Indonesia morning news for March 12

Indonesia morning news for March 12
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Ombudsman official demands grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia
An aviation expert who is also an official at the Indonesian Ombudsman demanded that the Indonesian government ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that were still operating for Indonesian airlines following a fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday, which killed 149 passengers and eight crew members in a town 60 kilometers southeast of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Indonesia plans to fuel all diesel power plants with CPO within two years
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan says the government is giving state-owned electricity company PLN two years to fuel all diesel power plants in the country with biodiesel made from crude palm oil (CPO).
— The Jakarta Post

Regional connectivity is one of priority programs : PUPR Minister
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) of the Republic of Indonesia states that infrastructure development that connects with one area in both the rural, district and provincial areas is one of the priority programs that will be implemented in 2019.
— Antara News

Furniture, Crafts Export Target Set at US$2.9bn
The Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association said the furniture export target for this year is set at US$2 billion. HIMKI secretary-general Abdul Sobur said the target was almost achieved several years ago, but it did not happen as several companies left the association.

Indonesia encourages women to learn digital tech through learning initiative
The Ministry of Communication and Information has collaborated with a mobile telecommunications company to encourage Indonesian women to be more literate in digital technology.
— Open Gov Asia

Indonesia’s Antam 2018 profit surges on robust nickel sales
Indonesian state miner PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) said it posted a profit of 874.42 billion rupiah ($61.06 million) in 2018, over six times the profit a year earlier, the company said on Monday
— Reuters

Strong wind destroys 50 houses in Sumenep
The Sumenep Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Sumenep) reported on Monday that strong wind during the weekend had destroyed at least 50 houses in several villages in the East Javan regency. No casualties were reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Migrant Care Urges Govt to Restore Siti Aisyah’s Reputation
Migrant Care executive director Wahyu Susilo expressed hisappreciation toward the release of Siti Aisyah from the murder charges against Kim Jong-Nam, but urged the Indonesian government to take comprehensive steps for Siti following her release.

Indonesian scientists’ diaspora encouraged to become civil servants
Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir encourages around five thousand Indonesian scientists’ diaspora to return to Indonesia and become civil servants to help develop research and innovation at the country’s universities.
— Antara News

Indonesia steps up border watch to prevent flow of illegal arms
Indonesia has boosted surveillance of its vast and porous sea border with the southern Philippines, as the Manila government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pursue a peace deal giving Muslims on Mindanao island broader autonomy in exchange for giving up their separatist goals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesian killed in ET302 crash was UN officer, ministry confirms
An Indonesian passenger of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 that crashed on Sunday was an on-duty United Nations officer, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.
— The Jakarta Post

Coal miner PTBA needs US$5.8b to finance downstream projects
State-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) has said it needs about US$5.8 billion to finance downstream projects in Muara Enim, South Sumatra, and Peranap, Riau, to convert solid coal into gas and other products.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Art Group Named to Lead Documenta
Documenta is one of the most respected art events in the world. The art program is held every five years in Kassel, Germany.
— VOA News

Yogyakarta intensifies non-rice food diversification program
The Yogyakarta City Agriculture and Food Office is intensifying a non-rice food diversification program to allow the public to depend not only on rice but also on other easily obtainable staple foods as carbohydrate sources.
— Antara News

Prabowo Camp Reports Millions of Double-registered Voters to KPU
A number of high-ranking members of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN) arrived at the General Elections Committee (KPU) on Monday, March 11, to report their findings of alleged double-registered voters.

Indonesia and Fiji offer great holiday experiences
Fiji and Indonesia both offer a great holiday place with beautiful beaches.
— FBC News

Urban poor group screens and votes for candidates in first ever convention
The general election is still a month away but for some residents the voting has already begun, as on Sunday over a hundred members of the Jakarta Urban Poor Network cast their ballots to select legislative candidates hoping to win their support..
— The Jakarta Post

CEPA marks new milestone of Indonesia-Australia ecolnomicm ties
Jakarta (Antara) – The signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)has marked a new chapter in economic relations between the two countries.
— Antara News

Four dead, four others missing in Labuan Bajo landslide
Four people died and four others are still missing following a landslide that hit Kampung Culu in Tondong Belang subdistrict, Mbeliling district, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) over the weekend.
— Relief Web

“No Fault Found” for Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737 Max 8 Fleet
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia immediately held additional inspections of its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet following the unfortunate crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that utilized the same type of Boeing plane.

