Indonesia morning news for July 13

Indonesia morning news for July 13
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Indonesia morning newsPrioritize Test for Tracing as Pandemic in Indonesia Likely to Rise Until Oct: WHO
The World Health Organisation said Indonesia should start to prioritize tests for Covid-19 suspects to improve its tracing capability — instead of spending about 40 percent of the country’s testing capacity for discharging patients from isolation — as the pandemic accelerated in the country and likely to continue rising until October.
— Jakarta Globe

Emergency stay permits to no longer be issued for foreigners as Indonesia enters ‘new normal’
The Immigration Directorate General has updated a number of regulations regarding foreigners who have been granted emergency stay permits by the Indonesian government because of travel restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak
Nearly 1,300 people at a military academy in Indonesia have tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said, as the country struggles to contain the epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 12 — Indonesia deaths top 3,500, 35,000 active cases
As of 00:35 GMT July 12 there was 78,537 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 842, or 1.08 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 340, or 0.43 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 2,254** people were discharged or marked as recovered.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia reports 1,681 new coronavirus cases – Health Ministry official
Indonesia reported 1,681 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total count to 75,699, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a televised news briefing.
— Reuters

Whale of a time: Orcas make an appearance in Indonesian waters
Several killer whales, also known as orcas, have been sighted in waters across the archipelago in the last several months, as one of the world’s most powerful predators migrate to look for food.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is Working Towards Improving Information Defense with Data Privacy Laws
Indonesia is moving a data privacy regulation ahead in several of the largest e-commerce firms after a string of high-profile data attacks in recent months.
— The Asian Affairs

Raffles opens in Bali
While much of the hotel industry scrambles to reduce operating costs, Accor is bullish on the luxury Bali market.
— TravelMole

Indonesian e-tailer Bukalapak turns street sellers into banking agents
Indonesian startup Bukalapak, backed by Chinese fintech Ant Group, aims to turn the mom-and-pop stores that use its B2B e-commerce platform into banking agents through a partnership with one of the country’s largest lenders, its CEO told Reuters.
— Reuters

Trade deal to cut Indonesia’s trade deficit with Australia: minister
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is expected to help slash Indonesia’s trade deficit with Australia, which had reached US$3.2 billion in 2019.
— Antara News

Regulatory issues limit Indonesia’s role in global pharma value chain: Think tank
With the world racing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia may miss an opportunity to increase its role in the global value chain of the pharmaceutical industry because of regulatory issues, a think tank has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt issues new regulation for belabored preemployment card
The government on Wednesday issued a new regulation for its flagship incentivized training program to close loopholes in the previous regulation that prompted public criticism of systemic irregularities and conflicts of interest.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia develops 15-minute coronavirus test kit with 96% specificity
Indonesian researchers have successfully developed a test kit that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in a mere 15 minutes with a specificity level of 96 percent.
— Taiwan News

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 12 — Indonesia deaths top 3,500, 35,000 active cases
As of 00:35 GMT July 12 there was 78,537 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 842, or 1.08 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

EU Signs Agreements Worth Rp86bn to Help Indonesia on COVID-19
The European Union (EU) has signed three grant agreements worth €5.3 million or Rp86 billion with European and Indonesian NGOs working in partnership to help Indonesia contain the COVID-19 outbreak and its social and economic consequences.

Norway funds 530 million NOK for Indonesia in result base carbon reduction and deforestation project
The Norwegian government published an official announcement regarding the latest achievement on emission reduction and deforestation with Indonesia on 3 July 2020.
— ScandAsia

Undocumented migrants from Indonesia nabbed after trying to sneak out of country in Kota Tinggi
An attempt by five Indonesian men to sneak out of the country through an illegal route in Kota Tinggi was foiled by the 61st Royal Artillery Regiment (61 RAD) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) 61st Royal Artillery Regiment (61 RAD) today.
— Malay Mail

Metro TV Journalist Has Been Murdered: Police
A Metro TV journalist who was recently found dead in Pesanggrahan, South Jakarta, was a murder victim, police confirmed on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

In Indonesia, some cash-strapped residents are selling pet dogs as food
When Indonesian doctor Susana Somali saw a social media video of a pregnant dog about to be slaughtered, she was overcome with shock.

