Indonesia morning news for January 15

Indonesia morning news for January 15
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BI says January inflation to hit four-year low
Bank Indonesia (BI) expects the January inflation rate to remain low, despite an increase in food prices as a result of major flooding in many parts of the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economy to slightly recover in 2020 as global uncertainties ease
Indonesia’s economy is expected to perform slightly better in 2020 on the back of improved commodity prices and easing external pressures, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Attacks on journalists increase in 2019 with rise in doxxing, cyber attacks: LBH Pers
Throughout 2019, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) not only recorded an increasing number of incidents of violence against journalists, but also observed new types of attacks such as cyber attacks and doxxing.
— The Jakarta Post

Attention, shoppers: New regulation on imported goods to take effect Jan. 30
Online shoppers, prepare. The government is set to implement a new import regulation that will lower the maximum value of tax-free imported goods at the end of this month.
— The Jakarta Post

One six-week expedition discovered ten new songbird species and subspecies in Indonesia
A six-week expedition to three small island groups near Sulawesi, Indonesia has yielded five new songbird species and five new subspecies.
— Mongabay

Indonesia Slashes Crude Imports by Top Refiner to Tackle Deficit
Indonesia ordered its top refiner to limit the purchase of crude oil from overseas this year as the former OPEC member seeks to source more fuel locally to tackle a persistent current account deficit.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s food security good, but climate change lurks as threat: Report
Indonesia’s food security performance is good, despite vulnerabilities to natural-resource shortages and climate change, according to the 2019 Global Food Security Index.
— The Jakarta Post

Thai Army chief learning about Aceh conflict handling
Thai Army Chief General Apirat Kongsompong is visiting Aceh Province to learn how it handled conflicts. Kongsompong arrived in Aceh at 11.40 a.m. local time Tuesday.
— Antara News

Cyclone Claudia May Bring More Heavy Rains to Indonesia This Week
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, issued a warning on Monday that Cyclone Claudia – last monitored in the Pacific Ocean off Darwin, Australia – may bring heavy rains to some parts of Indonesia between Jan. 13 and Jan. 15.
— Jakarta Globe

Rupiah’s strengthening has yet to impact state budget
Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, stated that the Indonesian Rupiah’s appreciation against the US dollar has not had an impact on revenue in the state budget.
— Antara News

Investment in Indonesia’s oil, gas still attractive: Energy Ministry
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has claimed that investment in the oil and gas upstream sector in Indonesia is still attractive for global investors.
— Antara News

Law Minister discusses Schengen visa issue for Indonesians
Indonesia’s Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly has discussed the progress on the Schengen visa-free scheme for Indonesians, in the meeting with 20 ambassadors from the European Union member countries.
— Antara News

Philippine Airlines to open air route linking Manado to Davao
PAL Express, a subsidiary of Philippine Airlines, is scheduled to open a new air route for to-and-from flights between the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado and Davao City in the Philippines in late March 2020.
— Antara News

Algerian found floating in NTT waters after trying to swim from Timor Leste to Australia
An Algerian citizen identified as Haminoumna Abdul Rahman has been rescued by fishermen in Kletek subdistrict, Central Malaka, Malaka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), after he was found floating in the Timor Sea on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Immigration authorities receive travel ban request for KPU bribery suspect Harun Masiku
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Directorate General has received a travel ban issuance request from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for bribery suspect and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku.
— The Jakarta Post

Researchers call for issuance of clear regulation on genome editing
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is conducting research related to genome editing and concerns have arisen over a lack of clear regulation regarding the technology.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam customs seizes 30,037 ecstasy pills smuggled from Malaysia
The Batam Customs Office in Riau Islands Province has stalled an attempt to smuggle 30,037 ecstasy pills from Malaysia concealed in food packages and arrested a 28-year-old Indonesian as suspect.
— Antara News

Minister Laoly receives 20 ambassadors from EU member countries
Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly, received 20 ambassadors from European Union (EU) member countries at a working lunch held in the ministry’s offices in Jakarta, Tuesday.
— Antara News

YLKI Says Government Has Yet Ready for Halal Certification
Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) deemed the Indonesian Government has yet to be ready in implementing halal certification.

