Indonesia morning news for February 14

Indonesia morning news for February 14
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Health Ministry declares 68 of 70 patient samples negative for coronavirus
The Health Ministry’s research and development agency has examined 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of being infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, now called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Mount Merapi Erupts, Prompting Cold Lava Warning
The Research and Technological Development for Geological Disaster Agency (BPPTKG) announced Mount Merapi had briefly erupted on Thursday, Feb 13, at 05:16 Indonesia Western Time (WIB).

Ministry denies entry to 89 foreign nationals into Bali
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Office in Bali Province barred 89 foreign nationals from entering the resort island as of Thursday as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
— Antara News

Garlic prices Indonesia soar due to worries about Chinese shipments
Indonesia is struck by surging garlic prices as the fast-spreading coronavirus causes fears over supply disruptions.
— Fresh Plaza

Three TNI officers sacked, sentenced to prison for selling ammunition to Papuan armed group
Three Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have been dishonorably discharged and sentenced to prison after a military tribunal found them guilty of supplying thousands rounds of ammunition to an armed rebel group in Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung Immigration to offer visa extension for China’s nationals
The Bandung Immigration Office, West Java, has prepared special visa extension for the area’s Chinese nationals over most flights from Indonesia to China cancelled over the Coronavirus outbreak plaguing the country in the past months.
— Antara News

Indonesia to ease foreign hiring by startups faced with talent shortage
Indonesia is proposing to make it easier for startups to hire foreign talent, lending a hand from the government to a sector that it sees as essential to economic development, but one that has struggled with a lack of domestic talent.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia Won’t Take Back Suspected Islamic State Militants
Indonesia’s government on Tuesday banned citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria from returning home because of fears they could pose a threat to national security.
— The Diplomat

Indonesians from Wuhan can leave Natuna on Saturday
Indonesian citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, China, will be able to leave Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, after the 14-day observation period ends on Saturday, February 15, according to Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto.
— Antara News

Coronavirus outbreak drives depreciation of rupiah
Indonesia’s rupiah opened lower by 10 points, or 0.07 percent, to Rp13,684 against the US dollar on Thursday morning amid the market’s concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku
A 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Saving Indonesia’s entertainers from drug trap
Indonesia’s world of entertainment remains vulnerable to drugs as is apparent from the arrests of several entertainers over consumption and also trade of illicit drugs.
— Antara News

‘Nikah siri’ hampers efforts to end child marriage
Indonesia’s Marriage Law prohibits children under 19 to wed unless they secure court approval, but many opt to bypass the lengthy process with nikah siri (traditional, unregulated marriage), which activists say has contributed to the high number of child marriages in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese national suffering COVID-19 does not contract virus in Bali
A Chinese national who was reported to be positively infected with the coronavirus and had taken a trip to Bali, did not contract the virus here, the Head of Bali Provincial Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, said.
— Antara News

Thai student under observation in East Java after returning from virus-hit Thailand
A Thai student enrolled at the Tulungagung State Islamic Institute (IAIN) has been put under observation after returning to East Java from her home country of Thailand, where more than 30 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed since January.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to unify regional taxes, punish recalcitrant administrations
The government plans to unify regional taxes and impose fiscal punishments on regional administrations whose bylaws are not in line with the national policy in a bid to attract investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam under observation as part of coronavirus containment efforts
A joint team comprising staff from the city’s health and manpower agencies has been formed to monitor the health of hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam, Riau Islands as a precautionary measure in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Wild animals’ habitat loss causal to virus transmission to humans
The loss of wild animals’ natural habitat and forest clearance underway, the likelihood of viral transmission from wild animals to humans increases since they trespass into human settlements in search of food, a researcher stated.
— Antara News

Volcanic ash rain hits slope area following Mount Merapi eruption
A relatively thin volcanic ash fall descended on a partial slope area in Sleman District, Yogyakarta Province, after Mount Merapi erupted earlier on Thursday at around 5:16 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Lion Air confirms passenger named ‘Jin’ among 188 on Wuhan-Bali flight
Lion Air has confirmed that a passenger named Jin was one of 188 passengers on a flight from Wuhan to Denpasar on Jan. 22. An air traveler with the same name was previously reported as testing positive for the novel coronavirus, but it is not confirmed whether the identities match.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia emphasizes efforts for bolstering nuclear security
An Indonesian diplomat accentuated the importance of comprehensive efforts to boost nuclear security, with focus not solely on the use of nuclear material for peaceful purposes but also to meet military and weaponry needs.
— Antara News

