Indonesia morning news for March 29

Indonesia morning news for March 29

Indonesia morning newsJakarta disburses billions for child nutrition program
The Jakarta administration has disbursed Rp 324 billion (US$22.7 million) for a child nutrition program to be implemented at state elementary schools across the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls face a tough fight in West Java
Home to roughly 33 million eligible voters in the coming Indonesian elections, West Java is seeing presidential candidates Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Prabowo Subianto clash in a tough fight for votes. How well they do there may be pivotal to their quest for the presidency.
— East Asia Forum

World’s Rarest Ape Threatened with Extinction by Indonesia Hydrodam
Wildlife experts warn that the world’s rarest great ape, discovered in 2017, will not survive the building of a $1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant and dam in the middle of its remaining habitat in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Indonesia’s loan growth edges up in February amid flows of capital into emerging market
Banking sector in Indonesia logged a higher loan growth in February as prospect of slowing U.S. and global economy has pushed capital to flow into emerging market.
— Xinhua

Much is riding on Indonesia’s election
Presidential candidates are focused on domestic issues ahead of next month’s vote, but democracy itself hangs in the balance
— The Nation (annoying popups)

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President’s hologram hits Indonesia’s election campaign trail
Indonesia’s president has started beaming a hologram of himself to reach voters in key battleground provinces as he shuttles around the south-east Asian archipelago ahead of national polls.
— The Guardian

CSIS Survey: 13 Million Plan to go on Holiday in Election Day
Another survey by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows that there will be at least 7 percent of registered voters in the final voter list (DPT) who plan to go on vacation during election day.

Entering a new era of the Indonesia and South Pacific relationship
Just a day after hosting a High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation themed “Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Inclusive Region”, the Indonesia-South Pacific Forum (ISPF) 2019 was organized in Jakarta on March 21, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesia foils Komodo dragon smuggling gang
Police in Indonesia have seized five Komodo dragons and other endangered animals that were being illegally sold on Facebook.
— BBC News

RI to accelerate B30 program in anticipation of EU restrictions
The government has said Indonesia will accelerate the mandatory use of 30 percent blended biodiesel ( B30 ) in anticipation of the European Union’s move to ban palm oil-based biofuel in its member countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Public Works Ministry targets certifying 210,000 construction workers
The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has set a target to certify 210 thousand expert and skilled Indonesian construction workers.
— Antara News

Indonesia president ready to take poll fight to Prabowo strongholds
Intellasia East Asia News President Joko Widodo has thrown down the gauntlet by sending a political signal that he is ready to challenge his rival Prabowo Subianto in the latter’s electoral strongholds, such as Banten province on Java.
— Intellasia

Game on! Indonesia
As we usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0 – like most other aspects of life – sports too has evolved with the times. While traditional sports such as football, badminton and even swimming used to require physical prowess for a player to excel, the sports of today has become more about the power of brain over brawn, not unlike a good game of chess.
— The Asean Post

Thousands of Transgender Enthusiastic for 2019 Indonesia Election
Roughly around 4,000 transgenders (waria) in Jakarta enthusiastically awaits for the 2019 Indonesia elections set to be held simultaneously on April 17.

Attempt to smuggle 7,040 dried seahorses to Bangkok foiled
Officials at Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta foiled an attempt to smuggle 7,040 dried seahorses out of the country on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia debates nudity after resort ‘fixes’ topless mermaid statues
Three mermaid statues in Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland), a resort destination in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, have been a topic of discussion in the country’s social media networks for a strange reason: the upper parts of the statues were covered with strips of gold-colored cloth to hide indecent exposure.
— DW

Public Urged to be Critical on Voting Abstention Felony Charges
Presidential Staff Office Deputy V Jaleswari Pramodawardhani called for Indonesian citizens to be critical against Article 515 and Article 531 of Law No. 7/2017 overseeing 2019 general elections.

6 months on: Indonesia’s resilience in action
In the wake of the earthquake/tsunami event which struck Sulawesi Province, Indonesia in September 2018, ACTED has been supporting local Indonesian partners to lead the response provide essential support in terms of housing, and life saving water and sanitation.
— Relief Web

Jokowi in lead less than month before election: CSIS poll
A poll released by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday shows President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with a double-digit lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, with less than a month to go until election day, April 17.
— The Jakarta Post

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Ministry urged to soon transfer management of Komodo National Park
The local government of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has called on the Environment and Forestry Ministry to hand over the management of Komodo National Park to the province with immediate effect.
— Antara News

Police Assign 5,000 Men to Secure Presidential Debate
The Jakarta Metro Police will dispatch 5,000 officers to secure the presidential debate. The debate will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel this Saturday, March 30.

