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March 2, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) will "intensify intervention" to stabilize the local financial market by buying government bonds and the rupiah amid heavy selling pressure caused by coronavirus fears as Indonesia reports its first two cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Tempo - March 2, 2020

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – The general secretary of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), Anwar Abbas, says that the participants of the 7th Indonesian Islamic Ulama Congress see the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation as only prioritising the interests of employers and business.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Inflation accelerated in February thanks to rising prices of cigarette and tobacco products, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Monday.

The composite price index, a broad measure of all the prices of goods and services being sold in the country, rose 2.98 percent last month from 2.68 percent in January.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Bloomberg News - March 2, 2020

Arys Aditya – Bank Indonesia lowered banks' reserve requirement ratios, seeking to shore up liquidity after concerns over the economic impact of coronavirus triggered a selloff in the nation's stocks, bonds and currency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Guardian - March 2, 2020

Rebecca Ratcliffe – Two Indonesian citizens have tested positive for the new coronavirus after being in contact with an infected Japanese national, the country's president said on Monday, the first cases to be reported in the world's fourth most populous country.

The confirmation follows mounting concern that the country is failing to identify transmission of the virus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2020

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its budget airline Citilink began implementing flight fare cuts on 10 tourist destination on Sunday to follow a government directive aimed at keeping the tourism industry afloat amid the global coronavirus fears.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Riska Rahman and Esther Samboh, Jakarta – Indonesia's stock index extended losses before reversing to gains on Monday morning trade, after a market rout sent the gauge to its worst month in six years as coronavirus cases outside China grow rapidly, potentially dampening the global economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has demanded a full assessment of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project over environmental and human concerns.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has established a fast-response team to handle the fast-spreading and fatal respiratory coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the wake of two confirmed cases of Indonesians infected with the virus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Monday five measures to stabilize the rupiah as foreign investors sold off Indonesian financial assets from stocks to bonds and after Indonesia officially reported its first coronavirus cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange, or IDX, stopped short selling at the local burse on Monday, seeking to stave off a further decline in the stock market caused by panic selling as the novel coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of stopping and the Indonesian government announced the first two cases of the Covid-19 infections in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - March 2, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday the government will ease rules on the import of capital goods to assist the economy amid a trade slowdown due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

"Stocks of raw material for manufacturing industry are thinning, so the president has asked to ease imports of materials," Indrawati told reporters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Indonesia at Melbourne - March 2, 2020

The House of Representatives (DPR) published in January its list of priority bills (National Legislative Program, Prolegnas) for 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Indonesia has confirmed two novel coronavirus cases in its territory after diagnosing two women living in Depok, a West Java suburb just outside Jakarta, who came in contact with a Japanese man coming from Malaysia who was already infected with the virus several days ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia still deserves special treatment in global trade despite the United States recently taking the archipelago off its list of developing countries, local economists have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Headline inflation in Indonesia rose to 2.98 percent in February from 2.68 percent in January, driven by higher prices of garlic and cayenne, among other commodities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Military
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, North Tapanuli, North Sumatra – Bukit Barisan Military Command (Kodam) 1 has removed Capt. Ridwan, company commander of Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 123/Rajawali, from his post following an attack on Pahae Julu Police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Straits Times - March 2, 2020

Denpasar (AFP) – Bali's Galungan festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, but a new enemy is threatening that cosmic balance this year – coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 2, 2020

Beritasatu, Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The government revealed on Monday at least 48 people have been put under observation after coming into direct contact with the first two confirmed Covid-19 patients in Indonesia and admitted the number could grow.

News ›› West Papua ›› Farming & Agriculture
Mongabay - March 2, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A top Indonesian official has declared a halt to new oil palm plantations in the country's heavily forested Papua region in favor of other, "greener," crops, apparently contradicting his vigorous earlier defenses of the industry.

March 1, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Office (BMKG) detected 11 hotspots indicative of forest fires along the coastal areas of Riau Province on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The 7th Indonesian Muslim Congress (KUII) has urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to dissolve the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) on the grounds it is no longer needed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – A new report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found that Islamic State (IS) supporters who were deported while trying to join the extremist group played a major role in radicalizing neighborhood religious study groups in West Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Reuters - March 1, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia has the resources to cope with a coronavirus outbreak, the director of its leading infectious diseases hospital said, defending detection procedures in the Southeast Asian nation of more than 260 million, where no cases have been reported.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - March 1, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – A national program to fill Indonesia's streets with more electric vehicles, or EVs, is still in its infancy, government officials have admitted, as regulations governing it continue to be chopped and changed.

