Indonesia morning news for January 20

Indonesia morning news for January 20
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Indonesia to Buy Bigger Boats for Coast Guard
Indonesia plans to buy bigger boats to allow its coast guards to travel across the ocean, most notably the Natuna Sea, and expand their patrol reach, the government said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Gunung Kidul was declared anthrax outbreak area by Health Ministry
The Indonesian Health Ministry had declared an anthrax outbreak status in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province, made effective from Dec 28, 2019 to Jan 6, 2020, the ministry’s top official stated here, Friday.
— Antara News

Code orange for air traffic issued after East Java’s Mount Semeru erupts
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has issued a code orange volcano observatory notice for aviation (VONA) after Mount Semeru in East Java erupted on Friday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Paid ransom emboldens kidnappers in latest case, says source
Ransom paid by Indonesian authorities in a previous kidnapping case may have emboldened a suspected Filipino kidnap-for-ransom group to grab five Indonesian fishermen from a Sandakan-registered trawler in the latest case that occurred in Tambisan Island waters off Lahad Datu on Thursday, sources told Daily Express.
— Daily Express

Indonesian Navy thwarts attempt to smuggle protected animals
The Indonesian Navy has thwarted the attempt to smuggle dozens of protected animals to Malaysia aboard a boat and arrested 12 suspects.
— Antara News

With doctors only one chat away, telemedicine on the rise in Indonesia
Visiting a doctor used to be burdensome. Those feeling under the weather had to make a trip to a clinic or hospital and wait their turn for a consultation, and then wait around again at the pharmacy for their prescribed medicine.
— The Jakarta Post

Avoid direct contact with anthracis spores: veterinarian
To contain the spread of anthrax, a veterinarian at the Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed) has called on farmers and community members to avoid direct contact with anthracis spores in contaminated soil and plants.
— Antara News

Seized Chinese fishing vessel sank in Semau Island waters, NTT
A Timor Leste-flagged Chinese fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 831, seized by Indonesia’s authority over poaching in the maritime border territory, was sunk in Semau Island’s sea of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.
— Antara News

SoftBank offers to invest up to $40bn in Indonesia’s new capital
Japan’s SoftBank Group has offered to invest between US$30 billion and $40 billion in the development of the new Indonesian capital on Borneo Island, a close aide of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia’s refugees need sustainable solutions
If Indonesia is to successfully manage refugees living within its borders, policymakers need to implement self-reliant programmes, such as apprenticeships and entrepreneurships.
— The ASEAN Post

Fisheries producer association predicts 20 percent of growth in 2020
Indonesia’s fisheries processing industry is predicted to grow 20 percent in 2020 as long as the government could remove some regulations that hampered its development, according to the Association of Indonesian Businessmen on Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing (AP5I).
— Antara News

Police Open Inquiry Into Corruption Allegations in Armed Forces Insurer
The National Police have opened an inquiry into allegations of corruption in the Indonesian Armed Forces Social Insurance, or Asabri, taking the lid off another potential scandal in a financial industry already ridden with billion-dollar graft cases.
— Jakarta Globe

Bintan police curb illegal sand mining sites
The Bintan District police have curbed all illegal sand mining sites in Galang Batang and Malang Rapat areas of Gunung Kijang Subdistrict in Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

Microsoft to Invest USD1 Billion in Indonesia, Luhut Says
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that Microsoft Corporation is interested in investing USD 1 billion in Indonesia, or around IDR 14 trillion.

President Joko Widodo arrives in Labuan Bajo, NTT
President Joko Widodo has landed in the Komodo Airport of Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), for a two-day working visit in the area.
— Antara News

Fishery Ministry eyes for 10.99 million tons seaweed yield in 2020
Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries increases a seaweed production target in 2020 to 10.99 million tons, from 9.9 million tons in 2019, a director general said in a statement here, on Sunday.
— Antara News

12 oil and gas projects to start operational in 2020
At least 12 oil and gas projects will start operational in 2020, Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said.
— Antara News

Host Shuttlers Win Three Titles as Anthony Ends Losing Streak
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting claimed his first title in 16 months on Sunday after beating defending champion Anders Antonsen at the Indonesia Masters men’s singles final inside the packed Istora Senayan Indoor Stadium in Jakarta, where host players enjoyed a good weekend by securing three titles.
— Jakarta Globe

Bakamla chief to step down into retirement
Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) chief Vice Adm. Achmad Taufiquerrochman will step down from his position in the near future after having officially entered retirement last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Protecting Natuna; Luhut Says Prabowo will Buy Danish Warship
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will purchase Danish frigate-built warship that is capable to cruise long distances.

Lack of evidence stalls human rights violations settlement
Lack of evidence and the absence of an ad hoc human rights tribunal have stalled efforts to settle past gross human rights violations in Indonesia, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said today.
— Antara News

OJK Suspends 37 Investment Managers; Capital Market Improves
Head of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) commissioner board, Wimboh Santoso, reported that the agency has suspended the permit of 37 investment managers in 2019 after it started implementing a more transparent and enforcing stricter capital market rules.

Indonesia prepares 10 stadia for U20 World Cup
Indonesia’s government has prepared 10 stadia for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2021, the President Joko Widodo reaffirmed here, Friday, during a limited meeting at the Presidential Office.
— Antara News

Rupiah slightly drops before week end holiday
Indonesia’s rupiah dropped slightly, Friday, at two points or 0.02 percent to Rp13.645 against the United States dollar in the Jakarta interbank market, amid positive trends of the exchange currency rate for the past week.
— Antara News

Minister Holds Meeting on Board of Jurangmangu-Serang Train
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi led a meeting about the development of train infrastructure onboard of an inspection train heading to Serang, Banten.

