Indonesia morning news for July 29

Indonesia morning news for July 29
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Indonesia morning newsNorth Sumatra Prosecutor’s Office investigates misuse of JKN funds by 40 hospitals
The North Sumatra Prosecutor’s Office is investigating 40 hospitals and clinics in North Sumatra suspected of misappropriating national health insurance (JKN) funds since 2014, with each institution believed to have misused as much as Rp 5 billion (US$357,980).
— The Jakarta Post

Drug money allegedly ending up in hands of officials, wardens: BNN
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is investigating the possibility that money from drug trafficking has ended up in the hands of regional officials and jail wardens.
— The Jakarta Post

Government evacuates 2,632 Indonesian citizens from Yemen
The Indonesian government has evacuated a total of 2,632 Indonesian citizens from Yemen in response to the protracted conflict in the country, acting spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Teuku Faizasyah said.
— Antara News

Indonesians contribute RM2.8b to Malaysian tourism in 2018
Indonesian tourists have become the third largest group of foreigners contributing to the Malaysian tourism industry after Singapore and China.
— Malay Mail

KPK Confiscate Rp200 mn from Sting Operation in Kudus
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated IDR 200 million in a sting operation against Kudus Regent Muhammad Tamzil.

Indonesia in fight with EU over biofuel, again
Indonesia is facing a fresh round of accusations over its management of its palm oil industry from one of its biggest importers, the European Union, adding to the prolonged feud between the two trading partners over the commodity.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia inaugurates first microalgae-based biotech company
Indonesia kicked off on Thursday operations of the country’s first microalgae-based biotechnology company, which is expected to ease the pharmaceutical industry’s dependency on imports of raw materials.
— The Jakarta Post

Drought threats may affect food prices: researcher
The government would need to seriously address the threat posed by drought as it could lead to the risk of crop failures and furthermore affect food prices, a researcher at he Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) Galuh Octania said.
— Antara News

UAE’s oil giant to team up with Pertamina in LPG business
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) state-owned energy company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will team up with state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina to build liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage in Indonesia as part of the economic cooperation agreement signed during the visit of the UAE’s prince Syekh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Indonesia on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN to build Indonesia’s biggest hydropower plant in N. Kalimantan
State electricity firm PLN plans to build the country’s biggest hydropower plant (PLTA) in North Kalimantan, aiming to power the Tanah Kuning-Mangkupadi industrial and port zone (KIPI).
— The Jakarta Post

Sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall: Indonesia president
Indonesia’s president said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of a giant sea wall around Jakarta to prevent the low-lying capital from sinking under the sea, lending renewed backing and a sense of urgency to a slow-moving and politically contested mega project.
— Bangkok Post

Fishermen reject govt plan on fuel price hike
The Yogyakarta branch of the Indonesian Fishermen’€™s Association (HNSI) strongly opposed on Tuesday the government plan to raise fuel prices as of June.
— The Jakarta Post

Health care stakeholders call for more herbal medicine, stem cell research
Stakeholders in Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry are advocating for more research and development of herbal medicines to unlock the country’s potential as a plant-based medicine producer, while scientists are also pushing for further development of stem cell treatments to boost the country’s health care sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Health Ministry downgrades status of 615 hospitals to control claims
After a thorough review, the Health Ministry has lowered the accreditation level of 615 hospitals across the country, which is expected to cut down on the soaring number of hospital claims that have caused a perpetual deficit to the National Health Insurance (JKN) program.
— The Jakarta Post

President Joko Widodo on turning Indonesia into a prosperous nation
Indonesian president Joko Widodo sits down for an exclusive interview with CNN’s Anna Coren to discuss religion, terrorism and his top priorities after a divisive campaign.

Police track foreign funding of IS-linked JAD
The National Police are tracking a source of funding for Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), after authorities uncovered a flows of funds from people in five different countries to an alleged mastermind behind the group’s terror attacks.
— The Jakarta Post

IPB researchers create protein-dense biscuits as survival food
Researchers from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture’s (IPB) nutrition department have developed protein-dense catfish biscuits that can be rationed and consumed during emergency situations, particularly after a natural disaster.
— The Jakarta Post

Watch: Indonesian police officer carried on hood of car as driver tries to evade ticket
Here’s one of Indonesia’s finest, literally putting his body on the line in service of the force.
— Coconuts

53 hotspots detected in Riau Province
The Terra and Aqua satellites have detected 53 hotspots indicating forest fires in Riau Province Saturday afternoon, a surge from 35 hotspots in the morning on the same day.
— Antara News

Regional governments urged to encourage people to use renewable energy
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has urged all regional governments in Indonesia to encourage community members to use eco-friendly and renewable energy sources to meet their electricity needs through household scaled solar panels.
— Antara News

Military patrol finds marijuana trees on Indonesia-PNG border
Patrol of the Battalion 126 / KC security task force has found a marijuana trees planted in a border area between the Indonesian province of Papua’s Banda village, Waris Sub-district, Keerom District, and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
— Antara News

