Indonesia morning news for December 4

Indonesia morning news for December 4

Indonesia morning news

Blast occurs at Central Jakarta’s Monas Square area
A blast broke out at the National Monument (Monas) Square in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

People with HIV in Indonesia face rampant workplace discrimination
Activists have revealed that people with HIV (ODHA) in the country still face rampant stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace, despite the existence of various regulations that guarantee their basic human rights to work.
— The Jakarta Post

Nickel Ban; Minister Luhut Ready to Face European Union’s Lawsuit
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confidently conceded the European Union’s plan to file a lawsuit against Indonesia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) after Indonesia decided to stop exporting nickel ore starting from January 1, 2020.

Espresso may cost more as drought wilts Indonesia’s coffee
Coffee production in Indonesia will probably shrink to the smallest in almost a decade after a drought withered flowering, damping prospects for next year’s harvest, according to an industry association.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM offers Chinese investors US$91.1 billion infrastructure projects
Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) offered 28 infrastructure projects worth US$91.1 billion to investors under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Chongqing port city, Sichuan Province, an official noted in a statement issued here,Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia upbeat about deeper economic ties with US
Deputy for Macro Economy and Finance Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Iskandar Simorangkir has pinned high hopes of deeper economic ties, including in trade and investment, with the United States.
— Antara News

Jokowi Says No to Constitutional Amendment, Even If It Gives Him Another Tilt at Presidency
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says Indonesia’s lawmakers should stop attempting to amend the 1945 Constitution and focus instead on fighting “external pressures” and improving the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Wushu Gold
Indonesian wushu athlete Edgar Xavier Marvelo bit his gold medal after winning the men’s Wushu Gunshu match at the World Trade Center Building in Manila on Tuesday during the 2019 SEA Games.
— Jakarta Globe

As reports of domestic worker abuse rise, lawmakers urged to pass law
Fitri, 19, moved to Jakarta from her hometown in Magelang, Central Java, in July to work as a domestic helper in Tebet, South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

LIPI to allocate up to Rp 20b to explore unidentified species
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is set to allocate Rp 10 billion (US$712,000) to Rp 20 billion per year starting next year to support exploration activities on Indonesian flora and fauna, as there are many ecological species that have not yet been identified.
— The Jakarta Post

BATAN’s nuclear analysis able to identify air pollutants
The National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) has developed a nuclear-based analysis which can identify an air pollutant and its origin, a researcher said at a workshop of BATAN-IAEA Collaborating Center here, today.
— Antara News

Businesses cautiously optimistic over Indonesia’s economic reforms
Business players, economists and observers welcomed the government’s sweeping regulatory reforms to liberalize the economy and stoke growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Media industry’s focus undeterred on content development for 2020: ATF
The mainstream media industry continues to give top priority to content development in 2020, as it eyes greater profits and business expansion, the 2019 Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) speaker remarked in Singapore, Tuesday.
— Antara News

UAE-Indonesia close ties based on mutual respect, cooperation
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Abdulla Al Ghfeli reaffirmed that deep bilateral relations between his country and Indonesia had been built under the principles of cooperation and mutual respect.
— Antara News

Two TNI personnel become eye witnesses of Monas Square blast: police
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police confirmed that Tuesday morning’s blast at National Monument (Monas) Square area in Central Jakarta wounded two military officers identified as Sgt Major Fajar and Master Private Gunawan.
— Antara News

Next Station, Kota: Jakarta MRT Transports 20 Million Passengers in First Eight Months
Since entering service on March 24, the MRT in Jakarta has transported nearly 20 million commuters, proving once again that residents of the capital and its satellite cities still long for and badly need reliable public transportation to help them go about their daily business.
— Jakarta Globe

5MW geothermal plant in Flores set for operation early next year
The Sokoria geothermal power plant on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara province is slated to begin the first phase of operations in February next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Precious cargo: Harley parts, Brompton bike smuggled on Garuda Indonesia flight from France
Customs and excise officials have reported the discovery of high-end contraband, consisting of several Harley Davidson spare parts and a Brompton folding bicycle, on national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s new Airbus A330-900 aircraft upon its arrival in the country from France last month.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian man jailed for smuggling 7,000 ‘living fossil’ horseshoe crabs
A court in Indonesia has sentenced a boat captain to 15 months in prison for attempting to smuggle thousands of horseshoe crabs out of the country to Thailand.
— Mongabay

Finance Minister cuts dozens of structural jobs at Fiscal Policy Agency
The Finance Ministry will transfer 112 echelon III and IV officials holding “structural” jobs at the ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) as part of a program to improve efficiency and simplify government bureaucracy.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Where are results?’: Jokowi criticizes Indonesia’s R&D institutions
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that the government is still focusing on infrastructure and human capital development before advancing research and development.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry organizes private defense industry exhibition
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and National Military Force Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto visited an exhibition of defense products and systems developed by Indonesia’s private defense industry at the Ministry of Defense grounds, Jakarta, Tuesday.
— Antara News

VP highlights govt’s efforts for greater work access for disabled
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin emphasized that the government will make sustained efforts to boost access to the work field for people with disabilities to ensure better welfare within the scope of their limitations.
— Antara News

In Surprise Move, Bambang Soesatyo Withdraws Bid for Golkar’s Top Post
People’s Consultative Assembly speaker Bambang Soesatyo made the surprise decision to drop his bid for the chairmanship of the Golkar Party on Tuesday, only hours before the party’s national congress elects a chairman.
— Jakarta Globe

Police to Start 2:1 Traffic System Trial Run in Puncak
Bogor Traffic Police stated it will launch a trial run of 2:1 traffic system ahead of the year-end holidays and establish a car-free night event during the new year’s eve in Puncak, Bogor.