Indonesia’s new capital forges ahead with steering committee, bill ready to go
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo explained on Friday that his recent move to invite world-renowned figures to join a steering committee for the relocation of the country’s capital to East Kalimantan was made to win the trust of investors as the government seeks greater participation from the private sector to finance the multibillion-dollar project.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN to increase renewable energy-based power plant capacity in 2020
State-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has outlined a target to step up the capacity of renewable energy-based power plant by 1.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2020.
— Antara News

Jokowi names next chief of Indonesian Maritime Security Agency
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed that Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia will be the next chief of the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla).
— Antara News

Military locate base of armed criminal group operating in Papua’s Intan Jaya
The Indonesian Military (TNI) said on Thursday that it discovered one of the bases of an armed criminal group (KKB) that has been active in Intan Jaya regency of Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Fishing vessels from Rembang ready to depart for Natuna
Some 35 vessels weighing more than 75 gross tons owned by fishermen from Rembang, Central Java, are set to leave for the Natuna Sea following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction to utilize Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the welfare of Indonesian fishermen.
— The Jakarta Post

Vale’s divestment a tactical move for national electric cars: Thohir
The divestment of Vale Indonesia, subsidiary of the multi-mining corporation in Brazil, Vale, is part of a strategic measure to develop the national electric vehicle industry, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir revealed here, Friday.
— Antara News

Paradigm shift imperative in environmental issues: Deputy Minister
A paradigm shift is the most important factor in the effort to tackle environment issues, Deputy Minister of Forestry and Environment Alue Dohong said.
— Antara News

Badung targets 6.2 million foreign tourists in 2020
Badung District in Bali Province, has set a target of attracting some 6.2 million foreign tourists during 2020.
— Antara News

DPR to summon TVRI commissioners over president director’s dismissal
The House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission I will summon Televisi Republik Indonesia’s (TVRI’s) board of commissioners on Jan 21 for clarification on their decision to sack Helmy Yahya as the state-owned television station’s president director.
— Antara News

President Jokowi visits Labuan Bajo to observe its tourism development
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Jokowi left Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta for Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara Province on Sunday to observe the latest development of tourism infrastructure facilities there.
— Antara News

Indonesia Establishes First Esports Governing Body
Indonesia officially launches its first Esports Association on Saturday to nurture professional gamers and introduce regulations for a potential domestic league.
— Jakarta Globe

Sigi’s sunday market reopened after being destroyed by 2018 earthquake
The residents of Bulubete Village in Dolo Selatan Subdistrict, Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province, who severely suffered from the impact of a deadly earthquake on Sept 28, 2018, now can sale and purchase goods and staple food again at their Sunday Market.
— Antara News

China increases scholarship quota to 3,000 for Indonesian students
The Chinese government has decided to increase the scholarship quota for bachelor and master’s degree for Indonesian college students to up to three thousand this year.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin, Joseph Donovan discuss ways to maintain global peace
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin received an honorary visit from the United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan Jr., at the Vice President’s Office, here on Friday.
— Antara News

Integrate water management to prevent flooding: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has issued directives to local governments and related ministries to conduct integrated water management from upstream to downstream to prevent flooding.
— Antara News

Tackling flood, landslide must not inconvenience people: Monardo
Endeavors to tackle the root causes of flooding and landslides in Bogor District and Puncak resort areas, West Java, must not create social problems in society, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB’s) official stated.
— Antara News

Immigration served 1,400 passport applicants
The Directorate General of Immigration of the Law and Human Rights Ministry served 1,400 passport applicants during the Immigration Festival 2020 held on January 18-19.
— Antara News

Inspired by ancient kingdoms, self-proclaimed Javanese ‘kings’ gain followers, money
The ruckus over “Keraton Agung Sejagat” (World Empire) has not settled, yet the Indonesian internet sphere was once again rocked by the emergence of the so-called Sunda Empire-Earth Empire in Bandung, West Java, claiming to be on a mission to settle the country’s debts at the World Bank.
— The Jakarta Post

Human rights advocates condemn attorney general for neglecting Semanggi tragedies
Human rights activists have condemned Attorney General ST Burhanuddin for saying that the Semanggi tragedies that claimed at least 29 lives were not gross human rights violations, which they see as another step back from the government’s commitment to solve past human rights abuses.
— The Jakarta Post

Tour bus overturns in Subang, killing eight
Eight people are confirmed dead while dozens others injured following an accident involving a tour bus in Subang regency, West Java, on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest man for allegedly counterfeiting US dollars
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police took into arrest a man on charges of producing, keeping, and circulating fake US dollars.
— Antara News

Actress Ade Irawan Passes Away Days After Daughter’s Death
Actress Ade Irawan passed away while receiving treatment at Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday, only 10 days after the death of her youngest daughter, Ria Irawan, who was also a famous actress.
— Jakarta Globe

Permit for Riau Islands church revoked over local fears ‘it may turn into an icon’
The construction of another Christian house of worship in Indonesia was abruptly halted after the Tanjungpinang administration in Riau Islands revoked the building permit (IMB) for the Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) My Home church last month.
— The Jakarta Post

Human skeleton found sitting on couch in deserted house in Bandung
A human skeleton was found in a sitting position on a couch at a two-story house in Sayati village, Bandung regency.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Kaltim Kece

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the continuing flooding in Indonesia.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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