Indonesia morning news for June 24

Indonesia morning news for June 24
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Indonesia’s digital economy growth highest in ASEAN: Bekraf
Indonesia has recorded the highest growth of digital economy among ASEAN member countries, with 90 percent of growth during 2015-2017, Deputy of Infrastructure of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Hari Santosa Sungkari said.
— Antara News

PA 212 says around 100,000 will come out to protest at Constitutional Court next Friday
Almost all of the recent drama surrounding the election lawsuit by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has taken place within the walls of the Constitutional Court (MK) this week.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Tobacco winning war against antismoking campaign in Indonesia
Indonesia is not only among the countries with the highest rate of smoking in the world, but projections by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that its people are likely to become more and more addicted to cigarettes despite increasingly aggressive campaigns warning of the health hazards.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN leaders adopt Indonesia-led Indo-Pacific outlook
After more than a year of discussions, ASEAN leaders finally adopted a document outlining its geostrategic concept of the Indo-Pacific region, in which the bloc emphasized its centrality amid the competing major powers.
— The Jakarta Post

China Now Among Top Three Countries Most Influential for Indonesia
China is one of the most influential countries for Indonesia, and the East Asian nation’s growing economy and power would only increase its impact on the archipelago’s future, Dino Patti Djalal, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, said last week.
— Jakarta Globe

You can now tip street musicians with Go-Pay
E-wallet Go-Pay announced on Thursday evening that it has equipped 80 street performers in Jakarta with e-wallet accounts as part of a new partnership between the company and the Street Musicians Institute (IMJ), of which all the performers are members.
— The Jakarta Post

Solar-powered boat transits in Jakarta
A solar-powered vessel belonging to the Race for Water Foundation is in the country with the primary goal of raising awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans.
— The Jakarta Post

More people flee houses as floods, landslides hit central Indonesia
Floods and landslides in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province have triggered more residents to flee their houses, a disaster agency official said on Sunday.
— Xin Hua

Garuda Indonesia goes paperless with digital navigation charts
Garuda Indonesia has launched its latest innovation in flight technology, digital navigation charts.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN Endorses Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris
Ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have endorsed the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the region.

ASEAN leaders agree to adopt ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific
Ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific concept.
— Antara News

Several Indonesian regions brace for drought
Several regional authorities have been reminded to intensify the monitoring for possible forest fires and droughts, as the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMK) forecasts that this year’s dry season will be drier, compared to the previous year.
— Antara News

North Sumatra invites Korean firm to build LRT connecting 4 cities
The North Sumatra provincial administration is planning to build a light rapid transit (LRT) system next year to connect four cities: Medan, Binjai, Deli Serdang and Karo.
— Intellasia

Fire engulfs 15 fishing boats in Indramayu
Fire engulfed 15 fishing boats in Indramayu, West Java, following an electrical short circuit in the engine room in one of the ships that then spread to other ships.
— Antara News

Report: Indonesia mulls Malaysia-Sumatra bridge as part of RM290b highway network
Some time in the future, peninsular Malaysia might be connected to Sumatra seeing that the Indonesian government is currently studying the possibility of building a bridge connecting the two nations as part of its plans to develop and enhance its toll highways.
— Intellasia

Indonesia attracts more than 1000s to yoga events in Yogyakarta
The beautiful Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, famed for its two historical temples, Borobudur and Prambanan, newly renamed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, attracted more than 1000 participants at various yoga events organised here on Sunday.
Business Standard

Thousands Expected to Turn Up for Record Ciliwung River Cleanup Action
About 8,000 people, including representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, regional governments and residents of 33 subdistricts of West Java and Jakarta, will participate in a simultaneous cleanup action of the Ciliwung River on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Police thwart drug smuggling attempt by international drug network, hunt down big boss
The Jakarta Police in cooperation with the West Kalimantan Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs worth billions of rupiah, allegedly by a Malaysia-based international drug syndicate.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt told to learn from shipping industry before introducing open skies policy
The government has been advised to learn from mistakes made in the shipping industry before implementing its plan to introduce an open skies policy in its effort to lower airfares in domestic services.
— The Jakarta Post

Police name three suspects in lighter factory fire case
The North Sumatra police have named three suspects in the case of a deadly fire at a lighter factory in Langkat District on Friday that killed 25 adults and five children.
— Antara News

5.05 to 5.15 Percent Economic Growth Predicted in Q2 of 2019
Chief of Fiscal Policy Agency of the Finance Ministry Suahasil Nazara, predicted that the economic growth in the second quarter of 2019 will be at 5.05 to 5.15 percent.