The More, The Merrier: China, UAE Offer Indonesia Partnership on Covid-19 Vaccine
A United Arab Emirates-China consortium has offered Indonesia to join forces for research and production on a coronavirus vaccine, taking part in an international partnership to find the vaccine that can stop the spread of Covid-19 disease.
— Jakarta Globe

2 Pilots Arrested over Drug Abuse, Garuda Examines All Employees
Management of state airliner Garuda Indonesia will immediately conduct a gradual examination to all of the employees following the arrest of its two pilots for consuming crystal meth.

East Kalimantan is striving to eliminate child marriages
East Kalimantan has been striving to eliminate underage marriages as the province’s child marriage rate is recorded at 13.9 percent or higher than that of Indonesia’s national rate which currently stands at 11.54 percent, a local government official said.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s Cathedral Reopens for Sunday, Daily Mass
Jakarta’s Cathedral Church, which was closed for over three months in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reopens today on Sunday and resume daily mass services from July 12, 2020, an official said on Saturday.

Digitization of press, broadcasting must soon be materialized: Amin
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin laid emphasis on materializing digital transformation in press and broadcasting as part of the major national development agenda to boost competitiveness at the global level.
— Antara News

Indonesians cautioned against using laser pointer, kites near airports
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has reiterated its warning to citizens, asking them to refrain from using laser pointers, flying kites, and releasing unmanned hot air balloons near airports.
— Antara News

Minister Tito Karnavian Bans Convoys During Election Registration
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian has barred convoys during the registration of candidates of the 2020 Regional Head Election (Pilkada) at regional General Election Commission (KPU) offices.

Govt to facilitate rehabilitation of 305 child sexual abuse victims
The Social Affairs Ministry will aid the social rehabilitation of 305 child victims in the sexual abuse and exploitation case involving a 65-year-old French retiree Francois Abello Camille (FCA) alias Frans.
— Antara News

Victims of domestic violence struggle to access help during quarantine
“She would send WhatsApp messages to our hotline early in the morning or at noon, when her husband was asleep,” said Uli Pangaribuan, a lawyer representing a victim of domestic violence, about how her team was contacted last month.
— The Jakarta Post

Regional PSBB relaxation to lower mass layoff potential: Bappenas
The potential of mass layoffs over COVID-19 is projected to decline, with some regions relaxing large-scale social distancing (PSBB), thereby facilitating economic recovery, the Coordinating Ministry for National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s new food estate to keep stockpiles, boost agriculture
The Indonesian government is preparing a food estate in Pandih Batu sub-district, Pulang Pisau district, around 147.4 kilometres from Central Kalimantan Province’s capital city of Palangka Raya.
— The Star

Indonesian Navy, Air Force Conduct Exercise Near Malaysia Border
The Indonesian Navy and Indonesian Air Force conducted an exercise near the border of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Jayapura’s Youtefa market closed to contain COVID-19 outbreak
The Jayapura COVID-19 Task Force has instructed the Youtefa market operator in Abepura Subdistrict, Papua Province, to shut down the market for three days starting from Saturday to break the chain of novel coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

Pontianak SAR Team Searches for Missing MV Cahaya Baru
Pontianak and Sintete Post search and rescue (SAR) Team is searching for MV Cahaya Baru, with 16 crew members and passengers, reportedly missing after engine breakdown and going adrift off Muri Isle, Sambas, West Kalimantan.

Telkomsel Employee Arrested for Data Theft
A man who works at the customer service unit of state-owned telecommunication company Telkomsel was arrested for allegedly stealing personal data of social media sensation Denny Siregar, police said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Prabowo Demands Mass COVID-19 Swab Tests on Soldiers
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto demanded massive swab tests of the COVID-19 on personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) following the findings of high virus transmission in the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa TNI AD) in Bandung city.

IDI recommends resumption of school activities in Bengkulu in December
The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has recommended that the Bengkulu provincial administration restart teaching and learning activities at schools in December 2020 based on the rising trend of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province.
— Antara News

Govt Responds to Airborne Transmission of COVID-19
The Indonesian government has reportedly asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to shed light on the results of research suggesting possible airborne transmission of the COVID-19.

