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August 8, 2022

Tempo - August 8, 2022

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has given a red carpet for jet-type airlines to increase airfare tariffs to a maximum of 15 percent of the upper tariff limit. This regulation is contained in the Transportation Minister's Decree No. 142 of 2022 which takes effect on August 4, 2022.

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially enacted three laws establishing new Papuan provinces – South Papua, Central Papua and the Papua Highlands – on July 25. Moving forward, the President has six months to appoint caretaker governors while the government addresses how the new provinces will impact the upcoming 2024 elections.

Kompas.com - August 8, 2022

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – A proposal by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan that active TNI (Indonesian military) officers be allowed to occupy positions in state ministries and institutions is seen as an effort to revive the TNI's dual socio-political function (dwifungsi).

Coconuts Jakarta - August 8, 2022

Brace for potentially even pricier airline tickets, as the Ministry of Transportation has raised the surcharge limit for domestic airfares amid rising fuel costs.

Latin Times - August 8, 2022

Elle Yap – A debate in Indonesia that centers around schoolgirls being forced to wear hijabs even when they are not Muslim has reached a crisis point as more and more incidents and complaints pile up from women in the country.

Tempo - August 8, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) in a written statement on Monday announced that it has recorded 21.27 percent growth in transportation and warehousing in this year's second quarter compared to the same period in 2021. The first quarter of 2022 logged positive growth of 15.79 percent.

Tabloid JUBI - August 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court on Thursday, August 4, 2022, continued the trial of the alleged treason involving seven Morning Star raisers at Cenderawasih Sports Center, Jayapura City.

Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – A low-ranking policeman has been charged with premeditated murder that carries the maximum punishment of death in the continuing saga of a protracted investigation into the murder of another officer whose body was found last month in the official residence of a police general.

UCA News - August 8, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – A newly installed archbishop has vowed to prioritize education, healthcare and peace in Indonesia's Christian-majority Papua region which suffers from illiteracy and poor health services.

Straits Times - August 8, 2022

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – A recent incident in which a Muslim student in Indonesia was allegedly forced to wear a hijab by her teachers, which led to her depression, has again highlighted intolerance in Indonesia and a breach of the right of individuals to make choices.

Coconuts Bali - August 8, 2022

Following reports about a foreigner almost becoming a victim of theft in Kuta, a clip showing locals 'sweeping' the streets in the area for any sus individuals went viral over the weekend.

It all began when a video depicting a foreign male almost had his phone swiped while hanging out with his friends on Poppies Street in Kuta went viral last Friday.

August 7, 2022

Mongabay - August 7, 2022

Agustinus Wijayanto, Warief Djajanto Basorie – Ultra-strong fibers, multi-legged robots, pain relievers – all are human innovations inspired by spiders.

Now, conservationists in Indonesia are rehabilitating coral reefs using what's known as the coral spider technique.

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2022

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – With the early stages of the 2024 general elections underway, the creation of three new provinces in Papua still left plenty of legal holes to fill as policymakers have only until mid-October to decide how the elections will be run in the new provinces.

August 6, 2022

Sydney Morning Herald - August 6, 2022

Chris Barrett, Singapore – Australia and Indonesia can build much-needed trust by deepening trade and investment ties that have for too long been underdeveloped, according to one of the south-east Asian nation's most powerful business figures.

Sydney Morning Herald - August 6, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – A senior Indonesian minister has taken aim at Pauline Hanson over her claims that Australian tourists could bring foot and mouth disease into the country from Bali because cattle roam the streets there and "s–t on the ground".

Antara News - August 6, 2022

Agatha Olivia V, Fadhli Ruhman, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy in the second quarter of 2022 is still concentrated on Java Island, according to Head of Indonesia Statistics (BPS) Margo Yuwono.

This is apparent from the fact that provinces in the island dominate in terms of contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP).

Kompas.com - August 6, 2022

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has proposed revising the TNI (Indonesian military) Law so that active TNI officers can hold posts in government ministries and institutions.

August 5, 2022

Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Former Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Roy Suryo was detained by the Jakarta Police on Friday evening, two weeks after he was named a suspect for alleged blasphemy related to his tweets about the Buddhist temple Borobudur.

Antara News - August 5, 2022

Sugiharto P, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Minister of State-owned Enterprises Erick Thohir emphasized that a zero-tolerance approach will be applied to perpetrators of sexual harassment within the ecosystem of state-owned enterprises.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 5, 2022

Strain operator PT KAI says it has fired a janitor who is accused of peeping and filming a female passenger in the bathroom of Ciamis Station in West Java.

Coconuts Bali - August 5, 2022

As Bali gears itself to host the G20 Summit this November, the local administration has announced that it will shut down the biggest landfill in the province just before the inter-governmental event begins.

Tempo - August 5, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The electability of the NasDem Party in a recent survey conducted by the Center for Political Communication Studies (CPCS) has reportedly dropped after openly announcing that it would endorse the Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan in the future presidential election.

Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's mining sector expanded 4.01 percent in the second quarter of 2022, a growth which the Central Statistics Agency or BPS attributed to, among other things, the rising foreign demand for coal amid Europe's decision to ban Russian imports of the combustible black rock.

Tempo - August 5, 2022

Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) Head Margo Yuwono said policies of subsidies and social aid, as well as benchmark interest rates, were quite effective in controlling domestic inflation, maintaining people's purchasing power, and ensuring a conducive business climate.

Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's economy has accelerated in the second quarter against a gloomy global economic backdrop, thanks to windfall revenue from rising prices of its commodity exports and strong household consumption during the Islamic festive season as the number of Covid-19 cases receded.

