Evening Bulletin

Islands For Sale, Indonesia Stock Exchange Collapse, and the Becak Comeback: The VICE Evening Bulletin

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January 15, 2018, 11:52am
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Indonesia News

Over 70 People Injured After Indonesia Stock Exchange Collapse
A mezzanine floor inside an Indonesia Stock Exchange building collapsed during the lunch rush hour today, injuring more than 70 people, according to some reports. They were brought to several different hospitals in the area. Among the victims are visiting university students. The cause of the collapse has not been identified so far. —Detik/ Kompas

Jakarta Governor Is Bringing Becak Back to Jakarta
Anies Baswedan is ending the ban of cycle rickshaws in Jakarta, which has lasted for decades. But don't worry about being stuck in the rush hour traffic with becak. It will only be allowed to operate in Jakarta's alleyways, not main streets. Anies said that he is bringing becak back to cater to low-income population who needs an alternative to the existing public transportation. —Kompas

Poverty Is Growing in Indonesia's Villages
There are more people living below the poverty line in villages compared to big cities in Indonesia. In 2017, according to Katadata, the poor in villages make up for 13.8 percent of the population, while those in the big cities make up for 13.4 percent of the population. —Katadata

Indonesian Island On Sale For $3 Million

Ajab Island, one of the islands that make up the Riau Islands Province, is listed on a Canadian website with a price tag of $3.3 million USD. "Selling" islands to foreigners is legal, but foreigners can only be entitled to a business use permit of those islands. Based on Indonesian law, the government still has authority over islands bought by foreigners. —Kumparan

International News

Baghdad Twin Suicide Bombings Kill At Least 25
At least 25 people died and 63 others injured in the twin suicide bombings that hit Aviation Square, the commercial area of central Baghdad, according to a post by the Iraqi health ministry on its Facebook page. The interior ministry stated that two men who detonated vests packed with explosives were responsible for the attack. —Reuters

Turkish Passenger Plane Skids Off Runway
In northern Turkey, a Pegasus Airlines flight carrying hundreds of passengers skidded off the runway onto a seaside cliff, stopping just 25 meters away from the ocean. A passenger told Turkish media that chaos ensued on board, but nobody was injured. Experts say that the accident was caused by the narrow landing, and its proximity to a cliff. —ChannelNews Asia

Sri Lanka Reimposes Ban on Women Buying Alcohol
The Sri Lankan government said last week that it was revising a 1955 law that bans women from buying alcohol, but the move was overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. The president stepped in following a criticism from leading monks in the country who said that lifting the ban would make women addicted to alcohol and destroy families. —BBC

Singapore to Extradite Suspect in Bank Robbery
Singapore said that it's looking to extradite David James Roach, who is a Canadian man suspected of stealing $30,000 SGD from a Standard Chartered branch in July 2016. He fled to Thailand before Singapore authorities could arrest him. Roach is currently detained in Britain. —Asia One

Everything Else

The Radio Dept.'s New Single Is Indie Pop Worth Believing In
The Swedish band launched a new single "Your True Name," the first release on their new indie label. —VICE

Pizza Hut's New Delivery Technology Is Straight Out of 'Black Mirror'

You would think Pizza Hut would learn a thing or two from the episode "Crocodile". —VICE

Deathwords are Back With a Slice of Mid-Tempo Hardcore to Keep 2018 Heavy
Check out the music video of the Malang-based band's new single, "Abandon the Truth". —VICE

Leonardo DiCaprio Will Star in Tarantino's Manson Movie

Quentin Tarantino is on the search for actors to star in a film about the cult leader, which is set to drop in August 2019. Besides DiCaprio, he's eyeing Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Margot Robbie. —VICE