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August 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Voice of America - August 4, 2019

Amanda Siddharta, Jakarta – In 2019, Indonesians saw a surging number of cases of violence involving children.

In April, a 14-year-old girl was bullied and physically assaulted by three high school students in Pontianak, West Kalimantan. Her case created an uproar on social media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 4, 2019

Jakarta – As part of the ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the capital's worsening air quality, mountaineering community Slow Adventure Indonesia, also known as Slowventure Indonesia, distributed 1,000 free face masks during Car Free Day in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Kompas.com - August 4, 2019

Deti Mega Purnamasari, Jakarta – Democracy in Indonesia has declined for the first time since the beginning of the reformasi era – the political reform process that began in 1998. The cause of the decline in democracy is of high levels of discrimination against minorities.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
South China Morning Post - August 4, 2019

Meaghan Tobin – When work began on East Timor's US$490 million deep water port, things went with a bang – literally.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Sydney Morning Herald - August 4, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – A massive power failure has hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and surrounding cities, potentially affecting more than 30 million people.

State electricity company PLN said the outage began at 11.50am local time (2.50pm AEST) when Gas Turbine seven at its Suralaya plant shut down.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - August 4, 2019

Jakarta – The big family of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Cabinet gathered at Bogor Palace, West Java, on Sunday to enjoy a range of fun activities including kerupuk (cracker) eating races and soccer to "strengthen their solidarity" after going through various challenges while serving the country for almost five years.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Bangkok Post - August 4, 2019

Kornchanok Raksaseri – It has been eight years since Timor-Leste submitted a formal application to be a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) but so far, the regional bloc has not accepted what would be its 11th member.

August 3, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Children's Rights & Underage Workers
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2019

Jakarta – The sudden death of a South Tangerang national flag-hoisting team (Paskibraka) member on Thursday with bruises found on her body has raised allegations that she had been abused by her seniors.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
NZ Herald - August 3, 2019

Workers and military personnel have been desperately trying to collect rubbish overflowing in a river in Indonesia.

Shocking images have emerged of the Bahagia river in Bekasi, West Java, which is full to the brim with plastic bottles, polystyrene takeaway containers and plastic bags. Not an inch of water can be seen in the polluted river Bahagia – which means 'happy'.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - August 3, 2019

Karuni Rompies, James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Indonesian authorities have cancelled a tsunami warning about two hours after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the islands of Sumatra and the main island of Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tirto.id - August 3, 2019

Felix Nathaniel – Social media has been abuzz after the TNI's (Indonesian military) official Twitter account carried a cartoon about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) practices. The following day, the police (Polri) also spoke out on the issue saying that LGBT is a disease that requires early prevention.

News ›› East Timor ›› Mining & Energy
South China Morning Post - August 3, 2019

Meaghan Tobin – Many saw it as the latest example of China's growing diplomatic and economic clout in the 17-year-old nation, which lies just 500km off the north coast of Australia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Channel News Asia - August 3, 2019

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Ms Ayu Rohaya was keeping a watchful eye on the four construction workers mending a portion of her neighbourhood's footpath which unexpectedly collapsed several days ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 3, 2019

Jakarta – Fishing ponds in North Jakarta have dried up, killing hundreds of fish and forcing the municipality to deal with rainless months amid the prolonged dry season.

Land cracks have begun to form at the beds of two fishing ponds in Rawabadak Utara subdistrict in Koja district.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - August 3, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police HQ recorded there are 236 cases of child sexual assault occurred in January to May this year; yet only 50 percent of the total case was handled by the law enforcer.

August 2, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that the deployment of the TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) personnel to help extinguish forest and land fires (Karhutla) fails to address the root cause of the problem. The government should instead force companies to deal with fires on their concession areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – Rape suspect Sugeng Slamet, 44, sustained bruises during his first day at the Lumajang detention center in East Java following an attack by his cellmates.

Sugeng was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping his 19-year-old daughter. Sugeng reportedly raped his daughter 50 times in the past three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
South China Morning Post - August 2, 2019

Amy Chew – Indonesia's largest moderate Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) is poised to expand its influence in President Joko Widodo's new government, following the country's divisive election campaign dominated by explosive rhetoric on religion and ethnicity.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Jakarta - August 2, 2019

Abah Grandong, the man who appeared in a disturbing viral video this week in which he was depicted eating what looked like the carcass of a freshly killed cat, has fulfilled his promise and turned himself in to the police in Jakarta yesterday afternoon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - August 2, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is mulling over a plan to extend its limited road ban on cars based on their number plates, known as the "odd-even" policy, to more major thoroughfares in the capital and also increase parking fees by the end of this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – Emergency services have said they were alerted only three days after a fishing boat carrying 37 people sank on Tuesday off Matasiri Island in Kotabaru regency, South Kalimantan, primarily because it appeared that the vessel did not send a distress signal.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – State electricity firm PLN has estimated that the coal use for electricity generation in Indonesia will increase by around 12 percent this year due to additional demand from new power plants.

