Indonesia morning news for February 26

Indonesia morning news for February 26
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Indonesia morning newsGovernor calls on people to cultivate peatlands for farming
West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji has called on people to utilize peatland areas in the region to plant horticulture commodities as part of the efforts to prevent land and forest fires in the region.
— Antara News

Tradition meets tech in Indonesia’s mental health sector
Barriers to accessing mental health treatment have meant many patients go untreated in Indonesia. Modern technological solutions could help fill the treatment vacuum and disrupt the faith-based approaches that have germinated in the mental health space.
— Asean Today

Indonesia’s Medco climbs energy ranks with UK peer purchase
Major Indonesian oil and gas company Medco Energi Internasional will purchase British peer Ophir Energy for 390 million pounds ($510 million), positioning itself to take on top player Pertamina by increasing output in Southeast Asia.
— Nikkai Asian Review (paywall)

Jakartans urged to carry own tumbler
To reduce plastic consumption in Jakarta, the administration has called on residents to start carrying their own tumblers instead of buying bottled water.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Indonesia creates artificial rain as forest fires rage on in Sumatra
The Indonesian military deployed an aircraft to create artificial rain on Monday (Feb 25) as thick smog caused by forest fires forced schools to close on Sumatra island, officials said.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

1.2 Tons of Waste Cleaned Up from Ciliwung River
To commemorate the National Waste Awareness Day, a community named Komunitas Ciliwung Depok (KCD) succeeded to clean up 1.2 tons of waste under the bridge of Grand Depok City. As many as 150 volunteers joined the activity dubbed Bebenah Ciliwung or Clean-up Ciliwung held on Sunday, February 24.

Vice President Kalla to install PMI chairmen in Sulawesi
Vice President M Jusuf Kalla left Jakarta for Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, on Sunday morning, to install chairmen of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) branches in South, West and Southeast Sulawesi Provinces.
— Antara News

Jakarta LRT to start operating in March
After several delays, Jakarta’s light rapid transit (LRT) is scheduled to begin commercial operations at the end of March, pending approval from the Transportation Ministry, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Ease Trading Rule to Lure Mom-and-Pop Investors
Indonesia’s stock exchange plans to cut the minimum trading price for shares and shrink the lot size in its drive to attract more retail investors and boost volumes.
— Bloomberg

President on working visit to Cilacap to inaugurate steam power plant
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Monday was on a working visit to Cilacap, Central Java, to inaugurate Karangkandri steam power plant and present land certificates to local residents.
— Antara News

100 Percent Indonesia to Enjoy 4G Services This Year: Kominfo
The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) is upbeat that 4G LTE services will be able to cover 100 percent of all Indonesian regions in 2019.

Indonesia sends support for displaced children in Papua
Indonesia has sent a counselling team to Papua’s central Highlands, where hundreds of students have reportedly fled violence.
— Radio New Zealand

‘I’m just richer than you,’ jokes Prabowo at school campaign event
Gerindra Party chairman and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto joked about his wealth during a recent campaign event in Lamongan regency, East Java, in the wake of criticism about his extensive landholdings.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT reduces Jakarta`s air pollution
Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, looks like a flower that attracts bees.
— Antara News

MotoGP heading to Indonesia in 2021
Commercial rights holder DORNA Group said it had signed an agreement with the state-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to host the event on the tropical island near Bali.

Prabowo Camp Backs 3 Suspects Allegedly Slandering Jokowi
A spokesman for the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno team (BPN), Ferdinand Hutahaean, announced his support for the three women recently arrested by the police for committing black campaigns against Jokowi.

Indonesia revises trade rules to control tyre imports
* Indonesia has revised a regulation on tyre imports to “suppress the surge” in inbound tyre trade, its trade ministry said in a statement on Monday.
— Reuters

Defense Ministry, PT PAL Indonesia to build fast missile boats
The Defense Ministry and state-run ship builder PT PAL Indonesia have signed a contract to build two fast missile boats of 60-meter class (KCR-60), to support the country`s weaponry system.
— Antara News

Jokowi Determines to Develop Power Plant Using Renewable Energy
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi expressed his rejection should the country’s power plants continuously depend on fossil energy. Jokowi determined to develop a power plant using renewable energy.

North Sumatra’s Teluk Nibung seaport ready to serve foreign tourists
Now that renovations are complete, the international terminal of the Teluk Nibung Port in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra is ready to serve passengers in April.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam to host three ASEAN countries` culinary festival
Batam will host “The Best of Street Food,” a culinary festival in March that will present various cuisines of three different countries in Asia: Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
— Antara News

JIS Continues Search for Indonesia’s Future Leaders with Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Scholarship
Continuing its unwavering commitment to supporting Indonesia through education, the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) hosted a fundraising event on Saturday, February 16, 2019, to celebrate the second year of its Bhinekka Tunggal Ika (BTI) scholarship program while raising awareness about JIS’ ongoing search for the archipelago’s future leaders.
— PR Newswire

Using MRT to go around Kuala Lumpur
People in Jakarta will soon be able to avail a new public transportation service to support their daily mobility.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s January palm output seen down 7.7 pct m/m – survey
Indonesia’s palm oil output likely eased in January from a month earlier, in line with the vegetable oil’s production cycle, while exports were expected to have picked up slightly, according to a Reuters survey.
— Reuters

SOE infrastructure development drives RI’s economy
Massive infrastructure projects by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have helped Indonesia improve its logistical performance, although the country still lags behind neighboring countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
— The Jakarta Post

825 NTB residents bitten by dogs
As many as 825 people were bitten by dogs in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province, and six of them – residents of Dompu District, were dead, a local official said.
— Antara News

Indonesia asks India to cut palm oil tariffs in exchange for sugar imports
Indonesia has asked India to cut its tariff on refined palm oil to 45%, matching the levy faced by rival producer Malaysia, and has offered market access for Indian sugar in exchange, the trade ministry said on Saturday (Feb 23).
— The Edge Markets

With optimism, Indonesia progresses: Jokowi
Weeks ahead of the presidential election in April, incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin declared on Sunday evening their optimism over realizing their campaign vision of Indonesia Maju (Onward Indonesia).
— The Jakarta Post

Pelindo III ready to welcome 153 cruise ships
State-owned port operator PT Pelindo III is ready to welcome the arrivals of at least 153 cruise ships at several seaports under its management in 2019.
— Antara News

Family planning program still needed amid demands of 4-IR: Kalla
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has hinted that the Indonesian Government remains committed to implementing the family planning program as one of its approaches to responding to the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution …
— Antara News

MRT train starts trial operation for media in Jakarta, Indonesia
Sanitary workers clean a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during a trial operation for media in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 25, 2019.
— Xinhua

Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust more than halves Q4 DPU to 0.3 S cent
Intellasia East Asia News LIPPO Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIRT) slashed its distribution per unit (DPU) for its fourth quarter, under what the manager called “challenging conditions” in results posted on Friday.
— Intellasia

Hundreds of home still inundated in Mesuji
Hundreds of homes located several villages in Way Serdang Sub-district, Mesuji District, Lampung Province, have been inundated by flood waters triggered by incessant heavy rain, since four days ago.
— Antara News

NutraFuels, Inc tests confirm high quality proprietary ultra shear technology platform
NutraFuels, Inc (NTFU) and Pressure BioSciences, Inc (PBI), in a joint venture, announce that analytical tests on Hemp-derived CBD oil processed by PBI’s Ultra Shear Technology (UST) platform confirm: (i) UST processing results in the development of a true CBD oil nanoemulsion, and (ii) CBD is neither lost nor modified during the UST process (> 99% recovery).
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Wildlife Day, March 3.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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