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June 26, 2020

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Grab's ride-hailing, food delivery and digital retail services have strengthened Indonesia's economic resiliency and increased the income of millions of Grab partners across Indonesia before the pandemic, a study from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, showed.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2020

Jakarta – Local authorities have shut down a bar in Kuta in Badung regency, Bali, for hosting a party that failed to comply with COVID-19 health protocol.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta, Indonesia – More than 200 children including newborns and those under 5 years of age are believed to have died from COVID-19 in Indonesia as the virus has devastated the country's fragile health system.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) has found that many regional administrations have not yet prepared adequate programs and measures to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2020

Sri Wahyuni, Yogyakarta – Mosques have been urged to implement the COVID-19 health protocols if they decided to hold the qurban sacrificial ceremony to mark Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice)

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The low number of women in the Indonesian Military (TNI) has hampered gender equality within the institution as mandated by the TNI Law, scholars and activists have said.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2020

There is always a rational explanation for mysterious events, but the horror movie junkie in us was hoping that there was truth to the rumor that a terrifying flying head monster was behind the deaths of hundreds of farm animals in a Sumatra village.

Alas, this is reality, where the seemingly mysterious occurrence has been explained using cold science and logic.

June 25, 2020

Tempo - June 25, 2020

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that the number of community units that were categorized as COVID-19 red zones have dropped since the transitional large-scale social restriction (PSBB) was imposed.

However, Anies said the community units will continue to be strictly monitored to further suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Associated Press - June 25, 2020

Niniek Karmini and Edna Tariganan, Jakarta – The number of coronavirus infections in Indonesia surpassed 50,000 Thursday, an increase that is worrying experts at a time when the government is allowing businesses to resume operations amid increasing economic pressure.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 25, 2020

President Joko Widodo has called on regional officials and the citizens of East Java to be more disciplined in curbing the spread of the coronavirus as the province looks set to have the highest COVID-19 caseload in the country.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Disability rights organizations from across the country have signed a petition to urge President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to revise a newly issued regulation on the country's disabilities commission, calling attention to the many issues in its provisions that they say may impede progress.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – The International Monetary Fund has cut its projection for the Indonesian economy while predicting the global economy would slump into a deeper recession this year.

The IMF now says the largest economy in Southeast Asia would shrink by 0.3 percent in 2020, before rebounding to a 6.1 percent growth in 2021.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – Death row inmates Aulia Kesuma and her son, Geovanni Kelvin, who were found guilty of soliciting the murders of Aulia's husband and stepson, are seeking to avoid the death penalty.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya and Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has a made a request for more funding next year to the House of Representatives to help strengthen the agency's ability to combat graft and facilitate changes in its employees' status.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – The Central Jakarta District Court found Aris Tangkelabi Pandin guilty of animal abuse after he poured liquid sodium hydroxide on six dogs, killing five of them, while their mother sustained severe injuries. Aris has been sentenced him to six months' probation.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The Denpasar Immigration Office in Bali is set to deport a Syrian national for holding a mass yoga gathering in Ubud amid public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan and Surabaya in East Java have recorded the highest mortality rates while COVID-19 case numbers keep rising across the archipelago.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – The World Bank has advised Indonesia to increase its human capital spending and improve the quality of that expenditure as the country pushes for economic recovery.

Tempo - June 25, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) along with a number of institutions agreed to urge the government to immediately ratify the optional protocol to the convention against torture (OPCAT).

CNN Indonesia - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – Alumni Brotherhood 212 (PA 212) Chairperson Slamet Maarif has denied accusation that the group intentionally provided a flag with the hammer-and-sickle logo on it to be set alight during a protest action against the Draft Law on Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (RUU HIP) on Wednesday June 24.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has urged the East Java administration to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region within two weeks.

Tempo - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – As well as not being urgent, the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines Bill could give rise to a single interpretation of Pancasila. The deliberations of this bill should be ended.

Asia Pacific Report - June 25, 2020

Sri Krishnamurthi – Miss Universe NZ 2019 beauty queen Diamond Langi is being trolled by thousands of Indonesians on social media for speaking up about discrimination against West Papuans.

