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August 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - August 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The government has outlined a target to lower the prevalence of stunting in its National Medium-term Development Plan to 19 percent by 2024.

"It will be reduced, from 30 to 19 percent by 2024," Secretary General of the Health Ministry Oscar Primadi stated after the commemoration of Indonesia's 74th Independence Day here on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - August 18, 2019

Aman Rochman, Malang, East Java – Improving a region's tourism potential may lead to better sanitation for residents, an advocacy group said during a discussion in Malang, East Java, on Aug. 8.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Agence France Presse - August 18, 2019

Seven people, including two children, were killed and four others missing after a ferry carrying dozens of passengers caught fire off Indonesia's Sulawesi island early Saturday, police said.

The ferry, heading from Southeast Sulawesi to an island in Central Sulawesi, caught fire shortly after midnight.

News ›› Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A flash flood triggered by heavy rains inundated and damaged tens of houses in South Aceh district Friday night. By Saturday evening, the flood had reportedly damaged tens of houses and affected 1,417 residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - August 18, 2019

Jakarta – A pregnant woman named Novi Sri Wahyuni, 21, claimed she had received and consumed expired vitamins from a community health center (Puskesmas) in Kamal Muara subdistrict, Penjaringan, North Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 18, 2019

Theresia Sufa, Bogor – Thousands of Bogor residents in West Java have declared their independence from plastic as part of a regency-wide environmental campaign as well as Indonesia's 74th Independence Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
South China Morning Post - August 18, 2019

A suspected Islamic militant in Indonesia has launched an attack on a police station, slashing one officer with a sickle, before being shot and taken into custody, officials said on Sunday.

August 17, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Radio New Zealand - August 17, 2019

An Indonesian lawyer says more than 150 West Papuan independence activists were arrested on Thursday.

Veronica Koman says 65 remain detained in Jayapura after rallying for the support of their cause being raised at this week's Pacific Islands Forum summit. Demonstrations also took place in several other cities.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Tabloid JUBI - August 17, 2019

Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura – Scores of Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) members in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta held a spontaneous action in front of the Yogyakarta regional police headquarters on Friday August 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› National Holidays & Celebrations
Jakarta Post - August 17, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has marked Indonesian diversity by commemorating the country's 74th Independence Day on Saturday in traditional clothing from a variety of indigenous cultures.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Kompas.com - August 17, 2019

Ghinan Salman, Surabaya – As many as 43 Papuan students were taken to the district police headquarters after police fired teargas and forced their way into a Papua student dormitory in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on Saturday August 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 17, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's digital economy is expected to almost double in value from Rp 814 trillion last year to Rp 1.447 quadrillion (US$101 billion) by 2024, a recent study says.

News ›› East Timor ›› Balibo Five & 1975 Invasion
KBR - August 17, 2019

Dian Kurniati, Jakarta – The Presidential Palace invited 55 members of the Nanggala Team to the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of Indonesia's proclamation of Independence at the Presidential Palace on Saturday August 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - August 17, 2019

Jakarta – The government's plan to block the use of unlicensed cell phones entering Indonesia is immature and detrimental to the public interest, says the Indonesian Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman noted some oddities in the initiative after a recent meeting with the Communications and Information Ministry to examine the ministry's draft for a regulation on the matter.

August 16, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Guardian - August 16, 2019

Kate Lyons in Funafuti and Ben Doherty – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights should investigate the deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua within a year, Pacific nations have resolved, as independence protests in the province were quashed by police with widespread arrests and one leader described it as the "festering human rights sore of the region".

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Islands Business - August 16, 2019

Nic Maclellan in Funafuti, Tuvalu – Members of the Pacific Islands Forum have urged Indonesia to take action on human rights violations in West Papua, and strongly encouraged Jakarta to facilitate a long-mooted visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will continue with his human capital development focus in the first year of his second term as his administration has designed the proposed 2020 state budget to support this agenda.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Tabloid JUBI - August 16, 2019

David Sobolim, Jayapura – Papuan students from the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Semarang and Salatiga Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) Committees held a joint protest action in the Central Java city of Salatiga in Thursday August 15.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 16, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police Headquarters has named 87 suspects in forest and land fires in six provinces, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jambi, Riau and South Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Straits Times - August 16, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo appealed on Friday (Aug 16) to all the branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – in Indonesia to work together to make sure the nation progresses faster and is competitive in the international arena.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Interpreter - August 16, 2019

Mica Barreto Soares – This month, Timor-Leste is in a festive mood, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence referendum. On 30 August 1999, the people of Timor-Leste cast their ballots in a United Nations – administered popular consultation to determine the fate of the country, with 78.5% voting to separate from Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Coconuts Jakarta - August 16, 2019

Four police officers in Cianjur, West Java have been hospitalized due to burn injuries they sustained while securing a student protest in the regency, with one officer reportedly suffering particularly severe injuries from being set on fire.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Suara.com - August 16, 2019

