Indonesia morning news for March 6

Indonesia morning news for March 6

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Bans Travelers From Iran, Italy, South Korea as Covid-19 Continues to Spread Around the Globe
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has banned travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea from entering Indonesia as the three countries continue to struggle to contain a widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

MV Viking Sun denied docking at Semarang Port over COVID-19
A Norway-flagged cruise ship MV Viking Sun was denied permission to dock at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang on Thursday following the coronavirus outbreak fear, as some passengers are suspected of carrying the virus.
— Antara News

10 other patients under surveillance admitted to RSUP
Some 10 other patients, categorized as people under surveillance (ODP), were admitted to the Persahabatan Central General Hospital (RSUP) in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon.
— Antara News

Indonesia to increase sea toll routes to 26
Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said here on Thursday that the country will increase the number of sea toll routes to 26 as they give many benefits.
— Xinhua

Another Volcano Threatening to Erupt on Java Island
Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, has shown increasing volcanic activities in the past week, eight times spewing out incandescent lava that flowed 200 to 1,000 meters from its crater.
— Jakarta Globe

Abu Sayyaf demands Rp8.4 billion in ransom
Notorious Abu Sayyaf group is demanding 30 million Peso (Rp8.4 billion) as a ransom for the release of five Indonesians, Indonesia’s top security minister Mahfud MD has revealed quoting a media report.
— Antara News

Indonesian Crew of Diamond Princess Positive for COVID-19 Cured
The national spokesman for the COVID-19 outbreak mitigation Achmad Yurianto said one Indonesian citizen who was a crew of Diamond Princess cruise ship have been repatriated on March 5, 2020, from Japan after being declared cured of the virus.

Impact of coronavirus more complicated than global economic pressure
The coronavirus outbreak has a more complex impact on the global economy than the 2008 global economic pressure fueled by US investment bank Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.
— Antara News

COVID-19, Garuda Operates Normal Flights to and from South Korea
Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia ensured that flight services to and from Incheon, Seoul, South Korea would operate normally, according to the airline’s CEO Irfan Setiaputra.

Indonesia’s domestically driven economy could be blessing in disguise amid outbreak: ADB
Indonesia may not be affected severely by the global health emergency, thanks to its minimal exposure to the global trade and its wide room to maneuver in monetary policy, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Sea toll road service contributes 0.3 percent to GDP: Jokowi
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed related ministries to intensify the contribution of the sea toll road service to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) recorded at 0.3 percent as of September 2019.
— Antara News

153 People Under Observation Amid COVID-19 Concern, Gov’t Says
Achmad Yurianto, a spokesman for the national coronavirus outbreak mitigation, said that a total of 153 people are currently placed under observation (PDP) in cases of the infection of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. To date, the sample of nine patients was still being examined.

779 earthquakes recorded in February 2020: BMKG
As many as 779 earthquakes were recorded in February 2020 in Indonesian territory, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Seat occupancy on flights to Bandung from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur drops 50%
The seat occupancy rates of airlines that offer flights to Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have fallen by 50 percent amid fears of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Don’t export masks, Minister pleads amid coronavirus panic buying
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has urged mask producers to halt the export of masks and cater to domestic needs first amid a spike in demand for the item in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

BI, Korean central bank extend cooperation on currency exchange
Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank of Korea signed an extension of the bilateral currency swap arrangement (BCSA), valued at 10.7 trillion Korean won or Rp115 trillion, effective from March 6, 2020 to March 5, 2023, and can be extended on the agreement of both parties.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Automotive Export Shows Growth
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said on Thursday that Indonesia’s vehicle exports have been on an upward trend since 2018, even overcoming a sluggish global automotive industry last year.
— Jakarta Globe

Labors Plan Nationwide Strike Against Omnibus on Job Creation
Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) chairwoman Nining Elitos said that workers’ unions are planning on commencing a nationwide strike in protest of the omnibus job creation bill, known as the RUU Cipta Kerja the government is attempting to pass.

