Indonesia morning news for July 17

Indonesia morning news for July 17
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Indonesia morning newsBank Indonesia Cuts Rate for Second Month as Growth Sputters
Bank Indonesia lowered its key interest rate for a second straight month to bolster economic growth, and signaled further easing will depend on inflation and how the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic unfolds.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s COVID-19 mortality rate the second highest in ASEAN – here’s why
As of Wednesday morning (15 July), Indonesia recorded 3,710 deaths due to COVID-19, meaning that the death rate for the country is 14 deaths per one million population.
— The Online Citizen

Covid-19: Indonesia cases exceed 80,000
Indonesia reported 1,522 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, raising the country’s tally beyond 80,000.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia’s new lobster export policy threatens Javan rhino habitat
The Indonesian government’s controversial decision to allow the resumption of lobster larvae exports now threatens another, far more endangered, species: the Javan rhino.
— Mongabay

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 16 — record deaths in Indonesia, regional recoveries top 115,000
As of 00:41 GMT July 16 there was 77,663 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 804, or 1.04 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Two policemen jailed over acid attack on Indonesian graft buster
Two Indonesian police officers were jailed on Thursday (Jul 16) for partially blinding a top corruption investigator in an acid attack that sparked widespread anger in the graft-riddled Southeast Asian nation.

Dam that threatens orangutan habitat faces three-year delay
Construction of a hydropower plant in the only known habitat of a critically endangered orangutan species on the Indonesian island of Sumatra might be delayed for up to three years due to COVID-19 and funding issues.
— Mongabay

Australian woman jailed over Bali policeman’s death gets early release
An Australian woman sentenced to four years imprisonment over the death of a policeman on the Indonesian island of Bali was given early release on Thursday, and was keen to be reunited with family, her lawyer said.
— The Jakarta Post

Death toll in Indonesia flash floods rises to 32; 16 missing
The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province rose to 32 on Thursday with 16 people still missing, officials said.
— StarTribune

BNPB warns Mount Merapi likely to erupt following recent volcanic activity
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned of a potential eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java following a series of tectonic earthquakes that recently rattled surrounding regions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reports 1,574 new coronavirus infections, 76 new deaths
Indonesia reported 1,574 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 81,668 its health ministry said.
— The Guardian

BI Lowers Interest Rate as Slack Gov’t Spending Leads to Sharp Contraction in Q2
Bank Indonesia, the country central bank, has cut its benchmark interest rate to 4 percent to prop up the economy that could have shrunk by 4 percent in the second quarter this year amid the government sluggishness in spending the stimulus to counter the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Full economic recovery in Indonesia in August 2020: World Bank
Indonesia’s economy will start to open and recover from the COVID-19 crisis in August this year, the World Bank’s Country Director for Indonesia, Satu Kahkonen, stated on Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesia Launches 10 New Power Plants
Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif inaugurated 10 power plants. The power plants are part of the 35,000 MW mega power project.

From Red Notice Removal to Covid-19 Free Certificate — How a Graft Fugitive is Treated So Generously
For more than a decade, Indonesian law enforcement agencies have been desperately trying to bring graft fugitive Djoko Tjandra to justice, but the sought-after man has actually returned to challenge his conviction and traveled between cities under their nose without any slightest attempt to arrest him.
— Jakarta Globe

Traveling from, to Jakarta No Longer Requires SIKM: KAI
It is now easier for people to take a long-distance train from and to Jakarta since the mandatory of an Exit and Entry Permit (SIKM) has been annulled by the city administration as of Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Police confirm re-enforcement of Jakarta’s ETLE e-ticketing
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police, on Thursday, spoke of re-enforcing the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) e-ticketing and the manual ticketing system to curb traffic violations in the capital city from July 23.
— Antara News

Indonesian coal plant taints South Korea’s green pledge
Indonesian fisherman Ramidin says he used to catch stingray by paddling just off the shore of his village, but as a giant coal power complex nearby has expanded over the last three decades, he has had to venture further and further out to sea.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Announces Breakthrough in 100% Biofuel Manufacturing
The state energy company Pertamina has announced success in producing the refined, bleached, and deodorized palm oil used for 100 percent biofuel, or the so-called Green Diesel, at its Dumai refinery in Riau, paving the way for Indonesia’s ambition to switch to the green fuel as soon as next year.
— Jakarta Globe

Bandung Health Agency struggles to conduct contract tracing in army school cluster
The Bandung Health Agency in West Java has said that it encountered difficulty in carrying out contact tracing at the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa) cluster in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Epidemiologist: Indonesia Must Close Social, Economic Activities
As Indonesia continues to see high numbers of Covid-19 infections daily, an epidemiologist suggests a shutdown on social and economic activities, for the government to be able to take control of the situation.

