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January 14, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - January 14, 2022

In today's News So Crazy You Won't Believe It Happened, police in Yogyakarta have apprehended a man who allegedly stole traffic lights in the city with the intention of selling them online.

Reuters - January 14, 2022

Kate Lamb and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's government is facing criticism from some top scientists and lawmakers that a sweeping restructuring bringing together the country's leading science and technology institutes could undermine research efforts.

Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2022

Hendro D Situmorang, Jakarta – Indonesia's Omicron tally has now jumped to 572 following the government's recent announcement that it had detected 66 new infections of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant.

Jakarta Post - January 14, 2022

Yohana Belinda, Malang – Designer bag rental services are emerging as an affordable way to keep up with mercurial fashion trends.

Tempo - January 14, 2022

Friski Riana, Jakarta – A member of the House of Representatives (DPR) from the POKS Party Kurniasih Mufidayati, said that the party will insist on standing against the sexual violence Draft Bill (RUU TPKS), arguing that Indonesia is not just facing an alarming situation regarding sexual violence, but also sexual freedom and deviation.

January 13, 2022

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Severe floodings of up to three meters in Banjar Regency, South Kalimantan Province, submerged at least 2,008 houses on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The Banjar Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported on Wednesday night that other than Pengaron, Simpang Empat sub-district was still flooded with a water level reaching 70 centimeters.

CNN Indonesia - January 13, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has outlined at least three environmental problems found from the results of a Strategic Environmental Study (KLHS) on Indonesia's proposed site for a new capital city (IKN) in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The government plans to provide a booster vaccine for people aged 18 years and over, in addition to the elderly and vulnerable groups, in early February.

"Probably February," The Health Ministry's Covid-19 Vaccination spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi said via text message, Wednesday night, January 12.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Executive Office of the President (KSP), in a meeting with Religious Affairs Ministry representative on Wednesday, January 13, 2022, has urged the Ministry to issue a regulation on preventing sexual violence across religious-based academic institutions.

Jakarta Post - January 13, 2022

Wulan Kusuma Wardhani, Jakarta – Reformed terror convicts are deploying their knowledge and personal stories to assist in deradicalization programs.

It is never easy, but some rehabilitated terrorism convicts have been trying their best to share their experience and perspectives with people susceptible to extremism so that they can avoid making similar mistakes.

UCA News - January 13, 2022

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has sentenced a Muslim cleric to five months in prison for committing blasphemy against Christians.

The sentence, however, was swiftly condemned by a Catholic lawyer, who said the punishment was too light and an "injustice."

Agence France-Presse - January 13, 2022

An Indonesian woman has been flogged 100 times in Aceh province for adultery while the male involved, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Indri Maulidar, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party or PKS faction still insisted on rejecting the ratification of the sexual violence crime bill (RUU TPKS) over the lack of policy points that were considered vital in the draft bill.

Human Rights Watch News Release - January 13, 2022

New York – The Indonesian government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic displaced important human rights concerns in 2021, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. After a deadly surge in cases in 2021, the authorities locked down Java, Bali, and many other parts of the archipelago.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said seven schools in South Jakarta were closed following the findings of COVID-19 cases.

"We have temporarily closed at least seven schools [as of] yesterday," said Riza at City Hall, Central Jakarta, Thursday, January 13.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Two of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's sons, Gibran Rakabuming and Kaesang Pangarep had officially been reported to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over graft allegations on January 10, 2022. The person who reported them, Ubeidilah Badrun, claimed that he received threats from his social media account after filing the report.

Fulcrum - January 13, 2022

Ian Storey – Indonesia plans to convene a meeting with some of its ASEAN colleagues to discuss the South China Sea. The idea is not new, but this time it might just work.

UCA News - January 13, 2022

Jakarta – One day in 1969, not long after it was decided Papua was to become part of Indonesia, Yones Douw's family were forced to flee from security forces.

Bloomberg News - January 13, 2022

Eko Listiyorini – Indonesia, the top thermal coal exporter, will keep a broad ban on January shipments in place even as exemptions have allowed some fuel-laden vessels to depart.

Kompas.com - January 13, 2022

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) says that the number of reported cases of sexual violence against women in Indonesia continues to increase every year.

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Communication and Information (Kominfo) Ministry is investigating the alleged leak of personal data belonging to job applicants at Pertamina's subsidiary, PT Pertamina Training and Consulting (PTC).

Tempo - January 13, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Antara, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron confirmed the arrest against the Regent of Penajam Paser Utara, Abdul Gafur Mas'ud during a sting operation on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12.

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 13, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo marked the end of 2021 with the signing of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 14/2021, which establishes the office of deputy home minister.

Coconuts Jakarta - January 13, 2022

Komnas Perempuan (National Commission on Violence Against Women) has revealed a damning statistic on sexual violence in the country, in a bid to pressure legislators to pass a bill that would afford greater protection towards women in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - January 13, 2022

Jakarta – The leader of an East Kalimantan district where the national government plans to build the new national capital was named corruption suspect on Thursday after he was arrested at a Jakarta mall for allegedly accepting bribes.

January 12, 2022

Morning Star (UK) - January 12, 2022

West Papuan liberation leader Benny Wenda said today that his provisional government is stepping up the fight for justice and freedom from Indonesian rule this year as he announced the opening of diplomatic missions around the globe.

Coconuts Jakarta - January 12, 2022

Prosecutors in a serial rape case involving an Islamic school teacher in West Java demanded the most severe punishments possible for the defendant for what they see as one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.

