Indonesia morning news for July 8

Indonesia morning news for July 8
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s forex reserves soar to US$131.7 billion in June-end
Bank Indonesia recorded Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves to reach US$131.7 billion at the end of June 2020, an increase from $130.5 billion during the corresponding period in May this year.
— Antara News

Indonesian Maid Spared from Saudi Execution after $1 Million Payment
An Indonesian migrant worker on death row for murder conviction in Saudi Arabia was released after she paid Rp 15.5 billion ($1 million) in blood money to the kinfolk of the victim.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia-made COVID-19 vaccine will be mass-produced by mid-2021
Indonesia is upbeat about mass-producing domestically made COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2021, a spokesperson revealed.
— Antara News

14-year-old rape survivor allegedly raped by head of govt-run women’s shelter
A 14-year-old rape survivor from Way Jepara, East Lampung regency, Lampung was allegedly raped and sexually abused multiple times by the head of a women’s shelter run by the regency’s Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A).
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 7 — Indonesia nudges 65,000 cases, USA tops 3 mln COVID-19 infections
As of 00:43 GMT July 7 there was 69,122 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 2,108, or 3.14 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia reports 1,268 new COVID-19 cases, 68 new deaths
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,268 within one day to 66,226, with the death toll adding by 68 to 3,309, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference Tuesday.
— Global Times

Civil servant recruitment for 2020 and 2021 canceled due to COVID-19, minister says
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said the government will not be opening recruitment for regular civil servant candidates (CPNS) in 2020 and 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia tells Google, Amazon and Netflix to collect 10% VAT
Indonesia will impose a value-added tax on global technology companies doing business in the Southeast Asian country as the government looks for extra tax revenue to boost state finances depleted in battling the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Govt Develops Vaccine for African Swine Fever
The Ministry of Agriculture was developing vaccines for African Swine Fever or ASF.

Merely 69% of 845,000 TB cases reported in Indonesia: ministry
The Health Ministry has estimated that only 69 percent of the 845 thousand cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia were reported.
— Antara News

Jakarta Allows Reopening of Movie Theaters This Week
Jakarta provincial administration stated that movie theaters are allowed to reopen during the extended transition period to a new normal era starting Monday, July 6.

Indonesia speeds up regulation on global carbon trading
The government is speeding up efforts to issue a regulation on carbon trading as part of Indonesia’s commitment to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia minister in row over eucalyptus necklace Covid-19 claim
Indonesia’s agriculture minister has been condemned by health experts for claiming that a necklace made from eucalyptus can help prevent transmission of Covid-19.
— The Guardian

State university entrance exams held with strict yet ‘misguided’ health protocols in place
After graduating from high school, an achievement she could only celebrate with her friends via TikTok, 18-year-old Daariin Ariij Nabiila Mumtaz had to sit the highly competitive annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), wearing a mask and a face shield for protection.
— The Jakarta Post

Airport operator to increase flight slots, normalize operational hours
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II plans to increase the number of available flight slots and normalize its operational hours in July, as it seeks to spur the recovery of the aviation industry that has been severely impacted by the ongoing health crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Man Arrested for Malware Attacks on Gov’t Websites
A Yogyakarta man has been arrested for allegedly attacking more than 1,000 websites — many of them belong to the government — using malicious software called ransomware for his personal gains, police said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian glass now free from Philippines safeguard tariffs
Indonesian exports of clear and tinted float glass may now enter the Philippine market free from safeguard tariffs, the Trade Ministry announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Task Force: 17 Regions Succeed in Curbing COVID-19 Spread
An expert of the COVID-19 mitigation task force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, reported that 17 regencies and cities had succeeded in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus infection.

COVID-19 may worsen burning and haze as Indonesia enters dry season
Milder weather is expected to bring about a less severe forest fire season across Indonesia this year compared to 2019.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s shark fishermen: 24 went out, 20 came back. What happened on the boat? – video
Crew from rural Indonesian villages, recruited by suspected traffickers, endured horrendous conditions aboard an illegal Chinese-run sharking operation in the western Pacific.
— The Guardian

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Indonesia
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Indonesia’s Central Java province early Tuesday, according to the country’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
— Anadolu Agency

Epidemiologist: Stop Transitional PSBB if COVID-19 Cases Surge
University of Indonesia epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono suggested Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan take the courageous decision to stop the transitional PSBB protocol if the spread of COVID-19 does not show any improvements.

Govt Offers Working Capital Loan Guarantees for MSMEs
The government has launched a program providing working capital credit guarantees for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as an effort to expedite economic recovery.

