Indonesia morning news for September 17

Indonesia morning news for September 17
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Indonesia posts $85.1 million surplus in August on steeper fall in imports
Indonesia posted a trade surplus of US$85.1 million in August in a reversal from the trade deficit it recorded the previous month, according to the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
— The Jakarta Post

RM1 suit against Indonesia
SOUTHEAST Asia is sadly experiencing its predictable annual haze crisis yet again. We don’t have to reiterate its harm to human health, our economy and children’s education across the region, all of which are easily understood and clearly felt.
— New Straits Times

4-month-old baby dies in Indonesia, officials say respiratory infection from forest fire haze likely cause
A four-month-old infant reportedly died in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra yesterday, with the suspected cause of her death being haze from forest fires that have choked the region.
— Coconuts

Jokowi ready with bold reform agenda to lure foreign investment
The government is out to streamline its sprawling and infamously complicated regulations, as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo looks to kick-start his second term with a bold reform agenda.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Offers Tax Deduction for Vehicles, Lands until Year’s End
Jakarta provincial administration has established a tax deduction program for vehicle tax (PKB) and the land and building tax (PBB).

Indonesia’s external debt managed with healthy structure: BI
Indonesia’s external debt was managed with a healthy structure at the end of July 2019, Bank Indonesia’s authorities revealed.
— Antara News

Kaskus Founder Allegedly Involved in Money Laundering
Founder of online-community giant, Kaskus, Andrew Darwis has been reported to the Jakarta Police by Titi Sumawijaya Empel for alleged involvement in a money laundering case.

Government does about-face on onshore data storage plan
The government has canceled its plan to force private sector actors to store data onshore so as to ensure a favorable business climate for the burgeoning digital economy but is still looking at measures to ensure Indonesians’ data is secure.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry of Trade Talks about Halal Animal Import Law
The Ministry of Trade announced the details of its Trade Minister’s Regulation No.29/2019 that went viral for its contents that most deemed controversial as the regulation did not oblige animal import products to be fitted with the halal label.

Indonesia strives to set example as home of ASEAN secretariat
Among the 10 ASEAN member nations, Indonesia is characterized as being a founding member of ASEAN, home of the ASEAN secretariat, ASEAN’s only G20 member and the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
— The Korea Times

UN urges Indonesia to protect rights of West Papua activists
UN Human Rights Council experts call for immediate measures to protect freedom of expression as demonstrations continue.
— Aljazeera

Indonesia says Israel’s campaign promise violates international law
Indonesia’s government, at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extraordinary ministerial meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, (Sept. 15), said that Israel’s campaign promise on its west bank annexation plan was a violation of the international law.
— Antara News

Thousands of Luxury Cars in Jakarta in Tax Arrears
Over a thousand cars categorized as luxury cars in the Jakarta area are reportedly in tax arrears amounting to Rp2.4 trillion.

Prominent agriculture pundit, human rights defender HS Dillon dies at 74
Harbrinderjit Singh Dillon, an agricultural expert, political economist and human rights activist who held various government positions over the years, died in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday at the age of 74.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia finance minister defends plan to raise cigarette prices
Indonesia’s finance minister defended on Monday (Sep 16) a plan to raise cigarette prices by more than a third from next year to reduce smoking rates, after some in the tobacco industry said it would encourage illegal manufacturing and threaten jobs.

New hope to end child marriage after House agrees to raise minimum age
A new hope to curb child marriage in Indonesia is emerging as the House of Representatives has finally agreed to increase the minimum marriageable age of women from 16 to 19.
— The Jakarta Post

Presidential plane lands smoothly at haze-shrouded Riau airport
The presidential aircraft carrying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) landed smoothly at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru at 6.30 p.m. Monday as thick smoke enveloped the Riau provincial capital in the past few days.
— Antara News

Jayawijaya district govt says it is not responsible for returnees
The Jayawijaya district government said it accepts no responsibility to send the students, who had returned home in the aftermath of the alleged acts of racism against native Papuan students in Surabaya, back to the provinces where they are studying.
— Antara News

Digitizing HR work allows SMEs to focus on human development: Gadjian
As more companies turn to digital technology for workflow assistance, several small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have also enlisted the help of specialized software to improve efficiency in the workplace.
— The Jakarta Post

