Indonesia morning news for February 20

Indonesia morning news for February 20
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Four Indonesians On Diamond Princess Ship Confirmed With Coronavirus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday that another Indonesian crew member of the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive for coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia revives excise plan on plastics, dirty vehicles and sweet drinks
Indonesia is planning to impose an excise on plastics, fossil-fuel vehicles and sweet drinks in a move aimed at reducing their adverse environmental and health effects, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Bill on Family Targets Surrogacy,’ Sexual Deviations’
Politicians from four Indonesian parties are backing a so-called “Family Resilience” bill that would outlaw surrogacy and require LGBT people to seek treatment at rehabilitation centers, prompting outrage on social media and criticism from activists.
— The New York Times

Japan ready to help repatriate 78 Indonesians from Diamond Princess
The Japanese government is ready to help repatriate 78 Indonesian citizens employed as the Diamond Princess cruise liner’s crew members quarantined in Yokohama waters if the Indonesian government decides to bring them home.
— Antara News

Sludge allegedly from Malaysia, Singapore, pollutes Bintan’s shore
Black sludge has polluted Senggiling beach, a tourist spot on Bintan island, Riau Islands province, for the past few days, and a preliminary probe by police suspected it was from waters near Malaysia and Singapore.
— Antara News

Indonesia offers big discounts to attract foreign tourists amid cancellations
The government will provide discounts of up to 30 percent for both foreign and local travelers in a bid to revive Indonesia’s tourism, as more tourists cancel their vacation plans to the country over fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Sumatran birds closer to extinction due to habitat loss, hunting
Dozens of bird species endemic to Sumatra Island are closer to extinction because of habitat loss from land use change as well as illegal hunting.
— The Jakarta Post

Bulog suggests sugar imports to stabilize domestic prices
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) has put forth a proposal to import 200 thousand tons of refined crystal white sugar to facilitate stabilization in the commodity’s price.
— Antara News

Government prioritizes efforts to curb stunting, poverty rates
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto cited reduction in the stunting and poverty rates as among this year’s key targets of the Joko Widodo administration.
— Antara News

2019 sees fewer corruption cases but bigger state losses: ICW
Fewer corruption cases were brought to court in 2019, but total state losses incurred nearly doubled to Rp 8.4 trillion (US$614 million), the highest in five years, according to antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia diverts attention to domestic tourists over coronavirus
Several tourist resorts and parks in the Lagoi integrated and exclusive tourist area on Bintan Island, Riau Islands Province, have ceased operations following the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and 28 other countries.
— Antara News

Indonesia to Build New Stadium as FIBA World Cup Co-Host
The Indonesian government plans to build an indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 20,000 as co-host of the 2023 basketball world championship, an official said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Screening May Be Missing Virus Carriers
A tourist from mainland China who visited Bali, Indonesia, in late January tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, formally known as COVID-19, upon her return from China.
— FP News

Palm oil company introduces technology into its operations
Publicly listed palm oil plantation company, Astra Agro Lestari, has introduced technology advancement into its operations through digital-based applications assisting data gathering and supervisory measures.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia probes suspected nuclear waste dumping at housing estate
Authorities in Indonesia have launched an investigation following the discovery of radioactive contamination in an empty lot in a housing complex near a nuclear research facility.
— Mongabay

You’ve Been Pranked: Police Step In as Street Fight Video Turns Out to Be Fake
A street fight video set on Jakarta’s busiest business strip Jalan Thamrin that went viral on social media was fake, police said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Ministry uses RAS technology for fish seed industry
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has used the recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) technology to develop the national fish seed industry.
— Antara News

Ministry facilitates South Korean investors for industrial development
The Ministry of Industry would facilitate potential investors, especially from South Korea, to encourage the development of industrial estate in Indonesia.
— Antara News

‘I’ll let fate take its course’ Indonesian on quarantined cruise ship shares experience
For Ketut Januartika, working aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off Japan’s coast has not been easy, especially amid fears of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus himself.
— The Jakarta Post

