Indonesia morning news for March 6

Indonesia morning news for March 6

Indonesia morning newsFacebook bans foreign political ads ahead of Indonesia elections
To allay concerns that its platform is being used to manipulate voting behaviour, Facebook has banned political advertisements from outside Indonesia as the world’s third-largest democracy heads to its presidential and legislative elections.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia men’s water polo squad eyes one gold medal at SEA Games
Indonesia’s men’s water polo team has set a target of one gold medal in the forthcoming SEA Games in the Philippines later this year, coach Dean Baldwin said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Inflation remains under control: BI
Headline inflation remains under control and within the 2019 target corridor of 3.5+1 percent, in line with CPI deflation recorded in February 2019.
— Antara News

Warning issued following heavy downpour in Jakarta on Tuesday morning
The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) announced on Tuesday morning that water levels at the Pasar Ikan and Angke Hulu sluice gates in North Jakarta have increased following heavy rain in the city the night before.
— The Jakarta Post

KPU Verifies Data of 103 Foreigners Listed in Election Voter List
The General Election Commission (KPU) followed up the report on 103 foreign citizens listed in the final voter list (DPT) for the 2019 election.

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Indonesian foreign minister inaugurates overseas public service buildings
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi inaugurated One-step Public Service Buildings in Abu Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates) and in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to improve services for Indonesians overseas.
— Antara News

Jusuf Kalla on Leadership Style of Soeharto, SBY, and Jokowi
During an event held by the State Administration Agency (LAN) in Central Jakarta, Tuesday, March 5, Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK)was asked about the difference of the leadership style of three Indonesian Presidents; Soeharto, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), and Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

Jakarta to turn Dukuh atas into transportation hub
The authorities have been readying the capital city’s major transportation hub Dukuh Atas in South Jakarta as the MRT will soon be serving residents.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Pollsters put Jokowi in pole position as election day approaches
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo maintains a comfortable lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto coming into the final stretch of the 2019 presidential election, recent polls have indicated.
— The Jakarta Post

5.0 magnitude earthquake jolts East Luwu
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale jolted East Luwu, South Sulawesi Province, on Tuesday, at 01:13 a.m. Western Indonesian Standard Times (WIB), but it did not have potential to trigger a tsunami.
— Antara News

Indonesia / ‘I chose to hide my identity as a Jew in public’
Yaakov Baruch is the rabbi at Indonesia’s only synagogue but he keeps his religious identity under wraps, like most of the tiny Jewish community living in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Indonesia mine collapse: bodybags and silence as hopes fade for 100 trapped men
Hopes are fading for up to 100 Indonesian miners trapped inside an illegal gold mine that collapsed on the island of Sulawesi last Tuesday, with dozens of body bags sent to the site and pleas for help from the rubble now falling silent.
— The Guardian

Indonesia crucial to Western Australia’s future prosperity
Two essential pillars underpin Australia’s prosperity: We are a great trading nation and an attractive place for foreign investment.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia explores cooperation with US,Jjapan in LNG business
The Indonesian government is looking into the possibility of cooperation with the United States and Japan in developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) business to support their respective energy security, an official said.
— Antara News

State platform ready to compete in e-payment
A new state-owned e-payment platform, LinkAja, has begun the second phase of its transformation into a stronger third bloc in Indonesia’s essentially duopolistic e-payment environment, which is now dominated by Go-Pay and OVO.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali Needs 10 More Tsunami Warning Sirens: Agency
The Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency has proposed the installment of 10 more tsunami warning sirens in the resort island’s waters to strengthen disaster mitigation, preparedness, and responses.

Permanent houses for Lombok earthquake victims ready this year: Kalla
Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla estimates work to construct permanent houses for earthquake victims in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, to be completed this year, a delay from earlier target following issue in producing material components.
— Antara News

Riau Islands officials instructed to use fingerprint sign-in system before entering mosques
The Riau Islands administration is instructing its officials to use its new fingerprint sign-in system when entering a mosque before subuh (dawn prayers).
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Camp Claims Hoaxes still Rampant in West Java
Spokesman for Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s campaign team (TKN) Ace Hasan Syadzily said that the West Java region still contributes as one of Indonesia’s provinces with a worryingly rampant spread of hoax and fake information.

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Indonesia builds a resilient “living shoreline”
The Demak District on Indonesia’s most populous island of Java is four years into a five-year plan to restore its disappearing and degraded shoreline. In a collaborative and holistic approach to nature restoration and sustainable development, local and international partners successfully completed many integrated components to build back the shoreline.
— Inhabitat

Good weather expected to bolster Indonesia, Malaysia palm output
Crop-friendly weather over the last few months in top palm oil producers Indonesia and Malaysia will help drive up output of the edible oil, traders and industry players said, underscoring forecasts of record production for 2019.
— Reuters

World’s rarest orangutan under threat in Indonesia after court battle against dam fails
Environmentalists in Indonesia have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam project in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species.
— The Guardian

Bawaslu Examines Alleged Campaign Violation by Jokowi in Kendari
The Southeast Sulawesi (Sultra) chapter of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) suspected there was alleged violation during a campaign event of presidential hopeful Joko Widodo or Jokowi on March 2 in Ex MTQ area, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Bawaslu examined the issue in coordination with its regional agencies.

Jokowi to inaugurate North Sumatra’s Kuala Tanjung Port
Kuala Tanjung Port in Batubara regency, North Sumatra, which is touted to be Indonesia’s largest port next to the country’s main gateway, Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta, is to soon be in full operation.
— The Jakarta Post

Hollywood Finds a New Golden Age of Cinema in Indonesia
Hollywood studios and global cinema chains are funding a new golden age in Indonesia’s movie industry as box-office receipts soar and new screens open at a rate of about two a day.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia`s natural gas reserves stand at 135.55 tscf
Indonesia has natural gas reserves of 135.55 trillion standard cubic feet (TSCF), Director General of Oil and Gas of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Djoko Siswanto stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Government approves BP’s export of 84 cargo loads of LNG to Singapore
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has approved United Kingdom-based oil giant BP’s proposal to export 84 cargo loads of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Singapore from its Tangguh LNG project in West Papua starting next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian fans rejoice over plans for MotoGP
MotoGP’s return to Indonesia after more than two decades has been met with jubilation on the island of Lombok where sports fans hope it will revive their earthquake-ravaged economy.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Drug producers and dealers are Indonesia`s number one enemy
This week, the Indonesian public was again at the receiving end of a shocking news of a politician arrested for allegedly consuming addictive drug, with the revelation taking the Democratic Party this time by storm.
— Antara News

Indonesia deploys 600 soldiers to Papua for road project
Indonesia has deployed 600 military personnel to Papua, to safeguard the construction of a controversial road project.

News focus – Development and opportunities of Indonesia-Cambodia economic relations By Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
Indonesia and Cambodia this year celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations that were initiated on February 13, 1959.
— Antara News


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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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