5 leading Indonesian growth stage startups (that aren’t Go-Jek or Tokopedia)
The Indonesian tech industry is rife with potential –but I guess you know this already.
— e27

25 Years after Banning of Tempo; Media Resist Against Suppression
Indonesian press experienced dark history twenty-five years ago on June 21, 1994, when Tempo magazine was banned by Soeharto administration, the New Order era.

President Jokowi attends plenary session of ASEAN Summit
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
— Antara News

ASEAN ministers agree to conclude Economic Partnership agreement
Trade ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have decided to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement among ASEAN members this year.
— Antara News

Indonesia makes it cheaper to own condos in boost for developers
Indonesia just made it cheaper for buyers to own an expensive house by raising the luxury tax threshold limit.
— Intellasia

Tender winner awaited for Komodo Airport’s development
National Development Planning Minister/Head of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro said the central government has targeted that the Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, would have been developed to be an international airport but its construction still awaited the winner of the tender process.
— Antara News

BCA selects diverse eight start-ups as fintech trainees
Private lender Bank Central Asia (BCA) unveiled on Wednesday the first batch of eight financial technology (fintech) companies to join its start-up accelerator programme, which is part of the bank’s Synergy fintech innovation project launched in March.
— Intellasia

Indonesia urges Myanmar to ensure security in Rakhine
Myanmar’s government should show its commitment to the security of conflict-torn western Myanmar to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims would return voluntarily, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian passport holders rejoice: 81 nations offer visa exemptions
Amid talk about how the Indonesian passport is virtually powerless, it is easy to overlook the considerable number of countries that have dropped visa requirements for travelers hailing from the archipelago over the years.
— The Jakarta Post

Go-Jek has unveiled a new feature called Enjoy Jakarta, in collaboration with the Jakarta Administration.
The feature allows the public to access events in the capital city through the Go-tix page in their application.
— Indonesia Expat

Free trade talks with Indonesia next month
Pakistan and Indonesia are set to hold talks over the conversion of Preferential Trade Agree­ment (PTA) to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) next month, as the respective ministries have started their homework in this regard.
— Dawn

Jokowi, Loong hold meeting ahead of ASEAN Summit plenary
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a pull-aside meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong prior to the plenary of the 34th ASEAN Summit held at Athenee Hotel in Bangkok on Saturday night.
— Antara News

LSPR, Northumbria University collaboration produces 2,000 short films
The collaboration between the London School of Public Relations (LSPR) Jakarta and Northumbria University, New Castle, UK which has continued for 11 years, has produced nearly 2,000 short films.
— Antara News

Police arrest preacher Rahmat Baequni, famous for Illuminati mosque theory, for saying election workers were poisoned
The West Java Police have arrested a preacher named Rahmat Baequni for his alleged role in perpetuating a hoax positing that hundreds of election workers in last April’s election died because they were poisoned.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jakarta Fair, commercial venture, not folk festival
With visitors looking for bargains and the management aiming to make billions of rupiah in revenue, the annual Jakarta Fair can hardly be regarded as a folk festival.
— The Jakarta Post

RI, Australia to share experiences in broadcast regulation
Indonesia and Australia have assented to forging cooperation in the fields of information exchange, regulation, and broadcast content.
— Antara News

TNI, Police Chiefs visit Konawe for disaster management assessment
National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjajanto and National Police Chief Gen.
— Antara News

PT Inalum distributes 10,000 school uniforms
PT Inalum (Persero) offered assistance by distributing 10 thousand school uniforms for elementary and junior high school students in Batubara District and handing out scholarships to 100 students in North Sumatra’s 10 districts and cities.
— Antara News

With last election dispute hearing over, all eyes on court for June 28 ruling
Constitutional Court justices presided over the last hearing over a challenge to the presidential election result on Friday evening and will make a ruling by June 28 at the latest.
— The Jakarta Post

Wonderful Indonesia eyes international sailors
A good news on Indonesia’s marine tourism has come from Sabang this week.
— Antara News

Livi Zheng makes video on Jakarta anniversary
​​​​​​A young Indonesian movie director who has entered the Hollywood film industry, Livi Zheng, has made a video about Jakarta, entitled Vibrant Jakarta, to commemorate the anniversary of Indonesia’s capital city.
— Antara News

Seven victims of N Sumatra lighter factory fire identified
The North Sumatra police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team has identified seven bodies from among 30 victims who died in a fire that gutted a lighter factory in Langkat District on Friday.
— 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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