Indonesia morning news for September 16

Indonesia morning news for September 16
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House agrees to raise minimum marriage age to 19
The House of Representatives has finally agreed to raise the minimum age for marriage for females from 16 years old to 19.
— The Jakarta Post

Cigarette prices to jump 35 percent as government hikes excise
The government has decided to increase the tobacco excise next year in a move aimed at, among other targets, reducing the smoking prevalence in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: BNPB
Doni Monardo, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), has said smog coming from forest fires is indirect killer, and therefore it should be tackled by all concerned parties.
— Antara News

Officer Injured in Explosion at Police Mobile Brigade Weapons Dump in Semarang
Police are investigating the cause of an explosion at a weapons storage facility belonging to its Mobile Brigade Corps in Semarang, Central Java, on Saturday morning.
— Jakarta Globe

120 million workers need reskilling as result of automation: Study
As many as 120 million workers from the world’s 12 largest economies, including Indonesia, may need to participate in reskilling programs in the next three years as a result of automation enabled by artificial intelligence (AI), according to a recent study.
— The Jakarta Post

Freeport’s copper export quota triples to 700,000 tons
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry decided this month to increase mining company Freeport Indonesia’s copper concentrate export quota to 700,000 wet metric tons (wmt), a more than threefold increase on the previous quota of 198,282 wmt.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildfire Hampers 54 Lion Air Flights
The haze caused by wildfires in Kalimantan and Sumatra on Friday, September 14, has disrupted 54 flights of Lion Air Group, including 33 delays, 1 postponed flight, and 20 canceled flights.

Who is Firli Bahuri?: A look into the KPK’s ‘questionable’ new leader
Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri was voted chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) by House of Representatives members after a confirmation hearing on Friday amid woes surrounding the policeman, much to the dismay of activists who have been questioning his track record.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia bids farewell to its dear ‘Mr. Crack’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo along with other country leaders and thousands of citizens attended on Thursday the funeral of former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who is remembered as a “genius” and “selfless” leader who broke the shackles that had chained the country during Soeharto’s authoritarian rule.
— The Jakarta Post

BI to continue easing amid slow global growth, soft inflation
Bank Indonesia (BI) will continue monetary easing using rate and non-rate tools to help jack up domestic economic growth against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown and benign consumer prices.
— The Jakarta Post

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes
Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.
— Coconuts

Indonesia Restates Commitment to Human Rights at UN Meeting in Geneva
Indonesia restated the progress it has made on human rights, especially in dealing with the security situation in Papua, during a meeting at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Lack of talent hampers digital transformation in Indonesia
Many Indonesian companies have showed their strong commitment to digitalize their businesses, but a limited availability of talent and skills has hampered their digital transformation programs.
— The Jakarta Post

RI looks to bolster ties with S. Korea, US through comprehensive trade agreements
The government looks to hike trade with South Korea and the United States as it aims to complete a long-gestating trade agreement with the former and discuss a closer partnership with the latter.
— The Jakarta Post

Transportation in new capital to be electricity-based: Minister
The mass transportation system for the new capital being planned in the districts of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara of East Kalimantan province, will be electricity-based, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said.
— Antara News

From Trump’s tweets to trade war, all affect Indonesia
Finance chiefs and country leaders around the world are facing ever-changing global economic dynamics and risks ranging from the United States-China trade war and Brexit uncertainty to limited monetary policy options and US President Donald Trump’s tweets.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia media, businessmen on PH fam tour
The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the auspices of Ambassador Leehiong Wee, kicks off a familiarization tour to the Philippines for representatives of media and Indonesian companies with incentive programs.
— The Manila Times

Fighting Forest Fires,Environment Ministry Seals 42 Company Lands
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry sealed 42 lands belonging to a corporation and one of an individual under its efforts to prevent and manage forest fires in several areas in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Gojek provides training to start-ups in search for Indonesia’s next unicorn
Indonesia’s on-demand services app Gojek has teamed up with start-up accelerator Digitaraya to provide training to start-ups as they look for the next unicorns in the country en route to be Southeast Asia’s digital powerhouse.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK leaders throw their hands up
In response to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s go-ahead for the deliberation of a law amendment that is expected to weaken the country’s antigraft agency, three senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officials said on Friday that they would return their mandates to the President.
— The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru’s 21 Health Service Posts Ready to Serve Haze Victims
A total of 21 public health service posts (Puskesmas) in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru are on standby to cater to the needs of haze-inflicted residents.

