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November 7, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 7, 2022

Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Non-inclusive public transportation excludes disabled Indonesians, forcing them into seclusion from social life and professional opportunities.

Jakarta Globe - November 7, 2022

Jakarta – State-owned utility firm PLN recently reaffirmed its commitment to achieving a net zero emission by 2060. The company is also making efforts towards that goal.

Jakarta Post - November 7, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has insisted on proceeding with the Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed railway (HSR) project by extending the Jakarta-Bandung HSR to Surabaya in East Java, likely with the same Chinese investors, despite the financial challenge of completing the Jakarta-Bandung project, which has been bogged down with delays and massive cost ove

Tempo - November 7, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) on Monday urged the National Police Chief to form a dedicated team to investigate the circulating rumors of illegal mining firms paying a high-ranking police officer for protection services. IPW chairperson Sugeng Teguh Santoso warns that such rumors if left unaddressed, would destroy the institution's reputation.

Suara.com - November 7, 2022

Chandra Iswinarno – Repressive acts have again been committed by police, this time it targeted the residents of the Kalasey Dua Village in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, on Monday November 7. The incident was also marred by violent arrests, the firing of teargas and verbal abuse against residents.

Tempo - November 7, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has received the Al Hasan bin Ali international peace award from the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace (ADFP). State secretary Pratikno, in announcing the news on Monday, explained that Hasan bin Ali is the grandchild of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Tabloid Jubi - November 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – A 7-year-old girl in Intan Jaya Regency, Elpina Dwitau, suffered a gunshot wound during the arrest of suspected members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) by the security forces.

November 6, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bali – Indonesia got criticisms at a recent international conference for banning palm oil export earlier this year as the policy was catastrophic, particularly to the developing economies reliant on Indonesian palm oil.

Tempo - November 6, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The floods that have submerged several areas in Aceh Tamiang District, Aceh Province, over the past few days have prompted 23,380 residents to evacuate to higher ground, according to the Aceh Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBA).

"In total, 12 sub-districts in Aceh Tamiang are flooded," BPBA chief Ilyas said on Saturday night.

CNN Indonesia - November 6, 2022

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has noted discrepancies in the chronology presented by the public prosecutor (JPU) and the results of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) investigation into the 2014 Paniai massacre.

Sydney Morning Herald - November 6, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Inside a large new warehouse in East Jakarta sit dozens of cars, but this is no ordinary showroom or collection.

The vehicles here have all been seized from politicians and other government officials found to have been lining their pockets illegally and are to be sent to auction. In Indonesia, there is no shortage of corruption.

November 5, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 5, 2022

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court's decision to allow high-ranking officials to remain in office despite their bid to run for election marks a further setback for democracy in the country.

Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have charged two members of live music show organizers for criminal negligence after it was found that they sold tickets nine times the number they mentioned in police filing, an officer said on Saturday.

Kompas.com - November 5, 2022

Fika Nurul Ulya, Jakarta – Global health security researcher Dicky Budiman says that the government has been too neglectful about Covid-19 mutations which continue to occur.

This has resulted in new Covid-19 cases rising to 5,000 cases per day since the Omicron XXB sub-variant entered Indonesia.

Channel News Asia - November 5, 2022

Neo Chai Chin and Lewa Pardomuan, Jakarta – He has been a nuclear researcher for over 30 years, and Suwoto has seen Indonesians' interest in nuclear energy wax and wane.

Public acceptance of it in Southeast Asia's most populous country dipped to 49.5 per cent in the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, compared with 59.7 per cent in 2010.

The Guardian - November 5, 2022

Agence France-Presse in South Tangerang – The K-pop band NCT 127 were forced to end their first concert in Indonesia early after 30 people fainted in a crush, police said.

Indonesia is still reeling after more than 130 people, including more than 40 children, died in a stadium crush last month – one of the deadliest disasters in football history.

Tempo - November 5, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The spokesman for Muhammad Jusuf "JK" Kalla, Husain Abdullah, responded to the statement by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan, who acknowledged the existence of Chinese manual laborers in nickel smelter construction projects such as in Morowali, Central Sulawesi.

Tempo - November 5, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is planning to plant 700,000 hectares worth of sugarcane, which will be carried out by state-owned plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara X (PTPN X).

The purpose of the program is to become self-sufficient-in-producing sugar in the next five years.

Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2022

Joanito de Saojoao, Jakarta – Indonesia concluded on Saturday the four-day defense show that according to the organizers involved more than 900 arms producers from 60 countries including the host.

Tempo - November 5, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Acting Jakarta Governor Heru Budi Hartono appealed to Jakarta residents to continue practicing strict health protocols amid an ongoing pandemic, especially after Covid-19 cases in Jakarta have increased again.

"Yes, keep it up. Wear a mask, keep your distance," Heru said after inaugurating the Digital House for Disabilities, Friday, November 4, 2022.

Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bali – The Indonesian Palm Oil Association or Gapki has projected that palm oil prices would decline in 2023 amid forecasts of global economic recession. Palm oil production and consumption will also slightly drop next year.

Bloomberg News - November 5, 2022

Jakarta – Boeing's proposed sale of 36 new F-15 fighter jets and equipment to Indonesia has hit a snag over financing, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2022

Jakarta – Two Indonesian state-owned companies have agreed with the United Emirates Arab's military contractor Edge Group to explore cooperation in explosive manufacturing and shipbuilding, paving the way for greater military self-reliance for the Southeast Asian country.

