Indonesia morning news for December 2

Indonesia morning news for December 2
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Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with AI
Indonesia will replace top civil service positions with artificial intelligence, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Japan News

As sea engulfs coastline, Indonesians pay high price to shield homes
Indonesian fisherman Miskan says the once-abundant catches he used to enjoy have been dwindling in recent years on this stretch of the Java Sea.
— Reuters

Depok declares state of emergency following hepatitis A outbreak affecting dozens of students
The Depok administration has declared an emergency following a hepatitis A outbreak in the city that has affected dozens of students and teachers, prompting authorities to impose health measures for treatment and efforts to prevent the disease from spreading.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Hot peace’ challenges Indonesian diplomacy
Indonesia must find a panacea for the “hot peace” simmering as a result of growing tensions among the world’s strategic rivalries, foreign policy experts said on Saturday as the government called for global collective leadership to maintain peace in the community of nations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia plans sweeping tax reforms for ‘expatriate’ income, dividends, penalties
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Thursday shared the government’s planned tax reforms, which includes relaxing income tax for Indonesian and foreign expatriates as well as eliminating dividend tax in addition to reduced corporate income tax and a new digital economy tax.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia halts Singapore’s water polo reign at SEA Games
Indonesia clinched the first gold medal of the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines on Friday with a historic victory, bringing Singapore’s 54-year stranglehold on the men’s water polo competition to an end.
— Coconuts

Sexual harassment on public transportation in Indonesia second only to on the street: Survey
People choose to travel on public transportation because it is affordable and reliable for day-to-day needs.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to create 20-million hectare water conservation area
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has outlined a goal of creating 20 million hectares of water conservation area in 2020.
— Antara News

Better policies, infrastructure needed to improve road safety: Experts
As traffic violations continue to be commonplace on Jakarta’s streets, transportation experts argue that stricter regulations and better road infrastructure are what is needed to improve traffic behavior and ensure road safety.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR suggests establishment of special committee to beat nickel cartel
The House of Representatives (DPR) has put forth a suggestion to set up a Special Committee (Pansus) to stamp out the alleged game of the nickel trade cartel.
— Antara News

Local Gov’t Offers $1,000 Year Long Pass to Komodo Island
The East Nusa Tenggara provincial government is developing an online ticketing system for the Komodo National Park, the world’s remaining natural habitat of Komodo dragons, and proposing a year long pass to the island with biggest Komodo population for foreign visitors at $1,000, a spokesman said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Social Agency detains beggar with Rp 194.5 million
The South Jakarta Social Affairs Agency picked up an alleged beggar who reportedly had Rp 194.5 million (US$13,819) in his possession during a raid in Gandaria, South Jakarta, on Friday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

U.S. Marine to Increase Partnership with Indonesia
The U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating its 244th anniversary in November 2019.

Indonesia offers partners opportunity for new capital city development
Indonesia’s National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) is offering foreign partners an opportunity for cooperating with the Indonesian government to develop a new Indonesian capital city in Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Authorities Blame IT Vendor after Jakarta Bank Loses Rp 50b in ATM Fraud
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) said poor software installation at Bank DKI’s network system had caused the Jakarta government-owned bank to lose around Rp 50 billion ($3.5 million) in a recent scandal involving municipal police officers.
— Jakarta Globe

LRT Jakarta commercially operates with flat-rate tariff
Jakarta’s light rail transit (LRT) officially operated commercial services on Sunday morning by applying a flat-rate tariff of Rp5,000 (36 cents) per passenger per trip.
— Antara News

Weather Agency Warns Against Floods as Jakarta, Banten Enter Rainy Season
Jakarta, Banten, and Central Java have entered rainy season this week, prompting the national weather service agency to issue warnings on potential floods and landslides in the region.
— Jakarta Globe

ATM-like machines for civil documents introduced to streamline complicated procedures
Any resident knows that dealing with procedures to get civil documents can be complicated and time consuming, as people often get asked to go back and forth before receiving their.
— The Jakarta Post

After five-month road test, B30 implementation gets green light
Biodiesel industry stakeholders have completed a five-month road test, whereby 11 vehicles were driven up to 50,000 kilometers using 30 percent blended biodiesel ( B30 ), as the government is set to mandate the biofuel usage starting early next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Patrol team arrests two fishermen on charges of blast fishing
An integrated patrol team of the East Flores District Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office and the Indonesian Navy took two fishermen into arrest on charges of blast fishing.
— Antara News

Medan starts to fine people caught lighting up in smoke-free zones
The Medan administration in North Sumatra has started fining smokers caught lighting up in smoke-free zones this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian LGBT community pins hopes on youth for better, more tolerant future
Love wins: A passerby hugs an activist campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during Car Free Day in Jakarta on June 16.
— The Jakarta Post

Investing in women means investing in peace, Indonesia tells Afghanistan
Appeal for conscience: Afghanistan’s acting information and culture minister, Hasina Safi (left), speaks at the Dialogue on the Role of Women in Building and Sustaining Peace, an event hosted by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (right) in Jakarta on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Education Ministry to Announce National Exam Evaluation
The Expert Board of Education and Policy study Center (PSPK) Najeela Shihab said the education ministry will soon announce the result of evaluation regarding the alternative of student assessment if the national examination is officially revoked.

