Indonesia morning news for January 28

Indonesia morning news for January 28

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Scouts for Investment Targets for $8 Billion Hajj Fund
Indonesia is seeking new avenues to deploy a part of its $8 billion Hajj funds.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia death toll from floods, landslides climbs to 68
At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 7,000 forced to take refuge in emergency shelters after floods, landslides and a tornado battered the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the past week, authorities said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pop-ups)

Indonesian president grants remission to a journalist’s murderer
Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s move to grant remission to I Nyoman Susrama, the convicted mastermind behind the murder of Radar Bali journalist Anak Agung Gde Bagus Narendra Prabangsa, has disappointed and hurt the Indonesian press community.

Dengue kills more than 100 people in Indonesia
More than 100 people have died of dengue fever this month, with the largest number of fatalities, 41, recorded in East Java, 13 in North Sulawesi and 12 in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), the Health Ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to further relax export procedures
The government said it would ease procedures to boost exports, with the aim of bolstering the country’s current account, as the trade deficit was recorded at US$ 8.57 billion in 2018, the largest deficit since 1975.
— The Jakarta Post

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South Sulawesi Hit by Worst Flooding in Last Decade
The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of possible flooding as the country is currently in the peak rainy season, but the devastation caused by widespread flooding and landslides hitting South Sulawesi has shocked the nation.

Studies show Jakarta quickly sinking
Studies in Indonesia this week have warned that more than a quarter of Jakarta’s 661.5 square kilometres will be submerged by water in less than a decade.
— The Asean Post

Widodo-Amin ready to face open presidential debate: campaign team
The national campaign team of the Joko Widodo-Ma`ruf Amin pair has hinted at the readiness of the incumbent president and his running mate to face their contenders in an open presidential debate, scheduled Feb 17.
— Antara News

OYO now plans big play in Indonesia, lines up $100-million investment
OYO, India’s largest hotel chain, plans to invest more than $100 million in Indonesia.
— Business Standard

Pegatron Moves Some China Production to Indonesia on U.S. Tariff
Taiwanese contract electronics maker Pegatron Corp. said it has moved to Indonesia some manufacturing of networking products that have been hit by U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s Haj Fund Management Agency to invest in Saudi Arabia
The Haj Fund Management Agency (BPKH) is planning to invest in Saudi Arabia to help Indonesians who want to go on the haj or umrah (minor haj) in Mecca.
— The Jakarta Post

Japanese firms see opportunity in S.E. Asia garbage
The rapid economic development experienced across Southeast Asia has created a serious garbage problem, as growing volumes of rubbish highlight a shortage of disposal sites.
— The Japan News

Trade war: Indonesia eyeing billions of dollar investment
Indonesia expects billions of dollars in investment from companies relocating factories from China as a fallout of its trade war with the US, according to Tom Lembong, chairman of the country’s Investment Coordinating Board.
— Gulf Times

Bali’s ban on single-use plastics and new US$10 tax for foreign tourists
One of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Southeast Asia for foreign tourists, Bali is known for fun in the sun, sand and surf, gorgeous diving and snorkelling, and don’t forget the wild parties!
— The Independent

Anti-palm oil lobby’s ‘green’ tactic
CLOSE to 90 per cent of the world’s palm oil comes from Malaysia and Indonesia. Together, they dominate the global trade in palm oil.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia, Turkey hold 3rd round of talks on CEPA
Indonesia and Turkey held the third round of talks to discuss the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IT CEPA) in Jakarta on January 24-25.
— Antara News

Indonesia palm oil tycoon who built US$9b empire dies
Eka Tjipta Widjaja, who became a coconut and palm-oil trader at the age of 15 before building a multi-billion dollar empire with businesses spanning paper and pulp to financial services, has died.
— The Edge Markets

‘Ahok’ Case Highlights Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law
The release of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, after serving most of a two-year sentence for blasphemy, is focusing attention on the law that brought down the popular politician best known as Ahok.
— Voice of America

Massive Crackdown on Communist Books Deemed Unconstitutional
A plan by the Attorney General’s Office to launch a massive crackdown on books about communism and other banned ideologies has prompted concerns that this may erode freedom of expression and access to information in Indonesia.
— jakarta Globe

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A millennial glimpse into Indonesia’s political future
For a fleeting moment, before the two senior candidates started trading barbs at last week’s first presidential election debate, 49-year-old business entrepreneur Sandiaga Uno gave Indonesian voters a glimpse of what the future might hold under a new generation leader from a very different background.
— Asia Times

Garuda Indonesia Group offers discounts up to 70 percent
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is offering discounts of up to 70 percent on several routes as well as on tickets for flights with Sriwijaya Air, whose operation is now under its supervision.
— The Jakarta Post

Komodo Park temporary shutdown plan meets resistance
Tour operators around East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have opposed the provincial administration’s plan to temporarily close Komodo National Park to visitors.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s CT Corp. remodels retail around recreation
Indonesian conglomerate CT Corp. looks to lure consumers who increasingly shop online by designing retail centers around leisure activities like indoor skiing, offering experiences that cannot be found digitally.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia`s Railway Industry Can Become Global Player: Minister
Indonesia`s railway industry has improved its competitiveness through cooperation with global companies that will allow transfer of technology, and improve its role in the global supply chain, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated.

Ministry of Villages Seek Comparative Study of Village Heads in Southeast Asia
Indonesia Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo has received a visit from the Ambassador of Thailand to Indonesia, Mr. H. Songphol Sukchan at his office on Thursday (1/24/2019).
— Netral News

Ahok confirms he will wed 21-year-old girlfriend
A wedding is on the cards for former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

39 Workers of East Nusa Tenggara Deported from Malaysia
As many as 39 workers from East Nusa Tenggara Province were deported from Malaysia due to their illegal status, head of Kupang’s Placement and Protection Service Center (BP3TKI) in Kupang, Siwa, revealed.

Balikpapan man faces 20 years for growing cannabis at home
A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Central Balikpapan district, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, for allegedly growing cannabis.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Pakistan ties poised for a quantum leap, says envoy
Counsellor and head of cultural section Embassy of Republic of Indonesia Deny Tri Basuki has said Indonesia and Pakistan share strong socio-cultural and religious bond rooted in history.
— The Express Tribune


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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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