Indonesia morning news for February 26

Indonesia morning news for February 26
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Thousands caught in floods in Indonesia’s sinking capital
Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia’s capital worsened Tuesday, inundating thousands of homes and buildings, including the presidential palace, and paralyzing transport networks, officials and witnesses said.
— Fox News

COVID-19: 188 Indonesians from World Dream cruise ship to be quarantined on uninhabited island
Indonesia plans to evacuate 188 citizens working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to an island off Java amid concerns over the coronavirus, the government has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virus
A Health Ministry official said on Monday that the Japanese national who tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia was “not a case of COVID-19”.
— The Jakarta 

Indonesia Unveils $742 Million Stimulus to Counter Virus Impact
Indonesia unveiled a raft of fiscal incentives for its tourism, airline and housing sectors hit by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, broadening efforts to bolster growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Bloomberg

Jakarta-Bandung high-speed trains project likely suspended over corona
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Tuesday drew attention to the likelihood of the project of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed trains being suspended over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Antara News

Students forced to eat human feces by seniors as ‘punishment’ in NTT seminary school
Some 77 students of class VII of Bunda Segala Bangsa (BSB) seminary junior high school in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), were reportedly “punished” by two senior students and forced to eat human feces last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Still no case reported in Indonesia as COVID-19 reaches Kuwait, Bahrain
Indonesia has reported zero cases of the novel coronavirus as of Monday evening, while Kuwait and Bahrain have confirmed their first cases and two foreigners have been reported to suffer from the disease upon returning from vacations in Bali.
— The Jakarta Post

966 Chinese nationals request visa extension after COVID-19
Nearly 966 Chinese nationals in Bali have requested immigration offices in Denpasar city, Ngurah Rai international airport, and Singaraja district, in Bali province, for a visa extension, an official said in Kerobokan, Badung district, today.
— Antara News

Indonesian Crew Quarantined in Diamond Princess Voices Concern
An Indonesian national working as a crew for the Diamond Princess cruise ship voiced fear over the quarantine and how it exposes him, and other Indonesians who are not infected, to a higher risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus.

Revocation of Indonesia’s developing country status will not affect GSP: Government
The government has confirmed that the United States’ decision to scrap Indonesia from its list of developing countries will not affect Indonesia’s Generalized System of Preference (GSP) facilities from the economic giant.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to focus on manufacturing, tourism and investment to revive the economy
The government will focus on the development of the manufacturing and tourism sectors, as well as attracting more foreign and local investment, in order to revive the country’s economic growth, which has been on a downward trend lately amid growing uncertainty in the global economy, a senior official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia hopes to attract $87b investment, create 3m jobs through omnibus bill: Airlangga
The government is upbeat that the sweeping omnibus bill on job creation will bolster investment and open up more jobs for Indonesians, as it braces for tough public scrutiny during the bill’s deliberation at the House of Representatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods disrupt teaching, learning activities in Jakarta’s 159 schools
Academic activities at over 150 schools in DKI Jakarta were suspended owing to floods that obstructed access to the schools and their buildings.
— Antara News

Coronavirus outbreak continues to drive rupiah to plunge
Indonesia’s rupiah opened lower by 26 points (0.19 percent) to Rp13,898 against the US dollar, Tuesday morning, in the Jakarta interbank market amid fears of coronavirus outbreak that infected over 30 countries outside mainland China.
— Antara News

BMKG marks extreme rainfall in Jakarta on Tuesday
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) confirmed that several parts in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, had received extreme torrential rainfall, with intensity exceeding 150 millimeters a day, since Monday (Feb 24) to Tuesday.
— Antara News

BMKG forecasts heavy rains until March in Jakarta, other areas
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecasted continued torrential rainfall and extreme weather in Jakarta and other provinces all through February until March over the Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand, an official stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Upgraded F-16 Aircraft in the Headlines with Maiden Flight
Earlier this month, Indonesia’s upgraded F-16 aircraft underwent its maiden flight in the Southeast Asian state.
— The Diplomat

Omnibus bill makes it easier to start an airline
The omnibus bill on job creation currently being deliberated at the House of Representatives (DPR) proposes some changes to requirements and licensing procedures that will make it easier for investors to enter the aviation business.
— The Jakarta Post

Omnibus bill’s tripartite forum upsets labor unions
As the government is insisting on keeping the provisions in the proposed omnibus bill on job creation on labor rights, another union has decided to leave a tripartite forum set up to support the deliberation process.
— The Jakarta Post

VP hopes regional elections do not disunite people
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin hopes for the 2020 concurrent regional elections to not lead to disunity and conflict among the people due to differences in political choices.
— Antara News

State firm can allocate 9.1m tons of fertilizer
State-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) has expressed its readiness to allocate 9.1 million tons of subsidized fertilizer as proposed by the Agriculture Ministry, an increase from the previous 7.9 million tons, for 2020.
— Antara News

S Korea reaffirms readiness to collaborate over new capital city
South Korean Environment Minister Cho Myung-Rae met with Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on Tuesday, to reaffirm the country’s readiness to collaborate in the development of Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Anies Baswedan Focuses on Formula E, Not Flood Handling: Observer
Urban planning observer from Trisakti University, Nirwono Joga, criticized Jakarta’s flood mitigation policies issued by Governor Anies Baswedan.