November 4, 2022

Tempo - November 4, 2022

Muhsin Sabilillah, Jakarta – The National People's Defending Movement (GNPR) and the Islamic Brotherhood Front (FPI) are set to hold the 4th demonstration of the People's Defending Action (Akbar) and the reunion of the 411 Action today, November 4, 2022, around the Jakarta Merdeka Palace. They will urge President Joko Widodo alias Jokowi to step down.

Tempo - November 4, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti assessed that the formation of law in the past three years of the Joko Widodo or Jokowi's regime was dominated by the interests of oligarchs. This dominance, she said, occurs in almost all regulations that have been issued.

Kyodo News - November 4, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesian accident investigators on Thursday submitted their final report to parliament on last year's deadly crash of a Sriwijaya Air jet, citing mechanical problems, the pilot's complacency and confirmation bias as factors behind the tragedy.

Tabloid Jubi - November 4, 2022

Makassar, Jubi – The Makassar Human Rights Court continued a hearing on the alleged gross human rights violations of the Bloody Paniai on Thursday, November 3, 2022. When examined as a defendant, Maj. (Ret.) Isak Sattu emphasized he never once ordered the use of weapons against the masses.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2022

Jakarta – The government has taken another step forward in its plan to retire coal-fired power plants. State-owned electricity monopoly PLN has laid out three ways to do this: Writing the plants off its books; a spin-off with blended financing; or independent power producer (IPP) refinancing.

Jakarta Globe - November 4, 2022

Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said on Friday he is not against the possibility of becoming a running mate for Prabowo Subianto in the 2024 presidential election, repeating their collaboration in the unsuccessful bid three years ago.

Tempo - November 4, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Labor Party and the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) gathered in front of the Manpower Ministry headquarters on Friday, November 4, 2022, to protest against rumors suggesting a mass layoff had struck the textile and garment industries due to possible recession.

UCA News - November 4, 2022

Siktus Harson – After years of prayerful waiting, Catholics in Indonesia's Papua finally have what they want – a bishop from their own ranks.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Thousands of residents have taken refuge from flooding in North Sumatra's Labuhan Batu Utara and Langkat regencies following heavy rains that began on Wednesday.

Farmland and public facilities were also inundated. No casualties have been reported.

Mongabay - November 4, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas, which has a long history of deforestation and conflicts with local Indigenous communities, secretly controls Canadian paper and packaging company Paper Excellence, which could soon become one of the biggest pulp and paper suppliers in North America, a new investigative report has alleged.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2022

Nur Janti and Yerica Lai, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said that he had no problem with his ministers running for election while in office, but cautioned that he would review their performance as a point of consideration for the next Cabinet reshuffle.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Years behind schedule, the high-speed railway link to connect Jakarta with Bandung is set for a trial this month in preparation for commercial operations planned to commence in June of next year. However, experts have not ruled out further delays.

CNN Indonesia - November 4, 2022

Jakarta – Protesting workers from the Labour Party and the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) plan to hold a national strike in December if the demands at today's demonstration are not heeded by the government.

Jakarta Globe - November 4, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may have to forget his ambition to present both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the upcoming G20 Summit after the latter said he would not speak in a conference in Putin's presence.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomes Russia's resumption of its deal, freeing up grain exports from Ukraine, during a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

November 3, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bali – The Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency or BPDPKS on Thursday revealed that it could potentially lose Rp 10 trillion ($634.5 million) from the export levy exemption that has just gotten an extension.

Reuters - November 3, 2022

Jakarta – Authorities in East Nusa Tenggara have halted the search for 17 missing passengers from a boat that caught fire while at sea last week, believing the probability of their survival to be low, a local rescue official said on Wednesday.

Tempo - November 3, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – Legal attorney for Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, Aloysius Renwarin, said that Lukas Enembe underwent an examination by a team of investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jayapura, but was stopped early as he claims Enembe has yet to fully recovered from his illness.

Tempo - November 3, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed five new National Heroes from various regions in Indonesia. This is announced by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD.

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bali – The government's decision to halt palm oil export to cool cooking oil prices earlier this year was not without consequences, and this is something that the government should take note of in future policymaking, according to the 2022 Indonesian Palm Oil Conference or IPOC.

Tabloid Jubi - November 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Papua Customary Council (DAP) Extraordinary Congress Version Dominggus Surabut said the council together with a coalition of civil organizations formed an investigation team related to the death of Papuan nation figure Filep Karma.

Tempo - November 3, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed support for Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to run in the 2024 Presidential Election after attending the Indo Defense 2022 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has launched a complete switch from analog television to digital since midnight on Wednesday but several broadcasters continued to air on analog channels on Thursday morning.

At least four networks belonging to media conglomeration Multi Nusantara Citra and a broadcaster under Viva Group remained available on analog televisions.

Tabloid Jubi - November 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan pro-independence figure Filep Karma was buried at the Expo Public Cemetery in Jayapura City on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at around 9:30 p.m. The funeral of the Bloody Biak survivor was attended by thousands of mourners who came from Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, and surrounding areas.

Tempo - November 3, 2022

Muh Raihan Muzakki, Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Attorney General Office (AGO) estimated that state losses due to alleged corruption in the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information or Kominfo's Base Transceiver Station (BTS) reached Rp1 trillion. The figure is obtained from the BTS phase I project which includes five work packages.

Channel News Asia - November 3, 2022

Nusa Dua, Indonesia – The stronger price of crude oil is making a higher mix of bio-content in fuel increasingly more feasible for Indonesia, which currently has a mandatory 30 per cent mix of palm oil in biodiesel, a senior cabinet minister told an industry conference on Thursday (Nov 3).

Tempo - November 3, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) recently submitted its final investigation report on the deadly incident in East Java's Kanjuruhan football stadium. The report was presented to the Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD on Thursday, November 3, 2022.