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November 6, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2020

Jakarta – A former student of Airlangga University (Unair) accused of sexually assaulting multiple victims after tricking them into helping him for academic "research" is facing multiple charges at the Surabaya District Court in East Java.

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) has joined forces with the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministry to expand the social protection program to small businesses.

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – PT Bumi Resources, Indonesia's top coal miner by output, has been saved by the bell as its subsidiary has secured a 10-year permit extension over a concession in South Kalimantan.

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police will ramp up patrols around convenience stores and shopping centers following the burning of French products by an Islamic group that also called for a boycott in response to French President Emmanuel Macron's recent statements on Islam.

The Conversation - November 6, 2020

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Media Wahyudi Askar – It has been a rough first year for Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The former businessman was re-elected as president of Southeast Asia's largest economy last year, but just a few months into his second term he had to deal with COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2020

Jakarta – Authorities have started evacuating hundreds of residents living in disaster-prone areas around Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java, following the warning of a potential eruption of the volcano in the near future.

Tempo - November 6, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military is strongly suspected of being behind the death of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani. This only moves Papua further away from Indonesia.

November 5, 2020

Coconuts Jakarta - November 5, 2020

The National Police (Polri) says it is looking into a widely circulated video showing a man in police uniform throwing a kitten into a ditch with force, which has sparked outrage throughout the country.

Kompas.com - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid has welcomed the ruling by the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) which found in favour of a lawsuit against Attorney General ST Burhanuddin submitted by the families of the victims of the Semanggi I and II tragedies.

Tempo - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – The gap between reality and the lavish promises made by the government widens as time passes.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – A survey by the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Nielsen has found that only 31 percent of people in six big cities across Indonesia have thoroughly implemented the "3M" health protocols of mask-wearing, handwashing and physical distancing.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – Attorney General ST Burhanuddin is set to file an appeal against a court verdict pertaining to a lawsuit filed by family members Semanggi victims over his statement that the tragedies were not gross human rights violations.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for a total reform of the national health system that will include self-sufficiency in the pharmaceutical industry in a bid to build national resilience against the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia may face a spike in chronic diseases after the pandemic as the COVID-19 infection hits the country's health management, including by preventing people from visiting health facilities over fears of contracting the disease.

Kompas.com - November 5, 2020

Devina Halim, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order Attorney General ST Burhanuddin to fully resolve the Semanggi I and II tragedies through the mechanism of a human rights court.

Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia stands to benefit from trade with the United States, regardless of who wins the US 2020 presidential election, as the total exports and imports to and from the world's largest economy expected to double to $60 billion with a healthy trade surplus in the next two years.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has granted a lawsuit filed by family members of victims of the Semanggi tragedies against Attorney General ST Burhanuddin over his statement that the tragedies that claimed at least 29 lives were not gross human rights violations.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has ensured that the government is committed to a thorough and impartial investigation into the torture and subsequent murder of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – The State Secretariat has sanctioned an official responsible for preparing the final draft of the Job Creation Law after legal experts complained that the final document, which was signed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, contained errors.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's open unemployment rate has surged to its highest level since 2011, with the pandemic causing some 2.67 million people to lose their jobs, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – It has been almost eight months since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in Indonesia in March. Since then, people have gotten used to the "3M" health protocols: memakai masker (mask-wearing), mencuci tangan (handwashing) and menjaga jarak (social distancing).

Coconuts Jakarta - November 5, 2020

Police in East Jakarta say they are looking into allegations of religious discrimination in a public high school after a teacher allegedly drummed up support for Muslim candidates over their non-Muslim counterparts in the school's student union (OSIS) elections.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar will oversee the development of tourist destinations in four regencies of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) in anticipation of the MotoGP motorcycle race in Mandalika, Lombok, next year.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has urged manufacturers that have obtained operational and mobility permits (IOMKI) to consistently provide the government with the required weekly operation report, noting that only 51 percent of permit holders have fully complied with the regulation.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government has once again adjusted its Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47 billion) pandemic stimulus to include funding for a sovereign wealth fund, vaccine procurement and a food estate program, among other things.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has topped a list of the five best-performing members of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Cabinet in a recent survey by pollster Indo Barometer.

