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Myanmar junta’s top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia
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Myanmar junta’s top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia

The Myanmar junta’s foreign minister visited Thailand yesterday as regional powers tried to broker an end to three weeks of deadly unrest triggered by a military coup. The talks came as an anti-coup protester died in detention, a local rescue organisation said. Four others have been killed in the crackdown. Foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin held talks with his counterparts from Thailand and Indonesia in what was the first known face-to-face meetings between a senior junta member and foreign government officials. The military has weathered a storm of international condemnation for ousting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 putsch, while dissent within its borders has been vociferous with daily nationwide protests. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Mars...
647 medical workers in Indonesia die of Covid-19
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647 medical workers in Indonesia die of Covid-19

At least 647 medical workers in Indonesia have died of COVID-19 from March 2020 to Wednesday, the Indonesian Medical Association said on Thursday. Of the 647 medical workers, 289 were doctors, 27 dentists, 221 nurses, 84 midwives, 11 pharmacists, 15 medical laboratory staff members. Head of the association's mitigation team Adib Khumaidi said the small number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests had caused insufficient handling of the pandemic and many medical workers were exposed to the virus. "The number of tests in Indonesia now is less than 5 percent of the total population," Khumaidi said. The province with the highest number of medical worker deaths in East Java, which reported 188 deaths. In the country's capital Jakarta, the COVID-19 killed 43 doctors, 10 dentists, 25 nurses, two ph...
Iran asks Indonesia to explain seizure of tanker accused of illegal oil transfer
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Iran asks Indonesia to explain seizure of tanker accused of illegal oil transfer

Iran has asked Indonesia to provide details about the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said yesterday, a day after Jakarta said it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers in its waters. Indonesia said on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s waters. Khatibzadeh said that the seizure was over a “a technical issue and it happens in shipping field”. “Our Ports Organisation and the ship owner company are looking to find the cause of the issue and resolve it,” Khatibzadeh told a televised weekly news conference. Coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita said the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan pro...
Indonesia probing whether faulty system contributed to Sriwijaya Air crash
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Indonesia probing whether faulty system contributed to Sriwijaya Air crash

Indonesia’s air accident investigator is probing whether a problem with the autothrottle system, that controls engine power automatically, contributed to the Sriwijaya Air crash on January 9 that killed all 62 people on board, an official said today. National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigator Nurcayho Utomo said a problem with the Boeing 737-500’s autothrottle system was reported after a flight a few days earlier. “There was a report of malfunction on the autothrottle a couple of days before to the technician in the maintenance log, but we do not know what kind of problem,” he told Reuters. “If we find the CVR (cockpit voice recorder) we can hear the discussion between the pilots, what they talked about and we will know what is the problem.” It remains unclear wh...
Indonesian medics overwhelmed by quake casualties in Sulawesi
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Indonesian medics overwhelmed by quake casualties in Sulawesi

Medics battled exhaustion and the risk of Covid-19 as they raced today to treat scores of people injured by a devastating earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. At least 81 people were killed and thousands left homeless by the powerful 6.2-magnitude quake that struck early Friday, reducing buildings to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete in the seaside city of Mamuju. Masked doctors treated patients with broken limbs and other injuries at a makeshift medical centre set up outside the only one of the city’s hospitals that survived the quake relatively intact. “The patients keep coming,” Nurwardi, manager of operations at Mamuju’s West Sulawesi General Hospital, told AFP earlier. “This is the only hospital operating in the city. Many need surgery but we hav...
Indonesia reports daily record Covid-19 cases with 12,818 infections
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Indonesia reports daily record Covid-19 cases with 12,818 infections

Indonesia recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases today with 12,818 new infections, taking the total to 882,418, data from its Covid-19 taskforce showed. It also reported 238 new deaths overnight, taking the total to 25,484. It has recorded among the most coronavirus infections and fatalities in Asia.
6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people
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6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people, injured hundreds and damaged many buildings on Friday, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said, as panicked residents fled to safer areas. The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles) northeast of Majene city at a depth of 10 kilometres. Initial information from the country’s disaster mitigation agency showed that four people had died and 637 others were injured in Majene, while there were three more fatalities and two dozen injured in the neighbouring area of Mamuju. Thousands had fled their homes to seek safety when the quake hit just after 1 am local time on Friday morning, damaging at least 60 homes, the agency said. The quake was felt strongly for about seven seconds but did...
Indonesia launches vaccination drive as Covid-19 deaths hit record
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Indonesia launches vaccination drive as Covid-19 deaths hit record

