UNY students can now pay tuition through Tokopedia

first_img“The university would still get the full payment, but the students would be subsidized by Tokopedia and OVO,” he added.Tokopedia and OVO are now used as a payment channel for students to pay their tuition fees.BTN Yogyakarta branch manager Donnie Iskandar said that apart from OVO, BTN and Tokopedia also offered other payment options such as payment via bank account, credit card or even through convenience stores like Alfamart and Indomaret.He said the funds collected through the different channels would be managed by the campus through BTN.“This definitely makes it easier for millennial students to pay their tuition and at the same time, improves UNY’s image as a university that supports digitalization,” Donnie said.To pay their tuition through Tokopedia, students only need to click the Biaya Pendidikan (Education Fee) category, then find Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Once they input their student ID number, the application will show their tuition fee along with a choice of payment methods.“Tokopedia is already connected to OVO. Students just need to type in their PIN. The balance will automatically be deducted and the payment is done,” Sutrisna said, adding that his institution was ready to collaborate with other digital platform and e-wallet providers. (kmt)Topics : Students at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) can now use e-wallets to pay their tuition and even get cashback, the university announced on Tuesday.University rector Sutrisna Wibawa, tongue firmly in cheek, made the announcement in a post on Twitter by posing like K-Pop group BTS in a recent advertisement for online marketplace Tokopedia. Bayar UKT di UNY sekarang bisa lewat Ovo dan Tokopedia.Salam dari Sutrisna, bukan personil BTS pic.twitter.com/zj611DgkTH— Sutrisna Wibawa (@sutrisna_wibawa) February 18, 2020“It’s just the rector’s spontaneous idea to inform our students of our newest tuition payment method,” UNY staff member Ilham Dary Athallah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “The reason is simple: easy and at the same time beneficial, thanks to the cash back facility,” Sutrisna said in a statement.The program, he said, was offered in collaboration with Tokopedia, state lender Bank Tabungan Negara and e-wallet provider OVO.“With just few clicks, our students can now make their payments quickly and easily,” Sutrisna said, adding that if e-wallets could be used for high schools, then there was no reason they could not be used for universities, referring to homegrown startup Gojek’s recently announced partnership with education institutions.He added that in certain situations, the students could also receive cashback from either Tokopedia or OVO on their respective payment platforms.last_img read more

PREMIUM Transjakarta upbeat despite growing popularity of ride-hailing services

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Facebook Forgot Password ? With the rising popularity of ride-hailing apps, travelling anywhere in the capital city is as easy as tapping a finger on a mobile phone. The thriving ride-hailing app business raises questions about whether it will threaten the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Transjakarta.Febe, a 24 year old office worker from West Jakarta said she chose to commute with a ride hailing app every day even though there was a Transjakarta bus stop near her office in central Jakarta.“I use a ride-hailing app to commute to work because it is fast and convenient. I’ve tried using Transjakarta buses to go to work before, but the journey took quite a long time,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Febe said it took between 30 minutes and an hour to commute to work using a ride-hailing application like Gojek or Grab, but it took between 1.5 and 2 hours if she used Tra… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Transjakarta-lanes transjakarta public-transportation ride-hailing-application ride-hailing-service Jakarta-trafficlast_img read more

