Indonesia morning news for June 22

Indonesia morning news for June 22
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Indonesia lowers 2020 economic growth projection – between -0.4% and 1%
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has revised down the target of the national economic growth from the previous range between minus 0.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent to the range between minus 0.4 per cent and 1 per cent this year over further economic contraction in the second quarter of 2020.
— Xinhua

Jokowi signs controversial new Mining Law: Expert staff
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law, which is meant to expand Indonesia’s mining industry but is marred with controversy over its socioenvironmental impacts and lack of procedural transparency.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 862 New Coronavirus Infections, 36 New Deaths
Indonesia reported 862 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, taking its total number of cases to 45,891.
— The New York Times

64 Doctors in East Java Test Positive for Covid-19, IDI Says
Chairman of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) East Java chapter, Sutrisno, said the pressure of hospital and healthcare workers in the region was increasing due to Covid-19 cases that went out of control.

Indonesia’s most active volcano Mount Merapi spews ash into sky in new eruption
Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has erupted, spewing ash and hot gas up to six kilometres into the sky.
— ABC News

Ministry still tracing cause of Indonesia’s COVID-19 patient data leak
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) currently continues to trace the reason behind the alleged hacking of a database containing information of the country’s COVID-19 patients that was circulated in cyberspace recently.
— Antara News

Beached dwarf sperm whale cut up, extracted for oil in Bali
Local authorities have found that a beached dwarf sperm whale on Lembeng Beach in Ketewel village, Gianyar, Bali, was cut in parts and had its oil extracted by local residents.
— The Jakarta Post

10 People Still Missing After a Boat Accident in Indonesia
Ten people are reported missing after a motorboat with 16 fishermen capsized in Indonesian waters, according to local officials quoted by AFP, the French News Agency, Saturday.
— VOA News

Indonesia battles another health crisis as dengue cases continue to climb
The Indonesian authorities are worried about another health crisis on their hands, dengue haemorrhagic fever, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times

Bank Indonesia Cuts Interest Rate, Eyes More by Year End
Indonesia’s central bank has decided to cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.25 percent after keeping it at 4.5 percent for the past three months, taking advantage of the country’s lowest inflation in almost two decades.
— Jakarta Globe

Churches Prepare Strict Health Protocol for Reopening in July
Catholic and protestant churches are preparing strict service protocols and infrastructure for the “new normal” to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
— Jakarta Globe

Pandemic, ADB Forecasts Indonesia’s Economy to Recover in 2021
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent forecast stated that Indonesia’s economy is expected to contract by 1.0% in 2020.

Your Covid-19 Donations Now Tax Deductible
The government has granted tax cuts and incentives to individuals or companies involving in the national efforts of Covid-19 pandemic mitigation from March to September, in an attempt to mobilize the country’s resources to curb the pandemic, the tax office said in a statement.
— Jakarta Globe

Garuda Indonesia to Open New Direct Flights to U.S., Europe
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Sebuahutra has announced that his company will open direct flight routes from major countries to Indonesia.

Why Indonesia is reaffirming its position on the South China Sea and turning down China’s offer for bilateral talks
Amid recent activities in the South China Sea, the Indonesian government has reiterated its position on the rule of international law through diplomatic notes addressed to the United Nations, while declining China’s offer to hold bilateral talks on overlapping claims.

Indonesia’s Intelligence Service is Coming Out to Counter COVID-19
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all Indonesian national security agencies have been heavily involved in the response.
— The Diplomat

Two Capital Assistance Schemes Available for Tourism and Creative Economy Industry
Two capital assistance schemes were available for small- and medium-sized businesses in the tourism and creative economy industry, providing loans to help the firms recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, an official from the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, and Investment said.
— Jakarta Globe

App Helps Indonesian Doctors Recruit Medical Personnel For Covid-19
Since the pandemic hits Indonesia in March, hospitals everywhere are in dire need of medical personnel as more doctors and nurses are dying due to Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

70 Percent of COVID-19 Patients Show Few Symptoms: Spokesperson
Almost 70 percent of patients suffering from the novel coronavirus experience few symptoms, which is why many rule out COVID-19 as the cause for their malaise, government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling, Achmad Yurianto said.

Pre-employment Card; KPK Finds Rp30 Billion Potential Waste
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced that it found potential waste and inefficiency in the procurement of the government’s pre-employment card program.

Jakartans get free COVID-19 rapid and swab tests from National Police
The Indonesian police organized a free COVID-19 test program at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex area in Central Jakarta on Sunday as Jakartans flocked to the Sudirman-MH Thamrin Streets to enjoy the Car Free Day after being suspended since March 15.
— Antara News

Minister to cut number of unproductive civil servants during work-from-home period
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said he is formulating a strategy to reduce the number of unproductive civil servants amid the current work-from-home policy implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Pharmaceutical, medical industries included in Making Indonesia 4.0
The pharmaceutical and medical device industries are included in the Ministry of Industry’s Making Indonesia 4.0 Program that targets to expedite the application of Industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector.
— Antara News

Anticorruption fight at risk as Supreme Court acquits another high-profile graft defendant
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has once again hit a wall in its fight against corruption after the Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of the former head of state-run electricity company PLN, Sofyan Basir, the latest graft suspect to evade conviction.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 task force inaugurates Lamongan infectious diseases center
COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo led an opening ceremony by video conference on Thursday for Infectious and Emerging Diseases Isolation and Quarantine Facility in Lamongan regency, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Child Smokers Easy Target for Tobacco Industry: Ministry
Indonesian children are an easy target market for the tobacco industry, said Lenny Rosalin, the deputy head for child growth and development affairs at the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry.
— Jakarta Globe

West Sumatra wildlife agency rescues trapped Asian golden cat in Agam regency
The Bukittinggi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Bukittinggi) has rescued an Asian golden cat from a boar trap at a plantation in Kamang Mudiak village in Agam regency, West Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

TMII Reopens ahead of Implementation of New Normal
The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) tourist area reopened yesterday on Saturday, June 20, 2020, during the new normal implementation with a promo offer of entry for two people at the price of one ticket, valid until June 30, 2020.

