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November 16, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Social Media Week (SMW) event in Jakarta has remarkably accomplished its mission on inspiring social media users to create positively impactful online stories.

Creating content on social media such as posts or videos may be simply at the tap of a fingertip. However, many still struggle in creating a positively influential content.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Tempo - November 16, 2019

Jakarta – The poor performance of the government in collecting tax revenues is inseparably linked to the weak economy. The government needs to immediately evaluate the effectiveness of its fiscal policy in driving the domestic economy to avoid adverse effects at a time when the global recession is the recession is worsening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Diana Mariska, Bali – The government remains strongly committed to the agenda for more startups in the country by establishing a new directorate as the breeding ground for hundreds of applicants, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - November 16, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN) has rejected a lawsuit against the rector of North Sumatra University (USU) filed by students working with the Suara USU student website who had been fired from the editorial board for publishing a short story touching on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) issues.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Media magnate and top politician Surya Paloh said he was open to the possibility of amending the 1945 Constitution that limits presidential terms to two periods, so that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo can be elected for a third time.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 16, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra – Two suspected terrorists were shot dead while one member of the National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad was injured in an exchange of gunfire in Datar city, Hamparan Perak district, Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra on Saturday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 16, 2019

Noory Okthariza – Recent protests and riots in Papua and West Papua have reinvigorated the question of how capable the Indonesian government is of addressing problems in the east of the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - November 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi " Widodo targeted to extend the Sumatra toll road construction to reach the Aceh Province as the land acquisition process for the mega project in Aceh is 52 percent complete.

The latest update on the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road is that the entire sections of the toll road will be completely connected by 2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Reuters - November 16, 2019

Ed Davies, Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia aims to bring in a new law to protect personal data by next year as it follows in the footsteps of Southeast Asian neighbors such as Singapore and also the European Union, the country's new communications minister told Reuters.

November 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – Indonesia's amputee football team, the Garuda INAF, has been training hard for the Amputee Football Asian Championship in Kuala Lumpur in February next year, its last stop before the World Cup.The Garuda INAF team first trained together in March last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticized President Jokowi's recent speech that called for the prevention against acts of corruption in front of a room filled with regional heads at Sentul, Bogor, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The antigraft watchdog asserted that preventive measures are not the main task of law enforcers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – Forget conventional campaign events: Candidates running for village chief in Rembun village in Pekalongan, Central Java, have opted for door prizes to attract votes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) said that the electronic road pricing will be imposed in the city's border areas in 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
KBR - November 15, 2019

Dian Kurniati, Jakarta – The Presidential Palace has confirmed that it plans to revive the law on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR) which was annulled by the Constitutional Court in 2006.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 15, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced its willingness to assist President Jokowi's attempt to abolish "law mafia" within Indonesia's bureaucracy system.

"I might argue that this is a major issue," said KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah in Jakarta on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Gardi Gazarin & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police anti-terrorism squad Detachment 88 has arrested several people with alleged links to a terror network, including an employee of state-owned company Krakatau Steel in Banten and a teacher in Cianjur, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Fadli, Batam – Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo seems to have decided not to continue former minister Susi Pudjiastuti's tough stance against illegal fishing, as he said he will no longer continue his predecessor's signature ship-sinking policy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The cycle of poverty has demonstrated its effects on Indonesian children as a recent study shows that kids who are raised in poor families are likely to earn less as adults compared to their higher income counterparts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Straits Times - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – As a former Indonesian Military (TNI) general, defence minister Prabowo Subianto should have known that today's warfare is no longer fought on beaches, in trenches or in jungles.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Straits Times - November 15, 2019

Jakarta (DPA) – The governor of an Indonesian province that is home to the famed Komodo dragon said poor tourists are not welcome there, local media reported on Friday (Nov 15).

East Nusa Tenggara Governor Victor Laiskodat said his province was on the list of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 and therefore should be a premium destination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) Executive Board Chairperson for Regional Affairs, Tifatul Sembiring, has warned the newly formed People's Wave Party (Gelora) not to poach members from other political parties.

Sembiring made the statement after the formation of the Gelora Party which was initiated by former PKS leaders Anis Matta and Fahri Hamzah.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The city administration plans a regulation that will ban electric scooter use on the streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian bridges early next year, an official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Mongabay - November 15, 2019

Michael Standaert – Recent dry-season fires that raged across Indonesia in September and October have taken a toll on forests, even in protected areas. Fires were particularly destructive in southern Sumatra, burning around 8 percent of Sembilang National Park, according to satellite data and local observers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has opened up possibilities to endorse President Jokowi's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming, in the 2020 Solo Mayoral Election.