Huawei aims to have 73 local Indonesian apps in AppGallery by March

first_imgTopics : Huawei plans on nearly doubling that number by aiming to have 73 top local apps that are most used by Huawei customers to be integrated with its AppGallery by March 2020, before the launch of its flagship phone, Huawei P40, Khing Seng said. To attract local app developers, Khing Seng noted that the company would offer cooperation to develop the products’ strategic operation and other barter incentives, which he did not elaborate on. “Huawei is specifically developing the AppGallery because we have to provide an ecosystem for our latest Huawei mobile phones,  which up until now the United States still [registers] on its Entity List, hence Google cannot work directly with Huawei,” the deputy country head said. China’s Huawei Technologies was added to the Entity List in May 2019, which resulted in American companies being banned from selling their technology products to Huawei. Read also: Huawei hit with new US charges of trade secrets theftThe maneuver was made as the US Department of Commerce believes that “Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security or foreign policy interest.” The ban was effectively implemented in August last year, therefore when the company launched its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro models in September 2019, the mobile devices no longer carried popular Google apps. Against the backdrop of global challenges, Huawei implemented measures to develop its own version of Google Play. Last year, the company invested US$16 billion in its research and development (R&D). In the previous year, Huawei was among the top five companies with the most financial investment in its R&D program, surpassing Apple and Intel, according to the 2018 European Union Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. Huawei’s AppGallery is available in more than 170 countries and has more than 400 million monthly active users, sitting among the top three app stores worldwide, Huawei claims. (ydp) Huawei Consumer Business Group Indonesia country head Fisher Jiang said in a statement that that there were sizable Indonesian apps on its platform, ranging from banking to e-commerce, with more to come.Read also: Huawei in public test as it unveils sanction-hit phoneUsers can find local bank apps such as Permata Bank, BCA Mobile, Link Aja to homegrown e-commerce platforms such as Bli Bli, Tokopedia, Bukalapak, among others. “As of last January, there were already more than 40 apps. The apps that we have chosen are apps that are in line with Huawei’s customer profile, which is mid [to] high customers,” Huawei Indonesia Consumer Business Group deputy country head Lo Khing Seng told reporters at the virtual launch on Feb. 25. center_img Chinese tech giant Huawei is touring globally to get local app developers on board its very own app store, AppGallery, launched as an alternative to Google Play and Apple App Store. It aims to have 73 Indonesian apps by next month. The company had used US$1 billion for its “shining-star program”, a developer engagement program, to support the development of apps for Huawei’s marketplace, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu said.“We build strong relationships with local app developers to bring the best of local apps for local consumers, for every country,” Yu said during Huawei’s consumer business product and strategy virtual launch aired on Feb. 25 in Jakarta.last_img read more

On the trail: Biden warns against ‘bloodbath’ fight with Sanders as next contests loom

first_imgTopics : Biden warns against primary ‘bloodbath’After Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, ramped up his attacks on Biden on Friday, Biden told a crowd at a fundraiser in Bethesda, Maryland, he was worried his battle with Sanders for the Democratic nomination could turn ugly.“What we can’t let happen is let this primary become a negative bloodbath. We can’t tear this party apart and re-elect Trump. We have to keep our eyes on the ball,” Biden said as he telephoned in to the Bethesda event.Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, had assailed Biden’s record on trade, Social Security, gay rights and abortion on Friday – although he did promise to support the former vice president if he becomes the nominee. The race has become a two-man contest between Biden and Sanders. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, is the only other Democratic candidate still in the nominating contest, but has virtually no chance of winning.Biden and Sanders will face off on Tuesday in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington state, North Dakota and Michigan. A big win for Biden in delegate-rich Michigan would deliver a major blow to Sanders’ hopes of becoming the nominee.Showing continued momentum following his Super Tuesday wins, Biden’s campaign said on Friday it had raised about $22 million in five days.Biden wins dozens of endorsements in Missouri The moderate wing of the Democratic Party has been rapidly coalescing around Biden to stop a Sanders nomination, since Biden’s big win in South Carolina on Feb. 29. On Saturday morning the Biden campaign announced another slew of endorsements from Democratic lawmakers in Missouri – over 60.Missouri is one of six states to vote on Tuesday, where Biden was due to hold two events on Saturday. Jay Nixon, the state’s former Democratic governor, swung his support behind Biden, leading a well-choreographed army of Missouri officials – 68 in all – to come out in support. They included current and former state politicians, judges, council members and aldermen.Biden was due to campaign on Saturday in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, where he is scheduled to be joined by US Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, a former Congressional Black Caucus chairman who endorsed Biden in September.Sanders focuses on MichiganOn Saturday, Sanders begins a weekend of campaigning in the crucial battleground state of Michigan, which offers 125 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination.Sanders, who won the Michigan primary in 2016 when he ran unsuccessfully for the nomination against Hillary Clinton, will hold a rally in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, and a town hall focused on racial and economic justice in Flint. On Sunday he is set to visit Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.Speaking to a crowd of more than 6,000 in downtown Detroit on Friday, Sanders continued to assail Biden for voting for the war in Iraq and trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he said had cost millions of American jobs in Michigan and other battleground states.”Now, if we are going to defeat Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, it will be very hard for a candidate who voted for these disastrous trade deals,” Sanders said.Sanders questioned whether Biden could generate enough energy and enthusiasm to prevail against Trump. But he also called Biden a friend, and said both were in agreement that they would support the other against Trump should the other win the nomination.center_img US Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will campaign in the Midwest on Saturday, as the two prepare for a showdown in Michigan, Missouri and four other nominating contests next week.Sanders, 78, who until recently was the front-runner in the party’s race to face Republican President Donald Trump in November, is now trailing in delegates and desperate to regain momentum after Biden, 77, received a rush of endorsements from party establishment figures following his strong “Super Tuesday” showing this week.Below is what is happening on Saturday:last_img read more

