Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products.
Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said on Thursday that a small supply and personnel vessel with three Indonesian crew members had capsized and sunk in its territorial waters, near where a similar incident occurred a month ago.
Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government's new rules on futures trading, which require high minimum capital for traders, will hinder development of the young but growing market.
Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of palm oil, will not accept an EU plan to curb the use of crops that cause deforestation, and argued that its higher production yield made it better placed to meet global demand, a senior Indonesian official said.
Indonesia's communications ministry said on Wednesday that Instagram had taken down an account displaying comic strips depicting the struggles faced by gay Muslim men after authorities labeled it "pornographic".
* Japan's Mitsubishi Materials Corp cut its sales
estimate of copper cathode at its Indonesia copper smelting
unit, PT Smelting, by 32,000 tonnes from its November forecast
to 237,000 tonnes for the year ending March 31, a spokesman said
on Wednesday. Sales were 263,000 tonnes a year earlier.
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