Indonesia morning news for July 10

Indonesia morning news for July 10
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Indonesia morning newsUNHCR, Komnas HAM push for education rights for refugee children
The National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to continue their advocacy and human rights protection of refugees and asylum seekers currently in Indonesia, this time focusing on children’s right to education.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to send back Australian paper waste ‘contaminated’ by dirty nappies and electronics
Indonesian customs officials say they will send eight shipping containers of paper back to Australia after they found household garbage including used nappies and electronics inside.

School obliges students to exchange used plastic bottles for admissions forms
The student admissions committee at SMPN 1 Jogonalan junior high school in Klaten, Central Java, is requiring all applicants to bring in used plastic bottles in exchange for admissions packets.
— The Jakarta Post

Aftech hopes digital economy tax implemented transparently
Indonesian Fintech Association (Aftech) expressed the hope that the digital economic tax plan proposed by the government can be made in a consultative way and transparently.
— Antara News

Indonesia offers more tax breaks to boost jobs, growth
Indonesia on Tuesday (Jul 9) rolled out corporate tax breaks for labour-intensive industries and Research and Development (R&D) investments in a bid to create jobs in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

Jakarta Environment Agency: No Decision on Artificial Rain Yet
The Jakarta Environment Agency chief Jakarta Andono Warih said that no agreement has been made regarding weather modification efforts for the nation’s capital.

Importation of pineapples from Indonesia into the US and Territories
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepared this risk assessment to examine plant pest risks associated with importing commercially-produced fruit of pineapple, Ananas comosus (Bromeliaceae), for consumption from Indonesia into the Unit

Jokowi Reprimands Ministers for Indonesia’s Trade Deficit
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reprimanded State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan for the trade deficit Indonesia recorded in the first five months of this year.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Indosat in talks to sell $300m worth of telecom towers
Indonesia-based telecom company Indosat Ooredoo has initiated talks to sell 3,000 telecom tower assets, people familiar with the development told DealStreetAsia.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Taiwan’s Pegatron opens US$40 million factory in Batam
PT Pegatron Technology Indonesia, a subsidiary of a Taiwanese electronics giant, has opened its factory in the Batamindo Industrial Park in Batam, Riau Islands, worth US$40 million, marking Pegatron’s first operations in Southeast Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

‘CIick it for safety’: Jakarta motorists not fond of wearing seat belts, ETLE data shows
Three college students had plenty of time to spare and money in their pockets last weekend, so after lunch at a fast food restaurant in the Sarinah shopping mall on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta, they headed for the Camden Bar in Cikini, about 4 kilometers away. Behind the wheel was 20-year-old Thomas Kurniawan.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi issues regulation on tax deductions up to 300 percent
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has issued a regulation on major tax deductions aimed at boosting investment, research and development (R&D) as well as the participation of businesses in improving Indonesia’s human resources.
— The Jakarta Post

SAR agency confirms five Japanese survived boat sinking accident
Five Japanese tourists survived a boat sinking accident in the waters of Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday evening, after the Labuan Bajo Search and Rescue (SAR) Agency’s personnel successfully located them.
— Antara News

Jokowi believes East Java can majorly contribute to economic growth
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) views East Java Province as having significant potential to contribute to the nation’s economic growth.
— Antara News

Indonesian Businesses Overwhelmingly Bullish on Growth Compared to Global Peers: HSBC
Business optimism is on the rise in Indonesia, with 98 percent of local companies surveyed by global investment bank HSBC saying they expect to grow in the next one to two years, beating global optimism.
— Jakarta Globe

Opportunity for Indonesia to export avocados to Japan
Indonesia has an opportunity to export avocados to Japan after Japanese importer Great Giant Foods (GGF) met with the agriculture attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo for the import of the Indonesian fresh fruit.
— Fresh Plaza

‘Not a crime’: Supreme Court acquits key suspect in BLBI graft case
The Supreme Court has acquitted former Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) chairman Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, the man at the center of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) scandal, of corruption charges.
— The Jakarta Post

House Deputy Speaker: Urgent for ITE Law to be Dropped
House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah said the electronic information and transactions (ITE) law has taken many victims; most people were wrongfully sacrificed by the “elastic law.”

Commuter line scraps one-day ticket services at some stations
Commuter line passengers at five stations would soon not be able to buy one-day trip tickets (THB) as the operator has decided to scrap the service on Aug. 1.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is walking the talk on wheat imports
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, the world’s third-largest democracy and the fourth largest nation in the world by population. It is also the closest, and one of Australia’s most important trading partners.
— North Queensland Register

Indonesia’s retail sales growth accelerates to 7.7% in May
Retail sales in Indonesia grew 7.7% in May, compared with an annual growth rate of 6.7% a month earlier, a central bank survey showed on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Tax to GDP ratio assumption revised down
The government and the House of Representatives on Monday agreed to revise down the tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio assumption for the 2020 state budget to 10.57 to 11.18 percent from the initial figure of 10.6 to 11.2 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire razes 50 hectares of peatland area in Aceh
A fire scorched 50 hectares (ha) of peatland area in West Aceh District, Aceh Province.
— Antara News

Reclamation, industries worsen coastal erosion
With Indonesia losing large parts of its coastal areas to coastal erosion, scientists are citing coastal development and unsustainable economic activity as the main causes of the occurrence of the natural process.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry: Rice Stock Sufficient despite Increasing Crop Failure
Director General of Food Crops of Agriculture Ministry, Gatot Irianto, assured the crop failure or locally known sawah puso during this year’s dry season will not decrease national stock rice.

