Indonesia morning news for July 19

Indonesia morning news for July 19
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Ministry encourages use of trenchless technology
The Public Works and Housing Ministry encourages the use of trenchless technology as an important component in the country’s 2015-2019, US$460 billion infrastructure development programme, through the Trenchless Asia 2019 international exhibition held at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo), July 17-18.
— Antara News

Malnutrition, disease kill at least 139 displaced in Indonesia’s Papua – group
Thousands of people in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.
— Euronews

Indonesia Pledges More Rate Cuts as It Moves to Spur Growth
Indonesia’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in almost two years and pledged more easing to come as it shifts focus to supporting growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Bloomberg

Jakarta Police issue more than 5.4m traffic tickets in five years. Here are the highlights
Motorists and motorcyclists in the capital and its surrounding areas are not exactly known for obeying traffic rules. Police data shows that between January and June this year alone, 550,896 people were ticketed for traffic violations in Greater Jakarta, which includes Tangerang, South Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia prepares cross border e-commerce regulation
To prevent an excess of imported goods from inundating the domestic market, the government is preparing a regulation on cross-border trade through e-commerce platforms.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia aims to start electric vehicle production in 2022
Indonesia is aiming to start producing electric vehicles (EVs) in 2022, a senior official at the Industry Ministry told Reuters on Thursday, after a number of companies disclosed plans to invest in the country.
— Reuters

Turkey, Indonesia eye ‘$10B bilateral trade volume’
Turkey and Indonesia have set a target to achieve $10 billion bilateral trade volume “soon”, Indonesia’s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said on Thursday.
— Anadolu Agency

UK reaffirms support for Indonesia’s territorial integrity
The United Kingdom Government has reaffirmed its support for Indonesia’s territorial integrity and recognized Papua as an integral part of Indonesia.
— Antara News

ITPC brands Hajj pilgrim buses to promote Indonesia’s export products
Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) and Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, are promoting Indonesia’s non-oil and gas exports by putting up pictures highlighting the “Trade with Remarkable Indonesia” brand on buses carrying Indonesian Hajj pilgrims.
— Antara News

PNM targets to channelize loans worth Rp14 trillion in 2019
State-owned financing company PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) has outlined a target to channel loans amounting to Rp14 trillion to individuals and small and medium entrepreneurs this year.
— Antara News

Agrarian reform offers chance to empower women
In the past, women in Ciamis, West Java, rarely attended community gatherings, let alone spoke up.
— The Jakarta Post

A chance for lift off: Indonesia’s failure-to-launch solar sector
INDONESIA is behind the pack in terms of the adoption of solar power.
— Asian Correspondent

Dozens of elementary students in South Jakarta suffer food poisoning
At least 40 students from SDN 09 Keramat Pela elementary school in South Jakarta and some of their parents suffered suspected food poisoning after consuming snacks during a story-telling event on Tuesday, Kebayoran Baru district police said.
— The Jakarta Post

Overshadowed by BI’s interest rate, rupiah predicted to weaken
The Indonesian rupiah exchange rate, which continues to appreciate, was expected to weaken in Wednesday’s trading, following investors’ enthusiasm for the latest policy move by the Indonesian central bank, the Bank Indonesia (BI) benchmark interest rate and sentiment from the continued strengthening of the US dollar.
— Antara News

Indonesia posted higher CPO exports in May: GAPKI
The Indonesian Palm Oil Entrepreneurs Association (GAPKI) revealed that Indonesia’s exports of crude palm oil (CPO) rose 18 percent in May 2019 as compared to that recorded in the previous month.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s elections too expensive
There are many reasons to admire Indonesia for its 2019 elections.
— The Jakarta Post

How cloud computing services impact markets like Indonesia
In Southeast Asia, people are likely to use a digital service like Grab or Gojek to get a ride.
— Tech in Asia

Singapore, Indonesia eye new cooperation projects
Singapore and Indonesia are on the lookout for opportunities to work together more closely in infrastructure, investment and human resource development – three of the key areas Indonesian President Joko Widodo has flagged as crucial to helping his country weather turbulence in the global economy.
— Straits Times

Singaporeans head to fire hotspot village in Indonesia to tackle haze
A Singaporean charity is working with villagers in Indonesia to restore ancient peatlands, seeking to curb the haze that chokes the region every year, organisers said on Thursday (Jul 18).

