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October 29, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2022

Investor Daily, Jakarta – State-run telecommunication company Telkom (TLKM) recorded a net profit of Rp 16.58 trillion ($1 billion) for the nine months ending September 30 of the year, down 12.3 percent year-on-year.

Antara News - October 29, 2022

Ni Rhismawati, Uyu Liman, Denpasar, Bali – The Denpasar city government along with the military and police have cleaned the mangrove forest area in the Ngurah Rai City Forest and Luhur Candi Narmada Temple ahead of the 2022 G20 Summit.

Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2022

BTV/Ifan Ahmad, Makassar – South Sulawesi on Saturday began the trial of running a Trans Sulawesi passenger train across seven railway stations in two districts for a distance of 66 kilometers in the island's first railway network.

October 28, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 28, 2022

Jakarta – We champion the Indonesian Ombudsman's demand for accountability from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and the Health Ministry over tainted medicinal syrups that have been linked to the deadly spike in acute kidney injury (AKI) cases among children.

The horrifying deaths of at least 143 children since August is a serious state of emergency.

Tempo - October 28, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Head of the epidemiology and immunization surveillance unit at the Jakarta Health Agency, Ngabila Salama, said 44 community health centers or Puskesmas will soon reopen COVID-19 vaccination services as the city has received 34,125 vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2022

Jakarta – Scores of workers held a protest action in front of the Health Ministry offices in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Friday October 28. They began the demonstration at 10.30 am by giving speeches.

Jakarta Post - October 28, 2022

Jakarta President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated former prosecutor Johanis Tanak as the new deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday, replacing commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar, who was removed from office over ethics violations.

Jakarta Post - October 28, 2022

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Sidoarjo, East Java – Heavy rains and strong winds that hit on Monday and Tuesday have left hundreds of homes damaged in Sidoarjo and Jember regencies in East Java.

Jakarta Globe - October 28, 2022

Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – The National Police are investigating two pharmaceutical companies to assess possible criminal charges against the use of banned chemicals in liquid medicines – which have been linked to the growing number of acute kidney injuries (AKI) among children – an officer said on Friday. The names of the companies have yet to be disclosed.

Jakarta Globe - October 28, 2022

Jakarta – The husband and the teacher of Siti Erlina, who was caught brandishing a gun at the gate of the State Palace, have been named terrorism suspects, police said on Friday.

Jakarta Post - October 28, 2022

Dio Suhenda and Nur Janti, Jakarta – Married couples of mixed Indonesian and non-Indonesian citizenship have welcomed the government's "second home" stay permit program – which will allow foreigners to live in the country for up to 10 years under specific circumstances – but they worry the new policy could bring prohibitive costs for existing visa holders.

Washington Post - October 28, 2022

Hannah Sampson – Indonesia is the latest country to dangle a lure for foreigners seeking to live abroad – but you had better check your bank account before plotting a new life on the beaches of Bali.

Tempo - October 28, 2022

Defara Dhanya Paramitha (Bisnis), Jakarta – The official recommendation issued by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs which green lights the imports of 500,000 tons of sugar raised a few questions, notably from stakeholders in the industry.

Jakarta Post - October 28, 2022

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has extended its contract to supply gas to Singapore for five years from the initial expiry date of 2023.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif told reporters that the government would continue supplying gas to the city-state until 2028, having considered domestic supply and demand.

Kompas.com - October 28, 2022

Reza Agustian, Jakarta – Protesters from the All Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM SI) Alliance came to the Arjuna Wijaya or Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday October 28 to hold a protest action.

October 27, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 27, 2022

BTV, Jakarta – Second Patrolman Richard Eliezer, who stands trial for charges of murdering fellow officer Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat, kneeled down before the victim's parents to beg an apology during a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

CNN Indonesia - October 27, 2022

Jakarta – Hundreds of civilians held the 750th Kamisan (Thursday) action in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta today, Thursday October 27. During the action they urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fully resolve past gross human rights violations.

Tempo - October 27, 2022

Defara Dhanya Paramitha, Jakarta – The possible legal punishment for unmarried couples who check in at hotels which are said to be overseen by the Draft Criminal Code Bill (RKUHP), dubbed by the public as the 'adultery Article', attracted reactions from hotel stakeholders.

Jakarta Globe - October 27, 2022

Jakarta – A poll by leading media group Kompas found that Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo is the most preferable presidential contender for those who voted for the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) rather than the party's own nominee Anies Baswedan.

Tempo - October 27, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Gerindra Party on Wednesday responded to a survey that ranks Ganjar Pranowo above its Party chairperson and multiple past presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani said such a phenomenon is a normal occurrence ahead of electoral cycles.

Jakarta Globe - October 27, 2022

Vento Saudale, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has bought more antidotes to treat children with acute kidney injury (AKI) allegedly because of poisoning from chemicals contained in paracetamol syrup as the number of cases and deaths continues to grow, an official said on Thursday.

CNN Indonesia - October 27, 2022

Jakarta – The Press Council says that the digital attacks experienced by several online mass media sites recently are a form of censorship.

This was declared by the Press Council in response to a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the online media sites Narasi TV, Konde.co and Batamnews.co.id.

October 26, 2022

Channel News Asia - October 26, 2022

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – On Oct 14, Indonesian President Joko Widodo summoned hundreds of regional police chiefs and high-ranking officers to the presidential palace.

He told them: "Do refrain from being authoritarian. Do avoid repressive approaches."

Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, is cognisant of the growing public anger towards the police.

CNN Indonesia - October 26, 2022

Jakarta – The control of land in Indonesia reportedly shows an imbalance with the allocation for corporations being far larger than for the ordinary people.

