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World Bank to Lend $300 Million for Geothermal Plants

The World Bank will provide $300 million in loans to help expand the power capacity of two geothermal projects on Indonesia’s Sumatra and Sulawesi islands, the bank said in an e-mailed statement today.
The loans will be used to boost the combined capacity of geothermal projects in the provinces of South Sumatra and North Sulawesi by as much as 150 megawatts by 2015, the statement said. The bank will be working with PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, a unit of Indonesia’s state oil company PT Pertamina, it said.

ITB Plans Traditional Design for a World-Class Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Indonesian cultural practices and traditional designs shall influence and mark the construction and expansion plans for the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II pointed out on Monday. The grand design for expansion plans is being drafted out by a team of architects from the Bandung Institute of Technology, or ITB.

“However, services offered by the airport shall be modern and will live up to the terms of a world-class airport,” Angkasa Pura II president director Tri Sunoko said.
Work to turn Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport into a world-class international gateway by 2014 will begin early next year, initially with the drafting of the grand design. State airport operator Angkasa Pura II’s finance director Laurensius Manurung earlier said that Rp 11.7 trillion would be spent on the overhaul. The plans include expanding the airport’s Terminal 3 and integrating Terminals 1 and 2. Tri Sunoko pointed out that it was hoped in the immediate years to come, the airport would be able to accommodate 62 million passengers.
Terminal 3, for instance, will be developed into a U-shaped building which can accommodate all of the passengers’ operational activities, such as passenger services, baggage handling, transit passenger services, transfer passenger services, and commercial facilities.

Source: Tempointeractive

Krakatau Steel invests trillions of rupiah

State-owned steel manufacturer PT Krakatau Steel (KS) has again invested trillions of rupiah after establishing a joint venture with a Korean steel plant, Posco.

“Besides developing and revitalizing the Krakatau-Posco enterprise, we are also building a 1.2 million TPY blast furnace with an investment of Rp5.92 trillion,” President Director of PT KS Fazwar Bujang said Tuesday.

The undertaking, Fazwar said, was for production revitalization and facilitation as well as business expansion this year. “We are expanding the business to see that PT KS remains competitive in the current increasing market conditions,” he added.

He added that some PT KS projects and its subsidiaries being developed and revitalized, namely the PT KS-POSCO joint venture which is currently preparing 388 hectares of land for the steel plant worth Rp600 billion.

“In addition, we are also revitalizing the DR Plant to modify gas reformers worth Rp650 billion,” he said.

Other projects include SSP-1 to boost productivity and production quality at a cost of Rp850 billion, HSM to boost productivity and production quality at a cost of Rp750 billion.

PT KS, Fazwar said further, established cooperation with state mining company PT Aneka Tambang to process local raw materials into sponge iron as alternative raw material for PT KS.

“The project is estimated at Rp1.38 trillion. And other projects included HSM 3,5 million TPY to boost production of HRC into 3.5 million of TPY at a cost of Rp1.30 trillion,” he added

Survey: Smartphone-Loving Indonesians Boost Internet Usage

Internet use in Indonesia this year surpassed both radio and newspaper, ranking second only to TV, according to a recent survey sanctioned by global Internet giant Yahoo.

Yahoo announced the results of their Net Index study at its Jakarta office on Tuesday.

The trend is largely driven by the increasing availability of low-cost smartphones with affordable voice and data packages. Cellphones were becoming many people’s primary tool for accessing the Internet, Yahoo said.

According to the survey, social networking was the most popular online activity for Indonesian users, at 89 percent, followed by visits to Web portals, with 72 percent, and news Web sites, with 61 percent.

While the figures were influenced by 15 to 24-year-olds, who were interested in accessing entertainment like games and music downloads, the survey found middle-aged users actually went online more frequently than young people.

The results revealed a shift in social networking activities and online transactions, said Suresh Subramanian, who is deputy managing director of TNS Indonesia, the global market information and insight group that conducted the study.

Jakarta stock index hits another record high

Major Southeast Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Tuesday as  investors bought financial stocks and big caps at the start of the reporting
season but caution prevailed, with the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations still in deadlock.
The positive outlook for the economy and corporate earnings in the region helped sentiment and strong buying sent stocks in Indonesia 1.1 percent higher to a record high, with turnover double the 30-day average.

Others posted more limited gains in moderate volume, with Singapore edging up 0.5 percent to three-month highs and Malaysia inching up 0.14 percent. Thai and
Philippine shares erased early gains to end lower.

Indonesia gained a slim $9.6 million in foreign inflows on Tuesday after a modest $12 million in outflows on Monday and $69 million in net inflows last week, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Indonesia is Asia’s best performer this year, ahead of second-ranked Thai stocks and number-three Philippine shares

Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore          3186.57       3171.55       +0.47
 Kuala Lumpur       1561.77       1559.60       +0.14
 Bangkok            1121.63       1127.58       -0.53
 Jakarta            4132.77       4087.09       +1.12
 Manila             4465.87       4480.50       -0.33
 Hanoi               409.39        409.36       +0.01
 

TNI leaving barracks to root out radicalism

Officials from the National Antiterrorism Agency (BNPT), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police agreed that the TNI must take the initiative domestically to curb religious radicals.

