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June 24, 2024

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimates wildfire has consumed 50 hectares of land in the Mount Batok area at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS). Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, said the fire spread quickly in the dry land, exacerbated by the prolonged dry season.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi has instructed all internet service providers (ISPs) to cut off network access suspected of facilitating online gambling, particularly links to and from Cambodia and Davao, Philippines.

"We are taking decisive steps to eliminate online gambling," Budi Arie said on Sunday.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – This year, the Annual Kartini Conference on Indonesian Feminisms will be held for the second time, the conference will be dubbed as "the 2nd Annual Kartini Conference on Indonesian Feminisms", or the 2024 KCIF.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Novali Panji Nugroho, Antara, Jakarta – The DPR Hajj Monitoring Team assessed that the Ministry of Religious Affairs breached the Hajj working committee's meeting results by diverting 10,000 additional quota for special Hajj pilgrims.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Medikantyo Adhikresna, Jakarta – State Apparatus Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas said Monday that there should be more comprehensive measures against civil servants who were into online gambling.

June 23, 2024

Tempo - June 23, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry has released four rehabilitated orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) into the Gunung Batu Mesangat Protected Forest in East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Post - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has called for president-elect Prabowo Subianto to safeguard the state budget while planning upcoming programs.

Sri Mulyani said that budget calculations for the president-elect's programs had already begun, with discussions and preparations for the state budget underway.

Channel News Asia - June 23, 2024

Nivell Rayda, Bantul, Indonesia – Enclosed by weathered walls, time appears to stand still at an 80-year-old noodle factory in southern Java.

At one corner, a man guides an ox along a sunken circular path. Carrying a wooden beam on its shoulder, the ox slowly turns a one tonne millstone around a concrete basin filled to the brim with dried cassava.

CNN Indonesia - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy recorded 217 incidents involving 329 acts violating freedom of religion and belief (KBB) throughout 2023. This figure is a significant increase compared with the previous year which stood at 175 incidents with 333 violations.

Jakarta Globe - June 23, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – An Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) official announced on Sunday that the US mixed martial arts show Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is haram and urged the government to ban it from local TV networks.

Tempo - June 23, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi expressed optimism about the Naratetama VVIP Airport in Nusantara Capital City (IKN) being able to serve narrow-bodied aircraft starting on August 1, 2024.

The airport was built as a supporting infrastructure for the Nusantara Capital City in East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Globe - June 23, 2024

Achmad Supriyadi, Mojokerto, East Java – Indonesia's open unemployment rate has decreased to 4.8 percent from 7 percent over the past four years, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah announced on Saturday.

Jakarta Post - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – Medan Mayor Bobby Nasution has revealed that his father-in-law, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, played a role in the 2024 North Sumatra gubernatorial election.

June 22, 2024

South China Morning Post - June 22, 2024

Amy Sood – Indonesia faces significant hurdles to realise its aim of becoming a major semiconductor player alongside Malaysia and Singapore as it does not have a coherent strategy to develop advanced chipmaking facilities, analysts say.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – In response to long queues caused by immigration service disruptions due to a nationwide outage at the National Data Center (PDN) server since Thursday, 100 additional personnel have been deployed at immigration checkpoints (TPI) at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 22, 2024

Jakarta – As Jakarta celebrates its 497th anniversary today, many believe it will be the city's last as the nation's capital, now that President Joko "Jokowi" has signed Law No. 2/2024 on the special region of Jakarta. Even acting governor Heru Budi Hartono says so.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Wahyu Sahala Tua, Jakarta – Thousands of BYD electric vehicles have finally arrived in Indonesia, marking its entry into the market dominated by Japanese, Korean, and European car manufacturers.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Johnny Johan Sompotan, Jakarta – The management of Safari Park in Bogor, West Java, is tracking down a male visitor who drew outrage on the internet after he was caught on video feeding a hippo plastic waste.

Mongabay - June 22, 2024

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Indonesia's Bali island is shrinking at a faster rate than most coastal areas in the world due to human activities and wave circulation, according to a recently published study.

Agence France-Presse - June 22, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia is using a weather modification technique known as cloud seeding around the site of its future capital to reduce intense rains that have hampered construction of the new city, a weather agency official said on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Rama Sukarta, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has declared short selling as haram (forbidden under Islamic law). MUI's statement followed the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) announcement of short-selling regulations to be implemented in the second half of this year.

Riauin.com - June 22, 2024

The documentary film "Those Who Are Never Lost" (Yang Tak Pernah Hilang) began screening at the Epicentrum 2 Cinema in Jakarta today, Saturday June 22. The film was conceived as a form of memorialisation and to support the struggle to #MelawanLupa (Fight Forgetting) the dark history of human rights violations in 1997-98.

Channel News Asia - June 22, 2024

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – She was born in Padang and grew up in Jakarta, but Ms Dewi Brewer, 53, has lived about half her life abroad, spending two decades in Singapore before moving to the United States about seven years ago.

The financial specialist became a US citizen last year and is a federal employee with the US government.

Tempo Editorial - June 22, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – The assault of invasive alien species on dozens of national parks in Indonesia must be taken seriously. These attacks must be prevented because these invasive species could seriously damage the ecosystem and result in major ecological and economic losses.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Jakarta 00 President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially enacted Law Number 3 of 2024 concerning Villages. Among several policies outlined in the legislation, a key provision established by the government is the provision of social security protection for village chiefs, village officials, and members of the Village Consultative Board (BPD).