Jakarta Globe - January 12, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Wednesday officially launched a state-owned food holding company, which goes by the name ID Food, in a bid to boost the food supply chain.

State-run agroindustry firm Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) will serve as the parent company of the food holding.

Tempo - January 12, 2022

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The national task force on the sexual violence crime bill (RUU TPKS) chairman Eddy Hiariej shared optimism that the bill will be completed soon as his side had held five consultations with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Tempo - January 12, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Health Agency Head of Disease Prevention and Control Division, Dwi Oktavia, said the daily number of COVID-19 Omicron cases reached 498 as of January 11. The figure increased by 91 from previously 407.

Agence France-Presse - January 12, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia provided prosecutors with proof of graft on Tuesday in flag-carrier Garuda's deals to lease aircraft made by ATR, a joint venture between Airbus and Italy's Leonardo, the country's state-owned enterprises minister said.

Coconuts Jakarta - January 12, 2022

Indonesian singer-songwriter-turned-actor Ardhito Pramono has been arrested for alleged marijuana use and possession today.

Detik News - January 12, 2022

Dony Indra Ramadhan, Bandung – The appointment of Major General Untung Budiharto as Jakarta military commander (Pangdam Jaya) has attracted public attention because of his background as a former member of the Rose Team (Tim Mawar). TNI (Indonesian military) chief General Andika Perkasa has responded to this attention. What does he say?

Tempo - January 12, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The COVID-19 Task Force reported Tuesday, Jan. 11, that Indonesia is facing a surge in COVID-19 confirmed cases in the last two weeks.

"Positive cases in Indonesia have increased for two consecutive weeks," said the task force's spokesman Wiku Adisasmito at a press conference on Tuesday.

Tempo - January 12, 2022

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Two of President Joko Widodo's children, Gibran Rakabuming and Kaesang Pangarep, have been reported to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over alleged corruption and money laundering through their businesses that have ties to companies suspected of forest fires.

Reuters - January 12, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia kicked off its COVID-19 booster program for the general public on Wednesday, as the country hit an almost three-month high in cases amid the rise of the Omicron variant.

Antara News - January 12, 2022

Anita P D, Resinta S, Jakarta (ANTARA) – Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga lauded the steps by Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim, who urged Indonesia's universities to immediately form a sexual violence prevention and handling Task Force.

Tabloid JUBI - January 12, 2022

Jakarta, Jubi – The National Police Headquarters has changed the operation of the Nemangkawi Task Force to the Cartenz Peace Operation, which will start operating at the end of January 2022. This operation is claimed to no longer prioritize hunting down armed groups in Papua.

Jakarta Globe - January 12, 2022

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – A former investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was convicted for accepting Rp 11.5 billion ($802,000) in bribe money and sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday.

Mongbay - January 12, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Environmental activists have cautiously welcomed the Indonesian government's move to revoke hundreds of permits for logging, plantations and mines, calling it an opportunity to conserve vast swaths of forest.

CNN Indonesia - January 12, 2022

Jakarta – The West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organisation (TPNPPB-OPM) believes that the Indonesian police's plan to change its security approach in Papua to become more persuasive is pointless.

Science - January 12, 2022

Dyna Rochmyaningsih – On 3 January, Isabella Apriyana grabbed her phone to take a picture of her lab bench and post it on Twitter. "A gloomy Monday morning in the beginning of the year," she tweeted.

Tempo - January 12, 2022

Bisnis, Jakarta – Indonesia in 2021 recorded 5,057,516 units of motorcycles sold, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI) said. This is a 38 percent increase from 2020's 3,660,616 units.

AISI head of Commercial Affairs, Sigit Kumala, said that the sales performance was attributable to the government's role in handling Covid-19 cases.

January 11, 2022

Tempo - January 11, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The number of COVID-19 cases in Jakarta is slowly increasing following the finding of the Omicron variant. On Monday, the city recorded 360 new cases, which were mostly contributed by international travelers at 259.

Jakarta Globe - January 11, 2022

Rangga Prakoso, Jakarta – The government has decided to allow some coal miners, which have fulfilled their coal sales quota to the domestic market, to resume export on Wednesday after the country's coal stockpile for power generation had risen above a critical level, a senior minister said on Monday.

CNN Indonesia - January 11, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that 222 illegal palm oil corporations have been granted amnesty or in other words they can continue operating despite not meeting the legal requirements.

Reuters - January 11, 2022

Jakarta – Billionaire Indonesian businessman Chairul Tanjung said on Tuesday he will lift his investment in struggling flag carrier Garuda Indonesia after the airline completes a court-led debt restructuring.

The announcement came as the government asked prosecutors to begin a graft investigation into some of Garuda's plane leasing contracts.

East Asia Forum - January 11, 2022

Siwage Dharma Negara – 2021 has been another challenging year for Indonesia as it struggles to balance the economy and public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While the economy seems to have passed the worst of the crisis, its future trajectory remains unclear.

Coconuts Jakarta - January 11, 2022

Just one day before the rollout of COVID-19 booster shots for the general public begins, President Joko Widodo issued a statement that the third dose will be administered at no cost to all who are eligible.

Mongabay - January 11, 2022

Warief Djajanto Basorie – Recovering Together, Recovering Stronger. Indonesia adopted this tagline when it took over the rotating chair of the club of the world's 20 largest advanced and emerging economies, the Group of 20. After meeting in Rome on Oct. 30-31, the next G20 annual summit will be in Bali in October/November 2022.