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November 13, 2020

Reuters - November 13, 2020

Tom Allard, Stanley Widianto, Gayatri Suroyo, Jakarta – Indonesia has sought emergency authorisation to start a mass vaccination campaign by the end of the year to combat the coronavirus in the archipelago, the Southeast Asian nation's president said on Friday.

Dev Policy Blog - November 13, 2020

Bu Wilson, Iram Saeed, Laura Afonso de Jesus, Caitlin Leahy, Pauline Tweedie – Timor-Leste, together with only a small number of countries globally, has to date successfully managed to control the spread of COVID-19 through an effective border and quarantine regime, and COVID-19 prevention programs.

New Mandala - November 13, 2020

Muhammad Ridha – In a recent article Edward Aspinall suggests that the current student mobilisation revives old patterns from the Indonesian student movement. But there are three new manifestations in the current movement that can hardly be understood in terms of the old patterns.

November 12, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The COVID-19 health crisis is said to have driven up the number of manusia perak (silver human), a kind of street performer covered in silver metallic paint armed with a cardboard box to collect donations, making their rounds on the streets in the capital city.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The names of several current and former top officials were mentioned during the hearing of a bribery case against former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi and his son-in-law, Rezky Herbiyono.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – Bandar Lampung, the capital of Lampung, faces a shortage of hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients as the city has seen a fast rise in confirmed cases.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 12, 2020

Forget drinking responsibly – if some conservative lawmakers have their way, Indonesians may not be able to sell or drink alcohol at all. And that possibility has gotten a little bit closer to reality with discussions on a bill banning alcohol rebooted in parliament.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The family of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was shot dead in September in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, has demanded that the military personnel allegedly responsible for the killing be brought to a human rights court instead of undergoing prosecution in a military court.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Australia has signed a AU$1.5 billion (US$1 billion) loan deal with Indonesia to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – Emergency response authorities have evacuated 1,294 residents from parts of Yogyakarta and Central Java in the vicinity of Mount Merapi in anticipation of heightened volcanic activity, following a volcano tectonic earthquake that occurred on Wednesday afternoon and subsequent data analysis showing that magma below the mountain was rising to the surface.

Mongabay - November 12, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Palm oil giant Korindo Group is alleged to have set fires to clear rainforest in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua, a practice that is banned by law.

CNN Indonesia - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The Army's Central Military Police commander, Lieutenant General Dodik Wijanarko, says that a joint army (TNI AD) investigation team has yet to find any hard evidence to upgrade the status of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Intan Jaya Pastor Yeremia Zanambani to a criminal investigation.

Jakarta Globe - November 12, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesia has pushed for a travel bubble in Southeast Asia to start in the first quarter of next year as the country seeks to rejuvenate its tourism sector that has been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Ever since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo named his expert staff team last year, the wait has been on for the millennial members of the team come up with what Jokowi hoped would be "out-of-the-box ideas" and "leaping breakthroughs" to support the programs of his second and final term in office.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Social media giant Facebook is selecting local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 crisis to be recipients of a total of Rp 12.5 billion (US$887,688) in grants, according to the company's country director.

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Bandung – The team of Indonesian scientists conducting phase three clinical trials on a COVID-19 candidate vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech has said that the trials are still ongoing, despite the suspension of a similar trial in Brazil.

Tempo - November 12, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – A legal expert from Al-Azhar University, Suparji Ahmad, argued that the existence of the Information and Electronic Transaction Law (ITE Law) hampers the democratic climate in Indonesia.

November 11, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has allowed some students in certain regions to go to school, antaranews.com reported.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan visited Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab on Tuesday evening, hours after the firebrand cleric returned from his self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Indonesia's plan to expand its vaccination programs to curb pneumonia, one of the leading causes of death among children in the country, has fallen through as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts vaccine procurement.

Nikkei Asia - November 11, 2020

Koya Jibiki and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto last month spent more than two weeks on a mission to solve a long-standing riddle of how Indonesia will replace its aging fighter jets.

Tempo - November 11, 2020

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader, who just arrived from his proclaimed self-exile in Saudi Arabia, Rizieq Shihab, made a surprising claim in a live broadcast uploaded in the organization's Youtube account 'Front TV' suggesting he possesses a document of a deal between himself and the state-intelligence agency (BIN).

