Indonesia morning news for May 28

Indonesia morning news for May 28

Indonesia morning news

Not so fast: Indonesia regulator says 737 Max may not fly until 2020 (video)
While the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reportedly ‘expecting’ to approve the Boeing 737 Max to return to US skies as early as the end of next month, Indonesia’s aviation regulator is among those internationally saying ‘not so fast’.
— AEC News Today (video)

Indonesia on top list of world’s halal tourism industry
Indonesia, which has been aggressively developing its halal tourism industry over the last five years, has been named the world’s best halal tourist destination, based upon the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia launches national standard QR code
Bank Indonesia (BI) launched on Monday its long-awaited Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code system that aims to universalize cashless payment in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

French company to invest Rp90 billion in North Sulawesi’s tourism
Dune-Network, one of the French companies engaged in the tourism sector, will invest an initial Rp90 billion in North Sulawesi province, Provincial Secretary Edwin Silangen said here on Monday.
— Antara News

S Kalimantan prepares 300,000 hectares for possible capital city
The local government of Tanah Bumbu district in South Kalimantan province has set aside some 300,000 hectares as a site, as part of a future Indonesian capital relocation plan.
— Antara News

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Indonesia National Narcotics Agency finds 35 kg of meth in cabbage truck
Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) discovered 35 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a truck carrying vegetables from Aceh to Jakarta last Saturday. The officers arrested three suspects.
— Fresh Plaza

40 world leaders congratulate Jokowi on winning presidential election
As many as 40 world leaders and three international organizations have congratulated Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on winning the 17 April presidential election, following the May 21 announcement made by the General Elections Commission …
— Antara News

Indonesia’s worst political violence in two decades brings out the comically absurd
It was peak Indonesia. A shoe salesman setting up shop on the side of the road in central Jakarta as gangs wielding sticks and stones marched past him towards the police barricades, with ambulances whizzing past, sirens blaring, ferrying the wounded to hospital.
— Intellasia

Can Indonesia Leverage a ‘Golden Moment’ in Its Economy?
Indonesia, an emerging middle-income country, is already the world’s 16th largest economy by gross domestic product and the 10th strongest in terms of purchasing power parity, and a member of the G-20.
— Jakarta Globe

PLN to install electricity network for 51 villages in Flores
State-owned electricity company PLN will shortly commence work on installing some electricity networks for 51 villages on Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT).
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks secured coal access in China
In an effort to secure access for coal exports to China amid a potential slump in domestic production, the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) signed on Friday a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with the China National Coal Association (CNCA) to support further trade and investment flow between the two countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Police strengthen security around Constitutional Court
Head of the National Police’s Information Bureau, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo, stated that the police have increased security stationed around the Constitutional Court.
— Antara News

LINE, iPrice Group join forces to launch LINE SHOPPING in Indonesia
The partnership for LINE SHOPPING followed a funding round raised by iPrice Group from Naver last year LINE messaging platform today announced a partnership with iPrice Group to launch LINE SHOPPING, an online shopping experience launched for its users in Indonesia.
— e27

Prabowo campaign team member arrested for tweeting false claims
Mustofa Nahrawardaya, the IT division head for losing presidential pair Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, has been arrested for falsely claiming that the police had beaten a 15-year-old boy to death, his lawyer confirmed on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

The Indonesian women campaigning to ‘uninstall feminism’ and oppose anti-sexual violence laws
Indonesia Tanpa Feminis or Indonesia Without Feminists a campaign started just before the country’s April 17 elections recently went viral for its opposition to feminism as a supposed Western import incompatible with Islamic values.
— Intellasia

Indonesia arrests six over plot to kill officials during unrest
Indonesian police have arrested six people suspected of plotting to assassinate four state officials during a wave of civil unrest in Jakarta last week, a police spokesman said on Monday.
— Reuters

Jember airport’s operations remain unaffected by Mt Agung’s eruption
Airport authorities reported that Notohadinegoro Airport in Jember District, East Java Province, is safe and remains unaffected by the effects of the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem District, Bali.
— Antara News

Bali customs, excise detain Thai nationals over crystal meth smuggling
The Bali customs and excise officers arrested two Thai nationals, identified by their initials as PS, 29, and AP, 20, over attempt to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia.
— Antara News

Mustofa’s wife seeks his release over ill-health, claims innocence
Cathy Ahadianty, wife of Mustofa Nahrawardaya, a member of the national campaign team (BPN) of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, has sought his release over grounds of being falsely implicated as provocateur and his …
— Antara News

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PLN boosts electricity to support investment in E Nusa Tenggara
The State-owned Electricity Company (PLN) of East Nusa Tenggara assured that current electricity power supplies are sufficient to support investment in the province, its General Manager Ignatius Rendroyoko said.
— Antara News

ACT distributes zakat al-fitr in Palestine, Syria
The philanthropic organization ACT (Fast Action Response) of South Sulawesi has delivered food for zakat al-fitr to Muslims in Palestine and Syria.
— Antara News

Palm oil watchdog to create separate standards for smallholders -Indonesia director
A global palm oil industry watchdog is planning a separate standard for smallholders to help them adopt sustainable practices and get green certification, the Indonesian director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) said.
— Intellasia

