Indonesia morning news for July 2

Indonesia morning news for July 2
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s inflation falls to 20-year low as consumer spending weakens
Indonesia recorded the lowest annual inflation rate since 2000 in June, slightly below the central bank’s target range, as the coronavirus pandemic upends business activity and demand for goods and services.
— The Jakarta Post

Government extends electricity-relief scheme until September 2020
The government has extended the disbursement of electricity subsidy for PLN customers, whose power consumption falls within the 450-volt ampere (VA) and 900-VA categories, until September 2020.
— Antara News

NTT vows to abolish bride ‘kidnapping’ after nationwide public anger
The administration of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has vowed to abolish the practice of kawin tangkap (capture and wed), a form of bride kidnapping commonly practiced on the island of Sumba, after a viral video of an such an event angered a Cabinet minister and the public nationwide.
— The Jakarta Post

More Indonesian children may become malnourished amid pandemic, UNICEF warns
The number of children suffering from malnutrition could spike in Indonesia as the government has struggled to stem the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health issue, according to the United Nations International Children’s Fund.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 1 — Indonesia sets new record for daily deaths
As of 00:50 GMT July 1 there was 60,422 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 715, or 1.20 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 156, or 0.26 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,822** people were discharged.
— AEC News Today

Superspreaders Dictate Covid-19’s Transmission in Indonesia
A recent paper by Indonesian scientists has pointed to the oversized role of a few highly contagious individuals in the Covid-19’s transmission in the country, partly explaining how the world’s fourth most populous country fared better than its peers like India, Brazil and the United States.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian province declares state of emergency over forest fires
Indonesia’s third-largest province declared a state of emergency from Wednesday (Jul 1) after identifying more than 700 fires, as the Southeast Asian nation braces for its annual fire season.

Jakarta Extends ‘Transition Period’ to July 16 before Full Reopening
Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday the so-called transition period that followed social restriction measures amid the Covid-19 outbreak will be extended to another two weeks as daily infection cases have mostly returned to three-digit figure throughout June.
— Jakarta Globe

Pandemic-fuelled baby boom has many Indonesians worried
With her husband left jobless by the pandemic, the last thing Indonesian mother Juarsih needed was to get pregnant, but now she’s expecting a third child — one of many in the country anxiously preparing for a COVID-fuelled baby boom.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia strikes a blow against judicial graft
If there is ever a potentially lucrative position in Indonesia’s judicial system, it is secretary of the Supreme Court, the presidentially-appointed bureaucrat who controls the administration and, most importantly, the transfers and promotions of lower court judges.
— Asia Times

Air Travel Suffers Steepest Fall Due to Pandemic
Air travel business suffered the steepest fall in decades as the Covid-19 pandemic forced flight operators to ground planes amid travel restrictions and lockdown in most countries around the world.
— Jakarta Globe

Lack of discipline blamed as East Java overtakes Jakarta as largest COVID-19 epicentre in Indonesia
East Java has become the largest epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, and experts said the residents’ lack of discipline in adhering to social distancing rules is to be blamed for the rise of infections.

Indonesia draws the line on Singapore’s 2015 haze investigation
Indonesia will respect Singapore’s investigation into individuals and companies implicated in the 2015 peatland and forest fires, on the condition that the investigation does not violate Indonesian sovereignty or international law.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reopens national parks to tourists as COVID-19 cases rise
Indonesia is reopening dozens of conservation areas to local and foreign tourists after months of closure, even as the number of COVID-19 infections in the country continues to climb.
— Mongabay

Experts warn against complacency as foreign companies plan relocation to Indonesia
Business associations and experts have welcomed the government’s announcement on the relocation of foreign-owned production facilities to Indonesia, a positive sign for the slowing economy amid the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Asked to Issue Ban on Production of Plastic Bags
The Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) urged the Jakarta provincial administration to issue a gubernatorial regulation or Pergub on the prohibition of plastic bag production.

Govt to slash diesel subsidy 50%, generate trillions in 2021 savings
House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII overseeing energy on Monday approved a proposal from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to cut the diesel subsidy by 50 percent to Rp 500 (3.5 US cents) per liter, on the back of expectations that crude prices will remain low in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Sugar production projected to reach 540,000 tons in June-August
Sugar production in Indonesia has entered its peak season and is expected to reach 540 thousand tons in June-August, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
— Antara News

Indonesia Welcomes $38b Factories Relocation From China to C. Java
Seven companies from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States set to begin plant construction at Batang industrial estate in Central Java with a total investment of $850 million, as Indonesia finally reap some benefit from multinational companies relocation from China.
— Jakarta Globe

Sexual Violence Elimination Bill to be Dropped from 2020 Priority
The House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg DPR) planned to drop the bill on the elimination of sexual violence or RUU PKS from the 2020 national legislation program.

Indonesia watchdog cautions on excess bank withdrawals, to investigate social media
Indonesia’s financial watchdog on Wednesday urged customers not to withdraw excess cash from banks while it and the police investigate “irresponsible” social media posts about mid-sized Bank Bukopin.