Based on a report by the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) and Auriga, corporations are recorded as managing 92 percent of the land in Indonesia, while the ordinary people only have 8 percent.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – The Bogor, West Java, municipal administration tore down three buildings on Tuesday, following a landslide in Kebon Kelapa subdistrict, which killed four people earlier this month.

The municipality will relocate 60 families affected by the demolition to a temporary location for the next few months.

Radio New Zealand - October 26, 2022

One of the eight West Papuan activists who raised the banned Morning Star flag last December has died.

Zode Hilapok's death was confirmed by a relative, Christianus Dogopia, who said that since being detained, Hilapok's health had been deteriorating.

Tabloid Jubi - October 26, 2022

Sentani, Jubi – Secretary-General of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) Rukka Sombolinggi has called on all indigenous peoples in the archipelago to rise up and unite against all forms of violence and injustice in the country.

Jakarta Globe - October 26, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police Traffic Directorate began withdrawing all ticket books on Tuesday after National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo ordered the departure from on-site traffic offense settlement to avoid bribes.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – The Investment Ministry is mulling over plans to restrict shipments of tin ingots in an effort to attract investment in processing it at home, but experts question whether an export ban could actually have a positive impact on the downstreaming of metal products.

Straits Times - October 26, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian authorities should approve the use of only safe solubility enhancers by drug manufacturers in medicinal syrups, said public health experts on Tuesday, as the health authorities investigate a suspected link between liquid drugs and acute kidney injury (AKI) in children.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Indonesia will ban sales of its two most-polluting grades of gasoline, RON-88 and RON-89, starting Jan. 1 next year.

Bloomberg News - October 26, 2022

Norman Harsono and Soraya Permatasari – Indonesia has entered the race to attract wealthy global citizens for long-term stays in bolstering growth of Southeast Asia's largest economy with a focus on its trump card: Bali.

Tempo - October 26, 2022

Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta Indonesia has recently seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. On October 25, 2022, the authority detected 3,000 new cases, which was doubled from the day before of 1,700 cases. At the same time, vaccine stocks are running low.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – A research team from the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) has developed three varieties of winged-bean – locally known as kecipir – as potential legume alternatives to soybeans.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, on his first diplomatic visit to Indonesia on Monday, called for Jakarta to reaffirm its commitment to Palestine at the upcoming Group of 20 Summit, while President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo underlined his commitment to "support Palestine's struggle amid immense challenges".

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Foreign direct investment (FDI) jumped 63.6 percent annually to Rp 168.9 trillion (US$10.81 billion) in this year's third quarter, hitting a multi-decade high, but a global economic slowdown casts a dark shadow over next year's outlook, the government has cautioned.

Tabloid Jubi - October 26, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Customary Council (DAP) recommended a number of important points in one of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago Congress' (KMAN VI) workshops in Enggros Village, Jayapura City.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Jakarta – Amateur Ukrainian artists Varvara Hamianin and Vitalii Korzenenko raise awareness about the plight of their country's women and children after Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February.

Tempo - October 26, 2022

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – One of the priorities from Heru Budi Hartono after being sworn in as Acting Governor of Jakarta is to meet with the Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono to tackle the capital city's notorious flooding.

Jakarta Post - October 26, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Long dumped and shunned by investors, publicly listed coal miner PT Bumi Resources Tbk (BUMI), one of the largest mining companies associated with politically connected the Bakrie Group, is once again becoming a target of investors in the stock market following the entrance of the country's premier conglomerate the Salim Group.

Tempo - October 26, 2022

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Energy Watch executive director Mamit Setiawan on Tuesday to Tempo argues that nuclear technology – which is widely considered the cleanest and economically viable energy source per Kwh – is not ready to be applied by Indonesia in the near future.

Jakarta Globe - October 26, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – Indonesia will break the ground for its first national data center in Bekasi, West Java, early next month, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Jhonny G Plate said on Wednesday.

Tempo - October 26, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani, has urged the government to form a task force to prevent cases of sexual violence at state institutions.

Her request was made in response to the case of alleged sexual violence experienced by a contract-based worker at a ministry.

Tempo - October 26, 2022

Sunu Dyantoro, Jakarta – Since news involving a case related to sexual assault emerged from the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (Kemenkop UKM), police have detained four alleged perpetrators.

CNN Indonesia - October 26, 2022

Jakarta – The University of Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM UI) has criticised President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin for the lack of achievements over the last three years of their leadership.

October 25, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 25, 2022

Beritasatu, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara – At least 14 people were killed after fire broke out and burned a ferry in the Timor Sea, East Nusa Tenggara, officials said on Tuesday.

During the Monday's incident, the Cantika Express ferry was sailing from the provincial capital Kupang to Alor Island carrying more than 250 passengers and crew members.

Jakarta Post - October 25, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The government has attributed the recent spike in acute kidney injury (AKI) cases to toxic levels of chemical compounds in medicinal syrups, as it considers a potential criminal investigation against drug manufacturers whose products have been linked to 141 child deaths this year.

Tempo - October 25, 2022

Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – The Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has cracked down on the circulation of syrup medicines that is concluded to be the cause behind the acute kidney injury cases that had killed over 133 to date.

Tempo - October 25, 2022

Dinda Naraya Begjani (Intern), Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairperson Muhammad Isnur in a press statement on Tuesday criticized the government over what the organization believes to be a sluggish response in mitigating the acute kidney injury cases suffered by hundreds of children in the country.

Reuters - October 25, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesian authorities detained on Tuesday a woman carrying a gun outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, though the country's leader was not there at the time and there were no injuries, officials said.

The incident had happened at about 7 a.m. local time (0000 GMT), said a presidential official, Ali Mochtar Ngabalin.