PKS secretary-general Mustafa Kamal said that his party encouraged every nation's child having the capacity and potential to be a leader.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) noted the state's foreign debt at the end of the Q3/2019 was US$395.6 billion; comprising of US$197.1 billion government and central bank's debts and US$198.5 billion by the private sector, including SOEs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance was back in the black in October as imports declined at a faster rate than exports, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, announced on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – A 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted areas in North Maluku and North Sulawesi was followed by dozens of aftershocks within approximately nine hours after the mainshock on late Thursday evening, a government agency has reported.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - November 15, 2019

The former spy who revealed an Australian bugging scandal in East Timor will face a plea hearing in April. The man known only as Witness K is expected to plead guilty at the start of the three-day hearing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – At least two people were injured and some churches and homes damaged after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Indonesia, although residents who had fled to high ground fearing a tsunami had started returning, the disaster agency said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - November 15, 2019

A widely publicized shooting case in West Java's Majalengka regency saw a twist in which the shooter may end up reporting the victim to the police.

It appears that the shooting of a contractor by a civil servant in the Majalengka regency of West Java, which occurred on Sunday night, might get even more twisted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko suggested every household in Indonesia to breed chickens as part of the stunting prevention program. The chickens are expected to lay eggs, which later can be consumed by children in the family.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – January to October domestic car sales have declined by about 11.7 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) compiled by diversified conglomerate Astra International.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Bekasi city administration's decision to give a mandate to thugs disguising as mass organizations to collect parking fees at minimarkets, simply makes no sense. As well as not being effective in contributing to regional coffers, this practice nurtures thuggery and worries the public.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said he would send military cadets to study in Malaysia. He conveyed the plan during a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Mohamad bin Sabu in Malaysia, Thursday, November 14.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Devina Heriyanto and Prima Wirayani, Jakarta – Indonesia's rank has fallen in the 2019 Expat Explorer to 31st out of 33 countries, whereas it ranked 13th out of 31 countries last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 15, 2019

Thomas Paterson – Three days after being inaugurated as the president of Indonesia for a second five-year term, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced his new cabinet. The appointment of former general and leader of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, as the new defence minister could spell further trouble for Indonesian democracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Guardian - November 15, 2019

Peter Beaumont – Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.

A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls long recognised as extremely injurious to human health.

November 14, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Tempo - November 14, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo projected that halal food industry will be worth US$1.8 trillion by the end of 2023 as reported recently by Global Islamic Economy Report 2019/2020.

According to Perry, the figure could be achieved because of the increasing potential market of the global halal industry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – Muslims are allowed to use the greetings of other religions in order to preserve unity between Indonesians, according to Syaftudin Syarif, the secretary-general of the East Java branch of Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim (PWNU), on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A suicide bomber who blew himself up at Medan police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday, had pledged allegiance to a new Islamic State (IS) caliph (leader) before committing the attack, a global think tank has said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Journalists from Melanesian countries are urging the Indonesian government to put a stop to criminalizing journalism, following concerns about growing threats to media freedom in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
BBC News - November 14, 2019

Louis Lee Ray, Resty Woro Yuniar and Sri Kusmiati – The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned.

Environmental group IPEN found, in one East Java village, toxic dioxins in chicken eggs 70 times the level allowed by European safety standards.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 14, 2019

Jakarta – Collusion between doctors and pharmaceutical companies over the sale of medicines still continues. An initiative is needed from the new minister of health.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – New details have emerged a day after a suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters, with police saying the wife of the lone bomber is even more radicalized than her husband.

Rabbial Muslim Nasution, who died instantly during the attack, was reportedly radicalized by his own wife, the National Police said on Thursday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Jakarta – A teacher in the rural area of Mappi, Papua, has written an open letter to Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim asking him to pay more attention to the quality of school facilities in the village where she teaches.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration claims that its decision to remove the roof of a pedestrian bridge on Jl. Sudirman connecting Wisma Bumiputera and Astra Tower has received widespread support from residents in the capital.

Jakarta Bina Marga Road Agency head Hari Nugroho even went so far as to say that around 80 percent of residents approved the move.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Police and the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 are hunting a cleric believed to have influenced the suicide bomber that attacked the Medan Police headquarters on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Agence France Presse - November 14, 2019

Indonesian Mirnawati once ate rice with every meal, but its link to diabetes convinced her to join a growing movement to quit a staple food in the third biggest rice-consuming nation on Earth.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› International Solidarity
GEBRAK - November 14, 2019

The Labour Movement With the People (GEBRAK) strongly condemns the coup d'etat in Bolivia against the government of Evo Morales.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2019

Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – The government is mulling over a plan to require couples who want to get married to take pre-marital lessons on family life and children welfare and get certified before they tie the knot, a minister said.