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June 16, 2024

Tempo - June 16, 2024

Antara, Palu, Central Sulawesi – The Central Sulawesi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has reported that floods have left 171 houses inundated in Banggai Laut District as of Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Reuters - June 16, 2024

Stefanno Sulaiman and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – The government has shut down more than 2 million websites offering illegal online gambling services, the communications minister said on Friday, saying the activity was "sucking the people's blood dry".

Tempo - June 16, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) has blocked 5,000 bank accounts, both individual and group, linked to online gambling cases.

Public relations group coordinator for PPATK, Natsir Kongah, said on Saturday, June 15, 2024, that he could not confirm the exact value of transactions made via the bank accounts.

Jakarta Globe - June 16, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Katedral Church in Jakarta has donated a sacrificial cow to the nearby Istiqlal Mosque ahead of Eid al-Adha, one of the most important Muslim holidays, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, which falls on Monday.

Tempo - June 16, 2024

Jakarta – Plastic waste produced during Eid al-Adha could reach around 608 tons, most of which is contributed by single-use plastic bags in the distribution of sacrificial meat, according to an official at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Straits Times - June 16, 2024

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Former presidential candidate Anies Baswedan has secured the backing of leaders from Indonesia's largest party in Parliament, sources say, in a major boost for his chances at the local government elections in November.

June 15, 2024

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 15, 2024

Jakarta – The State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry might be onto something with its trial of a four-day workweek, set to begin on Monday.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – The upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas revealed that Indonesia hosted two of last year's largest global natural gas discoveries, highlighting its significant role in the energy transition.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2024

Vinnilya, Jakarta – The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has reported the capture of 80 vessels involved in illegal fishing, both domestic and foreign, in the first half of 2024.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2024

Hendro Dahlan Situmorang, Jakarta – Hundreds of prospective Hajj pilgrims from Sidrap Regency, South Sulawesi faced a disappointing setback as they were denied entry to Saudi Arabia recently.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2024

Andrea Arshirena Hosana, Jakarta – A public policy expert warned on Saturday that conflicting policies among ministers could derail President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's attempt to achieve key targets in his final year in office.

June 14, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Heavily polluted Indonesia is asking China to provide technical assistance and solar power industry investments, among other things, so people in the Southeast Asian country can breathe cleaner air.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2024

Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has highlighted the importance of digital literacy in preventing online sexual exploitation of women and children.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2024

Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) is gearing up to hold revotes or vote recounts in over 20 regions across the country following a series of Constitutional Court rulings that annulled a variety of results of the February legislative elections.

Tempo - June 14, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono invited Indonesian citizens in Uzbekistan to get involved in Nusantara Capital City (IKN) development.

South China Morning Post - June 14, 2024

Amy Sood – Have a huge following on social media? In Indonesia, that might mean you are eligible for one of the many beasiswa influencer (influencer scholarships) now being touted by a number of private universities across the country.

New Mandala - June 14, 2024

Alfian Al-Ayubby – On 13 June 2024, a nickel smelting furnace at the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) in Central Sulawesi caught fire and exploded, sending two workers to hospital.

Tempo - June 14, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said there was no need for a new non-aligned movement, and the most important for Indonesia is taking concrete steps amid current geopolitical and economic rivalries.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2024

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed to helping Indonesia improve its capacity to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis, as the country sees more and more natural disasters triggered by global warming.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Industry Ministry has reached an agreement with four Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers – Neta, Wuling, Chery, and Sokon – to establish Indonesia as a hub for producing electric vehicles for export.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Indonesian rupiah weakened against the US dollar, reaching Rp 16,400 on Friday, its lowest point since the pandemic era in April 2020. Despite this decline, Bank Indonesia (BI) believes the rupiah's performance remains relatively strong compared to other countries.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Wahroni, Tangerang – The monthly number of foreigners being deported from Indonesia has increased by 94 percent so far this year compared to last year's figures, a senior official said on Thursday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 14, 2024

Jakarta – Gone is the much-vaunted idea of the "military returning to the barracks" that filled the public discourse back in late 1990s in the wake of the Reform movement that put an end to the New Order.

Bloomberg News - June 14, 2024

Faris Mokhtar and Grace Sihombing – Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto plans to fund his spending promises by steadily increasing the debt ratio to its highest in two decades.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The surge in online gambling has raised significant concerns due to its adverse societal impacts. While the government is actively tackling the issue, two ministers have voiced different opinions on how to manage online gambling practices.

Pearls and Irritations - June 14, 2024

Duncan Graham – The pundits are already in a tizz: What'll happen to defence, AUKUS, trade and other relationships should Trump win in November? More pressing and certain is how we'll cope when Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto takes office in October.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta's air quality has deteriorated to unhealthy levels, ranking as the second worst in the world. Residents are advised to wear masks when outdoors.

