Indonesia morning news for November 29

Indonesia morning news for November 29

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia, world’s biggest downloader of VPNs
Indonesian netizens have recently broken another record by making Indonesia the country with the most virtual private network (VPN) downloads over the last 12 months, as the 2019 Global Mobile VPN Report reveals.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Faster with AI’: Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with machines
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said the government will replace some civil service positions with artificial intelligence, instructing ministers to remove two ranks of public servants.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah strengthens amid rekindling of US-China trade war
The exchange rate of the rupiah, circulated between banks in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon strengthened amidst the rekindling of the trade war between the United States (US) and China.
— Antara News

Indonesia thwarts illegal trade of rare birds, detains perpetrator
Indonesian authorities on Thursday seized nearly 2,000 bird species, many of them critically endangered, in Banten province, a move aiming at preserving the population of the species in the vast-archipelagic country.
— Xinhua

Blind orangutan found with 24 pellets his body now in stable condition
A blind male orangutan that was found with 24 air rifles pellets in his body was declared to be a stable condition on Thursday after a team of veterinarians removed three pellets from his head.
— The Jakarta Post

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Indonesia’s 2020 climate challenge
All parties to the Paris Agreement, including Indonesia, should be activating their 2020 to 2030 nationally determined contribution (NDC) on Jan. 1.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java braces for deadly hornet attacks
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has ordered all regents to conduct a regular patrol to locate and terminate the nests of Vespa affinis, deadly hornets locally known as tawon endhas.
— The Jakarta Post

Current account deficit problem will be resolved in four years: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stressed on tackling the problem of Indonesia’s current account deficit in four years’ time.
— Antara News

Indonesia, EU embroiled in fresh trade spat over nickel export ban, subsidies
As the quarrel over Indonesia’s palm oil business rumbles on, trade tensions between Indonesia and the European Union (EU) have flared again following the bloc’s complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Indonesia’s nickel export ban and alleged illegal subsidies.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s prosperity rising, yet big challenges remain
Despite the bad news we often hear from around the world, there is still much to celebrate: Not only is prosperity increasing globally, but it is improving at a faster rate in Indonesia than all but four other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia projected to produce 2 million electric motorcycles in 2025
Minister of Research and Technology/Chief of the National Research and Innovation Board (BRIN) Bambang Brodjonegoro has projected that Indonesia will be able to produce 2 million electric motorcycles in 2025.
— Antara News

Indonesia not keeping silent about EU’s palm oil discrimination, says Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo again raised the European Union’s discriminatory measures against Indonesia’s palm oil during a meeting with EU’s business representatives in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

KCI aims to serve 1.5 million passengers per day in 2020
Serving as the backbone of railway transportation in Greater Jakarta, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), which operates the commuter line, plans to add more trips, trains and tracks in order to serve 1.5 million passengers per day in 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

80 Chinese nationals deported at their government’s request
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have deported 80 Chinese nationals suspected of online fraud at the request of the Chinese government.
— Antara News

Indonesian banks buoyant despite sluggish economic growth
Indonesian lenders remain upbeat on profit growth next year, even though the country’s economy is showing no signs of improving. Sunarso, the president director of Indonesia’s largest bank, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), estimates the lender will record double-digit growth in profits next year as it continued its efficiency drive and business transformation to improve profitability.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Rokan Hulu
Persistent downpours for the last few days have inundated a number of villages in four districts in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Wrong law number: First attempt to challenge KPK Law fails over petition error
The Constitutional Court has refused to accept a judicial review petition on the recently revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, citing errors in the first attempt to legally challenge the controversial law.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia offers investment in chemical industry to Germany’s BASF
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan offered investment in Indonesia’s chemical industry sector to Germany’s BASF during a visit to the office of this leading chemical company in Ludwigshafen Verbund, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia bolsters cooperation with Korea on startup growth
The industry ministry is pushing for bolstering cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea in the economic field, particularly for the growth of startup companies, expected to boost economic growth between both nations amid global uncertainty.
— Antara News

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Police, Education Ministry Among Most Complained About State Institutions
The Indonesian Ombudsman revealed on Wednesday that the National Police was the third most complained about state institution after regional governments and the Education and Culture Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

NU Shows Support for Indirect Presidential Election
The Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board, or PBNU, the executive body of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, has suggested amending the 1945 Constitution to bring back electoral arrangements last seen under Suharto’s New Order, including indirect presidential election and unelected minority delegations in the parliament.
— Jakarta Globe

