erupts, airlines told to avoid area
Mount Kerinci in Jambi erupted at 12:48 p.m. on Wednesday, prompting authorities to advise airlines to avoid the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Investment will grow double digits: BKPM chief
The realization of investment in the country will grow double digits owing to the recovery in investment trends, Chief of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong has stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta to stop logistical aid to refugees
The Jakarta Social Affairs Agency will soon stop logistical aid to refugees from the Middle East currently housed at the former building of the West Jakarta military command (Kodim) in Kalideres, West Jakarta, starting on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s oil and gas regulator urges quick resolution for Chevron’s IDD project
Indonesia’s oil and gas regulator SKK Migas said the authorities want to speed up talks with Chevron Corp over the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) gas project to meet the onstream target of 2024.
— Reuters

ABB supports The Making of Indonesia 4.0
The world is undergoing transformational technological change.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Philippines EEZ boundary brings certainty, security
Although Southeast Asia might be occupied with a story of unresolved maritime boundaries, this year, the region witnessed a success story of resolved boundary negotiations.
— The Jakarta Post

Reef fish are faring fine in eastern Indonesia, study suggests
The coral reefs of the lesser Sunda-Banda seascape in southeastern Indonesia host some of the planet’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, which remain relatively untouched even as overfishing ravages sea life to the country’s west and all over the world.
— Mongabay

Bakamla nabs vessel for carrying nearly 100 tons of illegal diesel
The Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) apprehended an unregistered vessel carrying nearly 100 tons of illegal diesel in the waters of Batam, Riau Islands, on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Pasar Jaya to go green by selling ‘besek’ for Idul Adha
City-owned market operator Pasar Jaya will offer 20,000 besek (containers made of plaited bamboo) for sale to replace single-use plastic bags for Idul Adha, the Islamic Day of Sacrifice during which plastic bags are typically used to distribute qurban (sacrificial) meat.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is third-most optimistic nation worldwide in Q2 2019
The Nielsen research institute stated that Indonesia is the third-most optimistic nation in the world in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019.
— Antara News

Online transportation most preferred by urban consumers: survey
​​​​​The demands from Indonesian consumers for adequate transportation continues to grow, along with the increasing rate of urbanization, said Dr. David M.L. Tobing, S.H., M.Kn., Head of the Indonesia Consumer Community (KKI), in a statement received by Antara here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Philippines’ Jollibee sets sights on Indonesia with Coffee Bean beachhead
Philippines’ Jollibee Foods Corp is training its sights on Indonesia, with newly acquired US chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf its entry point in the economically expanding and densely populated Southeast Asian neighbor, its top officials said.
— ABS-CBN News

Indonesia, Vietnam to expedite completion of EEZ delimitation
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with Vietnam Foreign Minister/Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on margins of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, July 30.
— Antara News

Bangladesh seeks more energy deals with Indonesia
Bangladesh is seeking more cooperation with Indonesia in the energy sector, especially for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support its growing industrial sector, Bangladeshi State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Renewable energy, people’s will and government disincentives
A gold merchant in Blitar, East Java, where about 10 percent of the population is still considered poor, was recently asked by a rooftop solar panel contractor why he bought the product.
— The Jakarta Post

Electrifying Indonesia’s last stretch is tough work
In the corner of a house of West Nusa Tenggara’s Kwanko village in Dompu Regency, 35-year-old Anti kneels down to place a dozen water-filled plastic bottles in her refrigerator, soon to be frozen and sold to passing fishermen.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry reiterates call to curb lithium battery manufacturing
Director of Innovation System at the Research, Technology & Higher Education Ministry Ophirtus Sumule urged to control lithium battery manufacturing in Indonesia, as it is the dominant technology in electric vehicles, both motorcycles and cars.
— Antara News

Jokowi instructs to immediately extinguish forest fires
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given orders to immediately put out the forest fires currently raging in several regions across the country.
— Antara News

Blockchain in logistics shows promise but local adoption continues to lag
While news of an international blockchain summit in Jakarta has brought a sense of optimism, the adoption of blockchain technology in the country’s logistics sector is still very far from a reality, industry players and officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Vietnam seek middle ground to prevent more altercations at sea
Indonesia and Vietnam have begun talks on a “provisional arrangement” to prevent any further maritime skirmishes as they try to settle their overlapping claims to economic borders, which have been a source of tension between the Southeast Asian neighbors.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to fully finance ISPO certification for smallholders
The government has finally agreed to bear the costs incurred by smallhold farmers for obtaining Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification, a senior minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia struggles to increase hajj quota to 250 thousand: ambassador
Indonesia is struggling to increase its hajj quota, from 231 thousand pilgrims to 250 thousand next year, Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Maftuh Abegebriel stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia hopeful of India’s support for UNHRC candidacy
Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat has expressed confidence that India will support Indonesia’s candidacy as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 period.
— Antara News