Mongabay - June 25, 2020

In a year-long investigation with The Gecko Project, the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism-Newstapa and Al Jazeera, Mongabay traced a $22 million "consultancy" payment connected to a major land deal in Indonesia's Papua province.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Private universities, teachers and students are urging the government to step up its education policies, criticizing its latest financial assistance as inadequate to address the concerns of the education sector during the pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia hit the sad milestone of 50,000 on Thursday as major hotspots East Java and South Sulawesi failed to put a brake on the spread of the disease, while daily cases in Jakarta also returned to three-digit figures during most days in the past three weeks.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law violated several democratic values upheld by the country, former Supreme Court chief justice Bagir Manan told the Constitutional Court during a hearing on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has said that it has provided emergency assistance to dozens of Rohingya refugees who found themselves stranded in northern Aceh waters.

The 94 refugees, consisting of 49 women, 15 men and 30 children, were rescued by local fishermen on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy is on track for a significant contraction this year as the coronavirus crisis has hit the global economy more severely than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to ensure immediate protection for dozens of Rohingya refugees, who were rescued by local fishermen after they became stranded in the waters off North Aceh on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse - June 25, 2020
Jakarta – An Indonesian couple with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the country's chief security minister were jailed Thursday.

A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – Members of the Indonesian diaspora, particularly in academia, have called on the government to boost its engagement with academics abroad by rolling out a more sustainable strategic partnership with them and fully utilize the skills of citizens living overseas.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 25, 2020

Tito Ambyo – Last week's 'Bintang Emon vs Buzzers' controversy was an interesting example of how Indonesians articulate freedom of speech on online platforms, how those in power react to being challenged, and what a thriving democracy looks like – and how it might fail – in the digital era.

The Conversation - June 25, 2020

I Nyoman Sutarsa, Elan A Lazuardi, Rabiah Al Adawiyah and Rizki Fillaili – The daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is a long way from slowing down.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Publicly listed consumer goods companies have managed to book profits in the first quarter – some even higher than last year – as they emerge as winners during the pandemic-induced economic crisis.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A study has revealed that Indonesian consumers are leaning more and more toward a "conscious lifestyle" and starting to show a preference for socially conscious brands.

Thomson Reuters Foundation - June 25, 2020

Harry Jacques, Denpasar, Bali – Jangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia's Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus when he heard it for the first time.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The Central Jakarta District Court has issued on Tuesday an interlocutory decision that it has jurisdiction to preside over the air pollution lawsuit filed by citizens against the government.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Pharmaceutical companies might have to switch the focus of their production to dietary supplements such as multivitamins during the pandemic to cater to increasing consumer demand, an industry association has stated.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – After around six months of investigation, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named 13 asset management companies and a Financial Services Authority (OJK) official suspects in a case of alleged corruption and money laundering surrounding state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Sri Wahyuni, Yogyakarta – Indonesia's second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.

Reuters - June 25, 2020

Fathin Ungku, Bernadette Christina, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world's most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.

June 24, 2020

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The transmission rate of Covid-19 in Indonesia has yet to slow as the country saw 1,113 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 49,009.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The government has claimed that almost 60 percent of the country is either at low risk of COVID-19 infection or has zero cases.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – East Java again had the most daily cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday to bring its total number of cases to 10,115, an increase by 258 from a day earlier. East Java is the second province to register more than 10,000 cases, only a day after Jakarta reached that sad milestone.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracking the wealth and assets of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrahman, who is a suspect in a bribery case.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesian ride-hailing decacorn Gojek announced on Tuesday evening that it would lay off 430 employees, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the COVID-19 pandemic has battered demand for its lifestyle services.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, projects a gradual economic recovery for Indonesia as the coronavirus crisis will only be a "temporary dip" for the country's economy.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has initiated a revision to the Law No. 24/2007 on disaster mitigation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the bill mandating that the government allocate an endowment fund for disaster relief.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Jakarta administration in its appeal of a lower court's decision to uphold developer PT Taman Harapan Indah's permit to reclaim and build on man-made Islet H in Jakarta bay.