Indonesia morning news for July 21

Indonesia morning news for July 21
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia reports second-highest daily increase in coronavirus deaths
Indonesia reported on Monday its second-highest daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths with 96 fatalities, a day after registering a record daily jump in deaths, data presented by health ministry official Achmad Yurianto showed.
— Reuters

Indonesia Central Bank Predicts U-Shaped Economic Recovery From Pandemic
Indonesia’s central bank expects a U-shaped recovery for Southeast Asia’s largest economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, its senior deputy governor said in an online seminar on Monday.
— The New York Times

Foreign Tourists Can’t Enter Indonesia…Yet
The information was stated by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi when she was accompanying the president to the virtual 36th ASEAN Summit in Vietnam, which was broadcasted live by the Presidential Secretariat last month.
— Indonesia Expat

Govt Issues Guidance on Childbirth During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Health Ministry has released guidance on childbirth at hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 20 — Indonesia caseload eases on back of record deaths
As of 00:32 GMT July 20 there was 84,254 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,084, or 1.29 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Leader of Indonesia’s al-Qaida wing’s leader sentenced to 7 years
An Indonesian court sentenced Monday a leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast Asian wing of international terrorism network al-Qaida to seven years in jail for planning terrorism acts.
— The Mainichi

Women abducted for marriage, and often raped, in Indonesia – it’s the custom, villagers say
A 21-year-old planned to study at university, but her dreams were crushed when five men on the island of Sumba carried her off, screaming, to marry a stranger

Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Health Ministry announced 1,693 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 88,214.
— The Jakarta Post

African swine fever kills more than 24,000 pigs in East Nusa Tenggara since January
More than 24,000 community-owned pigs in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have died after being exposed to the African swine fever (ASF) since the beginning of this year, local authorities have confirmed.
— The Jakarta Post

Soekarno-Hatta Airport Drops SIKM Requirement
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) announced today that travelers would no longer be required to present an entry and exit permit or SIKM at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang and Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta.

Tempeh tipped to be Indonesia’s next big export to US as market for meat alternatives grows
Tempeh, a traditional Indonesian soybean-based culinary product, has potential to be the country’s next big export to the United States during the health crisis as the market for meat alternatives continues to grow, government officials and businesspeople have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Forms Panel to Revive Virus-Hit Economy as Cases Jump
Indonesian President Joko Widodo will chair a new task force to lead efforts to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Southeast Asia and monitor spending of $47 billion in fiscal stimulus to revive the nation’s economy.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia offers to buy Austria’s Typhoon jetfighters
After initial clearance from the United States State Department to buy an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, news broke that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto intended to buy jet fighters from Austria.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s virus cases, deaths accelerate after reopening
After almost a month of taking gradual steps to reopen the economy, Indonesia has seen its COVID-19 cases and deaths double as crowds reemerge in virus epicenters like Jakarta
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia To Finally Conduct Exercises In South China Sea
Indonesia has finally decided to conduct exercises in the vicinity of the Riau Islands, the Foreign Brief reported.
— BusinessWorld

Government prepares national economic recovery for 2021
The government, through the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) of the Ministry of Finance, is preparing the National Economic Recovery (PEN) Program for 2021 since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to continue.
— Antara News

How to rob a bank and get away in Indonesia
Indonesia is replete with stories of the rich and powerful evading the corrupted short arms of the law.
— Asia Times

Indonesia’s Bukalapak keeps faith in offline sales despite COVID
E-commerce has been one of the few industries able to weather the coronavirus pandemic, as people stayed home and ordered more things online.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Jakarta Reports Most Covid-19 Cases, Surge Continues in Central Java
Indonesia reported 1,693 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday with Jakarta, Central Java and East Java becoming the main drivers, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19; Indonesian Govt’s False Sense of Security Criticized
The civil society group “Indonesian People’s Society Against Covid-19” on Sunday urged the government to perform better crisis communication and avoid creating a false sense of security regarding the coronavirus pandemic that has steadily worsened.

Nearly 1,000 Indonesians repatriated from Brunei Darussalam
The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan has so far arranged six special flights to help nearly one thousand Indonesian citizens fly back to the country from Brunei Darussalam.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani Says Economy Has Begun to Improve Since June
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Indonesia’s economy in the second quarter of 2020 was relatively worse than the previous period.