After Jokowi’s Indonesia Election Win, What’s Next for Prabowo’s Supporters?
Nearly two months after deadly post-election rioting in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, a ride on a newly launched train shared between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto on Saturday has gotten the electoral saga closer to an end.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia reaffirms championship target in 2019 ASEAN School Games
Indonesian Youth and Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi reaffirmed the government target for the country’s contingent to win the ongoing 2019 ASEAN School Games in Central Java province, local media reported on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Appeals court increases ex-minister Idrus Marham’s sentence to five years
The Jakarta High Court has increased the prison sentence of Golkar Party politician and former social affairs minister Idrus Marham to five years’ imprisonment, months after he was found guilty of accepting bribes from a businessman to finance his failed bid to become the party’s leader.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT confirms temporary closure of Komodo Island from early 2020
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Tourism Office has confirmed that Komodo Island, within the area of the Komodo National Park, will be closed to the public for a year, starting from early 2020.
— Antara News

Pakistan expresses interest in W Java’s Digital-Credit Village Program
West Java Governor M. Ridwan Kamil (Emil) pointed to the interest shown by Pakistani Ambassador to Indonesia Abdul Salik Khan in several superior programs in West Java Province, including the Digital Village and Mesra Credit.
— Antara News

KPK, Novel Baswedan ‘let down’ by fact-finding team
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan has expressed his deep disappointment with the results of a fact-finding team that failed to solve the acid attack on him that occurred more than two years ago, the KPK workers’ union has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia condemns decision to award Benny Wenda
Indonesia has strongly condemned the Oxford City Council’s decision to award Benny Wenda, a member of the West Papua movement separatist group, the Freedom of the City.
— Antara News

IHSG weakens at Thursday’s opening on Asian markets’ correction
The composite share price index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) opened lower on Thursday morning, as the Asian regional markets were on correction mode.
— Antara News

Less than half of subdistricts in Jakarta have fire stations
The Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency’s acting head, Subejo, has said the capital needs more fire stations, considering the significant number of fires in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

11 provinces should declare alert status for forest fire: Ministry
The Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs has appealed to 11 provincial administrations prone to land and forest fires to impose emergency alert status in their respective regions.
— Antara News

Four die, seven injured in bloody clash in Mesuji
Four people died while seven others were injured in a bloody clash in Mesuji, Lampung, the local police said on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Dismantling Jakarta’s bamboo artwork was money squandered: lawmaker
Disassembling the bamboo artwork “Getah Getih” at Hotel Indonesia boulevard was money plundered, as significant amount was spent for temporary display, Commission D Secretary for Development of Jakarta’s Regional House of Representatives Pandapotan Sinaga stated.
— Antara News

Anies extends overseas business trip by one day
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended his business trip to the United States by one day, a city administration official has said, meaning the governor will spend a total of 10 days outside the capital after departing the night of July 9.
— The Jakarta Post

Agriculture Minister launches BUN 500 program in Central Kalimantan
Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman launched the BUN 500 program in Sidomulyo Village, Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan Province, on Thursday, to provide 500 million superior-quality seedlings.
— Antara News

Police arrest man for smuggling meth from Malaysia
The Jambi Police have arrested a man for alleged drug smuggling and confiscated one kilogram of methamphetamine packaged in a coffee pack.
— Antara News

Indonesian men’s doubles pair Ahsan/Hendra progress to quarter-finals
Indonesian men’s doubles pair Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan advanced to the quarter-final stage of the 2019 Indonesia Open tournament after beating German pair Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel in Jakarta on Thursday.
— Antara News

Probe fails to solve acid attack on senior KPK official Novel Baswedan
A six-month long investigation into an acid attack that left a prominent Indonesian corruption investigator partially blind has failed to identify the perpetrators, authorities said Wednesday, prompting howls of criticism from rights activists.
— Coconuts

Residents shocked ‘ordinary fisherman’ accused of bribing governor with SG$6,000
Residents of Panjang Island in Batam, Riau Islands, were shocked to learn that their neighbor Abu Bakar — who they described as an “ordinary fisherman” — had been named a suspect for allegedly handing out SG$6,000 (US$4,422) in bribes in relation to a reclamation project.
— The Jakarta Post

New cassava bioplastic prompts Central Java to mull incentives to replace plastic
The Central Java administration has embarked on a mission to gradually replace plastic packaging with bioplastics made of cassava peel, which its producer claims is more environmentally friendly than petroleum-based plastics.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian consulate to hold BI-PNG businessmen meeting
The Indonesian consulate in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be organizing a meeting between officials of Bank Indonesia (BI) and 40 PNG businessmen in Vanimo, Thursday.
— Antara News