Give Ex-ISIS Fighters’ Children a Second Chance: BNPT
Chief of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Suhardi Alius argues there should be no plight in granting children of former Islamic States fighters a second chance to live a better life.
— Tempo.coed States and Territories.
— Fresh Plaza

Government pushes export, tourism in Central, East Java
The government is set to boost the growth of export-oriented industries and the tourism sector in the provinces of Central Java and East Java.
— Antara News

Legislator wants governor’s Columbia visit to benefit Jakarta
A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council, Bestari Barus, has expressed hope that Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan’s, visit to Colombia for one week till July 16 would be beneficial to the capital city.
— Antara News

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks
European aircraft maker Airbus will ask airlines operating 25 of its oldest A380 super-jumbo jets to inspect their wings after cracks were found in some models, the EU’s Aviation Safety Agency said.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Susi challenges Zuckerberg to paddle race for Facebook shares
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has dropped an unexpected comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram account, challenging the Facebook CEO to compete in a paddle race for 10 percent of the social media giant’s shares.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese toy, stroller factories looking to relocate to Indonesia amid trade war: AMI
The prolonged trade war between China and the United States has prompted at least two Chinese toy makers to relocate their assembly plants to Indonesia, the Indonesian Toy Makers Association (AMI) said on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Nuril’s amnesty plea gains traction
Baiq Nuril Maknun, a West Nusa Tenggara woman who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for defaming her alleged sexual abuser, has made some progress in her efforts to obtain amnesty from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Inalum eyes 20 percent stake in Vale Indonesia
State mining holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) is prepared to buy a 20 percent stake in publicly listed nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia (INCO) as part of the latter’s divestment obligation.
— The Jakarta Post

Banks Prepare Escrow Accounts for Export Proceeds
National banks began are preparing escrow accounts and special products to accommodate export proceeds (DHE) owned by natural resource exporters (SDA).

The multifaceted roles of Jakarta firefighters
They may be the ones to contact if there is a fire in the city, but fire is not the only thing Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency personnel deal with in their daily duties.
— The Jakarta Post

Metal industry ‘needs boost’ to absorb more processed minerals
The country’s metal industry needs to improve in order to maximize the full potential of mining resources and, therefore, the government must introduce an integrated policy on the issue, a mining association has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura I to move 65 domestic flights to YIA
State airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I will move 65 domestic flights currently served by Adisutjipto International Airport in Sleman District to the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo District, Yogyakarta, by October 2019.
— Antara News

Komnas Perempuan Decries Aceh’s Draft Bill on Polygamy
The National Commission of Anti-Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) assessed the plan to legalize polygamy practice presently discussed by Aceh provincial administration and Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA) was not a solution to protect the rights of women in a marriage.

Govt gives assurances on lower LCC airfares from July 11
The government and airline operators have given assurances that starting July 11 air travelers can enjoy discounted airfares on domestic routes using low-cost carriers (LCC) on specific dates and times.
— The Jakarta Post

Sarawak Chambers explore cooperation with Singkawang
Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching, Malaysia, Yonny Tri Prayitno undertook a work visit with Sarawak Chamber of Commerce Head Augustine Chi to Singkawang, West Kalimantan, to explore partnership opportunities with the local government and Chambers.
— Antara News

Jonan responds to Jokowi’s criticism on increasing oil, gas imports
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has said the increase in oil and gas imports was triggered by the significant increase in consumption, while domestic production could only increase gradually.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan to speak at World Cities Summit in Colombia
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan will speak at the 2019 World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum (WCSMF) to be held in Medellin, Colombia, on July 10-12, 2019.
— Antara News

Police charge Blitar woman under ITE Law for sharing ‘Jokowi pharaoh’, ‘dog demon’ memes
The Blitar Police have charged a local woman with defamation and hate speech after she referred to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as “pharaoh” in an image that has become a viral meme.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian at Wimbledon pleads for help after tennis courts replaced by baseball field
Christopher Rungkat is ploughing a lone furrow for tennis in one of the world’s most populous nations: a task made all the harder after Indonesia turned a top tennis facility into a baseball field.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, a land ‘left behind’ weighs its development alternatives
In one of this country’s most isolated places, Ipus Apalem believes he has finally found a way for his village of 400 to improve its lot.
— Mongabay

Indonesia struggling to wake up
Eye on the ball: The Under-21 women’s soccer team plays a practice game at Jenggolo soccer field in Sidoarjo, East Java, on May 11.
— The Jakarta Post

Night owls roost at 24-hour joints
Staying up late is in the DNA of some Jakartans. From wartegs (stalls selling Tegal food), neighborhood security posts to the side of the streets, it’s easy to notice Jakartans spending their nights not in bed but on their motorcycles or plastic stools.
— The Jakarta Post

‘People’s Cinema’ offers moviegoers humble alternative
It is not like the standard cinemas mushrooming in the capital city, but for viewers, the humble Indiskop at Teluk Gong Market in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, is more than enough.
— The Jakarta Post

Algerian receives 9-month jail term in Denpasar
The Denpasar state court has sentenced Algerian defendant Mohammed Kherici (34) to nine months in jail for stealing two cameras from a room in a hostel, which he was sharing with a guest.
— Antara News


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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