Indonesia morning news for July 22

Indonesia morning news for July 22
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Indonesia records $17.5b budget deficit in H1 as govt seeks to bolster spending
Indonesia recorded a Rp 257.8 trillion (US$17.5 billion) budget deficit in the first half of the year as the government seeks to bolster stimulus spending to cushion the coronavirus-battered economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Theft of Corpses Adds to Indonesia’s Coronavirus Challenges
Body stealing, island hopping and smiling are some of the latest challenges facing Indonesia as the virus spreads along the world’s largest archipelago, turning the Southeast Asian nation into the latest cautionary tale about how long the battle against the pandemic will last.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia ranks third among TB high-burden nations: president
President Joko Widodo drew attention to the harrowing reality that Indonesia ranked third for the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) globally.
— Antara News

Eid al-Adha Falls on July 31, Govt Declares
The Indonesian government has declared that the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha falls on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Indonesia reports 1,655 new coronavirus infections, 81 deaths
Indonesia on Tuesday reported 1,655 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 89,869, according to official data released by the government.
— Reuters

Bio Farma Eyes to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine in Early 2021
The Indonesian government through its pharmaceutical holding company Bio Farma targeted the COVID-19 vaccine, which is developed in cooperation with a China-based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, to be ready in early 2021.

Gorontalo’s 35 health workers get positive test result for COVID-19
Trianto Bialang, spokesman of the Gorontalo COVID-19 Task Force, confirmed here on Monday night that 35 health workers in Gorontalo Province had tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Indonesia vows to end practice of bride kidnapping
Indonesian officials are vowing to end the controversial custom of bride kidnapping on the remote island of Sumba, after videos of women being abducted sparked a national debate about the practice.
— BBC News

Indonesia presses China for witness in deaths of fishing boat crews
Indonesian authorities say they’re still waiting for China’s response to a request to turn over a witness in an investigation into alleged human trafficking that led to the deaths of four workers on board Chinese-flagged fishing vessels.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s Jakarta plastic bag ban to dent HDPE demand; timing criticized
A ban on single-use plastic bags in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is expected to dent demand for film-grade high-density polyethylene (HDPE film), but many decry the ban’s timing, which is expected to worsen a struggling economy.

Jakarta Officials Conduct Health Checks on Qurban Animals
The Jakarta Food Security, Marine and Agriculture Agency (KPKP) announced that it has supervised the health and safety of hundreds of Eid-al Adha sacrificial Qurban cattle ahead of one of Islam’s most festive day.

Terra Drone Indonesia Obtained the First Commercial BVLOS Permit in Indonesia
Terra Drone Indonesia once again made history after successfully obtaining a license to operate a long-distance mission or better known as Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), issued by the Directorate of Airworthiness & Aircraft Operations (DAAO), Director General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia.
— UAS Weekly

Photo of COVID-19 victim in Indonesia sparks fascination—and denial
Photojournalist Joshua Irwandi shadowed hospital workers in Indonesia, taking a striking image of a plastic-wrapped body of a COVID-19 victim while making sure not to reveal distinguishing characteristics, or even gender.
— National Geographic

Jakarta’s Coronavirus Cases Top 17,000 after a Record Daily Rise
New confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Jakarta surged by 433 on Tuesday — the city’s highest single-day rise so far — to take its total to 17,279, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Wants Indonesia Free from TB by 2030
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a limited meeting on the acceleration of eliminating Tuberculosis (TB) at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday, July 21.

Medan archdiocese suspends services after seven, including archbishop, test positive for COVID-19
Worship services in the Medan archdiocese in North Sumatra have been suspended until further notice after seven people, including Medan archbishop Mgr. Kornelius Sipayung, contracted COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

These 18 State Agencies, Committees Have Been Disbanded
President Joko Widodo has officially disbanded 18 state agencies and committees in a major efficiency measure as the country is coping with the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Police exposes 92 cases of misuse of COVID-19 aid funds
The Indonesian Police brought to light 92 cases of embezzlement of COVID-19 social aid funds, a spokesman of the Indonesian Police Senior Commissioner Ahmad Ramadhan stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

No more daily briefings as Achmad Yurianto replaced as national COVID-19 spokesman
The government will no longer be reporting COVID-19 updates through daily press briefings, a task previously carried out by the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto.
— The Jakarta Post

Two Papuan refugees shot dead by Indonesian military personnel
Two civilians, Elias Karungu and Selu Karungu, from conflict-prone Nduga regency, Papua, were fatally shot by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Amends Mining Law to Encourage More Downstream Investment
In May 2020, Indonesia’s government made significant changes to the 2009 Mining Law through the issuance of Law no 3 of 2020 (Mining Law Revision), which aims to encourage more investment into the country’s downstream mining industry.
— ASEAN Briefing

Omnibus bill to relax requirements to establish cooperatives: Government
The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministry is seeking to relax the requirements to establish a cooperative by reducing the minimum number of founders to just nine people through the omnibus bill on job creation currently under deliberation at the House of Representatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Tasks Airlangga, Erick With Fixing the Economy and Defeating Covid-19
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has concocted a new committee tasked with dual aims of maintaining the economic growth and curbing the novel coronavirus spread as Indonesia faces a real recession threat with the number of the Covid-19 cases keeps growing in the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Palace Claims Govt on Right Track to Mitigate COVID-19
The State Palace stated that Indonesia’s COVID-19 mitigation is on the right track when compared to other countries.

