Indonesia morning news for February 28

Indonesia morning news for February 28

Indonesia morning news

Govt to Only Evacuate 68 Indonesian Crews from Diamond Princess
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said that the government will only bring home 68 from a total of 78 Indonesian crews on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Jokowi Claims Indonesia Among World’s Biggest Digital Economies
Indonesia’s digital economy has been growing at the fastest pace in Asia while reaching a total value of $40 billion last year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Nearly 2,000 pigs killed by African swine fever in East Nusa Tenggara
Almost 2,000 pigs across Timor Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have died after contracting African swine fever (ASF), the NTT Animal Husbandry Agency reported on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Travel Agents, Airlines Nervous as Coronavirus Forces Saudi Arabia to Suspend Umrah
Travel agents and airlines scrambled to make adjustments as Saudi Arabia has suspended the minor Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, or umrah, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

Garlic stock will only suffice until April without Chinese imports
Indonesians could find it difficult to buy garlic during the Ramadan holiday season this year if the country fails to get imports from China soon, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

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Why Jakarta is the fastest sinking city in the world
Climate change, groundwater depletion and land subsidence have set alarm bells ringing in the city.

Govt: Suspected Coronavirus Patient in Semarang Dies of Swine Flu
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto stressed that a patient suspected of contracting the coronavirus in the isolation room of Kariadi Hospital, Semarang died of H1N1 virus or swine flu.

Bulog ensures adequate rice supply before Ramadhan, Eid al-Fitr
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) has made assurance of the supply of rice in its warehouses being sufficient ahead of the Ramadhan fasting month and Eid al-Fitr, with national rice stock reaching 1.7 million tons.
— Antara News

Japanese Coronavirus Patient Isn’t Infected in Bali: Govt
Bali Health Agency rebutted an issue that there was a coronavirus case in the province.

Indonesia stock index plunges to three-year low amid virus fears
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) nosedived to a level unseen since March 2017 on Thursday afternoon amid fears over the spread of COVID-19, extending losses recorded by Asian stocks.
— The Jakarta Post

Diamond Princess’ two Indonesian crew to stay in Japan
Two Indonesian crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship chose to stay in Japan, while 68 members that tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) would soon be evacuated, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Poverty still high in Indonesia: Ma’ruf Amin
Indonesia had been considered as a developed country, but the number of poor people and stunting was still high, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia official in hot water over ‘pool pregnancy’ claims
An Indonesian official is facing possible sanctions Thursday (Feb 27) after she warned women they could get pregnant by swimming in a pool where a man with “strong sperm” had ejaculated.

Indonesia’s Burgeoning Railway Diplomacy
The Indonesian rail sector has demonstrated value as a diplomatic tool, despite having some restrictions.
— The Diplomat

Microsoft wants to invest in Indonesia data centers, says Indonesian president
Microsoft Corp is keen to invest in data centers in Indonesia which will soon make regulatory changes to facilitate the move, the country’s president said after meeting with the software giant’s CEO on Thursday.
— Reuters

Indonesia pressured to do more to detect coronavirus amid zero reported cases
Concerns about how the Indonesian government is handling the novel coronavirus outbreak have grown as none of the 132 Indonesian lab tests for the virus have come back positive as of Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Dubai Port explores development of new ports in Maluku
Dubai Port is keen to collaborate with PT Pelabuhan Indonesia IV (Persero) to develop the Ambon new port with the draft concept of an integrated port industry in Tulehu and Waai, Central Maluku.
— Antara News

Indonesian military chief visits quarantine site of 188 Indonesians
Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto arrived on Sebaru Kecil Island, Jakarta’s Thousand Islands, Thursday, to observe the coronavirus (COVID-19)-related quarantine site for 188 Indonesians, World Dream liner’s crew repatriated, Sunday.
— Antara News

Indonesia expects more investments from Switzerland
The Indonesian government expects Switzerland to allocate more investments in the country since both nations are considered to have great economical potential, an official of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment stated Thursday.
— Antara News

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Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Offers 50 Percent Off Flight Tickets to 10 Tourist Destinations
The Indonesian government is offering 50 percent off flight tickets to persuade domestic and international tourists to keep visiting the country’s favorite tourist destinations as the global tourism industry faces an uncertain future due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

Omnibus bill to diminish local governments’ authority over spatial planning: KPPOD
The omnibus bill on job creation will weaken regional administrations by taking away their authority over the use of space and environmental impact analyses (Amdal) and putting in solely in the hands of the central government.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia says lack of COVID-19 cases a blessing from God
Indonesia’s health minister defended the country’s screening process for the coronavirus on Thursday and said the absence of confirmed cases in the world’s fourth-most populous nation was a “blessing from the Almighty”.

