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November 23, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Indonesia has received pledges totaling US$20 billion from developed countries and global private lenders through the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), led by the United States and Japan, to help the country retire its coal power plants, bringing forward the power sector's peak emissions target to 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Associated Press - November 23, 2022

Driving rain and the danger of landslides disrupted the work of Indonesian rescue workers searching on Wednesday for survivors of an earthquake that killed 271 people, with an official warning that time was running out for anyone trapped.

As the search continued, rescuers pulled a five-year-old boy from the rubble, who had survived because he was protected by a mattress.

Jakarta Globe - November 23, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday notified the House of Representatives of his pick for the successor of Armed Forces Commander General Andika Perkasa who will retire next month.

Andika will reach the retirement age of 58 on December 21, or 13 months after he was installed as the country's military chief.

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – The government has admitted that the World Trade Organization ruling on its nickel-export ban was in favor of the European Union.

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

Dio Suhenda and Adi Marsiela, Jakarta – Aid from the government continues to pour into Cianjur regency in West Java, with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo also traveling to the scene of Monday's earthquake that left more than 200 people dead.

Rescue workers are racing to find more than 100 people who are still listed as missing.

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The government is back in the spotlight for failing to protect citizens' data following an alleged breach of COVID-19 tracking app PeduliLindungi – the second apparent hack of a state database since a national privacy law was enacted in October.

Jakarta Globe - November 23, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia says that the imported vaccines are insufficient to create herd immunity against the foot-and-mouth disease that suddenly returned in May. The Southeast Asian country is also producing homegrown vaccines, but they still fall short of what is needed.

Tabloid Jubi - November 23, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Apart from feeling that his health condition was neglected, treason convict Melvin Yobe also felt that he and the other seven Papuan activists and treason convicts were discriminated against in the prison. Yobe claimed to have been deprived of food for 12 days because he lost his food container.

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – As hydrometeorological disasters are expected to pick up with the rainy season reaching its peak, Indonesia is encouraged to build facilities to better predict and cushion the impacts of climate change on disaster risks.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 23, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia this month put its human rights records before the Human Rights Council in Geneva under the Universal Periodic Review, the fourth time it has done so since the practice became mandatory for all countries in 2006.

Jakarta Post - November 23, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on his ministers to be prudent in policymaking as the country prepares to enter 2023.

In a keynote speech to open the national convention of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI), the President said the "debacle" in the United Kingdom had begun with a little mistake.

The Guardian - November 23, 2022

Adi Renaldi, Jakarta – Safety standards for school buildings in Indonesia should be prioritised after Monday's earthquake, experts have said, as more rescuers and volunteers were deployed on Wednesday to search for the dead and missing from an earthquake that killed at least 268 people.

November 22, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 22, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Authorities have named three pharmaceutical companies and a chemical distributor as suspects in cases of acute kidney injury and associated fatalities stemming from contaminated children's medicinal syrup.

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Hamdan Cholifudin Ismail, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD had conducted a meeting discussing the alleged sexual assault case that incriminated employees of the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs. The joint meeting agreed that the investigation will be reopened and repeal the initial investigation termination warrant or SP3.

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Head of the Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) chairperson Hendry Saragih in a statement to Tempo on Tuesday voiced strong rejection against the government's plan to enact rice imports through the State Logistics Agency (Bulog). He argues that it goes against Law No. 18/2022 overseeing food.

Tabloid Jubi - November 22, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Sub-Directorate 1 State Security of the Papua Police General Criminal Investigation Directorate Comr. Sarraju denied that his office ignored the health condition of Melvin Yobe and his friends while detained at the Papua Police Headquarters. He said their health was always taken care of and treated well.

Jakarta Post - November 22, 2022

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Jakarta – The son of a respected cleric in Jombang, East Java, has been convicted of sexually abusing a female student at the Islamic boarding school where he works – but acquitted of rape.

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – The Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya and PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA) announced that the two will continue the production of Red and White electric buses after reportedly signing a Cooperation Agreement.

Jakarta Globe - November 22, 2022

BTV, Jakarta – The government is preparing enormous subsidies for electric bus passengers in the country's push for electrification in public transport, a senior government official said on Monday night.

State-owned engineering company INKA recently launched several electric buses used by delegates and guests during last week's G20 Summit in Bali.

The Guardian - November 22, 2022

Rebecca Ratcliffe, Adi Renaldi in Jakarta with agencies – Indonesian rescue workers were racing to reach people still trapped in rubble one day after an earthquake struck the main island of Java, as the death toll rose to 252.

Associated Press - November 22, 2022

Edna Tarigan and FirmanTaufiq, Cianjur, Indonesia – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said his government would hand out compensation to victims and their families after an earthquake struck the country's most populous province, killing at least 162.

Jakarta Post - November 22, 2022

Zack Petersen, Jakarta – Kopernik, arguably one of Indonesia's most impressive nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), typically has more than 20 different programs running at any time across the archipelago, finding what works in addressing the social and environmental challenges facing Indonesia today by experimenting with potential solutions.

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Center of Economics and Law Studies (Celios) Director Bhima Yudhistira on Monday suggested the government immediately create new jobs to accommodate tech industry workers who recently were hit by the mass layoff. He argues that the workforce in the field of digital startups must not be unemployed for a lengthy period of time.

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi and Imaji Lasahido (Intern), Jakarta – The group that is part of the human Rights Enforcement Advocacy Team (TAP-HAM) revealed the findings of the investigation into the case of a human cage of the Langkat suspended Regent's, Terbit Rencana Perangin Angin (TRP).

Tempo - November 22, 2022

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement body or DSB viewed that Indonesia's ban on the export and refining of nickel minerals had violated regulations. Responding to the verdict, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) said Indonesia will appeal the court verdict.

