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June 23, 2022

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – As the capital city of Jakarta celebrates its 495th anniversary, the University of Indonesia (UI) student executive body (BEM) reminded the public that the city still faces a serious health issue in the form of poor air quality caused by pollution.

Tabloid JUBI - June 23, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Student Solidarity of the Meepago Region in Jayapura said the Papua expansion plan by the government was an attempt to exploit Papua's natural resources. This was stated by Yapinus as the Solidarity's coordinator during his speech at Mimika Dormitory, Jayapura City, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The Diplomat - June 23, 2022

Sebastian Strangio – The Indonesian government has confirmed earlier reports that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will pay visits to Ukraine and Russia next week to push for a resolution to their ongoing war, the first such visit by any Asian leader.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 23, 2022

A 3-year-old boy tragically shot to death his 5-year-old brother, in what police have described as an accident.

The children of popular Islamic preacher Arrazy Hasyim were in Tuban, East Java, for a family trip. They were traveling with Arrazy's bodyguard, a police officer who goes by the initial M.

Asia Pacific Report - June 23, 2022

A new Asia Pacific social justice research and publication nonprofit has awarded a diversity communications trophy to a West Papuan postgraduate student who has advocated for the education and welfare of his fellow students.

Several dozen Papuan students trying to complete their studies were stranded in Aotearoa New Zealand by a sudden scholarship cancellation.

The Economist - June 23, 2022

Denpasar – Bureaucrats have a reputation for being boring. But not in Indonesia, whose civil service is full of dangerous radicals, according to the government itself. Officials regularly declare that a worryingly high share of public-sector workers are in fact Islamist extremists.

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta Environment Office has urged Jakarta residents to wear masks, especially when venturing outside their homes, as part of anticipatory measures against the recent deterioration in air quality to the unhealthy range.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Jakarta – Early construction of Indonesia's planned new capital Nusantara is now underway, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced during a visit on Wednesday, signalling some progress in a $32 billion project that many experts have doubted would materialise.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Gayatri Suroyo and Stefanno Sulaiman, Jakarta – Indonesia's central bank left interest rates at a record low on Thursday, saying it was monitoring risks from rising inflation while downplaying recent pressure on the rupiah currency.

UCA News - June 23, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Activists including church people in Indonesia have backed a move by the state-owned railway to ban sex pests from traveling on trains.

Railway agency PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) said in a statement on June 22 that the ban was aimed at deterring such behavior and crimes and to improve safety for passengers

Coconuts Jakarta - June 23, 2022

Pepperidge Farm and those who closely follow Indonesian tech news may remember the Information and Communications Ministry's numerous empty threats to ban major online platforms over administrative issues over the years. Well, the ministry has gone and done it again.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Alister Doyle, Oslo – Praised as guardians of tropical forests, indigenous peoples have accused governments of failing to follow up billion-dollar pledges in 2021 to enlist their help to halt deforestation.

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association (Apkasindo) on Wednesday claims that they found cases where palm oil farmers are starting to show mental health problems caused by the prices of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) that have nosedived. Apkasindo consultant bureau currently oversees 80 palm farmers.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysia will on Wednesday receive the first group of Indonesian migrant workers since reopening its borders, with the hopes of easing a major labour shortage in palm oil plantations.

The Diplomat - June 23, 2022

Andi Raihanah Ashar and Muhammad Fauzan Malufti – Indonesia's current administration is racing against time, with only two years to complete the planned modernization of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI).

Fulcrum - June 23, 2022

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – The recent Indonesian Cabinet reshuffle has seen President Jokowi prioritise political consolidation of power ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.

June 22, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Jakarta, Jubi – Commission II of the House of Representatives overseeing home affairs, in a Working Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, agreed to form a Working Committee for the Deliberation of Three Bills on the Establishment of Three Provinces in Papua to be completed on June 30, 2022.

Jakarta Post - June 22, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – A global report from security company Fortinet shows that cyberattacks in Asia mostly take place because of the countries' shortage of specialists.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has asked the government and the community to step up booster vaccinations as an anticipatory measure against the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – A number of Tanah Miring residents visited the Merauke Police on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to dispute a 53-hectare land in Yaba Maru Village SP 9, Tanah Miring District. The land was purchased by Merauke Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Tuesday paid a visit to the special forces command of the Kingdom of Cambodia Armed Forces in Phnom Penh. In this opportunity, the Minister was reunited with a number of military personnel he once mentored at the Indonesian Army special forces (Kopassus).

Antara News - June 22, 2022

Tri Meilani A, Resinta S, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, expressed keenness to continue cooperation in the development and technology transfer for the main weapon system equipment (alutsista) with Japan during a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi.

The Conversation - June 22, 2022

Benjamin Brown and Satyawan Pudyatmoko, Melbourne, Australia – Mangroves ring the shores of many of Indonesia's more than 17,000 islands. But in the most populated areas, the world's largest mangrove forests have been steadily whittled away, and with them, the ability to store blue carbon.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The World Bank saw the possibility that Indonesia's economic growth rate could slow down to 4.6 percent this year, affected by unstable global conditions. For 2023, the World Bank predicts Indonesia's growth could be stuck at a level of 4.7 percent.

June 21, 2022

Reuters - June 21, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the current chair of the G20 is due to visit Moscow later this month to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesia's state news agency cited the country's security minister as saying.

CNN Indonesia - June 21, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) says that the presence of 21 coal fired power stations (PLTU) in nearby Banten province is contributing to the poor air quality in Jakarta.

