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  • 'Medal Ceremony Girls' take up Korea beauty battle

    North Korea has its "Army of Beauties", but the rival South is fighting back at the Asian Games with its "Medal Ceremony Girls".

  • Jakarta to merge elementary schools to save cash

    The Jakarta Education Agency head Lasro Marbun has said his agency will merge 685 elementary schools across the capital in a bid to cut the city’s education costs.

  • Need for speed

    A jockey runs a pair of cows during a karapan cow race qualifying round of the President Cup at R. Soenarto Hadiwidjojo Stadium in Pamekasan, Madura, on Monday. The final race will be held on Oct. 19. (Antara)

  • Jakarta and Fiji team up on fire management

    The Jakarta Administration is set to begin cooperation with the Republic of Fiji in the field of firefighting and disaster management.

  • Rupiah strengthens, JCI falls at close

    The rupiah interbank trade rate strengthened slightly by two basis points to Rp 11,958 per US dollar in Monday's closing session.

  • China appeals disqualification, confirms WR

    A successful appeal against their disqualification gave Olympic champion Yi Siling's Chinese team a world record in the women's 10-meter air rifle event and an Asian Games gold medal on Monday.A successful appeal against their disqualification gave Olympic champion Yi Siling's Chinese team a world record in the women's 10-meter air rifle event and an Asian Games gold medal on Monday.

  • Sun withdraws from China relay team at Asian Games

    Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang has withdrawn from the Chinese men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team at the Asian Games.

  • China holds photo exhibition at National Museum

    The Chinese government is holding a photo exhibition on China’s history at the auditorium of the National Museum in Central Jakarta.

  • Lunches dumped to avoid food-poisoning scare

    Asian Games organizers say they discarded 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples.

  • Cooperation projects

    Indonesian Minister of Maritime and Fisheries Resources Sharif C. Sutardjo (left) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director General Jose Graziano da Silva met Friday in Rome discussing cooperation projects in Indonesia.

  • KPPU probes Pertamina over high avtur price

    State-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina is being probed by the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) for increasing the price of aviation turbine fuel (avtur), which the KPPU deems a violation of principles of fair business practice.

  • Dream Theater to rock Jakarta next month

    US progressive metal band Dream Theater is set to return to Jakarta for a concert at Lapangan D Senayan, Central Jakarta, on October 26 as part of their 2014 Along For the Ride tour.

  • Two alleged child kidnappers saved by police before angry mob almost burns them alive

    Two men are in the custody of the Malang Police after almost being burned alive on Monday by local residents who accused them of kidnapping children in the Pagak area of Malang, East Java.

  • Plantation holding firm officially established: Dahlan

    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan says a state-run plantation holding firm has been established after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the presidential decree (PP) on the holding firm on Sept. 18.

  • Army, police to investigate Batam shooting

    The police and Army in Batam, Riau Islands, are forming a joint team to investigate a shooting incident that saw four soldiers wounded.

  • Spanish priest with Ebola flown back to Madrid

    A Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital.

  • Innocent victims

    Innocent victimsA Syrian Kurdish girl looks at the Turkish police (unseen) as she crosses the border between Turkey and Syria near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on Sunday. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

  • Race to the finish

    Indonesia's Triady Fauzi Siddiq competes in a men's 200-meter individual medley swimming heat at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

  • Deserted

    A few people are seen during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sunday. Volunteers going door to door during a three-day lockdown intended to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone say some residents are growing increasingly frustrated and complaining about food shortages. (AP/Michael Duff)

  • Putting it briefly: 2014 Phuket ABG at Incheon

    INCHEON, South Korea: The ongoing Asian Games are being used by some members of the National Olympic Committee to promote their events.

  • Putting it briefly: Powerlifting needs lobby for 2018 Asian Games

    INCHEON, South Korea: The government’s lobbying capabilities will be put to the test in the lead-up to the 2018 Asian Games, which will be hosted in Jakarta.

  • Indonesian team look ahead to Rio

    Syarah Angraini failed to win a medal at the Moonlight Festival Garden on Sunday, but Indonesia’s weightlifting team did not give in to despondency; instead, the team is looking to the future and the other sporting challenges that lay ahead.

  • Indonesia flops in team gold chase

    The Indonesian badminton team extended an apology following the failure of its men’s team in quarterfinal matches against Chinese Taipei at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea on Sunday.

  • Rupiah appreciates to 11,955 Monday morning

    The rupiah interbank trade rate appreciated slightly by five basis points on Monday morning to Rp 11,955 per US dollar.

  • Eko tops off Olympic medal with Asian bronze

    The weightlifting team contributed another medal to the Indonesian delegation at the Asian Games on the second day of competition, which was marked by tight rivalry between Japan and China in the swimming pool, on Sunday.

  • Okky Madasari: Pleasure in the social & political

  • Checkpoints around White House may be coming

    The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.

  • Asian shares slip on jitters over China growth

    Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

  • Slaughtering poultry in villages to be banned in Jakarta next year

    Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said the city administration would ban people living in villages from slaughtering poultry by January next year.

