Indonesia morning news for July 31

Indonesia morning news for July 31
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Indonesia sends 7 containers of plastic waste back to France, Hong Kong
The Batam Customs Office in Riau Islands has sent seven containers containing hazardous and toxic waste owned by importing company PT Arya Wiraraja Plastinindo on their way back to France and Hong Kong.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Will Make $734m Available for Its Unemployed Next Year
Indonesia plans to start paying a monthly allowance for its two million unemployed next year and provide training to teach them new skills.
— Jakarta Globe

Environmentalists Call Pertamina Out on Karawang Oil Spill, Prepare Lawsuit
State energy company Pertamina has come under fire for allegedly failing to take proper action to clean up a large oil spill off the coast of Karawang in West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi chooses Kalimantan to host new capital: Minister
The decades-old plan to relocate the capital from Jakarta has reached new heights as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided on Kalimantan — the Indonesian part of Borneo — as the location to establish a new center of government, a minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Investment realization reaches Rp395 trillion in 1st semester: BKPM
Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) recorded that the realization of investment had reached Rp395.6 trillion in the first semester of 2019, or rising 9.4 percent, from Rp361.6 trillion during the corresponding period last year.
— Antara News

Indonesia cracks down on overweight male police officers to improve vigilance, ability
Hundreds of policemen in Indonesia have been put through an exercise regime as the country cracks down on overweight male police officers.

KPK names West Java administration secretary, Lippo exec suspects in Meikarta bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named two more suspects in its investigation into alleged corruption pertaining to the Meikarta development project in Bekasi regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry notifies police of unlawful trade in personal data
The Home Affairs Ministry reported alleged illegal trade in personal data to the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department here, Tuesday, Minister Tjahjo Kumolo remarked here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia launches new military elite unit to tackle terrorism
Indonesian military launched on Tuesday a new elite unit designated to carry out special military missions, particularly in addressing terrorism issue.
— Xinhua

Information-sharing helps Indonesia catch tax evaders but may deter investors
Indonesia plans to use data from the international Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) system to nab tax evaders hiding undeclared income and assets in overseas tax havens.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s President Supports a Sea Wall for Sinking Jakarta
Indonesia’s president said that he wants to build a large sea wall around Jakarta.

Twenty-eight provinces in Indonesia under drought spell
An official at Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs said on Tuesday that 28 of 34 provinces across the nation are facing adequate to serious risks from drought in the dry season this year.
— Xinhua

Singapore remains Indonesia’s top foreign investor in first half
Singapore remained the largest foreign investor in Indonesia during the first half, with investments of US$3.4 billion comprising 5,348 projects, according to the latest investment data issued by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

China, Indonesia eye closer high-level exchanges
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met here Tuesday with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, vowing to improve high-level exchanges of the two countries.
— Xinhua

Time to Take the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership Seriously
The U.S. and Indonesia must turn phrases like “strategic partnership” into a tangible reality.
— The Diplomat

Oil spill spoils Indonesian beaches, major cleanup operation on
Indonesia’s state energy firm says it will take about two months to shut down a well that is spewing oil into the Java Sea.
— Aljazeera

Indonesia targets mercury-free healthcare by 2020
The Indonesian government, through the health ministry, has targeted to phase out mercury-containing medical devices in all healthcare facilities in the country by 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia competes with countries for factory relocation from China
Indonesia competed fiercely with several countries in working towards factory relocation from China owing to trade tensions with the United States, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chairman Thomas Trikasih Lembong stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Saudi take precautionary measures at Jeddah Airport
The medical team of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are collaborating to provide health promotion and disease prevention education to pilgrims after landing at King Abdul Aziz Jeddah Airport to avert diseases and disorders.
— Antara News

Democrat’s AHY Closes in with Gov’t for 2024 Election: Expert
Political expert Dewi Fortuna Anwar predicts that there is a strong possibility for Democrat Party to join forces with the government in power to pave way for their executive member Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) into the 2024 presidential race.

Nuril finally gets amnesty after five-year struggle
Baiq Nuril Maknun and her team of lawyers fell to the floor and kissed the ground in gratitude after hearing that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had agreed to grant her an amnesty in the defamation case that had loomed over her for five years.
— The Jakarta Post

Permit Extension, Jusuf Kalla Says FPI Must Adhere to Pancasila
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) must obey Indonesia’s five-state ideologies (Pancasila) if they wish to have their organization’s extended permits to be published.

Indonesia arrests British man in Bali for drugs, porn
Indonesian authorities say they arrested an alleged British fugitive in Bali with pornography and drugs.
— News 1130

Indonesia man arrested for burning wife, allegedly because he suspected she had cheated on him
Another week, another highly disturbing report about extreme domestic violence in Indonesia, this time involving a man who allegedly set his wife on fire over suspected infidelity.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Foreigners arrested for swindling Rp8,365 thousand
The Tabanan District Police in Bali Province arrested three Iranian citizens for allegedly hypnotizing local shopkeepers and stealing Rp8,365 thousand (US$596.74) from the store’s deposit box.
— Antara News

Fires on mounts Arjuno, Welirang blamed on hunters
Fire that engulfed the forests on Mount Arjuno and Mount Welirang in East Java over the weekend is being blamed on hunters who are accused of using the flames to push wild animals out of the woods.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents join efforts to remove trash from Bahagia River in Bekasi
Residents of Bahagia (happy) subdistrict in North Bekasi, West Java, joined on Tuesday workers and other stakeholders to remove solid waste, mostly plastics, from the Bahagia River, located close to their homes.
— The Jakarta Post

