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November 15, 2019

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.

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 ›› 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 ›› 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.

November 14, 2019

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.

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2019

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his blessing on Thursday to former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to return to public service as an executive at an as yet unnamed state-owned enterprise.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told security forces and regional heads not to underestimate signs of public discontent in a speech to members of the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) at the Sentul International Convention Center, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Four students detained by police in antiracism protests that turned violent in Wamena and Timika, Papua, in September have been released because they are under the age of 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2019

Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked regional governments to stop issuing too many local regulations and told his ministries to cull at least ten regulations before issuing a new one to cut bureaucratic red tapes and improve the country's competitiveness.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - November 14, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Two mothers whose sons were killed during prodemocracy protests in 1998 have marked the 21st anniversary of what became known as the Semanggi Tragedy by writing open letters to their late children, lamenting the fact that those responsible for their deaths have yet to be brought to justice.

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

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is bracing for the upcoming rainy season by undertaking several measures to prevent severe flooding in the capital city, which is a perennial problem.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
South China Morning Post - November 14, 2019

Amy Chew – An Indonesian ministry last week banned its staff from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, while on duty, as the government grapples with a rising tide of extremism and intolerance in the country.

Tjahjo Kumolo, the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, told local media employees still had a choice to wear the garment when not working.

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.

November 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Tempo - November 13, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces have resolved to forge military cooperation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - November 13, 2019

Jakarta – Close oversight in the drawing up of the Capital's budget also shows the biggest benefit of democracy: a control mechanism that will only work properly if there is strong opposition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - November 13, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia's Islamic finance rank has improved exponentially this year, but challenges remain to further develop the sharia economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - November 13, 2019

Jakarta – The government plans to reduce the annual interest rate for its microcredit program (KUR) from 7 percent to 6 percent per year starting Jan. 1, 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Detik News - November 13, 2019

Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – A group of students from the Semanggi Student Action Front held a commemoration marking 21 years since the Semanggi I tragedy. They even managed to put up a huge banner demanding that the perpetrators of human rights violations be brought to trial.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tempo - November 13, 2019

Larissa Huda, Jakarta – Directorate General of Customs and Excise at the Finance Ministry recorded a total of 1,064 imported waste containers retained at Tanjung Priok Port as of October 30. This occurred because importers had not yet submitted Import declaration form (PIB), said the sub directorate import head Djanurindro Wibowo.