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August 22, 2015 Edition

 Foreign tourists participated in Indonesia`s 70th Independence Day celebrations by taking part in a garbage cart pulling competition held at Kuta Beach, Bali Province on Monday, Aug. 17. (Source: Tempo Online)


Joko to Scrap Indonesian Language Requirement for Foreign Workers
The president has instructed his aides to eliminate all regulatory barriers in the central and regional administration that could hampers investment, cabinet secretary Pramono Anung said on Friday. (The Jakarta Globe)

Indonesians feel heat of chilli price spike, blame Jokowi's policies
Indonesian, South-east Asia's largest economy is now growing at its slowest pace in six years, and half of its population of 250 million live on less than US$2 (S$2.80) a day, so price spikes for items such as rice, sugar, beef and chilli can be devastating. (The Straits Times)

Rift erupts in Jokowi’s Cabinet
A rift occurred between Vice President Jusuf Kalla and newly appointed Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli over their different perception of the country’s ambitious program to build new power plants to generate an additional 35,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2019. (The Jakarta Post)

All victims of Indonesia plane crash recovered
The bodies of all 54 people killed in a plane crash in eastern Indonesia have been recovered from a remote jungle site and flown to hospital, an official said Thursday. (AFP/Yahoo)

Eviction of Jakarta's Kampung Pulo Slum Turns Violent
More than 2,200 officers from the National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) were deployed to evict the remaining residents of Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, who had refused to leave. (The Jakarta Globe)

New Indon minister reverses import restriction, weighs beef imports
Mr Lembong says he'll watch the market before issuing permits for between 200,000 and 300,000 head of cattle in the last quarter of the year, telling reporters: "If the price goes down by itself, why must we import? (Business Spectator)





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ECONOMIC INDICATORS
 ..as of Aug. 21, 2015
Currencies
(Bank Indonesia)

  1 US$  =  13,895
  1 € Euro =  15,644.38
  1 JPY =  112.79
  1 GBP  = 21,795.00
  1
$ AUD =  10,148.23
  1 CNY =  2,175.72
 
1 $ SGD  =  9,865.12
 
1 $ HKD  =  1,792.43

Stock Market Index (IDX)
Date Close
Aug. 21 4,335.95
Aug. 20 4,441.91
Aug. 19 4,484.24
Aug. 18 4,510.48
Aug. 17 Holiday
End 2014 5,226.95
All Time High  5,523.29
Macro Economy
Inflation 7.26%
Interest Rate 7.50%
Forex Reserve $bn 107.6
GDP 2015 Q2 4.67%
GDP 2014 5.02%
  NATIONAL, POLITICS

Indonesian cop killed in jungle ambush (The Straits Times)

Police sends more forces to deal with terrorists in Poso (Republika)

100 state bodies to be dissolved (The Jakarta Post)

Aust-Indonesia summit on terror financing (The Australian)

Court refuses to sanction Sarpin (The Jakarta Post)

Former Democrat Politician Sutan Bhatoegana Gets 10 Years in Oil Graft Case (The Jakarta Globe)

82 Taiwanese fraud suspects nabbed in Indonesia (Focus Taiwan)

Minister Ryamizard Displeased with Jokowi's Apology for PKI (Tempo Online)

11 foreigners dead in Bangkok blast (AsiaOne)

CNN Indonesia Extends Apology over Title Inaccuracy (Tempo Online)

Indonesia scuttles 35 foreign fishing boats caught poaching (DPA News)

Flight TGN267 was carrying 300,000 cash to be handed out to poor villagers (Independent)

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  ECONOMY, BUSINESS

Regions told to spend funds or have them frozen (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia c.bank changes auction mechanism to support fragile rupiah (Reuters)

Indonesian group buys 9.9 pct of Denmark's Saxo Bank (Reuters)

Lawmakers divided in opinion (The Jakarta Post)

ANZ to launch sale of $720 mln stake in Indonesian's Bank Panin -sources (Reuters)

OJK to allow publicly traded companies to buy back shares (Antara)

China's SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Starts Construction of ndonesian Plant (Nasdaq.com)

Indonesia's July auto sales fall 39.1 pct y/y (Reuters)

Indonesia's July motorbike sales fall 21.1 pct y/y (Reuters)

