Indonesia morning news for May 2

Indonesia morning news for May 2
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia encourages ACD concrete cooperation
Indonesia encouraged concrete cooperation among Asian countries during the 16th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) held in Doha, Qatar, recently.
— Antara News

ADB commits US$2.6 billion to support Indonesia in 2019
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed US$2.6 billion this year to support Indonesia, primarily in developing infrastructure projects, said Ramesh Subramaniam, the ADB director general of the Southeast Asian department in Fiji on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia`s Iron and Steel Imports Reach All-time High in 2018
Indonesia’s iron and steel imports recorded the highest increase of 30 percent in 2018 owing to the massive infrastructure development in the country.

Indonesia’s election leaves a polarised nation
Indonesia’s national elections took place on 17 April 2019, after an eight-month political contest that was characterised by some as ‘the most polarised election campaign in Indonesian history’.
— East Asia Forum

Indonesia set to emerge as world’s center of Muslim fashion 2020
The Industry Ministry continues to encourage the Muslim fashion industry to become globally more competitive in order to showcase Indonesia’s willingness to become one of the world’s Muslim fashion centers by 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesian ‘Belt and Road’ high-speed rail link expects $18 billion from satellite towns
The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail link between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion developing satellite towns and industrial centers along the line, a company official said.
— The Telegram

Leuser rainforest: Are palm oil farmers shooting orangutans?
Deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation is pushing orangutans into the path of farmers who shoot the animals with air rifles to get rid of them.
— BBC News (video)

Minister Points to Ambiguity over New Capital City’s Location
Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has drawn attention to the ambiguity over the location of the new capital city in place of Jakarta.

Pulling Indonesian oil refining out of decline
While Indonesia’s once-vibrant oil and gas production business is mostly a victim of geology and the natural decline of aging fields, the decrepitude of its oil refining industry is the result of bad decision-making — poor policies, red tape, and lack of strategic planning.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Park and ride spots in satellite cities to keep cars out of Jakarta
The Greater Jakarta Coordination Board (BKSP) has revealed a plan to create five park and ride facilities on the outskirts of Jakarta to reduce the number of private vehicles in the capital city.
— The Jakarta Post

Boeing Pushing to Move Crash Lawsuit From Hometown to Indonesia
Faced with lawsuits over a plane crash half a world away, Boeing Co. is arguing it shouldn’t have to defend itself in a courtroom a short walk from its corporate headquarters.
— Bloomberg

Mount Merapi Ejects Lava Avalanche Flowing 1,000 meters Downslope
Mount Merapi, standing on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java, emitted four incandescent lava avalanches, Wednesday, with maximum sliding distance of one thousand meters, the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) reported.

Indonesia demands 20 years for French drug smuggler
Indonesian prosecutors Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a French man accused of drug trafficking, a crime punishable by execution under the country’s tough smuggling laws.
— The Online Citizen

Businessman allegedly bribes Indonesian regent with diamonds, luxury bags
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested a businessman who allegedly bought luxury items worth almost half a billion rupiah to bribe Talaud Islands Regent Sri Wahyumi Manalip to win local administration projects in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta is bursting at the seams. So where should the new capital be, Jokowi asks Indonesians on social media
As the greater Jakarta area strains at the seams from housing 30 million people – more than 10 per cent of the nation’s population – Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is asking Indonesians for their views on relocating the capital.

Labor Institute Urges Government to Enhance Labor Capacity
Labor Institute Indonesia has appealed to the government to step up capacity and competency of the labor force for better competing in the industry.

UNSC 1267 Chair Indonesia helped in building bridges in Azhar listing case: Envoy
New Delhi-Indonesia who played a key role as a the current chair of UNSC 1267 Committee in listing JeM Chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist on Wednesday stressed that it performed job of building bridges and find solution to global issues.
— Economic Times

Aid flowing to Indonesia’s floods, landslide-hit areas
Food, medicine and clothes among other relieve materials have been channeled to thousands of victims hit by floods and landslides in Indonesia’s western Bengkulu province, disaster agency officials said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Govt hopes tax incentives can make more companies go public
The government has expressed hope that a number of fiscal incentives such as income tax reductions and low transaction taxes will further encourage local companies to hold initial public offerings (IPO) and float their shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).
– The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Plastic Energy To Build Recycling Plants In Indonesia
Plastic Energy has entered an agreement with the province of West Java (Indonesia) that entails the construction of five chemical recycling plants.
— World Chronicle 24

Indonesian archdiocese opens new cathedral
Catholics in Samarinda Archdiocese in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province have a new cathedral church, which was inaugurated on April 30.
— UCA News

USU Scores Highest as Indonesia`s Best University: Scimago
The University of Sumatera Utara (USU) emerged as Indonesia’s best higher educational institution in 2019 followed by the University of Indonesia (UI) and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) standing second and third, Scimago Institutions Rankings revealed.

