Indonesia morning news for October 29

Indonesia morning news for October 29

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Suspends Nickel Ore Exports With Immediate Effect
Indonesia suspended exports of nickel ore with immediate effect after a planned ban on shipments from the beginning of next year led to a rush to beat the deadline.
— Bloomberg

Study finds unsafe lead concentration in paint on playground equipment
The bright and colorful playground equipment and toys in Jakarta’s parks and green spaces may pose a danger in the long term, as a study has revealed that most of the paint used on the equipment contains a high level of lead that can be dangerous if it accumulates in the human body.
— The Jakarta Post

World’s most expensive bank cuts back on water to trim costs
Weeks after Armand Wahyudi Hartono became the vice president director of Indonesia’s largest non-state bank, he noticed how staff were leaving half-empty glasses of water after work.
— The Jakarta Post

MSMEs struggle to understand, comply with halal certification
As the country’s Halal Product Guarantee Law took effect last week, some micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the food and beverages (F&B) sector were still in the dark about the new regulations.
— The Jakarta Post

Attention Netflix fans: Telkomsel boss considers unblocking streaming platform
Mobile operator Telkomsel president director Emma Sri Martini has said she would consider removing the operator’s block on US-based streaming service Netflix, due to high demand from customers.
— The Jakarta Post

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Property developers told to think ‘outside the box’ amid growing sharing economy
Property consulting company Savills Indonesia has urged property developers to think “outside the box” in response to the rapidly growing sharing economy, which is expected to influence rent and housing prices in major cities in the foreseeable future.
— The Jakarta Post

Tuban Petro ready to expand production capacity following government bailout
Debt laden PT Tuban Petrochemical Industries (Tuban Petro) will go ahead with its expansion after the government finally agreed to bail out the East Java-based propylene producer.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry of Industry to Accelerate Freeport Smelter Project
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita seeks to operate the smelter of PT Freeport Indonesia sooner although the initial target of 2022 is already deemed acceptable.

Amien Rais Responds to Prabowo Subianto’s Position in Cabinet
National Mandate Party (PAN) senior politician Amien Rais said he had his own way in responding to the appointment of Prabowo Subianto as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s defense minister.

House to Hold Fit and Proper test for Idham Azis as Next Top Cop
The House of Representatives (DPR) will soon carry out a fit and proper test for National Police chief candidate Comr. Gen. Idham Azis.

Anies Baswedan to Issue Circular Banning Lead-based Paint
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan planned to issue a circular letter prohibiting the use of lead-based paint for children’s playgrounds in the capital.

AirAsia adding two more routes from Lombok
Budget carrier AirAsia is expanding its network from new hub Lombok.
— TravelMole

State miner Bukit Asam profit falls 22% as coal prices drop
Publicly-listed state coal miner Bukit Asam booked a net profit of Rp 3.1 trillion (US$220.3 million) in the January-September period of this year, a 21.8 percent decrease from the same period last year, although there was a sales increase due to a decline in coal prices and rising costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Orders Acceleration of Rehabilitation in Papua’s Wamena
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi demanded acceleration of the rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged due to the deadly riot last month in Wamena, Papua.

President Jokowi inaugurates Youtefa Bridge in Jayapura
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Youtefa Bridge, also prevalently called Holtekamp Bridge by several residents of Jayapura, Papua Province’s capital city, Monday, the day Indonesians commemorated Youth Pledge Day.
— Antara News

Jakarta administration, residents join forces to promote electric vehicle use
A lukewarm welcoming sun unfolded a section of Jl. Jenderal Sudirman at the Senayan traffic circle in South Jakarta, where hundreds of electric vehicles of different types and colors lined up in the middle of the road on Sunday afternoon in an event aimed at promoting electro mobility amid persistent poor air quality in the capital city.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan customary figure confirms land ready for presidential palace
Abisai Rollo, a customary figure of Port Numbay, Papua, confirmed that a 10-hectare plot of land was prepared in Jayapura for construction of the Presidential Palace.
— Antara News

Big plans ahead for Gojek post-Nadiem, from IPO to international expansion
For Gojek, having grown from a delivery call center with 20 motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers in Jakarta to a US$10 billion technology company backed by heavyweights Google, Tencent, Visa, Astra within nine years, the only constant is change.
— The Jakarta Post

Power Up: Indonesia’s New Capital Needs New Electricity Grid
Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan will need additional 1,555 megawatts of electricity to ensure an uninterrupted power supply, according to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.
— Jakarta Globe

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President Jokowi’s Promises to Papua
President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, promises to continue prioritizing Papua and West Papua’s infrastructure development for the next five years, a full length of his final term in office as President.