Parliament should safeguard against cartels in medical devices sector
House of Representatives’ Commission XI, Puteri Anetta Komarudin, highlighted the need for the parliament to continually supervise COVID-19 handling budgets to ensure there are no cartels in the medical devices sector controlling market prices.
— Antara News

Lake Toba Development Continues Despite Pandemic: Luhut
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has made assurance that development of the Lake Toba tourist area in North Sumatra Province was not impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

National steel producer PT GRP pumps in Rp12 trillion investment
National steel producer PT Gunung Raja Paksi Tbk (GRP) invested an additional US$850 million, or some Rp12 trillion, to boost production efficiency and to facilitate market expansion.
— Antara News

UAE, Indonesia relations will continue to grow rapidly: ambassador
The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Indonesia Abdulla Salem Obaid Salem Al Dhaheri has said he is optimistic bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Indonesia would continue to grow at a rapid pace in several fields.
— Antara News

Crew members of sunken ship rescued in South Sulawesi after 15 hours adrift on jerry cans
Search and rescue personnel in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi, rescued two crew members of the sunken KM Ismail Jaya who had drifted in the ocean for 15 hours.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia shifts from ‘new normal’ to ‘adapting to new habits’
The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, announced on Friday that the term “new normal” to describe Indonesia’s post-pandemic era was incorrect and the government had changed its phrasing to adaptasi kebiasaan baru (adapting to new habits) to prevent false interpretations or misunderstandings.
— The Jakarta Post

Police find a hectare of cannabis field in Bandung
The Cimahi District Police found a hectare of cannabis field on Sunday in the forest area of Mount Bukit Tunggul in Cilengkrang Subdistrict, located between the districts of Bandung and West Bandung in West Java Province.
— Antara News

‘Dog Doctor’ Saves Canines In Indonesia
Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher’s block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.
— The ASEAN Post

Tourism minister welcomes Lake Toba named as UNESCO’s Global Geopark
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Board Wishnutama Kusubandio welcomed the UNESCO’s decision to include Danau Toba in North Sumatra as one of its Global Geoparks.
— Antara News

Minister Asks Applicators to Build Online Ojek Shelters
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi appreciated a number of innovations made by applicators of online-based motorbike taxis or online ojek and special rental transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rohingya refugees shifted to new shelter in Lhokseumawe
The Indonesian government on Friday afternoon shifted 99 Rohingya refugees, rescued by three Acehnese fishermen in June this year, from the old immigration office in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, to the city’s Meunasah Mee vocational training center.
— Antara News

Ministry encourages farmers to develop eel farming
The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has encouraged farmers and businessmen in the sector to develop eel farming and explore its potential in export market.
— Antara News

Indonesia still suffering from access gaps, delayed diagnosis in fight against cancer: Report
For 32-year-old Wiji Cahyono, the back pains that have cost him so many nights of sleep are now becoming so unbearable that he felt “like dying”, if it were not for the support of his friends and fellow cancer fighters online.
— The Jakarta Post

MDIF invests $750,000 in Indonesian digital media company Arkadia
Nonprofit investment organization Media Development Investment Fund has invested US$750,000 in publicly listed digital media company PT Arkadia Digital Media.
— The Jakarta Post

Honesty Is The Best Policy: Train Janitor Turns in $34,800 Found Under Seat
Kereta Commuter Line Indonesia (KCI) janitor Mujenih has gone viral on the internet for his admirable honesty.
— Jakarta Globe

BP Tapera to manage Rp 60 trillion by 2024
The management body of the public housing savings program (BP Tapera) has estimated that it will collect and manage Rp 60 trillion (US$4.1 billion) by 2024, mostly to fund housing for people working for government institutions.
— The Jakarta Post

Kapuas Hulu flooding submerges larger area
Floods have inundated larger areas in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan and cut land transportation in several subdistricts, Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Kapuas Hulu said.
— Antara News

Fire ravages 28 kiosks in Cibodas Botanical Garden’s market area
As many as 28 kiosks in the market area of Cibodas Botanical Garden, one of popular tourist destinations in West Java Province, caught fire on Saturday evening, according to a fire fighter at the Cipanas Subdistrict Fire Department.
— Antara News

Former student accused of raping, murdering elementary school teacher in South Sumatra
The South Sumatran police have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected to have raped and murdered his former elementary school teacher in Marga Rahayu village, Banyuasin regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-staff member of East Java bank jailed for embezzling money to fund husband’s election campaign
A panel of judges of the Pamekasan District Court in East Java has sentenced Ani Fatini, a former employee of East Java administration-owned lender Bank Jatim, to four-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling customers’ money to fund her husband’s campaign in the 2019 legislative election.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


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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