Indonesia morning news for June 26

Indonesia morning news for June 26
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Indonesian Virus Cases Top 50,000 as President Warns of Crisis
The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia exceeded 50,000 as easing of social distancing rules sparked a resurgence in cases, prompting President Joko Widodo to order increased surveillance in the nation’s newest hot spot for infections.
— Bloomberg

IMF Cuts Indonesia’s Growth Projection
The International Monetary Fund has cut its projection for the Indonesian economy while predicting the global economy would slump into a deeper recession this year.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 cuts force Indonesia to scale back forest protection
Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world’s most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.

Nearly 100 Rohingya Rescued Off Indonesia
Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, a maritime official said Wednesday.
— The ASEAN Post

Grab contributes Rp 77.4 trillion to Indonesian economy: Research
Ride-hailing firm Grab Indonesia contributed Rp 77.4 trillion (US$5.45 billion) to the Indonesian economy last year, largely thanks to its food delivery service, while providing gig work for the country’s informal workers, research released Thursday has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Banjarmasin, Surabaya record highest COVID-19 mortality rates
Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan and Surabaya in East Java have recorded the highest mortality rates while COVID-19 case numbers keep rising across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Encourages Asean, China to Resume South China Sea CoC Negotiation
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has advised the countries involved in the South China Sea dispute to continue a Code of Conduct negotiation that was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

More Than 200 Hectares of Forest and Wildland Destroyed by Fire Since January: Police
The National Police said on Wednesday a total of 64 forest and wildland fires have been reported since January.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to place funds in state banks to support economy
INDONESIA’S finance minister said on Wednesday the government will shift 30 trillion rupiah (S$2.9 billion) from its account at the central bank to four state banks so they can use the funds to expand lending and support the economy.
— The Business Times

PLN Offers Two Solutions for Surge Bills
The CEO of state-owned electricity company PLN, Zulkifli Zaini, said that his side would offer two solutions for the surge in electricity bill complained by customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Reports 27 RW as Covid-19 Red Zones
Jakarta provincial administration reported that a total of 27 community units (RW) are classified as the Covid-19 red zones.

The long wait in Indonesia for a female chief justice in a top court
Indonesia lags in appointing women to key judicial posts and the gender gap in the region is closing at a glacial pace.
— The Interpreter

Indonesia Jails IS-Linked Couple Who Tried to Assassinate Minister
A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.
— The Defense Post

Survey Reveals 67.4% People Satisfied with Jokowi-Ma’ruf
A pollster Arus Survei Indonesia (ASI) published its survey result that 67.4 percent of Indonesians were satisfied with the performance of the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

Indonesia to reopen tour sites
NATURE-BASED tour sites, including conservation areas and places known for its ecosystem-based activities, will be reopened in stages nationwide.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia plans farm estate in Borneo to boost food security
Indonesia plans to develop a major farm estate covering more than 164,000 hectares (405,000 acres) on the island of Borneo after warnings of a potential food crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Indonesia-Turkey in Talks for Infrastructure Cooperation
Indonesia will soon start discussions on potential cooperations in infrastructure with the Turkish government after Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono held an online meeting with Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsan Pekcan on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

President Jokowi: We are Under Health and Economic Crisis
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday encourages people to understand that Indonesia is facing a crisis caused by the COVID-19 and calls for the public to not take it lightly.

Energy ministry’s budget cut by a third to Rp 6.2 trillion
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is cutting back on program funding after its annual budget was slashed by more than a third to Rp 6.2 trillion from Rp 9.7 trillion as the government diverts funds for COVID-19 containment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Responds to Singapore’s Forest Fire Investigation Plan
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan, on Thursday assures that the Indonesian government highly respects bilateral cooperation agreements while also abiding by international agreements and national sovereignty.

RI initiates ministerial-level UNSC meeting on Israel’s annexation
Indonesia, along with Tunisia and South Africa, initiated a ministerial-level meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to deliberate on Israel’s unilateral plan to annex Palestine.
— Antara News

Govt offering Rp400 bln in ultra microcredit to MSMEs
The Government Investment Center of the Ministry of Finance has launched a Rp400-billion ultra micro financing scheme (UMi) to help sustain Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Bali to deport Syrian national for holding yoga gathering amid COVID-19 concerns
The Denpasar Immigration Office in Bali is set to deport a Syrian national for holding a mass yoga gathering in Ubud amid public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 education funds leave much to be desired
Private universities, teachers and students are urging the government to step up its education policies, criticizing its latest financial assistance as inadequate to address the concerns of the education sector during the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM Urges Govt to Ratify Optional Protocol
Jakarta – National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) along with a number of institutions agreed to urge the government to immediately ratify the optional protocol to the convention against torture (OPCAT).

Muhammadiyah calls for Muslims to hold Idul Adha prayers with family, small congregations
Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Highlights High Covid-19 Cases in East Java
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo highlighted the hike in new Covid-19 cases in East Java Province.

Jakarta Asserts 32 CFD Areas for Cyclists Only, Not Pedestrians
Jakarta Transportation Agency asserted that the alternative Car Free Day or CFD events designed in 32 areas are only opened for bicycle riders.

Police Still Pursuing 11 of John Kei’s Men
The Indonesian police are still pursuing 11 of John Kei’s men who allegedly attacked Nus Kei’s house in Green Lake City in Tangerang.

Police seize 159 kg of drugs, likely smuggled from China
Indonesia’s National Police and the Customs and Excise Directorate General of the Finance Ministry have seized 159 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in a series of raids and apprehended five suspected drug couriers.
— Antara News

PDIP urges Police to immediately arrest protesters burning party flag
The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDIP’s) East Jakarta chapter has called on the police to immediately arrest protesters for burning the PDIP flag on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi visits Rogojampi market after inspecting Surabaya
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited the Rogojampi public service market, Banyuwangi District, East Java, Thursday, after inspecting the steps taken to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in Surabaya.
— Antara News

Govt should preemptively tackle climate change impacts on rice yield
A researcher urged Indonesia’s government to take preventive measures against the impact of climate change on the country’s stockpiles of rice and other food commodities amid the ongoing global novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Thirteen companies, OJK official named suspects in Jiwasraya case
After around six months of investigation, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has named 13 asset management companies and a Financial Services Authority (OJK) official suspects in a case of alleged corruption and money laundering surrounding state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK asks for nearly Rp 1t in additional funds to support graft fight, change in employment status
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has a made a request for more funding next year to the House of Representatives to help strengthen the agency’s ability to combat graft and facilitate changes in its employees’ status.
— The Jakarta Post

Gig Workers in Digital Platform Strengthen Economy: CSIS
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) revealed the result of its study on worker-partners of a ride-hailing firm Grab that gig workers in digital platforms play vital roles in strengthening the country’s economic security.

Death row convicts in Jakarta appeal for abolition of capital punishment
Death row inmates Aulia Kesuma and her son, Geovanni Kelvin, who were found guilty of soliciting the murders of Aulia’s husband and stepson, are seeking to avoid the death penalty.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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