Rupiah ends higher on US stimulus package

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The rupiah strengthened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Monday on the back of a long-awaited US stimulus package. The Indonesian currency rose 45 points, or 0.32 percent, to Rp14,155 from Rp14,200 per dollar earlier. “The rupiah strengthened following a news report that US President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited act on COVID-19 assistance,” PT TRFX Garuda Berjangka director Ibrahim Assuaibi said on Monday. Trump signed the bill clearing a pandemic assistance and spending package of US$2.3 trillion. The package includes US$1.4…

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Police ensures transparency in investigation into FPI member shooting

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) will press on with conducting a transparent, open, and objective probe into the fatal shooting of six members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). “Bareskrim investigators remain professional, objective, and open to all inputs,” Bareskrim Director of General Crimes Brigadier General Andi Rian Djajadi asserted here on Monday in response to the findings of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM). The Bareskrim Directorate of General Crimes has, until now, subject 82 witnesses to intense questioning as part of…

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Minister highlights positive growth in Sharia finance despite pandemic

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati drew attention to the fact that Islamic finance has grown positively and is more stable than conventional finance amid the ongoing pandemic. “National banking intermediation has tended to decline, but the performance of sharia banking is actually stable and growing higher than conventional banking,” Sri Mulyani stated while speaking at the 2020 Sharia Business and Academic Sinergy (SBAS) symposium held virtually here on Tuesday. As of September 2020, the Islamic financial assets totaled Rp1,710.16 trillion, which was encouraging, according to the minister.…

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Govt to conduct COVID-19 vaccine program in two phases

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government will carry out the COVID-19 vaccination program in two phases, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin informed at an online press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday. The first phase will last from January to April, 2021, and the second from April, 2021 to March, 2022, he said adding, health workers, public service workers, and the elderly will be prioritized in the first phase of the program. “The first stage of vaccination for health workers in Indonesia is [going to cover] 1.3 million people. The second…

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BNPB reports 81-percent reduction in forest, land fires in Nov 2020

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo highlighted that the cases of forest and land fires (karhutla) decreased by 81 percent in November 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. “This year’s forest and land fires are reaching 300 thousand hectares. This figure is far less than 2019 when the area covered had reached nearly 1.6 million hectares,” Monardo stated during a press conference held to discuss the 2020 disaster kaleidoscope, events related to natural disasters in Indonesia in 2020, and projections…

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Govt prepares 426 million doses for vaccine program

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government has prepared 426 million COVID-19 vaccines for around 181 million Indonesians in a bid to create herd immunity against the virus. Taking into account that a single person would need to be given two doses of the vaccine and in compliance with the WHO guidelines, the government has prepared 15 percent of vaccine reserves, so the total number of doses required is around 426 million, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Tuesday. “Of the 269 million Indonesians,…

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