Indonesia morning news for July 16

Indonesia morning news for July 16

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia books $200 million trade surplus in June
Indonesia secured a monthly trade balance surplus of US$200 million in June, the fourth surplus recorded after February, March and May, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s poverty ratio decrease to 9.41 pct
Indonesia posted a 9.41 percent of poverty ratio in March this year, lower than 9.66 percent recorded in September last year, Head of Indonesia’s Central Statistics Bureau (BPS) Suhariyanto said here on Monday.
— Xinhua

Non-communicable disease trend increases in Indonesia
The trend of non-communicable disease in Indonesia has increased based on the Public Health Development Index (IPKM) issued by the Research and Development Center of the Health Ministry.
— Antara News

Bali wins plastic-ban battle in Court, steps closer to being plastic-free island
Bali is on track to reduce plastic waste on the resort island after the Supreme Court rejected a judicial review that challenged the local administration’s limit on single-use plastic.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR deputy chairman Taufik Kurniawan gets 6 years for bribery
The Semarang Corruption Court has sentenced House of Representatives deputy speaker and senior National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Taufik Kurniawan to six years in prison for bribery in a case connected to special allocation funds (DAK) for Kebumen and Purbalingga regencies.
— The Jakarta Post

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Govt should develop four leading sectors to boost investment: KEIN
The National Industry and Economic Committee (KEIN) has recommended the government to prioritize the development of four sectors that can become leading contributors to boost the investment climate within the next five years.
— Antara News

Foreign debt grows 7.4 percent, recorded at $386.1 billion
Indonesia’s foreign debt grew 7.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$ 386.1 billion, a slowdown from the 8.8 percent yoy growth recorded in April, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Council launches app to gather people’s reports
The Jakarta Council has launched an application called Council Aspiration and Information System (SIAP Dewan) aimed at facilitating reports from members of the public.
— The Jakarta Post

W Jakarta provides medical check for pregnant refugees
The Kalideres public health center in West Jakarta has provided a free medical checkup for foreign refugees who are pregnant and temporarily sheltered at the West Jakarta Military Command.
— Antara News

Indonesia nabs serial sea poachers in Strait of Malacca
Indonesia’s maritime forces nabbed last weekend MV Nika, a Panama-flagged fishing vessel that had come under the pursuit of Interpol and a handful of countries for transnational fisheries crimes that include illegal fishing, open-sea transshipment and serial identity fraud.
— The Jakarta Post

127,977 Gunung Kidul inhabitants affected by drought
Drought has affected a total of 127,977 inhabitants of Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Special Autonomous Region, and the dry spell is forecast to get worse.
— Antara News

Dozens of renewable energy projects yet to receive financing
Many renewable energy projects approved by the government are still facing uncertainty as many have so far failed to attract investors.
— The Jakarta Post

Social Affairs Ministry allocates Rp267 million for refugees
The Ministry of Social Affairs has allocated Rp267 million as assistance to refugees who occupy a former building of West Jakarta military command (Kodim) in Kalideres, West Jakarta.
— Antara News

ITU rules causing problems for Indonesia
Indonesia holds certain orbital rights to the 113 degrees East slot, but it must occupy the position with a working satellite by August 2019.
— Advanced Television

PT Cipta Mortar Utama targets annual production of 170,000 tons
PT Cipta Mortar Utama, a subsidiary of a French company, the Saint Gobain Group, started production of 170,000 metric tons of mortar per year after it officially launched a new factory, its fifth, in Semarang, Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Government urges companies to export more consumer goods to China
The government is encouraging local businesses to explore export opportunities with the country’s largest export destination, China, in order to promote more value-added goods rather than raw materials.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s ‘Pacific Elevation’: Step up or power play?
In touting its new “elevated” engagement in the Pacific, Indonesia has been eager to stress it will work within New Zealand and Australia’s efforts in the region.