Indonesia’s MNC Group, Donald J Trump in JV to develop luxury hotel in Bali (DealStreetAsia)

Indonesia Holds Rate as Rupiah Risks Prevent Monetary Easing (Bloomberg)

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  ANALYSIS, COMMENTARY, REPORTAGE

Global Markets on Fire: What Happens to the Rupiah & Indonesian Stocks? (Indonesia Investments)

Race for Indonesia’s high-speed railway part of a big game (The Jakarta Post)

Aviation safety: Par for the course (The Economist)

Australia's Indonesian beef exports hang on Jakarta's factional infighting (AFR)

Analysis: 2Q15 Balance of payment: In deficit (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Do tough times produce good economic policy? (The Interpreter)

Indonesia's infrastructure promises fail the chilli challenge (Reuters)

Emerging Asia Can't Just Rely on China (BloombergView)

Why confusion reigns over Indonesia’s foreign property rules (OPP Today)

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  LEGAL MATTERS

Finance Ministry Mulls Changing Term `Wajib Pajak` into Tax Payer (Tempo Online)

No Indonesian Language Proficiency Test for Foreign Workers in Indonesia (Indonesia Investments)

Land Rights Indonesia Available to Foreign Investors  (Indonesia Investments)

Supreme Court Denies Judicial Commission's Recommendation to Suspend Controversial Judge Sarpin (The Jakarta Globe)

ALB Indonesia Law Awards 2015 (Legal Business Online)

OJK to allow publicly traded companies to buy back shares (Antara)

India, Indonesia's hunt for black money rattles Singapore bankers (FirstPost)

How Indonesian forest law is being used against poor people (The Jakarta Post)

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  FEATURES, NEWSLITE

Indonesia International Motor Show 2015: Sexy new cars to woo you! (India.com)

Indonesia's 'Uber of moto-taxis' is even more hated than Uber (Fortune)

Indonesian Hairdresser Captures a Drop of Water in Mushroom-Shape (People's Daily)

Stefan Cooks American Cuisine Ala Indonesia in MasterChef Asia (Tempo Online)

There’s a Creepy Clown Movie Out of Indonesia (Bloody Disgusting)

Battle of Surabaya Catches Disney's Attention (Tempo Online)

'Battle of Surabaya' animated film of Indonesia history (Republika)

Indonesian movie director faced difficulties in directing first Hollywood film (Antara)

Seven Indonesian films shown in Poland film festival (Republika)

Indonesia's 70th Independence Anniversary: Panjat pinang, in pictures (The Telegraph)

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  TECHNO, MEDIA, ELECTRONICS

Uber of moto-taxis tries to bring order to Jakarta's traffic insanity (USA Today)

Lean Startup Machine: "Indonesian startups are like Asia's Got Talent" (e27)

Indonesia introduces web-blocking (CompleteMusicUpdate)

’Slipicon Valley’ new hub for startups (The Jakarta Post)

Startups, prepare your best pitch to compete in Tech in Asia Tour (TechinAsia)

Forming national cyber agency a priority : Security minister (Antara)

Google News Adds 7 New Languages (Android Police)

Ministry closes 22 sites which provide illegal film (Republika)

Phone retailers defy gloomy outlook (The Jakarta Post)

Local CNN Channel Launched in Indonesia (CNN)

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  HOSPITALITY, TRAVEL

Bangkok bomb hardly deter Indonesian tourists visiting Thailand (ThaiVisa)

Recovery of Trigana victims complete (The Jakarta Post)

Boeing Delivers Two 737’s to Indonesia’s Sriwijaya airline (Aviation Today)

Ubud, Bali: a guide to the best shops, hotels and restaurants (The Telegraph)

In Indonesia, Many Islands and Many Faces (The New York Times)

No Fly Zone? Most Dangerous Places for Air Travel (Yahoo Travel)

Rich Indonesians Planning More Overseas Trips, Survey Finds (The Jakarta Globe)

Trump Hotel Collection and MNC Group to Develop Luxury Resort and Residential Development in Bali (Hotel Online)

Lion Air welcomes new Boeing 737 in massive expansion (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia airline safety hurt by inadequate staff: sources (Reuters)