Daily COVID-19 Cases Update Available on Govt Website
The newly-appointed spokesman for the national COVID-19 mitigation task force, Wiku Adisasmito, said there will be changes in the government’s announcement of virus infection updates.

BPOM ensures validity of protocols for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial
Chairwoman of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) Penny Kusumastuty Lukito echoed her office’s guarantee of the validity of protocols for the clinical trial for the COVID-19 vaccine.
— Antara News

Luhut Pandjaitan: RDF Facility Turns Waste into Energy
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, inaugurated a waste management facility using a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) system in Cilacap, Central Java, today, July 21.

Govt to focus attention on domestic products in healthcare spending
The government will attach top priority to domestic products in its healthcare spending for handling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an endeavor to drive domestic economic growth amid the pandemic.
— Antara News

Karaoke,Restaurant Workers Urge Anies Baswedan to Open Businesses
Dozens of karaoke and restaurant workers on Tuesday held a rally in front of Governor Anies Baswedan’s office headquarters to demand the reopening of entertainment venues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Sulawesi flood kills at least 38 people, dozens reportedly missing
Severe flooding that hit North Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, last week claimed at least 38 lives, while dozens more remain missing, authorities reported on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Majority of Indonesians no longer want PSBB
Most Indonesians no longer want large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to be in force as the country takes gradual steps to reopen the economy, a survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Government earns highest audit rating from BPK despite irregularities
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has given the 2019 central government’s financial report an unqualified opinion (WTP), the best audit grade, despite irregularities found in several issues, including the recent financial scandals involving state-owned insurance companies.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK Still Hunting Down Graft Fugitive Harun Masiku
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has yet managed to trace the whereabouts of graft fugitive Harun Masiku, who had been on the run since January this year.

Banking stocks to lead Indonesian bourse recovery, experts say
The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) recovery will depend on the performance of banking stocks, analysts have said, while reports have shown that banks will continue to face challenges navigating a volatile COVID-19-driven environment.
— The Jakarta Post

Bawaslu, Ministry ink agreement on health safety during pilkada
The Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) and Health Ministry inked a cooperation agreement on the health safety of supervisors during the simultaneous regional head elections (pilkada) scheduled in December 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Why wait?: Garut village gives itself unlimited internet for Rp 33,000 a month
Residents of Cilimus Hideung village in Cibatu district, Garut, West Java, are now able to access low-cost internet thanks to the efforts of resident Budi Hermawan.
— The Jakarta Post

Collaboration key to unblocking bottlenecks in medical goods trade
The COVID-19 pandemic and the global contest for securing medical supplies has posed several challenges for both companies manufacturing as well as importing medical goods critical to the fight against the virus.
— Antara News

Indonesian peacekeeping contingent helps free American hostage in DR Congo
The Indonesian peacekeeping contingent of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or MONUSCO, has succeeded in helping to free a United States citizen who was held hostage by an armed bandit group in the African country.
— The Jakarta Post

Independent reconciliation body ‘crucial’ to resolve past atrocities in Papua: Experts
Experts have made fresh calls to push for the immediate establishment of an independent fact-finding and reconciliation body as part of a long-overdue effort to resolve past human rights violations in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Bulog readies land for building warehouse in food estate area
State Logistics Agency (Bulog) readied land to build a warehouse in the food estate area under the government’s development plan on 165 thousand hectares in Pulang Pisau, Central Kalimantan, Bulog’s President Director Budi Waseso, stated.
— Antara News

Fugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another hearing, reportedly residing in Malaysia
For the third time, graft fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra has failed to attend a hearing of a case review he filed against his conviction in a high-profile corruption case and has requested for the hearing to be held virtually, as he is reportedly residing in Kuala Lumpur.
— The Jakarta Post

VP highlights instrumental role of superior human resources
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin drew importance to the key role of superior human resources (HR) in winning the global competition.
— Antara News

Advocates call for targeted govt support to allay COVID-19 impacts on women-owned SMEs
Experts have highlighted the need to support industry sectors dominated by women, as the economic downturn from the pandemic was affecting a disproportionately high number of businesswomen.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest kite flyer for causing five-hour blackout in Bali
The police have arrested a 50-year-old man whose kite reportedly broke and fell onto a substation owned by state electricity firm PLN in Pesanggaran, Denpasar , Bali, leading to a five-hour blackout in three districts on the resort island on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Meiloon Relocates Factory to Indonesia; Promises More Jobs
PT Meiloon Technology Indonesia has started to construct its inaugural factory in West Java’s Subang district which they claim will be able to create thousands of job opportunities for local communities, provide technological transfer, and the economic effects for the Subang residents.

Gojek’s partner MSMEs get access to low interest credit
Micro, small, and medium enterprises partnering with Gojek’s food delivery platform GoFood can now avail low-interest loans under the Digital Credit Program for MSMEs (DigiKU) to maintain operations amid the pandemic.
— 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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