Tempo - August 5, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded 6,527 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours as of Thursday noon, August 4. According to the Health Ministry's data, Jakarta was the province reporting the most daily infections with 43.11% or 2,814 cases.

Jakarta Post - August 5, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – The state-run Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) has found that more than half of the Rp 1.7 trillion (US$113.9 million) in charitable donations collected by popular humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) was transferred to entities affiliated with its executives and used for private profit.

Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2022

Yogyakarta (Antara) – The headmaster and three teachers of a state high school in Yogyakarta have been suspended by Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X following reports that a female student was forced to wear hijab.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 5, 2022

With neighboring countries already reporting cases, the Indonesian Doctors' Association (IDI) says there's a big probability that monkeypox is already in the archipelago, but it has gone undetected thus far.

Tabloid JUBI - August 5, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Agriculture and Food Agency Semuel Siriwa encourages the people of Lanny Jaya Regency to change the cycle of planting and harvesting sweet potatoes. This is to reduce the risk of damage to food crops due to extreme weather such as hail, Siriwa said in Jayapura on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Agence France-Presse - August 5, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's economic growth accelerated in the second quarter of 2022 despite global uncertainty, official data showed Friday, thanks to soaring commodity prices and easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Indonesia's economy expanded 5.44 percent on-year in April-June, slightly up from 5.01 percent in the previous three months, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said.

Mongabay - August 5, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Fires are flaring up in Indonesia's Riau province, the perennial epicenter of the burning season in Sumatra, as the dry season sets in.

At the end of March, fires had burned nearly 169 hectares (417 acres) of land in Riau, where large swaths of forests and peatlands have been burned to make way for plantations of oil palms and pulpwood.

Nusantara TV - August 5, 2022

Maulana – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claims he was surprised to hear that the Indonesian government is often accused of being communist.

August 4, 2022

Al Jazeera - August 4, 2022

Randy Mulyanto and Leo Galuh, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia's temporary ban on major websites including PayPal has exposed the difficult balancing act Jakarta faces as it seeks to both tighten control of the internet and become Southeast Asia's next tech hub.

The Diplomat - August 4, 2022

Luke Hunt – Expectations that Timor-Leste would be shepherded into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have been formally dashed amid concerns the tiny country is not ready for membership in the bloc.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 4, 2022

Quick Bahasa Indonesia lesson for ya: Rumah sakit, which means hospital, is a combination of the Indonesian words for house and sick, respectively. Now, keep in mind that the Indonesian word for good health is sehat.

CNN Indonesia - August 4, 2022

Jakarta – The People's Coalition Against Evictions (KRMP) has again urged Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to immediately revoke Gubernatorial Regulation (Pergub) Number 207/2016 on Guidelines on the Use and Control of Land Without Entitled Permits.

Tempo - August 4, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Civil Coalition Against Evictions (KRMP) is set to stage a demonstration if Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan does not respond to the letter requesting a hearing. They urged Anies to fulfill his promise to revoke Governor Regulation (Pergub) No. 207/2016 on the guideline of land use or control without entitled permits.

Tempo - August 4, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) Speaker Edi Marsudi spoke up about the latest policy introduced by the capital city's governor Anies Baswedan who changed the fundamental description of regional general hospitals from rumah sakit to rumah sehat.

UCA News - August 4, 2022

Luke Hunt, Phnom Penh – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Aug 3 that he was confident Timor-Leste would become the 11th member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) by next year, shelving plans to shepherd the tiny state into the bloc under his stewardship.

Jakarta Globe - August 4, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – A high-ranking police officer on Thursday blamed slain policeman Brigadier Nopryansyah Yosua Hutabarat for harassing his wife which led to the fatal shooting by his personal assistant who has been named a murder suspect.

CNN Indonesia - August 4, 2022

Jakarta – The Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace is asking Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim to take firm action against state schools forcing students to wear the jilbab – an Islamic female headdress which leaves the face exposed.

Jakarta Globe - August 4, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police halted the criminal investigation into the finding of more than 3.7 tons of government rice buried by delivery company JNE Express, saying on Thursday there is no proof of malice.

Tempo - August 4, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government allocated Rp44.8 trillion from the State Budget (APBN) to suppress the stunting rate among children this year.

Tempo - August 4, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The PKS Party House of Representatives (DPR) member Amin Ak warned the government to not utilize State Budget (APBN) to cover the cost overrun of one of Indonesia's ambitious projects, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.

August 3, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - August 3, 2022

PayPal announced today that it has registered as an Electronic Service Provider (PSE) with the IT Ministry (Kominfo) so that Indonesian users don't lose access to their funds in the payment platform.

Kominfo's PSE registry does indeed show that PayPal was approved as a PSE in Indonesia today.

Tempo - August 3, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Member of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) House of Representatives (DPR) Law Commission, Benny Kabur Harman, has called for the National Police Chief to free the local residents who protested against Komodo Island's Rp3.75 million entry fee that the government imposed, a decision which many local tourism businesses are against.

Tempo - August 3, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil on Wednesday talked about the number of vehicles that have paid their taxes in the region he leads He said that not even 50 percent of vehicles registered in the region have had their taxes paid by their owners.

Tempo - August 3, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairperson Tulus Abadi on Wednesday responded to the current heated debate on the increased entry fee to one of Indonesia's most exotic tourist sites, Komodo Island National Park.

Tempo - August 3, 2022

Hamdan C Ismail, Eka Yudha Saputra, Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Labuan Bajo association of the local tourism industry claims that West Manggarai tourism is being monopolized by the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) regionally-owned enterprise PT Flobamor.