November 21, 2022

Reuters - November 21, 2022

Kate Lamb and Ananda Teresia, Jakarta – Indonesia's planned purchase of F-15 fighter jets is in advanced stages and awaiting final sign-off from the government, the Southeast Asian country's defense minister said on Monday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 21, 2022

Jakarta – As Indonesia takes a bigger role on the global stage, as evident most recently in its Group of 20 presidency, it is only fitting that it moves to become more open to foreigners wishing to stay in the country.

Jakarta Post - November 21, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Amid their string of People's Conferences (Musra), as many as 18 representatives of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's volunteer groups have been seen embarking on a "political safari". Recently, they met with Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, after holding a similar meeting with Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartato.

Tabloid Jubi - November 21, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The use of treason charges against Papuan activists has often been criticized as it criminalizes peaceful expression. It is often followed by denial of the rights of prisoners, discrimination against them, and even acts of violence.

Tempo - November 21, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in an event held in Solo, Central Java, encouraged future presidential and vice presidential candidates to avert from politicizing religion in the 2024 presidential election.

Jakarta Post - November 21, 2022

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – A recently announced international climate financing deal will kick-start Indonesia's efforts to wean itself off coal-fired power plants, though the country must manage its debts and the program prudently, experts have said.

Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2022

BTV, Solo – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo appeared together again on Monday morning as they inspected a traditional market in the Central Java town of Karanganyar.

November 20, 2022

Tempo - November 20, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Bintang Puspayoga, Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA), stated that children and women living in underdeveloped, frontier, and outermost (3T) regions need more assistance in facing sexual violence.

Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2022

BTV, Solo – Central Java Governor Gandjar Pranowo was struggling to get through hundreds of people who immediately surrounded him as he arrived at Manahan Stadium in the Central Java town of Solo to attend the Muhammadiyah National Conference on Saturday.

Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2022

Solo – Haedar Nashir will serve a second term as the chairman of Muhammadiyah after the conclusion of Indonesia's second-biggest Muslim organization's national conference in the Central Java town of Solo on Sunday.

He received 2,203 votes, only 44 more from Abdul Mu'ti who was appointed as the secretary-general, in an election involving 13 candidates.

Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2022

Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office has appealed for news broadcasters to stop live reporting from courtroom hearings in the murder trial against Ferdy Sambo and other defendants to allow a fair trial.

AGO spokesman Ketut Sumedana argued that if future witnesses follow the hearings from TV, they are likely to be influenced by what they hear from the previous witnesses.

Tempo - November 20, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – Dr. Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, DHSM., MARS, director general of disease prevention and control at the Health Ministry, stated that Indonesia has a high risk of poliovirus spread due to low polio vaccination coverage.

Tempo - November 20, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono highlighted that Indonesia's new capital city (IKN) Nusantara has attracted the interest of G20 member countries during the G20 Summit.

November 19, 2022

UCA News - November 19, 2022
Jesuits in Timor-Leste are helping to alleviate the water crisis in the Catholic-majority country where a third of the population does not have access to clean water, through empowerment programs that have helped thousands in rural areas.

In a November 17 statement, Jesuit Mission said thanks to the collaboration of many village leaders over the last four years, its partnership with

Jakarta Globe - November 19, 2022

Jakarta – The West Java branch of the Indonesian Employers' Association (Apindo) reacted disapprovingly to a newly-issued ministerial decree that allows regional governments to increase the minimum wage by up to 10 percent, saying it could widen the gap between industrial and non-industrial districts in the province.

Jakarta Post - November 19, 2022

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – ASEAN has eventually accepted Timor Leste Republic as its 11th member last week after years of debate that included initial reservations from Singapore. The inclusion of the young republic into the regional club looks like Indonesia's mea culpa confession and fulfillment of its debts to its former colony.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 19, 2022

Jakarta – With a strong endorsement from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, ASEAN leaders agreed to accept Timor Leste as the 11th member of the group during their summit in Phnom Penh last week.

November 18, 2022

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Anisa Hafifah, Jakarta – The Labor Party asked the Acting Governor of Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono to file a cassation appeal against the Jakarta State Administrative High Court's (PTTUN) ruling which rejected the Jakarta government's appeal regarding the provincial minimum wage or UMP 2022.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said hosting the G20 Summit in Bali during the rainy season was quite challenging, especially since the weather forecast said that rain was expected at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) park.

UCA News - November 18, 2022

Indonesian police are monitoring the activities of a prominent Papuan figure, including the possibility of treason charges against him for his statement in support of Papuan independence on the sidelines of a session at the UN meeting.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Alfitria Nefi Pratiwi, Jakarta – The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia starting to show another increase. As of Thursday, November 17, 2022, the Indonesian Ministry of Health reported that more than 7,000 people have been infected with Covid-19.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 18, 2022

The First Family is calling for calm after First Lady Iriana was mocked on Twitter with a tasteless comment that triggered outrage in the country.

Iriana was recently photographed with her South Korean counterpart Kim Kun-hee at the G20 Summit in Bali. The latter in particular has wowed many in Indonesia who praised her beauty and elegance at the summit.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Info Tempo, Jakarta – PT PLN (Persero) signed an agreement with Amazon on Tuesday to develop new renewable energy (NRE) with a capacity of 210 megawatts (MW) of solar power plants (PLTS) in Indonesia. This agreement is a first for both companies to allow the addition of large-scale PLTS into the national power system.

Tabloid Jubi - November 18, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) on Thursday, November 17, 2022, announced the results of its investigation on the clashes that occurred in Dogiyai Regency last week.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) head Penny K Lukito revealed the investigation results on five pharmaceutical companies following the rising cases of acute kidney injury among children.

It is found that their syrup drugs contain ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) at 433 to 702 times the safe limit.