Indonesian clinicians consider dexamethasone for COVID-19 patients
Indonesian medical experts are mulling over the possibility of using dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely used steroid recently hailed as a “major breakthrough” in treating COVID-19 severe cases, as they seek to update their protocol following recent global studies on various potential treatments.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Files Appeal Against Court’s Rule on Papua Internet Block
The Indonesian government submitted an appeal against the Jakarta Administrative District Court’s (PTUN) decision that found President Jokowi and Communication and Informatics Minister guilty of blocking the internet access in Papua and West Papua provinces in August 2019.

Most customers yet to receive cash refunds for canceled flights
Airlines have yet to approve most passengers’ requests for cash refunds of cancelled international flights following the massive number of cancellations amid the pandemic, the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo) has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Does Not Intervene in DPR-initiated HIP Bill: Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo clarified that the government did not intervene in issues related to the bill on the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (RUU HIP) that had recently stirred up controversies.

President Jokowi friendly, open-minded person: Sri Mulyani
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received wishes on his 59th birthday on Sunday, one of them was from Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
— Antara News

Over 300,000 MSMEs Go Digital amid COVID-19 Pandemic
More than 300,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia made the shift to digital platforms in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Presidential spokesperson extends wishes on Jokowi’s 59th birthday
Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman extended his best wishes to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who celebrates his 59th birthday on Sunday.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s car free day returns after being suspended since March 15
The Jakartans again flocked to the Sudirman-MH Thamrin Streets on Sunday morning to do bicycle riding and outdoor exercise as the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta Government resumed the Car Free Day (CFD).
— Antara News

Novel’s alleged attackers should be acquitted to restart investigation: Former KPK chief
Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Busyro Muqoddas expressed support for the judges at the North Jakarta District Court to free the alleged attackers of graft buster Novel Baswedan in order to give room for a new investigation.
— The Jakarta Post

Military, Police chiefs evaluate pre-new normal activities in Semarang
National Police (Polri) Chief General Idham Azis and Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto reviewed application of health protocols at traditional markets and malls in Semarang, Central Java, Saturday, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Police confirms no investigation, legal case against Ismail Ahmad
The National Police headquarters confirmed that no investigation will be conducted on Ismail Ahmad over his post on his Facebook page of ex-president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid’s popular take on the Indonesian police.
— Antara News

​​​​​​​Government critic Ravio Patra questioned in WhatsApp hacking case
The Jakarta Police’s cyber unit questioned government critic Ravio Patra on Thursday about the alleged hacking of his WhatsApp account after he was charged for incitement after a message was sent from his number on April 22 calling for nationwide riots.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 recoveries in Jayapura comprise 15 children, one adult
Local hospitals in Jayapura discharged 15 children and an adult in Indonesia’s Papua Province on Thursday after they fully recovered from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to a local government official.
— Antara News

Meet the Indonesian doctor who has rescued more than 1,000 stray and abandoned dogs
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Susana Somali’s shelter receives up to 10 new dogs a day

Ministry develops aquaculture micro insurance for fish farmers
The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has developed aquaculture micro insurance for fish farmers to minimize the risk of aquaculture businesses.
— Antara News

Government suspends licensing for new savings, loan cooperatives amid liquidity bind
The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry has suspended the licensing of new savings and loan cooperatives for three months following an apparent liquidity bind in cooperative KSP Indosurya Cipta.
— The Jakarta Post

PGN commences 367-km crude oil pipeline construction in Rokan Block
Indonesia’s state gas utility PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) will begin construction on a 367-kilometer (km) crude oil pipeline in the Rokan Block, Riau, in July.
— Antara News

Oil palm smallholders suffer from falling prices, pandemic restrictions
Oil palm smallholders have suffered losses during the ongoing health crisis from the falling price of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and pandemic-related restrictions, a farmers’ union has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Basic metal, food industries remain leading sectors in exports: govt
Basic metal and food industries are projected to continue to be the leading sectors for Indonesian exports, as they have contributed significantly to the country’s revenue amid the COVID-19 crisis.
— Antara News

Japfa gears business strategy toward overcoming impacts of pandemic
Publicly listed poultry company PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia is gearing its business strategy toward overcoming the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina to pay $601m in dividends to government
State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina will pay US$601.3 million in dividends to the government, 7 percent more than last year, as the state looks to fund its COVID-19 expenditures.
— The Jakarta Post

Two truck drivers in C Kalimantan arrested for illegal logging cases
The police in North Barito District, Central Kalimantan Province, stopped two trucks carrying several pieces of Meranti wood and timber during a checkpoint operation at Hauling Street of PT SHS KM 15 in Pepas Village, Montallat Subdistrict, on June 17.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Day of the Seafarer, June 25.


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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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