COVID-19: Number of recoveries reaches 46,977
Indonesia on Monday recorded 1,576 new recoveries, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease in the country so far to 46,977, a government spokesperson said.
— Antara News

New regulation to have intelligence agency work directly under President Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has recently issued a regulation stipulating that the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) will work directly under the President in a bid to streamline intelligence reporting, officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

West Sumatra city closes schools again after staff test positive for COVID-19
All schools in Pariaman, West Sumatra closed their doors again and returned to online instruction on Monday after two staff members of a school in the city tested positive for COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

President calls for accountable, precise handling of COVID-19 funds
President Joko Widodo has urged ministers and heads of state institutions to utilize the budgeted Rp695.2 trillion for handling the COVID-19 pandemic and the national economic recovery in a quick, precise, and accountable manner.
— Antara News

Omnibus bill could hurt labor, environmental protections: World Bank
The World Bank has expressed strong criticism toward the omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that the proposed reform currently under deliberation at the House of Representatives could adversely affect the environment and labor rights.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and China COVID-19 Cases Compared, Govt: Irrelevant
The Indonesian task force on the handling of COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, on Monday argues that it is irrelevant to compare Indonesia’s coronavirus confirmed cases total tally to China’s.

1,172 Traditional Market Traders in Indonesia Contract COVID-19
The Indonesian Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) recorded 1,172 positive COVID-19 cases at 201 traditional markets throughout 83 regencies or cities of 26 Indonesia’s provinces.

Jokowi’s Son May Go Unchallenged in Solo Mayor’s Race
Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has emerged as the sole candidate to receive formal backing from political parties in the mayoral election in Solo, Central Java.
— Jakarta Globe

Tito Karnavian: 50 Attendees Max for Regional Campaigns, Rallies
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian reminded regional head candidates not to hold campaign or rallies that bring together more than 50 people during the 2020 regional heads’ elections.

Aerial View of Jakarta’s Covid-19 Graves
he Covid-19 outbreak has killed 4,143 people in Indonesia, including 736 in Jakarta as of Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Calls for Speedy Budget Spending
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted the importance of speedy disbursement of the state budget for the benefit of the people, especially during the current health and economic crises.

Labor Unions Prep Large-scale Protest Against Omnibus Law
A number of labor unions under the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) are preparing to stage simultaneous protests against the omnibus law and the mass layoffs in 20 provinces in early August 2020.

Government drives vaccination to prevent rise in childhood diseases amid COVID-19
Just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge in January, 21-year-old Dian gave birth to her premature son in Tuban, East Java, which is now the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Erick Thohir Reveals Goals of Economic Recovery Team
SOE Minister Erick Thohir has revealed reasons behind the government’s decision to form the national economic recovery committee in dealing with the COVID-19 impacts.

Economist Laments Formation of Jokowi’s Economic Recovery Team
Piter Abdullah Redjalam, an economist from the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) and a lecturer at Perbanas Institute, argued there was no urgency for the establishment of the national economic recovery team by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that aimed at resolving impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southern Indonesia’s regions arid, equator still receiving rains: BMKG
Dry season has set in most of Indonesia’s southern part, though high rainfall can potentially still be received in the equatorial regions, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta Scheduled to Add Bicycle Lanes, says Deputy Governor
Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria on Sunday announced that the city’s transportation agency plans to add new bike lanes to match the increasingly popular mode of transport; bicycles.

Pertamina pilots palm oil-based ‘green diesel’ production
State-owned oil giant Pertamina has produced its first-ever batch of palm oil-based “green diesel” in its refinery in Dumai, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan to Provide Assistance for Private School Students
A Youtube video uploaded by the Jakarta administration’s account on Sunday saw Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan presenting the city’s plan to fund students entering private schools.

Data fiasco causes delays in disbursement of social assistance: Study
A lack of reliable data has caused delays in the distribution of government social assistance to eligible recipients, as poverty rises amid the unfolding health crisis, a study has found.
— The Jakarta Post

Pupuk Indonesia issues bonds worth Rp2.5 trillion
PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero), Indonesia’s largest state-owned fertilizer company, on Monday issued bonds worth Rp2.5 trillion as part of the first phase of its Sustainable Public Offering (PUB) in 2020.
— Antara News

Government set to operate sections of toll roads in Aceh, Manado amid pandemic
Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has approved the operation of 35 kilometers of two strategic toll roads, namely the Banda Aceh-Sigli in Aceh and the Manado-Bitung in North Sulawesi, to boost economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Whirlwind devastates 300 homes in Pontianak, West Kalimantan
A whirlwind struck two sub-districts in Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province, leaving a path of destruction and causing damage to some 300 homes on Friday (July 17), Pontianak Mayor Edi Rusdi Kamtono stated.
— Antara News



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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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