Indonesia morning news for October 8

Indonesia morning news for October 8

Indonesia morning news

RI foreign exchange reserve dips to US$124.3b in September
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserve slightly fell to US$124.3 billion in September after hitting a 17-months high of $126.4 billion in the previous month, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

82% of Indonesian Households Unhealthy: Minister
A whopping 82 percent of Indonesian households lead an unhealthy lifestyle, a huge factor in the swelling deficit of the country’s national health insurance scheme, Health Minister Nila Moeloek said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Six police personnel face suspension over student shooting case
The police suspended six personnel while its investigating team is probing them for alleged violation of standard operating procedure (SOP) resulting in two demonstrating students dying in Kendari, the Southeast Sulawesi provincial capital, recently.
— Antara News

The US government has pushed Indonesia to remove requirements on foreign card networks
The Indonesian government’s rules were set to force foreign companies to process credit and debit transactions through a domestic partner in Indonesia’s payments network, the National Payments Gateway (NPG), Reuters reports.
— Business Insider

KPAI Backs 90pct Health Warning Label on Cigarette Packs
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has thrown its weight behind the government’s plan to enlarge the graphic health warning label on cigarette packs to 90 percent from the initial 40 percent.

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Indonesia’s growth lackluster as world economy grows bleaker
Indonesia’s economy has seen lower-than-expected growth this year, as trade war-driven global economic concerns have slowly crept into consumer confidence following a string of negative economic projections from much weaker global trade to recession in large economies.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has sunk 556 illegal boats: Pudjiastuti
Indonesia has sunk 556 illegal boats from October 2014 until present, including 21 foreign boats that the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s Illegal Fishing Task Force (Satgas 115) destroyed in West Kalimantan’s waters between Oct 4 and Oct 6, 2019.
— Antara News

New video of officers kicking, beating civilian raises more questions about police actions
While members of the public are still scrutinizing the violence police used in handling a week-long student protest in Jakarta last month, netizens in Indonesia were witness to a video of an officer kicking and beating an ojek (motorcylce taxi) driver in Bogor, West Java, that went viral on social media over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia’s Papua
More than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia’s Papua region, the military said today, as one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years sparked calls for an independent probe.
— Coconuts

Extreme Drought; 40 Bogor Sub-districts Face Clean Water Crisis
Most of the villages in the 40 sub-districts of Bogor Regency are suffering from drought and clean water crisis during this year’s prolonged dry season, the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported.

KPK arrests regent, officials in North Lampung regency for alleged graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) during an operation on Sunday arrested North Lampung Regent Agung Ilmu Mangkunegara for alleged involvement in a graft case related to a project in the regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Manado-Davao direct flight set to bring more foreign tourists to North Sulawesi
With the opening of a direct flight between Manado, North Sulawesi, and Davao in the Philippines, the Indonesian province expects to see a sharp increase in the number of foreign tourists.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Derivative clearing houses needed to mitigate risks’
Economists and bankers have warmly welcomed a new Bank Indonesia (BI) regulation that lays the groundwork for the establishment of derivatives clearing bodies, or central counterparties (CCPs), in the country, saying such institutions could mitigate transaction risks.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt warns Pertamina on sales of subsidized diesel
A government agency has sent a letter to state-owned energy holding company Pertamina urging restraint in the distribution of subsidized diesel, lest the enterprise breach the quota set by the government.
— The Jakarta Post

House to Correct Typing Mistakes in the Revised KPK Law
The House of Representatives (DPR) will soon fix the draft of the revised Corruption Eradication Commission law (KPK Law) that was sent back by Secretary of State Pratikno to parliament members due to numerous typing errors or typos.

