Indonesia morning news for January 22

Indonesia morning news for January 22

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia`s poverty rate expected to reach nine percent: minister
Indonesia has been striving to reduce its poverty rate that is expected to reach nine percent by the end of this year, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro stated here on Monday.
— Antara News

Material losses caused by Ocean Princess` oil spill being calculated
The East Nusa Tenggara Marine and Fishery Office is still calculating the total value of material losses owing to environmental damages caused by the oil tanker Ocean Princess` oil spill, according to a government …
— Antara News

Indonesia’s trade doomed without adaptations
Stakeholders are worried the United States-China trade war will continue to take its toll on Indonesia after inflicting a huge blow to the country’s trade balance in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to clarify plan to close Komodo National Park
The Forestry and Environment Ministry will summon the East Nusa Tenggara administration to discuss its plan to close Komodo National Park for a year.
— Antara News

Indonesians upbeat as currency pressures ease
Optimism among Indonesian consumers was bolstered in the fourth quarter by easing pressure on the rupiah. Combined with notable improvements in sentiment among Filipinos and Vietnamese, this helped our regional gauge of economic sentiment rise 1.8 points to 66.1, its strongest reading in more than four years.
— Financial Times

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Religion and economy will take center stage as Indonesia’s president seeks re-election, experts say
As Indonesians head to the polls in April, religion and the economy will likely take center stage as President Joko Widodo seeks re-election, experts told CNBC.

Indonesian government drafts industrial change road map to reduce plastic waste | #AsiaNewsNetwork
The government has been working on ways to engage the private sector in its waste reduction efforts, particularly plastic waste, by formulating a road map for businesses to reduce the amount of waste it produces.
— Eleven

Indonesia: releasing Abu Bakar Ba’asyir wrong on all counts
President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo’s decision to release Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is misguided, legally questionable and politically inept.
— The Interpreter

Indonesia mutual fund assets growth decelerates sharply in 2018
Indonesia’s mutual fund industry assets grew at a sharply slower pace in 2018 as concerns about the trade war between the US and China and US interest rate hikes took a toll, according to latest figures from the country’s financial services regulator.
— Asia Asset Management

Indonesia to review Bashir prison release
Indonesia’s security minister says the decision to release alleged Bali bombing mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir is being reviewed, hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged President Joko Widodo to show respect for Australia.
— SBS News

Indonesia to deliver 250 train cars to Bangladesh in 2019
State-owned train maker PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) sent on Sunday 15 train cars to Bangladesh, a portion of 250 train cars to be exported to the country this year after the company exported 200 train cars to the country in 2006 and 2016.
— The Jakarta Post

Only Komodo Island to be closed to tourists: governor
Only Komodo Island, part of the Komodo National Park, will be closed to tourists, while other islands in the national park will still remain open to visitors, East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat …
— Antara News

Warung Pintar raises $27.5M to digitize Indonesia’s street vendors
The digital revolution in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, continues to attract big money from investors.
— TechCrunch

ATF: Indonesia warms to Singapore hub role
Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, has acknowledged that Singapore has grown to become a prominent transport and tourism hub that can boost travel to Indonesia.
— TTR Weekly

Indonesia makes plans to create eco-friendly cities
The Indonesian Government plans to create eco-friendly cities across the country on an ongoing basis by striving to implement better waste management practices.
— Vietnam Plus

Mt Merapi spews incandescent lava 10 times on early Monday
Mount Merapi spewed incandescent lava ten times on early Monday, from midnight until 6 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Govt rehabilitates three million hectares of irrigation system
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has targeted to build one million hectare and rehabilitate 3 million hectares of irrigation system during 2015 to 2019 to materialize national food resilience.
— Antara News

Indonesia Ranks as World’s Fourth-Most ‘Instagrammable’ Country
We know Indonesia is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but we can now also boast being one of the most attractive on Instagram.
— Jakarta Globe

Tanah Abang street vendors subject to illegal fees: Ombudsman
The Jakarta Ombudsman has found that street vendors operating on the sidewalks of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, have been paying illegal fees to local gang members, also known as preman.
— The Jakarta Post

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Indonesia’s “Smart Kiosk” Startup Raises More Funds To Digitise Street Vendors
Indonesian micro-retail tech startup Warung Pintar (“smart kiosk”) has secured new funding of $27.5 million in a Series B round participated by its existing investors and a new investor, Indonesian e-payment startup OVO.
— Investvine