Premier Oil’s $325m gas project in Natuna sea begins operations
After two years of development, the offshore Bison, Iguana and Gajah-Puteri (BIGP) fields in the Natuna Sea A Block recorded a maiden gas production rate of 40 million cubic feet per day (mmscfd) on Nov. 28.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK’s task force identifies 125 illicit fintechs, closes 182 entities
The Financial Service Authority’s (OJK’s) investment alert task force (SWI) detected 125 illicit financial technology (fintech) companies and closed 182 unregistered entities from early 2019 to November, chief Tongam L. Tobing’s statement noted here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Senegal lauds Indonesia’s support in its infrastructure development
President of Senegal, Macky Sall, commended Indonesia’s role in supporting infrastructure development in his country through the plans to build the multifunctional building, Tower of Goree (Tour de Goree), and the sale of CN-235 aircraft.
— Antara News

Medan court chief faces police questioning over judge’s death
The police intensively interrogated Medan District Court Chief Sutio Jumagi Akhirno over the death of Medan District Court judge Jamaluddin.
— Antara News

Police temporarily close road section at Monas Square after blast
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police temporarily closed a road section around the National Monument (Monas) Square area in Central Jakarta following the occurrence of a blast on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

Minister’s restructuring plan aims to make SOEs profitable, competitive
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir announced his plans to overhaul the country’s SOEs at a House of Representatives hearing on Monday that included several new initiatives but excluded his predecessor’s plan to establish a “super” SOEs holding company.
— The Jakarta Post

Muhaimin attends UNCCC COP25 in Madrid as keynote speaker
Indonesian House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Vice Chairman Muhaimin Iskandar will serve as one of the keynote speakers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) COP25 held in Madrid, Spain, starting from Monday (Dec 2).
— Antara News

Blue collar workers turn to apps in job search
The number of blue collar workers seeking employment through job search apps has increased sharply, overtaking white collar applicants, according to the observations of human resources management solution firm PT Telefast Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Companies cofinance sustainable agriculture to keep forests green
Businesses are working hand-in-hand with local farmers in capacity-building programs to promote good agricultural practices in a bid to ensure sustainability in the production of various commodities ranging from palm oil and coffee to cacao and spices.
— The Jakarta Post

Cars can drive faster in Jakarta as public transportation improves
The greater availability of public transportation and the recent expansion of the odd-even traffic policy have made more people switch to public transportation, leading to a decrease in the amount of traffic at the end of this year, according to the Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ).
— The Jakarta Post

‘I have received all kinds of threats, discrimination’: Women activists demand government protection
Friday, Nov. 29 marks the commemoration of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.
— The Jakarta Post

5-year-old girl fights HIV stigma in East Java village
A 5-year-old girl holds two antiretroviral (ARV) tablets, one of them as big as a peanut, in her right hand.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Reckless’ and ‘wrong’: PETA lambasts Bandung Mayor for ‘chickenization’ policy
An animal rights organization, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is lambasting the Bandung administration in West Java for handing out chicks to schoolchildren to get them off their phones, citing “animal cruelty” and “potential health risks” for the kids.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Seek help instead of romanticizing mental disorders,’ discussion concludes
Celebrity Ariel Tatum said that at one point in her life, she felt like she had lost her ability to feel, even though she was raised in a loving family.
— The Jakarta Post

Police raid illegal cell phone factory employing underage workers in North Jakarta
The police raided an illegal cell phone manufacturer in a shop house in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta to restore archaic administrative naming convention
The Yogyakarta administration has issued a new regulation that would bring back a centuries-old administrative naming convention once used at the regency, city, district and subdistrict levels in the days of the special region’s ancient monarchy.
— The Jakarta Post

Sharing meals with Jakarta mosques: Feed the poor, save the earth and (maybe) get a blessing
For 50-year-old Sunarto, Friday is the day of the week he looks forward to most.
— The Jakarta Post

Man killed, boy injured in separate dog attacks in North Sumatra
Two dog attacks in North Sumatra in the past week have killed a man and injured an 8-year-old boy.
— The Jakarta Post

Man allegedly kills, decapitates dozens of cats in Indonesia’s Lampung
A man from Lempasing in Bandar Lampung, Lampung province is believed to be the culprit behind a recent spate of cat killings that have shocked the small beach village.
— Coconuts


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Volunteer Day, December 5.


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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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