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February 28, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - February 28, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Indonesian government employs a transparent approach in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus and strictly follows World Health Organization procedures in treating suspected patients, a top health official said as foreign governments raised doubts about Indonesia's claim of zero local transmission case.

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

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has pumped Rp 87 trillion (US$6.2 billion) into the domestic bond markets so far this month as big sell-offs sent stock markets around the world into a tailspin amid fears over the global spread of the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Police
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – A number of Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel armed with rifles, allegedly assaulted the Pahae Julu Police headquarters in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, on Thursday afternoon, resulting in six police officers sustaining injuries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The government will start blocking unregistered cell phones starting April 18 as it imposes the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) policy to curb the circulation of illegal phones. Blocked phones will not be able to connect to mobile networks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - February 28, 2020

We can't think of anything worse than being told to enjoy a disaster, but one Jakarta official's insensitive statement about this week's floods in the capital proved to be asinine drivel given that he failed to grasp the concepts of fractions and percentages.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - February 28, 2020

Jakarta – Our House of Representatives (DPR) members are truly hilarious. For the sake of "improving family resilience," five politicians from four parties proposed a bill. When the bill's articles triggered controversy, one of the five politicians claimed she has not read the draft bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Kompas.com - February 28, 2020

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – Three trade union confederations have agreed to revive the Indonesian Trade Union Council (MPBI) to fight the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - February 28, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Sustainable Districts Association, or LTKL, has introduced a sustainable economy model for improving the investment climate at the district level in Indonesia. LTKL is a collaboration forum established and managed by eight district governments to encourage sustainable development.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Jakarta – Recent flooding in Jakarta and its satellite cities has put the city's administration under public scrutiny again.

Social media was the main platform for people to voice their complaints, especially toward Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Indonesia at Melbourne - February 28, 2020

While debate continues between the Indonesian Ministry of Health and researchers in Indonesia and internationally on Indonesia's capacity to detect and identify coronavirus infections, social media runs hot with various theories.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Jakarta – Almost 1,700 Indonesian nationals have been stranded in a number of transit countries by Saudi Arabia's decision to temporarily ban all foreign umrah (minor haj) pilgrims from entering the country because of concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Human rights activists and press organizations have lambasted the Supreme Court's new regulation that prohibits the taking of photographs or making sound and video recordings in courtrooms without proper permits, saying the provision will only benefit the judicial mafia and restrict court transparency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Indonesia has expressed interest in developing railway infrastructure in Bangladesh by joining a tender for the export of 1,050 train cars to the South Asian country.

News ›› West Papua ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Mongabay - February 28, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A court in Indonesia has ordered the government to publish detailed maps of oil palm plantations in the country's easternmost Papua region, an area increasingly targeted by the plantation and logging companies that have depleted much of the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - February 28, 2020

Adam Prireza, Galuh Kurnia Ramadhani, Jakarta – The Police has revealed an illegal face mask production at a warehouse in North Jakarta on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The warehouse is located in the Central Cakung warehouse complex, Cilincing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
CNN Indonesia - February 28, 2020

Jakarta – The Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) office in the East Java capital of Surabaya was besieged by scores of people wearing black safari suits from the mass organisation (ormas) Pancasila Youth (PP) and other affiliated groups.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – The hitherto headless Indonesian Archery Association (Perpani) is gearing up to accelerate Olympic preparations as it now has a new chief, Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, a lawmaker from the United Development Party. The previous chief, Kelik Wirawan had to leave the association for family reasons in December last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Education institutions, food and beverage outlets and fast fashion retailers are gradually replacing department stores at Jakarta shopping malls as the emerging middle class increasingly looks for experience rather than tangible goods, a recent report suggests.

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

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is involving three international consulting firms in developing the masterplan of the country's new capital city, which is to be located in East Kalimantan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 28, 2020

Jakarta – As SARS-Cov-2 swiftly spreads across the globe, infecting thousands of people from Singapore to Northern Ireland, Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, a devout Christian, attended a national Islamic conference on Wednesday to ask Muslim clerics to pray against the lethal virus.

February 27, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Tempo - February 27, 2020

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) continued voicing its objection against the draft of the omnibus law on job creation set by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. To AJI, the bill tried to restore the government's control over the press as it did during the New Order era.

News ›› West Papua ›› Economy & Investment
Antara News - February 27, 2020

Ernes Broning Kakisina/Suharto, Sorong, W Papua – The Indonesian government in association with Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (Green Trade Initiative Foundation) took a total of 45 foreign investors to witness firsthand the business potential in the country's eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Antara News - February 27, 2020

Evarukdijati, Sri Haryati, Jayapura, Papua – Three people were injured, including a member of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob), in an exchange of fire between security forces and an armed group in Nduga, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen Paulus Waterpauw confirmed here on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Fadli and Ivany Atina Arbi, Batam – Concerns about how the Indonesian government is handling the novel coronavirus outbreak have grown as none of the 132 Indonesian lab tests for the virus have come back positive as of Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Demand for rooftop solar panels has increased sharply in recent years as more companies and households turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs, an executive of a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Jakarta) head Subejo has resigned as severe flooding occurred across Greater Jakarta in the past several days.