News ›› West Papua ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Antara News - March 1, 2020

Imam B, Rahmad Nasution, Wamena, Papua – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said he urges the government and House of Representatives (DPR) to extend the special autonomy funds for Papua and West Papua Provinces, which will end in 2021.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Joko Widodo (Jokowi) administration has outlined a reduction in the stunting and poverty rates as among the key targets for 2020 under its priority program to hone the quality of Indonesian human resources.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded 652 natural disasters that hit several parts of Indonesia in February 2020, left 123 people dead and two others missing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2020

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has issued a gubernatorial decree on increasing the capital's alertness in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tabloid JUBI - March 1, 2020

Piter Lokon, Jayapura – Yalimo Students Association in Indonesia (HMKY) states their rejection towards the military plan to build new posts in Abenaho and Apahapsili subdistricts located in Yalimo Regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has confirmed the death of a police officer in a shootout with armed criminal group (KKB) in Kali Kabur, around Arwanop, in Indonesia's easternmost province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Tempo - March 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin drew attention to the threat posed by radicalism and Islamophobia that can spur sectarian conflict in a country for which the government has incessantly promoted social harmony among people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 1, 2020

Jakarta – The police have identified a National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee, identified as SM, as the owner of the illegally possessed radioactive substances recovered from a house in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Channel News Asia - March 1, 2020

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Back in the 80s, Mr Sahro would peddle his kue putu – steamed rice flour cake filled with palm sugar and served with coconut shavings – door to door.

He had to carry a makeshift steamer and a box of ingredients at opposite ends of a pole and walk from one neighbourhood to the next.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Detik News - March 1, 2020

Andi Saputra, Jakarta – The Lokataru Foundation conducted a survey of students on their attitudes towards the policies of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation. The majority of respondents stated that they did not agree with the Omnibus Law because it is neo-New Order (Orba), authoritarian and repressive.

February 29, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Jakarta – The Bekasi administration in West Java has planned to reevaluate the building permits for malls, apartments and warehouses located in areas that were hit by floods on Tuesday.

The administration said a thorough reevaluation of such buildings would help to prevent flooding in the future.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said he is confident Indonesia's new capital city will be a special place, describing the capital relocation plan as an outstanding vision for Indonesia as well as an inspiration for the whole world.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Melbourne Age - February 29, 2020

James Massola, Jakarta – Passengers on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Auckland, including a woman who was diagnosed with coronavirus on arrival in New Zealand, spent nearly two hours on the ground in transit in Bali's Denpasar airport.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Voice of America - February 29, 2020

Rikar Hussein, Ghita Intan, Washington/Jakarta – A recent decision by the government in Jakarta not to repatriate hundreds of its citizens suspected of membership in the Islamic State (IS) terror group has set off a debate over the fate of the Indonesians, with some experts warning it could become an international dilemma if their citizenship is revoked.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – A recent study has identified Jakarta as among the world's major metropolitan areas on the brink of sinking as a result of rising sea levels and extreme weather caused by climate change.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Globe - February 29, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Several factors have contributed to the declining child marriage rate in Indonesia, but a lot more need to be done to enforce the law that protects girls from early marriage.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - February 29, 2020

Denpasar (AFP) – Hundreds of Chinese tourists on vacation in Bali are scrambling to avoid going home, fearing both infection from the deadly new coronavirus and Beijing's handling of the epidemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – New Zealand and Malaysian authorities reported on Friday that their latest patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus had been to Indonesia before getting sick in their respective countries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The Philippine National Defense Department has expressed interest in buying combat vehicles from Indonesia's state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - February 29, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Java Jazz Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many music fans in Indonesia, and not just for fans of jazz.

Held at the JIExpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta on Feb. 28-March 1, Java Jazz 2020 attracted thousands of music enthusiasts both young and old.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 29, 2020

Ary Hermawan, Jakarta – Okay, here's the deal. If you believe in an interventionist God who cares about national boundaries and will answer your prayers to protect this country from a plague, that's your business.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - February 29, 2020

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua remains hopeful it will be granted greater status in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The Movement has observer status in the MSG, whose full members are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia's FLNKS group.

February 28, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Sydney Morning Herald - February 28, 2020

James Massola – Indonesian authorities have defended their handling of the coronavirus epidemic after Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison cast significant doubt over Indonesia's claim to be free of the virus.

The country – home to about 270 million people – has tested just 136 people and all the results have been negative.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - February 28, 2020

Adam Prireza, Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) faction member Justin Adrian Untayana, said that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan seemed to see Jakarta's flooding as a political stage, questioning the latter's statement that he was focusing on handling the flood victims.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia's benchmark stock index plunged deeper on Friday, trading down more than 4 percent during the morning session and prompting the bourse operator to call for an emergency press briefing. The latest sell-off has been mainly blamed on the coronavirus spreading rapidly outside of China.