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November 11, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Bandung – All volunteers participating in the phase three COVID-19 vaccine trial at Padjadjaran University (Unpad) have been injected with the potential vaccine twice. The trial, which commenced in August, involves 1,620 volunteers.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – A COVID-19 patient being treated at Ario Wirawan pulmonary hospital in Salatiga, Central Java, has reportedly fled the facility.

The patient, identified as a 68-year-old man, is a resident of Blotongan subdistrict in Sidorejo district, Salatiga.

Mongabay - November 11, 2020

Asrida Elisabeth, Jayapura, Indonesia – Paving of a dirt road linking two cities in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region could spark the destruction of a wildlife reserve whose isolation has made it a biodiversity hotspot.

Tempo - November 11, 2020

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Indonesian politician and lawyer Henry Yosodiningrat will reportedly request police to follow up his 2017 report he filed against Rizieq Shihab who he believes had committed slander.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – An exhibition portraying the life of legendary artist Affandi through his own works was held at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta this month, featuring 15 paintings from as old as World War Two era.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – At least 282 healthcare workers nationwide have died of COVID-19 ever since the start of the outbreak in Indonesia in March, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) reported on Tuesday.

In a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, the IDI reported the deaths of 159 doctors, 114 nurses and nine dentists.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has teamed up with UK-Indonesia Tech Hub – a technology and innovation hub initiated by the British Embassy in Jakarta – to launch a training program for Indonesian women who own micro and ultra-micro enterprises.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – East Java and Jakarta reported the lowest daily number of coronavirus cases in months on Wednesday amid the highly fluctuating figures at the national level, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The government has joined the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in signing an agreement on relaxing non-tariff measures (NTM) for the trade of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The first two of weeks of working remotely was professional bliss for Yesiska Putri, a 24-year-old project supervisor at a digital technology firm in Jakarta.

Tempo - November 11, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy secretary Tengku Zulkarnain late Tuesday evening said that he had met with Rizieq Shihab who had just returned after a self-exile for three years in Saudi Arabia.

Tempo - November 11, 2020
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Political observer from Al Azhar Indonesia University (UAI), Ujang Komarudin, opined that the country's politics would become more dynamic in the future following the return of Rizieq Shihab.

"Well, admitted or not, HRS (Habib Rizieq Shihab) is a symbol of people's resistance to the government.

Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia's digital economy sets to expand by 11 percent to $44 billion in 2020 from $40 billion last year, showing resilience amid the Covid-19 pandemic that wreaks havoc on online transportation, food, and travel services, the latest report from tech giant Google showed on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is considered the people's top pick for the 2024 election, according to a recent survey by pollster Populi Center.

Jakarta Post - November 11, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government needs to issue fiscal measures such as cutting fossil fuel subsidies and providing renewable energy incentives to slow climate change and to ensure sustainable post-pandemic development of the economy, experts say.

November 10, 2020

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – On Tuesday November 10 an alliance of social organisation grouped under the Labour Movement with the People (Gebrak) held a long-march from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative office on Jalan MH Thamrin in Central Java to the nearby Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – Thousands of people surrounded the arrival terminal at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on Tuesday morning to welcome Rizieq Syihab – the leader of hardliner Muslim group Islamic Defender Front, or FPI – causing a seven-kilometer line of vehicles heading to the airport.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – Rizieq Shihab, the firebrand cleric who heads the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), returned to Indonesia on Tuesday after nearly three years of self-proclaimed exile in Saudi Arabia.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has booked US$1.07 billion in losses as of September, a reversal from the $122.4 million profit it saw in the same period last year, as the aviation industry has yet to rebound from the impacts of the ongoing health crisis.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia is facing an uptick in newly coronavirus cases with seven-day average climbing steadily in the last six days due to rising number of daily infections in Central and West Java after an earlier success in slowing down the surge.

Vice - November 10, 2020

Annisa Nurul Aziza – Brushing off coronavirus fears, thousands packed the arrivals section of Indonesia's main international airport on Tuesday to welcome back a controversial Islamist cleric who fled the Muslim-majority country in 2017 after facing charges of pornography.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito urged the public to be patient while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Indonesia, saying that the government was making every effort to procure and deliver the serum.

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – A protest action opposing Law Number 11/2020 on Job Creation took place in the Medan Merdeka area of Central Jakarta on the afternoon of Tuesday November 10.

Melanesia News - November 10, 2020

Moch Faisal Karim – Over the past 20 years, Indonesia has developed its role as a country that fights for human rights and democracy at the regional level. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia – to some extent – advocates on issues of human rights protection within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesian multi-service app company Gojek announced on Monday the launch of a digital out of home (DOOH) advertising platform called GoScreen.