News ›› West Papua ›› Transport & Communication
Radio New Zealand - August 2, 2019

Johnny Blades – Papua's provincial government is frustrated over a lack of action by Indonesia's central government to open up direct international flights to Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - August 2, 2019

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan yesterday signed a Gubernatorial Instruction (Ingub) instructing the provincial government to adopt several measures related to carbon emissions in the capital as both his administration and the central government are facing increased pressure to solve an air pollution crisis in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - August 2, 2019

Jeremy Siregar & Muhamad Al Azhari, Jakarta – AmCham Indonesia and the US-Indonesia Society hosted an exclusive lunch meeting in Jakarta on Thursday for a delegation of American legislators, who spent a few hours in conversation with Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan and Communication and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati is open to the idea of giving taxpayers a second chance to come clean about assets kept abroad amid calls from the public, particularly the business world, for a new tax amnesty.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
CNN Indonesia - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – The TNI's (Indonesian military) information centre has verified that @Puspen_TNI uploaded a comic strip on its Twitter account explaining the risks of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) practices.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Jakarta – The South Sumatra Police have arrested and named 16 people suspects for their alleged involvement in assaults against police officers on two separate occasions in the province's Empat Lawang regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Post - August 2, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – At least 64 percent of Indonesian professionals are confident that China and India will overtake the United States as "global hubs of tech innovation" by 2035, an indicator that Indonesia will lean ever closer to the eastern powerhouses over the coming years, according to Bloomberg's New Economy survey.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - August 2, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesia's crackdown on waste imports is backfiring, with its plastic recycling industry in disarray and hundreds of containers of used materials clogging its ports.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - August 2, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian authorities lifted a tsunami warning late Friday after a powerful earthquake struck off the southern coast of Java – the most densely populated island on the archipelago. The country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency also revised the magnitude of the earthquake from the previously reported 7.4 on the Richter scale to 6.9.

August 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – A Muslim organization in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has protested against two local restaurants for selling dishes that contain pork.

Das'ad Latif from the Moral Guard Alliance Makassar said his organization had urged the management of Phinisi Point Mall to close down the restaurants located in the shopping center.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that 2,087 out of 4,258 hotspots recroded between January and July were located on concession land. Concession land is land for which the government has given land use rights or permits to companies or other agencies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested five employees of state-owned enterprises and seized Rp 1 billion (US$70,847) worth of Singapore dollars.

KPK deputy chairman Basaria Panjaitan said the arrest, which was based on a tip-off, was made on Wednesday night in South Jakarta.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Channel News Asia - August 1, 2019

Lhokseumawe – Three people were publicly whipped 100 times each in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province on Wednesday (Jul 31), with one woman pleading for the masked sharia officer to stop because she could not bear the pain.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Reuters - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia plans to relax bank merger rules to encourage more consolidation in the sector in Southeast Asia's biggest economy crowded with dozens of small lenders, a senior official at the Financial Services Authority (known as OJK) said on Thursday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Volunteers grouped under the Nduga Solidarity Civil Society Coalition reported in a statement on Thursday the deaths of 182 civilians who were taking refuge in various areas after fleeing from their homes in conflict-ridden Nduga regency between December and July.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - August 1, 2019

In conservative Indonesia, public displays of affection (aka PDA) are not just frowned upon, they could potentially land you in legal trouble, particularly if somebody decides to record your PDA and turn it into a viral video.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
The Diplomat - August 1, 2019

Khoo Ying Hooi – More than eight years have gone by since Timor-Leste's formal membership application to the ASEAN on March 4, 2011. In 2017, I wrote about this topic, with the title "Unlocking Timor-Leste's Road to ASEAN." Time has proven that the road is not just long and narrow but bumpy as well.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Victor Mambor, Gisela Swaragita and Ardila Syakriah, Jayapura and Jakarta – Despite government efforts to distribute aid for civilians who escaped armed conflict in Nduga regency, Papua, some evacuees have refused assistance and are instead demanding the withdrawal of security troops from the conflict-ridden regency so that they can return home.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - August 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah felt inclined to remind people that the National Armed Forces (TNI) newly formed Special Operations Command (Koopssus) does not act as law enforcers, but rather stay true to military's role as the nation's defense.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that their latest satellite observation on Thursday morning today shows 264 hot spots indicating forest and land fires in Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Detik News - August 1, 2019

Danu Damarjati, Jakarta – TNI (Indonesian military) commander Air Martial Hadi Tjahjanto conveyed his hope for closer military ties with Australia at the annual 2019 Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee (Ausindo HLC) forum in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended the authorities' policy response in the face of strong external headwinds in 2018, which supported positive economic performance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has signed an assignment order for members of the police's technical team tasked with investigating the acid on against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) top investigator Novel Baswedan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Anadolu Agency - August 1, 2019

Surya Fachrizal, Iqbal Musyaffa, Jepara, Indonesia – Farmers look forward to the harvest season as a time to reap the rewards from a year of hard work, but unfortunately this does not apply to Indonesia's salt farmers.

They cannot enjoy the fruits of their labor because the price of the commodity has plummeted this season.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's annual inflation rate rose slightly to 3.32 percent in July, as raw food prices maintained an upward trend due to the dry season, the national statistics agency said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Associated Press - August 1, 2019

Byniniek karmini, Jakarta – Forest fires burning throughout Indonesia have prompted six provinces to declare a state of emergency and deploy thousands of security forces, a disaster official said Thursday

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri may retain her position as the longest-serving party leader in the country, as party officials are likely to endorse her continued leadership during the upcoming PDI-P national congress.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - August 1, 2019

In mid-July, the male head of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in the ultraconservative province of Aceh, as well as one of the school's male teachers, were arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 of the school's male students.