Indonesia morning news for March 25

Indonesia morning news for March 25

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia slams EU for using old data as basis for regulation
The government has further criticized the European Union’s plan to restrict palm oil-based biofuels after the bloc said the constraint was based on data from 2015.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Russian tourist arrested smuggling Indonesian orangutan out of Bali
Indonesian authorities have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali.
— SBS News

Indonesia’s first subway opens in traffic-choked Jakarta
Indonesia’s first subway has opened in the country’s capital, Jakarta. The development is seen as crucial to tackling some of the world’s worst congestion.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesian politics “too dirty and too boring”
While campaigning for the Indonesian presidential election is slated to begin soon, a report has revealed that millennials in Indonesia are disenchanted with the country’s political establishment.
— The Asean Post

Toward Indonesia’s energy transition
In her recent visit to Indonesia, the former secretary-general of the United Nations climate change negotiations, Christiana Figueres, a global key player in climate change, coined a new term that could describe the best prescription for energy transition in the country: “Gragent” — meaning gradual but urgent.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia palm oil growers threaten retaliation over EU ‘intimidation’
Biofuel producers in Indonesia called on the Indonesian government and EU to find a “win-win solution” to a dispute over legislation that will phase out palm oil manufacturing in the region, risking jobs and billions of dollars in revenue.
— Arab News

Govt to complete 15 more irrigation dams in 2019
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has said the ministry will complete the construction of 15 more dams this year to support the irrigation system in regions across country after the ministry completed the construction of 14 dams in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

New MRT to battle Jakarta’s traffic congestion
Jakarta commuter Irnawati can spend up to four hours daily in her car, but now she and millions of others may get some relief as the traffic-clogged Southeast Asian city opens its first mass rapid-transit (MRT) system.
— The Asean Post

Salim should not use possible seizure of Tuaspring to justify terminating its deal with Hyflux: PUB
Indonesian conglomerate Salim Group should not use the possible seizure of the Tuaspring plant to justify terminating its bailout agreement with local water treatment firm Hyflux, said the Public Utilities Board (PUB) on Fri (21 Mar).
— The Online Citizen

40 stunning free photos of Indonesia
Using beautiful pictures is critical for marketing collateral to present a professional and appealing message to potential customers.
— Asean Up

Gov’t encourages water conservation in World Water Day Commemoration
Director of Forestry and Water Resources of the National Planning Agency Nur Hygiawati Rahayu encouraged the establishment of partnerships and increased cooperation and expanded capacity for water and environmental conservation and sustainable development to protect the environment and the sustainability of water resources.
— Antara News

PMI Speeds Up Disaster Mitigation Efforts in Flood-hit Sentani
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) held a coordinating meeting to discuss efforts to expedite handling of the impacts of flooding that hit Sentani and several other sub-districts in Jayapura District, Papua, on March 16, 2019.

Indonesia busts Russian smuggling drugged orangutan
Andrei Zhestkov was detained in Denpasar airport late on Friday while passing through a security screening before a planned flight back to Russia.
— Review Online

ADB Supports 275 MW Power Plant to Boost Energy Access in Sumatra, Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a private sector financing package to support the construction of a 275-megawatt combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Riau province in central Sumatra, Indonesia, to help secure the country’s energy future and provide communities with more affordable and reliable electricity.
— Modern Diplomacy

BI projects 0.10 percent inflation rate in March
Bank Indonesia (BI) has projected a 0.10 percent month-to-month inflation rate in March, or 2.47 percent year-on-year (yoy), after taking into account the result of a monitoring survey of prices up to the third week of this month.
— The Jakarta Post

PMI speeds up disaster mitigation efforts in flood-hit Sentani
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) held a coordinating meeting to discuss efforts to expedite handling of the impacts of flooding that hit Sentani and several other sub-districts in Jayapura District, Papua, on March 16, 2019.
— Antara News

60 Families of Timor Leste Settle in Indonesia
Some 60 families of Timor Leste are currently settled in Indonesia’s Naktuka Village, Amfoang Timur Sub-district, Kupang District, East Nusa Tenggara, with this rising number triggering concerns among Indonesians there, a local community leader stated.