Police Ordered to Get Tough on Covid-19 Fund Misuse
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has told the National Police to ‘bite off’ any government official with the slightest intent for misusing the Covid-19 fund.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Parliament rejects Israel’s West Bank annexation
House of Representatives’ Commission I Deputy Chairman Abdul Kharis Almasyari affirmed that the House’s Commission I had adopted a firm stance against the proposed West Bank annexation and rejected efforts constituting Israeli occupation of Palestine.
— Antara News

Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’
The Religious Affairs Ministry has banned the public celebration of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) in areas considered “unsafe from COVID-19” by their respective regional administrations.
— The Jakarta Post

Domestic banking industry remains robust: Perbanas
The domestic banking industry has fared relatively well and has remained strong in the midst of the pandemic, as reflected by several indicators, according to the National Bank Association (Perbanas).
— Antara News

Transportation Ministry denies rumor about taxing cyclists
The Transportation Ministry has denied a rumor about the government’s plan to impose a tax on cyclists due the rising popularity of cycling amid the loosening of social restrictions that had been implemented to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Police Deny Hacking Activists’ Account
The National Police denied hacking accounts of a number of activists. The Police Chief of the Public Relations Division Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono welcomed the public to voice their opinions freely.

Government to reduce COVID-19 socio-economic burden on tourism workers
Indonesia’s government has pledged to help over 17 thousand tourism workers in North Sumatra currently reeling from the socio-economic impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Province’s Tourism Office Head, Ria Novida Telaumbanua, stated.
— Antara News

BMKG: West Sumatra Sianok Segment May Trigger Strong Earthquake
The Sianok segment, an active cesarean located in West Sumatra, reportedly has the potential to trigger powerful earthquakes that must be aware of as it may recur in the future.

Social Ministry Says Rp1.3tn Needed to Verify, Validate DTKS
The Social Ministry today, July 1, reported that it needs Rp1.3 trillion. Minister Juliari Batubara stated the fund would be used to verify and validate the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) in 34 provinces throughout 2021.

BPS adopts different approach to conduct computation surveys
The Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) shifted several business processes in conducting surveys to accrue and calculate data on the most recent economic developments.
— Antara News

Expert Dares President Jokowi to Reshuffle Luhut Pandjaitan
In a written statement on Tuesday, the Jakarta State University (UNJ) political scientist, Ubedilah Badrun, challenged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to replace two of his coordinating ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Himbara targets credit expansion in four priority sectors
State-owned Banks Association (Himbara) targets credit expansion in the four sectors of agriculture, tourism, transportation, and construction to channel the government’s funds of Rp30 trillion (US$2.12 billion) deposited in banks under the auspices of Himbara.
— Antara News

Epidemiologist Suggests Mall, Market Visitors Register Online
The fear of seeing new COVID-19 clusters from the opening of malls and traditional markets had the University of Indonesia Epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono pitch the idea of imposing online registrations for mall and market visitors.

Indonesia sees fewer natural disasters in first half of 2020: BNPB
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the country witnessed fewer natural disasters in the first half of this year, with 1,549 disasters recorded as of June – fewer than 2,229 in the same period last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Yasonna claims no trace of Djoko Tjandra in immigration system
Contradicting claims made by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has said there was no indication that Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a longtime fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, has returned to the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi instructs police to assist in creating productive society
resident Joko Widodo (Jokowi) instructed the National Police to help maintain discipline among people in following preventive measures as necessitated by the government’s COVID-19 protocols to create a productive, safe society amid the ongoing pandemic.
— Antara News

As Prabowo visits Russia again, little headway on Sukhoi
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s recent visit to Russia to attend the Victory Day military parade highlighted the depth of cooperation in the defense sector between the two countries despite the absence of progress in Indonesia’s plan to procure Russian Sukhoi jet fighters, defense analysts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Police’s involvement in handling COVID-19 is important: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the criticality of the police’s involvement in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to maintain public adherence to health protocols and secure the distribution of social assistance.
— Antara News

53 percent of Indonesians say obtaining SME permit is hard: SMRC survey
Indonesians are finding it hard to secure business permits, especially for small and medium enterprises (SME), with a recent survey showing that the country is lagging behind its regional peers in improving ease of doing business.
— The Jakarta Post

MIND ID President and DPR Legislator Get Into Heated Exchange
The president-director of MIND ID or PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, Orias Petrus Moedak, was reportedly involved in an argument with Democrat Party politician Muhammad Nasir in the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII hearing on Tuesday.

Former BI senior deputy governor appointed Mandiri Sekuritas president commissioner
Former Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor Mirza Adityaswara has been appointed the president commissioner and independent commissioner of securities firm PT Mandiri Sekuritas, the company announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Prudential Indonesia to focus on affordable insurance products
Life insurance company PT Prudential Life Assurance (Prudential Indonesia) is focusing on affordable insurance products amid the pandemic, which has hit people’s purchasing power, its president director has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Students Protest Police Violence at 74th Police Anniversary
The Indonesian Muslim Students Movement (PMII) in Jakarta held a rally in front of the National Police’s (Polri) headquarters on Tuesday, June 30, demanding police to avert from violence and repressiveness against student demonstrators.



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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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