The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian death toll, Social Good Summit
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the increasing number of Indonesians who died in the stampede at the hajj pilgrimage, to the Social Good Summit in Jakarta, here's the top news to start your day.
1. Indonesian death toll
Over 700 are dead and hundreds more injured after a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. As of Sunday, September 27, 34 Indonesians are dead while 6 are injured.
Another 90 are still missing. The Hajj is the largest single gathering of people in the world, with 2 to 3 million people in attendance. Read more.
2. Malaysia haze
Thick white smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming enveloped Malaysia's capital and other areas over the weekend triggering school closures for Monday, September 28, as weeks of choking haze showed no sign of abating.
Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid smoke billowing from fires on plantations and peatlands that are being illegally cleared by burning. Read more.
3. Indonesian victim
Investigators on Friday, September 25, combed through the wreckage of a school bus that crashed with a tourism vehicle in Seattle, as authorities released the names of the 4 students who died in the accident.
18-year-old Privaudo Putradauto of Indonesia was one of the victims. He was among 45 international students and staff from the college who were heading to visit a baseball field and an open-air market when their bus crashed with a tour vehicle. Read more.
4. Sharia banks
Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, has a Muslim population of around 225 million but this huge number of faithful has not translated into success for sharia banks, institutions required to do business in line with Islamic principles.
Now regulators have launched a plan aimed at growing the sector, which currently accounts for less than 5% of banking assets, compared to a quarter in neighboring, more developed Muslim-majority Malaysia and around half in Saudi Arabia. Read more.
5. Social Good Summit in Jakarta
Rappler Indonesia and the United Nations Development Programme present Indonesia +SocialGood: The Social Good Summit in Jakarta, where representatives and leaders from government to business and advocacy groups talk about the impact of technology and the internet on social good initiatives around the world.
Some speakers include Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia ,General (ret.) TNI Luhut Binsar Panjaitan; and Nadiem Makarim, CEO, Go-Jek. Read more and watch the livestream, which starts at 9am here. – Rappler.com