PNG consistently supports Indonesia’s sovereignty over Papua: MP
While receiving Indonesian Parliament’s several members in Port Moresby last week, Papua New Guinean (PNG) Foreign Minister Soroi Marrepo minced no words in declaring that PNG consistently recognizes Indonesia’s sovereignty over Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

‘I have chosen not to respond’: Human rights lawyer breaks silence after being charged by police
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has finally broken her silence on accusations surrounding her alleged involvement in a series of protests in Papua staged in response to alleged racial abuse against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

UGM lecturer phone number allegedly hacked after forming group rejecting KPK Law revision
A Gadjah Mada University (UGM) lecturer’s phone number has been hacked, with the hackers taking over a WhatsApp group created for a movement that rejects a planned revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian TV station warned over portrayal of violence in Spongebob Squarepants movie
Children’s cartoon Spongebob Squarepants has fallen afoul of Indonesia’s broadcasting watchdog.
— Coconuts

‘Don’t reject tech’, Kalla tells transportation sector
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has urged Indonesia’s transportation sector to embrace technological development to improve their services and be less resistant to new innovations.
— The Jakarta Post

House to approve new KPK leaders at Monday’s plenary session
The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) is scheduled to approve five commissioner candidates of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to become new leaders of the anti-graft body at a plenary meeting on Monday.
— Antara News

Jakarta eyes more bike lanes to support cyclists, curb air pollution
The Jakarta administration has planned to expand bicycle lanes of up to 65 kilometers long as part of efforts to encourage more people to pedal their way around the city and to ease traffic gridlock as well as the worsening air pollution amid critics from cyclists over the poor facilities for them in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

NGOs send open letter to President Jokowi over forest fires
Several NGOs have sent an open letter to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), urging the government to act concretely in fighting the smog emanating from forest fires on Kalimantan and Sumatra Islands.
— Antara News

Jokowi urges young entrepreneurs to look beyond consumption and toward production
With more and more Indonesians entering the middle class and affluent consumer (MAC) demographic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is urging young entrepreneurs to drive the efforts to turn Indonesia into a global production hub, instead of stopping at mere consumption.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura II Plans Managing 3 Sumatra Airports This Month
State airport operator Angkasa Pura II or AP2 hopes to finalize the signing of a utilization cooperation (KSP) for three airports currently managed by the Transportation Ministry.

Safety first: Airlines cancel flights due to smog, limited visibility
As the government scrambles to minimize the disruptions caused by land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, several major airlines have canceled flights affected by limited visibility due to the thick smog permeating the airspace.
— The Jakarta Post

Dredging and reclamation companies struggle to mend business image
Dredging and reclamation companies are often seen as environmentally unfriendly and portrayed negatively in the media.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to launch design contest for new capital city
The government is moving one step closer to realizing its plan to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan with a design contest for the new city to be launched that will be open to experts from Indonesia and abroad.
— The Jakarta Post

Vendors complain, sales slump while customers cheer on new Muara Baru fish market
Inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in March, hopes were high that Indonesia’s first-ever modern fish market would provide facilities for sellers and buyers to meet in a clean and modern setting, modeled after the famous Tsukiji fish market in Japan.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Governor Baswedan opens Urban Kampung Conference 2019
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan officially opened the Second International Field School and Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference 2019 co-organized by the Rujak Center for Urban Studies, the Jakarta government, and Kyoto University, here on Monday.
— Antara News

After the bomb: Survivors make peace with past, convicted terrorists
Josuwa Ramos was in the middle of his afternoon shift when a truckload of explosives blew up in front of his workplace, the Australian Embassy on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in Kuningan, Central Jakarta, on Sept. 9, 2004.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian singer Tiga Setia Gara says she’s been abused by husband in the US in viral plea for help video
Indonesian diplomats in the US have been alerted to possible domestic abuse suffered by an Indonesian celebrity in Ohio.
— Coconuts

They joke about traffic accident before getting into one, killing three of them
The last road trip Tohir Rohjana, 22, took with his three friends did not end well for him.
— The Jakarta Post

Stigmatized and ostracized, patients live in Tangerang leper colony
Stigmatization and discrimination have forced people with leprosy to leave their families or hometowns and settle in a colony in Tangerang, Banten, where the inhabitants support each other.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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