Indonesia’s prospective hajj pilgrims laud food consumption in Mecca
Prospective hajj pilgrims joining the Batam Embarkation in Riau Islands Province have praised the menus served in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for being varied and nutritious so the foods help increase their stamina.
— Antara News

PT SEI unveils renewable energy-based smart lights
Renewable energy-based lighting manufacturer PT Santinilestari Energi Indonesia (SEI) has started operations of its newest factory in Pasuruan, East Java, becoming the first company of its kind to produce energy-saving lamps using the smart lighting system (SLS).
— The Jakarta Post

Unilever’s profit slightly up in first half as sales stagnate
Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia has booked a slight increase in profit during the first half of this year as the firm’s sales stagnated.
— The Jakarta Post

BTN books lower profit in H1, but optimistic 2019 target can be achieved
State-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) recorded a net profit of Rp 1.3 trillion (US$93.03 million) in the first half, down around 8 percent from Rp 1.42 trillion in the same period last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Big investors want professionals on Jokowi’s next economic team
Most institutional investors in the financial market want President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to appoint professionals to the economic team in his next Cabinet to ensure that the economy is professionally managed.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Sumadi reviews transportation infrastructure in Lake Toba
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has paid a working visit to North Sumatra to review the development plan of transportation infrastructure in Lake Toba which has been one of the priority areas in the development of leading tourist destinations in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Improving human resources to respond to global challenges
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), who has been reelected for the 2019-2024 period, is set to focus on the development of human resources, after intensifying infrastructure constructions in his first term.
— Antara News

How roles of political parties evolve over time in Indonesia
Legal proof: An official examines boxes containing evidence that would be used in the trial of the 2019 general election result dispute at the Constitutional Court.
— The Jakarta Post

3 killed, 1 missing as mine collapses in Indonesia
At least three people have been killed and one person is still missing after a tin mine collapsed in Indonesia’s Bangka Belitung province, with the body of one more miner retrieved on Sunday (July 28), a disaster agency official said.
— Straits Times

Military helicopter still missing in Papua
The Indonesian Army helicopter MI 17 that had lost contact on June 28, 2019, remains missing despite the continuous search efforts, Commander of the Cenderawasih Military Command XVII Major General Yoshua Sembiring has said.
— Antara News

Over 500 Singapore businessmen attend Indonesia Investment Day
More than 500 Singapore businessmen attended the second Indonesia Investment Day (IID) held at Hotel Ritz Carlton Millenia in Singapore, Saturday, July 27, 2019.
— Antara News

Jokowi believed to recruit young people in cabinet: political analyst
The presence of President-elect Joko Widodo’s inner circle could be a clue to his readiness to keep his promise of recruiting members of Indonesia’s younger generation to be part of members of his upcoming cabinet line-up, a political analyst said.
— Antara News

Minister of education-religion must be free from politics: Academician
Professor of the Sultan Syarif Kasim (Suska) Islamic University of Riau, Prof. Dr. Alaidin Koto said that ministers in charge of human resources such as education and religion must be free from practical political interests.
— Antara News

Water crisis strikes nine out of 10 regencies in West Nusa Tenggara
The dry season has struck West Nusa Tenggara, causing a water crisis in nine out of 10 regencies and municipalities in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi seen in driver’s seat as Indonesian parties jockey for top posts
Leaders of Indonesia’s main political parties held two closely watched meetings last week, as they jostled for possible leadership positions in the incoming administration of President Joko Widodo.
— Straits Times

Bogor mulls tram line for public transportation, tourism
The Bogor municipal administration in West Java has partnered with France-based civil engineering firm Colas Group to look into the possibility of building a tram line following the beginning of construction on the Greater Jakarta LRT that will connect the capital to the Baranangsiang bus terminal in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslims in Indonesia prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha
A costumer (L) checks a cow for the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival at a cow barn in Depok, West Java, Indonesia, on July 27, 2019.
— Xinhua

Cairns Mayor commends Indonesians’ role in Australia
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning acknowledged the positive role of Indonesians living in Cairns, a small area in Queensland state, Australia, noted a statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney received by Antara here, Saturday.
— Antara News

Gulf of Mexico oil spill team handles Pertamina’s ONWJ leak
State-owned energy giant Pertamina has hired US-based well control company Boots & Coots, which handled the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to handle the oil spill at its Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) block.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt seeks ‘healthy’ inflation rate
Inflation in an economy is similar to blood pressure in the human body, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in his speech as he tried to explain the importance of the data in front of hundreds of administration officials from across the archipelago who gathered in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi’s statement on FPI not political: Golkar Party
Golkar Party’s Deputy Secretary General Ace Hasan Syadzily said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)’s statement that the government would review the extension of the permit for the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was not a political matter.
— Antara News

Mt Tangkuban Perahu’s eruption not trigger faults’ motions: Researcher
This week’s eruption of Mount Tangkuban Perahu would not trigger the motions of Cimandiri and Lembang Faults, a researcher of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) opined here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Prabowo meets Rachmawati to discuss meeting with Megawati
General Chairman of the Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Prabowo Subianto on Saturday visited Rachmawati Soekarnoputri to talk about his meeting with her elder sister, Megawati Soekarnoputri, chairperson of the  Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), last Wednesday.
— Antara News