Indonesia, Serbia strengthen ties to fight transnational crime
The Indonesian government is seeking Serbia’s cooperation to strengthen efforts to fight transnational crimes, Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly, said in a statement received here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

RI to boost export to Australia as IA-CEPA enters into force
The Indonesian government and industry players are gearing up to boost export of key products to neighboring Australia, amid slowing trade during the ongoing health crisis, as the trade pact between the two countries took effect on July 5.
— The Jakarta Post

Netflix Is Now Accessible via Indihome, Telkomsel
Popular streaming service Netflix is now accessible through internet providers under Telkom Group.

Govt, BI shake hands on $40b burden-sharing scheme toward COVID-19 recovery
The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) agreed to a burden-sharing scheme worth Rp 574.59 trillion (US$39.7 billion) on Monday to finance the nation’s COVID-19 response and bolster economic recovery efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi seeks alternative funding sources for Trans-Sumatra highway
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has sought alternative sources of funding for construction of the Trans-Sumatra toll road to lower the burden of equity from state capital injections (PMN).
— Antara News

Fake passports, lax enforcement: Activists warn of porous immigration system
Immigration authorities have once again found themselves under scrutiny after failing to detect the arrival of high-profile graft convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, who is believed to have returned to Indonesia after spending about 10 years overseas.
— The Jakarta Post

Fisheries Ministry issues licenses to 26 baby lobster exporters
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Ministry has issued licenses to 26 companies for exporting baby lobsters, with the number of licenses likely to increase since several entries are currently associated with licensing applications.
— Antara News

Indonesia to hold digital celebration of 75th Independence Day amid COVID-19 concerns
In line with most other public events taking place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day is to be commemorated digitally on Aug. 17 in compliance with the prevailing health protocols.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta still struggles with virus despite improved health facilities
The emergence of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, the first national epicenter of the outbreak, is showing no signs of slowing down despite claims that the capital was far more prepared for the disease thanks to improvements in its healthcare system.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR’s Commission III, KPK hold closed-door hearing
Members of Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) held a closed-door hearing with the leadership and the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK’s) Supervisory Board at the KPK Building, here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Tinombala Task Force Investigated over Alleged Wrongful Shooting
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono on Monday announced the withdrawal of 12 Tinombala Task Force members from Poso, Central Sulawesi, to Jakarta after the personnel had allegedly unintentionally shot and killed two farmers in the region.

300 Garuda Indonesia Employees Opt to Retire Early
Garuda Indonesia (IDX: GIAA) CEO Irfan Setiaputra reported that at least 300 employees have taken early retirement as of today, July 7.

Indonesian firm obtains US patent for organic fertilizer
An Indonesian fertilizer producer has obtained a patent from the United States for its coal-based fertilizer production technique.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta office market resilient during new normal
The office market in Jakarta has remained resilient due to the flexibility of landlords and tenants during the health crisis, despite the growing trend of working from home, property consulting firm Knight Frank has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry offers 12,500 ha for industrial estate development
The Indonesian Industry Ministry has offered to prepare 12,500 hectares of integrated industrial estates (KITs) with supporting infrastructure for investors.
— Antara News

Lobster Seeds Fiasco; Edhy Prabowo Open to Auditing Process
Following the controversy surrounding the decision to open the lobster seeds export, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo firmly announced that he is prepared to be audited.

Sumatran orangutan released into wild after testing negative for COVID-19
The North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) recently released a 13-year-old Sumatran Orangutan into Mount Leuser National Park in Langkat regency, North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Mother and cub sun bear duo roam Riau village, eat 7 chickens
Officers from the Riau Natural Resource Conservation Center (BBKSDA) installed a trap on Tuesday to capture and relocate two sun bears that were seen wandering around Kampung Sengkemang in Siak, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Mulls over Removing Institutions to Trim Bureaucracy
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said the government has started to consider the removal of state institutions or commissions in order to cut out bureaucracy that is considered excessive thus far.

Papuan groups voice opposition to special autonomy status
Sixteen groups in Papua have voiced opposition over the potential continuation of its special autonomy (Otsus) status, with the transfer of Otsus funds from the central government set to end next year.
— The Jakarta Post

NTT author vows to keep fighting sexual abuse amid vandalism case
Award-winning author Felix K. Nesi has said he will continue his fight against sexual abuse despite being recently named as a suspect in a vandalism case.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Slams Fachrul Razi for Involving TNI on Religious Harmony
The House of Representatives (DPR) member from the PKB faction, Maman Imanulhaq, criticized Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi over issues related to the involvement of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in the program of strengthening religious harmony.

The future of civilization: Indonesia’s contribution
When preparing for the establishment of Indonesia as an independent nation state, our founding fathers did not concern themselves merely with the fate of Indonesia, while ignoring the rest of the world.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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