High-speed railway construction causes environmetal problem in West Java
West Java Governor Ridwal Kamil will summon representatives from PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) and other related parties in charge of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project following a construction mishap that led to a fatal explosion from an underground oil pipe belonging to state-owned energy company Pertamina near a toll road in Bandung, West Java, last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and Morocco share views on fight against terrorism
The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in combating terrorism.
— Antara News

New Administration, New Hope for Geothermal Energy?
A decision by Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, the state utility company, to ink a new investment deal for a coal-fired power plant in Suralaya, Cilegon, this year has raised some eyebrows.
— Jakarta Globe

Police seize 70kg of methamphetamine from Indonesia-Malaysia network
The Indonesian Police Force criminal investigation department for narcotics seized 70 kilograms (kg) worth of methamphetamine and 40 thousand ecstasy pills from five members of a narcotics syndicate of the Indonesian and Malaysian network.
— Antara News

Toyota Indonesia set to produce battery electric vehicles in Karawang
PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) is ready to start battery electric vehicle (BEV) production at its factory located in Karawang, West Java, though its type had yet to be made public.
— Antara News

Indonesia adopts wait-and-watch stance after Baghdadi’s death
Indonesia is keeping a close watch on the situation in Syria as it develops after the death of ISIS armed group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
— Antara News

Batik Air Flies to Timika, Govt Reminds of Safety Issues
The Transportation Ministry has responded positively to the inaugural flights of PT Batik Air Indonesia, which are direct flights from Jakarta and Makassar to Timika’s Mozes Kilangin Airport in Papua.

Youfeta bridge to be marine tourism destination: President
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has asked the Papua government to make the Youfeta bridge a marine tourism destination in the city of Jayapura.
— Antara News

Angkasa Pura Eyeing to Manage Six Airports in Africa
State-owned operator Angkasa Pura II (AP2) is finalizing its plan to expand operations overseas.

Jokowi ready to erect Jayapura’s presidential palace: Papuan figure
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is prepared to erect a Presidential Palace and Dormitory of Archipelago in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province, Abisai Rollo, revered figure of the Port Numbay customary community, stated.
— Antara News

Youth Pledge Day: AJI to Join Students’ Rally
In conjunction with the commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day on October 28 or “Sumpah Pemuda”, the Alliance of Independent Journalists’ (AJI) Jakarta chapter will join the students’ rally in Central Jakarta.

South Sumatra police urges Indonesian youth to join drug war
South Sumatra Police Chief Inspector General Firli Bahuri appealed to the youth to partake in a ceaseless war against addictive drugs since they are some of the most susceptible targets of drug traffickers.
— Antara News

​​​​​​​Mass group disperses ‘caliphate’ lecture planned by former HTI members in NTT
A mass organization in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), has broken up a lecture session planned by former members of the disbanded Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).
— The Jakarta Post

Shot, wounded and dead: Wamena riot death toll remains shrouded in mystery
On Monday, Sept. 23, Amandus, took his son on a motorcycle to SMA YPPK Santo Thomas senior high school in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

In the Halloween spirit: Jakartans explore ‘haunted’ spots in capital
As Halloween draws near, Jakartans’ thirst for everything horror seems to be growing bigger.
— The Jakarta Post

Pushbike race brings children back to nature
As a dry wind blew on Saturday morning in the Kandank Jurank Doank park and nature school in Ciputat, South Tangerang, the wheels of pushbikes could be heard rolling on the pavement while children squealed gleefully. Some toddlers clung to their parents.
— The Jakarta Post

Selfie-taking Belarus tourist reportedly falls off Bali cliff
A local police chief confirmed that Belarus tourist Siarhei Barbushyn reportedly lost balance and fell off the Tanjung Mebulu Cliff in South Kuta, Badung, Bali Island, while clicking a selfie photo.
— Antara News

Puan Maharani: Gibran Has Chance to Run for Solo Mayoral Election
The PDIP central executive board (DPP) chair Puan Maharani said that President Jokowi’s son Gibran Rakabuming still has a chance to be a mayoral candidate for Solo from her party.

Security guard killed after college student crashed car into drug store on Senopati Road, police rule out DUI
Police say that a security guard was killed early Sunday morning on Senopati Road in South Jakarta when a car driven by a college student crashed into a drug store.
— Coconuts (paywall)


Feature photo Tribute to the lion air flight JT610 crash

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the crash of Lion Air flight JT610, October 29, 2018.


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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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