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  • 618 pieces of processed wood confiscated in Batam

    Batam authorities have confiscated 618 pieces of processed wood sourced from illegal logging operations in protected forests and backed by security officers between February and May, an official stated Saturday.

  • Jokowi’s eldest son gets ready to tie knot

    Surakarta is gearing up to host what could be the most anticipated wedding of the year, between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and the 2009 Miss Surakarta, Selvi Ananda.

  • Teacher accused of sex abuse to be fired

    The Jakarta Education Agency will send a recommendation letter to the Employment Agency (BKD) to fire a male teacher identified as J at a public elementary school in East Jakarta for allegedly sexually abusing five female students.

  • Govt to pass regulation on migrants

    The government is drafting a presidential regulation (Perpres) on the handling of undocumented migrants, an important piece of legislation that has been at the drawing board stage for almost two years.

  • Everything in order

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama visits a trader’s booth on Friday after he opened Lenggang Jakarta at the iconic National Monument (Monas). The area is a place where people can operate their businesses legally and is meant to showcase how the city administration handles street vendors. JP/Awo

  • Uncle zone

    Irish boyband Boyzone performs at a concert called “A Night of Reunion with Boyzone” at the Senayan Sports Stadium, Jakarta, Friday night. The band’s members — (left to right) Shane Lynch, Michael Graham, Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy — were very popular in Indonesia in the 1990s. JP/Awo

  • House wants KPU audited as regional polls near

    A few weeks before the kickoff of simultaneous elections for regional heads, the House of Representatives has called on the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to audit the General Elections Commission (KPU), a move widely thought to be done in retaliation for the government’s refusal to amend the 2015 Local Elections Law and the 2011 Political Parties Law.

  • Synthetic rice issue affects traditional markets

    The plastic rice issue affects traditional markets nationwide, according to a vendors association.

  • In New York, property firms target Indonesia’s super rich

    In the US east coast city of New York, affluent Indonesians are sought after by property developers on the look out for Asian buyers with high purchasing power.

  • Susi goes after Chinese boats

    The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is seeking to appeal a recent fisheries court ruling involving the operators of five Chinese-built fishing vessels charged with poaching.

  • Japan to give $400 m to Pacific islands to fight climate change

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged US$453 million in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters.

  • Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia

    Indonesia has told Australia that most of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia are illegal laborers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in comments published Saturday.

  • BNPB ordered to assist Rohingya in Aceh

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has ordered the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to handle the Rohingya asylum seeker situation in Aceh, where many are stranded.

  • Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

    Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighborhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack

    A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

  • US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis

    Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top US diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been reluctant to do.

  • Putting it briefly: Jakarta to host international 10k run

    Jakarta is set to hold its annual international 10-kilometer running competition on May 31 as part of its celebration of the city’s 488th anniversary.

  • Riser ShaDaff team gets Garuda sponsorship

    Being the recipient of sponsorship from Garuda Indonesia seemed to provide more impetus to Indonesia’s Riser ShaDaff Motorsport team, with its ace driver Senna Noor achieving his third top podium in as many races in the Asian Rotax Max Challenge at the weekend.

  • Guess what?: Davina to launch batik line

    Model-actress Davina Veronica intends to launch her own batik line with two friends.

  • Guess what?: Angel Pieters speaks up over award scandal

    Singer Angel Pieters has finally spoken up over a controversy surrounding her recent win at the Indonesian Movie Awards.

  • Urban Chat: On Terawangan, Taliwang and tra-la-la

    It was a hot summer long ago when the wide-eyed teens that were myself and a couple of pals first landed in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. The father of a mutual friend of ours was working there and we were invited to tour this little island located just next to the very popular Bali.

  • Casual Hipsters

    When three popular fashion brands — Major Minor, Hunting Fields and (X)S.M.L. — presented their latest spring/summer collections, they charmed fashion lovers with their fresh yet laid-back looks.

  • Estelle Linden: Going all out for new heroine

    For 20-year-old actress Estelle Linden, the upcoming superheroine movie Valentine is a defining moment of her career.

  • Auto gathering

    While perusing the company report, Mitra Pinasthika Mustika commissioners Istama Tatang Siddharta (left to right), Simon Halim, Tossin Himawan, Danny Walla, president commissioner Edwin Soeryadjaya, finance director Troy Parwata, director Andi Esfandiari, business development director Agung Cahyadi Kusumo and human resource director Titien Supeno pose after an annual shareholders meeting in Jakarta on Friday. The consumer automotive company has decided to use its 2014 net profits to expand its business and maintain growth. JP/Jerry Adiguna

  • Trade in

    Auto 2000 Pramuka Jakarta branch office head Biyouzmal (left to right), Bursa Toyota Kita (Burtok) committee chairman Ridwan T. Prawiro and Auto 2000 Daan Mogot branch office head Coddy Kurniawan take a closer look at a car engine during a Burtok event held at Senayan East Parking Lot, Jakarta, on Friday. During the event, held until Monday, Toyota customers can get various discounts and bonuses for trading in their cars. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama

  • Developers laud relaxed LTV, foreign ownership

    Major developers are welcoming the central bank’s plan to loosen its mortgage policy and a possible plan to allow foreign ownership of luxury apartments, saying that they will help to balance the industry amid an economic slowdown and challenges stemming from an upcoming revision of property taxes.

