Indonesia morning news for August 16

Indonesia morning news for August 16
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Indonesia’s foreign debt rises 10 percent on high govt borrowing
Indonesia’s external debt level was up about 10 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter due to a significant increase in government net borrowing.
— The Jakarta Post

Danone in Yogyakarta: Revamped research centre to focus on stunting and anaemia in Indonesia
Danone has officially inaugurated its newly expanded Danone Nutricia Research – Sarihusada Research & Innovation Centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia – to pump up research and innovation efforts on specialised nutrition needs in the country.
— Food Navigator- Asia

Healthcare, IT open new road to India-Indonesia friendship
Indonesia’s US$5 billion pharmaceutical market is dominated by 178 domestic companies, four state-owned and 24 multinational players, and one of the biggest challenges facing health care in the country today is getting access to medicines at lower prices.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt allocates Rp1,162 trillion for human resource development
The Indonesian Government has allocated Rp1,162.83 trillion for four major projects to create high-quality human resources under the National Mid-term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024.
— Antara News

City council approves Rp 360 billion budget to host Formula E
The Jakarta Council has approved Rp 360 billion (US$25.3 million) in funding for the city to host the Formula E race for electric cars in 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Police thwart alleged attempt to smuggle thousands of turtle eggs
Semparuk Police in Sambas regency, West Kalimantan, confiscated 1,340 turtle eggs allegedly being smuggled by a passenger of the KM Sabuk Nusantara 38 vessel during an operation in Sintete Port in the regency.
— The Jakarta Post

China, Indonesia cooperate in earthquake early warning system
A Chinese researcher and developer institution and an Indonesian agency announced a joint construction project on Thursday to install Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) in several locations, aiming at completing Indonesia’s system which only serves for tsunami warning system at present.
— Xinhua

Indonesia’s B30 biodiesel passes series of tests
Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said biodiesel with 30% palm diesel blend passed a series of cold temperature tests this week as the government aim to increase the palm content in biodiesel early next year.
— Khmer Times

Jokowi backpedals on state firm ‘superholding’
Once touted as a way for Indonesian state firms to go global, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signaled he’s backpedaling on a plan to set up a superholding company of state firms, the local version of Singapore’s Temasek or Malaysia’s Khazanah.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia posts trade deficit in July on weaker commodity prices
Indonesia has recorded a trade deficit of US$63 million in July on the back of weak commodity prices that has affected its export value, according to Statistic Indonesia (BPS) data released on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Thousands still homeless in W. Nusa Tenggara, one year after devastating earthquakes
The powerful earthquakes that rocked West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) last July and August laid waste to over 200,000 houses, many of which have yet to be repaired or rebuilt one year after the devastating incidents.
— The Jakarta Post

Number of retail investors inches toward 1m as brokerages, IDX push campaign
The low participation of individuals in Indonesia’s stock market leaves much potential to be tapped by securities companies operating in the country, so much so that they are tailoring their business strategies toward luring local individuals.
— The Jakarta Post

Oil and gas companies granted amnesty on data reports
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has raised awareness among oil and gas companies of recently issued Ministerial Regulation (Permen) No. 7/2019 on oil and gas data management that, most urgently, includes a data amnesty article.
— The Jakarta Post

Mastercard, Indonesia’s Artajasa to collaborate on payment gateway
Mastercard Inc (MA.N) said on Thursday it signed an agreement with Indonesian payment switching firm Artajasa Pembayaran Elektronis to make a foray into the Southeast Asian country’s national payment gateway system.
— Reuters

Pertamina to Distribute Oil Spill Compensation Next Week
Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore Northwest Java or PHE ONWJ announced it will start to deliver compensation to the residents affected by its oil spill next week.

Appellate court extends Irwandi Yusuf’s prison term, political participation ban
The Jakarta High Court has ruled upon appeal to increase Irwandi Yusuf’s sentence by one year, a ruling that comes three months after the suspended Aceh governor was found guilty of accepting bribes and illicit gifts totaling nearly Rp 10 billion (US$700,615) over two gubernatorial terms.
— The Jakarta Post

Salt farmers: Forced to choose between quality or competitiveness
Local salt farmers say they are caught between a rock and a hard place, having to choose to either improve the quality of their product or keep prices at a level low enough to compete with an influx of imported salt in the domestic market.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi awards Bintang Mahaputera Nararya to tycoon Sofjan Wanandi
Prominent Indonesian businessman-cum-politician Sofjan Wanandi has been awarded the Bintang Mahaputera Nararya, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the country and its citizens. Sofjan was among 29 recipients granted medals by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in a ceremony at the State Palace on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Kalimantan high schoolers win invention olympic gold medal in South Korea for cancer medication
Three high-school students from SMA 2 state high school in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, have won a gold medal at the World Invention Creativity Olympic (WICO) in Seoul for a herbal tea they created from a plant endemic to Kalimantan that can help to cure cancer.
— The Jakarta Post