“We have demanded the TNI’s participation through their vast network of territorial commands to persuade individuals or groups to abandon radical teachings,” BNPT chief Ansyaad Mbai.

“For example, the TNI might visit a cleric who spreads hate speech and radicalism during Friday prayers, and persuade him to deliver more peaceful sermons.”

The TNI, Ansyaad said, could also enlist the Babinsa, non-commissioned officers assigned to villages to promote development, to counter radicals.

The decision to involve the TNI was emphasized during an inaugural BNPT coordination meeting on Tuesday that was attended by all 151 of the TNI’s military district (Kodim)commanders and around 350 district police chiefs.

The meeting was also attended by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, TNI chief Adm. Agus Suhartono, Army chief Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo and National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo.

Despite the fall of the Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order in 1998, the TNI’s leaders continue to believe that internal threats to the nation’s stability are greater than external threats.

Ansyaad emphasized that the TNI would not have the authority to detain people, which was the sole remit of the National Police as the enforcers of security.

“Don’t get me wrong. The TNI is not authorized to detain people, but they can grab hold of somebody who might harm others, and then transfer him or her to the police for prosecution,” Ansyaad said.

Umar Patek to be sent to Indonesia

AN ALLEGED mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people will be sent to Indonesia after being arrested in Pakistan in March, a senior counter terrorism official said on Monday.

‘Pakistan has delivered a message early July that they will send Umar Patek to Indonesia,’ National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT) deputy chief Tito Karnavian told reporters.

Jakarta’s foreign and justice ministries are now working to process Patek’s deportation, he said.

Indonesian counter-terrorism police have been tracking Patek for years. One of the most wanted Islamic extremists in South-east Asia, he has a US$1 million (S$1.21 million) bounty on his head under the US government’s ‘Rewards for Justice’ programme.

Born in 1970, Patek was allegedly the field coordinator for the massive explosions that flattened nightclubs on Bali, killing 202 people, and placed mainly Muslim Indonesia on the front lines of the global battle against Islamic militancy.

Patek is a suspected member of Al-Qaeda-linked South-east Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), blamed for a series of deadly bombings targeting Christians and Westerners in Indonesia dating back to 1999

Nissan to invest $313 mln in expanding Indonesia factory

Nissan Motor Co , Japan’s No.2 carmaker, plans to invest around $313 million to expand its existing factory in Indonesia to increase output, said Takayuki Kimura, Nissan’s Indonesian chief, on Monday.

Kimura said the firm plans to more than triple its output by 2013.

This is a larger expansion than it planned last year, when Nissan said it aimed to double its car production and market share in Indonesia by 2013.

NasDem Party is funded by Surya Paloh of MetroTV

The NasDem party has admitted that media mogul Surya Paloh, who is also the chairman of a civil organization called National Democratic, is funding the party.
“All funds are still from Surya Paloh and friends,” NasDem party member, Sugeng Suparwoto, said on Sunday.
However, he added, Surya was not a board member of the party because Surya preferred to manage the civil organization.
“Surya has not left the civil organization. He is still giving the same attention to it,” he said as reported by tempointeraktif.com.
The party has previously denied that the party was born out of the National Democratic organization, although both their names bear striking similarity. Members of the organization have reportedly joined the party as well.

Surya was a candidate in the Golkar party chairman race in 2009 but lost to conglomerate Aburizal Bakrie.

The story of a sociologist who went undercover inside NII

Dewi Triana found herself sitting cross-legged in a small room listening to sermons denouncing Indonesia and exhorting her to help make the country an Islamic state. But Dewi wasn’t looking to overthrow the government; she was going undercover to learn the secrets of the outlawed Indonesian Islamic State (NII).

Indonesia is facing an identity crisis of sorts. Islamic fundamentalism is seen making inroads here, eroding support for the country’s inclusive state philosophy, Pancasila. People point to regional bylaws requiring Islamic dress and mobs of Muslims shutting down churches and closing bars as proof that the country is losing its pluralism.

It is against this background that the NII and the Al Zaytun boarding school in Indramayu, West Java, allegedly affiliated with the movement and seen as a breeding ground for radicals, have re-emerged as hot topics of discussion. The movement has been around for decades, but now its stated goal of establishing an Islamic state here seems someone more of an actual threat to some people.

Dewi, a sociologist who graduated from the University of Indonesia, decided to look beyond the headlines to find out what the NII was really about after a few of her friends were recruited by the organization.

She went undercover in the group in 2008 and 2009 and turned her findings into a book, “Mengapa Saya Memilih Negara Islam” (“Why I Choose an Islamic State”), which was released last month.

In the book, Dewi shares her firsthand accounts of the NII’s recruitment methods and details interviews with six former members of the organization. Perhaps her most surprising finding was that the NII is hardly the threat to the state that is portrayed in the media.

Book: Mengapa Saya Memilih Negara Islam’ (‘Why I Choose an Islamic State’)
Dewi Triana, Mizan Pustaka, 265 pages, In Indonesian

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