The Conversation - November 11, 2020

David Webster – "We hear the voice of the farmers," explains the acting director of Raebia, an organization in Timor-Leste working for sustainable agricultural development.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia aims to double the value of business deals to be made during this year's business forum with Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – As the government calls for developing the herbal medicine sector, officials and scientists have both highlighted the need to gain the support of the medical community and to standardize certification for herbal medicines derived from Indonesia's wide variety of endemic plant species.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Lawmakers from three parties that hold 26 percent seats in the House of Representatives have proposed to restart a discussion on an alcoholic drink prohibition bill, seeking to impose a blanket ban on the sale, production, distribution, and consumption of any beverage containing alcohol.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Bandung – All volunteers participating in the phase three COVID-19 vaccine trial at Padjadjaran University (Unpad) have been injected with the potential vaccine twice. The trial, which commenced in August, involves 1,620 volunteers.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – A COVID-19 patient being treated at Ario Wirawan pulmonary hospital in Salatiga, Central Java, has reportedly fled the facility.

The patient, identified as a 68-year-old man, is a resident of Blotongan subdistrict in Sidorejo district, Salatiga.

Mongabay - November 11, 2020

Asrida Elisabeth, Jayapura, Indonesia – Paving of a dirt road linking two cities in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region could spark the destruction of a wildlife reserve whose isolation has made it a biodiversity hotspot.

Tempo - November 11, 2020

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Indonesian politician and lawyer Henry Yosodiningrat will reportedly request police to follow up his 2017 report he filed against Rizieq Shihab who he believes had committed slander.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – An exhibition portraying the life of legendary artist Affandi through his own works was held at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta this month, featuring 15 paintings from as old as World War Two era.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – At least 282 healthcare workers nationwide have died of COVID-19 ever since the start of the outbreak in Indonesia in March, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) reported on Tuesday.

In a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, the IDI reported the deaths of 159 doctors, 114 nurses and nine dentists.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has teamed up with UK-Indonesia Tech Hub – a technology and innovation hub initiated by the British Embassy in Jakarta – to launch a training program for Indonesian women who own micro and ultra-micro enterprises.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – East Java and Jakarta reported the lowest daily number of coronavirus cases in months on Wednesday amid the highly fluctuating figures at the national level, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The government has joined the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in signing an agreement on relaxing non-tariff measures (NTM) for the trade of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The first two of weeks of working remotely was professional bliss for Yesiska Putri, a 24-year-old project supervisor at a digital technology firm in Jakarta.

Tempo - November 11, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy secretary Tengku Zulkarnain late Tuesday evening said that he had met with Rizieq Shihab who had just returned after a self-exile for three years in Saudi Arabia.

Tempo - November 11, 2020
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Political observer from Al Azhar Indonesia University (UAI), Ujang Komarudin, opined that the country's politics would become more dynamic in the future following the return of Rizieq Shihab.

"Well, admitted or not, HRS (Habib Rizieq Shihab) is a symbol of people's resistance to the government.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia's digital economy sets to expand by 11 percent to $44 billion in 2020 from $40 billion last year, showing resilience amid the Covid-19 pandemic that wreaks havoc on online transportation, food, and travel services, the latest report from tech giant Google showed on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is considered the people's top pick for the 2024 election, according to a recent survey by pollster Populi Center.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government needs to issue fiscal measures such as cutting fossil fuel subsidies and providing renewable energy incentives to slow climate change and to ensure sustainable post-pandemic development of the economy, experts say.

November 10, 2020

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – On Tuesday November 10 an alliance of social organisation grouped under the Labour Movement with the People (Gebrak) held a long-march from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative office on Jalan MH Thamrin in Central Java to the nearby Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – Thousands of people surrounded the arrival terminal at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on Tuesday morning to welcome Rizieq Syihab – the leader of hardliner Muslim group Islamic Defender Front, or FPI – causing a seven-kilometer line of vehicles heading to the airport.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – Rizieq Shihab, the firebrand cleric who heads the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), returned to Indonesia on Tuesday after nearly three years of self-proclaimed exile in Saudi Arabia.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has booked US$1.07 billion in losses as of September, a reversal from the $122.4 million profit it saw in the same period last year, as the aviation industry has yet to rebound from the impacts of the ongoing health crisis.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia is facing an uptick in newly coronavirus cases with seven-day average climbing steadily in the last six days due to rising number of daily infections in Central and West Java after an earlier success in slowing down the surge.

Vice - November 10, 2020

Annisa Nurul Aziza – Brushing off coronavirus fears, thousands packed the arrivals section of Indonesia's main international airport on Tuesday to welcome back a controversial Islamist cleric who fled the Muslim-majority country in 2017 after facing charges of pornography.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito urged the public to be patient while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Indonesia, saying that the government was making every effort to procure and deliver the serum.

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – A protest action opposing Law Number 11/2020 on Job Creation took place in the Medan Merdeka area of Central Jakarta on the afternoon of Tuesday November 10.

Melanesia News - November 10, 2020

Moch Faisal Karim – Over the past 20 years, Indonesia has developed its role as a country that fights for human rights and democracy at the regional level. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia – to some extent – advocates on issues of human rights protection within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).