Tempo - June 14, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission V, Suryadi Jaya Purnama, urged the government to evaluate the new capital city of Nusantara (IKN) project in East Kalimantan as it has not yet drawn investment. He assessed that investors are reluctant to put funds because of several issues.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Alfi Dinilhaq, Jakarta – Chinese tech giant Bytedance is planning to lay off 450 employees in Indonesia as it restructures operations after merging its e-commerce unit TikTok Shop with Tokopedia, owned by local tech conglomerate GoTo Gojek Tokopedia. The layoffs represent 9 percent of Bytedance's workforce in Indonesia.

CNN Indonesia - June 14, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia, who is also the head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), cannot just suddenly issue a mining permit to the Nahdlatul Ulama's Central Board (PBNU).

Tempo Editorial - June 14, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – The BPK found irregularities in gas sale transactions by PGN in 2017. This could be the way to investigate a number of other offenses.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2024

Leonard AL Cahyoputra, Jakarta – Since the start of 2024, around 13,800 workers in the textile industry have been laid off. Experts foresee a second wave of mass layoffs due to a regulation easing the influx of imported goods.

June 13, 2024

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Bagus Pribadi, Jakarta – Member of Commission VI of the House of Representatives or DPR Khilmi criticized Pertamina regarding the number of its subholdings. He asked for a study of each Pertamina subholding.

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Kemlu.Go.Id, Jakarta – The Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy (DG IDP), together with the Vice President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Turkiye, Rahman Nurdun, co-chaired the Emerging Development Partners (EDP) meeting in Bali on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Agung Dharma Putra, Didik Fibrianto, Jakarta – For many Muslims, the Hajj pilgrimage is a profound obligation, an act of faith and devotion that transcends worldly challenges. Despite economic hardships and physical limitations, Salamun's and Kasiyo Joyowiono's resilience and sacrifice overcome the challenges to fulfill this sacred duty.

Salamun's Path to Hajj

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has said that her ministry is working to accelerate the rehabilitation of former mining sites, which are estimated to cover an area of 800 thousand hectares nationwide.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Medikantyo Adhikresna, Jakarta – The National Awakening Party (PKB) formally endorsed Anies Baswedan as a candidate for the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Thursday.

Anies was the Jakarta governor from 2017 to 2022 and he is expected to seek reelection after being defeated in the presidential election.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Leonard AL Cahyoputra, Jakarta – The relaxation of import regulations has led to the closure of several textile companies and significant layoffs in Indonesia. With nearly 14,000 job losses due to declining orders, many factories now face survival challenges.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2024

Aditya Hadi, Jakarta – During Singapore's data center moratorium from 2019 to 2022, Johor State in Malaysia increased its data center capacity from 10 megawatts to 1.3 gigawatts.

By contrast, Indonesia currently operates only around 300 MW, despite a similar proximity to the city-state, according to the Indonesian Data Center Association (IDPRO).

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Raden Putri, Tim Tempo, Jakarta – Indonesian Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia admitted that the new capital Nusantara or IKN project has not secured foreign investment to date. He argued that this is because the first phase of the construction has not yet been completed.

Human Rights Monitor - June 13, 2024

On 10 June 2024, the Papua Bali Student Community Student Association, in collaboration with IMMAPPA Bali and AMP KK Bali, organised a peaceful demonstration in Denpasar to support the indigenous Awyu and Moi tribes in their struggle to protect their customary lands and forests. The event was marked by a series of significant confrontations with local police forces.

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Hendrik Khoirul Muhid, Ikhsan Reliubun, Jakarta – The extended family of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi has been in the public limelight. After his eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, was elected vice president, reports have surfaced that his relatives have assumed prestigious roles in state-owned companies and the government. Read on to discover them.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The Institute for Demographic and Poverty Studies (IDEAS) projects Indonesia's potential qurban economy for 2024 to reach Rp 28.2 trillion ($1.7 billion), generated from 2.16 million qurban participants.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Jakarta – Health security agency BPJS Kesehatan continues to promote preventive promotional measures through health screening.

Suara Papua - June 13, 2024

Agus Pabika, Jayapura – The Papua Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has condemned the repressive actions by police against a peaceful protest by the Bali Papua Community Student Association (IMMAPA) and the Bali city committee of the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) on Monday June 10.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Jakarta – A state administrative Djohermansyah Djohar recently called for the establishment of an agency dedicated to handling the hajj pilgrimage and have it part of the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) has highlighted findings that 65 percent of school-age children in Indonesia do not eat breakfast.

Tempo - June 13, 2024

Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – The Indonesian Trade Ministry is expanding cooperation with Chile under the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) in the investment sector, primarily in the fields of agriculture, food, tourism, hospitality, and housing.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Mita Amalia Hapsari, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo vowed on Wednesday to launch a massive crackdown on online gambling, which he said involves transnational networks.

In a video message, the president announced that his government will establish a task force against online gambling to expedite operations.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2024

Sahrudin Nurdin, Halmahera, North Maluku – The Indonesian Police announced on Thursday that they have arrested four residents of North Halmahera Regency, North Maluku, for allegedly smuggling weapons purchased in the Philippines.

The suspects include a 59-year-old woman identified only as Yeni and three men aged between 18 and 32.