100 mobile brigade personnel dispatched to Papua: NTT police chief
The East Nusa Tenggara provincial police on Thursday dispatched 100 members of its mobile brigade (Brimob) unit to Papua Province to assist in the law enforcement efforts against armed rebels.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s first family exposure puts some brands ahead of the rest
Many may remember images of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo walking out of a children’s goods store at the Tunjungan Plaza mall in Surabaya, East Java, late last year with white paper bags in his hands prominently displaying the store’s logo, Mothercare.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire at Pertamina oil pipeline in E. Kalimantan
A fire broke out on an oil pipeline at state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina’s Refinery Unit (RU) V in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, reportedly during repair works on the pipeline, on Thursday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Kashmir issue should be resolved through India-Pakistan dialogue: RI
Indonesia believes that dialogue and communication between Pakistan and India would be more desirable to resolve the Kashmir problem.
— Antara News

New Cabinet: Fresh effort to boost economy
With Indonesia’s economy softening and facing pressure from around the world, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans to overhaul the Cabinet to address economic issues to boost exports, investments and the digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Tour de Singkarak to promote tourism in West Sumatra, Jambi
The 11th Tour de Singkarak (TdS) international cycling race will be held in West Sumatra and Jambi Provinces from November 2-10, 2019.
— Antara News

Police investigate ‘IS’ bomb threat at Pattimura University in Ambon
The Maluku Police are investigating a bomb threat at Pattimura University’s School of Economics in Ambon amid rising fears of radicalism in academia.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Papua conflict escalates as report shows victims mostly women, children
The latest death of a police brigadier in Puncak regency, Papua, blamed on Papuan armed rebels, has prompted Vice President Jusuf Kalla to suggest a “counterattack” against the armed group, while a civil society team verifying the victims in Nduga claimed they had confirmed the death of 182 people in the regency, mostly women and children.
— The Jakarta Post

Journalist, scientist among Achmad Bakrie Awards recipients
The 17th Achmad Bakrie Awards has recognized four prominent figures deemed to have been inspirational and exemplary in their accomplishments in their fields of journalism, literature, health and science.
— The Jakarta Post

PSI reprimanded after car parked on sidewalk in front of Jakarta HQ
The Central Jakarta Transportation Agency has reprimanded the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) following reports from internet users that a car was parked on the sidewalk in front of the party’s headquarters in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Campus journalists challenge Indonesia’s limits on free press
A trial pitting student journalists and the top official of a government-run university in this northern city has begun, in what is seen as a test case of Indonesia’s limits on censorship, free press and gay rights.
— Aljazeera

More Jakartans enjoy the convenience of gas networks in their home
CM Sri Suhartati, a 68-year-old woman living in Perumnas Klender in East Jakarta, said she no longer had to stop cooking whenever her liquified petroleum gas (LPG) canister runs out of gas.
— The Jakarta Post

Family faction: Five brothers, sisters sit in council in regency of South Kalimantan
Four siblings with a brother-in-law have been officiated as council members in Hulu Sungai Selatan regency in South Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Far from home, asylum seekers mark Idul Adha despite limitations
It was a quiet Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) for the more than 1,000 Muslim asylum seekers sheltering at a former building of the West Jakarta district military command (Kodim) in Kalideres.
— The Jakarta Post

Czech couple pray in cleansing ritual after Bali temple antics
A Czech couple slammed for disrespecting a Balinese temple took part in a ritual purification ceremony Thursday, after their antics sparked warnings that boorish tourists may be kicked off the Indonesian holiday island.
— The Jakarta Post

Police lecture thousands of Malang university freshmen on radicalism, intolerance
Amid rising fears of radicalism in academia in recent years, several universities in the country have taken measures to prevent their students from being exposed to religious intolerance and anti-Pancasila ideas.
— The Jakarta Post

GKI Yasmin dispute to be settled this year: Bogor Mayor
The city administration of Bogor in West Java has vowed to resolve a dispute over a church that has been refused a building permit for years despite a Supreme Court ruling in its favor.
— The Jakarta Post

Events, discounts mark Independence Day in Jakarta
Various special events and discounts will enliven the celebration of Indonesia’s 74th Independent Day in Jakarta on Aug. 17, to the pleasure of residents and tourists alike.
— 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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