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June 17, 2019

Channel News Asia - June 17, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry said on Sunday (Jun 16) that it will tighten rules regarding paper waste imports, a day after officials said five containers of rubbish falsely declared as paper scrap were returned to the United States.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 17, 2019

Dozens of people stormed a mosque in the Aceh capital of Banda Aceh over alleged ideological differences with a guest preacher delivering a sermon at the house of worship recently, footage of which have gone viral online.

June 16, 2019

Kompas - June 16, 2019

Abba Gabrillin, Jakarta – A survey by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) has found that there has been a declining trend in democratic reforms, particularly following the May 21 and 22 post-election riots in Jakarta.

Deutsche Presse Agentur - June 16, 2019

Jakarta – At least two people died and five are still missing after a passenger boat carrying 52 people including the skipper and three crew members sank before dawn on Saturday (June 15) in waters off Alor Island in the lesser Sunda islands region of central Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - June 16, 2019

Carlos Ky Paath & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A recent survey shows more than two thirds of Indonesians believe the April 17 presidential and legislative elections were fair.

Tempo - June 16, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The deputy chairperson of the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission I, Golkar Party politician Satya Widya Yudha, supports a plan by the National Police (Polri) to monitor chats the WhatsApp message groups. This, he said, will be done to prevent the spread of fake news.

June 15, 2019

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry has moved graft convict Setya Novanto from Sukamiskin prison in Bandung, West Java, to Gunung Sindur prison after a photo showed him hanging out freely with his wife in West Bandung on Friday.

The former House of Representatives speaker was transferred to Gunung Sindur prison in Bogor, also West Java, at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Agence France Presse - June 15, 2019

Tens of thousands of security personnel were on the streets of Jakarta Friday as a court heard a defeated presidential challenger's claim that Indonesia's 2019 election was rigged – allegations that spawned deadly rioting last month.

CNN Indonesia - June 15, 2019

Jakarta – A number of parties have protested over statements quoted by the loosing Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno presidential ticket in a legal challenge against the presidential election (pilpres) result with the Constitutional Court (MK).

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2019

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has handed a case pertaining to the illegal dumping of hazardous medical waste in Karawang regency, West Java, by province-owned company PT JM to the Attorney General's Office (AGO) and the Karawang District Court.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry managed to secure the release of four underage Indonesian fishermen who were being detained in Darwin, Australia, a ministry official said on Saturday.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2019

Jakarta – According to the latest Tom Tom Traffic Index, Jakarta's traffic eased in 2018, making it the city showing the "biggest improvement" last year.

The index ranked Jakarta the seventh most congested city in the world, up from fourth place in 2017.

Agence France Presse - June 15, 2019

Indonesia has returned five containers of rubbish to the United States and will not become a "dumping ground", officials said Saturday, the latest Southeast Asian country to return imported waste.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2019

Jakarta – Setya Novanto, a former House of Representatives speaker currently serving a 15-year jail sentence for graft, has been transferred to the Gunung Sindur maximum security prison in Bogor after being caught on camera meeting his wife and going shopping during a medical leave from his former prison in Bandung.

June 14, 2019

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Denny Indrayana, one of the lawyers of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno legal team challenging the result of the 2019 presidential election, has rejected an argument that says news links are not a viable form of evidence during the first hearing of the challenge at the Constitutional Court on Friday.

Suara.com - June 14, 2019

Dwi Bowo Raharjo and Novian Ardiansyah – A crowd of protesters have joined in "safeguarding" the first hearing of a challenge to the 2019 presidential election results by the loosing ticket of Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno at the Constitutional Court.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration's agency for child protection, empowerment and population control has come under fire for inviting the women's wing of the banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia – a hardline Muslim organization that calls for the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate based on shariah – to a meeting scheduled for Friday.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo does not seem to give up hope to reconcile with archrival Prabowo Subianto.

While the latter is still disputing the result of the April election in the Constitutional Court, the president is working the back channels to bring Prabowo into the fold.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has informed the public that it might limit access to social media yet again to curb misinformation during the first presidential election dispute hearing at the Constitutional Court on Friday.

Tempo - June 14, 2019

Ayu Cipta, Tangerang – A photograph of a public notice stating the shariah (Islamic Law) principles applied by the Tangerang Public Hospital has gone viral on social media.

Reuters - June 14, 2019

Bangkok – A pledge by Indonesia to hand back control of customary forests to indigenous people is being hampered by overlapping land claims for mines, plantations, forests and public land in the country, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Bali – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he wants everyone to respect the due process of the law during the election dispute hearing at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on Friday.

"We must respect the legal process," Jokowi said during a visit to the Sukawati Market in Gianyar, Bali, on Friday.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers and firefighters in Agam, West Sumatra, recently shut down five orgen tunggal music performances at wedding parties for being held after 6 p.m.

Orgen tunggal shows, featuring bands playing dangdut and pop songs, are a popular form of entertainment in Indonesia.

Detik News - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – The margin of victory claimed by the 02 loosing ticket of Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno in the 2019 presidential election keeps changing.

The rival camp, supporters of the winning 01 presidential ticket of incumbent President Joko Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin believe this is evidence of inconsistency.