Coronavirus: Bekasi Gov’t Issue Policy on Masks and Staple Foods
The Bekasi City Government restricted shopping mall managements, modern shops, and all traders in the area to hoard staple foods and face masks in relation to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Outbreak; OJK Ready to Provide Additional Stimulus
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) said it will provide new stimulus if the coronavirus continues to impact the economy. OJK board of commissioners’ member and executive director for banking supervision Heru Kristiyana said the regulator has contemplated several policies.

Google Cloud to open first data center in Indonesia in coming months
Tech giant Google is looking to open its first data center in Indonesia this year to enable the company to take the advantage of the growing demand for cloud computing services in the country, one of company’s senior executives has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry launches gender responsive textbooks in islamic university
The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Children Protection introduced gender responsive textbooks in an Islamic university, as part of efforts to address the gender gap in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Jakarta Orders Closure of Two Cafes over COVID-19
Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency instructed two cafes and restaurants in Kemang, Amigos and Paloma, to temporarily halt operation after COVID-19 patients were known to have visited the place.

Despite low airfares, people avoid travel as fears grow amid COVID-19 outbreak
Many people are reluctant to travel despite a number of travel incentives and lower domestic airfare offered by airlines amid growing fears over the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia supports G20’s digital tax initiative approved during Riyadh meeting
Indonesia is supporting the initiative made by the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Saudi Arabia recently to establish a new tax system to enable member countries to collect tax from global digital companies.
— The Jakarta Post

We’ve found no violation: KPPU on skyrocketing face mask prices
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has found no violations in relation to the scarcity of face masks, which has caused their prices to skyrocket amid growing fears over the new coronavirus in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s shipping costs remain expensive: Jokowi
Indonesia’s shipping costs remain expensive, though the government has carried out a sea toll program to reduce the difference in staple food prices between the western and eastern parts of the archipelago since 2015, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said on Thursday.
— Antara News

COVID-19 patients become victims of Indonesia’s lack of privacy protection
Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients claim that media coverage and discussion on social media have taken a greater toll on them than the disease itself, saying that numerous breaches of privacy and the resulting stigma have left them “mentally drained”.
— The Jakarta Post

House to set up team to monitor government COVID-19 handling
Lawmakers are planning to form a special team involving various House of Representatives commissions that will work to monitor and evaluate the government’s work in responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Man quarantined in N. Sulawesi after returning from Malaysia
A 46-year-old man has been put under observation for possible COVID-19 infection at the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi, after returning from Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Twitter, Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign
Twitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts following a Reuters investigation that linked them to a network of news sites backed by the Indonesian army that publish pro-government propaganda about the restive region of Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian scientists want government to get ‘professional help’ in fighting COVID-19
The government has stepped up its efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by tightening health screenings at borders and testing more people after confirming two cases in a Jakarta suburb over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Chartered presidential plane only for long-haul flights
Aviation experts commended the government’s decision to charter a wide-body aircraft from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as a presidential aircraft for long-haul flights considering that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is not known to frequently visit foreign countries that require long-range aircraft.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest three in Central Java for allegedly reselling masks at 900% markup
Central Java Police arrested on Tuesday three residents of Semarang for alleged price gouging in the wake of the buying frenzy that erupted on Monday, when the country confirmed its first cases of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

‘They should ask us first’: Locals demur as govt plans infectious diseases hospital
Residents of Galang Island in Riau Islands regency are objecting to the government’s plan to turn a former refugee camp on the island into an infectious diseases hospital, and have urged authorities to consult them first before proceeding with such plans.
— The Jakarta Post

Samsung Launches Flagship S20 Series and Z Flip Folding Phone in Indonesia
Samsung Indonesia on Wednesday launched the newest addition to its Galaxy S flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, and a new high-end folding phone called the Galaxy Z Flip.
— Jakarta Globe

University of Jember imposes COVID-19 preventive measures
The University of Jember (Unej), East Java, applied preventive measures to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by requesting its academic community members, with recent travel history to infected nations, to be self-quarantined.
— Antara News