"He resigned on Monday," Jakarta Employment Agency chief Chaidir said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government will move up the distribution of the much-vaunted pre-employment cards to March in a bid to mitigate the adverse effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Judges with the Bale Bandung District Court in West Java found PT Kamarga Kurnia Textile Industry (KKTI) guilty of polluting a section of the Citarum River, the longest and dirtiest river in the province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Globe - February 27, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is offering 50 percent off flight tickets to persuade domestic and international tourists to keep visiting the country's favorite tourist destinations as the global tourism industry faces an uncertain future due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak.

News ›› East Timor ›› Political & Economic Crisis
Tempo Timor - February 27, 2020

Dili – After the CNRT, the party of the East-Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao, decided to abstain on 17 January during the vote in parliament on the national budget for 2020, prime minister Taur Matan Ruak submitted on Monday (24/2) this week his dismissal letter to president Lu Olo. He now waits for the president's decision.

News ›› West Papua ›› Economy & Investment
Antara News - February 27, 2020

Ade Irma Junida/Aria Cindyara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has launched a green investment concept in Papua and West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Asip Hasani, Tulungagung – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have searched on Wednesday the house of Suhada Sumarni, the father-in-law of former Supreme Court secretary and graft suspect Nurhadi Abdurachman, in Tulungagung, East Java, as part of the antigraft body's effort to locate the suspect, who is still at large.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - February 27, 2020

The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital says a Free West Papua Campaign secretariat will be established in his city.

Powes Parkop made the announcement in Port Moresby in his latest move to raise awareness about human rights issues in PNG's neighbouring Indonesian-ruled territory of West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Nine residents of Greater Jakarta have died as a result of the widespread flooding that has inundated the capital and surrounding cities over the past few days, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported.

The nine fatalities were in Jakarta; South Tangerang, Banten; and Bekasi, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Defense Ministry has accepted a grant comprising 14 Insitu ScanEagle drones and three Bell 412 helicopters from the United States, as Jakarta expects the equipment to further strengthen the Navy's maritime patrol operations throughout the archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry wants to asses spatial plans for Greater Jakarta following widespread flooding that hit parts of the capital on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – The omnibus bill on job creation will weaken regional administrations by taking away their authority over the use of space and environmental impact analyses (Amdal) and putting in solely in the hands of the central government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - February 27, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia should not rest on its laurels as a major market and consumer in the technology sector but must also be able to reap the benefits of technology to encourage digital economic growth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Tempo - February 27, 2020

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan ensured that Taman Ismail Marzuki or TIM arts and culture center in Cikini will not be a commercial area after its revitalization project completes. He said the city administration will not seek benefits in the management.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Imanuddin Razak, Jakarta – While it remains unclear whether the arms procurement to fulfill the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) military modernization program will continue as planned, the Defense Ministry is introducing a mass-based national defense system to ensure the country can match its neighbors.

News ›› West Papua ›› Farming & Agriculture
Antara News - February 27, 2020

Ernes Broning Kakisina, Yuni A, Sorong, Papua – Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan encouraged the local governments and community of Papua and West Papua to lower investment in palm plantations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Weak consumer demand is contributing to a decades-low inflation rate in Indonesia, as the central bank steps up efforts to control inflation rates at the same time, a Bank Indonesia (BI) senior official says.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Djemi Amnifu and Hengky Ola Sura, Kupang – Almost 2,000 pigs across Timor Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have died after contracting African swine fever (ASF), the NTT Animal Husbandry Agency reported on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Riska Rahman and Prima Wirayani, Jakarta – The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) nosedived to a level unseen since March 2017 on Thursday afternoon amid fears over the spread of COVID-19, extending losses recorded by Asian stocks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled against the plaintiffs of the review petition on the simultaneous general elections that aimed to have the practice abolished, saying that the presidential, House of Representatives, and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) elections must be held concurrently.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Jakarta – Electronic money (e-money) transactions in Indonesia's retail market skyrocketed by 173 percent in January from a year earlier, with nonbank fintech dominating the scene as the country works its way toward a cashless society, the central bank says.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - February 27, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Indonesian government will introduce a special agency whose main task is to handle foreign and domestic investments in the development of the country's new capital city in East Kalimantan, officials said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 27, 2020

Prima Wirayani and Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International recorded zero growth in its net profit last year, after booking a strong expansion in 2018, as the automotive and agribusiness sectors weakened.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - February 27, 2020

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta, Phillip J. Vermonte pointed out the presence of political influences in Indonesian disaster management.