Indonesia morning news for January 23

Indonesia morning news for January 23
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State mortgage provider to disburse Rp 1.7t for low-cost houses
State-owned mortgage financing company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) has allocated Rp 1.7 trillion (US$119.28 million) for government-subsidized housing loans.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali’s governor reveals plans to slug holiday-makers with a tourist tax
You’ll have to put aside some extra money for your next trip to Bali, if the holiday island goes ahead with plans to slap us with a tourist tax.
— (video)

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia
A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck off Indonesia’s central island of Sumbawa, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.
— Aljazeera

ITDC receives AIIB funding for Mandalika development
State-owned tourism management enterprise Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has received funding from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to develop infrastructure in the Special Economic Zone (KEK) in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.
— Antara News

Three state firms synergize to export rail pads to Philippines
Three state-owned companies — PT Inka Multi Solusi Trading (IMST), PT Wika Beton, and PT Pindad — have synergized efforts to export rail pads to the Philippines.
— Antara News

Depok allocates Rp 1.3 billion to procure traffic light
The Depok Transportation Agency in West Java has allocated Rp 1.3 billion (US$9,100) to procure and install a traffic light, which will later be equipped with 10 CCTV cameras.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahok Freed on Thursday, Police: No Special Security
Jakarta Metro Police will not deploy a special security measure when former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (BTP) or Ahok is released on Thursday, January 24.

Indonesia looks to catastrophe bonds after multiple tsunamis
Bracing for future calamities after a pair of devastating tsunamis last year, the Indonesian government is considering issuing catastrophe bonds that will serve as insurance policies against natural disasters.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia reverses course on plan to free radical cleric
Indonesia’s president said Tuesday that an elderly Islamic cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists won’t be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions.
— The Seattle Times

Taiwan gives US$500,000 to Indonesia for post-tsunami relief work
Taiwan on Tuesday made another US$500,000 donation to Indonesia to support relief efforts following a deadly tsunami that left hundreds dead last December.
— Focus Taiwan

Chevron Pledges to Cleanse B3 Waste in Riau Before 2021
US-based energy company Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) committed to recovering the land contaminated by crude oil, which was the waste material, before the end of the contract in Rokan Block, Riau Province in 2021.

Ba’asyir must accept Pancasila to be eligible for parole: Jokowi
After facing a deluge of criticism over the planned release of convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared that the firebrand cleric must express loyalty to the state ideology of Pancasila if he wants to be paroled.
— The Jakarta Post

Structure of Indonesia`s external debts remains healthy: BI
The structure of Indonesia`s external debts remains healthy as it is reflected in, among others, the ratio of Indonesia`s external debts to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
— Antara News

No public details on crashed Lion Air voice recorder until final reportIndonesian official
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesian authorities do not plan to provide a public update on the contents of a cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed, killing 189 people, until a final report is released in August or September, an official said on Tuesday.
— Intellasia

3 Asian Countries Ready to Attain Indonesia`s Rice Exports
State-owned logistics company Perum Bulog announced that a number of Southeast Asian countries are willing to attain Indonesia’s mid-2019 rice exports.

Indonesia tries to attract more tourists from Cambodia
Here comes the sun: People wait for the first sunrise to mark the new year of 2017 on top of Borobudur temple, Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Bank Danamon, Bank BNP propose merger
Private lenders Bank Danamon Indonesia and Bank Nusantara Parahyangan (Bank BNP), members of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) announced their merger proposal on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Kapuas Hulu team finds 12 bodies of sunken boat victims
The search and rescue (SAR) team found bodies of 12 victims of a boat that sunk in Kapuas River, Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan, thereby bringing the total fatality count in the incident to 13.
— Antara News

Indonesian watchdog probes alleged collusion on airfares
Reports about rising airfares that recently sparked customer complaints have called regulatory authorities into action as the competition watchdog is probing possible pricing agreements among airlines.
— Eleven

Critics Question Legal Basis for Terror Convict Abu Bakar Baasyir’s Release
Convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Baasyir is set for release from prison after receiving a pardon from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in a widely perceived political move ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
— Jakarta Globe

Religion and economy will take centre stage as Indonesia’s president seeks re-election, experts say
Intellasia East Asia News * While President Joko Widodo is currently leading in opinion polls, his chances of re-election are contingent on his religious credentials and ability to push Indonesia’s economy forward, experts told CNBC on Friday.
— Intellasia

Indonesian Pertamina’s Feb planned imports at 9-10 mil barrels; lower from Jan: sources
Indonesia’s state-owned Pertamina is expected to import around 9 million-10 million barrels of gasoline in February 2019, down from the estimated 10 million-11 million barrels in January, market sources said.
— S&P Global Platts

Indonesia encourages ASEAN, EU to contribute more for Palestinian independence
The Indonesian government, at the ASEAN-European Union Foreign Ministers Meeting, encouraged all ASEAN and European Union (EU) member states to increase their contribution to fighting for Palestinian independence.
— Antara News

Indonesian university develops weather detection system for Saudi Arabia
A Lecturer from the Bandung Institute of Technology, in Indonesia, had recently showcased an application capable of detecting extreme weather in Saudi Arabia at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
— OpenGov

Indonesia Defends its Palm Oil at ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting
During the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, on Monday (Jan 21), Indonesia again spoke on the issue of palm oil and reiterated its rejection of discriminatory policies against palm oil products.

VIDEO: carries out Indonesian drone delivery test project
Chinese e-commerce firm has carried out Indonesia’s first government approved drone flight – a “breakthrough for drone delivery in Southeast Asia”.
— Air Cargo News

Indonesia’s startup ecosystem will be richer if unicorns begin to go public, says Takahiro Suzuki of Genesia Ventures
Suzuki, who is an early investor in Tokopedia, says he didn’t expect the Indonesia e-commerce company to grow rapidly to become a unicorn so soon.
— Yahoo News

Ustad Somad inaugurates Pariaman`s Syafi`i School of islamic Studies Center
Ustad Abdul Somad (UAS) inaugurated the Syafi`i School of Islamic Studies Center in Nagari Pauh Kambar, Nan Sabaris Sub-district, Padang Pariaman District, West Sumatra, with thousands of Muslims in attendance.
— Antara News

IMF`s call for debt cut not addressed to Indonesia: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati believed the International Monetary Fund (IMF)`s statement calling for developing nations to reduce debts to avoid a risk of global economic slowdown was not relevant to Indonesia.
— Antara News

West Papuan leaders blame deaths of three babies on Indonesian crackdown
Three babies who died during childbirth are among the civilian deaths West Papuan leaders are blaming on a brutal crackdown by Indonesian forces in the region of Nduga.
— The Guardian

President Jokowi meets representatives of Indonesian fishermen
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met the representatives of Indonesian fishermen at the State Palace, here, on Tuesday, and reminded them to utilize low-interest loans wisely.
— Antara News

Heavy rain triggers flooding in Makassar
Parts of Makassar City were flooded following incessant heavy rain that fell from Monday evening until Tuesday noon.
— Antara News

French drugs suspect escapes Indonesian jail using sarong
An accused drug trafficker has busted out of an Indonesian prison by sawing through the bars and using a sarong to swing down to freedom, police said.
— 9News


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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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