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How Indonesia’s LGBT community is making a difference amid COVID-19

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Conversation | 6:50 AM

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, a group facing worsening discrimination in Indonesia, have been supporting people impacted by COVID-19 measures across [...]
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Indonesia central bank ready to finance more fiscal deficit to fight pandemic impact

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM

Indonesia’s central bank is ready to further finance the government’s budget deficit and “share the burden” of fighting the coronavirus outbreak, the [...]
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Japan puzzled by Indonesia’s policy shift over high-speed rail plan

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 6:50 AM

Japan has been perplexed by Indonesia’s abrupt policy shift on a high-speed railway project, now asking Tokyo to join in on the major infrastructure deal that it [...]
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Pertamina’s fuel sales rise as Indonesia eases virus curbs

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM

Indonesia’s state oil and gas company PT Pertamina said on Saturday its average daily fuel sales has risen to 114,000 kilolitres since June 8 amid gradual easing of [...]
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Indonesia wants to grow its fishery industry amid slowdown, but needs better infrastructure and manpower

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | CNA | 6:50 AM

Fisherman Iwan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, has been in the industry for the last 10 years. Iwan was born and raised in Natuna islands at Indonesia’s [...]
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Indonesia’s Komodo National Park reopens after shutdown due to COVID-19

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Xinhua | 6:50 AM

The Komodo National Park in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has resumed operation after being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said. The [...]
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‘Alive but sort of dead’: Retailers to see slow recovery despite restrictions easing

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 6:50 AM

Easing mobility restrictions in various regions across Indonesia will not provide an instant boost to the country’s retail sector as wary consumers are expected to [...]
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‘Best of humanity’: Indonesian fishermen rescue stranded Rohingya

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Al Jazeera | 6:50 AM

Nearly 100 Rohingya people who were stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on Thursday by local people furious at local authorities’ refusal to give [...]
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Indonesian community praised for rescuing Rohingya refugees

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Al Jazeera | 6:50 AM

A group of Rohingya refugees rescued by fishermen in Indonesian waters has disembarked in the province of Aceh. Ninety-nine people were on board the vessel, including 28 [...]
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Indonesia proposes regional travel corridor at Asean summit

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | The Jakarta Post | 6:50 AM

Indonesia has proposed the establishment of a travel corridor between Asean member states to increase the region’s connectivity and facilitate economic recovery after [...]
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Indonesia bracing for forest fires, human factor blamed

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Xinhua | 6:50 AM

While fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia now has also to face land and forest fires as this year’s droughts are coming even earlier. Almost in every dry season [...]
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‘Don’t be satisfied with numbers’: Doubts remain as Jakarta officials claim epidemic under control

29-Jun-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 6:50 AM

Jakarta, the first epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia, has reportedly brought the outbreak “under control”, officials have said, in a statement that [...]
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Jokowi changes 2020 state budget again, with deficit at 6.34pct of GDP

27-Jun-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 12:20 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Wednesday Perpres No. 72/2020, a presidential regulation that regulates an increase in state spending and a widening state [...]
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Govt defends employing foreigners for ‘strategic projects’ as locals protest arrival of Chinese workers

27-Jun-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 12:17 PM

The central government has defended the employment of some 500 Chinese workers to work on nickel smelter projects in South Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi, following [...]
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Fearing economic toll from COVID-19, RI tables ‘travel bubble’ proposal

27-Jun-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 12:16 PM

With concerns over economic catastrophe taking centre stage at the 36th Asean Summit, which kicked off virtually on Friday, some country members of the regional grouping are [...]
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