Indonesia morning news for June 8

Indonesia morning news for June 8
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Indonesia morning newsAcademic Year to Start on Schedule, But Classes May Need to Wait
The government plans to start the new academic year normally in July, but classes may reopen at a later time due to national health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, an education official has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia reports 672 new COVID-19 infections, 50 deaths
Indonesia on Sunday reported 672 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 31,186, said a health ministry official.

Indonesia among countries to be probed by US Trade Rep Office for adopting digital services tax
Indonesia is listed as one of the countries to be investigated by the United States’ Trade Representative Office (USTR) for adopting digital services tax schemes.
— The Online Citizen

West Java extends PSBB in Jakarta’s satellite cities until July 2
The West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) until July 2.
— The Jakarta Post

Four soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Indonesia
Four soldiers were killed and five others were injured after a helicopter crashed during a training exercise on Indonesia’s Java island on Saturday (Jun 6), an army official said.

Covid-19 and Indonesia’s Maritime Security Challenges
For the last several months the world has been shocked by the Covid-19 outbreak. Though first and foremost a global public health problem, its impact has extended far beyond.
— Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Foreign investors flock to Indonesian capital market as lockdown policies ease
Foreign investors are starting to put their money back into Indonesian assets as countries around the world begin to ease their COVID-19 restrictions, spurring hopes of a global economic recovery.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Food Security Under Threat
Food security is still the top priority in President Joko Widodo’s second term as part of his economic development agenda for national development 2020-2024.
— The ASEAN Post

China Sends Medical Equipment Aid to Indonesia
Indonesia receives hundreds of thousands of health equipment from China, including PCR testing kits, personal protective equipment, and masks on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, UK United in Push for Affordable, Accessible Vaccines
Indonesia and the United Kingdom (UK) are united in the push for providing affordable vaccines to all levels of the global community, including in remote areas, said British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Owen Jenkins.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 budget changes again: What we know so far
Indonesia’s 2020 budget deficit will widen further to accommodate a larger stimulus package announced on June 3, but economists and business representatives say it will still not be enough to prevent the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

West Sumatra to Enter New Normal Phase from June 8
West Sumatra will apply a new normal order since June 8 to facilitate resumption of daily work and routine activities, as large-scale social restriction and distancing measures will be lifted on Sunday, the governor stated.

Garuda Indonesia Considers to Raise Flight Tariff
Garuda Indonesia airline is mulling over to raise flight tickets if the new normal state is expected to be implemented for quite a long period.

Indonesia woos Japan as China-led high-speed-rail project stalls
The Indonesian government has begun discussions on possible Japanese participation in a planned high-speed railway between Jakarta and Bandung, hoping to spur progress on the delayed Chinese-led project as costs mount.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, ASEAN agree to keep trade open amid COVID-19
Economic ministers of Indonesia and ASEAN nations have agreed to ensure free flow of trade, especially in essential goods, and make efforts to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Bali to Target Tourists from Nearby Countries in New Normal
The tourism industry in Bali is planning to target travelers from nearby countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, once the province is reopened for international visitors under the new normal protocols.

Court rules govt’s internet shutdown decision in Papua as unlawful
The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled that the Indonesian government’s decision to block internet communication in Papua and West Papua last year was “unlawful.”
— Antara News

Terror Suspect from Solo Dies of Illness in Jail: National Police
The National Police has said that Bagus Kurniawan (26), a terror suspect from Solo, Central Java, died of illness while being jailed in the Police’s Mobile Brigade detention center in Cikeas, West Java.

Policeman Dies of COVID-19 in Papua
A 50-year-old police officer succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease in Jayapura on Friday, according to spokesperson for the Papua Provincial Administration’s COVID-19 task force, Silwanus Sumule.

Most people understand, comply with health protocols: spokesperson
The Indonesian Government’s Spokesperson for Handling COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto stated that most people have understood and complied with health protocols to prevent transmission of COVID-19 caused by the new type of coronavirus.
— Antara News

Hajj Trips Scrapped, Garuda Indonesia: A Huge Blow
Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said the government’s decision to scrap this year’s hajj pilgrimage had afflicted the company, as hajj trips accounted for around 10 percent of the national flag carrier’s yearly income.

Indonesian farmers suffer pandemic-related losses in May
Indonesian farmers suffered losses in May as low prices and supply chain disruptions hit the sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Amnesty International to Report 5 Major Issues in Papua to UN
Amnesty International executive director Usman Hamid said he would lodge the latest report of his organization on Papuan issues titled “Civil and Political Rights Violations in Papua and West Papua” to the United Nations (UN).

197 quarantined migrant workers in Batam await returning to hometowns
Some 197 Indonesian migrant workers completed their 14-day quarantine period in the Batam City administration’s flats in Riau Islands and can return to their hometowns.
— Antara News

PSBB Transition Protocols at Transjakarta Bus
City-owned transportation company Transjakarta and its partners has set health protocols during the transition period from the Large-scale Social Restriction (PSBB) to the new normal which applies to its passengers and bus operators.

