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March 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Reuters - March 21, 2019

Jakarta – A coalition of political parties backing Indonesian President Joko Widodo is on course to win more than half of the votes in next month's elections, giving them control of parliament, according to a new survey released on Thursday.

Indonesia is holding simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections on April 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MU) has reminded all food, medicine and cosmetics manufacturers that they must obtain halal certificates for their products because new halal product legislation will begin to take effect this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Jakarta – As many as 8,722 inmates in prisons across Jakarta might not be able to vote in the general election on April 17.

Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) commissioner Partono said that, according to the national e-ID records as of Jan. 17, 11,028 inmates in Jakarta had identity cards and family cards.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jayapura – By Wednesday morning rescue workers had recovered 104 dead victims of a flash flood and landslide that happened across Jayapura regency, Papua on Sunday.

The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that 79 people were still reported missing since the flash flood hit the regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
New York Times - March 21, 2019

Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono, Jakarta – As the seconds ticked by on the doomed Lion Air flight, the pilot handed the controls to his co-pilot and flipped through the pages of a technical manual, trying to figure out what was happening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - March 21, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto has long likened the spread of disinformation or hoax as acts of terrorism since both impose fear among members of the public.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has accused House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Taufik Kurniawan of accepting Rp 4.8 billion in bribes from two Central Java regency administrations in 2016 and 2017.

The accusations were made during a case hearing at the Semarang Corruption Court, Central Java, on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Jakarta – Police have arrested a man they refer to as both M and Abu Arkam in Berau, East Kalimantan, accusing him of involvement in the explosions in Sibolga, North Sumatra, that have been linked to the banned Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - March 21, 2019

Asrida Elisabeth, Della Syahni, Lusia Arumingtyas, Jayapura/Jakarta – Rain-triggered flash floods and landslides that struck Indonesia's easternmost province this past weekend have killed nearly 90 people and driven thousands from their homes. The country's disaster mitigation agency has cited human-caused deforestation as having exacerbated the scale of the damage.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
The Interpreter - March 21, 2019

Ben Bland – How can we address the profound gender disparity that afflicts the vast majority of the world's parliaments?

Fewer than 10 countries are close to parity between men and women in their main national legislative chamber and only 3 – Bolivia, Cuba, and Rwanda – have more women parliamentarians than men, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry announced on Wednesday that five people, including three directors of different timber companies, had been named suspects in connection with the inspection of hundreds of shipping containers containing Intsia bijuga logs in separate locations of Jayapura, Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - March 21, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Pelita Harapan University political communication expert Emrus Sihombing argues that the lacking performance of political parties backing presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo drove the incumbent's stagnant electability.

"I conclude that the political party machine has not performed," said Emrus in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 21, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – As Indonesians prepare to cast their votes in simultaneous presidential and legislative elections slated for April 17, the government has stepped up measures to provide security in the remaining campaign period and on voting day.

March 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - March 20, 2019

Khairul Imam Ghozali, Jakarta – IBB Astra UD Trucks Regional Head Hendro Priyo Purnomo revealed that more than 50 percent of trucks across Indonesia are operating illegally, he believes that one of the most common practice is violations on chassis size standards.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – During the first election debate back in January, vice presidential candidate Ma'ruf Amin became an object of online mockery for his poor performance.

However, the 76-year-old cleric has made a comeback following his solo performance in the vice presidential debate against his younger rival Sandiaga Uno on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – Amid low demand and the price decrease of crude palm oil (CPO) in the global market, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has advised oil palm tree growers to grow durian trees, as he believes the commodity has good prospects.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - March 20, 2019

A group of unmarried couples were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after they were caught behaving amorously – a crime under the conservative region's Islamic law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - March 20, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – The campaign team of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate, cleric Ma'ruf Amin, is redirecting its effort to door-to-door campaigns to inform the public of Jokowi's achievements in his first term as president, the chief campaigner said in a statement on Wednesday (20/03).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Coconuts Jakarta - March 20, 2019

Media giant Kompas today released the results of its presidential election poll, shedding insight on how people in Indonesia's different regions and provinces might vote come April 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - March 20, 2019

Many have criticized Indonesia's mainstream political parties for endorsing legislative candidate who had previously been convicted on corruption charges, but at least none of those ex-con candidates led an actual gang of thieves.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - March 20, 2019

Riyan Novitra (Contributor), Pekanbaru – The Terra and Aqua Satellite detected a 100 percent increase of Indonesian wildfire hotspots indicating land and forest fire in several areas of Riau which amounted to 165 hotspots compared to the previous day's 86 hotspots.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – Ride-hailing app taxi drivers have threatened to take to the street if their proposed fare of Rp 3,000 (21 US cents) per kilometer is rejected by the government, which plans to issue a fare decree on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Security & Welfare
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – The government has intensified the disbursement of its social assistance to low-income households ahead of the April 17 presidential and legislative elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – The respective camps of Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto have started gearing up for massive political rallies as the presidential election draws near.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
The Guardian - March 20, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – The spread of fake news and disinformation has spiked in Indonesia in recent months, weeks before millions are scheduled to vote in the country's elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Reuters - March 20, 2019

