Indonesia morning news for October 18

Indonesia morning news for October 18

Indonesia morning news

By Default, New KPK Law Comes Into Effect Today: Minister
The heavily amended Corruption Eradication Commission Law will come into effect by default on Wednesday, 30 days after it was passed by the House of Representatives, a minister has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia jumps six spots to 68th in global economic openness index
Indonesia has risen six places over the last decade to be ranked 68th out of 170 countries in the Global Index of Economic Openness as shown in a recent study by a London-based think-tank the Legatum Institute.
— The Jakarta Post

Disciplinary hearing held for five policemen for students’ shooting
Southeast Sulawesi’s Police held a disciplinary hearing for five of its personnel on Thursday for alleged breaching of operating procedures while policing a student rally that resulted in the deaths of two of its participants.
— Antara News

Indonesia Arrests 40 Militant Suspects Ahead of Inauguration
Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism unit went on a busy 24-hour spree to root out suspected Islamic militants ahead of a presidential inauguration this weekend that will be attended by Asian leaders and Western envoys.

Reforesting a village in Indonesia, one batch of gourmet beans at a time
Deforestation in the village of Cibulao on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, left it prone to droughts in the dry season and landslides in the rainy season.
— Mongabay

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Jakarta to Have ITF with 2,200 tons Waste Capacity Next Year
The Jakarta Provincial Government signed a cooperation agreement to construct an Intermediate Treatment Facility or ITF in Sunter, North Jakarta.

Most terror suspects pledged loyalty online: Police
Some 90 percent of the terror suspects arrested by the Indonesian Police’s anti-terror squad over the past week pledged their allegiance to terror group ISIS on online platforms, Indonesian Police’s spokesman, Insp. Gen. Iqbal, stated.
— Antara News

DHL Global Forwarding expands multimodal service to Indonesia
International freight service provider DHL Global Forwarding has launched a delivery service to tap into growing shipments from Indonesia to other parts of Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Lodges Rp110 Bn Budget to Continue Giant Sea Wall
The Jakarta Administration’s water resources agency has lodged a budget up to Rp110 billion to continue the construction of the city’s giant sea wall known as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in North Jakarta.

Jakarta police arrest actor Vicky Nitinegoro for suspected drug use
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s narcotics unit arrested Vicky Nitinegoro, a popular soap opera star, for alleged consumption of drugs on Wednesday evening, a police spokesman reported on Thursday.
— Antara News

Jokowi expected to resolve Papuan problems through dialogue: Priest
A Papuan priest has called on incumbent President Joko Widodo to hold a dialogue with the representatives of all Papuan community groups to find solutions to crucial problems in the province after he is sworn in as Indonesia’s president on October 20, 2019.
— Antara News

Surabaya mayor unveils child-friendly city indicators at UNICEF
Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini revealed various indicators of a child-friendly city during the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) forum themed Child-Friendly Cities Summit in Cologne, Germany, from October 15 to 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Government looks to jack up growth as exports shrink
The government is hoping to net more traders to jack up growth as year-on-year (yoy) exports contracted for the 11th consecutive month in September, with the largest declines occurring in resources and manufacturing, posing a danger to economic growth and jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian govt channels attention on bolstering domestic consumption
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati echoed the government’s stance to make concerted efforts to encourage domestic consumption to maintain the nation’s economic growth amid a slowdown in the global economy.
— Antara News

Batam mayor’s appointment as BP Batam’s head gets mixed reactions
The Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone has seemingly been freed from bureaucratic limbo since Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi was appointed the ex-officio head of the Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) earlier this year as part of an effort to abolish dualistic authority on the island.
— The Jakarta Post

IHSG closes stronger, fueled by investors
The Jakarta composite index (IHSG) closed higher on Thursday evening, fueled by the share purchases by foreign investors.
— Antara News

Indonesian minister in hot water for telling civil servants not to criticize government
Legal experts have denounced Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Syafruddin’s recent statement prohibiting members of the state civil apparatus (ASN) from publicly criticizing the government, suggesting that the statement was uncalled for in regard to the freedom of expression of a group of people who account for more than 4 million citizens in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Simeulue Island residents take refuge from rising floodwaters
As many as 171 residents in Simeulue Island in Aceh Province have been evacuated to higher ground until Thursday afternoon after floodwaters reaching a depth of 20 centimeters (cm) to 150cm inundated their homes.
— Antara News

Indonesian, Norwegian firms ink cooperation agreement on fish farming
A consortium of Indonesian firms, led by PT El Rose Brothers, entered into an integrated fish farming cooperation agreement with a Norwegian company Sterner AS at the 2019 Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI).
— Antara News

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West Jakarta Court sentences nine drug dealers to life imprisonment
The West Jakarta District Court has handed life sentence to nine drug dealers on Thursday for attempting to trade 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in Indonesia’s capital city in December 2018.
— Antara News

AP II inks MoU to install electric vehicle charging station
State-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has inked an agreement with state-run electricity firm PT PLN to set up electric vehicle charging station to expedite the battery-powered electric vehicles program.
— Antara News

New Green Fund Urged to Focus on Rain Forest Protection
A new green fund being set up by the government should prioritize protecting its rain forests and creating a carbon trading program to help Indonesia meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.