Japanese ambassador observes processing octopus at Perikanan Nusantara
Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii observed the production machine for processing octopus at the Makassar branch office of.state-owned fishery company PT Perikanan Nusantara (Persero).
— Antara News

South Jakarta festival promotes Betawi culture, traditional martial arts
In an effort to raise awareness about traditional Betawi pencak silat martial arts, the second Kampoeng Rawajati festival in South Jakarta held its first ever pencak silat competition designed to promote Betawi culture among the younger generation last weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia composite index estimated to strengthen
The Indonesian composite Index (ICI) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Tuesday is predicted to turn up as Asia regional stock markets rise.
— Antara News

Smog lowers visibility in Pekanbaru
Haze from forest and land fires blanketing Pekanbaru City, Riau Province, since Tuesday morning, has reduced visibility, an official of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Pekanbaru Station stated.
— Antara News

Minister agrees on public transparency of state finances
Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani agreed to information disclosure and public transparency of state finances as mandated by the law in which the Ministry of Finance was obliged to carry out the task.
— Antara News

Minister Susi tells fishermen to maintain sustainable way in catching crabs
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti praised the sustainable way fishermen in Demak regency, Central Java caught crabs by using bubu (fish traps) as they allowed captured crabs to continue to breed
— The Jakarta Post

Exit of foreign brokers not reflecting RI market performance
As foreign brokerage Merrill Lynch decides not to resume trading on Indonesia’s bourse and Deutsche Bank securities branch here may do the same, questions abound about if this says anything about the domestic capital market’s performance.
— The Jakarta Post

Mercury-related crimes in Indonesia still elude
Mercury-related crimes elude all, for which involvement of influential leaders or actors, who can bring about changes or influence policies, is deemed necessary, so that the seized mercury can enter the storage area.
— Antara News

Teenagers steal earthquake detector in Palu, sell it on Facebook
Police in Palu, Central Sulawesi, have arrested a 14-year-old student, identified only as AP, and Sofyan, 43, for stealing an earthquake detector owned by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
— The Jakarta Post

Culture ‘flourishes’ amid strong protection of human rights
Human rights and cultural activists have said culture only thrives if the government has a strong commitment to protecting human rights, including freedom of expression.
— The Jakarta Post

Kadin and Singaporean forum kick off blockchain learning center
Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Singapore-based Blockchain Asia Forum (BAF) announced on Monday the establishment of a joint venture, the Blockchain Center of Excellence and Education (BCEE).
— The Jakarta Post

Taiwan eyes more Indonesian travelers with tourist programs
A total of 210,000 Indonesian citizens flew to Taiwan in 2018, but only 53,000 of them were tourists as the majority of them aimed to work there.
— The Jakarta Post

Some 5,929 deployed personnel douse forest fires in five provinces
Some 5,929 personnel, comprising military, police, and civilian officers, were deployed to extinguish forest fires in the five provinces of Riau, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Indonesian Ambassador promotes Sumedang Coffee in Africa
Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa Salman Al Farisi promoted and marketed Sumedang coffee at the Coffee and Chocolate Africa Expo 2019 held at Ticket Dome Pro in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 26-28, 2019.
— Antara News

Authorities warned of fires as hot spots detected in Jambi
An environmental NGO is warning authorities of a potential increase of forest fires in Jambi during the dry season, as satellites detected dozens of hot spots — identified as land fires — spreading across the province over the past week.
— The Jakarta Post

Marsudi to attend ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 52nd ASEAN ministerial meeting and related meetings with ASEAN dialogue partners.
— Antara News

Jokowi emphasizes environmental protection around Lake Toba
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) while visiting Lake Toba tourist resort in Sipinsur Geosite in Humbang Hasundutan District, North Sumatra Province, has emphasized the importance of protecting the environment of the lake and surrounding areas.
— Antara News

Residents pin hopes on city’s affordable low-cost apartments
Mega Tamara, 53, was excited last Wednesday checking out his new unit in the KS Tubun low-cost rental apartment (rusunawa) complex in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, where he is looking forward to living with his family in the years to come.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta calls for plastic-free Idul Adha celebration
A common sight during the celebration of Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) in nearly every mosque and community area in Jakarta may involve tons of kresek (single-use plastic bags) to contain the slaughtered meat to be distributed to residents.
— The Jakarta Post

Kertajati struggles as Citilink closes routes because of low use
Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, is still struggling to attract passengers as the government works to improve road access to the newly inaugurated airport.
— The Jakarta Post

Man arrested for allegedly forcing minor to sex video call
The special criminal investigation directorate of the Jakarta Police has arrested a 27-year-old man, identified only as AAP, for allegedly forcing a 9-year-old child to engage in a sex video call with him.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura II to manage three more airports this year
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II is to soon manage three more airports this year, namely Fatmawati Soekarno Airport in Bengkulu, Radin Inten II in Lampung and H.A.S Hanandjoedin Airport in Belitung, adding to the company’s current 16.
— The Jakarta Post

Village head polls leave room for improvement in electoral governance
While the dust has settled over the 2019 general election on April 17, the recent village head elections in Tulungagung regency, East Java regency, indicates that the country still has a lot of work to do to ensure free and fair elections at the grassroots.
— The Jakarta Post

CCTV recording shows woman abandoning baby in North Jakarta
Residents in the Teluk Gong area of Penjaringan, North Jakarta were surprised to find an abandoned baby boy in front of a house on Jl. Y on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Santini Group to build Luwansa hotel in Manado
The diversified Santini Group conglomerate has begun construction of a Luwansa four-star hotel in Manado, North Sulawesi, having invested Rp 200 billion (US$14.2 million) in the project.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Day against Trafficking in Persons, July 30.


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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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