City destroys thousands of illegal liquor
The Jakarta administration has destroyed more than 18,000 bottles of illegal alcoholic beverages seized in five municipalities across the city in operations carried out from January to May.
— The Jakarta Post

Jayagiri Village innovates in developing tourism
Jayagiri Village in Lembang Sub-district, West Bandung District, West Java, became synonymous with the popular Bimbo song titled “Melati from Jayagiri,” created by Iwan Abdul Rachman, alias Abah Iwan, on Mount Jayagiri in March 1967.
— Antara News

After Tam’s death, Sabah hopes to ink deal with Indonesia on rhino breeding programme
Following the death of Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhino, the Sabah government is hoping to officially seal an agreement with Indonesia on a proposed breeding programme involving the country’s only surviving female rhino.
— The Star Online

Jakarta Streets Re-open after Protests, Bawaslu Still Blocked
Most of the roads around Central Jakarta have re-opened today, following days of demonstrations along the streets surrounding the KPU (General Elections Commission) and the Bawaslu (Election Supervisory Board) offices.
— Indonesia Expat

Adding ships will increase connectivity for isolated communities
The sea highway program, to improve inter-regional connectivity in Indonesia, is one of the government’s main programs to reduce isolation of communities separated by waters.
— Antara News

RI eyes Japanese technology that converts palm oil waste into valuable products
SharesCoordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has welcomed the adoption of Japanese technology that can convert liquid palm oil waste, known as palm oil mill effluent (POME), into valuable products such docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, and animal feed.
— The Jakarta Post

Road closures remain in place amid fears of postelection rallies
The Jakarta Traffic Police will continue rerouting traffic in several areas around key election-related offices in the capital in anticipation of further postelection protests in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

KAI launches Sriwijaya Train with wagons made of stainless steel
State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) Divre IV Tanjungkarang launched a Sriwijaya Train having stainless steel carriages to enhance services to passengers on the Tanjung Karang-Kertapati route to ease …
— Antara News

Hoping for safe and smooth Eid Al-Fitr exodus
Indonesian Muslims, who account for over 85 percent of the country’s 260 million population, began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 6, 2019. At the end of the fasting month, on June 5 or 6, they will …
— Antara News

Four state officials were assassination targets
The National Police Headquarters said that four national figures, each state officials, were targeted by members of an armed group who have since been arrested.
— Antara News

Police say woman supplied arms for May riots
The National Police Headquarters has reported that an arms supplier for the riots on May 22, 2019 was a woman, identified as AF, alias Fifi, a resident of Rajawali, Pancoran, South Jakarta.
— Antara News

Food prices remain stable ahead of Eid al-Fitr: Minister
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has confirmed that availability and prices of basic commodities will remain stable, and not increase, ahead of Eid-al Fitr-festivities.
— Antara News

18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol confiscated during Ramadan crackdown steamrolled in Jakarta
About 18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol were crushed by a steamroller in Muslim-majority Indonesia’s capital Monday as police warned tipplers off booze during the Ramadan fasting month.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Expert Agrees on Jokowi`s Recognition of HIPMI`s Bahlil Lahadalia
National political communication expert Emrus Sihombing agrees to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s approval of the Young Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia as a state minister.

Batik Air opens direct flight from Jakarta to Luwuk, South Sulawesi
Batik Air, a member of Lion Air Group, has opened a route from the Soekarnoa-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, just outside Jakarta, to Syukuran Aminuddin Amir Airport in Luwuk, an emerging tourist destination in South Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

Six crossing paths for elephants built along Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road
Six special crossing paths for elephants are to be built along the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road project, in a bid to protect the elephants’ habitat.
— Antara News

USU lecturer given only warning letter after alleged sexual assault
SharesDespite allegations of sexual harassment against his female students, a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of North Sumatra (USU), identified only as Sisipus, has only been given a warning letter from the faculty and is therefore still allowed to teach.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian wins international Quran recitation contest in Turkey
Syamsuri Firdaus, University of Indonesia’s (UI’s) student, won the first place in the Seventh International Quran Recitation and Memorization Competition held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 19-26, 2019.
— Antara News

Trade barriers to palm oil unnecessary: Kadin, Britcham
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (BritCham) have rejected protectionist trade policies on palm oil, following the European Union’s latest move to phase out crude palm oil from biofuel by 2030.
— The Jakarta Post

Investree CEO: ASEAN has huge lending market
Investree’s CEO and co-founder Adrian Gunadi said the growth of the financial technology (fintech) industry is accelerating. As of February this year, the number of players has reached 106.

Prabowo’s lawsuit in Constitution Court as good measure: Pandjaitan
Chairperson of Board of Trustees of Jokowi-Ma’ruf Supporters Bravo 5, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, views losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s filing of a lawsuit in the Constitutional Court to contest election results as a good measure.
— Antara News

Bawaslu refutes report citing procedural violation in data input
The Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) has rejected a report from Prabowo-Sandi pair’s national winning team’s information technology voluntary team averring administrative rules flouted in entering data into the vote counting information system.
— Antara News

Baswedan urges parties to stave off potential for security disorder
DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has appealed to all parties to ward off the potential for security disorder after the demonstrations on May 21-22, 2019.
— Antara News


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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