Jokowi Hints on Appointing State Ministers Aged Under 30
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently hinted on the composition of his upcoming Cabinet members, stating that it will be filled with new and old faces but will also see State Ministers aged under 30 years old.

Riot breaks out in new capital location as group calls for enforcement of customary law following deadly brawl
A riot was sparked in the location of Indonesia’s new capital, in Penajam district in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday afternoon after a deadly brawl a week prior.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We can’t put our money in garbage’: Philippine cities share best practices in waste management
As Indonesian cities struggle to implement their zero waste initiatives, two cities in the Philippines, have cut down on waste management costs thanks to a detailed and effective system.
— The Jakarta Post

Commodity Prices Down; Indonesia Plans Negotiation with India
The government is anticipating the impact of falling commodity prices in the global market, which would affect trade balance.

KPK Continues to Combat Corruption despite the Amended Law
Agus Rahardjo, chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), is determined to continue their usual works should the amended Law on the anti-graft body takes effect starting today, October 17.

MPR looks forward to JK’s presence at elected president’s inauguration
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) looks ahead to Vice President Jusuf Kalla gracing the inauguration ceremony for elected President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin at the Parliament building on Sunday with his presence.
— Antara News

Police chief appeals against mobilizing mass groups
National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian has appealed to the public not to mobilize the masses during the inauguration of the elected President and Vice President, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin, on October 20, 2019.
— Antara News

Investigation team to reveal ‘real cause’ of environmental lawyer’s death
The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has formed an investigation team to collect facts to reveal the cause of death of their lawyer Golfried Siregar in Medan, North Sumatra earlier this month, as the police concluded that he had been robbed and that the victim was under the influence of alcohol.
— The Jakarta Post

SafeNET Suspects Information on Papua Intentionally Suppressed
Regional coordinator of SafeNET, Damar Juniarto, suspects there are blatant attempts to suppress information regarding Papua as they deemed information from the region has been framed in inaccuracy.

Presidential Inauguration Security Guarding Starts Today
TNI Commander in Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto announced that the security measures for the presidential inauguration takes effect today, 17 October, until the 20th.

Air quality in West Sumatra decreases as haze spreads to the area
Air quality in West Sumatra has decreased significantly as it touches a level considered unhealthy this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Demo at Palace; Female Students Face Off with Policewomen
The state palace witnesses a face-off between female students and policewomen.

Indonesia grounds three Boeing 737 NG after cracks found in pickle forks
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has grounded a Boeing 737 NG and Sriwijaya Air has grounded two planes of the same type after inspectors found cracks in the pickle forks of the aircraft.
— The Jakarta Post

The origins of Indonesians: New study suggests none are truly ‘pribumi’
For generations, Indonesians have discussed the dichotomy between pribumi, or native Indonesians, and “non-pribumi”, which historically has been used to distinguish those whose ancestral roots originate within the archipelago from those of “foreign” descent.
— The Jakarta Post

UI’s Zen team wins national hacking competition Cyber Jawara
The University of Indonesia’s (UI’s) Zen Team won “Cyber Jawara,” literally meaning Cyber Champion, national hacking competition, thereby entitling it to participate in the regional hacking competition Cyber SEA Games to be organized in Thailand.
— Antara News

The Klenik Job: Jakarta police say woman arrested for stealing 62 cars in 2 months ‘persuasive,’ ‘mystical’
Police in East Jakarta have arrested a 39-year-old woman named Djeni Herilewie, who they say stole 62 cars in just two months around the capital.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesia holds cooking competition to promote edible bird’s nest
Indonesia’s representatives in China promoted edible bird’s nest through a cooking competition organized during the international exhibition of export products, Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2019, at ICE BSD in Tangerang, Banten.
— Antara News

Two teens from Bekasi diagnosed with mobile gaming addiction
Two teenagers in Bekasi, West Java, are reportedly so addicted to mobile gaming that a local foundation has diagnosed them with a mental health disorder.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17.


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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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