Mataram builds dozens of shallow wells to tackle drought
The Mataram City Agriculture Office, West Nusa Tenggara, has begun implementing a shallow well construction program for several farmer groups in drought-prone areas, with a total budget of Rp1.0 billion.
— Antara News

Brother of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal remains in custody in Bosnia
Indian industrialist Pramod Mittal, the younger brother of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, is to remain in custody in Bosnia for at least a month following his arrest for suspected fraud, a prosecutor said Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Body of missing Jordanian found adrift in Bali’s waters
A foreign national from Jordan, identified by the initials as MMM, 28, who had gone missing while swimming at Double Six Beach, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, was found dead.
— Antara News

Lawyer Nursyahbani receives honorary doctorate from SOAS University of London
Indonesian lawyer and human rights activist Nursyahbani Katjasungkana has received an honorary doctorate from the SOAS University of London for her role in championing human rights.
— The Jakarta Post

Sky bridge operation aims to boost LRT Jakarta connectivity
The long-anticipated sky bridge that connects LRT Jakarta Velodrome Station to the Transjakarta Pemuda bus stop in Rawamangun, East Jakarta was opened to the public on Friday, marking the official integration of the two city-owned transportation services aimed to facilitate passengers.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda books loss in restated 2018 financial report
National flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia’s balance sheet nosedived into negative territory after it refiled its 2018 financial report, which was previously disputed by two of the firm’s commissioners, with the authorities slapping it with a string of sanctions.
— The Jakarta Post

Police officer shot dead by colleague over ‘harsh tone’
Flaring emotion reportedly prompted a policeman to kill a fellow officer at the Cimanggis Police office in Depok, West Java, on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Istiqlal Mosque remains popular amid ongoing renovations
Grand and iconic, Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta is to reveal its new facilities and revamped façade next year as renovations are now underway, even as worshippers still frequent the mosque with the disturbances caused by the construction work all around them.
— The Jakarta Post

Dry season turns Ciliwung River black and smelly
Residents of Jatipulo subdistrict in Palmerah, West Jakarta have complained about the putrid smell and the blackish color of the Ciliwung River in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Jalasena jogging, bicycle track to be opened on reclaimed islet
The Jakarta administration will open a jogging and bicycle track called Jalasena on Pantai Maju (Moving Forward Beach), one of the reclaimed islets off the coast of Jakarta, to the public after July 30.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Aldila wins women’s doubles title in Thailand
7(7) 4-6 against Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand and Akiko Omae of Japan in the finals.
— Antara News

WWF uses art approach to protect Sumatran tigers
The global environmental conservation organization WWF-Indonesia has used an art approach to protect Sumatran tigers, in its collaboration with young rapper Tuan Tigabelas from Sumatra to hold a concert at Mount Pancar in Bogor District, West Java, in the commemoration of Global Tiger Day on July 29.
— Antara News

Bangka Belitung partners with 19 travel agents to promote tourism
Bangka Belitung Islands have worked on partnership with 19 travel agents and media to promote the province’s tourism, and explore tourist destination areas in the region.
— Antara News

13 key Indonesian products displayed at Macao exhibition
At least 13 key Indonesian products are on display at the “11th Guangdong & Macao Branded Products Fair” (GMBPF) which concludes on July 28, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesia beats Vietnam in AFF U-15 2019 Championship
Indonesia beat Vietnam 2-0 in the first leg of Group A of the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 national Championship in Thailand Saturday evening.
— Antara News

Tour de Indonesia expected to be upgraded to 2.Hors Class next year
The Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI) is targeting to raise the level of Tour de Indonesia (TdI) to 2.HC (Hors Class), from currently 2.1 International Cycling Union (UCI) level next year.
— Antara News

Deaf youth demand better employment opportunities
Millennials find it hard to land a job in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Orange troops, keeping city clean while people keep littering
Dealing with the persistent habit of littering is something they face every day.
— The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, South Tangerang hold job fairs to lower unemployment
Even though rapid development of Jakarta’s satellite cities in recent years has resulted in economic growth that has spurred jobs and demand for skilled workers, unemployment remains an issue.
— The Jakarta Post

PE teacher arrested for allegedly molesting student
A physical education (PE) teacher, Djunaidi, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an Islamic elementary school student in Penjaringan, West Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Ojol’ drivers self-organize to help each other on streets
For many app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers, the phrase “strength in numbers” may echo deep in their daily lives.
— The Jakarta Post

Caught in the act: Suspected motorcycle thief plunges into swamp
West Cikarang Police arrested two men suspected of attempting to steal a motorcycle in Bekasi regency, West Java on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Rain catcher village in North Jakarta feels pinch of dry spell
For as long as the residents of the fishing village in Kamal Muara, North Jakarta remember, they have always relied on rainwater for their daily needs.
— 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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