Maluku villagers reject COVID-19 rapid testing team
Dozens of residents of Silale in Ambon, Maluku, staged a protest on Thursday to turn away a medical team that had intended to perform rapid COVID-19 tests on a family living in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

102 regions readied for commencing safe productive activities
Chief of the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling Doni Monardo confirmed that 102 districts and cities were readied to begin safe productive activities amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Muhammadiyah allows mosques to hold mass Friday prayers with strict health protocols
Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, said on Thursday that its members and Muslims in general may again take part in public prayers in mosques starting this Friday with health protocols and particular arrangements in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Millions of freelancers, entrepreneurs hit by pandemic with no safety net, government aid
Freelancers and entrepreneurs are among those who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, many of whom are reporting income losses and declining activity, with no safety net or government aid in place to soften the fall.
— The Jakarta Post

New Public Housing Savings Agency Targets 13m Members by 2024
BP Tapera, the new public housing savings agency, has set a target to recruit 13 million members to its homeownership plan by 2024 as part of the government’s effort to increase the proportion of households living in decent residence to 70 percent of Indonesia’s total households.
— Jakarta Globe

Chinese-Indonesians must support #PapuanLivesMatter
The giant wave of the United States’ #BlackLivesMatter campaign has now swept across Indonesia. A number of groups have begun to discuss racism in the country and have touched upon a rarely discussed topic: racism against Papuans.
— The Jakarta Post

New Normal: Govt Prepares Budget for Traditional Markets
The Presidential Staff Office is preparing a budget to implement measures to prevent traditional markets from becoming COVID-19 clusters in the new normal era.

Remote Indonesian resorts shift focus of operations amid COVID-19 restrictions
The luxurious, tropical villas of Bawah Reserve in Riau are empty. Not a single guest sits on the beaches or wades in the crystalline waters.
— The Jakarta Post

Police, Military ready to support process of adapting to new normal
Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Chief of the Indonesian Police (Polri) General Idham Azis have said that the two institutions are ready to support the process of adapting to the new normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Jokowi calls on Indonesians to exercise to boost immune system
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on people to exercise regularly in order to boost immunity in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Prosecutors seek up to 17 years for Papuan protesters accused of treason
Prosecutors at the Balikpapan district court in East Kalimantan are seeking between five and 17 years of prison for seven Papuans charged with treason for their involvement in antiracism protests Jayapura, Papua, in August 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

New normal, sea toll uses logistic communication system
The Directorate General of Sea Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation has ensured that the logistics delivery program through the sea highway program must continue to run in the new normal period, by applying a strategies of using a logistic communication system (LCS).
— Antara News

Anies outlines 4 principles for transitional social distancing
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has outlined four principles that need to be upheld to ensure the success of transitional large-scale social distancing measures this month.
— Antara News

Angkasa Pura launches air freight service to connect islands
State-owned operator Angkasa Pura I, through its logistics subsidiary Angkasa Pura Logistics (APL), has launched an air freight service amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the cargo business for commercial airlines.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists call on KPK to open investigation into obstruction of justice in Nurhadi bribery case
Antigraft activists have demanded that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecute any persons found to have helped hide former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, who had been on the run from the graft busters for many months before being apprehended earlier this week.
— The Jakarta Post

How Hampers Save Idul Fitri, and Breathe New Hopes for Small Businesses
The long-standing tradition of sending packages of goods to relatives in the days leading up to Idul Fitri served a different purpose this year: rather than merely for maintaining good relations it also breathed new life into struggling small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

South Sulawesi Involves Unhas in COVID-19 Prevention Team
The Hasanuddin University’s (Unhas’) Public Health Faculty welcomed the South Sulawesi provincial government’s suggestion to join its COVID-19 prevention and mitigation team in response to Governor HM Nurdin Abdullah’s visit to the faculty’s campus, Friday.

Prabowo to Continue Leading Gerindra
Prabowo Subianto is set to remain as leader of the Great Indonesia Party, or Gerindra, for another five years after the “entire representatives” of the party’s regional chapters asked him to do so during a national leadership meeting this week, a party executive said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Airlangga University to conduct COVID-19 research, innovation projects
Some 17 researchers of Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java, officially received President Joko Widodo’s mandate to conduct research and innovation projects to expedite the Indonesian government’s endeavors to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Gojek Supports 100.000 Local MSMEs Go Online
Supported by a suite of business tools, Indonesian super app Gojek has helped more than 100.000 traditional offline Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) struggling to make sustainable earnings during the COVID-19 pandemic, to move online and capture a burgeoning market fuelled by new consumer shopping behavior.

Support grows for S. Kalimantan journalist arrested in land dispute defamation case
An online petition calling for the release of South Kalimantan journalist Diananta “Nanta” Putera Samedi, who was recently arrested for his reporting of a land dispute, continues to gather support, reaching over 10,000 signatures as of Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to develop sustainable shrimp farming model in Sukabumi
The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has planned to develop Sukabumi District in West Java as a model for sustainable shrimp farming in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Ombudsman gets mounting complaints on aid distribution
The Indonesian Ombudsman has received hundreds of complaints about the distribution of COVID-19 social aid, including alleged recipient data manipulation and benefit cuts.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to help recovery of Gili Matra marine tourism in NTB
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) is ready to help the recovery of marine tourism industry in Gili Matra, North Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, following a plan on the implementation of the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Nahdlatul Ulama condemns Trump administration for lack of ‘democratic values’
Following widespread protests and rioting in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization, has condemned the administration of United States President Donald Trump for its failure to display democratic values.
— The Jakarta Post

Telemedicine YesDok partners with DANA to attract more users
Indonesian telemedicine company YesDok has made its services available through e-wallet DANA in a bid to tap into the growing online medical consultancy sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Two siblings killed in landslide in Solok, West Sumatra
A landslide claimed two lives, inflicted injuries to two others, and buried one house in the Andaleh area, Sariak Ateh Village, Solok District, West Sumatra Province, on Friday morning at around 2 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Cosmetics company Martina Berto shifts to healthcare products
Publicly listed cosmetics company PT Martina Berto, part of Martha Tilaar Group, has shifted its business focus to healthcare products as demand for beauty products dwindles amid the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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