New chapter of ERP: City to retender procurement
Touted as an answer to Jakarta’s traffic woes, the development of the long-delayed electronic road pricing (ERP) scheme hit a setback after the Jakarta administration announced plans to reopen tenders for procurement.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Ombudsman Urges City to Stop Cutting Fiber-optic Cables
Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho demanded Jakarta provincial administration temporarily stop cutting fiber-optic utility network, which is part of the city’s pedestrian renovation program.

Tanjung Priok massacre survivors demand memorial ‘to prevent memory from fading’
Syahar Banu, a daughter of Aminatun Najariah who was sent to jail 35 years ago after the Tanjung Priok massacre took place, had not been born at that time.
— The Jakarta Post

Death knell sounds for antigraft body
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found itself looking into an abyss as a number of political decisions that activists and experts say will severely weaken the antigraft body seem set to sail through the House of Representatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Blast at Central Java Police’s explosives warehouse injures one
A series of explosions at the Central Java Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) warehouse storing remnants of World War II explosives and other bomb-making materials damaged dozens of houses, injuring one police officer in Srondol, Semarang, early on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Smoke from charcoal production, tin smelting chokes East Jakarta
A teacher at SD Cilincing 07 state elementary school in East Jakarta has been admitted to hospital for acute pneumonia reportedly triggered by inhaling smoke from coconut shell charcoal home industries and tin smelting near the school.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK commissioner, advisor resign on day new leaders elected
The deputy chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Saut Situmorang, has reportedly resigned from the antigraft body after the commission’s new leader was elected by the House of Representatives in the early hours of Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Pro-law revision riot breaks out in front of KPK building
A riot broke out in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta as protesters in support of the KPK law revision burned banners and threw bottles and sticks into the building on Friday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Biak Numfor’s students urged not to join exodus: district govt
The Biak Numfor District Government has urged its students currently studying at various universities on the islands of Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Maluku not to get provoked by misleading issues.
— Antara News

Indonesian Delegates to Join 2019 Asian Animation Summit
Indonesian delegates will be participating in the 2019 Asian Animation Summit, scheduled to take place in Seoul, South Korea from November 20 to 22.

On the northern tip of Jakarta, fishermen catch oil, not fish, after Pertamina well accident
The oil spill from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java block that occurred 2 kilometers off the coast of Karawang, West Java, on July 12 has reached nine islands in Thousand Islands regency as of September, with islands such as Untung Jawa and Lancang suffering the most from the spill.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta apartment projects give residents hope for housing
Many Jakarta residents struggle to get proper housing within the capital’s area of 662 square kilometers inhabited by 10 million people.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor city to limit ‘angkot’ numbers to improve transportation
Besides being known as “the city of rain”, Bogor in West Java is also notorious as the “city of 1 million angkot (public minivan)”, thanks to their ubiquitous presence across the city.
— The Jakarta Post

BPPT readies to conduct cloud seeding in West Kalimantan
The Technology Assessment and Application Agency (BPPT) has readied 50 tons of salt to produce artificial rain to tackle land and forest fires in West Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Raffles’ temple possibly found in Blitar: Heritage center
A heritage preservation center is claiming that the area around the Punden Joko Pangon site in Gedog subdistrict, Blitar city, East Java, could be the location of an ancient temple which was mentioned in a book by East Indies lieutenant-governor Thomas Stamford Raffles.
— The Jakarta Post

Taboos, low awareness hinder women’s reproductive health in Indonesia: Study
A four-year study from 2015-2018 by the Women’s Health Foundation (YKP) that surveyed reproductive health services in 15 regencies and municipalities has revealed that health facilities are grappling with changing policies and the discriminatory treatment of insurance holders.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakpro dismisses complaint over BMW stadium tender process
City-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) is set to proceed with the construction of mega project the Jakarta International Stadium in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, despite objections from the losing bidder over the result of the tender.
— The Jakarta Post

Government firmly resolved to make Nias a global tourist destination
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan echoed the Indonesian government’s resoluteness to transform Nias into a global tourist destination gateway.
— Antara News

Bekasi residents say bon voyage to airport train as company scraps service
College student Geofanni Nerissa, 20, could not contain her disappointment over the news that the airport train service provided by operator PT Railink will stop operations from Bekasi, West Java, to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Police dormitory in Palembang quickly turns into towering inferno
A fire swept through a police dormitory in the South Sumatra provincial capital of Palembang on Saturday.
— Antara News

Experts urge drivers to check brakes, be extra careful on notorious Tanjakan Emen road
A steep stretch of road in Subang regency of West Java has claimed many a life and inspired mystical stories as people grapple with the danger it poses.
— The Jakarta Post

Three killed in single-vehicle accident on Jagorawi toll road
Three passengers of Suzuki APV minivan were killed and six others injured in a single-vehicle accident on Jagorawi toll road at KM 36, Bogor District, West Java, on Sunday.
— 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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