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November 21, 2023

Mongabay - November 21, 2023

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Indonesia has launched a climate mitigation plan focusing on the country's seagrass meadows, an overlooked ecosystem that ranks among the most efficient carbon sinks on the planet.

Tempo - November 21, 2023

Jakarta (Antara) – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that a prolonged drought in Java could trigger landslides when it rains. The agency's spokesperson Abdul Muhari said the island had experienced nearly four months without rain during the dry season, resulting in cracked ground.

Reuters - November 21, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia's current account deficit narrowed in the third quarter as demand for exports recovered, the central bank said on Tuesday, with most economists expecting the central bank to leave interest rates unchanged this week as external balances improved.

Tempo - November 21, 2023

Ihsan Reliubun, Jakarta – The Head of General Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Rahmat Bagja stated that allegations of billboards or campaign props installation by police members are unproven.

Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally endorsed General Agus Subiyanto to assume the leadership of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), succeeding Admiral Yudo Margono, who is due to retire on November 26.

Agence-France Presse - November 21, 2023

Palestinian Territories – Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said Monday 200 patients were evacuated from a hospital with the help of the Red Cross just hours after it was hit by a deadly Israeli strike.

Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesian palm oil exports to China and India are facing a decline, according to data from the industry association released on Tuesday.

Reuters - November 21, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia plans to start collecting levies from coal miners in January to be used to compensate miners who sell coal to the state utility at lower prices, the mining minister said on Tuesday.

Tempo - November 21, 2023

Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – Indonesian-owned electricity giant PT PLN inaugurated 21 Green Hydrogen Plants (GHP) spread across the archipelago at the Tanjung Priok Steam Gas Power Plant (PLTGU), Jakarta on Monday, November 20, 2023.

Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2023

Jakarta – The minimum wage in Jakarta has been established at Rp 5.07 million ($327) per month for 2024, marking a 3.38 percent rise from the current threshold, acting Governor Heru Budi Hartono said on Tuesday.

Fulcrum - November 21, 2023

Yanuar Nugroho – A clear-eyed look at the various candidates' proposals for improving Indonesia's human capital development suggests that the devil will be in the implementation, not the targets per se.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 21, 2023

Jakarta – The government and the major shareholders of PT Vale Indonesia nickel company, namely state-owned mine holding company MIND ID, Vale Canada Ltd (VCL) and Sumitomo Metal Mining, seem to have realized the vital importance of a smooth and credible process in the foreign shareholders' divestment to maintain foreign investors' confidence in the country, especially its mining in

Straits Times - November 21, 2023

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – As Indonesia gears up for the upcoming presidential election, candidates have already embarked on unconventional strategies to capture the attention of voters using the Internet staples of dance and cats. One even got traction after netizens made memes of him.

Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2023

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Ganjar Pranowo was warmly received by thousands of supporters during his visit to Papua on Tuesday.

Upon his arrival in the provincial capital, Jayapura, Ganjar was greeted by leaders from various ethnic groups, students, and religious figures, amid the radiant sunlight in Indonesia's easternmost province.

Tempo - November 21, 2023

Sunu Dyantoro, Jakarta – The Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia, was declared as an official language of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference on Monday, November 20, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

Tempo - November 21, 2023

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs denied claims that Tesla withdrew its investment plan in Indonesia. According to the ministry's Deputy of Investment and Mining Coordination Septian Hari Seto, Tesla's investment was only being postponed.

November 20, 2023

Tempo - November 20, 2023

Ihsan Reliubun, Jakarta – Labor Party President Said Iqbal declared that the workers are prepared to go on a national strike if the government insists on raising the provincial minimum wage or UMP in 2024 below 15 percent.

"If the labor union's proposal is not accepted, then we will hold a national strike," he said in a written statement on Monday, November 20.

Anadolu Agency - November 20, 2023

Yakoota Dandashia, Gaza City, Palestine – At least 12 people were killed and scores injured in Israeli shelling of the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said.

Tempo - November 20, 2023

Sultan Abdurrahman, Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is running as a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming 2024 election, responded to the controversy surrounding his bachelor's degree.

In response to the issue, he stressed that he is willing to show his diploma to anyone who doubts its authenticity.

Tempo - November 20, 2023

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Firli Bahuri claimed that the extortion allegation against him was a ploy to weaken KPK's position.

"I believe that corruptors are conducting a retaliatory attack against KPK, against those who eradicate corruption," he said during a press conference on Monday, November 20, 2023.

Antara News - November 20, 2023

Yashinta D, Tegar Nurfitra, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated on Monday that the US President Joe Biden did not explicitly respond to Indonesia's call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 20, 2023

Jakarta – Much has been made of the failure to achieve a breakthrough in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations held during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, the United States, last week.

Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2023

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Monday sent humanitarian supplies worth $2 million to Palestine in response to the worsening medical crisis amid relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Agence France-Presse - November 20, 2023

Bireuen – Three boats filled with more than 500 Rohingya refugees landed in Indonesia's westernmost province on Sunday, a UN agency said, in one of the biggest arrivals since Myanmar launched a military crackdown on the minority group in 2017.

New Mandala - November 20, 2023

Ryan Tans – The sun was setting over the Makassar Strait as my plane descended. The Jeneberang River wound through the city below. At the river mouth, I could see the 27-story Delft Apartment tower rising above the delta where shifting sediments had once created a maze of mangroves, mudflats, and waterways.

Jakarta Post - November 20, 2023

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The integrity of the 2024 general election has been undermined by the recent decision to retain six justices on the Constitutional Court even though they have been found guilty of having committed ethics breaches when they issued a recent ruling related to the presidential election.