Wage based on productivity? Not yet for Indonesia, Airlangga says
Indonesia has yet to implement a productivity-based minimum wage despite a recent study suggesting that the country’s productivity in the manufacturing industry is lower than that of its peers in Southeast Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

BI sees weak consumer demand contributing to low inflation
Weak consumer demand is contributing to a decades-low inflation rate in Indonesia, as the central bank steps up efforts to control inflation rates at the same time, a Bank Indonesia (BI) senior official says.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia accepts reconnaissance​​​​​​​ drone, helicopter grant from US
The Defense Ministry has accepted a grant comprising 14 Insitu ScanEagle drones and three Bell 412 helicopters from the United States, as Jakarta expects the equipment to further strengthen the Navy’s maritime patrol operations throughout the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Paces-up Discussion on Minerba Law Problem Inventory List
The House of Representatives (DPR) is stepping up its pace in discussing the problem inventory list of the Mining and Coal (Minerba) Law revision.

Indosat turns to profit after booking loss in 2018
Publicly listed telecommunications provider PT Indosat booked a significant profit in 2019 after recording a loss in 2018, thanks to tower sales and improvements in its cellular business.
— The Jakarta Post

Wishnutama Says Foreign Influencers Effective to Lure Tourists
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said his side was set to hire foreign social media influencers to increase international tourist arrivals to Indonesia amid the coronavirus concern.

Omnibus Job Creation Bill Giving More Leeway for Foreign Workers
The Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) Minister, Johnny G. Plate, acknowledges that the draft omnibus bill on job creation, or RUU cipta kerja, will give more leeway for foreign workers to apply for jobs, one of it being the startup industry.

Yogyakarta offered best public services in 2019: Ombudsman
Yogyakarta had the highest quality of public services among 10 provinces surveyed in 2019, the Indonesian Ombudsman revealed on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister cooperates with association to anticipate COVID-19 impact
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita cooperated with the national industry association to anticipate the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on domestic manufacturing which has been predicted to be prolonged.
— Antara News

West Java court declares textile company guilty of polluting Citarum River
Judges with the Bale Bandung District Court in West Java found PT Kamarga Kurnia Textile Industry (KKTI) guilty of polluting a section of the Citarum River, the longest and dirtiest river in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

From military to virus outbreak: What sets Terawan apart from predecessors
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has made headlines in foreign media following his strong reaction to a study by Harvard University researchers that suggested Indonesia might have undetected cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Mulls Opening New Routes following Coronavirus Crisis
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra said his side was preparing new routes to cover the closure of several international flights following the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak.

President respects Saudi Arabia’s provisional ban on Umrah services
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) respects the Saudi Arabian government’s decision to temporarily halt “Umrah” pilgrimage services from outside the country amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Nine terrorists who died in prisons were ailing
Nine convicted terrorists who died in prisons had a history of ailments before they were sent to jail, Director General of Correctional Facilities of the Law and Human Rights Ministry Sri Puguh Utami said.
— Antara News

Nahdlatul Ulama’s GP Ansor condemns violence against Muslims in India
GP Ansor, the Nahdlatul Ulama-affiliated Islamic youth organization, denounced the violent acts against Muslims in India following riots in the capital between Hindus and minority Muslims over a contentious citizenship law resulting in numerous deaths.
— Antara News

Three wounded in exchange of fire in Nduga, Papua
Three people were injured, including a member of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob), in an exchange of fire between security forces and an armed group in Nduga, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen Paulus Waterpauw confirmed here on Thursday.
— Antara News

Minister launches green investment for Papua, West Papua
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has launched a green investment concept in Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

Government introduces Papua’s business potential to 45 investors
The Indonesian government in association with Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (Green Trade Initiative Foundation) took a total of 45 foreign investors to witness firsthand the business potential in the country’s eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

Andi Novalita fails drug test: police
A Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s spokesman confirmed that FTV Actress and adult magazine model Andi Novalita, alias Vitalia Shesya, tested positive for the consumption of ecstasy pills, crystal methamphetamine, and Happy Five (nimetazepam) pills.
— Antara News

Minister urges more locals to become Raja Ampat tour operators
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has appealed to West Papua to improve the management of Raja Ampat Islands as a tourist destination and get more locals involved as tour operators.
— Antara News

Minister encourages Papua to reduce investment in palm plantations
Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan encouraged the local governments and community of Papua and West Papua to lower investment in palm plantations.
— Antara News

Anies Baswedan Asserts TIM Revitalization Not Commercialized
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan ensured that Taman Ismail Marzuki or TIM arts and culture center in Cikini will not be a commercial area after its revitalization project completes.

Fire Breaks Out at Thamrin City
A fire broke out on the ground floor of the Thamrin City mall, Central Jakarta, this morning, at around 09:00.

Assistants to the assistants: Multiple staffers thwart Jokowi’s bureaucratic reform
The government’s decision to set up teams of expert staffers at several ministries and other state agencies has sparked concerns among observers who fear the policy is a setback to the government’s bureaucratic reform agenda.
— The Jakarta Post

Thai drug smugglers dodge death penalty in Bali
Two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamine into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence on the Indonesian holiday island after a court sentenced them to 16 years in jail.
— The Jakarta Post

Lowest case backlog in history: Reforms make Supreme Court more productive
After years of reforms, the Supreme Court has improved its productivity in resolving cases, resulting in the lowest-ever case pile at the end of last year.
— The Jakarta Post

More companies turn to solar energy to reduce rising electricity costs
Demand for rooftop solar panels has increased sharply in recent years as more companies and households turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs, an executive of a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company has said.
— 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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