June 21, 2024

Suara Papua - June 21, 2024

Jayapura – The Papua Human Rights Lawyer Association (PAHAM Papua) believes that the Indonesian Military (TNI) police headquarters (Puspom) appears to be covering up and has been silent about the legal process involving the 13 suspects in the torture of three Papuan civilians in Puncak Regency, Central Papua Province.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Muhammad Fakhruddin, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto extended his warm birthday wishes to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on his 63rd birthday, Friday. Prabowo conveyed his greetings through his personal Instagram account @prabowo on Friday.

Macao News - June 21, 2024

Timor-Leste will now issue entry visas at seven embassies in order to "simplify" the process and improve border control.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Andika Dwi, Melynda Dwi Puspita, Jakarta – A wave of layoffs is sweeping across large companies worldwide, including tech startups in Indonesia. This trend reflects the ongoing "tech winter", a period of economic slowdown impacting the technology sector since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Yurike Metriani, Surabaya – Mining giant Freeport Indonesia's new smelter in Gresik is expected to create a multiplier effect for East Java's economy.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Bagus Pribadi, Jakarta – Tempo Media Group has published guidelines outlining terms and conditions for the use of its journalistic content by generative artificial intelligence (AI) companies, which can be accessed at tempo.co.

Pearls and Irritations - June 21, 2024

Duncan Graham – There's nothing profound about the Biblical quote; variations are embedded in many religions and cultures.

So it needs no prophet, seer or conman to make this prediction: After a war like the current one in Gaza has cooled, the survivors will be bent on revenge.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – The digital economy sector has contributed Rp 25 trillion ($1.5 billion) to government tax revenues in the past four years and five months, according to data from the Taxation Directorate.

The Interpreter - June 21, 2024

Max Walden – The world's largest single-day elections, held in February 2024, granted Prabowo Subianto his long-held dream of becoming Indonesian president.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – The Trade Ministry will implement a high tax tariff on imported ceramics. Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, also known as Zulhas, stated that this policy aims to maintain domestic ceramic prices.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – After initially indicating he was open to becoming a running mate of Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta gubernatorial election, Kaesang Pangarep said on Friday that he and the former governor were unlikely allies due to their differences.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, disclosed that the budget for Prabowo-Gibran's free lunch program will be allocated gradually. In the initial stage, it is expected to be Rp20 trillion.

Luhut said the program was being discussed together with President-elect Prabowo Subianto's team.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Vinnilya, Jakarta – East Java should continue to boost both its manufacturing and agricultural sectors to unlock economic growth, according to its former vice governor Emil Dardak.

Emil, who was number two in power in the provincial government for the 2019-2024 term, said that the manufacturing sector was pivotal to East Java's economy.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Passport services have resumed at two Immigration Offices in South Sumatra after being temporarily halted on Thursday due to a nationwide outage at the National Data Center (PDN).

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 21, 2024

Jakarta – In recent weeks, we have been alerted to a string of gambling-related suicides and other forms of deep distress resulting from the illegal practice, including the case of a woman who set fire to her own husband for gambling away their fortune.

Tempo Editorial - June 21, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – A number of Prabowo Subianto supporters have been appointed as SOE commissioners. This risks compromising their oversight function.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Mita Amalia Hapsari, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo convened the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) at the Presidential Palace on Thursday to address the recent depreciation of the rupiah and current economic developments.

The KSSK expressed confidence that the rupiah would strengthen due to Indonesia's solid economic fundamentals.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) Deputy Governor Doni Primanto Joewono said the circulation of counterfeit money continues to decline in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2024

Tri Listiyarini, Jakarta – Indonesia's tuna exports reached $374 million between January and May 2024, marking a 4.3 percent increase compared to $359 million in the same period in 2023.

The share of tuna in total national fishery exports also grew from 16 percent in January-May 2023 to 16.4 percent in the same period this year.

Tempo - June 21, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The head of the Industrial Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDMI) of the Ministry of Industry, Masrokhan, said that Indonesia's industry needs for human resources have reached 682 thousand per year.

June 20, 2024

Jakarta Post - June 20, 2024

Alifia Sekar, Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry is planning to "take care" of Elaelo.id, a website that claims to be a social media site that emerged and went viral following the government's announcement of its intention to block X because of its pornographic content.

Jakarta Post - June 20, 2024

Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Hadi Tjahjanto, who leads the newly established anti-online gambling task force, said on Wednesday that his team was investigating how fraudulent bank accounts and payment services at mini-marts allegedly had been used for online gambling.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 20, 2024

Jakarta – The Constitution grants the president the prerogative to replace cabinet members at any time, especially if they fail to perform or to follow the head of government's policies and directives.

Jakarta Post - June 20, 2024

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – Indonesia calls for an effective, inclusive and balanced process to push for peace following its decision to not back a joint communique seeking to resolve the war in Ukraine adopted during a high-level world peace summit over the weekend.

Jakarta Post - June 20, 2024

Jakarta – The issue of transportation should be one of the themes covered during a debate between candidates ahead of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, a transportation experts association has urged.