  • 40 hectares of land prepared for city gardens in Jakarta

    Jakarta Parks and Cemetery Agency head Nandar Sunandar said that next year the capital city would have an additional 40 hectares of land that would be used to establish urban gardens.

  • Up to 7,000 people with social problems found in Jakarta this year

    The Jakarta administration had found there were around 7,000 people with social and community problems (PMKS) across the capital city as of August this year, an official announced.

  • Industry’s biggest scaler vendors pledge support for AMD’s Project FreeSync

    New technology collaborations pave way for production monitors featuring AMD’s license-free solution to stuttering and tearing in PC games

  • Six suspected terrorists arrested in Bima allegedly linked with Poso network

    West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Police head Brig. Gen. Sriyono said that the arrest of six suspected terrorists on Saturday in Bima, NTB, allegedly had connection with a Poso-based terrorist network led by Santoso, who had been noted in the police’s most wanted list (DPO).

  • In Australia, Indonesian students fret gov’t scholarships

    Barry Permana had to find a place to stay for a few days in Jakarta. His hands were laden with luggage as he arrived at Soekarno-Hatta airport from Banda Aceh.

  • American couple travel around the world on durian mission

    An American couple are tra­velling the world for a cause – spreading good news about Malaysia’s King of Fruits.

  • PSI hits unhealthy level; Indonesia conducts cloud seeding

    World-class Formula One drivers roared through the Marina Bay Street Circuit last night, as the air quality here worsened.

  • Guess what?: Citra goes cutesy in new single

    JAKARTA: Singer Citra Scholastika says that she wants to explore her singing talents with her new single, “Jangan Paksa Ahh” (Don’t Make Me).

  • JCI falls 0.15% in morning session

    After strengthening at Friday's close last week, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a negative note in Monday's first trading session, declining by 0.15 percent to 5,219.

  • Guess what?: Nicholas Saputra transforms for hero flick

    JAKARTA: Model and actor Nicholas Saputra says he has had to endure a physical transformation for his role in the upcoming epic Pendekar Tongkat Emas (Golden Scepter Knight).

  • A modern city-state, Rrising from ashes

    Anyone who visits Singapore from Jakarta is struck by the contrast between the cities.

  • Twitter wants to bring RI experience to the world

    US-based social networking giant Twitter Inc., which runs the micro-blogging site Twitter, will establish an office in Jakarta in the next three to six months. During a recent trip to Indonesia, Twitter’s president of global revenue and partnership, Adam Bain, spoke to The Jakarta Post’s Khoirul Amin about his company’s strategy for establishing a big presence in the country. Below are excerpts from the interview:

  • Medco to boost coal production, seek loans for refinancing

    Energy company PT Medco Energi InternaSional is looking to increase its coal production next year, supported by the launch of operations at its Duta Tambang Sumber Alam (DTSA) mine.

  • Offering Google a much-needed Bahasa boost

    The popularity of Google is hard to deny, with its search engine earning the nickname “Mbah Google” for helping people find answers to life’s pressing questions, whether tough or simple one like which restaurant to take a date to.

  • MasterCard integrates Apple Pay

    While banking consolidation is being demanded, there is a mounting call to build at least two Indonesian banks of international class in terms of capital, assets and governance to gear up for the ASEAN free financial market.

  • Banking consolidation imperative for efficiency and to face ASEAN market

    While banking consolidation is being demanded, there is a mounting call to build at least two Indonesian banks of international class in terms of capital, assets and governance to gear up for the ASEAN free financial market.

  • OJK plans cap on micro credit, banks on alert

    The Financial Services Authority (OJK) plans to set a cap on micro credit rates this year, a move that would put domestic lenders on alert as micro lending has been seen as the most profitable credit segment.

  • RI car production could reach 2.2m by 2017

    About 100 local and foreign businesses are planning to build automotive component factories to take advantage of Indonesia’s growing car production, which is expected to reach 2.2 million cars in 2017, according to the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo).

  • State plantation, forestry firms expected to improve

    The country’s state plantation and forestry companies are expected to perform much better following the signing of a government regulation on the establishment of holding companies for both sectors.

  • Peaceful ASEAN-China dialogue needed

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has reiterated the need to solve the ongoing dispute on the South China Sea through peaceful dialogue and negotiation based on international laws.

  • Jakarta and Bandung team up to increase train use

    Since the opening of the Jakarta-Bandung toll road in 2005, Jakartans have been flooding the neighboring city of Bandung with cars on weekends, prompting Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil’s announcement of plans to utilize cable cars and a monorail in Bandung in an effort to increase efficiency.

  • UI urges police not to drop Sitok’s case

    Several professors at the University of Indonesia (UI) have called on the police to continue their investigation into the rape case involving the poet Sitok Srengenge, amid fears that the police might be ready to drop the case.

  • Vendors, KAI engaged in long legal battle

    The legal battle between thousands of vendors and the state-owned railway operator, PT KAI, has yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • College students rely on pirated books for studying

    Arfany, a 17-year-old freshman in history at Jakarta State University (UNJ), was chatting with four friends while waiting for some books to be wrapped at Senen Market in Central Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Finally, evacuees return home

    After living for almost a year in an evacuation center in Telagah subdistrict, Langkat regency, North Sumatra, 310 people displaced by the ongoing eruptions from Mount Sinabung finally returned to their homes in Karo regency on Sunday.