Pebriansyah Ariefana – Police intimidated and assaulted journalists covering a labour rally in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Jakarta on the afternoon of Friday August 16. The workers were holding the demonstration to coincide with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's State of the Nation address.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Globe - August 16, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo targets a narrower deficit in his 2020 state budget, staying true to his original vision of developing local talents to strengthen the domestic economy amid continued threats of global recession and trade wars.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Being known for pushing his administration to become more efficient in using the state budget, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tried to pass the same message to House of Representatives members by teasing them about their past overseas trips.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
CNN Indonesia - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Papuan student dormitory in the Kalasan area of the East Java city of Surabaya was besieged by hundreds of people from various ormas (mass or social organisations) on the afternoon of Friday August 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - August 16, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo touched on the incompletion of severe human rights violation cases during his opening speech at the annual session of 2019-2020 on Friday, August 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has renewed his call to accelerate the development of palm oil-derived biodiesel in his State of the Nation address on Friday, claiming this would be one way to boost Indonesia's industrial prowess and shield the country from potential trade wars.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Australian Associated Press - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Urban Poor & Informal Sector
Business Times - August 16, 2019

Marvie Chorawan-Basilan – Indonesia recently stopped foreign waste from entering the country but some villagers Bangun noted that "cash for trash" is their way of life – a booming business that helps sustain the needs of the village people.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 16, 2019

Leaders of Pacific Islands Forum countries and territories want Indonesia to allow a team from the UN Human Rights Commissioner's office to visit West Papua soon.

At their annual summit in Tuvalu, Pacific leaders acknowledged the reported escalation in violence and continued alleged human rights abuses in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
CNN Indonesia - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – A number of workers planning to hold a protest action were arrested by police in the vicinity of the House of Representatives (DPR) and People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) building in Jakarta on Friday August 16.

The arrested workers were part of the People's United Labour Movement (Gebrak) who had come to Jakarta from various different areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government is optimistic that it can reduce inequality and poverty rates next year by continuing current socio-economic initiatives.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo read the annual financial note speech on Friday, saying the government expected inequality to go down to between 0.375 and 0.380 on the Gini coefficient next year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Melbourne Age - August 16, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Imagine, for a moment, that three of Scott Morrison's ministers were caught up in corruption investigations and the speaker of the Australian Parliament had been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a multi-million dollar graft case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - August 16, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – In his annual state of the nation address, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo highlighted his vision to develop the nation's human capital, a vision that formed part of his reelection campaign Indonesia Maju (Indonesia Onward).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Nikkei Asian Review - August 16, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo formally proposed to parliament on Friday a plan to relocate Indonesia's capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Reuters - August 16, 2019

Maikel Jefriando, Tabita Diela, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday proposed a 2,528.8 trillion rupiah ($177.56 billion) budget to parliament for 2020, focusing spending on human resources, which was central in his re-election campaign.

August 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - August 15, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The investigation on the alleged rape case experienced by a former employee of the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) which implicated the agency's former supervisory board member has officially been dropped by police.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has indicated his opposition to a discourse on restoring authority to the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to appoint the nation's president, signaling his support for the peoples' right to directly elect their leader.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – Four siblings with a brother-in-law have been officiated as council members in Hulu Sungai Selatan regency in South Kalimantan. They were officiated together on Monday to be council members for the period of 2019-2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded a trade deficit of US$63 million in July on the back of weak commodity prices that has affected its export value, according to Statistic Indonesia (BPS) data released on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - August 15, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences has recommended that the government employ more measures to protect biodiversity in some of the archipelago's remotest islands, after launching an expedition to eight out of 111 remote Indonesian islands in the South Pacific Ocean where they found unique and rare marine lives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - August 15, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Large billboards bearing photos of Golkar member Bambang Soesatyo have been popping up at numerous street corners in Jakarta recently as Indonesia's oldest and second-largest political party gears up for elections by December.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Reuters - August 15, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia will unveil plans for increasing how much foreign investors can own of businesses in some sectors by year-end, the head of the country's investment board told Reuters.

Thomas Lembong, who leads the agency known as BKPM, also indicated the government is looking to ease restrictions in areas that can support Indonesia's booming digital economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - August 15, 2019

On 9 August, the Constitutional Court resolved the final dispute over the 2019 election results. Although the Court has ordered recounts in some areas, we can now say that Indonesia's first ever "simultaneous" elections – where national and regional legislators and the president and vice president pair were elected on the same day – are almost over.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - August 15, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) said that President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi) decision to form a ministry that specifically handles digital investment could lead to dualism in the investment sector.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Vela Andapita, Jakarta – The city administration of Bogor in West Java has vowed to resolve a dispute over a church that has been refused a building permit for years despite a Supreme Court ruling in its favor.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - August 15, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's external debt level was up about 10 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter due to a significant increase in government net borrowing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Colonial Period & World War II
Channel News Asia - August 15, 2019

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Sitting in a white plastic chair in his home, Mr Soewarso Warsosoewito tried to remember what exactly he did when he fought against the Japanese in 1945.

The 95-year-old Indonesian war veteran, who suffers from senility, lives in a 60 sq m house with his second wife Karni in the slums of Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Al Jazeera - August 15, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – A trial pitting student journalists and the top official of a government-run university official in this northern city has begun, in what is seen as a test case of Indonesia's limits on censorship, free press and gay rights.