Indonesia President Jokowi still battling cost of living as elections loom
Indonesia will hold its presidential and legislative elections on April 17. With more than 192 million people eligible to vote, it will be the country’s largest polls since direct elections were first held 15 years ago.
— Straits Times (paywall)

Tasting trans-Sumatra connectivity
“You have not visited Medan, if you haven’t tasted durian of Ucok” that is the tagline of the famous durian store in the capital of North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Launch National Partnership to Deal with Plastic Waste
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan launched Monday, March 11, a national scale of Plastic Action Partnership by bringing companies, civil communities, and state institutions to tackle plastic pollution.

Indonesian furniture products at exhibition attract more visitors in Austria
Various furniture and interior design products of Indonesian wood drew visitors to the Indonesian booth at the Wohnen & Interiuer Exhibition in Vienna, Austria, organized on Mar 9-17.
— Antara News

Bond traders raise bets Indonesia, Philippines next to cut rates
The chill winds of slowing global growth that convinced the Federal Reserve to stop raising interest rates are making themselves felt in Southeast Asia – nowhere more so than in the bond market.
— Free Malaysia Today

KNKT to investigate Bogor commuter line derailment
The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has formed a team to investigate the derailment of a train on a commuter line in Kebon Pedes, Bogor municipality, West Java on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

First Indonesian Corner opened in Iran
The Indonesian Embassy in Tehran opened the first Indonesian Corner at Ferdowsi University in the city of Mashhad, Iran.
— Antara News

Jokowi: Pre-Employment Card Valid for 6 to 12 Months
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo or Jokowi earlier promised that he would issue a pre-employment card. The cardholders, who are unemployed people, would receive fund assistance.

Catriona makes Indonesian President Widodo blush
It’s no surprise that Catriona Gray, the reigning Miss Universe, is a captivating presence in any room she enters — and that appeared true as she came face to face with the top official of Indonesia.

Activists challenge ‘don’t-vote’ calls with free heavy metal concert
Heavy metal musicians teamed up with democracy campaigners to stage a free concert in Surakarta, Central Java, in a bid to get young people to vote in the elections next month.
— The Jakarta Post

KPU Announces Panelists for Third Presidential Debate
The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced it had named the team of panelists comprising seven to nine experts for the upcoming presidential debate.

Indonesia says Siti Aisyah was deceived, did not realize she was being manipulated by North Korea
Indonesia says Siti Aisyah was deceived, did not realize she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence.
— Kiro7

Transportation ministry intensifies supervision of Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft
Transportation Ministry`s Directorate General of Air Transportation increased supervision on using Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft after a similar model of Ethiopian Airlines departing from Bole Airport, Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi, crashed on Sunday.
— Antara News

Sandiaga Uno Hesitant against Ma’ruf Amin in Presidential Debate
Vice-presidential hopeful Sandiaga Uno said he would be hesitant to attack Ma’ruf Amin during the third presidential debate as the latter was a senior ulema.

Transjakarta offers free rides between Bekasi, Jakarta on Mondays
Free Transjakarta rides from Summarecon Mall in Bekasi, West Java, to Jakarta will be provided every Monday for the next two months to encourage motorists to switch to public transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian woman killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash was WFP staff
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry`s spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, confirmed in a message, Monday, that an Indonesian woman killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash was a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) staffer and Rome resident.
— Antara News

FPI, MUI Summoned for Alleged Campaign Violation in Munajat 212
The capital’s General Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu Jakarta) announced it would summon the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) for clarifications on alleged campaign violation during Islamist gathering Munajat 212 held at Monas.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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