Police destroys 1.3 tons marijuana, hundreds of kilograms of narcotics
The Jakarta Police conducted activities to eradicate evidence of narcotics confiscated during various operations by the Directorate of Narcotics Investigation and the ranks of precinct police (Polres).
— Antara News

Government to pursue human right violation case
Government will act on a report of Komnas HAM on alleged human rights violations in Paniai, Papua, on December 7 and 8, 2014, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD stated.
— Antara News

Burger King to employ people with disabilities
Ministry of Social Affairs and Jakarta-based PT Sari Burger Indonesia, which operates Burger King in Indonesia, have inked a commitment that the fast-food chain will employ people with disabilities to integrate them in society.
— Antara News

BI’s board meeting drives rupiah to plunge
Indonesia’s rupiah opened lower by 21 points, or 0.15 percent, to Rp13,715 against the US dollar on Wednesday morning in the Jakarta interbank market, as Bank Indonesia (BI) began its board meeting today.
— Antara News

Bedroom bill: Proposed ‘family resilience’ law would require LGBT people to report for ‘rehabilitation’
A draft bill on family resilience proposed by members of the House of Representatives defines homosexuality as sexual deviance and requires lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to report to authorities for rehabilitation.
— The Jakarta Post

ICW Highlights Poor Law Enforcement on Money Laundering
Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) highlighted the government’s poor law enforcement on the money laundering cases.

BRI to offer dividends worth Rp20.6 trillion
State-owned lender PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) has agreed to distribute 60 percent of its last year’s net profit of Rp34.4 trillion as dividends.
— Antara News

COVID-19-infected Indonesian recovers in Singapore
An Indonesian citizen, who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Singapore recovered from the virus, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore.
— Antara News

India sugar shippers target ‘golden opportunity’ in Indonesia
Indian sugar millers, saddled with record stockpiles, are eager to cash in on the prospect of resuming exports to Indonesia after being absent from the world’s top import market for years.
— The Jakarta Post

Cops Bust Illegal Cosmetics Factory That Makes Rp200mn Monthly
An illegal cosmetics factory in Jatijajar, Depok was raided by the Jakarta Police’s Narcotics Directorate.

Freeport to spend $600m on East Java smelter
Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia will spend US$600 million in capital expenditure (capex) this year for the construction of a smelter in Gresik, East Java, as part of Indonesia’s downstream efforts for the mining industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Sukabumi Immigration summons companies employing foreign workers
The Immigration Office in Sukabumi District, West Java Province, has summoned tens of executives and representatives of companies employing foreign workers as a precautionary measure to thwart the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) .
— Antara News

Indonesia to reinstate guidelines on Pancasila course: Minister Mahfud
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has said that Indonesia is heading toward reinstating guidelines on the implementation of a Pancasila course in educational institutions, a practice that occurred during the New Order regime.
— The Jakarta Post

Online census begins despite glitches
The 2020 population census by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has started.
— The Jakarta Post

Omnibus bill to centralize permit processing, offer incentives for miners
An upcoming landmark bill on job creation is expected to streamline business and boost investment for miners in Indonesia, albeit at the expense of environmental protection and regional autonomy.
— The Jakarta Post

BNN seizes 60,000 ecstasy pills, 10-kg meth smuggled from Malaysia
The Indonesian National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Dumai Customs Office jointly thwarted the circulation of 60 thousand ecstasy pills and 10 kg of crystal methamphetamine allegedly smuggled from Malaysia into Dumai, Riau, on Feb 18.
— Antara News

Mahfud Md: Law Enforcement Must Not Be Influenced by Politics
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md said that law enforcement must not be influenced by political considerations.