This was revealed by LBH Jakarta public defender Jeany Sirait in response to Jakarta's air quality, which over the last few days has been rated as the worst in the world.

The Diplomat - June 21, 2022

Aprila Wayar and Johnny Blades – In April of this year, Indonesia's parliament approved a plan to create three new provinces in Papua, the easternmost region of the archipelago.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2022

Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day for six consecutive days that should be greeted with alarm, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The recent hike was a major setback in the country's fight against the pandemic after successfully containing the daily tally below the 1,000 mark for more than two months.

Jakarta Post - June 21, 2022

Annisa Mu'awanah Sukmawati and Puji Utomo (360info), Yogyakarta – Indonesia holds 6 percent of the world's water potential – fresh water that can be used directly for daily human needs. Despite this, 85 percent of the country is in drought, according to government officials.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo celebrated his 61st birthday on Tuesday surrounded by top executives of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that became his political vehicle to the country's number one job.

Tempo - June 21, 2022

Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – Central Jakarta Metro Police deployed 560 personnel to guard the students' demonstration against the draft bill on criminal code or RKUHP Tuesday afternoon, June 21, 2022, around the Horse Statue area.

"560 personnel were mobilized for today's agenda," said Central Jakarta Metro Police Chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin in his statement today.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 21, 2022

It wasn't exactly done in the name of love, but the Surabaya District Court has given a landmark legal stamp for interfaith marriage.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2022

Yustinus Paat, Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The House of Representatives is mulling over a more generous paternity leave on the maternal and child welfare bill.

June 20, 2022

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – The latest data from IQAir, an international apex body monitoring air quality, has ranked the capital city of Jakarta as the most polluted city in the world by scoring 193 on the air quality index on Monday morning due to the PM2.5 concentration reaching 27.4 times over the WHO annual guideline, measuring at 136.9 grams per cubic meter.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said Indonesia planned to impose a cap and trade tax and offset or carbon tax on coal-fired power plants starting July 2022. Coal-fired power plants operating inefficiently and producing emissions higher than the upper cap will be subject to additional costs.

Reuters - June 20, 2022

Chen Lin and Bernadette Christina, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesian authorities hope to reach an agreement with Singapore to start exporting chickens within weeks, officials said, as the city-state scrambles to find alternative supply sources after another neighbour Malaysia restricted sales.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 20, 2022

Police in South Jakarta arrested five people in connection with an alleged prostitution party with a crude theme at an adult spa and massage parlor.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Zacharias Wuragil, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded over 1,000 daily cases of Covid-19 over the weekend. According to the Health Ministry, there were 1,264 new cases and five deaths on Saturday, and 1,167 new cases and three deaths on Sunday.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Ahmad Syaikhu, said Indonesia had been sliding toward authoritarianism in the past ten years. He made the statement during the party's national leadership meeting at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Central Jakarta today, June 20, 2022.

CNBC - June 20, 2022

Ravi Buddhavarapu – President Joko Widodo denied that Indonesia has turned protectionist during his tenure, saying the gates remain open to all players – including Tesla – that want to use the country's plentiful natural resources, if they set up plants that can add to the local economy.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 20, 2022

Say goodbye to the pandemic lull and hello to the fine particulates we get to inhale in Jakarta as life all but returns to full swing in the capital.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has officially ratified Law No. 13/2022 overseeing the changes on Law No. 12/2021 on legislation formation (UU PPP) on Thursday, June 16, which regulates the omnibus law legislation method.

Bloomberg News - June 20, 2022

Claire Jiao and Grace Sihombing – Most of Indonesia's pandemic-era fiscal incentives are set to expire at the end of the month, adding a new layer of challenge to the economy already facing risks from quickening inflation and a looming increase in borrowing costs.

UCA News - June 20, 2022

UCA News reporter, Jakarta – A senior police officer in Indonesia's Christian-dominated North Sumatra province has issued a public apology to a priest he stopped and berated for trying to pass through a roadblock.

The incident in the town of Tomok on June 16 was captured on video and uploaded on social media, sparking outrage.

Tabloid JUBI - June 20, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – The National West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) claims to have stabbed a Papuan member of the Yon D Wamena Mobile Brigade, Second Brig. Diego Rumaropen, on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

June 19, 2022

VOA Indonesia - June 19, 2022

Indra Yoga – Astronaut and protector of outer space "Buzz Lightyear" cooperates with many characters, including his commander Alisha, who is in love with another woman. A kiss between Alisha and her partner in the science fiction-adventure computer animation film produced by Pixaar and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures only lasts a few seconds.

June 18, 2022

Jakarta Globe - June 18, 2022

Jakarta (Beritasatu) – The National Democratic Party, or Nasdem, has a shortlist of no more than three for their potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election.

East Asia Forum - June 18, 2022

Hipolitus Wangge, ANU – Prime Minister James Marape visited Jakarta at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in March 2022 – a few months ahead of PNG's national elections.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 18, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has moved a step closer to its goal of becoming a vaccine production hub, as a series of locally developed COVID-19 vaccine candidates enter the advanced stages of clinical trials.

This is a crucial move, considering the prolonged pandemic and the potential for future outbreaks.

June 17, 2022

Coconuts Bali - June 17, 2022

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Or in this case, don't have sex on a public beach in Bali – opening yourself up (no pun intended) to being recorded by creeps and seeing your XXX clip posted online – if you don't want the authorities to catch more than just a glimpse of your butt.