Abu Dhabi prince wants to invest in Indonesian island with ‘cool air, nice beaches’: Minister
A senior Indonesian minister has offered Mori territory in Central Sulawesi province as a potential investment for Emirate of Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
— The Jakarta Post

Sleman received over 10 million tourists in 2019
Sleman District, the Yogyakarta Special Autonomous Province, recorded 10.3 million tourist arrivals in 2019, surpassing the local government-targeted 10 million tourists.
— Antara News

Manufacturing sector still expansive, though at slower rate: Report
Indonesia’s manufacturing industry remains expansive, though at a smaller rate despite concerns over deindustrialization, the latest report shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls for speedier progress in Jakarta’s flood control projects
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made it clear that infrastructure projects on the Ciliwung River must continue as part of the efforts to mitigate flooding in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood-affected retailers demand compensation
The famous large LED screens that blanket the façade of Taman Anggrek Mall in West Jakarta have not greeted visitors and passersby for nearly two weeks as the upscale mall has endured a blackout ever since massive flooding struck the capital city over New Year, forcing management to shut down operations.
— The Jakarta Post

New OJK official wants stronger supervision of financial industry amid insurer problems
Newly appointed Financial Services Authority (OJK) ex-officio commissioner Suahasil Nazara says he aims to strengthen the agency’s supervision of both the banking and nonbanking financial sectors to better detect potential threats.
— The Jakarta Post

Treason Trial Postponed After Defendants Refuse to Take Off Their Traditional Papuan Penis Gourds
Judges at the Central Jakarta District Court postponed a court session during a trial for six Papuan rights activists accused of treason on Monday since two of the defendants, both originally from Papua, chose to wear the “koteka,” or traditional penis gourds, inside the courtroom.
— Jakarta Globe

State-owned companies to dominate Indonesia’s IPO scene this year
The capital market in Indonesia is at an interesting crossroads.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Workers, students continue to protest omnibus bill
Labor and student groups continue to demonstrate against the government’s omnibus bill on job creation.
— The Jakarta Post

Landslide strikes six villages in C Java’s Kudus
Heavy rains lashing Kudus District, Central Java, have triggered a landslide that hit six villages in Dawe Sub-district and caused damage to several houses.
— Antara News

Construction of Semarang-Demak toll road section II commences
Construction of the Semarang-Demak toll road section II of the Sayung-Demak line began and is targeted for completion at the end of 2021.
— Antara News

BI’s top man shrugs off geopolitical risks, citing strong capital inflows
Heightened geopolitical risks as a result of trade conflicts among major countries and tensions between the United States and China will not affect the flow of foreign funds into Indonesia, Bank Indonesia’s top official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to Buy Submersible Pumps to Anticipate Flood
The Jakarta Water Resources Office (SDA) is planning to buy submersible pumps to anticipate flood on their next procurement of goods.

Observers express concern about reporting of Reynhard case
Following the conviction of Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga for serial rapes in Manchester in the United Kingdom, the global media, including many outlets in Indonesia, have produced numerous reports about the shocking case.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh’s Kadin applauds UAE’s investment interest
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Aceh has praised enthusiastically the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) intent to invest in Aceh Province, especially in the property field.
— Antara News

Government arms up with oil, gas mafia eradication strategy
The government is honing its arsenal through a strategy to eliminate mafia practices in the oil and gas sector that are causal to steep prices.
— Antara News

Bappenas spurs Bali over pilot project for waste-fueled power plant
National Development Planning Minister/ National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Head Suharso Monoarfa is impelling Bali Province to become a pilot project for the utilization of electrical power from the waste-to-energy plant.
— Antara News

Lesson learned: Mismanaged creative hubs provide cautionary tale for future expansions
Thirty-nine-year-old Claudine Patricia has not forgotten her last day at the creative hub in Bandung, West Java, even after months.
— The Jakarta Post

Despite regulations, Jakarta homeowners concrete over green spaces
Jakarta is a concrete jungle with almost 90 percent of its area built over, leaving only 10 percent for green space, a leading cause of flooding in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade Minister stresses on MSME product marketing in Middle East
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto visited Lulu Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and encouraged Indonesian micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to market their diverse, unique products to the Middle East, especially UAE.
— Antara News

Mahfud MD: Two State Insurance Firms Corruption are Linked
The Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, said he found similarities between two massive cases of alleged corruption in two state-owned insurance companies; the Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri) and Jiwasraya.

Suspect on the Run; KPK Denies Sting Operation was Compromised
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Ali Fikri strongly denies allegations stating that its sting operation (OTT) had been compromised prior to the arrest of the General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.

Thamrin Bombing ; What We Know 4 Years After the Terror Attack
January 14 marks one of the bleak moments in Jakarta’s history as four years ago in 2016, the city’s business district in Central Jakarta, M.H. Thamrin street turned into an urban standoff between a terrorist group and law enforcers.