Airline tariff policy based on agreement: senior minister
The policy relating to airline tariffs was made in accordance with an agreement with stakeholders, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has said.
— Antara News

Selfies allowed: Garuda says no ban on passengers taking photos and videos during flight
The selfie gods are smiling down on us: Garuda Indonesia is now allowing passengers to take photos and videos on board their flights after a week of mixed messages from the flag carrier.
— Coconuts

Tens of hectares of peatland in Mempawah ravaged by fire
Fire, in the last 72 hours, has burnt down over 80 hectares of peatland in Rasau Village, Sui Pinyuh Sub-district, Mempawah District, West Kalimantan, but until Thursday morning, it had yet to be completely extinguished.
— Antara News

TNI’s 70 personnel in Kapuas Hulu to tackle forest fire
Kapuas Hulu, W Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Military (TNI) has readied 70 personnel in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan, as a precautionary measure against land and forest fires in the region, particularly in seven villages prone to the forest fire.
— Antara News

Myanmar government studying decentralization in Indonesia
The Myanmar government is studying the decentralization and regional autonomy system in Indonesia’s Bangka Belitung Islands Province, noting that the conditions of the local government were similar to what is found in Myanmar, Antara reported.
— Mizzima

Nunukan immigration foils departure of illegal workers to Malaysia
The Immigration Office in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, foiled the departure of illegal Indonesian workers to the Malaysian state of Sabah on Tuesday (July 16) at around 9:00 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Susi says goodbye, tells fishermen to keep foreign ships away
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has said goodbye to fishermen with her term set to come to an end in October and urged people to prevent foreign fishing vessels from entering Indonesian waters.
— The Jakarta Post

Hopes high for creation of national research body
Local scientists are hopeful that the government will establish a national research and innovation body that can strengthen the nation’s capabilities in science and technology.
— The Jakarta Post

E-scooter provides alternative transportation within UI campus
For students of the University of Indonesia (UI), commuting between buildings inside the 320-hectare campus might require effort.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java mother arrested on suspicion of killing son
The police have arrested Siti Wakidah, 30, for allegedly killing her son, identified only as 6-year-old F, in Boyolali, East Java, after the boy’s body was exhumed and signs of abuse were found.
— The Jakarta Post

Roaming deer in South Jakarta causes social media commotion
A photo of roaming deer has gone viral, prompting Ragunan Zoo management to deny the animals had escaped from the zoo in South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Biodiesel a Problem Solver for Indonesia? Overview of Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry
Indonesia is the world’s biggest palm oil grower as well as the world’s biggest exporter of crude palm oil (CPO).
— Indonesia- Investments

Indonesia protests Oxford City Council’s award to Papuan separatist
Indonesia has strongly criticized a decision by Britain’s Oxford City Council to honor Papuan separatist Benny Wenda with its Freedom of the City award, accusing the council of legitimizing the violence in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian women suffering ‘epidemic’ of domestic violence, activists warn
Activists have warned of an “epidemic” of sexual harassment and violence against women in Indonesia, in the wake of two recent cases of horrific domestic abuse.
— The Guardian

Hotel Indonesia traffic circle bids farewell to Getah Getih
The Jakarta Forestry Agency dismantled a bamboo art installation called Getah Getih at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday night.
— The Jakarta Post

Lecturers teaching vocational programs to have certified competency
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir, said lecturers who teach vocational programs should have certified competency.
— Antara News

Jakarta governor becomes keynote speaker at World City Summit
The Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, during a working visit to Colombia, served as a keynote speaker at the World City Summit in Medellin.
— Antara News

Over 67,000 Indonesian hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca
More than 67 thousand Indonesian hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform a series of hajj services this year.
— Antara News

Foreign Affairs Ministry supports Ambon Night cultural event
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed support to hold the Ambon Night cultural event in a bid to promote Ambon City to the international community.
— Antara News

North Sumatra catches tiger that killed farmer
After two months of hunting, the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA North Sumatra) has succeeded in catching a Sumatran tiger that killed a farmer.
— The Jakarta Post

Karawang teenager to have excess skin removed after obesity treatment
Thirteen-year-old Arya Permana from Karawang, West Java, after years of treatment for obesity, has been declared ready for plastic surgery to reduce his sagging skin as a result of massive weight loss.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Scottish woman gets tattoo of Iko Uwais’ bloodied face, Indonesian netizens say it looks like rapper Young Lex
Indonesian martial arts master Iko Uwais is undoubtedly one of the country’s biggest movie stars.
— Coconuts

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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15.


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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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