Indonesia morning news for October 14

Indonesia morning news for October 14
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BPOM takes contaminated stomach drugs off market over cancer risk
The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has suspended sales of drugs containing ranitidine, commonly used to treat stomach problems, following reports from the United States and Europe that the medication may be contaminated with a carcinogenic substance.
— The Jakarta Post

World Bank downgrades Indonesia growth outlook, calls for reforms on grim global economy
The World Bank has cut Indonesia’s economic growth forecast for 2019, calling for reforms for East Asia and Pacific economies as they will be under long-term threat from increasing global trade tensions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Military Demotes 3 Members for Wives’ Social Media Posts About Wiranto Attack
The Indonesian Military, has taken disciplinary action against three of its members after their wives raised doubt on social media over Thursday’s attack in Banten on Chief Security Minister Wiranto by an Islamic militant.
— Jakarta Globe

Ombudsman finds police maladministration in handling post-election protests
The Indonesian Ombudsman has accused the National Police of maladministration while handling a string of post-election protests in Jakarta in May, which killed at least eight people and injured hundreds of others.
— The Jakarta Post

Toshiba to build CO2-free energy system for Indonesia
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-owned electricity company, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to build hydrogen-based energy systems with zero CO2 emission to meet electrical power in Indonesia’s remote areas.
— Antara News

New capital city design to incorporate SDGs: Ministry
The Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry confirmed that the design of the new capital city, to be located in East Kalimantan, will apply the principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— Antara News

Gov’t wants to finalize anti-sexual violence bill if it continues to remain in limbo in parliament: minister
The Eradication of Sexual Violence Bill (RUU-PKS) may still be a long way from ratification, but the government has decided to take matters into its own hands to push for its immediate passing into law.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Bali bombings: 17 years on, terror still haunts
Tumini’s feet suddenly gave up on her as she fell down during a vigil at the Bali bombing memorial in Kuta on Saturday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Singapore offers Indonesia help to combat ‘scourge’ of haze
Singapore has reached out to Indonesian authorities to offer assistance and urge action in combating the “perennial scourge” of haze on the region, with no response from Indonesia thus far, the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) said in written responses to Parliament queries last week.
— Business Mirror

Mysterious Stock Surge Produces Indonesia’s Newest Billionaire
Ask Nico Purnomo Po about the world-beating stock rally that turned him into Indonesia’s latest billionaire, and he’ll tell you the market is rewarding his property company’s ability to complete big projects in prime locations.
— Bloomberg

Tokopedia to Add $12b to Indonesia’s Economy in 2019
E-commerce giant Tokopedia is on course to nearly triple its contribution to the Indonesian economy this year, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, lowering prices and promoting economic equality across the archipelago, according to a recent study.
— Jakarta Globe

Most public service jobs in Indonesia don’t need PhD
An ambitious target was set by the former administrative and bureaucratic reform minister, Yuddy Chrisnandi. In 2016, he stated that there were around 4.5 million public officials, but only around 2 percent, or 90,000, had a doctoral degree.
— The Jakarta Post

Human Rights Watch: Indonesia must probe environmentalist’s ‘suspicious’ death
The death of an Indonesian activist leading a lawsuit to block a Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam has raised “numerous alarm bells” and should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday.
— Coconuts

Indonesia’s agency set to manage funds for environmental protection efforts, carbon trading
Indonesia is one step closer to implementing a carbon-pricing scheme within the domestic market as part of efforts to achieve its emission-reduction targets following the launch of a public service agency (BLU) tasked with managing funds related to environmental protection and conservation.
— The Jakarta Post

Palace Buzzers Immune to ITE Law, Observer Reveals
A political observer who is also the founder of Kedai Kopi pollster, Hendri Satrio, disclosed the practice of injustice in law enforcement towards pro-government buzzers.

Positive business activity maintained despite slow growth: BI
The latest business survey conducted by Bank Indonesia pointed to positive growth in the third quarter of 2019, despite the economy’s decelerating, compared with conditions in the previous period.
— Antara News

Indonesia on alert after minister attacked
The government has heightened security around the country after a senior minister was attacked with a knife in broad daylight in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff to be dissolved, replaced
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has said his office will be dissolved once the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla administration is over on Oct. 20, and will be replaced with a similar body.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani: Plastic Excise Implementation Awaits DPR’s Decision
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the government’s plan to impose tax on plastics could not be applied yet since its discussions were still afoot in the House of Representatives (DPR).

Jokowi urged to order assessment of police’s handling of protests
The Civil Society Coalition has urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to order an evaluation to delve into the manner in which the police handle student demonstrations in Jakarta and the adjoining areas.
— Antara News

Govt provides 40,000 houses to victims of Lombok earthquake
The government has handed over 40,000 quake-resistant houses to people in three regencies in West Nusa Tenggara province who were affected by an earthquake on Lombok in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Rebuff Allegations Saying Wiranto Attack Was a Play
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo has dismissed allegations that the attack against Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto was a play.