Indonesian voters get a genuine choice, but an increasingly narrow one
In a metal pavilion down a backstreet in Yogyakarta, a mid-sized Indonesian city, Tutiek Widyo is making her pitch to the crowd.
— Economist

Police foil attempt to export Komodo dragons for Rp 500 million apiece
Police in East Java have busted a network of criminals they say attempted to smuggle 41 Komodo dragons out of the country and sell them for Rp 500 million (US$35,000) each.
— The Jakarta Post

Volcano erupts in Indonesia’s Bali with no casualties reported
Indonesia’s volcano of Mount Agung erupted on Thursday afternoon in Bali with no casualties reported, Indonesian authorities said.
— Xinhua

Jokowi taps ‘hologram campaigning’ ahead of polls
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has started beaming a hologram of himself to reach voters in key battleground provinces as he shuttles around the Southeast Asian archipelago ahead of national polls.
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta Buying 400 Buses to Replace Old Kopaja, Metromini
PT Transjakarta will buy 400 medium-sized buses. The buses are scheduled to operate this year.

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.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Indonesia prepares new airfare regulation
The Transportation Ministry is preparing a new regulation on airfares because the government is unhappy with the move by several airlines to lower their ticket prices.
— The Jakarta Post

10 Million Jobs Produced Under Jokowi, Says Manpower Minister
Minister of Manpower M. Hanif Dhakiri defended President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration from allegations claiming Jokowi’s leadership caused job scarcity for Indonesians.

Minister wants new players in jet fuel business to bring down airfares
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said he wants to push for the emergence of a new player in the jet fuel or avtur business in an effort to lower airfares and boost tourism in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

ILO Indonesia Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami – Employment Impact Assessment No. 1, 2 November 2018
The Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami led to an estimated 94.5 thousand displaced workers, of which 35 per cent are women and 15 per cent are young people aged 15-24.
— Relief Web

Southern Asians Unaware of Deadly Health Risks from Polluted Air
Most people in South and Southeast Asia do not know about the diverse causes and long-term health risks of air pollution, a problem that kills 1.5 million people in those regions each year, researchers warned on Thursday.

Infrastructure meant to give nation a competitive edge: Jokowi
Incumbent president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), during an open campaign rally held here on Thursday, said that various infrastructure projects undertaken during the past five years were meant to give the nation a competitive edge.
— Antara News

Rupiah weakens on Thursday as US dollar index strengthens
The rupiah exchange rate fell to Rp 14,255 per US dollar on Thursday, 0.37 percent lower than its position on Wednesday of Rp 14,202 per US dollar, according to the Jakarta interbank spot dollar rate (Jisdor) published on Bank Indonesia’s (BI) official website.
— The Jakarta Post

Election Debate; Jokowi to Bring Up Pancasila as Political Weapon
The Jokowi – Ma’ruf campaign team spokesman Ace Hasan Syadzily said the incumbent candidate is ready to face the fourth election debate on Saturday, March 30. Moreover, the topics of the debate are ideology, governance, security, and international relations.

Indonesians need to know Japanese to work in Japan: Minister
Japan is providing work opportunities to workers from nine countries, including Indonesia, but Indonesians who wish to work in the country should be competent in Japanese, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.
— Antara News

Transjakarta invites bus operators to stage electric bus trials
Transjakarta will conduct a trial run for electric buses this year, inviting bus operators to participate.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Adjusts Earth Hour Campaign to Election Debate
Following the 2019 Earth Hour that coincides with the fourth election debate of presidential election on Saturday, March 30, Jakartans are not obliged to turn off lights for an hour.

Tokopedia, UI launch AI research center
E-commerce platform Tokopedia and the University of Indonesia (UI) launched on Thursday an artificial intelligence (AI) center at the university’s school of computer science in Depok, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi urges loyalists to wear white shirts on April 17
Indonesian Presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged his loyalists to wear white shirts when they vote on April 17, as they will be casting their votes for the presidential and vice presidential pair who will be wearing white shirts.
— Antara News

Cargo services to help boost underused Kertajati airport
Almost 10 months after Kertajati International Airport was inaugurated, the airport that was touted as the largest in the country after Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten has experienced no growth in traffic.
— 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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