Kompas.com - November 20, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The University of Indonesia Political Studies Centre (Puskapol UI) has warned that efforts to mobilise village officials for political support in elections is one of the leadership styles practiced by the New Order regime of former president Suharto.

Tempo - November 20, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Police officers claimed that they were compelled to fire tear gas in a bid to control the situation during a clash with supporters following the Indonesian League 2 football match between Gresik United and Deltras FC on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19.

Tempo - November 20, 2023

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi expressed his optimism that many foreign investors are interested in the state capital of Nusantara or IKN project as evidenced by the pile of letters of intent (LOI) although there is no investment realization yet.

CNBC - November 20, 2023

Nyshka Chandran – A year before stepping down as Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo is facing serious allegations of establishing a political dynasty through nepotism.

The 61-year-old, known at home as Jokowi, is due to leave office in October 2024 after completing the maximum two terms as president.

Jakarta Post - November 20, 2023

Jakarta – PT Nestle Indonesia says that it has laid off 126 workers from its Kejayan factory in Pasuruan, East Java, to carry out a business transformation in the company.

The company terminated the workers' employment on Oct. 31 after conducting a townhall meeting with the workers to explain about the transformation that aimed for better efficiency and long-term growth.

Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2023

Wijayanti Putri, Solo – Controversial cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, known for serving multiple prison sentences due to terrorism convictions, made a visit to Solo city hall on Monday. His purpose was to deliver a letter to Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Agence-France Presse - November 20, 2023

Jakarta – A collision between a train and a minibus at a level crossing in East Java on Sunday killed at least 11 people and injured several others, an official told local media.

Jakarta Post - November 20, 2023

Jakarta – Civil society groups have urged authorities to act seriously in improving Jakarta's air quality after the Supreme Court rejected the central government's appeal against a ruling on a citizen lawsuit pertaining to air pollution in the city.

UCA News - November 20, 2023

A Vatican official in Timor-Leste has told the government and the Church not to exclude but embrace martial arts groups, whose activities were banned in the Catholic-majority nation following fatal incidents and violence.

November 19, 2023

Tempo - November 19, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian government targeted to reduce child marriage prevalence to 8.74 percent in 2024 and 6.94 percent in 2030, the head of the Sub-Directorate for Family Development of the Religious Affairs Ministry, Agus Suryo Suripto said.

Tempo - November 19, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry affirmed that it is focusing on increasing the production of national strategic commodities to reduce imports due to the El Nino phenomenon.

November 18, 2023

Al Jazeera - November 18, 2023

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indonesian medics have held a communal prayer event in Jakarta to call for a ceasefire and an end to the "genocide" in Gaza where the Indonesia Hospital, located in the north of the war-torn Palestinian enclave, has been forced to cease operations.

Tempo - November 18, 2023

Adi Warsono, Jakarta – The Bekasi Alliance Cares for Palestine will be holding another rally in support of Palestine in Bekasi, on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Last week, similar event was held in Bekasi Cit. The upcoming event will be held in the Wibawa Mukti Stadium area, Bekasi Regency.

Tempo - November 18, 2023

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi confirmed that the government has not yet secured any investments from foreign investors for the new capital city of Nusantara or IKN project. However, he remains optimistic and believes that foreign investors would inject funds into the project following domestic investors.

Scoop - November 18, 2023

Laurel Sutherlin – Picture a rhinoceros in the rainforest. Add a herd of elephants, families of orangutans swinging through the treetops, and tigers prowling the understory, and there is only one place in the world you could be.

Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2023

Agnes Valentina Christa, Jakarta – Following a recent meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, Indonesia has been allowed to increase its hajj pilgrim quota by another 20,000 for the upcoming year, officials said on Friday.

Tempo - November 18, 2023

Novali Panji Nugroho, Jakarta – The number of monkeypox cases in Jakarta has risen to 36 cases throughout 2023. Two new active patients were confirmed positive for monkeypox on November 15, 2023.

Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2023
Jakarta – Foreign citizens of Indonesian descent are now eligible to acquire a stay permit valid for up to 10 years through the newly introduced "diaspora visa."

"The diaspora visa streamlines the process for a stay permit without requiring a guarantor," Immigration Director General Silmy Karim told Antara news agency.

Jakarta Post - November 18, 2023

Jakarta – In the coming years, households and businesses will have to obtain a government permit before extracting groundwater beyond a certain amount, part of a move to conserve the vital resource and protect cities from land subsidence.

Johnmenadue.com - November 18, 2023

Duncan Graham – In Indonesia old soldiers never die; they just infiltrate civic affairs, then grab jobs from the worthy and talented young, slowing the economy.

After two decades of being confined to barracks, the Indonesian army is marching back into civil and political life in a country that claims to be a democracy.

Kompas.com - November 18, 2023

Icha Rastika, Jakarta – University of Melbourne Asia Institute Social Science Director Vedi R Hadiz says that there were overly high hopes in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo which have given birth to a huge disappointment.

Tempo - November 18, 2023

Aisyah Amira Wakang, Jakarta – The Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative or Koalisi Ibukota hailed the Supreme Court's decision to reject the cassation filed by President Joko Widodo or Jokowi and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar against the verdict that was issued in the air pollution lawsuit initiated by citizens.

Tempo - November 18, 2023

Adil Al Hasan, Jakarta – Andalas Feri Amsari, an academician from the Andalas University stated that the constitutional requirement to impeach President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been fulfilled.

Feri mentioned that the president has evidently involved in the effort to win Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka for the 2024 Election.

Sinar Harapan - November 18, 2023

Banjar Chaeruddin – The City and Universe Clean Air Initiative Coalition (Ibukota) is asking President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately implement the court ruling on improving air quality in Jakarta and its surrounding areas after the Supreme Court (MA) rejected a cassation appeal.