Cindy Silviana, Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher, Jakarta/Singapore/Paris – The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – A poll released by Kompas on Wednesday shows that Gerindra Party chairman and presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto has managed to narrow the electoral gap between him and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo during the six-month campaign period.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - March 20, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the lack of access to clean water supply is still a basic problem for North Jakarta residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said the central government approved infrastructure projects worth Rp 571 trillion (US$40.12 billion) in Jakarta and its satellite cities – Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi – after they were proposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 20, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have detained 10 suspects in the hijacking of two tanker trucks owned by state-owned energy company PT Pertamina that were subsequently taken to a protest staged by workers laid off by the company's subsidiary PT Pertamina Patra Niaga on Monday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Conversation - March 20, 2019

Arie Ruhyanto – Three soldiers and several members of an armed group were killed in a shootout earlier this month in Nduga, Papua. Last Sunday, Indonesia's easternmost province suffered another blow; flash floods killed at least 79 people in Sentani, near Papua's capital, Jayapura.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Radio New Zealand International - March 20, 2019

The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia's Papua region has risen to 89. Over 6000 people have been evacuated from flooded villages after days of heavy rain.

The worst affected parts are in and around Jayapura and villages near Lake Sentani which overflowed, spilling large volumes of water through surrounding areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - March 20, 2019

Although pornography is strictly illegal in Indonesia, it was once relatively easy to find pornographic DVDs being sold under the table at some of Jakarta's shadier shopping centers.

March 19, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government has lowered this year's revenue target for the tourist industry from US$20 billion to US$17.6 billion.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Monday that the lower projection was based on last year's low forex earnings, which, according to Bank Indonesia, amounted to $15.6 billion, lower than the government's target of $17 billion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The death toll from the deadly flash flooding that hit Jayapura, Papua, on Sunday has risen to 89, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› International Solidarity
Kumparan - March 19, 2019

Agus Bebeng, Bandung – Commemorating the Global Day of Solidarity with Venezuela, a group of protesters from the Solidarity Committee for Venezuela (KSV) held a protest action in West Java provincial capital of Bandung on the afternoon of Monday March 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Straits Times - March 19, 2019

Jakarta – The arrest last Friday (March 15) of the chairman of United Development Party (PPP), M. Romahurmuziy, who has since resigned from that post, has once again cast an unfavourable light on Indonesia's Religious Affairs Ministry.

The ministry has seen two ministers sent to prison for graft in the past.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Guardian - March 19, 2019

Sian Cain, Jakarta – With a great heave, a young man pushes the ancient, three-wheeled rickshaw down a ramp and it splutters to a start. The driver, Sutino "Kinong" Hadi, laughs as he putters his tiny Bemo in a loop outside a preschool in Tanah Abang, in central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Vela Andapita, Jakarta – Through the eyes of the haves, the kampungs of the city might be unpleasant to look at. Dark, situated alongside alleyways and densely populated with little room for residents to move, kampungs may not represent modern, urban living.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - March 19, 2019

Robert Isidorus, Jakarta – The flash flood in Sentani, Papua, which has killed at least 100 people since Saturday (16/03) has been years in the making, experts said, with Papua's unique mountainous terrain and a recent weather anomaly combining to a disastrous effect.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Jakarta – The new regulation on the export of palm crude oil (CPO) and its derivative products has taken effect and is part of the government's plan to simplify the export procedures of the country's major commodity.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Guardian - March 19, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Voter lists have become the latest battleground in the run-up to elections in the world's third-largest democracy, with claims of infiltration by Chinese and Russian hackers and millions of "ghost voters" being added.

News ›› East Timor ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Dili Weekly - March 19, 2019

Paulina Quintao – An exploratory research report on local market facilities conducted by the Australian Government's Program To'os Ba Moris Diak (Farming for Prosperity) and by UN Women, in Bobonaro and Baucau municipalities, showed that most conditions in local markets are not gender sensitive, because they lack electricity, toilets, water and rubbish bins, which limits women's pa

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - March 19, 2019

The investigation into explosive allegations of corruption inside Indonesia's Ministry of Religious Affairs that led to Friday's shocking arrest of United Development Party (PPP) Chairman Romahurmuziy has now entangled the ministry's head, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, after a raid on his office yesterday revealed suspiciously huge amounts of cash in his desk.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Victor Mambor and Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jayapura and Jakarta – Residents fled their homes as heavy rain and flooding continued on Tuesday in Jayapura, Papua, inundating more villages across the regency.

At least 89 people are reported to have died with 84 suffering serious injuries on the third day of the torrential rain that has hit the country's easternmost province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) is aiming for 77.5 percent voter turnout during the upcoming general election.

Bengkalis KPU commissioner Anggri Ramadhan said the commission had raised awareness on the importance of voting at college campuses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Jakarta – The high-profile, 35,000-megawatt (MW) electricity program had produced 3,009 MW by Jan. 15, or 8 percent of the combined installed capacity of the new power plants, an official has said as quoted by kontan.co.id.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Conversation - March 19, 2019

Indonesia's third debate on March 17, exactly a month before the presidential election in April showcased vice-presidential candidates Ma'ruf Amin, a senior Islamic cleric chosen by incumbent President Joko "Joko" Widodo, and Sandiaga Uno, a businessman turned politician from Prabowo Subianto's camp.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - March 19, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung, West Java – The government is preparing to take its latest dispute with the European Union on crude palm oil (CPO) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a bid to settle to issue.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
New Mandala - March 19, 2019

Johni Korwa – The prospect of Indonesians abstaining from voting (golput), out of disillusionment with Jokowi or weariness of the options on offer, has been a widely-debated topic in this election.