What will Indonesia do while on the Human Rights Council?
Helping hands: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (center) joins hands with Rakhine State Chief Minister Nyi Pu (third right) and other officials during the presentation of Indonesian aid to Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state in the capital Sittwe in January 2017.
— The Jakarta Post

SoftBank leads $265 million investments in two US-based start-ups
SoftBank on Monday led a new funding round of US$165 million in California-based Karius and invested $100 million in New York-headquartered AI company Behavox, as the technology giant builds a portfolio under its second Vision Fund.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab raises $850 million to expand into financial services
Grab, Southeast Asia’s most valuable startup, raised more than US$850 million from Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and TIS Inc. to bankroll its expansion into financial services in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Juul halts Indonesia e-cig sales, throwing Asia expansion in doubt
Juul Labs Inc is halting sales in Indonesia, citing concerns that it can’t stop retailers from selling its high-nicotine e-cigarettes to young people in a largely unregulated tobacco market.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia pushes for universality in convention against torture
In between the 43rd United Nations Security Council Session in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, February 24, Indonesia initiated an event on the sidelines themed the UN’s Human Rights Convention Against Torture Initiative.
— Antara News

Yasonna Laoly Updates 1,276 Ex-ISIS Indonesians in Syria
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said there are 1,276 Indonesians who left the country to join ISIS in Syria, and 297 of them still have their passports and complete identity documents.

Trigana cargo aircraft overshoots runway at Sentani Airport
A Trigana Air Service cargo aircraft skidded off the runway at Sentani Airport in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

Minister Retno promotes women’s empowerment in UN session
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi raised the issue of women’s empowerment in the 43rd Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.
— Antara News

Jakarta Flood: KAI Promises Full Refunds for Delays, Cancelation
State train operator PT KAI said the company will fully refund tickets of long-distance trains to passengers whose trips were affected by delays, due to the Jakarta flood this morning.

PLN Turns Off 1,612 Substations due to Jakarta Flooding
State-run electricity company PLN is forced to temporarily shut down a total of 1,612 substations affected by flooding in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten.

KPAI sets up ethical council after ‘swimming can cause pregnancy’ blunder
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has formed an ethical council following a controversial statement made by one of its commissioners claiming that women could get pregnant from swimming in the same pool as men.
— The Jakarta Post

Miles away, Indonesian students continue studies, hope to return to Wuhan soon
It has been a week since Diza Laila returned to her family in Medan, North Sumatra, after being repatriated earlier this month from Wuhan, China, where she was studying.
— The Jakarta Post

Ride-hailing rivals Gojek, Grab in merger talks: Report
Ride-hailing giants, Gojek and Grab, are in talks about a possible merger, a report said, citing sources.
— The Jakarta Post

Police name two more suspects in deadly scout trek that killed 10 students
Police have named two more suspects, identified only as DDS and R, in their investigation of a trek along a river in Sleman, Yogyakarta, that saw 10 students killed in a flash flood.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Sets Discount of Flight Tickets to Boost Tourism
The government has decided to set a 50 percent discount of flight tickets as the incentive to boost the tourism industry following the recent downturn caused by the coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreak.

Residents Blame AEON Mall for Flood
People residing near Jakarta Garden City (JGC) in Cakung, East Jakarta, vandalized AEON Mall, which is located within the luxurious residential complex on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Gov’t Forms Joint Team to Handle Airspace Violations
The Indonesian government has set up a joint team to handle aircraft grounded for airspace violations.
— Jakarta Globe

Marsudi holds economic cooperation talks with foreign counterparts
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held nine bilateral talks with her foreign counterparts on the sidelines of the 43rd Session of the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 24, to discuss economic cooperation, among others.
— Antara News

Indosat Books $113m Profit After Sales of Towers
Indosat, Indonesia’s third-largest telecom company by market capitalization, booked a third annual profit in the past seven years thanks to windfalls last year from the sales of its telecommunication towers, a jump in its cellular business and across-the-board cost-cutting efforts.
— Jakarta Globe

Bawaslu identifies 24 regions susceptible to election conflicts
Indonesia’s General Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) released the Regional Elections Vulnerability Index (IKP) 2020 on Tuesday that categorized 24 out of the 270 regions to hold simultaneous regional elections as being prone to election-related conflicts.
— Antara News

BNPB stations troops to handle floods in Jabodetabek
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) deployed troops to tackle floods hitting Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) since Tuesday morning, Head of BNPB’s Information Data Center and Public Relations, Agus Wibowo, stated.
— Antara News

KPK resummons General Election Commission Chairman Arief Budiman
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) resummoned General Election Commission (KPU) Chairman Arief Budiman and its Commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Manik over a bribery case on arrangement of interim-time members of the House of Representatives 2019-2024.
— Antara News

VP urges regional election contestants to evade money politics
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has appealed to all contestants of the simultaneous regional elections to steer clear from the corruptive influence of money on politics.
— Antara News

PLN temporarily disconnects power in Bekasi, Karawang, Purwakarta
Regional office of State Electricity Company (PLN), West Java, shut the power of 712 houses in areas, including Bekasi, Karawang, and Purwakarta, as well as Cikarang and Gunung Putri in Bogor, after flooding on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Software developers invited to take up 2020 APEC App Challenge
Talented software developers and designers from 21 APEC member economies are invited to prove their mettle in the 2020 APEC App Challenge, according to the APEC Secretariat’s issued statement, received here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Long skirts for girl scouts criticized following river-trekking tragedy
The ill-fated river trek that left 10 junior high school students dead in Sleman, Yogyakarta, last week has put the spotlight on the long skirts worn by the female students as part of their girl scout uniform.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian coffee shop opens in Melbourne, Australia
Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil officially opened the Jabarano Cafe that offers coffees from West Java, in the Australian city of Melbourne, Monday, February 24, afternoon, local time.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Zero Discrimination Day, March 1.


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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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