Indonesia’s huge fires and toxic haze will cause health problems for years to come
Indonesia is currently in the throes of an environmental emergency.
— The Conversation

Eleven oil and gas projects to go on stream this year
The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) said it expects as many as 11 oil and gas exploration projects to go on stream this year to further increase the country’s oil and gas production.
— The Jakarta Post

Construction SOEs cut revenue targets amid delays in government projects
State-owned construction companies have lowered their new contract and revenue targets for this year following the postponement of a number of the government’s infrastructure development projects.
— The Jakarta Post

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Visits President Jokowi at Bogor
President Joko Widodo, who’s also known simply as Jokowi, accepted the visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte at the West Javan, Bogor Presidential Palace today on Monday, October 7.

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New Unicorn OVO Eyes Partnership with Government
The president director of PT Visionet Indonesia or OVO, Karaniya Dharmasaputra, has announced that his corporate is eyeing a partnership with the government as its next plan after the digital wallet firm collaborated with e-commerce platform Tokopedia and ride-hailing app Grab Indonesia.

Megawati Leery of Jokowi Introducing New KPK Bill
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri is reportedly closely monitoring the possibility of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi issuing a regulation in lieu of law (Perpu) to revoke the much-debated revision of the law on the corruption eradication commission (KPK Law).

Gambir to stop serving long-haul trains in 2021 as Manggarai set to take over as Jakarta’s railway hub
Manggarai train station in South Jakarta is currently being developed into Jakarta’s central station, which will see it take train traffic away from Central Jakarta’s Gambir.
— Coconuts

Environmental group urges police to investigate death of lawyer
An environmental organization urged the police on Monday to thoroughly investigate the death of lawyer Golfrid Siregar in Medan, North Sumatra, following his disappearance.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra Advises Jokowi to Discuss KPK Law with Opposition
Gerindra Party politician Supratman Andi Agtas suggested that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should invite the leaders of the factions in the Parliament to discuss the controversial revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK Law.

Indonesian woman ‘in stable condition’ after being set on fire by husband in Kuwait: Embassy
An Indonesian woman, identified by her initials ES, was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her husband in Kuwait, where they reside, officials say.
— Coconuts

Fake news sparks panic among Ambon quake victims
Thousands of Ambon residents are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Family awaits corpse of victim of Taiwan bridge collapse incident
The family of Wartono, an Indonesian who fell victim to a bridge collapse incident in Nanfangao, Taiwan, currently awaits the return of his corpse to their hometown in Pegagan Kidul Village, Cirebon District, West Java.
— Antara News

Former British envoy eager to promote Indonesia in UK
Former British ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik has expressed intent to promote Indonesia in the United Kingdom.
— Antara News

Power back on in post-unrest Wamena: PLN
State-owned electricity company PLN has fully restored the electricity network in Wamena city, West Papua province, two weeks after violent unrest disrupted the city’s power supply and claimed more than 30 lives.
— The Jakarta Post

Student protest aftermath: Family questions police account of protestor’s cause of death
Even though the police have repeatedly denied using violence in their handling of the series of mass students rallies that took place in the capital last month, one protester, identified as Maulana Suryadi, has reportedly died, while two others sustained serious injuries.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung, not Jakarta, is Indonesia’s most traffic congested city according to new study
Bandung was once seen as the ideal weekend getaway destination for Jakartans wanting to escape the capital’s maddening macet, but a new study showed that the West Java city has become even more congested than Jakarta.
— Coconuts

Teachers in Wamena Endure Trauma to Start School Again
An elementary school teacher in Wamena, Jayapura, Papua, admitted to needing more time to overcome her deeply scarred trauma following the Wamena riots before returning to routine teaching activities this Monday.

Batik Lebak gains popularity among millennials
Millennials have begun to develop a proclivity for Batik crafts created locally in Lebak District, Banten Province, as it is viewed as an effort to promote local products.
— Antara News

Blessed art thou: Pets go to church for Saint Francis Day
An uncommon and vibrant sight elevated Sunday’s atmosphere at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in East Jakarta with dozens of animals adorned in lovely, colorful clothing and ribbons gathering around, well behaved yet excited to see their friends of various kinds.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, October 13.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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