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November 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2019

Investor Daily, Jakarta – Chinese producers have stamped their domination in the Indonesian smartphone market, with Oppo and Vivo dethroning South Korea's Samsung in the third quarter of this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - November 18, 2019

Update: Tasikmalaya Police say they have arrested the alleged semen flinger at his home on Monday afternoon. The man has been taken in for questioning but no charges against him have been announced yet.

Police in Tasikmalaya, West Java are searching for a man accused of masturbating and flinging his semen at women in the city.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 18, 2019

Jakarta – On Monday November 18, the Metro Jaya regional police (Polda Metro Jaya) handed over six suspects charged with raising the Morning Star flag in front of the State Palace in August to the Central Jakarta State Prosecutor's Office (Kejari Jakpus).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Tempo - November 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) said that the compensation that the government is set to receive from a number of corporates in the forest fire public lawsuit reaches Rp315 trillion.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - November 18, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) has reiterated its reluctance to Jakarta's plan to establish new provinces in Papua, saying the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should first address human rights violations in the country's easternmost region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Reuters - November 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia reported a near flat income in January-October compared with the corresponding period a year earlier on Monday, as revenues from some taxes shrank, underlining the government's struggle to keep the budget deficit in check.

News ›› West Papua ›› Language & Culture
Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Education and Culture Ministry is holding an exhibition of Papuan culture, titled "The Diversity of Papuan Culture," at the Sarinah Mall on Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18.

November 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
CNN Indonesia - November 17, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial) has found scores of violations against freedom of religion and worship (KBB) or intolerance in Indonesia over the last year.

Imparsial Program Coordinator Ardimanto Adiputra said that the violations against freedom of religion and worship occurred in a variety of forms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 17, 2019

Dave McRae and Robertus Robet – When Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo triggered mass protests in September over his support for regressive amendments to the Criminal Code and the founding statute of Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), he beat a hasty retreat.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 17, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan and Ruslan Sangadji, Medan and Palu – Two men who were shot dead on Saturday in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, were allegedly the assemblers of a bomb that recently exploded at the Medan Police headquarters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Java Post - November 17, 2019

Jakarta – The 2019 selection of candidate state civil servants (CPNS) has created a polemic related to a special requirement which is being applied by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) that applicants not have a deviant sexual orientation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Detik News - November 17, 2019

Yulida Medistiara, Jakarta – The Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) has criticised the government's plan for couples to take pre-marital lessons on family life and children's welfare before they can get married. AMAN believes that it will be difficult for traditional communities to qualify for this.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - November 17, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has met United States Defense Secretary Mark Thomas Esper in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, on the sidelines of the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, Ministers Meeting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - November 17, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The Bandung Industrial Relations Court (PHI Bandung) in West Java has found state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga (Persero) and a cooperative affiliated to the company, Jasa Marga Bhakti VI Bandung, guilty for an unlawful outsourcing practice and ordered the firm to pay almost Rp 150 million in compensation to three former workers.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
WA Today - November 17, 2019

Michael Koziol – Australia's longest-serving foreign minister Alexander Downer has urged his former department and its leader, Marise Payne, to release the full and uncensored version of an official history of Australia's peacekeeping operations in East Timor.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 17, 2019

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – Unlike the euphoria that surrounded his first electoral victory in 2014, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's second term is starting on a sombre mood. Public disillusionment – especially among students – stems from Jokowi's handling of a controversial corruption bill. His second term will likely further erode democratic values as an economic recession looms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - November 17, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia has signed two international agreements on air transportation during a series of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday. The meetings were the 48th ASEAN Senior Transport Official Meeting (STOM), the 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting and the ASEAN-Dialog Partners Meeting.

November 16, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - November 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi " Widodo targeted to extend the Sumatra toll road construction to reach the Aceh Province as the land acquisition process for the mega project in Aceh is 52 percent complete.

The latest update on the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road is that the entire sections of the toll road will be completely connected by 2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Reuters - November 16, 2019

Ed Davies, Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia aims to bring in a new law to protect personal data by next year as it follows in the footsteps of Southeast Asian neighbors such as Singapore and also the European Union, the country's new communications minister told Reuters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Social Media Week (SMW) event in Jakarta has remarkably accomplished its mission on inspiring social media users to create positively impactful online stories.

Creating content on social media such as posts or videos may be simply at the tap of a fingertip. However, many still struggle in creating a positively influential content.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Tempo - November 16, 2019

Jakarta – The poor performance of the government in collecting tax revenues is inseparably linked to the weak economy. The government needs to immediately evaluate the effectiveness of its fiscal policy in driving the domestic economy to avoid adverse effects at a time when the global recession is the recession is worsening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Diana Mariska, Bali – The government remains strongly committed to the agenda for more startups in the country by establishing a new directorate as the breeding ground for hundreds of applicants, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - November 16, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN) has rejected a lawsuit against the rector of North Sumatra University (USU) filed by students working with the Suara USU student website who had been fired from the editorial board for publishing a short story touching on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) issues.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 16, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Media magnate and top politician Surya Paloh said he was open to the possibility of amending the 1945 Constitution that limits presidential terms to two periods, so that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo can be elected for a third time.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 16, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra – Two suspected terrorists were shot dead while one member of the National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad was injured in an exchange of gunfire in Datar city, Hamparan Perak district, Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra on Saturday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 16, 2019

Noory Okthariza – Recent protests and riots in Papua and West Papua have reinvigorated the question of how capable the Indonesian government is of addressing problems in the east of the country.

