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March 15, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - March 15, 2020

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan seems to have hinted that a lockdown is imminent in the capital as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country officially surpassed 100 today.

March 14, 2020

News ›› East Timor ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
ABC News - March 14, 2020

Eden Hynninen – She misses her family, but for the first time in her life she feels financially independent and knows that her skills on a farm are not based on gender.

Ms Vieira is a group leader and picker on a berry farm in northern Tasmania, where she supports 160 seasonal workers from her country – many are women.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – Campuses should be centers of public discourse uncontaminated by any governmental vested interest. They should not be institutions for only churning out an able workforce.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Sausan Atika and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Regional administrations are stepping up measures to prevent a potential community spread of COVID-19 as concerns heighten over the central government's lack of transparency in handling the health crisis.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises (SEO) Ministry plans to sell State-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya's assets, including a shopping mall and a collection of mutual funds in an effort to pay clients' claims.

The ministry's spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said it would start selling the assets once the Jiwasraya taskforce in the legislature agreed to the plan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – The World Health Organization (WHO) urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to scale up the country's emergency response mechanisms in containing the COVID-19 outbreak by, among other measures, declaring a national state of emergency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Asia news - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – Straight to marriage, without an engagement or dating: This is the new trend that is making its way among Indonesian young people who follow conservative Islamic doctrine.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The government announced three new deaths and 35 new COVID-19 cases, including two toddlers, on Friday as it scrambles to contain community spread and get referral hospitals ready to face the pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Health Ministry is allowing universities and research agencies to run lab tests for COVID-19, as instructed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration will close schools across the city and suspend examinations for two weeks starting from Monday as part of measures to prevent further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the capital city.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Globe - March 14, 2020

Gardi Gazarin, Jakarta – An employee of the National Nuclear Energy Agency, or Batan, was named suspect for illegally storing radioactive waste at his home in Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, police have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Jakarta – A COVID-19 patient who was receiving treatment in the isolation ward of Persahabatan General Hospital (RSUP) in East Jakarta has reportedly escaped the facility with the help of family members.

According to Erlina Burhan, the hospital's spokesperson for matters related to COVID-19, the patient was able to slip away while medical workers were busy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - March 14, 2020

Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – Indonesia's National Olympic Committee (NOC) says the country has no city aside from Jakarta for its planned proposal to host the 2032 Olympics Games, ending recent speculation about possible plans to propose the country's future capital in East Kalimantan as the host city.

March 13, 2020

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - March 13, 2020

Len Garae – An urgent meeting between the Executives of United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) and Vanuatu Free West Papua Association (VFWPA) in Port Vila yesterday, has expressed outrage over the seeming silence by Jakarta to respond to the Pacific Islands Forum and ACP calls for Indonesia to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Right into West Papua, to see firstha

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists Statement - March 13, 2020

Tuti Nurkhomariyah, a journalist with RMOL Lampung, was verbally assaulted by Lampung's governor, Arinal Djunaidi, at a press conference on March 3. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) call on the Lampung official and others in his office to respect journalists undertaking their professional duties.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - March 13, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights or Komnas HAM has urged the government to widely expose data about the new coronavirus or COVID-19 infection cases in Indonesia since the public requires valid information to eschew baseless news.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 13, 2020

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the government had prepared a budget of Rp 1 trillion, or around $70 million, to be channelled through the Health Ministry to try to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and care for patients already infected with coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government is speeding up the disbursement of training funds for workers on top of announcing individual and corporate tax breaks, as well as relaxing import restrictions to cushion the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to temporarily ban exports of face masks to ensure there is a sufficient domestic supply amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - March 13, 2020

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been bolstering speculation that a herb concoction can ward against being infected with the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - March 13, 2020

Jakarta – A whistleblower in a corruption case was made suspect in tax fraud by the Attorney General. A muddled method of law enforcement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 13, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The government has to find an immediate solution for the deficit suffered by the national health insurance agency, or BPJS Kesehatan, after the Supreme Court annulled a presidential regulation issued to double its tiered premiums, a lawmaker said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas and Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Stocks traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) hit circuit breaker upon opening on Friday, plunging 5 percent to 2016 levels as global stocks suffer a historic rout driven by fears over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta, Central Java – A top official reported on Friday that a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient had died in Surakarta, Central Java. It was the second COVID-19 death in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Globe - March 13, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The government on Friday provided some details on new tax breaks issued as part of a fiscal stimulus to prop up the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that only some types of business in the manufacturing industry would be eligible for the $1.6 billion economic stimuli.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Mongabay - March 13, 2020

Suryadi, Pekanbaru, Indonesia – Wildlife experts have called on the Indonesian government to boost protection of critically endangered tigers in the vicinity of a major road project in Sumatra, following a recent sighting of one of the big cats by construction workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Yuliasri Perdani, Jakarta – The family of a COVID-19 patient in Jakarta has said the patient was initially rejected by a hospital and underwent a sluggish screening process before testing positive for the virus.