EU bases planned palm oil restriction on 2015 data
In response to Jakarta’s objection to a European Union bill that would cap the use of palm-oil-based biofuels in the region, the bloc explained that the regulation was not meant to target specific biofuels or feedstocks, but was based on deforestation data from 2008 to 2015 that showed large a proportion of the deforestation was associated with palm oil.
— The Jakarta Post

Bawaslu and elections’ participants declare peaceful elections
The Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) held a declaration of joint commitment ahead of the convening of open campaigns to ensure that the parliamentary and presidential elections will run fairly, honestly, democratically, and with dignity.
— Antara News

Java-Bali electricity to get additional 3,000 MW supply
State-owned electricity company PLN will operate three steam-fueled power plants (PLTU) late this year and early next year that will produce 1,000 megawatts (MW) each and will be used as an additional supply for the Java-Bali electricity system (PJB), according to PJB operational director Sugiyanto.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta Fixes Facility for Disabled following Jokowi’s Critic
MRT Jakarta will attach ram to narrow the gap between the train and the platform in every station to ease wheelchair users entering the MRT train, Ratanga. This is done after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addressed his critic about the MRT facility for wheelchair users.

Leaders must be at forefront in facing obstacles: Jokowi
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that a leader must be a vanguard in the face of obstacles and not spread pessimism.
— Antara News

Earthquakes hit Ternate and Poso
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Ternate Island in North Maluku on Sunday morning, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia signs economic agreement with Fiji and PNG
Indonesia signed a joint statement on the launch of a preferential trade agreement (PTA) respectively with Papua New Guinea and Fiji during the South Pacific Forum (ISPF) held in Jakarta on Thursday.
— One Png

Indonesia developing disaster mitigation technology for tourist destinations
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has said that Indonesia is currently developing disaster mitigation technology that will be placed in tourist destinations.
— Eleven Myanmar

Simulation of toll road MLFF payment system begins
Toll road operators are expected to soon implement a multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system. Under the system, toll road users do not need to stop to make payment.
— The Jakarta Post

3 Modern Tourists Attractions in Jakarta
Jakarta is famous for its Monas (National Monument) and Ancol as tourists attractions. But actually, there are a lot of other spots in the capital where you can spend your weekend vacation with the family.

North Jakarta to pioneer digital alms giving
The North Jakarta municipality plans to develop a digital alms system at mosques and mushola (prayer rooms) within the city’s offices to help Muslims meet their religious obligations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s safety board denies leaking Lion Air probe details
Indonesia’s transportation safety board denied on Thursday that it leaked details from its probe into the crash of a Lion Air flight in October.
— Daily Express

Govt to increase Sidrap wind power plant’s capacity
Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resource Ministry would increase the production capacity of wind power plant (PLTB) in Sidrap District, South Sulawesi within the next two to three years.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia helps promote specialty coffee
Bank Indonesia (BI) has shown its commitment to helping increase Indonesian coffee exports by facilitating small and medium enterprises (SMEs) taking part in a coffee expo in Singapore.
— The Jakarta Post

Deaf and mute Indonesian boy who aided Malaysians in Lombok quake hailed as a hero
Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia has said that it plans to name a disabled seven-year-old boy from Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, a hero for helping foreign tourists evacuate from the area when an earthquake jolted the island recently.
— The Star Online

Indonesia’s pivot as a regional maritime power
The Indonesian presidential election next month will be a marker in Asia’s larger quest for strategic coherence.
— Straits Times

Jokowi calls for citizens to adapt to new culture as he inaugurates MRT
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially inaugurated the country’s first MRT line in Jakarta on Sunday, calling on citizens to adapt to a new culture of mass transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi pays homage to deputy director of his campaign team
Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) paid homage to Muhammad Yamin, deputy director of his National Campaign Team (TKN), who passed away, in Maguwoharjo, Sleman Yogyakarta.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks to boost counter-terror cooperation with India
Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest nation, is seeking wide ranging counter-terror cooperation, including strengthening intelligence cooperation mechanism with neighbouring India, also a victim of terror, in the wake of last week’s yet another lone wolf terror strike and growing trends of Wahabi ideology.
— Economic Times

Depok to launch double-decker bus for tourists
The Depok transportation agency will soon launch a bus called Oren or cool odong-odong (amusement ride) to boost tourism in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Widodo vows to ‘fight’ as race enters final stretch
Indonesian President Joko Widodo struck a combative tone Saturday at the first campaign rally of this year’s presidential race, addressing criticism head-on ahead of the historic April 17 election.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia detains Russian suspected of drugging, smuggling orangutan
A Russian tourist attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase to bring home and keep as a pet has been arrested in Bali, police said on Saturday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (annoying popups)

Jakartans proud of the city’s first MRT
A number of Jakarta residents have expressed their pride on the presence of the country’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
— Antara News

As Indonesia claims top fishing spot, Indonesian tuna conquers sushi
Indonesia’s largest market is the United States, which in 2018 consumed almost half of its catch.
— Asia News

Authorities rescue injured orangutan in oil palm plantation in Aceh
A week after rescuing a heavily wounded orangutan, a joint team consisting of local authorities and wildlife conservation organizations rescued a malnourished female orangutan.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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