Indonesia to Increase Fees for Overstaying Foreign Nationals
The Director-General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) has stated that foreign nationals overstaying in Indonesia will be charged Rp 1 million per day.
— Indonesia Expat

The Philippines to get Indonesia-made Jimny?
Ever since the all-new Jimny made its way out of the Suzuki stable, the demand for the iconic 4×4 has been growing in leaps and bounds. While Suzuki has been trying to boost the production from some time now, the supply just hasn’t been enough to meet the demand.
— Zig Wheels

Berbak Sembilang park in Jambi to become Sumatran tiger conservation site
Berbak Sembilang National Park (TNBS), located on the eastern coast of Sumatra, will be made into a Sumatran tiger conservation site to stop poaching in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to replace sinking Jakarta with new capital city
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo is planning to relocate the nation’s capital away from Jakarta, the world’s fastest-sinking city.
— Dezeen

What’s Happening in Indonesia Shows Why the Climate Crisis Exacerbates Every Other Crisis
The capital of Indonesia, a city of 10 million people, is becoming unlivable at such a rate that they’re already decided to move the capital to another location.
— Esquire

New Arms Deals Highlight Indonesia-Russia Military Cooperation
The new contract reinforces Jakarta’s continued efforts to cultivate Moscow as a defense partner in spite of the challenges.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia to hold tourism sales mission in southern Chinese cities
The Indonesian tourism ministry is planning to hold a sales mission to tap into the market potential of southern Chinese cities, an official at the ministry said on Tuesday.
— CGTN News

When Padang Food Dragged into Indonesia Elections
The recent parliamentary and presidential elections ran peacefully despite miseries, caused by the deaths of so many working committee members of polling stations, members of elections supervisory agency, and policemen while fulfilling their electoral duties.

Lawyers launch court action challenging Indonesia’s annexation of West Papua
In a landmark case, lawyers in Indonesia have launched court action to challenge the country’s fifty-year incorporation of West Papua into its territory.
— ABC Net

Govt to materialize three agreements with laborers: Moeldoko
The Government will materialize three agreements reached during a meeting between President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and several leaders of labor unions in Bogor, West Java, on April 26, 2019, Chief of the Presidential Staff Moeldoko said.
— Antara News

Manpower Minister lauds peaceful May Day
Manpower Minister M. Hanif Dhakiri lauded the peaceful, orderly and conducive commemoration of International labor Day or May Day across Indonesia on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Laborers are the backbone of Indonesia’s economy: Prabowo Subianto
Laborers are the backbone of Indonesia’s economy, as they produce products for the nation and the people, Prabowo Subianto, presidential candidate, said.
— Antara News

Sigi flooding: Rescuers find a body in Central Sulawesi
Rescuers found the body of a Sigi resident four days after he was reported missing following the flooding that hit the district in Central Sulawesi.
— Antara News

Nationwide security situation remains peaceful during May Day: Police
Head of the National Police Information Bureau Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo confirmed that the national security situation in the event of Labor Day celebrations across Indonesia remained, by and large, conducive.
— Antara News

Abandon Jakarta: Indonesia again mulls plan for new capital
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s decades-long discussion about building a new capital has inched forward after President Joko Widodo on Monday approved a long-term plan for the government to abandon overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta.
— Intellasia

Indonesian environmentalists accuse Australia of ‘smuggling’ plastic waste following China ban
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesian environmentalists are calling on Australia to tighten its regulation and enforcement of waste exports to foreign countries, claiming it is effectively “smuggling” huge amounts of plastic and waste paper supposedly sent for recycling.
— Intellasia

Workers should not stop fighting for their cause
President of the Confederation of All Indonesia Labor Union (KSPI) Said Iqbal said International Labor Day or May Day was a reminder to labor activists to continue fighting for their cause.
— Antara News

USU scores highest as Indonesia’s best university: Scimago
The University of Sumatera Utara (USU) emerged as Indonesia’s best higher educational institution in 2019 followed by the University of Indonesia (UI) and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) standing second and third, Scimago Institutions Rankings revealed.
— 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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