Japan says not preparing for postponement of Olympic Games

first_imgMost Japanese firms trust the Tokyo Games will go ahead as planned, a Reuters poll found, but two-thirds are already bracing for the domestic economy to contract by at least 1% if the epidemic triggers a cancellation.Even if Japan can contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Summer Olympic Games “would not make sense” if other countries cannot send their athletes, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday.”As the prime minister said, it’s desirable to hold the Olympics in an environment where everyone feels safe and happy. But that’s not something Japan alone can decide,” Aso, who is also Japan’s finance minister, told parliament. Japan is not making any preparations to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government’s top spokesman said on Wednesday, stressing Tokyo’s resolve to host the event as scheduled despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government would continue with preparations to hold the July 24-Aug. 9 Games as scheduled, working closely with organizations like the International Olympic Committee (IOC).”We’re not making any adjustments to postpone the Games,” Suga told parliament when asked by a lawmaker whether the government was making plans to cancel or postpone the event. His comments come amid mounting concerns about whether the Games can proceed as planned, with the rapidly spreading virus panicking financial markets and bringing business and social activity around the world to a standstill.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement.The IOC has remained committed to staging the Tokyo Games as planned, saying on Tuesday after a meeting with international sports federations that measures against the virus were delivering results.But it is facing growing voices of dissent from top athletes worried about their health. The new coronavirus has so far killed more than 7,500 people and infected about 200,000.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bank Indonesia pledges to strengthen rupiah to Rp 15,000 per US dollar

first_imgRead also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19The central bank and the government projected Wednesday that the rupiah would hover at around Rp 17,500 to Rp 20,000 against the greenback in the worst-case scenario, which would be the weakest in history, if the Indonesian economy contracted and the COVID-19 downturn was prolonged.The government and BI have also prepared for an economic contraction of 0.4 percent if the pandemic lingers. The baseline scenario was that the economy would grow 2.3 percent this year, the lowest in 21 years, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.“This is only a what-if scenario and not a projection,” Perry clarified on Thursday, adding that the central bank saw room for improvement for the rupiah thanks to coordinated efforts among financial authorities. Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to continue with its intervention in the financial market to stabilize the rupiah exchange rate to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by year-end as Indonesia faces a worst-case scenario of the rupiah sliding to a historic low as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said Thursday that the central bank would continue to stabilize the currency to build confidence among market players, adding that the central bank had maintained communication with foreign investors to prevent a selling spree of Indonesian assets.“With coordinated efforts between the central bank and the government, we are confident that the rupiah will not only be stable but also strengthen to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by year-end,” Perry told reporters during an online media briefing. The local currency, already the worst performer in Asia, is currently trading at Rp 16,525 per US dollar, according to Bloomberg data. It has depreciated around 15 percent since the beginning of the year. The rupiah touching Rp 17,500 to Rp 20,000 per US dollar would be a record low, surpassing the Rp 16,950 level recorded during the 1998 Asian financial crisis.Read also: Rupiah may slide to Rp 20,000 per US dollar in worst-case scenarioBI has been stabilizing the rupiah through its “triple market intervention” measures, focusing on the foreign exchange spot market, domestic non-deliverable forward market and secondary bond markets.The central bank has bought a total of Rp 172.5 trillion (US$10.3 billion) worth of government bonds, including Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market. It also saw signs of a capital outflow slowdown, which previously caused the rupiah to depreciate.Capital outflows eased from Rp 167.9 trillion during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak to Rp 145.1 trillion between Jan. 20 and March 30.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: West Java distributes cash, food to Greater Bandung residents prior to PSBB