  • Tiphone aims to reap Rp 3t from loans, bonds

    Phone and cellular voucher distributor PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia aims to reap around Rp 3 trillion (US$228.5 million) from both syndicated loans and the bond market in the first half of this year, in a bid to ease its financial burdens.

  • HSBC to buy all public shares in Bank Ekonomi starting in June

    London-based lender HSBC Asia Pacific Holdings (UK) Limited will buy all public shares in its subsidiary Bank Ekonomi in an effort to delist it from the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).

  • How can governments and companies promote quality of life and competitiveness?

    It may seem obvious that the more a country or company invests in an individual’s personal development, the higher the chances that that person will succeed professionally and make a significant economic contribution that can benefit all. But just because something seems obvious that does not mean that it is fully understood and much less that it is acted on.

  • Ten ways to become a great mentor

    Mentoring is a much used and abused word. Becoming a great mentor is by no means a goal or a destination, but a journey that has a starting point and a constantly changing end point. To be effective at different stages of this journey, a mentor needs to keep his or her mind open, constantly adding value, helping the relationship evolve and playing different roles at different stages.

  • Daring to make decisions to move forward

    Veteran banker Herwidayatmo focuses on openness and firmness in capitalizing on his leadership savviness to take his team to the next level.

  • An open gate

    Workers watch over a container loaded from the MV Marine ship — which plies the route from Surabaya to Singapore — to an electricity-powered automated container transporter (ACT) at the dock of Terminal Teluk Lamong seaport, Gresik, Friday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Friday the operation of Terminal Teluk Lamong port, which is worth Rp 4.65 trillion (US$353 million). Built by Pelindo III, the semi-automatic port, which has a capacity of 5.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year, is expected to cut high logistics costs in Indonesia. JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana

  • Govt to auction more oil, gas blocks this year

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry will tender 10 oil and gas blocks in a new bidding round this year to supplement new working contracts secured earlier this year in a bid to increase output despite a waning investment-appetite.

  • Indonesians shake off economic gloom

    More than half of Indonesians think the country is in recession, but they are still among the most optimistic in the world in terms of personal finances and job prospects, according to a recent Nielsen survey.

  • Solution needed to manage water resources in SE Asia

    As demand for water is projected to increase dramatically in the near future, nations across Southeast Asia need to better manage water resources and create dynamic solutions to cope with water challenges in the region, experts have warned.

  • Contaminated food

    Personnel from the Jakarta chapter of the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) check samples of food sold on Jl. Sabang, Central Jakarta, on Friday. They found dangerous substances in the food, such as formaldehyde in the kwetiau (Chinese noodles) and yellow and white tofu as well as borax in the rice cakes.JP/DON

  • Greater Jakarta: Jakarta traffic jams cause Rp 65 trillion in losses

    The capital’s notorious traffic jams are believed to cause some Rp 65 trillion (US$5 billion) in losses each year.

  • Greater Jakarta: 100 boats for Cisadane River Festival

    The Tangerang administration will present 100 boats to showcase the city’s rich culture during the Cisadane River Festival, which will be held from May 23 to May 30.

  • Greater Jakarta: Bus drivers required to pass urine tests

    Drivers of public transportation vehicles will be required to pass urine tests before they are allowed to transport passengers to other cities. The move is part of a series of safety measures aimed at ensuring the safety of passengers traveling home ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday in July.

  • Greater Jakarta: Pertamina to build 22 natural gas stations

    State-owned gas company Pertamina is set to develop and operate 22 natural gas filling stations (SPBG) across Jakarta this year in order to support the central government’s gasoline-to-gas conversion program.

  • Community embraces self-sufficient living

    Three men were digging holes at a construction site under the scorching sun in Kukusan subdistrict, Beji, Depok, West Java, when a man hopped down off his scooter and began admiring their work.

  • Parents who ‘abandoned’ kids may avoid punishment

    The Jakarta Police conducted another psychological evaluation on Friday morning of the parents who are alleged to have abandoned their five children.

  • Public encouraged to get involved in park building

    The administration will try a new approach to building children-friendly parks by involving residents in the planning and construction process.