Jakarta Reclamation to Resume, Zika Cases in Thailand

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The Indonesian Government has given the go ahead for the reclamation project to resume, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan confirmed last week, despite the State Administrative Court’s (PTUN) to halt its reclamation work on islet G. Luhut claimed that there was no reason to stop the reclamation project, in light of legal and environmental aspects, Tempo reports. Earlier, the decision to stop the reclamation was taken by former Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli due to an indication of severe violations that could pose threats to environment, port development and sea traffic.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo now said Indonesia will respect the ongoing trial of a human trafficking case in the Philippines involving death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso after earlier claiming that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had given the green light on her execution. Veloso’s delayed execution was one among many issues discussed by the two presidents during a meeting in Jakarta on Sept. 9, The Jakarta Globe reports.

Thailand has recorded about 200 cases of Zika since January, the health ministry said on Tuesday (13), making it a country with one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases in the region, Channel News Asia reports. This was the first time Thailand’s health ministry has confirmed the number of Zika cases this year. Health officials have expressed concern that disclosing information on Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects, would damage Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry.  Island city-state Singapore reported its first locally infected Zika patient on August, Malaysia and the Philippines have also reported cases.

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