Indonesia morning news for August 14

Indonesia morning news for August 14
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Acute respiratory infection cases in South Sumatra reach 274,502
Fires raging through land and forest areas in South Sumatra Province during the January-June 2019 period resulted in 274,502 people suffering from acute respiratory tract infection, a health officer stated.
— Antara News

Nestle’s Indonesian investment: MNC pumps in USD100m to increase production by 25%
Nestle is increasing its Indonesian production capacity by 25% through the expansion of three of its factories in Karawang (West Java), Kejayan (East Java) and Panjang (Lampung).
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Indonesia ships back tonnes of Australian waste
Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday (Aug 13), as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash.

Police brigadier held hostage by armed civilian group in Papua found dead
Brig. Heidar, a member of the Papua Police crime directorate who was taken hostage on Monday has been found dead.
— The Jakarta Post

Four AP II executives summoned as witnesses in Rp 1 billion graft case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned on Tuesday four executives from state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II as witnesses in a graft case related to a baggage handling system procurement project.
— The Jakarta Post

Blast from the past: Indonesia military re-enactments
Military reenactments are sweeping Indonesia, where enthusiasts recreate battles from World War Two to the country’s fight for independence.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Indonesia needs $15 billion investment to meet geothermal target by 2025
Indonesia may require an estimated $15 billion (£12.43 billion) in investment to meet its target of reaching 7.2 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power capacity by 2025 and is studying ways to reduce project costs, an energy ministry official said on Tuesday.
— Euro News

Following US$2M funding, Singapore’s forex-tech startup Koku to expand into Indonesia
In April, Koku raised US$2 million led by Decent Capital, an investment firm started by Jason Zeng, who had co-founded Tencent Koku, a Singapore-based fintech startup which provides foreign exchange tech solutions to non-bank financial intermediaries (NBFIs), has announced its plans to expand into Indonesia.
— e27

Trump Jr. in Indonesia to kick off sale of luxury condos
PT MNC Land, an Indonesian builder, began a sale of luxury condos and mansions in two projects being developed in Indonesia in partnership with the Trump Organization, marking the US developer’s foray into Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— The Jakarta Post

B20 policy saves US$1.66 bn in foreign exchange
The 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20) policy has saved US$1.66 billion (Rp23.6 trillion) of the country’s foreign exchange reserves from January to July 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has revealed.
— Antara News

EU Hits Indonesia With New Biodiesel Levies, Risking Tit for Tat
The European Union imposed tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia to counter alleged subsidies to producers in the country, risking tit-for-tat retaliation by the Indonesian government.
— Bloomberg

Focus on Java holds back Indonesia’s manufacturing industry
The manufacturing sector is the largest contributor to Indonesian exports as well as the country’s GDP, but the fact that the sector is heavily concentrated on one island of the archipelago has been holding it back, experts believe.
— The Jakarta Post

Not Just Bali: Indonesia Hopes to Develop More Tourism Sites
Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on gray stone steps atop the world’s largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking cellphones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight.

Reducing fires in Indonesia could help air quality across Southeast Asia
Better land management in Indonesia could reduce the number of deaths from air pollution, research has found.
— Air Quality News

Indonesia’s oil production to reach 755,000 b/d this year
The oil production of Indonesia is estimated to reach 755,000 barrel per day (b/d) this year as the country has attempted to boost exploration, oil and gas upstream regulator (SKK Migas) said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia: the injustice system
It has been a rough few months for Indonesia’s already beleaguered legal system: two cases, alike yet different, highlighting how minority groups continue to be disenfranchised across the archipelago nation.
— The Interpreter

Rupiah remains in correction mode on Tuesday morning
The rupiah experienced another correction in the Jakarta interbank spot market on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

New SKK Migas deputy chairman to ‘kick around’ upstream production
Former operations director at the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) Fatar Yani Abdurrahman was promoted on Monday as the task force’s new deputy head with a renewed commitment to push upstream oil and gas production.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia encourages African Union to join infrastructure dialogue
The Indonesian government has encouraged the African Union to participate in the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) that will be held in Bali in the next two weeks on August 20 and 21, 2019.
— Antara News