first_imgRead also: Govt expands social aid for poor to prevent Idul Fitri ‘mudik’The social assistance funds from West Java administrations is only one of eight financial aid programs aimed to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Greater Bandung, which consists of Bandung and Cimahi cities, as well as Bandung, West Bandung and Sumedang regencies, will impose the PSBB policy for 14 days starting on Wednesday, following approval from Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to ramp up efforts in the fight against COVID-19.The area will join other regions in West Java, namely Bogor, Bekasi and Depok cities, as well as Bogor and Bekasi regencies — all satellite areas of Jakarta commonly referred to as Bodebek — in imposing the PSBB. Ridwan had previously said that Greater Bandung and Bodebek metropolitan areas had around two-thirds of COVID-19 cases in West Java.Prior to distribution, the central government had also set up the family hope program, staple food card, pre-employment card, and village funds assistance for families hardest-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the Social Affairs Ministry had also distributed monthly cash funds worth Rp 600,000 to thousands of residents for the next three months.Bandung administration economy and development assistant Eric Mohamad Atthauriq said he welcomed the West Java administrations’ initiative to distribute cash funds to Bandung residents.Eric explained there were around 137,000 families in Bandung registered in the Data of Social Welfare (DTKS) database. Some 60,000 of them had received assistance through the family hope program and staple food aid program from the central government.”The Bandung administration is ready to distribute cash aid to the remaining 77,000 families minus the 4,668 families that have received assistance from West Java administrations,” he said.The West Java Industry and Trade Agency has also prepared 12,000 canned food packages for the residents in addition to the staple food and cash aid. (nal)Topics : West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has decided to distribute social assistance to thousands of families in Greater Bandung before officially implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the area amid efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.Starting on Sunday, the governor distributed staple food aid worth Rp 350,000 (US$22.50) and Rp 150,000 in cash to 5,492 families in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java.”The sooner [we give the aid] the better. We decided to distribute the funds to residents, while we’re continuously collecting data on more beneficiaries,” Ridwan said in the Central Processing Office of state-owned postal company PT Pos Bandung on Sunday.Ridwan said his administration would distribute monthly assistance for the next four months.”There are 4,668 beneficiaries in Bandung and 824 beneficiaries in Cimahi,” Ridwan said.He also said the administrations would hand out similar aid to around 18,000 families in West Bandung regency gradually.”Our target is to distribute the funds in the first 10 days of every month. So some residents will receive the funds on the fifth day of the month while others will get it on the 10th,” Ridwan said.The administration cooperated with Pos Bandung to distribute the aid packages as well as online-based motorcycle taxi drivers.He said he had asked all regents and mayors who were planning to implement PSBB to renew their beneficiaries’ data.last_img read more

World Bank urges govt to spend more on human capital

first_imgThe World Bank found that systemic constraints had hampered the effort to improve the Indonesian government’s public spending on human capital and in general, including coordination challenges across agencies and between government levels, as well as inadequate data and information systems.For example, despite the government having increased education expenditure over the last few years to an allocation of Rp 508.1 trillion (US$35.6 billion) in the 2020 state budget, data and studies showed that it had translated into limited outcome for education quality.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 report showed that Indonesian students scored poorly in science, reading and mathematics, ranking 73rd, 74th and 71st in those subjects out of 79 assessed countries and territories.Meanwhile, the recipients of major subsidies were often the economically secure middle class rather than the poor and vulnerable, according to Juul Pinxten, a World Bank’ social protection specialist. According to World Bank data, from state subsidies for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electricity amounting to Rp 54 trillion and Rp 48 trillion, respectively, in the 2018 state budget, the poor and the vulnerable only received 15 percent and 22 percent.“The main message is that Indonesia can certainly spend more and can spend better,” Pinxten stated. However, there has been a shift toward more targeted and hence pro-poor programs, as indicated by a decline in the rice assistance program (Rastra) and a transition to noncash food assistance (BPNT), he added.In response to the pandemic, the government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion in funds to cushion the impact of the outbreak, with Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for healthcare and Rp 203.9 trillion for strengthening social safety nets.Meanwhile, the World Bank also stated that it found inefficiency in the healthcare sector, particularly with regard to hospital spending in relation to the National Health Insurance (JKN).Launched in 2014, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which manages the JKN, covered about 224 million Indonesians as of February, or more than 80 percent of the population.“It is estimated that between 5 and 11 percent of total hospital spending is inefficient,” World Bank senior economist Reem Hafez said.She added that the yield of efficiency measures in the healthcare sector could be between Rp 4 trillion and Rp 8 trillion, or even more.The healthcare sector could also benefit from a strengthening of governance and accountability by introducing an annual sector review and investing in health information systems to improve monitoring and evaluation, Hafez stated.BPJS Kesehatan has been battered by deficits, totalling Rp 13 trillion last year, that has led the government to issue a presidential regulation to almost double JKN premiums in early May.Kalsum Komaryani, the head of the Health Ministry’s center for health insurance and financing, stated on Wednesday that the JKN deficit contributed to the problem.Although the deficit decreased to less than Rp 2 trillion by mid-June, she acknowledged that there was more to be done to improve the management of JKN.“We will reshape the benefits package, set standards for hospitalization. We need to finish our clinical guidelines and strengthen our referral system,” Kalsum noted.Meanwhile, Elan Satriawan, who heads the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Alleviation’s (TNP2K) policy working group, said improvement of the social assistance delivery system was needed particularly amid the pandemic. “We have been discussing expanding the coverage of the [social assistance recipients] as the current situation indicates that 60 percent of the population [now fall into the category of] vulnerable people,” Elan said.The government expects 4 million more people to fall below the poverty line this year due to the health crisis, making for a total of 28 million people in poverty in the nation, or around 10.6 percent of the population, up from 9.2 percent in September last year.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to accommodate the clarification by the World Bank on Juul Pinxten’s statement and job title.Topics : The World Bank has advised Indonesia to increase its human capital spending and improve the quality of that expenditure as the country pushes for economic recovery.World Bank lead country economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander stated on Wednesday that developing the country’s human capital through education, social assistance, better health and nutrition should be the country’s highest priority and its main challenge going forward.“Thinking about how the government spends on human capital is going to be especially important over the next three to five-year period as Indonesia both recovers from COVID-19 and tunes into becoming a high-income middle-class economy,” Frederico said during the World Bank’s webinar series “Indonesia Public Expenditure Review 2020: Spending for Better Results”.last_img read more

