Indonesia morning news for October 16

Indonesia morning news for October 16

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s trade deficit stood at US$160 million in September 2019
The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) data showed that Indonesia’s trade deficit had touched US$160 million, with exports valued at $14.10 billion and imports, at $14.26 billion, in September 2019.
— Antara News

Police foil attacks, suicide bombing plots as JAD crackdown continues
The National Police claim to have foiled terror plots, including suicide bombings, in several cities across Java, which were allegedly planned by Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s exports fall 5.74 pct in September
The shipment of Indonesia’s products offshore reached 14.1 billion U.S. dollars in September, the national statistics bureau said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Government launches tax exemption app for imported oil and gas equipment
Six governmental bodies launched in Jakarta on Monday an application for oil and gas companies to apply for duty exemptions on imported exploration equipment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Confident Repatriated Funds From Tax Amnesty Are Here to Stay
Repatriated funds from the government’s tax amnesty program have yet to leave Indonesia even though the holding period for some of the funds had ended, assuaging fears of a massive capital flight that may exacerbate the country’s economic problems ahead of a possible global recession.
— Jakarta Globe

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KPK Seizes Hundreds of Million in Raid against Indramayu Regent
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo said his side suspected Indramayu Regent Supendi involved in the illegal transaction related to the regency’s Public Works Agency project.

Government mulls plan to impose temporary duties on imported textile products
The government is mulling a plan to impose temporary additional duties on imports of textile and textile products (TPT) as a safeguard measure to protect the domestic upstream industry from a recent surge in imports.
— The Jakarta Post

KontraS presses for legal action against officers shooting students
Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) urged the Indonesian Police (Polri) to initiate legally process against officers, who shot dead two Halu Oleo University students and not merely accentuate ethics and procedures.
— Antara News

‘Justice for all’: Jokowi calls for productive use of internet with launch of Palapa Ring
In a video conference discussing internet connection between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta and representatives from the five outermost regions of Indonesia, laughter broke thesilence over a report from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
— The Jakarta Post

“Making Indonesia 4.0” roadmap to be highlighted in Hannover Messe
Hannover Messe 2020, the world’s top industrial technology tradeshow, will give center stage to its partner nation, Indonesia, to chiefly portray its vast economic potentials and particularly the “Making Indonesia 4.0″ roadmap to draw investment.
— Antara News

KPK Nabs State Official Over Graft; Minister Tjahjo Perplexed
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo expressed regret on the repeated arrests of state officials over graft charges.

Wiranto Stabbing Aftermath; Densus 88 Captures Terror Suspects
The Indonesian Police’s Special Anti-Terror Detachment or Densus 88 continues to hunt for suspected terrorists after the stabbing of Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.

Chinese company provides Rp 23.3 trillion in direct equity investment for toll road construction
Five companies have signed two separate agreements covering cooperation in the construction of a toll road and in supply chain financing with a total investment commitment of Rp 29.3 trillion (US$2.07 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

No protests allowed until after presidential inauguration: Jakarta Police
The Jakarta Police have decided not to issue protest permits from Oct. 15 until the presidential inauguration on Oct. 20
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia picks McKinsey to help plan capital in the forest
An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.
— Reuters

Social Media Hate Speech; Civil Servants Face Termination
Indonesian civil servants (PNS) and state civil apparatus (ASN) face possible termination due to spreading social media posts that promote hate speech or public slander.

No more bribes? Jakarta traffic police officers now equipped with body cameras
In addition to continually expanding the scope of traffic cameras in the capital, traffic police in Jakarta are utilizing another piece of technology that should, in theory, discourage bribing in lieu of tickets.
— Coconuts

KPK Deputy Chairman Hopes Jokowi Can Turn Things Around for the Anti-Graft Agency
The deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, Laode M. Syarif, maintains hope that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will change his mind about a new law that he says will “kill” the agency.
— Jakarta Globe

Investors upbeat on start-ups despite global headwinds
Global venture capitalists remain upbeat about investing in Indonesian start-ups despite a rising fear that the global headwinds, caused by the escalating the trade war between the United States and China could hurt the country’s economy.
— The Jakarta Post

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Crack discovery spurs Ministry to order urgent B737NG inspections
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry has swung into action, ordering aircraft operators to inspect Boeing 737 New Generation (B737NG) aircraft operating in Indonesia over the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) report indicating a finding of structural cracks.
— Antara News

Rp4 trillion for Toba infrastructure development to be disbursed
The Indonesian government will disburse Rp4.04 trillion in budget funding to develop infrastructure in support of the Lake Toba tourist destination in 2020, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated.
— Antara News

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to attend Jokowi-Amin inauguration
Chinese President China Xi Jinping assigned Vice President Wang Qishan to attend the inauguration of Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin in Jakarta on Sunday, Oct 20, 2019.
— Antara News

PLN Prepares Free Installation for 7,000 Households in Banyumas
PLN said that some 7,000 poor households in Banyumas Regency, Central Java, have no electricity.

Indonesia needs 15 new factories to achieve sugar self-sufficiency: Minister
Indonesia needs to build up to 15 new sugar factories in the next five years to meet the demand for refined sugar for the domestic food and beverage industry, the agriculture minister said during a recent visit to a sugar factory in Blitar, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Inalum, Vale Indonesia sign agreement to start divestment
State-owned mining holding company Inalum has signed an agreement to acquire a 20 percent stake in publicly listed nickel miner Vale Indonesia as part of the mandatory divestment program.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK Shuts Down 133 Illegal Online Lenders
The Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) Investment Alert Task Force until early October discovered 133 fintech companies conducting illegal peer-to-peer lending services that are not registered with the OJK.