The patient's son said that the slow process and poor response from the Jakarta Health Agency and hospitals had left him frustrated.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - March 13, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – State Intelligence Agency (BIN) deputy V, Afini Boer, said that the agency has mathematically predicted when the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic will hit its peak in Indonesia. The agency claims it will take place 60-80 days after it was first announced on March 2.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - March 13, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga said his ministry will closely monitor prices of food and basic supplies as long as the Covid-19 outbreak lasts in order to keep them under control.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government is set to move up the disbursement of training funds for workers through the pre-employment card to late March as part of its broader efforts to cushion the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Melbourne Age - March 13, 2020

Wendy Tuohy – Like thousands of others thrust into a health crisis by Australia's most common women's cancer, breast cancer, Kirsty Sword Gusmao was not ready to be told that she had it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 13, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – The son-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Bobby Nasution, officially registered himself as a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on Thursday in a bid to run in the 2020 Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra, in September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
TASS News Agency - March 13, 2020

Alexei Mirny, Moscow – Russian and Indonesian military have agreed upon terms and location of the first Orruda-2020 joint naval exercises, Russian Pacific Fleet press service announced Friday.

"The sides have preliminary agreed upon the location, the timeline and the membership of the upcoming exercise," the fleet said without providing further details.

March 12, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Fadli, Asip Hasani, Markus Makur, Jon Afrizal and Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta/Batam/Blitar, East Java/Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara/Jambi, Medan – From empty malls to factories disruption, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is dealing a hard blow to Indonesia's regional economy and small and medium enterprises around the archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to maintain the country's financial market stability amid expectations that economic growth will slow due to the COVID-19 spread.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, the largest hospital in West Java province, has been flooded by people asking its staff to issue them a "COVID-19-free certificate", despite the fact that the document does not exist.

"There is no such thing. It is not permitted," the hospital's president director, Nina Susana Dewi, said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government plans to enlist the help of universities and other institutions to address the COVID-19 outbreak, which has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Channel News Asia - March 12, 2020

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – The circumstances surrounding the confirmation of Indonesia's first death linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday (Mar 11) has revealed what may be a lack of coordination among various agencies handling the outbreak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - March 12, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reportedly gathered leaders of his coalition parties at State Palace last Friday, March 6.

According to the United Development Party secretary-general Arsul Sani, the president discussed drafts of the job creation omnibus law and the coronavirus transmission during the session.

News ›› West Papua ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Jakarta Globe - March 12, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Indonesia's chief security minister Mahfud M.D. said the government would continue to provide a special autonomy fund for Papua while preparing a new law to extend it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Panca Nugraha, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara – Rabies has killed at least 15 people in West Nusa Tenggara's Dompu regency to date with more than 2,000 dog bites reported since the outbreak of the animal-transmitted disease began in the province last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Workers in the manufacturing industry will not have to pay income taxes for six months as the government has announced measures to shield the economy from weakening economic activity against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the move to temporarily exempt manufacturing workers from income tax payment (

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Kusumasari Ayuningtyas, Sleman, Yogyakarta – Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima joined an interfaith discussion on religious tolerance, among other issues, during their meeting with members of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) in Yogyakarta, Central Java, on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Jakarta – Due to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits, medical personnel from a state-owned hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java were forced to wear disposable plastic raincoats when transporting patients under observation for COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Asip Hasani, Surabaya – A pastor at a Protestant church in Surabaya, East Java, has been named a suspect for allegedly sexually abusing a minor, the East Java police confirmed on Thursday.

The 50-year-old man, identified by the initials HL, is currently in police custody and has undergone a psychological examination at the East Java police headquarters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Mongabay - March 12, 2020

Nurdin Tubaka, Ambon, Indonesia – Activists in Indonesia have called on police to drop criminal charges against two indigenous men who took part in a confrontation against a company accused of illegally logging their ancestral forest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Java Post - March 12, 2020

Protests against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation have also come from international labour organisations. Trade unions affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) are urging the Indonesian government to scrap the draft law which has already been submitted to parliament.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Buruh.co - March 12, 2020

Narno, Jambi – On March 11 at least 500 people from a number of student and labour organisations held a protest action in Jambi, South Sumatra, to oppose the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation or RUU Cilaka.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - March 12, 2020

Jakarta – Jiwasraya investments hit a bottleneck in the share's repossession of the Bakrie Group companies. The BPK should not cover up the results of an audit investigation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 12, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – With cryptic updates on the coronavirus situation and a refusal to reveal the nationality and location of the first fatality in Indonesia, the government has kept the public guessing about the invisible threat.