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  ENVIRONMENT, NATURE

KPK, Govt to Form Joint Forestry Task Force (The Jakarta Globe)

Peat fires in Sumatra strengthen in El Nino years (EurekAlert)

‘Sumatran rhino extinct in M’sia’ (The Star Online)

Will REDD+ help save Indonesia’s forest? (Mongabay)

EU slams Indonesia, others on climate summit targets (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia Plans Incentives To Boost Renewable Energy (Cleantechnica)

Indonesian adviser seeks Montara solution (The Australian)

IFC, Asia Green Capital Partners to jointly develop wind farm in Indonesia (DealStreetAsia)

BMKG: Indonesia is not the biggest emitter in the world (Republika)

Indonesia air pollution: Tens of thousands of lives at risk from new coal plants (Business Spectator)

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  RELIGION, FAITH

All digital Quran applications still have no legal certificates (Republika)

Religious Affairs Minister sees off first batch of Indonesian haj pilgrims (Antara)

‘Islam Nusantara maintains local tradition’ (Republika)

4 Buddhist holidays you've likely never heard of (Mother Nature Network)

Islamic Experts Urge More Muslim Action on Climate Change (The Jakarta Globe)

Magnis-Suseno wins another award (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesian bishops: still too much corruption and too little democracy (AsiaNews)

Celebrating God’s blessing of Independence Day (The Jakarta Post)

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  SCIENCE, EDUCATION, RESEARCH

Speaking of Science: The largest explosion in the world (ElkoDaily)

Car industry interested in developing Indonesian electric car (Antara)

GE Garage arrives in Indonesia (NST Online)

Govt seeks new student review method  (The Jakarta Post)

GE collaborative learning event opens in Jakarta (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia’s nuclear safety ‘can be improved’ (Energy Live News)

Students design solar-powered racing car (The Jakarta Post)

As Indonesia marks 70 years of independence, young scientists look ahead to the 100th (The Conversation)

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  HEALTHY TOPICS

Indonesia becomes fifth largest country with diabetes (Republika)

Cancer costs SE Asia socially, economically (The Jakarta Post)

Nearly Half of Cancer Patients Suffer a 'Financial Catastrophe' (The Jakarta Globe)

Scientist awarded for cancer therapy  (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia urges haj pilgrims to be vigilant on MERS (Global Post)

Here are causes of mothers and children mortality in Indonesia (Republika)

Heading Off The Looming Diabetes-Tuberculosis Epidemic (Health Affairs)

Minister: Indonesia should not be experiencing malnutrition (Republika)

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  ARTS & CULTURE

Education ministry promotes Indonesian movie at Venice Film Festival (Antara)

Minister: Arts and entertainment are free from tax (Republika)

Eka Kurniawan a successor to Indonesia's greatest writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Sydney Morning Herald)

Ballerina Leads Leap Forward for Dance in Indonesia Visit (The Jakarta Globe)

Discover Indonesia in the heart of Glasgow (Evening Times)

Performance Ensemble Brings Dance from Aceh, Indonesia to New York (Asia Society)

Jakarta: A center of multicultural togetherness (Arab News)

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  SPORTS TALK

FIFA team to visit banned Indonesia - report (Reuters)

President's Cup Hoped To End Football Crisis (Tempo Online)

Palembang-Lampung toll road will be completed before Asian Games (Republika)

Badminton World Federation apologises for playing fascist Spanish anthem (Sportsmole)

Ahsan, Hendra dedicate world title to RI anniversary (The Jakarta Post)

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil celebrages Indonesia independence day (Turkish-football.com)

Badminton: Indonesia win gold in men's doubles on home soil (Yahoo Sports)

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  SOCIAL ISSUES, LIFE, PEOPLE

Jokowi distributes thousands of social assistance cards in Pontianak (AsiaOne)

Social Minister Launches Prostitution-free National Movement (Tempo Online)

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Indonesia (World Bank)

Red Tape Encumbers Families of Indonesian Migrant Workers: CIPS Study (The Jakarta Globe)

Govt to provide entrepreneurship training to migrant workers (Republika)

Saving Mary Jane (Al Jazeera)

Afghanistan to Indonesia: 'Who are we anyway?' (Brisbane Times)

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