Indonesia Cuts Founders Quorum for Cooperatives From Twenty to Three
Indonesia plans to cut the minimum requirement for the number of founding members in a cooperative from 20 people to three as the government moves ahead with its list of extensive reforms to improve ease of doing business in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Social Ministry Allots Rp31.38tn for PKH, Disaster Mitigation
The Social Ministry has earmarked a total of Rp38.38 trillion budget for the Family Hope Program or PKH and the disaster mitigation in 2020, said the Director-General of Social Protection and Assurance Harry Hikmat.

Jakarta police still probe Lucinta Luna’s drug supplier
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police are still investigating a drug ring that supplied psychotropic drugs to Lucinta Luna, a transgender celebrity, arrested during the police’s drug raid at Thamrin Residence Apartment, Central Jakarta, early Tuesday.
— Antara News

Sabang mayor calls for cruise ship to delay arrival in wake of coronavirus outbreak
The mayor of Sabang, Aceh has called for foreign cruise ship MS Artania to delay its planned arrival to the city in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Moody’s affirms Indonesia’s sovereign credit rating at stable outlook
Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) has affirmed Indonesia’s Sovereign Credit Rating at Baa2, with a stable outlook.
— Antara News

Minister tells Telkom to focus on data center, quips over Telkomsel’s 70% revenue contribution
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has criticized publicly listed state telecommunications giant Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) for being financially reliant on its subsidiary, cellular operator Telkomsel, for its revenue.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s action towards Palestine mirrors anti-colonialism
The Indonesian government’s action in responding, defending, and fighting for the fate of Palestinian people reflects anti-colonial policies, according to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
— Antara News

South Sumatera ready to host World Cup U-20
South Sumatera expressed its readiness to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup because it has international standard match facilities. South Sumatera also had experience in hosting various international sports championships, South Sumatera Governor Herman Deru stated in Palembang, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Manado supermarkets keep selling bat meat ‘paniki’ despite coronavirus fears
Despite the increasing number of deaths linked to the coronavirus disease COVID-19, supermarkets in Manado are still selling paniki (bat meat).
— The Jakarta Post

What is ‘sweetener’? Savory provision introduced in omnibus jobs bill
The government will make it compulsory for employers to provide bonuses or so-called “sweeteners” to reward employees in the omnibus bill on job creation.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to coordinate on stunting, poverty eradication programs
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (PMK) Muhadjir Effendy will coordinate to ensure efficiency and the right targets of the poverty reduction and stunting programs.
— Antara News

Jinping phones Jokowi to express confidence to overcome coronavirus
Chinese President Xi Jinping phoned Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Tuesday night (Feb 11) expressing his confidence to fight against coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of 1,112 people.
— Antara News

Garuda disinfects aircraft following report of confirmed coronavirus case on Bali-Shanghai flight
Garuda Indonesia has grounded an aircraft used for flight GA858 following reports that a Chinese national who had tested positive for the new coronavirus was on board on the Bali-Shanghai flight on Jan. 28.
— The Jakarta Post

XL Axiata sales towers to improve efficiency, reduce costs
After months of negotiations, telecommunication firm XL Axiata has agreed to sell its 2,782 telecommunication towers to two local companies and plans to use the proceeds to expand its 4G coverage, as well as to improve its mobile data network quality.
— The Jakarta Post

Batang Toru hydro plant ‘unnecessary’, energy analyst says
A hydropower plant project in the Batang Toru ecosystem in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, has been lauded for its future role of supplying electricity to the supposedly underpowered province and helping curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
— The Jakarta Post

SoftBank’s Son considers new type of fund for startup investing
SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son said he is considering a new type of fund for startup investing, showing his determination to keep cutting deals after missteps with WeWork and several other companies.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians Joining ISIS Automatically Lose Citizenship: Expert
University of Indonesia (UI) international law professor Hikmahanto Juwana explained that Indonesian citizens fleeing the country to join the now-defunct terrorist group ISIS has automatically lost their citizenship.

