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November 8, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Netizens are having a good laugh at a social media post showing an engineer apparently buying goods while stopping the train at a railway crossing.

The footage, posted on Thursday evening by Twitter account @Chamberafli, shows motorcyclists waiting for the stationary train to move and the crossing gate to open.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has criticised remarks by the new Attorney General ST Burhanuddin when he explained the obstacles to resolving cases of past human rights (HAM) violations to the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission III on Thursday November 7.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - November 8, 2019

Aditya L. Djono, Jakarta – Indonesia's current account deficit narrowed in the third quarter this year thanks to an improving oil and gas trade balance and less pressure to repatriate dividends and loan payments abroad.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – Amid tension between two ruling coalition members, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the NasDem Party, PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri is slated to attend the opening of NasDem's national congress on Friday in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
New York Times - November 8, 2019

Richard C. Paddock, Muara, Indonesia – Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, seem an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - November 8, 2019

Jakarta – The next section of the MRT Jakarta, which will span 8.3 kilometers from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to Kota in West Jakarta, will have seven underground stations at Sarinah, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar and Mangga Besar in Central Jakarta and Glodok and Kota in West Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Head of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), Asfinawati, deemed that the police report filed by PDIP Party member Dewi Tanjung against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan is baseless and dubious.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Karana Ww, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV Deputy Dedi Mulyadi strongly urges the government, in this case, the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK), to guarantee customary forests in Indonesia with legal assurance.

He sees that corporates are able to easily obtain land areas while at the same time evicting the land of native people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - November 8, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said he would study all regional regulations that were considered hindering investment.

"This is the president's order. We will review regional regulations that are deemed to obstruct [investment]," said the Attorney General in his office, South Jakarta, Friday, November 8.

November 7, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mysticism & The Supernatural
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Gowa Police in South Sulawesi have declared a man a suspect of money-laundering and spreading heretical teachings after he claimed to be a prophet and mahaguru (grand master).

The man, identified as Puang Lalang, reportedly established the Tarekat Tajul Khalwatiyah Syekh Yusuf cult.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – A police officer, identified only as AM, has been named a suspect in the deaths of two students that occurred during a violent protest in Kendari, North Sulawesi, in which a pregnant woman was also injured.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Channel News Asia - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia should prioritise locally produced goods over imports in order to boost the domestic economy, President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday (Nov 6).

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Pina - November 7, 2019

Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Belden Namah has called on Prime Minister James Marape to take Indonesian atrocities in Papua and repeated border violations to the United Nations and make them international incidents requiring international conflict resolution mechanisms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - November 7, 2019

Galuh Putri Riyanto, Jakarta – Financial technology company Amartha Mikro Fintek (Amartha) held a study dubbed 'The impact of financial technology on the empowerment of village women'.

The study found, among others, that most of the women living in villages have zero access to the internet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – In an effort to boost the spirit of nationalism, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani has asked people to play patriotic anthems for 10 days in the lead up to National Heroes Day.

Surabaya, known as the city of heroes, has strong historical ties with Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Online streaming services such as US-based Netflix and Malaysia-based Iflix are contributing to the country's sluggish economic growth as investment in intellectual property comes under pressure, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Former agriculture minister has filed a civil lawsuit with the South Jakarta District Court against Tempo weekly magazine over an investigative report it published in September on the ministry's efforts in making the country self-sufficient in sugar.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State-owned energy company Pertamina booked US$753 million in net profits during the January-Sept period this year.

The company's net profits are 14 percent higher than the $660 million booked in the first six months of the year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Tempo - November 7, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Supreme Court (MA) panel of judges on October 30, 2019, rejected the appeal of palm oil firm PT Waringin Agro Jaya (PT WAJ) and ordered the company to pay for compensation regarding the restoration process amounting to Rp466,468,991.700.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Schools are supposed to be the safest places for children after their own homes, but this was not the case for 8-year-old Irza Almira, who died on Tuesday morning after a school roof collapsed in Pasuruan, East Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to established new military bases in North Penajam Paser regency in East Kalimantan, where the new capital will be located.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – The latest assessment conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Food Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has found that 22 million people in the country suffered from chronic hunger between 2016 and 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose to US$126.7 billion in October, the highest level in 20 months, driven by the government's global bonds issuance and forex records from the oil and gas sector, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Reuters - November 7, 2019

Stanley Widianto, Gayatri Suroyo, Jakarta – He was once a boy scout and member of a patriotic flag-raising team in high school.

But with student protests sweeping Jakarta and other cities in recent months in some of the worst civil unrest to hit Indonesia in decades, Manik Marganamahendra has emerged as an anti-establishment icon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - November 7, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) found another set of questionable budget allocation plans inside Jakarta's 2020 budget draft in the form of grass shears purchase folio books and table tennis.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to see the return of a deputy commander now that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has decided to bring back the position after around two decades of the position's removal.