Carbon market hot issue ahead of climate summit
Ahead of the annual United Nations’ Climate Change Summit, the government is preparing to open a domestic carbon market as part of efforts to fulfill its international commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
— The Jakarta Post

Lippo Karawaci, Softbank Join Forces to Develop AI, IoT, Big Data Solutions
Lippo Karawaci, one of Indonesia’s largest property developers, has signed up Japanese multinational conglomerate Softbank to help with the development and dissemination of Internet of Things platforms and smart solutions in its real estate and mobility ecosystems.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Lobbies to Become Member of the International Maritime Organization Board
Indonesia is seeking to secure a board membership with the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, for the 2020-2021 period.
— Jakarta Globe

Police probe further into halal scam allegedly implicating Ma’ruf expert staff member
Police are pushing ahead with their investigation of an alleged scam surrounding a halal certification agency, with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s expert staff member Lukmanul Hakim reportedly questioned as a witness.
— The Jakarta Post

Human resources are key to transform Indonesia into global food barn
The Agriculture Ministry is encouraging vocational education development to produce professional and reliable human resources in the agricultural sector since they are the key to achieving Indonesia’s ideals of becoming a world food barn.
— Antara News

Indonesian minister holds meeting with IMO secretary general
Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi held a meeting with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim before election of members of the IMC Council under category C and IMO external auditor.
— Antara News

Mining investors should follow law: government
The Indonesian government has called on mining investors to adhere to the law and maintain a stable investment climate.
— Antara News

Govt to revise religion studies school books as some found to hint at radicalism, VP says
In yet another attempt to curb radicalism in the country, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin says the government is set to revise school textbooks on religious studies as they have found indications that some books incorporate radical narratives.
— The Jakarta Post

Female internet users contribute to rapid adoption of e-money in Indonesia
The internet economy is rapidly growing in Indonesia amid an increase in the use of digital payments across Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— The Jakarta Post

UN puts spotlight on development, interfaith partnership in Jakarta
The United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development held the 11th Strategic Learning Exchanges (SLE) on Religion and Diplomacy to draw attention to development and humanitarian partnerships in Jakarta on Thursday.
— Antara News

Tackling plastic pollution: Jakarta sanitation officers turn waste into handicrafts
Jakarta’s sanitation workers seem to have found a way to contribute in the country’s efforts to reduce plastic pollution ─ Indonesia’s very own modern-day enemy ─ through creative ways that include turning the waste into handicrafts.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor villages suffer amid soaring demand for sand to build homes, roads in Jakarta, Banten
The blazing Sunday sun beat down upon Parung Panjang village in Bogor regency, West Java, where a middle-aged woman called Fatimah was tidying up the house, secretly hiding her sorrow for the loss of her nephew, whose body had been crushed by a truck carrying rocks from local sand mines.
— The Jakarta Post

iPhone 11 line to launch in Indonesia on Dec. 6, prices start at IDR13 million
This one’s not exactly for early adopters who have already bought their iPhone 11 abroad, but the rest of us muggles in Indonesia can now look forward to Dec. 6 to get our hands on the much-hyped new smartphone offering from Apple.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Homemade helicopter puts fresh spin on Indonesia traffic woes
Indonesia’s notorious traffic gridlock has been known to send commuters into a spin, but one man has decided to rise above the daily grind — by building his very own helicopter.
— Coconuts

Visually impaired man stages solo protest demanding better treatment for people with disabilities
A visually impaired man named Fazlur Rahman staged a solo protest in front of the Transportation Ministry office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday demanding better treatment for people with disabilities on public transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Shut tight: How trauma, misleading education cause vaginismus in women
For the first five years of her marriage, Dara, not her real name, could not find joy in her sex life.
— The Jakarta Post

Free the chicks: PETA urges Bandung Mayor to cancel chick-giving program aimed at tackling mobile phone addiction
Though it may seem innocuous (but questionable), a plan to combat children’s mobile phone addiction — by giving them chicks to raise, no less — has been met with a protest from one of the world’s largest animal rights organizations.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Garuda expected to offer affordable flight tickets: legislator
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is urged to issue a cross-subsidy policy to offer reasonable flight tickets for eastern Indonesian cities, a legislator noted in a press statement received by ANTARA here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesian textiles highlighted at traditional fashion show in Myanmar
Indonesian textiles were promoted through the medium of a traditional fashion show titled “The Multicolored Indonesia” held in Yangon, Myanmar, on November 27, 2019.
— Antara News


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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