Komodo Island to be transformed into exclusive tourist destination
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan affirmed that Komodo Island will be transformed into an international-class exclusive tourist destination.
— Antara News

Minister underscores urgency of improving quality of human resources
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati accentuated the requirement to boost human resource quality, an indicator that downgraded Indonesia’s global economic competitiveness ranking, from 45 to 50, based on the World Economic Forum 2019 report.
— Antara News

Ministry, Embassy to promote ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ in Saudi Arabia
The ​​​​​​​Ministry of Tourism collaborated with the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah and Embassy in Riyadh to hold a socialization event, entitled “Wonderful Indonesia Week” to promote Indonesian tourism in Saudi Arabia.
— Antara News

Police Nab Alleged Terrorists in Bali
Bali Regional Police caught two suspected terrorists Achmad Taufikurrahman dan Zaid Ali Ibrahim in Jembrana on Thursday, October 10.

Prabowo after Meeting with Jokowi: We are Ready to Help Govt
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Gerindra Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto held a closed meeting today, Oct. 11.

Jakarta eyes bike-sharing service to promote eco-transit
Jakarta aims to follow in the footsteps of many cities around the world where eco-friendly mobility by means of riding a bicycle is highly encouraged through bike-sharing programs, amid the longstanding issue of air pollution and traffic congestion in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Electric vehicles must absorb local products: minister
The production of electric vehicles must include locally manufactured components such as rubber, The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Prabowo agree on need for security, political stability
President Joko Widodo met with Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Chief Patron Prabowo Subianto at the Merdeka Palace here on Friday, during which they shared a common perspective on Indonesia’s dire need for security and political stability.
— Antara News

South Sumatra BPBD’s five water bombers deployed for fire suppression
South Sumatra’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has deployed five water bombing helicopters to douse land and forest fires in some of the province’s districts.
— Antara News

Construction of elevated toll road in North Jakarta sparks criticism
Construction of an elevated inner-city toll road that aims to alleviate traffic and ease access to Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta has been met with cries of dismay over fears of environmental damage and worsening traffic congestion.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi ensures Papuan representation in subsequent cabinet line-up
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has made assurance of including native Papuans in his subsequent cabinet line-up for the 2019-2024 period akin to the current ministerial team for the 2014-2019 period.
— Antara News

Police Reveal 24 Suspected Terrorists Arrested Since Last Month
The National Police’s anti-terror special detachment Densus 88 have nabbed suspected terrorists from September 23 until October 11.

BNPB confirms July 2019 as past century’s most sweltering month
Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo confirmed that July 2019 was the hottest month in the past century owing to global warming.
— Antara News

Jokowi to continue obliging public with selfies despite Wiranto attack
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) remains undeterred by the attack on one of his ministers, Wiranto, and affirmed that he will continue to oblige the public with selfie pictures.
— Antara News

Fadel Muhammad urges intensifying security of three state officials
People’s Consultative Assembly Deputy Chairman Fadel Muhammad urged intensifying security of Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, National Intelligence Agency Chief General Budi Gunawan, and President’s Special Staff Gories Mere after Wiranto was attacked.
— Antara News

Jokowi Nominates Mari Elka Pangestu as World Bank Bigwig
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has nominated former minister Mari Elka Pangestu as a World Bank bigwig, said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

Jokowi, Prabowo mull over Gerindra joining government coalition
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo Subianto discussed the possibility of Gerindra joining the government-backed political party coalition during their meeting at the Merdeka Palace, here, Friday.
— Antara News

President urged to form fact-finding team over Kendari shooting
The lawyer team of two students killed in a rally outside the Southeast Sulawesi Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) building on Sept 26 have appealed to President Joko Widodo to set up an independent fact-finding team to probe the case.
— Antara News

41 countries participating in ‘Java Summer Camp 2019’
As many as 99 foreign nationals from 41 countries are taking part in the “8th Java Summer Camp 2919” being held in Sleman District, Yogyakarta Special Province, which began on October 11.
— Antara News

Semarang city government plans to build autonomous rail transit: mayor
The Semarang city administration plans to build an Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) system to offer its residents with efficient mobility based on the rail-based public transportation mode’s reliability for this vibrant city.
— Antara News

Realizing dignified world of work through ILO Convention No. 190
The nation’s people were left in a state of shock and disbelief after the case of Baiq Nuril Maknun, a former teacher of SMAN 7 Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), came to light some time ago.
— Antara News

Minister wants museums developed as symbols of civilization
Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Efendy has appealed to Indonesia’s regional governments to seriously manage museums as a symbol of civilization and a means for the younger generations to study the journey of this nation.
— Antara News

Mystery surrounds killing of three women, two children in Nduga
The bodies of three women and two children were discovered on Thursday by local residents and members of the Pegunungan Tengah Human Rights Defenders Network (JAPHAM) at Gua Batu in Mbua district, Nduga regency, Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Encourages Fashion Industry to Support Economic Growth
The Indonesian government is encouraging the development of creative industry particularly fashion to support the national economy, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has said.

Four dead as falling tree smashes car in East Java
Four residents of Situbondo, East Java, died after a falling tree crushed their car while passing by the Java northern coast route (Pantura) in Curahkalak Village, Jangkar Sub-district, Friday, at around 6 p.m. local time.
— 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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