Indonesia morning news for August 21

Indonesia morning news for August 21
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Indonesia-US bilateral trade value targeted at US$50 billion
The Indonesian Trade Ministry has outlined a target for the value of bilateral trade between Indonesia and the United States to reach US$50 billion in the coming several years.
— Antara News

Calls mount for govt to investigate racial abuse against Papuans
As the country reels from a series of riots that erupted in Papua and several other regions, activists and nongovernmental organizations are calling for an immediate investigation into the racially charged conflict between Papuan university students and local mass organizations in Surabaya, East Java, that sparked the unrest.
— The Jakarta Post

Court upholds govt obligation to pay Rp 3.9t for victims of Maluku conflict
Families affected by the 1999 communal conflict in Maluku are entitled to receive compensation worth around Rp 3.9 trillion (US$273.3 million) in total, after the Supreme Court rejected a case review petition filed by the government challenging its obligation to provide compensation.
— The Jakarta Post

Infrastrucure, human resources highlight 2020 state budget spending
The 2020 draft state budget unveiled by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a House of Representatives (DPR) plenary meeting last Friday highlighted his commitment to continuing to improve the country’s infrastructure and human resources.
— The Jakarta Post

Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy
Thousands of refugees protested in Indonesia Tuesday (Aug 20), saying they had been stranded in the South-east Asian nation for years because of Australia’s tighter border policies.
— The Straits Times

Biodiesel to bolster Indonesia to not seek CPO price hike
Industry Minister Hartarto Airlangga has forecast that the government’s intent to make 30 percent biodiesel blend (B30) mandatory in 2020 may impact the crude palm oil (CPO) prices in the global market.
— Antara News

Online prostitution uncovered in Balikpapan
The Directorate of Special Crime of the East Kalimantan Police have uncovered an alleged online prostitution ring and detained eight women they are accusing of being sex workers in three hotels in Balikpapan and one man identified as DH they say was a pimp.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia should strategize to survive trade war
A lawmaker opined that the Indonesian government must rejig its approach by preparing a major strategy as an anticipatory measure against the impact of the US-China trade war that will roil the national economy.
— Antara News

Police targeted in 74 percent terror attacks in 2017-2018: study
A study of the Habibie Centre brought to light a harrowing fact that the police was on the radar of some 74 percent of the terror attacks in Indonesia during the 2017-2018 period.
— Antara News

Hundreds of inmates escape cells in Sorong during protests against racist abuse of Papuans
At least 258 inmates detained in Sorong Penitentiary in West Papua have escaped their prison cells after the building caught on fire during protests in the city that were in response to racist abuse being hurled at Papuan students on Java.
— The Jakarta Post

WhatsApp in talks to launch mobile payments in Indonesia
Facebook’s messaging service WhatsApp is in talks with multiple Indonesian digital payment firms to offer their mobile transaction services, in a bid to tap the nation’s fast growing e-commerce sector, people familiar with the matter said.

Police dispatches four units of Brimob personnel to West Papua
Four units of Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel from three provincial police are stationed in West Papua to facilitate restoration of security following riots in the provincial capital of Manokwari on Monday, a police spokesman stated.
— Antara News

BI unveils QR Code Indonesian Standard in North Sumatra
The Bank Indonesia (BI) Representative Office in North Sumatra Province introduced the Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS) to locals looking to make payments through server-based electronic money applications, electronic wallet (e-wallet), or mobile banking.
— Antara News

Gerindra Faction Questions Capital City Move
Parliament member from the Gerindra faction Bambang Haryo called for an interruption immediately after House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon opened the plenary session in discussing the Bill on the capital city-move budget plan.

Tokopedia Focus Expanding Business to Villages
Tokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya said the e-commerce company would expand its business to villages across Indonesia.