Rupiah strengthens, crosses 14,000 per US dollar
The rupiah strengthened 0.54 percent to 13,932 per US dollar at 12: 15 p.m. on Monday from 14,008 on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

This year, 400 km of new toll roads to open
The Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) announced that the country aims to open 400 kilometers of new toll roads this year to have a total of 2,000 km of toll roads in operation by the end of 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

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S. Halmahera declares emergency after 7.3-magnitude earthquake
The administration of South Halmahera in North Maluku has declared an emergency status in the regency after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake, followed by at least 70 aftershocks, claimed two lives and sent more than 2,000 people fleeing from their houses.
— The Jakarta Post

Human resource development main key for creative economy: minister
Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution stressed that human resource development (HRD) was the main key to develop the creative economy.
— Antara News

Environment ministry drafts regulation to oblige emissions test for vehicles
In an attempt to protect the environment from air pollution, the government plans to oblige all vehicles to undergo an emissions test before extending their vehicle registration certificate (STNK).
— The Jakarta Post

Political Hoaxes Still Rampant after Jokowi-Prabowo Meeting
The National Police said political hoaxes were still massive in the public following the meeting of Jokowi and Prabowo on July 13.

Gerindra clarifies no political deal made between Prabowo and Jokowi
Gerindra’s Communication Board member, Andre Rosiade, confirmed no political agreement between party’s General Chairman Prabowo Subianto and President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) when they met and rode the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train here, July 13
— Antara News

Indonesian president pressed on hardline running mate
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo defended his controversial running mate and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, a conservative Islamic scholar and believer in Sharia law.

Jokowi pledges ‘interconnectivity’ as his infrastructure vision for 2019-2024
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has pledged to continue his infrastructure programs in his second and final five-year term, with a focus on connecting the existing infrastructure to optimize their use.
— The Jakarta Post

Medan pledges to be flood-free by 2022
Following floods that often strike Medan, the North Sumatra administration has pledged to make the provincial capital free from floods by 2022.
— The Jakarta Post

House Speaker meets with President Jokowi to discuss national issues
House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo held a meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the presidential palace, here, on Monday, to discuss national issues.
— Antara News

MRT Jakarta stations to have more parking areas, ticket machines
In a bid to improve its services to passengers, the operator of Indonesia’s first MRT, PT MRT Jakarta, has provided more facilities for better accessibility and integration of intermodal transportation for commuters’ convenience.
— The Jakarta Post

North Maluku earthquake claims two lives, displaces 1,104 people
A magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit South Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, on Sunday evening, claimed two lives and displaced 1,104 people.
— Antara News

Govt to offer nine reservoir projects this year
The Public Works and Housing Ministry will auction nine water reservoir projects this year that are among 65 reservoirs in the 2015 to 2019 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN).
— The Jakarta Post

Palm oil exports dented by regulations in destination nations
The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) pointed to a decline in Indonesia’s palm oil exports, pressured by unfavorable regulations in some export destination countries.
— Antara News

Depok mulls plan to play songs at traffic lights to entertain motorists
Infamous for its traffic congestion amid continuous development, the Depok administration in West Java is mulling over a plan to play traditional Indonesian music at traffic lights to entertain motorists caught in traffic and hopefully reduce stress levels.
— The Jakarta Post

Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3 suffers power outage for 15 minutes
A power outage hit Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, briefly disrupting the terminal’s services in the early hours of Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

‘No More Inefficient or Intolerant Indonesia!’: Jokowi’s New Vision
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has delivered a new five-point vision for Indonesia in which he promised to overhaul the country’s infrastructure, human capital, investment climate, bureaucracy and state budget.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta to host Formula E in 2020, Anies says
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said Jakarta will host the prestigious Formula E race for electric cars in 2020 on one of the main roads of the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry targets 38 bus terminals for refurbishment in 2020
The government plans to give a major facelift to 38 bus terminals across the country next year as part of its public transportation improvement program, a senior official at the Transportation Ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo’s volunteer calls for no hatred among supporters
A coordinator of volunteers for former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and former vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno in London, Britain, Rasyid F. Hanafiah has called on supporters for Prabowo and Sandi not to slander, and hate the two figures without concrete facts, and instead they have to be careful and polite in showing their stance as well as remain to stay in the opposition line with the people.
— Antara News