Gojek chief commercial officer Antoine de Carbonnel said GoScreen would enable brands to measure their digital ad performance in real time.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Environmental health scientists are calling for an integrated approach to prevent future outbreaks of disease as well as to mitigate the climate crisis.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 10, 2020

Tri Aktariyani and Putu Eka Andayani – Covid-19 has put enormous pressure on health systems around the world, including in Indonesia. More than six months into the pandemic, cases continue to climb, suggesting the peak is yet to come.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – Mauren Akolo, a sixth-grader on Nuruwe Island of West Seram, Maluku, had a fun time at the beach on Monday since 7 a.m., as the school day was not as strict as usual.

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – The family of Papuan Pastor Yeremia Zanambani who was shot dead on September 19 in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya, Papua, says it does not want Zanambani's killer to be tried in a military tribunal.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – 2020 marks the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Poland diplomatic relations, with ties extending across the economic, security, and political sphere.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2020

Muawman Daelami, Jakarta – The government has been working on the new capital city project despite the Covid-19 pandemic that has put much of the fieldwork on the backburner, Nicodemus Daud, the director of institutional and construction resources at the Public Works and Housing Ministry, said on Monday.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The rate of COVID-19 testing in Indonesia has dropped after the long weekend in late October, an occasion of increased mobility that many fear will lead to a case spike, while positivity rates remain persistently high despite Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto's claims of expanded monitoring efforts.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo named six people national heroes during the celebration of Heroes Day on Tuesday, calling for the spirit of heroism in the battle against COVID-19.

South China Morning Post - November 10, 2020

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesian social media influencer Kristia Budhyarto has an army of nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter, and in the run-up to Joko Widodo's re-election last year he repeatedly tweeted praise of the president's proposed programmes and policies.

Sydney Morning Herald - November 10, 2020

James Massola and Karuni Rompies – Indonesia is already wargaming how to use a $1 billion standby loan from the Australian government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and boost its economic recovery.

November 9, 2020

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2020

Herman, Jakarta – Close to 197 million, or 74 percent, of the Indonesian population, have used the internet this year, up 8.9 percent from last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated online learning usage among students and people in remote areas, a survey by the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association, or APJII, showed on Monday.

Tempo - November 9, 2020

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Former finance minister Chatib Basri said global investors were starting to consider environmental issues and avoid investing in projects considered detrimental to nature.

"It is getting difficult to get financing," said Chatib in a virtual discussion of Katadata on Monday, November 9, 2020.

The Conversation - November 9, 2020

Tangguh Chairil – One year after securing a new title as defence minister of Southeast Asia's largest economy, Prabowo Subianto was finally able to visit America again in October.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The National Covid-19 Task Force warned on Monday about possible increase in imported coronavirus cases carried by umrah pilgrims and returning migrant workers.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2020

Budi Sutrisno and Fadli, Jakarta and Batam – The National Police's counterterrorism squad, Densus 88, has arrested dozens of people across Indonesia in recent months amid concerns about intensifying terrorist propaganda during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2020

Jakarta – The National Police collected nearly Rp 5 billion (US$351,729) in fines from violators of the government's COVID-19 health protocols between Sept. 14 and Nov. 5.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 9, 2020

Linda Rae Bennett and Setiyani Marta Dewi – A key criticism of the Indonesian government's response to Covid-19 is that it has failed to ensure that emergency financial support reaches the most vulnerable communities, especially those already below the poverty line before the pandemic struck.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2020

Jakarta – The Depok city administration in West Java is seeking healthcare workers to treat COVID-19 patients at the University of Indonesia's Makara isolation hospital.

Radio New Zealand - November 9, 2020

Indonesia's military has denied that a West Papuan teenager died as a result of a raid by its officers.

Trouble began with a traffic incident in Sentani. A soldier from Infantry Battalion 751 had been involved in the incident, had his motorbike confiscated by two residents from Soloitma dormitory.

November 8, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has congratulated United States president-elect Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris on their recent electoral victory.

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration may allow couples to hold their wedding receptions at multifunction halls starting next week.

The capital had banned public wedding receptions as part of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), allowing only small wedding ceremonies at religious affairs offices (KUA), civil registry offices or the couple's home.

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has extended the transitional period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for another 14 days starting Monday until Nov. 22, as efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the capital continue.

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2020

Jakarta – Some Greater Jakarta residents still believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is "a conspiracy formulated by the global elites", scholars from the University of Indonesia (UI) have revealed.

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia's top soccer leagues, Liga 1 and Liga 2, are still on hold after being halted and restarted two times as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down.

November 7, 2020

CNN Indonesia - November 7, 2020

Jakarta – A groups of national figures officially declared the rebirth of the Masumi Party coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the party which was first established in 1945.