Indonesia morning news for February 18

Indonesia morning news for February 18
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia records us$41.16 billion trade deficit in January
Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of US$1.16 billion in January 2019, up from $1.03 billion in December 2018, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
— Antara News

Rabies outbreak in Indonesia kills 12 as stray dog culling begins
The Health Ministry has said that, from January to February this year, 628 people were infected with rabies nationwide, with at least 12 cases that turned fatal.
— Eleven/ Asia News Network

Indonesia’s election ignites piety debates, causing divisions within families
Gayatri, who only wants to be referred to by her first name, considers herself a “normal” practising Muslim woman.
— ABC News

Indonesia`s foreign debts up 6.9 percent to US$376 billion
Indonesia`s foreign debts rose 6.9 percent to US$376.8 billion year-on-year at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Bank Indonesia (BI) statistics.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s trade deficit with China increases in January
Indonesia suffered a trade deficit of over 2.4 billion USD with China in January, up 32 percent from the same period last year, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS).
— Vietnam Plus

Suspected explosion near Indonesia election debate venue
Indonesian police are investigating a suspected explosion on Sunday near the venue of a presidential debate in the capital Jakarta, officials said.
— South China Morning Post

Widodo slammed for infrastructure policy in second TV debate
Indonesian President Joko Widodo defended his signature infrastructure spending on Sunday in the second televised debate ahead of presidential elections in April, as opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto accused it of not bringing material benefits to the country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Unicorns become an unexpected symbol of Indonesia’s second presidential debate
After a lacklustre start to Indonesia’s presidential debates last month, the second round began on a more heated note.
— ABC News

Political Islamism a cause for concern in neighborly relations
Like many Indonesians, Australians have aired their concerns over the rise of political Islamism.
— The Jakarta Post

Land distribution to improve people`s access to working capital: Jokowi
Incumbent president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said, distribution of land to the people is aimed at encouraging the access to working capital.
— Antara News

Indonesian presidential hopefuls vow energy self-sufficiency through palm
Indonesia’s two presidential candidates pledged on Sunday (Feb 17) to achieve energy self-sufficiency by boosting the use of bioenergy, particularly fuelled by palm oil, to cut costly oil imports by Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Channel NewsAsia

Smoke near Indonesia electoral debate was fireworks, say police
Indonesian police said yesterday a suspected explosion outside the venue of a live presidential debate in the capital Jakarta was caused by fireworks.
— Gulf Times

Indonesia`s imports fell 2.19 percent in January 2019: BPS
Indonesia`s imports fell 2.19 percent to US$15.03 billion in January 2019, from $15.36 billion a month earlier, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia Mulls Accumulating Global Sukuk as Shariah Buffer
Bank Indonesia is weighing the use of sukuk issued by other countries in its monetary operations as demand for Shariah-compliant securities surge among lenders in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.
— Bloomberg

Probe underway after Lion Air plane skids off runway in Indonesia
An investigation by Indonesian national transport safety committee (KNKT) has been launched after a Lion Air passenger plane skidded off runway Saturday at the main airport in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province.
— Xinhua

Jokowi lauds farmers for corn production up 3.3 million tons
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed gratitude to corn farmers who managed to increase their production by up to 3.1 million tons so that Indonesia no longer needs to import the commodity.
— Antara News

Jokowi saves forests, but fails to resolve land, mining conflicts
While praised for its progressive efforts in preserving forests and stopping forest fires, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration still faces criticism for doing less in preventing the harmful practices of mining.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to reduce fossil fuel consumption
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo said he would reduce fossil fuel consumption by encouraging the use of more environmental friendly fuel.
— Antara News

RCEP talks to be held in Indonesia
Representatives of 16 Asia-Pacific countries will start talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, on Tuesday.
— NHK World

Indonesia Aims to Rank First in Global Halal Tourism
Indonesia is expected to rank first in terms of global halal tourism and as a Muslim tourist-friendly destination, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) in 2019.

Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns
Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products.
— Intellasia

Policy of Jokowi`s infrastructure development could be felt by community
The second round of the presidential candidate debate taking place on Sunday night will discuss infrastructure development policy, that has so far been realized by the Joko Widodo government and could be felt by the community.
— Antara News

RI eyes European market through trade talks with EEU
Indonesia is striving to improve its access to the European market via three different arrangements with economic unions on the continent.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia enters final stages of negotiations for another three-submarine contract with DSME
Indonesia is close to signing a contract for three more Type 209 submarines with DSME .
— Intellasia

Beyond Shackling: Psychosocial Disabilities and the Struggle for the Right to Vote
There is an anger in Indonesia. It has been building for years. People with psychosocial disabilities face disproportionate rates of marginalisation, alienation and poverty, and they have had enough.
— Jakarta Globe

The Ministry of Village Has Initiated 100 Joint BUMDes Nationwide
The Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Region and Transmigration has initiated nearly 100 joint Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes) in Indonesia.
— Netral News

Enterprises, Businessmen Encouraged to Do Business in Cambodia
Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng encouraged state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Indonesian businessmen to start doing business and investing in Cambodia because of the country`s rapid economic growth.

Steel Industry Needs Additional 15,000 Workers by 2025
Indonesia’s steel industry would need an additional 15 thousand workers to reach its production target of 10 million tons by 2025, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

Bullying in Indonesia
Recently, The ASEAN Post published an article on cyberbullying in Cambodia which pointed to results from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) five-week poll involving one million young people as well as suggestions from its series of student-led #ENDviolence Youth Talks.
— The Asean Post

Expert suggests presidential candidates commit to infrastructure in rural region
Economic expert Professor Hermanto Siregar suggested that the two presidential candidates commit themselves to spreading infrastructure development in rural region, especially agricultural area.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s fintech becomes country’s first minister-approved student loan provider
Indonesia’s Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education has confirmed that it backs’s student loan service, an education-focussed fintech from Indonesia, officially announces the support from the president of the country, Joko Widodo, through his Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education.
— Intellasia

Egyptian entrepreneurs explore agribusiness investment in Indonesia
Egyptian businessmen Omar Tosson and Ahmed Omar Tosson, who are interested in investing in agribusiness, visited Indonesia for eight days to hold a number of meetings and check potential locations.
— Antara News

Indonesia has relatively huge amount of R&D budget: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the government has allocated a relatively huge amount of budget for research and development (R&D) programs to support Indonesia`s efforts to achieve advancement in technological innovations.
— Antara News

Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after disastrous fires
Palm oil and pulp wood firms fined for burning huge areas have not paid hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties.
— Intellasia

Indonesia to propose rubber export restriction in upcoming producers meeting
Indonesia will propose implementation of the Agreed Export Tonnage Scheme (AETS) in a meeting of the top three rubber-producing countries, a senior trade ministry official told reporters on Friday.
— Intellasia

Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia
“I don’t think it will be like before,” 21-year-old Hussain Badavi says, as he contemplates the idea of taking a boat to Australia – something the young Iranian refugee tried once but failed.
— The Guardian

Young Indonesians help to preserve traditional art of batik | Video
Making Indonesia’s national fabric, batik, is no easy feat. Chandni Vatvani meets young Indonesians who are playing an important role in preserving the art, which is on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list.
— Channel NewsAsia


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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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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