Indonesian President Joko Widodo became the first person in the country to receive a Covid-19 vaccine shot today, as the government launched an ambitious vaccination campaign in a bid to stem one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia. The immunisation campaign aims to inoculate 181.5 million people, with the first to be vaccinated receiving the CoronaVac vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech, which Indonesia authorised for emergency use on Monday. Dressed in a white shirt and wearing a face mask, the president, who is known as Jokowi, received the jab in his left arm at the presidential palace. The president’s doctor Abdul Muthalib said Jokowi said he did not feel any pain. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Indonesia’s health minister who also due to be vaccinated today, has said nearly...
Indonesia uses unmanned undersea vehicle in hunt for air crash victims, ‘black boxes’
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Indonesia uses unmanned undersea vehicle in hunt for air crash victims, ‘black boxes’

(Reuters) - Indonesia has deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle to help divers search for the remains of victims and recover the flight recorders from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea three days ago soon after takeoff. ©Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN Indonesia continues search for debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 The Boeing 737-500 plane with 62 people on board plunged into the Java Sea Saturday afternoon, four minutes after taking off from Jakarta's main airport. Indonesian police made the first identification of a victim from the crash on Monday. Flight attendant Okky Bisma was identified by his fingerprints, said a police official. "My super kind husband... Heaven is your place... Until we meet again darling," Okky's wife, who is also a flight attendant,...
Indonesia  green-lighted emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine by China
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Indonesia green-lighted emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine by China

Indonesia green-lighted emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China-based Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Conditional vaccination of healthcare workers and other civil servants using the vaccine, called CoronaVac, is expected to begin this week. “Based on the data and considering the guidance from (the World Health Organization), CoronaVac has met the requirements to get the permit to use the vaccine,” the chief of Indonesia Food and Drug Monitoring Agency, Penny Lukito, said at a news conference. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would be the first person to receive the vaccine. “Why is the President first? It's not about putting myself first, but to ensure everyone that this vaccine is safe and halal,” Widodo said on social media. The vaccine was cleared for emerge...
Julian Batubara, Indonesia’s social minister named suspect after bribery raid
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Julian Batubara, Indonesia’s social minister named suspect after bribery raid

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency on Sunday named Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara as a suspect in a million-dollar bribery case, along with four other people. Juliari is the second Indonesian cabinet minister to be named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in recent few weeks. He and two other officials are suspected of accepting bribes in connection with the procurement of 5.9 trillion rupiah ($420 million) worth of goods to be distributed as Covid-19 social assistance packages, KPK head Firli Bahuri told a news briefing. The other two suspects are private citizens, Firli said. Juliari was being questioned at KPK headquarters and will be taken into custody, said KPK spokesman Ali Fikri. The Social Affairs Ministry was not immediately available for commen...
Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated
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Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated

A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Sunday, sending a column of ash as high as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) into the sky and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Nearly 2,800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which is located on Lembata island of East Nusa Tenggara province, as the volcano began erupting, said Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati. There were no reports of deaths or injuries from the eruption. The Transportation Ministry said a flight warning had been issued after the eruption and a local airport had been closed as ash rained down on many areas of the island. Mount Ili Lewotolok has been erupting off and on since October 2017. The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center rais...
Indonesia New Year flood death toll doubles to 18
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Indonesia New Year flood death toll doubles to 18

The death toll from floods that hit Indonesia’s capital region jumped to 18, authorities said Thursday, as torrential rains on New Year’s Eve caused landslides and left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters, and the South-East Asian nation’s disaster agency warned the number killed could increase. Local media reports said as many as 21 people were dead or missing. “We’re still updating the figures from various sources and there is a possibility that the toll could increase,” National disaster agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said Thursday. An eight-year-old boy killed in a landslide and an 82-year-old pensioner were among the confirmed victims. Those killed died from drowning, hypothermia and being cov...
Boeing completes year of turmoil with promise to Indonesia on 737 MAX crash
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Boeing completes year of turmoil with promise to Indonesia on 737 MAX crash

Boeing Co <BA.N> on Friday promised to act on safety recommendations for its 737 MAX aircraft made in a new report by Indonesian investigators on the deadly Lion Air crash a year ago. The company also voiced its grief over the Oct. 29, 2018 crash after take off from Jakarta that killed all 189 people on board, a response that marked a shift in tone compared with its reaction to a preliminary report last November. In a statement on Friday, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg outlined changes planned for the so-called MCAS cockpit software that has been widely linked to the accident and the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet five months later. “We are addressing the (Indonesian accident agency) KNKT’s safety recommendations and taking actions to enhance the safety of the ...