Less than one week left – Join us at Indonesia’s best government summit
We are six days away from GovPay | GovNext, Indonesia’s biggest and best government technology, digital identity, cyber security, finance, payments, procurement, licensing, data analytics, and public safety summit. Will you be there?
— GovInsider

Indonesia bookstores going online to join global trend | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Online platforms continue to develop as places to purchase various types of products, including books, triggering the presence of new online bookstores and prompting established ones to join the bandwagon.
— Eleven

Authorities Blame Local Thugs for Chaos During Forced Relocation of Street Vendors in Tanah Abang
Governor Anies Baswedan said his administration would forge ahead with a plan to relocate street vendors from Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta, despite violent resistance to the move late last week.
— Jakarta Globe

Guidelines about do’s and don’ts of visiting Indonesia temples | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Indonesia is home to thousands of temples. Their centuries-old history and beauty make them one of the most popular destinations in the country. The most famous ones include Borobudur and Prambanan in Central Java and Muara Takus in Sumatra.
— Eleven

People of disaster-prone indonesia urged to remain vigilant
To always remain vigilant is a must if you live in Indonesia, which is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, as it is located on the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” where a large number of volcanoes and …
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Rights Struggle: Deciding Which Candidate Is the ‘Lesser Evil’
Intellasia East Asia News A debate showed that neither candidate in Indonesia’s presidential race has any plans to address human-rights abuses. Standing on a stage in the Hotel Bidakara’s ballroom in downtown Jakarta during a presidential debate, Indonesia’s incumbent leader, Joko Widodo, meekly defended what has been, at best, a checkered record on human rights. Widodo, popularly known simply […]
— Intellasia

Hong Kong needs more foreign domestic workers, including from Indonesia
Hong Kong will need more foreign domestic workers, including from Indonesia, to take care of a rapidly ageing population. Based on the government’s projections, the number of Hong Kong residents aged 65 or older is …
— Antara News

Neighborhood patrols necessary to minimize casualties of landslides: BPBD
The Central Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has urged residents in disaster-prone areas to activate regular neighborhood nighttime patrols to minimize casualties arising from unexpected occurrences of …
— Antara News

PT Inka maufactures 438 trains ordered by PT KAI
State-owned train manufacturer PT INKA (Persero) is producing 438 trains ordered by PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) to be operated in the country.
— Antara News

Minister allows KPPU to probe alleged cartelization behind airfare hike
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed he will allow the Commission for Business Competition Supervision (KPPU) to investigate an alleged cartel practice behind the hike in domestic airfares.
— Antara News

Indonesia presidential candidates trade barbs in first debate
Intellasia East Asia News Joko Widodo aims to defeat controversial retired general Prabowo Subianto to win second term in office at April polls. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has traded barbs with election rival Prabowo Subianto over issues including corruption and law enforcement in their first televised debate three months before the world’s third-biggest democracy goes to the polls. The […]
— Intellasia

Timor Leste water police detains 18 Indonesian fishermen
The Water Police of Timor Leste on Saturday, Jan 19, detained 18 fishermen from East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT), Indonesia, according to a local official of NTT.
— Antara News

Ulemas from six countries attend Quran Recital Week in Pamekasan
Ulemas representing six countries attended the closing ceremony of the Fourth International Quran Recital Week organized at the Mambaul Ulum Islamic Boarding School, Bata-bata, Pamekasan, Madura Island, East Java, on Sunday …
— Antara News

PT PAL hands over hospital ship to Indonesian Navy
State-owned ship builder PT PAL Indonesia has handed over a hospital ship of type-124 landing platform dock (LPD), ordered by the Indonesian Navy, to support its non-military mission.
— Antara News

Binary pilot geothermal plant in Lahendong, Indonesia officially handed over
In a ceremony today, the German Ambassador to Indonesia, officially handed over a binary geothermal pilot plant to the Indonesian partners of BPPT and RISTEKDIKTI in Lahendong, Indonesia.
— Think GeoEnergy

Direct flights to Indonesia to start
Industry insiders believe direct flights could commence between Cambodia and Indonesia this year, as long running suggestions that the countries will boost their air connections look set to finally come to fruition.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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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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