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November 16, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis removed Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen Nana Sudjana and West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Rudy Sufahradi Novianti from their positions on Monday for their recent failure to enforce coronavirus health protocols.

Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2020

Primus Dorimulu, Farouk Arnaz, Dion Bisara, Jakarta – When it came to choosing between dispersing Muslim hardliners' gathering with force or spending taxpayers' money to make sure they were complying with health protocol, the government would pick the latter.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian telecommunications firms are expected to reap long-term benefits from the coronavirus health crisis due to increasing demand for mobile data and internet connectivity, say analysts.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The government plans to develop food barns and facilitate collaboration between state-owned and Jakarta-owned enterprises to secure rice stocks amid food security challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coconuts Bali - November 16, 2020

Indonesia may have reported its record number of daily cases just a few days ago, but the crowds on Bali's beaches over the weekend may have you believe that COVID-19 in this part of the world is well under control, despite the grim reality.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The authorities should boost efforts to raise local communities' preparedness in the face of disaster warnings and weather signals so as to improve the country's tsunami-mitigation measures, in addition to improving technology for an effective early warning system, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has said.

CNN Indonesia - November 16, 2020

Jakarta – Demonstrators from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) have protested the police's actions in blocking them when they wanted to hold a rally at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday November 16. They have experienced the same problem during demonstrations in Papua.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Jakarta – National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo has once again advised the public against gathering in large numbers to minimize the risk of further coronavirus transmission in light of a recent spike in confirmed cases.

The retired army general reiterated his warning that mass gatherings could almost guarantee viral transmission among the public.

Straits Times - November 16, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has slapped Indonesia's controversial cleric Rizieq Shihab with a 50 million rupiah (S$4,735) fine after finding the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader guilty of disregarding Covid-19 health protocol when organising a public event that attracted large crowds over the weekend.

Sydney Morning Herald - November 16, 2020

James Massola and Amilia Rosa – Bali's hoteliers are warning a proposed Indonesia-wide booze ban would scare off Aussie tourists and stop a post-coronavirus economic recovery dead in its tracks.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has called on the Jakarta administration to further enforce existing health protocols amid concerns of a possible spike in COVID-19 cases, especially in the wake of controversial mass gatherings held by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over the weekend.

Straits Times - November 16, 2020

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has come under fire for allowing a massive wedding party to take place over the weekend amid tight social distancing rules, where such gatherings in the capital – a coronavirus red zone – should have been prevented in the first place.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has introduced an integrated health, safety and security (3K) system to be implemented at the country's top 10 priority destinations to help the floundering travel and tourism industry amid pandemic pressures.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Blue chip stocks, or the so-called big caps, will benefit from foreign capital inflow, seen by the local stock exchange following the United States election, analysts have said, as the appetite for investing in emerging countries grows.

The Interpreter - November 16, 2020

Roland Rajah – Australia is lending A$1.5 billion to Indonesia to help it get through the economic crisis unleashed by Covid-19. This is welcome news and another sign of Australia stepping up to assist key partners in the region during an extraordinary global crisis.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 16, 2020

The National Police has removed Jakarta Metro Police Chief Nana Sudjana from his post in what was said to be a direct consequence of authorities' failure to prevent a huge turnout to Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's homecoming last week.

November 15, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has called on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to conduct a thorough audit and evaluation of the National Police for its personnel's alleged use of excessive force against Jobs Creation Law protesters.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Indonesia is grappling with what health authorities have described as a "significant increase" in medical waste during the COVID-19 outbreak, with a shortage in processing facilities forcing the government to allow hospitals to burn their waste without license in times of emergency.

Tempo - November 15, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – General Chairman of the Indonesian Mosques Council (DMI) and former VP Jusuf Kalla has hinted that he is ready to mediate a dialogue between the central government and Papuan people to seek solutions to various problems in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has slapped Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab with a Rp 50 million (US$3,536) fine after finding the controversial cleric guilty of disregarding COVID-19 health protocol when organizing a public event that attracted large crowds over the weekend.

Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2020

Yustinus Paat, Farouk Arnaz, Dina Manafe, Yeremia Sukoyo, Jakarta – Hardline Muslime cleric Rizieq Shihab has gathered thousands of people in many events in Jakarta and West Java since his return from self-exile in Saudi Arabia last week, increasing the risk of Covid-19 spread as the Jakarta provincial government and the National Police looked away from his crowd's blatant disregard

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Jakarta – As Indonesia approaches the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have revealed that many confirmed cases have been found among brides or their family members following wedding parties in Central Java.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Jakarta – Although the public is largely well-acquainted with preventive measures to curb COVID-19 transmission such as the "3M" protocols, a significant number of people are still at a loss as to how tracing, testing and treatment – the so-called 3T procedures – work in the context of pandemic mitigation, according to a recent survey by research firm IPSOS Indonesia.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Medan and Jakarta – A COVID-19 reactive patient, identified only as D, 22, has given birth on her own, reportedly without the help of medical personnel at FL Tobing Sibolga Hospital in North Sumatra.

The patient's family criticized the unpreparedness of the hospital, saying that the patient, who had planned to have a C-section, ended up giving birth naturally.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Aceh administration has issued standard operating procedures for schools as it seeks to resume in-person learning during the pandemic.