Indonesian Diamond Princess crew transferred to Sebaru Kecil Island
Some 68 crew members from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were transferred from the dr Soeharso-990 warship to Sebaru Kecil Island in Seribu Islands on Thursday.
— Antara News

Government reviewing incentive tourism’s efficacy, timing over corona
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati affirmed that the government was assessing the efficiency and timing of incentive tourism to be adjusted in line with developments in the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in Indonesia.
— Antara News

BP2MI thwarts move to dispatch illegal workers to Malaysia
The Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) has foiled an attempt to dispatch illegal workers to Sabah, Malaysia, and took 32 workers into detention.
— Antara News

Japanese suffering symptom of coronavirus treated in Yogyakarta
Dr Sardjito Public Hospital in Yogyakarta treated a Japanese national currently being placed under surveillance in an isolation room over suspected coronavirus since March 3, 2020.
— Antara News

North Jakarta Police seize 60,000 stockpiled masks
North Jakarta Police Investigators raided two locations suspected to be surgical masks stockpiling locations and seized more than 60,000 masks.
— Antara News

137,247 disabled voters to partake in simultaneous local polls
The number of potential disabled voters for the 2020 simultaneous regional head elections (pilkada) is estimated to reach 137,247 of the total 105 million eligible voters included on the potential electoral voter population (DP4) list.
— Antara News

Police thwart attempt to smuggle drugs inside rambutan fruits
The West Kalimantan Police Drugs Unit thwarted the drug smuggling attempt of a 36-year-old female, identified as a housewife with the initial W, who attempted to hide 20 grams of methamphetamine inside the shells of rambutan fruits.
— Antara News

Minister affirms targeted completion of Lake Toba development in June
The development of Lake Toba, included in the five National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN), is targeted for completion in June, according to Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
— Antara News

Syndicate changes method, drug smuggling entry points to Nunukan
The police in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, highlighted the change in the region’s drug syndicate’s modus operandi and entry points for smuggling illicit drugs from the neighboring country, thereby necessitating an increase in its monitoring coverage.
— Antara News

Greater Jakarta commuter line served 336.2 million people in 2019
PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), as the operator of the KRL Commuter Line, recorded that 336.2 million people used its railway services operating in the Greater Jakarta area in 2019.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Indonesian Mosque Council tells ailing Muslims to pray at home
The Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has called on Muslims who are ill to refrain from praying at mosques as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus fears lead to cancellations, postponement of more events at home
Coronavirus fears have continued to take a toll on the event industry in Indonesia, as more music festivals and seminars are either postponed or canceled, especially after the country announced its first two COVID-19 cases earlier this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Bangkok Bank to acquire another Indonesian bank after Permata deal: OJK
Thailand-based Bangkok Bank is planning to acquire another Indonesian bank after closing a deal to purchase a majority stake in Bank Permata from Standard Chartered and Astra International for US$2.7 billion, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK).
— The Jakarta Post

KAI Launches Rail Clinic as Measures against Coronavirus
Indonesian railway company PT KAI begins to operate the Rail Clinic to provide health assistance and boost passengers’ comfort during their travels while inside the train and at the stations.

Bandung farmers plant Japanese vegetable to improve income
A public-private partnership has allowed farmers in Ciwidey in Bandung, West Java, to reap better profits from selling Japanese vegetables.
— The Jakarta Post

Coal giants Bukit Asam, Adaro book profit falls on weak commodity prices
A fall in global coal prices as a result of lower demand from main coal buyer China hit the bottom lines of mining heavyweights PT Bukit Asam and PT Adaro Energy in 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Coal miner Bukit Asam to invest Rp 4t this year, mostly on infrastructure
Publicly listed state coal miner PT Bukit Asam has allocated Rp 4 trillion (US$283.34 million) in capital expenditure this year, most of which will go into developing a power plant and coal transportation infrastructure.
— The Jakarta Post

Kominfo Minister Clarifies Tara Basro Not Against ITE Law
Communication and Information (Kominfo) Minister Johnny G Plate said the photos of actress and model Tara Basro deemed inappropriate uploaded by herself on her social media account were not a violation of Law on the Electronic Information and Transactions or ITE Law.



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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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