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  • Jimly passes initial KPK test

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection committee announced on Saturday that Election Commission Honorary Council (DKPP) chair Jimly Assiddiqie was one of 194 applicants to have passed an initial administrative test.

  • TNI to pay compensation to 83 civilian victims in Hercules tragedy

    The Indonesian Military (TNI) will pay compensation to all civilian victims who were killed in the Air Force’s Hercules C-130 tragedy in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

  • 194 applicants pass administrative test for KPK roles

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection committee has so far passed 194 of 611 people applying to become the commission’s leaders.

  • Indonesians going abroad must report online: Ministry

    The case of an Indonesian believed to have gone missing in Syria has prompted the Foreign Ministry to issue a regulation requiring any Indonesian traveling outside the country to report online before departure.

  • MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

    Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday.

  • Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry

    Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead.

  • Wall Street Journal stands by report claiming state fund transfers to Najib

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is standing by its report that billions of ringgit were channelled into the personal bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying that their investigation was based on solid documentation.

  • Marzuki Alie likely to quit Yudhoyono’s party

    Former House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie has given signals he would likely quit former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party (PD) since he has not been entrusted with a role in the party’s current structure and composition.

  • Welcome

    Foreign tourists visit Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday. The rich history and beautiful architecture of Istiqlal, the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, attracts large numbers of foreign visitors

  • Flying fish

    People fly traditional fish-shaped kites at the 37th Bali Kite Festival on Padanggalak Beach near Denpasar, Bali, onFriday. Aimed at attracting tourists, the July 3-5 festival features more than 1,000 kites of traditional and modern designs.

  • Urban future

    Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil introduces the city’s development concept to US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake on Friday at the Bandung Command Center. During the visit, Ambassador Blake said that his country would support the Bandung municipal administration’s plan to implement the smart-city concept. 

  • Dismissed workers can withdraw JHT funds instantly

    Only workers who are dismissed and can no longer work with other employers, will be allowed withdraw their deposits from the old-age risk scheme, says president director of Workers’ Social Security Management Agency (BPJS TK) Elvyn G. Masassya.

  • Minor offense

    A foreign visitor stands trial in Denpasar, Bali, on Friday for taking puffs in a non-smoking area of Ngurah Rai International Airport. Anyone convicted of breaching the rule is fined Rp 50,000 (US$4).

  • Families demand compensation for civilian victims

    Family members of civilian victims of the C-130 Hercules military aircraft crash in Medan have urged the government to pay them compensation.

  • Ahok’s firm approach could backfire: Expert

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s heavy handed approach to his staff has demoralized the capital’s 72,000 civil servants and could hamper Ahok’s planned bureaucratic reforms and other programs, a public policy expert has said.

  • Jambi University imposes religious requirements

    Hani, a third-year student at the School of Economics at Jambi University (Unja), was shocked to learn that to graduate next year, it was not enough for her to complete all her compulsory subjects and her thesis.

  • Local airports on high alert against MERS

    In anticipating outbreaks of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in several countries, the Health Ministry has launched a nationwide operation to prevent the disease from spreading in Indonesia.

  • House talks alcohol control

    The alcohol prohibition bill is one step closer to being passed into law, with political factions at the House of Representatives agreeing in a plenary session on Friday to start its deliberation.

  • Jakarta still attractive as Idul Fitri holiday destination

    Visits to Jakarta’s tourist destinations during this year’s Idul Fitri holiday are expected to remain as high as they were in previous years. A number of tourist destinations are still selling their tickets at normal prices. The city has prepared extra facilities to maintain the safety of visitors and the cleanliness of tourist destinations.

  • What to know about UNESCO heritage sites in Indonesia

    The tourism industry in Indonesia is rapidly growing with the number of international visitors almost doubling since a decade ago. Everywhere in the country people are trying to get a piece of this booming business and doing their best to get exposure for the destinations in their regions.

  • Urban Chat: Has humanity been warned of its own demise?

    Relax -- this is not a piece about the US Supreme Court granting marriage rights to gay couples. I’ll leave that hot debate to others. This is about the larger picture of humanity, gays and straights alike.

  • Jessica Henwick: On top of the game

    British actress Jessica Henwick has all the ingredients for a successful career. She has the looks, the brains and a big heart that the entertainment industry loves. And she seems to get all the breaks.

  • Guess what?: Indro Warkop to hone acting skills

    JAKARTA: Renowned comedian Indro Warkop is to have a part in musical Janji Toba (Toba’s Promise), which centers on the legend behind Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest lake.

  • Guess what?: Aming shows some skin at NY parade

    JAKARTA: A recent decision by the US Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage has resulted in celebrations across the globe, including among some Indonesian celebrities.