Violence in Sorong, more protests in Papua as anger over racism spreads
Violent unrest with gunshots has been reported from Sorong in West Papua, while protests over racism also occurred in other cities of the province and in the neighboring province of Papua on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Inka aims to secure Rp 7 trillion worth of order contracts from African, Asian countries
State-owned train manufacturing company PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia (Inka) is expecting to earn Rp 7.2 trillion (US$506.5 million) worth of order contracts this year, including from exports of rolling stock to African and Asian countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab, Gojek drivers want exemption from odd-even traffic scheme
The Jakarta administration’s plan to expand the odd-even license plate policy in an attempt to tackle congestion and air pollution has prompted strong protest from driver partners of ride-hailing apps, who claim the move poses a risk to their business.
— The Jakarta Post

2019 will see nine new toll roads, but that’s still not enough to cut logistics costs
Nine new toll roads in Java, South Sumatra, North Sulawesi and East Kalimantan with a combined length of about 400 kilometers will be inaugurated later this year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told his Instagram followers in a message posted last Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Student loan program gets tepid response
“I would like to give all of you work. And that work is called student loans.” These words were uttered by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about a year ago in a meeting with representatives of 114 banks at the State Palace.
— The Jakarta Post

Medco looks for strategic investors to support power plant development
Publicly listed energy company PT Medco Energi Internasional plans to sell shares of its subsidiary PT Medco Power Indonesia (MPI) as a part of its strategy to reorganize its portfolio and strengthen power plant development.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta seeks fresh approach to urban planning from international congress
Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s first country to host the International Society of City and Regional Planners (Isocarp) set for Sept. 9 to 13.
— The Jakarta Post

Trials kick off for hundreds of alleged May 22 rioters
At least 172 people allegedly involved during postelection protests that descended into riots in the capital in May have faced a series of trials at the Central Jakarta District Court in the past week.
— The Jakarta Post

RA’s lawyers urge reopening harassment case; ICJR calls for end to victim blaming
Not long after the public praised the government for granting Baiq Nuril Maknun amnesty after years of fighting for her rights as a victim of alleged sexual harassment, another woman is enduring a similar experience.
— The Jakarta Post

Court rejects pretrial motion over electronic parking ticket
The South Jakarta District Court has rejected a pretrial motion filed by a resident against the Jakarta Police over an electronic ticket issued through the police’s Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) e-ticketing system.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Historically inaccurate’ video on Indonesia’s tragedies makes rounds, elicits criticism
A video appearing to commemorate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day has been under fire from activists and internet users, who are slamming it for being insensitive and historically inaccurate.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi doesn’t want to merge with Bogor, would prefer to become part of Jakarta
Most residents of Bekasi in West Java would agree to their satellite city becoming part of the province of Jakarta but not part of any other area, according to Bekasi Mayor Rahmat “Pepen” Effendi.
— The Jakarta Post

Building at Jakarta Police headquarters catches fire
A building at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta caught on fire on Tuesday morning but was put out despite early concerns that the building contained ammunition.
— The Jakarta Post

Jambi closes schools, asks residents to wear masks over smog
The Jambi city administration has dismissed school time for all elementary school and preschool students in the city because of thick smog and the local air pollution standard index (ISPU) level reaching a dangerous level.
— The Jakarta Post

UGM censors campus press article on agrarian conflict involving sultanate family members
Gadjah Mada University’s (UGM) rectorate has forced Balairung student magazine to remove a report on agrarian conflict entitled “Fighting Against Deprivation, Seize Rights on Land”, meaning the magazine must be reprinted.
— The Jakarta Post

Citilink to Open New International Route to Frankfurt This Year
Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia plans to open its first international direct route to Frankfurt, Germany and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in October and December 2019, respectively.

Jakarta Housing Agency: P2RS of Mediterania Palace Flat Illegal
Jakarta Housing Agency considered the management of the Tenants Association (P2RS) of Mediterania Palace apartment in Kemayoran illegal.

Tour de Indonesia brings Ngawi to world stage
Team effort: Cyclists race across Kertosono Bridge in Nganjuk, East Java, as they complete the second stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia road race on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Lightning kills shepherd, 19 buffaloes in western Indonesia
Authorities say lightning struck a livestock cage in western Indonesia, killing a shepherd and 19 water buffaloes.
— 660 News


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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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