Solar energy association criticizes govt’s renewable energy policy
The Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI) has criticized the issuance of four ministerial regulations that it claims do not support the government’s clean energy development program.
— The Jakarta Post

Police chief signs letter for Baswedan case team
Indonesian Police Chief General Tito Karnavian has signed a letter ordering members of the police’s technical team to undertake a thorough investigation into the Novel Baswedan acid attack case, a police spokesman said.
— Antara News

Body of India coffee tycoon found as letter hints at debt woes
V.G. Siddhartha, the founder of India’s biggest coffee chain, has been confirmed dead days after he purportedly wrote a letter indicating he was anxious about pressure from banks, investors and the tax authorities.
— The Jakarta Post

IS returnees help spread counter-radicalism messages online
Febri departed to join the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria some two years ago in hopes of reuniting with his family members who had left Indonesia before him to go to the so-called caliphate in 2015.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt initiates partnership scheme to involve private sector in transportation projects
To offset the limited state budget allocation for infrastructure development, the government is inviting the private sector to participate in building transportation facilities across the nation under a public private partnership (PPP).
— The Jakarta Post

Suspected foreign waste found near Bekasi landfill
Plastic and paper trash believed to have originated from abroad has been found near the Burangkeng landfill in Bekasi, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Strong Idul Fitri sales, efficiencies boost Mitra Adiperkasa’s H1 profits
Lifestyle retailer PT Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP) reported a stellar profit growth in the first half of this year, thanks to a sharp increase in sales during the Idul Fitri holiday last June and to its cost-cutting measures.
— The Jakarta Post

City appeals reclamation permit reinstatement order
The Jakarta administration has filed an appeal to challenge a Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruling ordering it to reinstate the permit of PT Taman Harapan Indah to build islet H.
— The Jakarta Post

Students, alumni hand in glove in campus marijuana trading: police
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police has blown the lid off the racket of suppliers of marijuana to several universities in West Jakarta’s areas being their very own students and graduates, a police officer confirmed.
— Antara News

Future of Islam Defenders Front in Jokowi’s hands
The future of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), a hard-line group notorious for its track record of religion-related violence, appears to be in limbo after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hinted at the possibility of refusing to extend the group’s mass organization permit.
— The Jakarta Post

Court rejects claims for compensation over miscarriage of justice
The light of hope in the face of Netty Herawati Hutabarat immediately faded when the South Jakarta District Court judge ruled on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by her youngest son, Arga Putra Samosir, has passed the statute of limitations.
— The Jakarta Post

Killer of Bekasi family gets death sentence
The Bekasi District Court has sentenced Haris Simamora, also known as Harry Aris Sandigon, to death after finding him guilty of killing of a family of four in Bekasi, West Java, in November 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Pregnant Indonesian IS member beaten to death in Syrian camp
The body of a pregnant Indonesian woman who was believed to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been found after reportedly being beaten to death at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp in Al-Hasakah, Syria.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi threatens to revoke permits of firms polluting Lake Toba
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo warned on Tuesday that companies that are found to be polluting Lake Toba in North Sumatra will have their licenses revoked, in a firm warning designed to jump start a clean-up in the world’s largest volcanic lake.
— The Jakarta Post

Anticorruption campaigners call for Jokowi to intervene in KPK race
Anticorruption campaigners have called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to intervene in the selection of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners to prevent the credibility and integrity of body from being undermined.
— The Jakarta Post

Police, military condemned for confiscating books deemed procommunist
The Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Surabaya, East Java, has lambasted the Kraksaan Police and the Indonesian Military for seizing books believed to contain communist teachings, saying the move was arbitrary and unlawful.
— The Jakarta Post

BI backs Indonesia to be hub for global sharia economy
Bank Indonesia (BI) supports the idea of turning Indonesia into a hub for the global sharia economy by expanding the scope of the Sharia Economic Festival (FESyar) and the Indonesia Sharia Economic Festival (ISEF) 2019, among others.
— Antara News

Court rejects ex-buskers’ lawsuit on compensation for false arrest, accusation
The South Jakarta District Court dismissed on Tuesday the lawsuit of four former buskers seeking financial compensation for wrongful arrest and false accusation in connection with a murder case in 2013.
— The Jakarta Post

VP Jusuf Kalla Challenges Anies, Jakartan to Reduce Air Pollution
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has challenged Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and people living in the capital to help reduce severe air pollution.