National consortium aims to finish local COVID-19 vaccine in 18 months

first_imgPrevious research identified at least three different types of coronavirus strains affecting the world – types G, S and V. Ali said that many samples sent from Indonesia apparently did not match the aforementioned three types, meaning that scientists had to develop local vaccines to combat the coronavirus strain in the country.The whole genome sequencing is part of the initial stage of vaccine development, as it will allow scientists to determine the complete RNA sequence of specific coronavirus strains. Subsequently, scientists will be able to detect the antigen of the virus strain in Indonesia.Apart from doing the sequencing, Indonesia is also collaborating with several countries, including South Korea, to develop a vaccine.Local pharmaceutical company PT Kalbe Farma, for example, is working with a South Korean company for the development of a vaccine using a DNA virus platform. “Phase two of the project’s clinical trial is scheduled for August 2020,” Ali said.Topics : Indonesia’s national consortium for COVID-19 vaccine development is aiming to finish its work within the next 18 months in an effort to eradicate the coronavirus in the country.”Vaccines usually take years to develop. However, given the emergency situation, we are currently expected to develop local vaccines in around 18 months,” consortium chairman Ali Ghufron Mukti said during a press conference on Thursday.He said the country had submitted 16 complete genome sequences of Indonesian strains to GISAID, an initiative that promotes the sharing of genetic data on influenza viruses and the coronavirus. Three of them have so far been classified as “unidentified strains”, while one was identified as “type G”.last_img read more

China begins pulling back troops near site of India border clash, Indian sources say

first_imgChina began pulling back troops from along its contested border with India on Monday, Indian government sources said, following a clash between the two countries last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.Troops fought for hours with rods and clubs on the night of June 15, with some falling to their deaths in the freezing waters of the Galwan river in the western Himalayas.China has yet to confirm whether it suffered casualties, but the Indian deaths are the highest along the border in more than five decades, a dramatic escalation that led to weeks of talks between senior military officials on how to ease tensions. On Monday the Chinese military was seen dismantling tents and structures at a site in the Galwan valley near to where the latest clash took place, said the Indian government sources, who declined to be identified as they are not authorized to speak to the media.Vehicles were seen withdrawing from the area, as well as at Hotsprings and Gogra – two other contested border zones – the sources said.In response to a question on whether China had moved back equipment in the Galwan valley, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said both sides were “taking effective measures to disengage and ease the situation on the border”.”We hope India will meet China halfway and take concrete measures to carry out what both sides agreed to, continue to closely communicate through diplomatic and military channels, and work together to cool down the situation at the border,” Zhao told a news conference.  Topics :last_img read more

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