West Papua, KontraS Condemns Deployment of 700 Troops
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) deputy coordinator, Feri Kusuma, disapproves of the government’s decision in mobilizing additional Indonesian Army troops (TNI AD) to a military district command (Koramil) in West Papua.

Ex-GAM official demands improvement in Aceh 15 years after Helsinki MoU
Former self-styled prime minister of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), Malik Mahmud al-Haytar, demanded that the government follow up on various points of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that ended three decades of armed conflict in Aceh.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian homegrown gunship displayed at Singapore Airshow
State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is displaying a CN235 gunship at the Singapore Airshow held at the Changi Exhibition Center from Feb. 11 to 16.
— The Jakarta Post

Regents in East Java supply migrant workers with face masks following shortage
The administrations of Blitar, Tulungagung and Trenggalek regencies in East Java plan to send face masks to migrant workers following reports of mask shortages in a number of countries, especially Hong Kong.
— The Jakarta Post

IPB records world’s largest number of palm oil-based researches
Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) set records by coming topmost for the largest number of academic articles published internationally based on palm oil researches, according to analysis undertaken by the Singapore Elsevier Research Intelligent in 2020.
— Antara News

No more ‘burning cash’: Gojek looks to improving user experience
Homegrown decacorn Gojek will stop “burning cash” and instead focus more on improving user experience to achieve sustainable growth, a top executive has said.
— The Jakarta Post

VP Ma’ruf, Turkish envoy discuss campaign for peaceful Islam
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin received Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Mahmut Erol Kilic at the Vice Presidential Office in Jakarta on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation including campaigning for peaceful Islam.
— Antara News

Researchers discover four new beetle species in North Maluku
Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Zoologische Staatssammlung in München, Germany, have discovered four new beetle species in North Maluku.
— The Jakarta Post

BPH Migas supports slashing levies on PGN to lower gas prices
A government agency official said on Wednesday that his office was comfortable cutting back levies imposed on Indonesia’s largest gas distributor for the sake of lowering industrial gas prices.
— The Jakarta Post

Rape victim in Cimahi dies after two weeks in coma, two named suspects — one an ex-boyfriend
A rape and assault victim, aged 15, in Cimahi, West Java, passed away on Wednesday after two weeks in a coma, the victim’s sibling has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia races against time for 2020 London Book Fair
Indonesia has less than a month to prepare for the prestigious London Book Fair (LBF), as the government only recently made the decision confirming its participation.
— The Jakarta Post

Choked Palu crocodile not yet lured into rescuers’ trap
A trap set by a rescue team was floating in the Palu River in Central Sulawesi on Wednesday, yet the 4-meter-long crocodile with a tire stuck around its neck was nowhere to be seen.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK: State Intelligence Not Involved in Harun Masiku Manhunt
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri said that he will not involve the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) in the manhunt for one of KPK’s most wanted suspects of corruption, Harun Masiku.

West Bandung landslides put Cipularang toll road at risk
The Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang (Cipularang) toll road at kilometer marker (KM) 118 is at risk from landslides that have occured at Sukatani village, West Bandung regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Advocate Challenges Mahfud Md to Check Veronica Koman’s Data
An advocate for Papuan political prisoners, Gustaf Kawer, has challenged Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md to check the validity of data on the victims of human rights violations in Papua which Veronica Koman claimed to have been handed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

20 convicts named suspects in North Sumatra detention house rioting
As many as 20 inmates were named suspects in connection with rioting that broke out at the Kabanjahe correctional facility in Karo District, North Sumatra Province, on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020.
— Antara News

‘Condoms are for married people’: Makassar warns shops, drugstores ahead of V-Day
In light of the celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has urged stores to refrain from openly selling and displaying contraceptives.
— The Jakarta Post

School Bullying; Three Students in Purworejo Named Suspects
The police named three Junior High School Students in Purworejo, Central Java, as suspects of a bullying case at school.


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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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