Civil servants should bolster their national commitment: VP
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has appealed to one and all civil servants to fortify their national commitment, as they can evade being exposed to radicalism.
— Antara News

AirAsia Boss Tony Fernandes Shuts Facebook, Twitter Accounts
AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, is determined to delete his Twitter account.

KPK Urged to Issue Red Notice to Nab PDIP’s Harun Masiku
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is urged to coordinate with Interpol to issue a red notice to capture the alleged graft suspect from the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Harun Masiku, as the legislative candidate has yet to return from overseas.

Ahok Refuses to Comment on Demands for Anies’ Resignation
Former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, more popularly known as Ahok, is reluctant to give his response to the demands of a number of civil organizations for Anies Baswedan’s resignation, as the current Jakarta Governor.

Banjarnegara encumbered by 25 landslides since early January 2020
Some 25 landslides affected Banjarnegara District, Central Java Province, since early January 2020, an official of the local disaster mitigation office (BPBD) stated.
— Antara News

S Sulawesi explores silk industry cooperation with India
The provincial government of South Sulawesi is exploring cooperation opportunities with the Government of India, especially in the country’s silk industry.
— Antara News

Banten’s flood, landslide survivors build emergency bamboo pole bridge
The residents of Sukarame Village, Sarija Sub-district, Lebak District, Banten Province, bearing the maximum impact of the recent flash floods and landslide, built an emergency bridge with bamboo poles for crossing to their neighbouring villages.
— Antara News

Several hundred homes in Cirebon inundated
Hundreds of homes were flooded in the Kalijaga neighborhood in Cirebon, West Java Province, after unremitting heavy rains triggered local rivers to overflow their banks.
— Antara News

Plea to revert Puncak as water catchment area
Chief of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VIII Yandri Susanto has urged the government to revert the Puncak resort area in Bogor District, West Java, to its original function as a water catchment area.
— Antara News

Rent-a-Fashion: Style Theory Gets Backing From SoftBank for Southeast Asian Expansion
Fashion rental platform Style Theory has received $15 million in fresh funding from a group of investors led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, the early-stage venture arm of Japanese investor Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group, to make inroads into the Southeast Asian market.
— Jakarta Globe

Purworejo man declares his kingdom ‘mother of all states’
Totok Santosa Hadiningrat, a resident of Purworejo in Central Java, has declared himself king of Keraton Agung Sejagat (The World Empire), which he claims to be the “mother of all states.”
— The Jakarta Post

Land disputes give rise to ‘armed criminal group’ in Jambi’s acacia forests
A long history of land conflicts between residents and a pulp company in Batanghari regency, Jambi, has given birth to a band of farmers that has been called an “armed criminal group” by the police.
— The Jakarta Post

11 native Papuan students fail to leave Papua to resume their studies
Eleven native Papuan students who wanted to return to their universities in cities outside the Papua and West Papua Provinces could not board their aircraft at Sentani Airport on Saturday after some 15 other students prevented them from leaving.
— Antara News

Gus Mus Troubled by Pramuka Mentor’s Anti-diversity Scout Yell
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) religious figure, Mustofa Bisri, who’s known as Gus Mus, said he is troubled by the fact that a Yogyakarta Pramuka (Scout) mentor shouted out anti-diversity yells in guiding younger scouts.

‘Anak Garuda’: New Film Tries to Inspire Young People to Dream Big
New film “Anak Garuda,” or “Children of Garuda,” produced by the Selamat Pagi Indonesia School in Batu, East Java, has transformed the heartbreaking stories of young people living in poverty into a tale to inspire others like them to dream big.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakartans find relief from urban stress in classic calligraphy
Living in a fast-paced urban environment like Jakarta can be stressful and tiring.
— The Jakarta Post

Twins separated at birth find each other on Twitter after 16 years
It was another laid-back evening of social media browsing on Jan. 6 for 16-year-old Nabila Az-Zahra, a high school student in Gowa regency, South Sulawesi – at least until she started receiving a slew of strange comments and direct messages (DMs) from fellow Twitter users.
— The Jakarta Post

Medan mother continues 11-year fight for justice
Chika Nainggolan has been fighting for justice for 11 years. But instead of helping her find justice for her son and arresting her abusive ex-husband, state prosecutors have asked Chika to pay for plane tickets from North Sumatra to West Kalimantan, where her ex-husband lives, and accommodation for nine people, comprising prosecutors and their staff.
— 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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