At least one killed in Papua gunfight
At least one person — but possibly two — was killed in a gunfight between Indonesian security personnel and a number of Papuans aged 11 to 30, whom the security personnel described as members of an armed criminal group, in the regency of Intan Jaya, Papua, early on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Religious ministry denies protests against Riau Islands church renovation related to intolerance
The Religious Affairs Ministry has insisted that the protests against the renovation of Santo Joseph Catholic Church in Karimun, Riau Islands, are not an act of intolerance.
— The Jakarta Post

KAMMI Urges Govt to Cancel Omnibus Law
Chief of the Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) Elevan Yusmanto urged the government to cancel discussions on Omnibus Law.

PDIP to Announce 50 Regional Head Candidates for 2020 Election
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle or PDIP was set to announce a total of 50 pairs of regional head and deputy head candidates whom it would nominate in the regional head or Pilkada 2020.

Susi Pudjiastuti Asked to Make Gajah Putih University Public
Former Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, was asked by the Regent of Central Aceh Regency, Shabela Abubakar, to convey his message to the central government asking Gajah Putih University in Takengon to be made a public university.

DPR Meets Freeport to Talk Post-divestment Plans
The House of Representatives’ (DPR) Commission VI held a hearing with the directors of Freeport Indonesia today to talk about its post-divestment corporate plans.

Terrorists Jailed in Gunung Sindur Transferred to Nusakambangan
Around 37 terrorist convicts incarcerated at Gunung Sindur Prison in Bogor and Cipinang Penitentiary in Jakarta are moved to Nusakambangan and Cilacap Prisons in Central Java.

Minister Tjahjo Kumolo: Drug Is Indonesia’s Number 1 Enemy
Ministry of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform, Tjahjo Kumolo, lauded the Jakarta Metro Police for its effort in seizing hundreds of kilograms of illegal drugs within only two months in 2020.

126 Detectors Will Be Installed to Monitor Nuclear Radiation
The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) will install 126 nuclear Radiation Data Monitoring System (RDMS) detectors.

Police Nab 3 Debt Collectors; Suspects in Rawamangun Clash
The East Jakarta Metropolitan Police has identified three suspects in a mass commotion that occured on Jalan Pemuda, Rawamangun, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Taman Sari’s evicted residents pursue alternative avenues after court loss
Residents who were evicted from Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java, have filed more than 100 complaints to the government’s online public-service complaint system to step up their fight against their eviction.
— The Jakarta Post

Village head allegedly sets fire to own office to avoid audit
The village head of Neglasari in Jatiwaras district of Tasikmalaya, West Java, has been arrested after allegedly setting fire to the Neglasari village administration building in an attempt to avoid a financial audit.
— The Jakarta Post

Jiwasraya’s losses from investing in questionable stocks estimated to reach Rp 13t
State-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya has claimed that the losses it suffered from investing in several questionable stocks exceed those of social insurer Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri).
— The Jakarta Post

BPJS Kesehatan books deficit below 50% of 2019 projection
The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has recorded a deficit of Rp 15.5 trillion (US$1.13 million), 51.56 percent lower than the late-2019 projection of Rp 32 trillion, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Adhi Commuter Properti to raise Rp 3.5 trillion from IPO and bond offering
Property developer PT Adhi Commuter Properti, a subsidiary of state-owned construction company PT Adhi Karya, expects to raise Rp2.5 trillion (US$182 million) from its initial public offering (IPO) and another Rp 1 trillion from a bond offering later this year to finance its new property projects.
— The Jakarta Post

Karen Idol’s Daughter Taken out from Grave for Autopsy
The police took out the body of Zefania Carina Claproth, the daughter of former Indonesian Idol contestant Karen Pooroe (better known as Karen Idol), from her grave in Tanah Kusir, South Jakarta.

Yogyakarta State University Offers OVO Tuition Payments
The Yogyakarta State University (UNY) has officially enabled its students to pay for their tuition via digital payment OVO, which is accessed through e-commerce Tokopedia.

South Sumatra resident put in quarantine for showing symptoms of pneumonia
A resident of Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra, has been put in the quarantine room of Mohammad Hosein General Hospital (RSMH) in the provincial capital of Palembang for showing symptoms of pneumonia.
— 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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