Voice of America - June 14, 2019

Amanda Siddharta, Jakarta – Among the tons of paper that comes into Indonesia for processing from overseas are countless pieces of plastic.

"I found food packaging. That's the most common. For example, the microwavable TV dinners, pet food, snacks, or trash from household items, soap or cleaning solutions," said Prigi Arisandi, a documentary filmmaker in East Java.

Tempo - June 14, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The acting head of Jakarta Environment Agency, Andono Warih, said that the fuel (BBM) residue of motorized vehicles was the main contributor to severe air pollution as 80 percent of vehicles powered by diesel fuel operated from Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek) to the capital.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Yeremia Sukoyo & Christian Lee, Jakarta – Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno have indicated that they will not attend Friday's preliminary hearing by the Constitutional Court of their election dispute.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry said it would not prohibit online ojek (motorcycle taxi) service providers from giving tariff discounts, canceling its earlier statement that it wanted to stop discounts to avoid "predatory pricing".

Nikkei Asian Review - June 14, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesia's capital was on edge on Friday as the nation's constitutional court held its first hearing on the opposition's legal challenge against the election win of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 14, 2019

On 11 June, lawyers representing Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno registered a new application with the Constitutional Court in which they challenged their loss in the 2019 presidential election.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto's team of lawyers requested the Constitutional Court on Friday to disqualify Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin from April's presidential election.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The head of the legal team for presidential ticket Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, Bambang Widjojanto, said on Friday during the election dispute hearing at the Constitutional Court that the rival camp, incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, had used state funds and government programs to influence voters.

CNN Indonesia - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) spokesperson Novel Bamukmin insists that the participants taking part in a peaceful action to "safeguard" the first hearing of a challenge to the 2019 presidential election result at the Constitutional Court (MK) on Friday June 14 are not there as political party (parpol) servants or errand boys.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – As many as 48,000 police and military officers will be deployed to secure a trial to rule on the election dispute between losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and the newly re-elected president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Constitutional Court in Central Jakarta on Friday.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2019

Andi Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has approved buildings on artificial islets despite criticism of the issuance of 932 building permits (IMB) on Islet C and D, called Pantai Maju and Pantai Kita.

The Jakarta administration sealed the buildings in June last year when Anies argued that they did not have construction permits.

Straits Times - June 14, 2019

Jakarta – With national unity in mind, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said he is open to the idea of the opposition Gerindra Party under long-time rival Prabowo Subianto joining his Cabinet when he takes office for the second and final term in October.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 14, 2019

Today is the start of the Constitutional Court (MK) hearings on the lawsuit put forth by defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his campaign, who have repeatedly accused President Joko Widodo of systematic and widespread election fraud in April's election.

June 13, 2019

Tempo - June 13, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – National Police Chief Tito Karnavian barred any group from staging a rally during the preliminary trial of the presidential election dispute filed by Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in Constitutional Court, Jalan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police detained 34 people in Central Kalimantan on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in plans to carry out a suicide bomb attack in Jakarta, an official said.

Several items, including bomb-making material, were seized during the arrests in two separate locations.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 13, 2019

The relentless growth of palm oil plantations in Indonesia has led to massive deforestation, the death and displacement of countless endangered species, as well as conflicts between humans and the animals that used to consider the new palm oil plantations their homes.

Tempo - June 13, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker Mohamad Taufik considered the city's light rail transit or LRT Jakarta a failed project. He assessed it based on three indicators, namely time, function, and budget efficiency.

Tempo - June 13, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eddy Pramono announced the police's Ketupat Jaya operation succeeded in reducing the number of criminal cases and accidents compared to the same period last year.

Ketupat Jaya operation is the city police's annual operation held during Eid homecoming and holiday season, which is held from May 29-June 10, 2019.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has informed the public that it might limit access to social media yet again to curb misinformation during the first presidential election dispute hearing at the Constitutional Court on Friday.

Deutsche Presse Agentur - June 13, 2019

Jakarta – Heavy rainfall in parts of central Indonesia this month has led to severe flooding and landslides, affecting tens of thousands of people, the authorities said yesterday.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – The World Bank's board of executive directors has approved a $49.6 million loan to Indonesia to finance its National Urban Development Project.

The aim of the project is to improve urban planning and achieve sustainable urban development goals in cities throughout the archipelago.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 13, 2019

Picture yourself in this situation: you're at a family gathering, getting bored with all the small talk and want to escape when you suddenly lock eyes with someone cute.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has banned cigarette advertisements on the internet following a request from the Health Ministry.

Tempo - June 13, 2019

Gangsar Parikesit, Jakarta – The building permits (IMB) for buildings on D Island issued by the administration of Anies Baswedan was considered a law violation since its legal basis, a regional regulation on Spatial Plan for North Coast of Jakarta Strategic Areas and Plan of Coastal Zoning and Small Islands, has yet to be released.

Tempo - June 13, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) Cchairman Tulus Abadi said that internet cigarette advertisements that encourage people to smoke 'deserve' to be banned to protect children and teens from the unhealthy habit.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has good news for Marvel Comics fans in Indonesia: the antigraft body will soon auction off action figures of several well-known characters created by the comic book company.