AirAsia calls for establishment of more LCCTs in Indonesia
Low-cost carrier AirAsia is set to operate from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal F2 low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Tangerang, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Coliving trend on the rise for working millennials
or those who opt to live in apartment units, finding the right roommates to share the cost and space with may be a thing in the past.
— The Jakarta Post

Container ship crashes into crane at Semarang terminal
State-owned port operator Pelindo III has confirmed that a container ship, MV Soul of Luck, crashed into a container crane at the Semarang Container Terminal (TPKS) in Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Kemang sidewalk makeover project stumbles over protests
A dispute over land compensation is stalling a sidewalk renovation project that aims to turn the bustling Kemang area into world-class pedestrian-friendly tourist quarters in South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Generation Girl spreads STEM ‘virus’ one school break at a time
Girls are using their school breaks to learn what used to be thought as masculine subjects such as coding and robotics.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT receives Japanese demand for 40 tons moringa flour weekly
Head of East Nusa Tenggara’s (NTT’s) Village Community Empowerment Service Sinun Petrus Manuk confirmed receiving a demand from Japan for 40 tons moringa flour produced by the village enterprise of M’rian, Kufeu, Malaka, per week.
— Antara news

Teacher faces jail time for allegedly urging people not to put Jokowi’s photo in schools
The police have detained and named teacher Asteria Fitriani a suspect for allegedly spreading hate-induced fake news in her post on Facebook in which she allegedly urged people not to put a photo of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on display.
— The Jakarta Post

Safety Committee to investigate emergency landing of chopper in Lombok
Indonesia’s Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) will investigate an emergency landing made by a PT Carpediem Air-owned helicopter B206L4 in Kawo Village, Pujut Sub-district, Central Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province.
— Antara news

Bali vows to crackdown on illegal Russian tour guides
The Bali administration has vowed to raid illegal Russian tour guides operating on the island, saying that real action was urgent to prevent them from “damaging Bali’s tourism image”.
— The Jakarta Post

Depok residents ask for concrete solution to overcome traffic woes
Depok residents have asked their city administration to come up with a concrete solution for worsening traffic congestion instead of just playing music at traffic lights to cheer up drivers stuck in traffic.
— The Jakarta Post

Police search for man suspected of hitting running event organizer
Police are searching for the owner of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon car, identified as PDK, for allegedly hitting LM, 34, an organizer of the MILO Jakarta International 10K running competition.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor regent seeks help for new Puncak toll road project
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has asked the West Java administration to construct a second Puncak toll road lane to ease traffic congestion in the area, especially on weekends.
— The Jakarta Post

Saving private ball: Four rescue personnel go on mission to retrieve volleyball
The East Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency has received numerous requests, such as to come to the aid of flood victims. However, it was sent on mission like never before to retrieve a single volleyball, recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Dealing with hornet hive firefighters’ way
When people think about firefighters, they immediately picture men in orange uniforms putting out fires.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian coffee to be officially sold in New Zealand
The Indonesian Plantation Companies Association (GPPI) claimed that packaged coffee products of Kapal Api brand will be sold officially to supermarkets in New Zealand.
— Antara News

Student dies after week-long orientation in semi-military school in Palembang
A student has died during orientation for new students in semi-military SMA Taruna Indonesia Palembang state high school in South Sumatra. Delwyn Berli Juliandro, 14, died on Saturday during a 4-kilometer walk at the end of the week-long orientation program.
— The Jakarta Post

She reported a lecturer for attempted rape. Now she is the one who has to cover her face
A survivor of a rape attempt in an Islamic university in Gorontalo city, North Sulawesi, reported her case to the university, but the backlash from lecturers and students has been so intense that she now wears a surgical mask to campus to cover her face.
— The Jakarta Post

Depok Police scold boy pretending to be ‘tuyul’ for YouTube
The Depok Police’s Jaguar Team, a special unit dedicated to combating street crime, caught and reprimanded 13-year-old A at 2 a.m. on Saturday for dressing up as a tuyul (a mischievous child-like spirit) in Beji to scare local residents and film the prank for a YouTube channel.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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