Indonesia morning news for March 18

Indonesia morning news for March 18
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Death toll in Indonesia’s flash floods rises to 63
Rescuers had evacuated 63 bodies and were rushing to search and rescue dozens of missing people after flash floods struck Jayapura district of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province Saturday night, a spokesman of the provincial search and rescue office said on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia books $329.5 million trade surplus in February
Indonesia’s trade balance is showing signs of recovery as the country recorded a US$329.5 million surplus in February, thanks to a steep drop in imports.
— The Jakarta Post

5.5-magnitude quake hits 4 km SW of Sembalunbumbung, Indonesia — USGS
An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude jolted 4 km SW of Sembalunbumbung, Indonesia at 07:07:27 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
— Xinhua

Indonesia elections unlikely to drive major economic policy change: Fitch
Indonesia’s upcoming elections are not expected to trigger significant changes in economic policy, Fitch Ratings said on Thursday, as it reaffirmed the country’s credit rating at ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook.
— Salaam Gateway

Indonesia searches for that elusive broad-based growth
When Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took over the Indonesian presidency in 2014, he faced a stagnating poverty reduction effort and stubbornly high inequality levels.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

At least 2 dead, dozens injured after Indonesia quake
Indonesian disaster official says two people died at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in Lombok Island after the earthquake, and one of them is a Malaysian
— Rappler

Indonesia to speed up release of Lion Air crash report: Safety agency
Indonesia will hasten the release of its report on the October crash of a Boeing 737 jet operated by Lion Air, the head of the nation’s transport safety committee said on Friday (March 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Surprise in Indonesia’s election?
COULD Prabowo Subianto, who is running against incumbent Joko Widodo in next month’s presidential election, emerge as Indonesia’s next leader?
— New Straits Times

VP Debate; Sandiaga Uno Pledges to Raise Creative Industry
Candidate for Vice President Number 02 Sandiaga Uno promised to raise the creative industry as one of the focuses to create new jobs in the 2019 vice presidential debate.

Quality human resources is key for advanced Indonesia: Amin
Quality of human resources is key to the advanced Indonesia, according to Vice presidential candidate number 01 Ma’ruf Amin.
— Antara News

VP candidate Sandiaga Uno vows to improve contract teachers’ welfare
Indonesian Vice Presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno promised to improve the welfare of contract teachers in the country who have been working with the status of part-time employment for so many years.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s running mate Ma’ruf Amin ‘good for Indonesia’
One, a twenty-something Indonesian social media celebrity who was recently crowned South-east Asia’s first YouTuber with more than 10 million subscribers.
— Straits Times (paywall)

Indonesian among 49 killed in Christchurch shootings: Foreign Ministry
An Indonesian national identified as Muhammad Abdul Hamid or Lilik Abdul Hamid was among the 49 worshippers killed by a right-wing extremist at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Foreign Ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

South Korea, Indonesia inaugurate IKFA executive board
South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom and Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi inaugurated the new executive board of Indonesia-Korea Friendship Association (IKFA) for the 2019-2024 period.
— Antara News

Same old issues slow Indonesia’s digital economy
The British like to drink tea and the Brazilians love to play soccer. Every country has stereotypes attached to it, and while we must take each stereotype with a pinch of salt, there is usually a grain of truth behind why a country is perceived in a certain way.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections
Bookseller Yanto Tjahaja was tending to his shop when soldiers burst through the door and confiscated a dozen titles over claims they violated one of Indonesia’s most sensitive taboos: communism.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia’s Bali volcano erupts, spewing 1-km ash
Indonesia’s Bali volcano of Mount Agung erupted on Friday, emitting 1,000 meter of volcanic ash that towering up into the air from the crater, an Indonesian agency said here.
— Xinhua

Key Jokowi Backer Detained by Indonesia’s Anti-Graft Agency
Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency detained the chief of a political party backing President Joko Widodo’s bid for a second term, just weeks before the nation goes to the polls.
— Bloomberg

Talk of the week: Indonesia, Georgia vow to boost economic ties
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director general for American and European affairs, Muhammad Anshor (sixth left), poses with Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili (sixth right) and members of the Georgian delegation at the 6th Indonesia-Georgia bilateral consultation forum held in Yogyakarta from March 11 to 12.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Vice presidential candidates deliver vision on health and education
The two Indonesian vice presidential candidates, Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno, delivered their vision and mission on the matter of national health and education services at the third round of presidential debate in the 2019 Presidential Election.
— Antara News

Toll road construction hits archaeological sites in East Java
A site thought to be from the Majapahit Kingdom has been found in Sekarpuro subdistrict, Malang regency, East Java, during the development of section V of the Malang-Pandaan toll road project.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia ‘strongly condemns’ attack on New Zealand mosque
Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country strongly condemned a shooting at a mosque in New Zealand and authorities were checking on whether any of its citizens were victims.
— Reuters

Indonesia expects to have two decacorns in 2019: idEA
The Indonesian E-Commerce Association (idEA) projects the country will have two decacorns — start-ups valued at more than US$10 billion — and more unicorns this year, as indicated by the rapid growth of several start-ups.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia slams mass shootings in New Zealand mosques
The Indonesian government on Friday slammed the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which two Indonesian nationals were injured, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
— Xinhua

Jokowi suggests Amin to be calm during debate
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo advised his partner, Ma’ruf Amin, to be calm while performing at the third round of presidential debate for 2019 Presidential Election.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Music Bill could restrict artistic freedom
Index on Censorship is deeply concerned that a draft bill in Indonesia would limit musicians’ freedom of expression.
— Ifex

BaCAA an assembly of Indonesia’s finest contemporary artists
A visitor looks at artwork by artist Erwin Windu Pranata during the BaCAA ASSEMBLAGE exhibition in Bandung, West Java.In Bandung, West Java, 26 of Indonesia’s finest artists gather to ignite more public interest in contemporary art.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia has a 130 million dollar trade contract with Egypt
Indonesia had a trade contract worth 130 million US dollars as a follow-up to the trade mission activities to Egypt that the Trade MInistry carried out in 2017.
— Antara News


Feature photo Fully Syafi/ Greenpeace

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Forest, March 21.


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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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