Indonesia’s EU CPO Market in Danger as Malaysia Could Step In
The tariff barrier imposed by the European Union (EU) against CPO-based biodiesel products has only been enforced on the products that come from Indonesia, which can pose as a threat as Malaysia – which is also the largest CPO producer in the world – has yet been hampered by EU’s anti-subsidy imports.

Sandiaga Uno’s Company Saratoga Nets Rp3.1tn Profit
Saratoga Investama Sedayu (IDX: SRTG), a compay owned by Sandiaga Uno, booked a net profit of Rp3.1 trillion during the first semester of 2019.

Drought in Tangerang Affects More Than 600 Hectares of Farms
The drought in Tangerang District is starting to affect the farms that are in the region. As of now, there are 668 hectares of productive lands that could face massive crop failures.

Twitter user threatened with lawsuit, then promised reward by gov’t for posting about identity theft scam
Recently, a Twitter user named Hendra Hendrawan, who goes by the handle @hendralm, posted a series of tweets claiming that millions of Indonesian citizens’ KTP (national ID card) and KK (family card) numbers, among other private data, had been stolen and sold online via social media platforms.
— Coconuts

Jokowi visits Kampong Ulos Hutaraja in North Sumatra
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given instructions to conduct improvements in the tourist attraction in Kampong Ulos Hutaraja located in Lumban Suhi-suhi Toruan, Pangururan Sub-district, Samosir District, North Sumatra Province.
— Antara News

Economist Expects Indonesia’s New Capital City is Kept Secret
Economist from the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Piter Abdullah hopes that the government will eventually keep the new location of Indonesia’s future capital city confidential.

Bank Mandiri Eyeing to Recover Rp10bn Lost During System Error
PT Bank Mandiri Tbk has set a target to completely recover the amount of money that the bank’s IT system accidentally wired to several of its customers during the system error on Saturday, July 20th.

Vendors return: City racks brains for better way to manage Kota Tua
The city’s efforts to control street vendors at West Jakarta’s main tourist attraction in the Kota Tua area seems to be going in circles. An attempt to relocate them nearby to Lokbin Kota Intan, a permanent city-run sales location on Jl.
— The Jakarta Post

Students Wear Masks to School as Land Fire Smog Shrouds Pekanbaru
The city of Pekanbaru in Riau is enveloped in thick smoke coming from the land and forest fires. Students and teachers are forced to wear masks to schools as precautionary measure due to the poor air quality.

Regent refuses to reconsider decision to revoke permit for Yogyakarta church
The regent of Bantul in Yogyakarta has refused to reconsider his decision to revoke a building permit (IMB) for an Indonesian Pentecostal Church (GPdI) in Sedayu district, deciding instead to face a possible lawsuit.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Commemorates Mahatma Gandhi 150th Anniversary
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan opened the bicycling event today that promotes non-violence and peace at the India House located at Taman Suropati Street in Central Jakarta.

Gunung Kidul mulls plan to build historical monument
The Gunung Kidul district government in Yogyakarta Special Province is mulling a plan to build a historical monument to keep cultural and historical heritages from pre-historical age, Mataram Islam era to independence struggle.
— Antara News

Fourth Indonesia Festival to be organized in Moscow, August 2-4
The 2019 Indonesia Festival will be organized at 16.5-ha Krasnaya Presnya Park located in the downtown of Moscow, Russia, from August 2-4, 2019.
— Antara News

Sword fight leads to murder in North Jakarta
The police have arrested two men identified as AR, 21, and AA, 20, for allegedly stabbing a person to death in Penjaringan, North Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Dozens cycle in Jakarta to commemorate Gandhi’s birth anniversary
Dozens of students, bike community members, diplomats, and staff of the Indian Embassy, here, Wednesday, cycled for 9.5 kilometers, from Menteng to Kemayoran, to commemorate the world peace icon Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
— Antara News

Villagers angered after digging grave for man who faked his death
It was a prank that went too far
— The Jakarta Post


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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