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Jakarta – As the rainy season has hit Indonesia, and with it the possibility of daily rainfall above 100 millimeters, the Jakarta administration is scrambling to ensure that flooding in the capital city subsides within six hours and does not cause any casualties.

November 4, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The government is set to honor several figures, including former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gatot Nurmantyo and former Constitutional Court chief justice Arief Hidayat, with Bintang Mahaputra medals in recognition of their professional accomplishments over the years.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – A military officer in West Java, First Lt. I Gusti Ngurah Supriasta Dyana, has been relieved of his duties after a military court found him guilty of having an affair with the wife of another soldier, who was lower in rank than him.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – The national COVID-19 task force announced that it was currently finalizing the road map for a nationwide vaccination program, which it seeks to begin in November or December.

"We're listing candidate vaccines and determining vaccination priority groups," the task force's spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Manufacturing activity declined further in October as manufacturers cut back on production and reduced workforce amid weak demand, showing further signs of sluggish economic recovery in the fourth quarter.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – Police in Kudus, East Java, have arrested a 48-year-old man identified only as EG for allegedly killing his daughter after he thought that he had contracted COVID-19.

Authorities named EG a suspect after they obtained his psychological evaluation results.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 4, 2020

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab may finally end over three years of self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia as the firebrand cleric has confirmed his homecoming next week.

In a live broadcast on FPI's Youtube account this morning, Rizieq announced that he and his family are scheduled to land in Jakarta on the morning of Nov. 10.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – Both the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the local independent Humanitarian Team for Intan Jaya reached a more or less similar conclusion about the cause of the death of a pastor in the Papua highland regency recently.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito has noted a drop in coronavirus testing over the past seven days and has attributed it to the long weekend last week.

Speaking during an online press conference on Tuesday, Wiku said the country had tested 82.51 percent of the samples taken as of the third week of October.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has seized assets worth Rp 40 billion (US$2.7 million) in its investigation of allegedly fictitious projects between 2007 and 2017 at state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI).

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Ardila Syakriah and Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The highly contentious Job Creation Law that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed on Monday contains what some legal experts consider "fatal" errors that expose a flawed legislative process, which may provide strong grounds for a judicial review at the Constitutional Court.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) has defended a government circular instructing regions to leave their minimum wages unchanged in 2021, arguing that the policy is based on "data and facts" regarding the pandemic's impact on business.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has revealed that the occupancy rate of hotels used as isolation facilities for asymptomatic patients were now at 21 percent, down from 60 percent previously.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jessicha Valentina, Jakarta – The Health Ministry has prepared three scenarios to anticipate a spike in COVID-19 cases following the cuti bersama (collective leave) from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has announced that 161 medical professionals had died of COVID-19 as the country entered its eighth month of the health emergency. The figure comprises 152 doctors and nine dentists.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – In the past few days, the number of COVID-19 infections has shown a downward trend.

At the end of September and early October there were almost 5,000 positive cases daily, lately the number has decreased to below 3,000 cases.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Rizieq Shihab, the controversial leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), is due to arrive in Indonesia later this month after having previously announced that he was soon returning to his home country.

Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – More than 100 media workers have filed reports on alleged violation of labor rights committed by their workplaces, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) has revealed.

November 3, 2020

Tempo - November 3, 2020

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – An economist from the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), Bhima Yudhistira Adhinegara, argued that President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's decision to sign the Job Creation Law would eventually reduce the quality of investment.

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2020

Dion Bisara, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The government has acknowledged shocking typos in the 2020 Law on Job Creation but insist on the law, which President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo hope would spearhead Indonesia's massive deregulation plan to spur investment in the next four years, would meet no trouble in its implementation, a minister said on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2020

Jakarta – As the number of COVID-19 patients in Bekasi has gradually decreased, the city administration is no longer using The Green Hotel as a self-isolation facility for asymptomatic patients.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The State Palace has downplayed typos and errors discovered in the Job Creation Law that was recently signed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, calling them unsubstantial technical errors amid mounting protests highlighting the flawed legislation process for the controversial law.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 3, 2020

Andra Nasrie – President Joko Widodo yesterday signed the hugely controversial Job Creation Law, thus removing numerous bureaucratic barriers to foreign recruitment in the country.

Jakarta Post - November 3, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Following reports of high rates of newsroom layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) has urged the government to financially aid media companies in order to help them survive the crisis.