November 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Devina Heriyanto and Prima Wirayani, Jakarta – Indonesia's rank has fallen in the 2019 Expat Explorer to 31st out of 33 countries, whereas it ranked 13th out of 31 countries last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 15, 2019

Thomas Paterson – Three days after being inaugurated as the president of Indonesia for a second five-year term, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced his new cabinet. The appointment of former general and leader of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, as the new defence minister could spell further trouble for Indonesian democracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Guardian - November 15, 2019

Peter Beaumont – Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.

A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls long recognised as extremely injurious to human health.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticized President Jokowi's recent speech that called for the prevention against acts of corruption in front of a room filled with regional heads at Sentul, Bogor, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The antigraft watchdog asserted that preventive measures are not the main task of law enforcers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – Indonesia's amputee football team, the Garuda INAF, has been training hard for the Amputee Football Asian Championship in Kuala Lumpur in February next year, its last stop before the World Cup.The Garuda INAF team first trained together in March last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – Forget conventional campaign events: Candidates running for village chief in Rembun village in Pekalongan, Central Java, have opted for door prizes to attract votes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) said that the electronic road pricing will be imposed in the city's border areas in 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 15, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced its willingness to assist President Jokowi's attempt to abolish "law mafia" within Indonesia's bureaucracy system.

"I might argue that this is a major issue," said KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah in Jakarta on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
KBR - November 15, 2019

Dian Kurniati, Jakarta – The Presidential Palace has confirmed that it plans to revive the law on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR) which was annulled by the Constitutional Court in 2006.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Gardi Gazarin & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police anti-terrorism squad Detachment 88 has arrested several people with alleged links to a terror network, including an employee of state-owned company Krakatau Steel in Banten and a teacher in Cianjur, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Fadli, Batam – Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo seems to have decided not to continue former minister Susi Pudjiastuti's tough stance against illegal fishing, as he said he will no longer continue his predecessor's signature ship-sinking policy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The cycle of poverty has demonstrated its effects on Indonesian children as a recent study shows that kids who are raised in poor families are likely to earn less as adults compared to their higher income counterparts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Straits Times - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – As a former Indonesian Military (TNI) general, defence minister Prabowo Subianto should have known that today's warfare is no longer fought on beaches, in trenches or in jungles.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Straits Times - November 15, 2019

Jakarta (DPA) – The governor of an Indonesian province that is home to the famed Komodo dragon said poor tourists are not welcome there, local media reported on Friday (Nov 15).

East Nusa Tenggara Governor Victor Laiskodat said his province was on the list of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 and therefore should be a premium destination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) Executive Board Chairperson for Regional Affairs, Tifatul Sembiring, has warned the newly formed People's Wave Party (Gelora) not to poach members from other political parties.

Sembiring made the statement after the formation of the Gelora Party which was initiated by former PKS leaders Anis Matta and Fahri Hamzah.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The city administration plans a regulation that will ban electric scooter use on the streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian bridges early next year, an official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Mongabay - November 15, 2019

Michael Standaert – Recent dry-season fires that raged across Indonesia in September and October have taken a toll on forests, even in protected areas. Fires were particularly destructive in southern Sumatra, burning around 8 percent of Sembilang National Park, according to satellite data and local observers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has opened up possibilities to endorse President Jokowi's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming, in the 2020 Solo Mayoral Election.

PKS secretary-general Mustafa Kamal said that his party encouraged every nation's child having the capacity and potential to be a leader.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Tempo - November 15, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) noted the state's foreign debt at the end of the Q3/2019 was US$395.6 billion; comprising of US$197.1 billion government and central bank's debts and US$198.5 billion by the private sector, including SOEs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2019

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance was back in the black in October as imports declined at a faster rate than exports, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, announced on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – A 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted areas in North Maluku and North Sulawesi was followed by dozens of aftershocks within approximately nine hours after the mainshock on late Thursday evening, a government agency has reported.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - November 15, 2019

The former spy who revealed an Australian bugging scandal in East Timor will face a plea hearing in April. The man known only as Witness K is expected to plead guilty at the start of the three-day hearing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - November 15, 2019

Jakarta – At least two people were injured and some churches and homes damaged after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Indonesia, although residents who had fled to high ground fearing a tsunami had started returning, the disaster agency said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - November 15, 2019

A widely publicized shooting case in West Java's Majalengka regency saw a twist in which the shooter may end up reporting the victim to the police.

It appears that the shooting of a contractor by a civil servant in the Majalengka regency of West Java, which occurred on Sunday night, might get even more twisted.