  • Guess what?: Rapper Iwa K tries not to get lost in translation

    JAKARTA: Rapper Iwa K says he faced challenges when dubbing the character of an Autobot in Transformer: Age of Extinction, which is to be broadcast on HBO Asia on July 17.

  • Lombok’s majestic ‘tenun’

    Top Indonesian designers Barli Asmara and Dian Pelangi, as well as newcomer, Zaskia Sungkar have showcased their work utilizing the exquisite tenun woven fabrics of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, for the first time to Indonesian audiences.

  • Workers rally against controversial pension scheme

    Hundreds of workers rallied on Friday along the capital city’s main thoroughfares to protest against the government’s new pension scheme regulations that they claim violate labor rights.

  • Team nets 200 eligible candidates for KPK

    The committee tasked with selecting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners closed the registration on Friday after receiving applications from more than 500 candidates.

  • Police set up checkpoints for Idul Fitri exodus

    Two weeks before Idul Fitri, the National Police are preparing measures to ensure the safety of millions who plan to join the annual holiday exodus.

  • Ministry to take legal action against poachers

    The government has stepped up its campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is expected to take legal action against perpetrators of poaching-related activities.

  • National scene: Kalla holds meetings with Sri Mulyani

    JAKARTA: Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Friday that he had held several meetings with former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, currently a World Bank managing director, amid speculation that she had been tapped by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the new finance minister.

  • National scene: Suryadharma suspect in new graft case

    JAKARTA: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali a suspect in a new case related to the alleged embezzlement of operational funds at the Religious Affairs Ministry.

  • National scene: No Cabinet shake-up during Ramadhan

    JAKARTA: People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Zulkifli Hasan has stated that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had told him that there would be no announcement of a reshuffle of the Cabinet during Ramadhan.

  • National scene: Police must join rights committee: Badrodin

    JAKARTA: National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti has said that it is important for the police force to join the government-sanctioned human rights committee tasked to probe past rights abuses.

  • United Tractors pins hopes on aftersales, coal

    Heavy equipment distributor PT United Tractors has said it will rely on third-party coal and spare-part sales to counter slowdown in all of its business sectors pending realization of massive infrastructure projects in the country.

  • Mitratel tower deal hangs in the balance

    A share-swap deal between state-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and tower operator PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure is on the rocks after intervention from legislators.

  • Freeport ready to divest shares to local firms

    The majority shareholders of copper and gold mining giant Freeport Indonesia have agreed to divest part of their stake in the company in order to comply with mining regulations, despite continued uncertainty over its continued operation, according to an executive.

  • Land-capping funds to be used for stalled projects

    The Finance Ministry will issue a regulation to make the use of government land-capping funds more flexible so that the funds can be utilized more effectively in reviving stalled infrastructure projects.

  • Foreign lenders fret over proposed limit

    Limiting foreign ownership in local banks could be detrimental to the domestic economy, sending a negative signal to present and potential investors, according to a banking association.

  • MIKTA expected to help regional business, investment in RI

    To boost investment in regional areas across the country, the government needs to encourage local administrators to forge partnerships with provincial administrators from overseas, a chief legislator says.

  • Islands in focus: 650 ha paddy fields at risk of harvest failure

    MATARAM: The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Food Crops and Horticulture Agency has said that at least 650 hectares (ha) of paddy fields in the province are facing a high risk of harvest failure as a result of drought.

  • Islands in focus: Clerics asked to educate about elections

    BENGKULU: The Religious Affairs Ministry’s office in Bengkulu has called on clerics in the province to raise issues regarding the upcoming local elections when delivering sermons before tarawih (extra prayer services during Ramadhan) in local mosques.

  • Islands in focus: Bandung cracks down on relief letter forgery

    BANDUNG: The Bandung municipal administration in West Java has requested police assistance in dealing with parents who falsely claim to be poor when enrolling their children in school.

  • Govt urged to halt dam filling over mounting dissent

    A coalition of NGOs has urged the government to postpone the filling of the Jatigede dam in Sumedang regency, West Java, slated to begin next month, until they resolve thousands of public complaints submitted by local residents who are struggling with the social impacts of the reservoir project.

  • East Java’s Mount Raung sends another warning

    After a brief decline in activity, Mount Raung, located on the border between Banyuwangi, Bondowoso and Jember regencies in East Java, has again shown increased signs of activity, which could potentially upgrade the volcano’s alert status to the highest level.

  • LPSK grills witnesses over threat claim

    The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) began on Friday to verify the eligibility of several witnesses in the murder case of 8-year-old Engeline Margriet Megawe to receive the agency’s protection following their claim that they had been threatened and intimidated.

  • Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

    The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey.

  • Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals

    Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian Evangelicals.

  • Greater Jakarta: Police detain underage sex workers, trafficker

    Jakarta: Jakarta Police arrested on Friday a human-trafficking suspect, identified as D, and four underage girls who had been working as prostitutes on Jl. Taman Sari in West Jakarta.

  • Greater Jakarta: Only the rich, housemaids welcome: Ahok

    JAKARTA: Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said at City Hall on Friday that he did not mind outsiders moving to Jakarta, as long as they were rich or wanted to become domestic workers.

  • Greater Jakarta: 7 kids collared for throwing stones at train

    JAKARTA: Seven children in Penggilingan, Cakung, East Jakarta, were arrested by the police on Friday morning after they were caught throwing stones and nails at a passing train.

  • Greater Jakarta: Transjakarta buses taken off roads after fire

    JAKARTA: City-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta announced on Friday that it would temporarily stop the operation of 12 buses following a fire in Salemba, Central Jakarta,friday morning.

  • Golf: Duo shares Greenbrier lead, Woods in contention

    Tiger Woods made it safely to the weekend at the Greenbrier Classic, where Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas fired a five-under-par 65 to join Scott Langley atop the leaderboard on Friday.

  • Mother reported for allegedly abusing son

    The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) filed a report on Monday with the South Jakarta Police against a 47-year-old resident of Cipulir, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, for allegedly abusing her 12-year-old son.

  • Advertisers eye hordes of commuter line passengers

    As passenger numbers skyrocket, companies are increasingly attracted by the chance to advertise on commuter trains (KRL).

  • Depok – Antasari road faces locals’ resistance

    Despite construction having started in May 2014, a toll road that would connect Antasari in South Jakarta with Depok and Bogor in West Java still faces resistance from locals who have not agreed to sell their land.

  • Marriage matters, and thus we need equality

    The United States of America recently followed Mexico to become the 22nd country to legalize same-sex marriage, on June 3, 2015.

  • Three brilliant Chinese initiatives

    President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) recently introduced three brilliant initiatives that are interconnected to reshape a new international economic and political order. These indicate the readiness of the PRC to take a greater role in managing the global economy and assume leadership in a new international economic and political system.

  • Leonard Nimoy's son makes Spock documentary to honor father

    Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He's creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on "Star Trek."

  • Ensuring safety with integrated building management

    How much of a role does a building play in contributing to the success of our business? Not much. When we think about growth, we are more inclined to focus our attention on natural resources, labor and capital as the important triad of factors of production.

  • 2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next

    Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

  • Editorial: Tito’s street war

    The Jakarta Police chief position is always regarded as one of the last major steps for a rising-star general to reach the highest position at the National Police headquarters. For Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian, many people hope that he will prove to be far better than standard expectations.

  • Comments on other issues: ‘Difficult for RI to legalize gay marriage’

    For the third time, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must admit defeat. Hadi Purnomo’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said on Thursday that gay marriage was unacceptable in Indonesia because of religious norms.

  • Wine ice cream, maple water: 5 foods of the future?

    Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny.

  • Comments on other issues: Pinning hopes on KPK selection committee

    For the third time, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) must admit defeat. Hadi Purnomo’s pretrial challenge was upheld by the South Jakarta District Court and presents yet another test for the KPK in its struggle to remain in the hearts and minds of the public as a credible institution for eradicating corruption. (By Hery Firmansyah and Adam James Fenton)

  • Issue of the day: Ill-fated Hercules C-130 aircraft too old: VP

    The government has admitted that a Hercules C-130 aircraft owned by the Indonesian Air Force that crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday, was too old at over 50 years of age.

  • Text your say: Foreigners can own apartments

    Your comments on the governments move to allow foreigners to own apartments in Indonesia. The government plans, however, to limit the assets to those valued at a minimum of Rp 5 billion (US$375,000).

  • Your letters: Food self-sufficiency

    I refer to an article titled “Rice output soars, Jokowi’s policy successful: BPS,” (The Jakarta Post, July 1).

  • Your letters: Teachers’ scientific papers

    These two letters refer to “Teachers struggle to write scientific papers,” (The Jakarta Post, June 29).

  • World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

    World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government efforts failed to reassure panicky investors.

  • Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation

    In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests.

  • Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

    Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes' and 'no' camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece's most important vote since it joined the European Union.

  • Peru beats Paraguay 2-0 to finish 3rd in Copa America

    Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero each scored second-half goals to help Peru defeat Paraguay 2-0 in the third-place game at the Copa America on Friday.