Indonesia morning news for February 11

Indonesia morning news for February 11
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Indonesia sees $2.2 billion windfall from halal labelling rule
Indonesia is set to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services this year with the government assuming greater control of the certifying process from the Muslim-majority nation’s Islamic cleric council.
— The Straits Times

Foreign exchange reserves stable at US$120.1 billion in January
Indonesia welcomed 2019 with stable foreign exchange reserves, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Thursday, while economists said more favorable external conditions would pave the way for the country to build up reserves this year.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We had no choice’: Indonesia school expels students with HIV/AIDS
Purwotomo 74 public elementary school in Surakarta, Central Java, expelled 14 students identified as positive for HIV/AIDS amid protests from parents of other students.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s e-tailer Tokopedia taps AI to hop island chain
Love, they say, conquers all. At least, it gave William Tanuwijaya a second chance to conquer Indonesian e-commerce.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesian and Dutch governments plan geothermal study & training program
The Ministry of National Development Planning / National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) is working with the Dutch government to strengthen Human Resources (HR) in the geothermal energy sector .
— Think GeoEnergy

Tax Reforms & Incentives: Adjusting Tax Rates to Strengthen the Indonesian Economy
While reforms related to Indonesia’s corporate income tax rates remain in the planning stage, there is a new important regulation that will come into effect per 1 April 2019.
— Indonesia Investments

Education institutions told to develop human resources for Industry 4.0
In supporting the development of the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, the government urged education institutions to cooperate in improving the quality of Indonesia’s human resources.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Revokes Remission for Balinese Reporter`s Murderer
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a draft of presidential decree to revoke the remission given to I Nyoman Susrama, who was convicted of murdering Anak Agung Prabangsa, a journalist of Radar Bali, a subsidiary of Jawa Pos.

Indonesia`s Disaster Risk Reduction Model Named Best Practice
Indonesia`s disaster risk reduction model has been named the best practice during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2019 organized in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 4-8, 2019.

Indonesia`s disaster awareness level is still below Japan
Director of Community Empowerment of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Lili Kurniawan said the level of awareness of the disaster of the people of Indonesia is still below Japan.
— Antara News

Mount Anak Krakatau experiences one-time distant tectonic earthquake
Mount Anak Krakatau in Sunda Strait, Lampung, experienced a single distant tectonic earthquake from Feb 8 until early Saturday morning, Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), Geology Agency, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry stated.
— Antara News

Understanding the Digital Attitude of Indonesian Consumers
Going digital through mobile devices is a big game in Indonesia, especially in the e-commerce industry.
— Indonesia Investments

Seven interesting things that happened in Indonesia’s e-commerce scene
Indonesia’s e-commerce scene is surely an exciting one. Last year, its online market transactions were recorded as the highest in Southeast Asia, with sales volumes reaching US$2.7 billion.
— The Jakarta Post

In Asia’s high-yield battle, Indonesia grabs upper hand over India
In the battle between Asia’s two highest-yielding major bond markets, Indonesia once again appears poised to gain the upper hand over India.
— Economic Times

BPOM promotes online service for food and drug control
The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has promoted online services for food and pharmaceutical product control in Jakarta’s car free day area on Sunday.
— Antara News

East Belitung Develops Tin Ore Mining Tourism
Selinsing Village in East Belitung District of Bangka Belitung Islands Province has developed tin ore mining tours to improve local people’s welfare.

Quran recitation program launched in Bogor to keep students away from social media
Bogor regency launched on Friday in Cibinong a Quran recitation program called Bogor Ngaos for public school students in all districts.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants Jakartans to use public transport
Indonesia’s president wants to encourage more people to use public transportation in Jakarta, which is known worldwide for its never-ending macet or traffic congestion.
— The Asean Post

Ahok joins ruling Indonesian party
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “BTP” Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, has officially joined the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), ending speculation of whether the Chinese-Indonesian politician would ever return to politics after being convicted of blasphemy nearly two years ago.
— The Star Online

President Jokowi Awarded Press Freedom Medal
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a Press Freedom medal from Chairman of the Press Council (Dewan Pers) Yosep Stanley Adi Prasetyo on the occasion of 2019 National Press Day, on Saturday.

Geothermal energy crucial in electricity supply to industry in Flores, Indonesia
The Government encourages the geothermal power generation development on Flores Island in the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) region of Indonesia.
— Think GeoEnergy

South Sumatra court delivers death penalty to nine drug dealers
The Palembang District Court in South Sumatra sentenced nine people to death on Thursday after finding them guilty of transporting 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
— The Jakarta Post

Mosques losing sway over youth because of online sermons, study shows
For centuries, mosques have served as places where Muslims deepen their knowledge of Islamic teachings.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry installs 1,200 solar street lights in E Java
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has installed 1,200 solar street lights in the districts of Gresik, Lamongan, Tuban and Bojonegoro, East Java Province.
— Antara News

Indonesia police admit using snake to terrorize Papuan man
Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorized a Papuan man with a live snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear and his interrogator laughing.
— Fox News

Transportation Minister decommissions director of Makassar-based academy over fatal violence
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has decommissioned Director of the Makassar Aviation Engineering and Safety Academy Agus Susanto over a recent act of physical violence that ended with a cadet’s death.
— Antara News

320 children take refuge in Jayawijaya due to firefights in Nduga
Some 320 children from Nduga district in Papua province have fled to the neighboring Jayawijaya district along with their parents or on their own, as firefights are ongoing between the armed criminal group and security personnel.
— Antara News

Egypt, Indonesia’s tourist operators sign agreements offering low-price campaigns
Egyptian tourist companies have signed new agreements with multiple Indonesian tourist operators to offer campaigns to visit Egypt at low prices for thousands of tourists from Indonesia and other East Asian countries.
— Egypt Independent

Indonesia and innovation: Can they mingle?
Bloomberg, a financial data and media company, on Jan. 22 released the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which represents a country’s technological advancement and innovation level.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Agriculture Ministry and FAO hold training on vaccination to control rabies
The Directorate General of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health of the Ministry of Agriculture together with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) held a vaccination training for field officers to control rabies in Dompu, Bima and Sumbawa Districts.
— Antara News

Sea toll program works in reducing price disparity
The sea toll program is crucial for Indonesia, which is one of the world`s largest maritime countries, with some 5.8 million square kilometers of sea territory, while its land territory covers only 1.9 million square kilometers.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s military restructuring plan a ‘major setback’ for democracy, warns watchdog | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Intellasia East Asia News Rights watchdog Imparsial has urged the government to continue reforming the Indonesian Military (TNI), including imposing a permanent return to the barracks, amid a plan to allow senior officers to take up posts in various state institutions.
— Intellasia

Resolving Indonesia’s geothermal paradox
For capital-intensive geothermal development to work, accepted wisdom prescribes a secure and large revenue base.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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