Afghanistan pursues Indonesia’s support in realizing gender equality
The Afghan government is pursuing Indonesia’s support to attain gender equality and sustainable peace in the country. “Quality and effectiveness are indicators of sustainability.
— Antara News

Government sets motorcycle production target at 10 million
The Industry Ministry has set the target of motorcycle production at 10 million by 2025 given the growing national motorcycle industry.
— Antara News

Agnez Mo Responds to Critics in Another Interview
To address the ongoing controversy surrounding her nationalism, Agnez Mo asked the public to differentiate between ‘lineage’ and ‘spirit’.
— Jakarta Globe

Minister Retno Marsudi to Visit Afghanistan Early Next Year
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi will visit Afghanistan early 2020 to reaffirm Indonesia’s commitment to building sustainable peace in the South Asian nation.

‘Winter is coming’: Synergy, transformation crucial for growth, says BI
Amid the increasingly bleak condition of the global economy, Indonesia should look inward to strengthen interinstitutional synergy and continue with its economic transformation agenda, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Thursday evening at the 2019 Bank Indonesia Annual Meeting (PTBI).
— The Jakarta Post

Signs announcing construction project on Pari Island put up amid ongoing land dispute
A land dispute over the ownership of plots on Pari Island, Thousand Islands regency continues as residents have noticed that some security and police officers have erected signs announcing that construction will soon be under way on the island.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandjaitan invites VW to produce electric cars in Indonesia
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan while visiting the headquarters of Volkswagen (VW) in Hannover, Germany, invited he automotive company to produce electric vehicles in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Igniting spirit of nationalism important to deal with radicalism: TNI
The 044/Garuda Dempo Regional Military Command in South Sumatra Province highlighted the importance of igniting the spirit of nationalism to deal with the latent dangers of terrorism and radicalism.
— Antara News

Banks’ loan growth in October at slowest pace since 2016, OJK says
The disbursement of bank loans grew only 6.53 percent year-on-year (yoy) in October, the slowest pace since 2016, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK).
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan gunmen attack Freeport Indonesia’s escort car
Papuan gunmen fired at an escort car owned by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) at around Mile 60 in Tembagapura Subdistrict, Mimika District, Papua Province, on Saturday but there were no casualties in the incident, a military spokesman said.
— Antara News

Indonesian State Audit Board appointed IMO external auditor
The Indonesian State Audit Board has been appointed the external auditor of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 2020-2023 period, besting Britain and Italy at the IMO Assembly held in London Friday, November 29.
— Antara News

SE Sulawesi police destroy almost 19 kg of crystal meth
The Southeast Sulawesi Police have destroyed 18.895 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, seized from various drug raid operations that the local police narcotics squad personnel conducted from January to November this year, a police officer said.
— Antara News

Flores, First Island to Meet Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Target
Flores, a volcanic island in East Nusa Tenggara, has set to become the first region in Indonesia to meet the government’s 2025 renewable energy goal on the back of the wealth of geothermal resources on the island.
— Jakarta Globe

1,300 police officers deployed in Papua to anticipate Dec 1 rally
The Papua Province Police deployed 1,300 officers to anticipate rally or other mass activities to celebrate the anniversary of separatist group Free Papua Movement (OPM) on December 1, a high ranking official said here on Sunday.
— Antara News

SKK Migas agrees to transfer oil and gas block from Pertamina to Acehnese company
The government has agreed to transfer the oil and gas B block in Aceh from state-owned oil company Pertamina to a region-owned holding company, PT Pembangunan Aceh (PEMA), says the regional administration.
— The Jakarta Post

‘No more coins’: Micromerchants embrace cashless payments with direct assistance
Only a year ago, Widiastuti, 35, a food seller in an office canteen located in South Jakarta, knew nothing about Quick Response (QR) Code technology for payments.
— The Jakarta Post

Road safety issue hinders goal of bike-friendly city
“Julie was a really happy girl. She was killed right here,” Brazilian cycling activist Aline Calvacante points to the outline of a cyclist on Sao Paulo’s main street Avenida Paulista in a scene from 2015 Swedish documentary Bikes vs Cars.
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta to add more double-deckers to serve tourists during holiday
Bracing for the upcoming festive season, city-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta is planning to operate more buses to take residents and tourists around the capital to visit attractions during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays.
— The Jakarta Post

Six killed in minibus-truck collision on Indonesia’s highway
Six people were killed and one was seriously injured after a minibus hit a truck on a highway in Indonesia’s Java Island on Sunday, police said.
— Xinhua

Polish white stork hatches in East Java zoo
For Europeans, the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a symbol of luck and fertility and around 30 percent of the bird species in the wild lives in Poland.
— The Jakarta Post

Police step up probe into death of Medan judge
Police have stepped up their investigation into the death of Medan District Court judge Jamaluddin, 55, whose body was found inside his car midday on Friday in an oil palm plantation area in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, with his hands tied up and bruises on his neck.
— The Jakarta Post

Nadiem wants Pancasila education to connect with real-life experiences
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has referred to state ideology Pancasila as one of the best frameworks for character education, noting that his ministry would also make use of “above-the-line” measures common to marketing to help change mindsets.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It’s against our belief’: Parents of students expelled over Jehovah’s Witnesses ask for understanding
Parents of two students, who were expelled from SMP 21 state junior high school in Batam for refusing to salute the national flag and sing the national anthem, are hoping that their children will be able to complete their education at the school.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan teenager gets four months in jail for having a knife in his own home
Pacenus Heluka, 16, was sitting at home in Wamena when the police burst in on Oct. 23 on a hunt for those involved in the deadly unrest in the Papuan city a month before.
— 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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