Indosat May End Year in Black After Sale of Towers
Indosat, the third-largest mobile phone operator in Indonesia, stands to gain $106 million in profit this year following the divestment of 3,100 telecommunication towers to a local rival, securities company Indo Premier Sekuritas said in a research note to clients on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

SEZ developing at snail’s pace amid lack of investor interest
The development of special economic zones (SEZs) in Indonesia is progressing at snails’ pace as investors remain reluctant to open factories in the designated areas despite promised government incentives.
— The Jakarta Post

Indosat sells 3,100 telecom towers for Rp 6.39 trillion
Indosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications companies, has agreed to sell as many as 3,100 telecommunication towers to two local companies PT Daya partner Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) and PT Professional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo).
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung becomes latest administration to launch plastic diet policy
Bandung has become the latest administration to introduce a regulation to control plastic consumption, targeting to significantly reduce plastic use in the next five years as the West Java provincial administration plans to build an incinerator to cope with the waste management issue.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Artos denies Gojek partnership rumors as shares surge
Bank Artos has denied rumors that it is to be acquired by on-demand service company Gojek to become the latter’s partner bank, while its stock price surged fivefold amid the rumors.
— The Jakarta Post

2 Years in Office; Public Satisfaction with Anies Baswedan Drops
The satisfaction rate of Jakartans with Anies Baswedan in the second year of his governorship declined.

27,000 security personnel to secure presidential inauguration
The Indonesian Police (Polri) and The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) will deploy some 27 thousand personnel to secure a number of vital locations during the inauguration of the president-and vice president-elect in Jakarta on Sunday (Oct 20), a police spokesman said.
— Antara News

No more ‘burning money’: Calls grow for more rational tech valuation as VCs eye Indonesian start-ups
Venture capitalists are looking to fund more early-stage start-ups’ transformation into billion-dollar firms in Indonesia, but experts around the world are calling for more rational valuation of technology-based companies.
— The Jakarta Post

PAUDs, kindergartens shut temporarily as haze shrouds Jambi
Haze, emanating from forest fires and blanketing Jambi, has thickened, forcing the temporary closure of early childhood education schools (PAUDs) and kindergartens.
— Antara News

Bali’s Benoa Bay Declared a Conservation Area to Protect It From Reclamation
Benoa Bay in Bali has been declared a maritime conservation area by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, an official said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jusuf Kalla Unnerved by Opposition Party’s Insignificance
Vice President Jusuf Kalla openly said that he is not concerned by the growing support currently building in President Jokowi’s political party coalition circle.

KPK not involved in Cabinet selection
The beleaguered Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has not been asked to take part in the selection of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet, in what appears to be yet another indication of the rift between the antigraft body and the government.
— The Jakarta Post

PKS ready to stand alone as opposition
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has reiterated its determination to remain an opposition party despite its former allies edging closer to joining the ruling coalition.
— The Jakarta Post

‘What about Kalimantan’s mighty forests?’ Capital city plan raises questions about environment
Indonesia’s Kalimantan region, just like the whole of Borneo Island, is strongly associated with mighty tropical rainforests and often dubbed one of the remaining lungs of the world.
— The Jakarta Post

S. Sumatra Boosts Weather Mods to Counter Forest Fire Haze
The land and forest fires in South Sumatra so far has destroyed 145,000 hectares of land to this day.

‘I’m back’: Sandiaga announces return to Gerindra with Superman-style video
Former Jakarta deputy governor and losing vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno announced his return to the Gerindra Party with a tongue-in-cheek video on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ash covers villages on Merapi’s slopes
Many parts of the slopes of Mount Merapi have been covered by volcanic ash after eruptions on Monday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Inspiring ‘orange trooper’ to represent Indonesia in Korea
Angga Rahmana, a resident of Duri Pulo in Gambir, Central Jakarta, has for years worked to instill positivity and fresh perspectives among young people living in his densely populated and crime-prone community.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Indonesian parents make son apologize and ask for punishment from shopkeeper after he was caught stealing a toy
There is no single correct parenting method, but we can all probably agree that this boy’s parents are doing it right.
— Coconuts

Man kills sex worker in row over ‘magic tissue’ sexual performance enhancer: police
A man named Ridwan Solihin has been accused of the murder of a sex worker, identified by her initials OS (28), who was found dead in a hotel room in Karawang, West Java last Monday
— Coconuts (paywall)

Man to Go on Trial for Saying Ex-Wife ‘Smells Like Salted Fish’
A soap opera actor will go on trial for saying in a video that his former wife “smells like salted fish” and that she takes a bath only once every three days, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Police arrest man for allegedly rubbing his crotch against 13 y.o. girl aboard KRL Commuterline
A 24-year-old man, identified by his initials HN, has been arrested by police for allegedly sexually harassing a teenage girl aboard the KRL Commuterline train by rubbing his crotch against her.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Cycling teams from 25 nations contesting Tour de Singkarak 2019
Cyclists from 25 nations and grouped in 22 teams will compete in the 11th Tour de Singkarak (TdS) international cycling race and sports tourism event in West Sumatra and Jambi on November 2-10, 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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