World Bank: 3 Keys to Rebuild Indonesia Economy
The World Bank’s head representative for Indonesia, Satu Kahkonen, said the crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic presents both challenges and opportunities.

260 cops in South Sumatra to undergo drug rehab
As many as 260 police officers in South Sumatra province will undergo a rehabilitation program to recover from drug addiction, South Sumatra police spokesperson Sen.Coms Supriadi said.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Task Force targets testing of 30 thousand specimens daily
The expert team of the COVID-19 Disease Response Acceleration Task Force is eyeing to test 30 thousand specimens daily for the diagnosis of coronavirus infections.
— Antara News

Most Indonesians who are aware of job creation bill support it: Survey
Most Indonesians who are aware of the omnibus bill on job creation want the House of Representatives to pass it, hoping the regulations could increase the number of jobs, a survey by Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) shows.
— The Jakarta Post

RI to develop marine botanical gardens for coral reef preservation
The Government of Indonesia is planning to develop marine botanical gardens to preserve coral reefs.
— Antara News

All KPK employees to have PCR tests after seven infected with COVID-19
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is having polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted on all employees after seven people within the body got infected with the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi plans to disband 18 state institutions, including Peat Restoration Agency
The State Palace has reaffirmed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s intention to disband 18 institutions in a bid to ease the burden on the state budget amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a senior presidential aide revealing several names on the list.
— The Jakarta Post

Job Creation Draft Bill Slammed for Giving Way for Exploitation
The former Indonesian Minister of Environmental Affairs, Emil Salim, argued that the job creation omnibus draft bill or known locally as the RUU Cipta Kerja only focuses on creating more job opportunities by exploiting the country’s natural resources.

BMKG predicts droughts in several regions across Indonesia
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted dry weather, even droughts, in several areas of the country over the next few weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks to renegotiate trade, investment deal with Japan
The government is seeking to expand access to the Japanese market, reduce tariffs and liberalize the movement of workers in tourism through Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) renegotiations.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Deputy Speaker Deny Rumors on Passing 2 Controversial Bills
House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, asserted that legislators will not pass the Bill on Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (“RUU HIP”) and the Job Creation Omnibus Draft Bill (“RUU Cipta Kerja”) during a plenary session held on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

South China Sea: Indonesia urges parties to respect international laws
Indonesia has once again urged all parties to respect international laws in response to the escalating tensions between China and the United States in the South China Sea.
— Antara News

End polemic on Pancasila Ideology Guideline Bill: House Speaker
Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Puan Maharani urged to end a polemic on the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines Bill (RUU HIP) while calling to live harmoniously and peacefully and unitedly battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Criminal law hinders quest for justice in Depok abuse case
A recent case of child sexual abuse at a Catholic church in Depok, West Java, sheds light on the flaws and complexity of Indonesia’s criminal law, which has hampered the victims’ quest for justice for a crime reportedly committed over a period of 18 years.
— The Jakarta Post

Novel Baswedan pins no hopes on “theatrical court” for verdict
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan spoke candidly of harboring no expectations from the verdict of the North Jakarta District Court on two police officers behind the acid attack that harmed his eyes.
— Antara News

​​​​​​​House approves Rp 8.5t in convertible bond for ailing Garuda
The House of Representatives has given the green light for the government to provide Rp 8.5 trillion (US$583 million) for pandemic-hit national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, in the form of a mandatory convertible bond (MCB).
— The Jakarta Post

Mangrove forests to hereafter not be converted into ponds: Minister
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Eddhy Prabowo has made assurance that mangrove forests would henceforth not be converted into ponds, and the ministry, in its place, plans to plant more mangrove trees.
— Antara News

PGN to develop three domestic LNG hubs for power plant gasification plan
State-owned gas firm PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) plans to convert three liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals into regional gas distribution hubs as part of a government program to cut oil imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Three museums reopen in Jambi
Three museums in Jambi province have reopened to public since July 6 this year, with visitors urged to practice preventive measures mandated by the health protocols for containing coronavirus spread, a local authority revealed.
— Antara News

Two killed, one pedestrian injured in traffic accident in Jakarta
A motorcyclist and his passenger died, while a pedestrian sustained grave injuries after a university student, driving a dark blue Honda HRV hatchback, hit them on DI Panjaitan Street, East Jakarta, Wednesday evening, police stated.
— Antara News



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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