November 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The national antigraft agency will assist police to investigate 56 fictitious villages in Konawe district, Southeast Sulawesi, allegedly used to siphon funds from the state budget.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has called on the public to beware of political propaganda aimed at inciting riots during commemorations of Free Papua Movement (OPM) anniversary on Dec. 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – Thousands of pigs believed to have died from cholera have littered rivers and streets across North Sumatra in the past few days after they were allegedly discarded by their owners, raising fears of contamination and further spread of the virus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have arrested an Indonesian businessman named Giovani, his girlfriend Nola Aprilia and four police officers for allegedly conspiring to kidnap and to extort a British man identified as Matthew Simon Craib in Jakarta last week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Southeast Sulawesi Police have teamed up to probe into the alleged corruption of village funds in Konawe regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – As the investigation of the acid attack against Novel Baswedan appears to have stalled, the senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator has been accused of faking his left eye injury, an allegation perpetuated by influential users, according to social media analysts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded a seven-year prison sentence for former Golkar Party lawmaker Bowo Sidik Pangarso for his alleged role in bribery and graft cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
South China Morning Post - November 6, 2019

Amy Chew – The United States is remaining tight-lipped on whether it will lift an entry ban on Indonesia's new Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto over alleged human rights violations, as China and Russia publicly court the former special forces general.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Coconuts Jakarta - November 6, 2019

A woman in the Indonesian city of Palembang has been arrested on suspicion of infanticide, in which the victim is her own newborn baby.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Sutina, was a babysitter who worked at the residence of South Sumatra's former vice governor Ishak Mekki.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 6, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan, expressed deep pessimism towards the revised KPK Law Constitutional Court lawsuit. He argues that it is made worse by the reluctance of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to side with the country's war on corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
KBR - November 6, 2019

Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – Research and international digital rights advocacy institute Freedom House says that internet freedom in Indonesia has worsened compared with last year.

According to their rating, in 2018 Indonesia was rated as 54 out of 100, but in 2019 its position dropped to a ranking of 51.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo deems it inappropriate to issue a presidential regulation in lieu of law on the Corruption Eradication Committee, or KPK, while a judicial review of a revised law on the national antigraft agency is still ongoing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Indonesian companies are among the world's most optimistic when it comes to their business prospects next year and the medium term, and they have strong confidence in the government's macroeconomic policy, particularly in boosting investment and domestic consumption, according to the latest survey by multinational bank HSBC.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – A pedestrian bridge near the heart of the capital Jakarta on Jl. Sudirman has a new, surprising look: it no longer has a roof.

Jakarta Bina Marga road agency head Hari Nugroho said the roof of the bridge had been removed so that pedestrians could enjoy the view while walking.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Liquid waste in the form of a traditional Javanese alcoholic drink called ciu has contaminated the Bengawan Solo River in Surakarta, Central Java, killing fish and disrupting the area's clean water supply for residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has revealed that he has dreams for the new capital bigger than those of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he wants the soon-to-be developed city in East Kalimantan to be "the best on earth".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Reuters - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday urged bank executives to help stimulate the economy with cuts in lending rates and loans to small and medium firms, as authorities vowed to support growth after feeble third quarter data.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Strategist - November 6, 2019

Evan Laksmana – Since it was announced in August, Indonesia's plan to relocate its capital to East Kalimantan in Borneo has engendered much debate, but few have examined the potential military and strategic implications of the move.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Septinus George Saa, Birmingham, UK – In its second term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government should learn crucial lessons from the political actions taken in Papua and in the rest of the country, led by students.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Antara, Jakarta – Twelve terror convicts have been transferred from the Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java to a deradicalization center in Bogor, West Java, under a reintegration program, an official said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan additional responsibilities with a new presidential regulation (Perpres) vesting greater authority in the office of an already powerful minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Activists grouped under the National Movement to Safeguard Ulema Fatwas (GNPF) are set to return to the streets for a "reunion" marking the 2016 anti-Ahok rally in Jakarta next month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Beritasatu TV, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Indonesian banks to cut their lending rates to accelerate growth after Bank Indonesia, the central bank, gradually lowered their benchmark interest rate in the past four months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – The Indonesia Biodiversity Index (IBI) was launched on Tuesday to provide a comprehensive database on the diversity of the archipelago's flora and fauna.

The Indonesian Biology Consortium (KOBI) unveiled the initiative at the Bogor Botanical Garden in Bogor, West Java, as part of National Plant and Animal Day.