Govt relies on investments to anchor growth amid global economic turmoil
Higher investments are essential for maintaining Indonesia’s stable annual economic growth, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says.
— The Jakarta Post

After perjury, KPK slaps ex-lawmaker Miryam with second charge in e-ID case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has opened a new chapter in its investigation into the e-ID corruption case with the naming four new suspects, including former lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani.
— The Jakarta Post

KAI offers discounts for veterans, police, military personnel
Railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) is offering discounts for long-distance trips to the elderly, Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, National Police personnel, Indonesian Veterans Legion (LVRI) members, journalists and toddlers.
— The Jakarta Post

GoPay to be available at 7,000 JNE vendors
Courier service and logistics company PT Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE) and GoPay e-wallet, a subsidiary of Gojek announced on Tuesday its partnership to provide more than 7,000 courier vendors with digital payment services.
— The Jakarta Post

Performance of capital market still gauged as good: OJK
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Wimboh Santoso affirmed that performance of the capital market was in a good condition in the midst of global uncertainty.
— Antara News

Consumer surveys paint bleak picture of Indonesia’s economy
Confidence among Indonesian consumers is deteriorating, according to recent surveys, as concerns over a lack of jobs mount and secondary spending drops against the backdrop of sluggish domestic economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Czech tourists not let off lightly after playing with holy water at Balinese temple
The Hindu-majority people of Bali are known to be deeply attached to their religious rituals and culture.
— The Jakarta Post

Four arrested for allegedly smuggling half a ton of marijuana
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has arrested four people suspected of being involved in the smuggling of 500 kilograms of marijuana from Aceh to Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN preps to supply 2 MW electricity to PNG’s Vanimo
Indonesian state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) is gearing up to supply electrical power to Vanimo, the capital of Sandaun Province, in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
— Antara News

Government discusses preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai
The government held a discussion on preparations for the Expo 2020 Dubai by highlighting the position of the Indonesian Pavilion in enhancing partnerships.
— Antara News

Cadet of French descent wins Indonesian hearts. Then, a photo changes everything
Enzo Zenz Allie, an 18-year-old Indonesian citizen of French descent, has become the unlikely subject of a social media controversy.
— The Jakarta Post

Police confirms security situation safe across Papua
The security situation throughout Papua Province was safe in the run-up to Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day commemoration on August 17, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja remarked.
— Antara News

Pertamina’s crude imports decline 35 percent
State oil and gas company Pertamina curbed its crude oil imports by nearly 35 percent since early this year by purchasing more domestic crude and condensate.
— Antara News

Swimmers returning after being trapped in Hong Kong
The Indonesian swimming team which was trapped at the Hong Kong International Airport after violent protests Monday, August 12, forced flight cancellations, are returning home with assistance from the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong.
— Antara News

Esemka tight-lipped over details of new pickup truck
The company that produces locally made car brand Esemka has remained tight-lipped about a plan to launch its first mass product, which has been revealed to be a pickup truck.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes inclusion of Meratus Mountains into UGGp list: ministry
Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya expressed keenness on witnessing the inclusion of Meratus Mountains in South Kalimantan Province into the prestigious list of UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGGp) in future to facilitate greater global exposure.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to return confiscated ‘jamu’ in Blitar
The Blitar Police in East Java will return 99 boxes containing 1,268 bottles of jamu (traditional herbal drinks) that were previously confiscated on suspicions that they had been produced without a permit.
— The Jakarta Post

Art of kamishibai helps children get ready for next tsunami
Children and their parents looked excited and entertained as they listened to Yoko Takafuji at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Followers of Muslim sect in C. Java celebrate Idul Adha on Tuesday
Hundreds of Muslim of the Aboge sect in Cikakak village of Banyumas regency, Central Java, celebrated Idul Adha on Tuesday, two days later than Muslims across the world generally observe the Islamic Day of Sacrifice.
— The Jakarta Post

Two fires break out in Jakarta on Tuesday morning
Two separate fires broke out early on Tuesday morning in the capital, leading authorities to deploy dozens of fire trucks and personnel to put out the flames.
— The Jakarta Post

Digitization strips traditional wedding invitation stores of past glory
For years, Tebet market in South Jakarta has been a popular place for would-be brides and grooms seeking wedding invitations.
— 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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