Under the procedures, schools must provide on-campus facilities to implement health protocols and form a COVID-19 task force.

November 14, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2020

Jakarta – Digital violence has shown an alarming increase throughout 2019, especially leveled at women and critical voices against authorities, according to a report launched by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet).

Tempo - November 14, 2020

Jakarta – The shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Kampung Hitadipa in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, on September 19, conjured up memories of similar incidents in Gustaf Rudolf Kawer's mind.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – A multibillion-dollar and flagship coal gasification project in South Sumatra might do more harm than good for Indonesia's economy, the latest Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) report has found.

Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported 5,272 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a day after daily number passed the 5,000 mark for the first time since the outbreak began.

CNN Indonesia - November 14, 2020

Banda Aceh – Residents of Kuta Alam in the Acehnese provincial capital of Aceh have caught a gay couple having same-sex relations at a boarding house. The possible existence of a wider gay community is also being investigated.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Twenty-two years since the 1998 student movement was staged by university students against former Indonesian strongman Soeharto, families of the fallen victims of the Semanggi tragedies are still doing everything they can to search for justice, even as their faith in the government dwindles.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Journalists have called on fellow reporters and media workers to band together and form unions to stand up for their rights and welfare, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, which has prompted media companies to take drastic measures to cut costs.

November 13, 2020

Jakarta Globe - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – As the national tourism has been idle for months amid global coronavirus lockdown, the Indonesian government has taken its time to improve safety standards in resort areas to maintain the maximum state of preparedness for when the global travel resumes.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – One soldier from the Indonesian Army and one from the Air Force are facing punishment after voicing their support for Rizieq Shihab, the controversial leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), in viral videos in conjunction with the firebrand cleric's return from self-exile in Saudi Arabia.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has entered the monitoring stage of a phase three clinical trial for the Chinese-developed vaccine Sinovac, state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma director Honesti Basyir has said.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to award six Constitutional Court justices civilian honors has come under scrutiny, with critics noting that it could interfere with the court's impartiality as it reviews a number of challenges to contentious laws.

Coconuts Bali - November 13, 2020

With conservative lawmakers in Indonesia this week making another push to ban alcohol with a controversial bill, some are arguing against the potential harm of such a law, especially in a popular tourist destination like Bali.

Eurasia Review - November 13, 2020

Siktus Harson (UCAN) – Indonesia's firebrand and most controversial cleric Muhammad Rizieq Syihab has finally returned home after years living in exile.

He fled to Saudi Arabia more than three years ago because of charges filed against him by numerous civil society groups, particularly sex charges where he was accused of exchanging obscene messages and images with a woman.

Jakarta Globe - November 13, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported a new high in daily number of coronavirus cases on Friday amid a dramatic surge in Central and West Java.

The country has recorded 5,444 confirmed cases of the virus in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 457,735, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – The House of Representatives resumed its deliberation of a controversial alcohol prohibition bill on Tuesday, after the bill had spent years on hold, as some lawmakers asserted that it was important for the country to have stronger laws governing alcohol production and consumption.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – The Army Military Police have named eight soldiers suspects for allegedly burning down an official residence of the Intan Jaya Health Agency in Hitadipa village, Intan Jaya, Papua, amid a series of alleged violence preceding the fatal shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The national COVID-19 task force confirmed 5,444 new cases on Friday, the highest single-day figure the country has seen, as the cumulative death toll passed 15,000, two weeks after a long weekend during which thousands of people traveled throughout the country.

Straits Times - November 13, 2020

Bali (Bloomberg) – Bali, the hardest-hit economy among Indonesia's provinces last quarter, is seeing a pick-up in activity as its governor continues debating when and how the island can reopen to international travellers.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 13, 2020

To all regional heads in Indonesia, consider this a warning from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri. The commission recently revealed that tips of graft committed by regional heads often come from those closest to them.

Al Jazeera - November 13, 2020

Jessica Washington, Syarina Hasibuan, Eliazar Ballo, Jakarta, Indonesia – In the centre of the vast Indonesian archipelago – hundreds of giant lizards roam Rinca Island. The Komodo dragon – or Komodo monitor – is the world's largest and heaviest lizard. Fossils indicate they have ancient origins dating back millions of years.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – Attorney General ST Burhanuddin has filed an appeal against a guilty verdict in a lawsuit filed by family members of victims of the Semanggi shootings over his statement that the tragedies did not amount to gross human rights abuses.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Insufficient cold storage infrastructure and lengthy shipping routes have posed challenges for fishery product distribution in Indonesia, impeding the industry's growth, government officials and experts have stated.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – Eighteen members of an extended family in Yogyakarta have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Yogyakarta Health Agency and COVID-19 task force discovered the new cases using contact tracing after the head of the family died of the disease earlier this month.

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – Three people were arrested in Riau on Wednesday for allegedly trading elephant tusks.

They were identified as YP, a 52-years-old teacher from Jambi, YS, a 52-year-old man working for a private company, and WG, a 68-year-old farmer from Riau.

CNN Indonesia - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – The draft law on alcoholic beverages has again attracted public attention after the House of Representatives (DPR) Legislative Body (Baleg) revealed plans to begin deliberating the Draft Law on the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverages (RUU Minol).