  • Banyumas to demolish Indomaret stores

    The Banyumas administration in Central Java plans to demolish 19 premises of the country’s largest minimarket chain — Indomaret — across the region, arguing that the stores do not have some of the licenses required by a regional bylaw.

  • Batam special province sought to optimize investment climate

    In a move that many say would give Batam, Riau Islands, a competitive advantage over neighboring countries in attracting investment, the central government is being called on to turn the municipality into a special province.

  • PDI-P defends swearing-in of graft-suspect lawmakers

    The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has lambasted a proposal to postpone the inauguration of three members of the House of Representatives on Oct. 1, due to their status as graft suspects.

  • Anis says threat from IS is overstated

    JAKARTA: Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Anis Matta has said that the global response to the extremist organization, the Islamic State (IS), is overstated, considering the size of the militant group compared to the military strength of most countries.

  • Komnas HAM holds inquiry to settle land disputes

    Speaking in her native Batak language, Opung Putra Lumbangaol quickly stole the attention of hundreds of people attending a public hearing held on Wednesday by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in Medan.

  • Comments on other issues:

    The Bogor administration will issue a regulation banning cars with “B” (Jakarta) license-plate numbers from entering Bogor, West Java, on weekends. Bogor Deputy Mayor Usmar Hariman said that the administration would make this regulation in a bid to decrease the volume of traffic and resulting congestion that usually happened in Bogor at weekends.

  • Issue of the day: Jakarta cars to be banned from Bogor

    The Bogor administration will issue a regulation banning cars with “B” (Jakarta) license-plate numbers from entering Bogor, West Java, on weekends. Bogor Deputy Mayor Usmar Hariman said that the administration would make this regulation in a bid to decrease the volume of traffic and resulting congestion that usually happened in Bogor at weekends.

  • Text your say: Addressing the haze

    Your comments on the ratification of a decade-old regional haze treaty by the House of Representatives, following pressure from neighboring countries over forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan:

  • Your letters: Sustainable production of palm oil

    I would like to comment on the article, “Paying for biofuel with the environment” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 15) by Priscilla Liu:

  • Will the Climate Summit in New York save climate politics?

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a Climate Summit in New York next week. Expected to attend are top officials from all UN member states, big transnational corporations, financial institutions, and a few select civil society representatives.

  • New focus for Indonesian foreign policy

    Because of historical and political reasons, the “world issues” focused on by the world press have been (a) issues between or among developed countries and (b) issues related to developed countries involved in matters of developing countries.

  • Discourse: Tax reforms should be next year’s top priority: Chatib

    Four years ago today, Finance Minister Muhamad Chatib Basri was a university lecturer known among his students for his fondness for wearing oversized batik shirts to class. Since then, he has enjoyed a quantum leap in his career, taking over as the chief of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in 2011, before becoming the chief pilot of Indonesia’s economy in 2013. The 49-year-old economist, rumored to be among the strongest candidates for the role of finance minister in the Cabinet of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, recently talked to The Jakarta Post’s Satria Sambijantoro and Vincent Lingga on the outlook of Indonesia’s fiscal policies.

  • Paid donors burgeon as supplies run low

    “What blood type do you need? Many here offer blood type A, B or C, and the price is Rp 200,000 [US$17.50] per bag,” a middle-aged man wearing dark glasses said with rapid-fire delivery.

  • Oligarchs strengthen grip on major parties

    The nomination of Megawati Soekarnoputri to be chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) for 2015-2020 and the takeover of the Gerindra Party by its chief patron, Prabowo Subianto, provide a clear indication that oligarchs remain in control of the country’s political arena, despite the recent victory of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, whom many see as an outsider.

  • Commentary: Fight against ‘haze export’ must not cease at pact ratification

    “Indonesia must be held accountable for the haze pollution here!” a strategic studies classmate of mine yelled last Tuesday.

  • How safe is Southeast Asia?

    The current global economic climate offers limited trade and investment options for businesses seeking much-needed growth. The economies of the traditional regional giants (North America and the European Union) have mainly stood still or contracted in the last five years.

  • Challenges and reform of the State Intelligence Agency

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is now busy drafting the Cabinet line-up for his upcoming administration in October. These days almost everyone talks about candidates for portfolios such as the foreign, defense and home ministries etc. But few are discussing the possible candidates for the chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).

  • Editorial: No more little kings

    Many have paid too much attention to the heated debate over the controversial bill on regional elections, but have overlooked the equally crucial bill on regional governments, which, if passed, will put an end to the phenomenon of little kings that has tarnished regional autonomy.

  • ‘Ciputat rape victim welcome’: LPSK

    The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) said the 16-year-old victim of an alleged gang rape and hit-and-run could apply for witness protection, as reported by

  • Govt develops rose apples for Jakarta families

    The government is developing a green Deli variety of rose apples ( jambu air), a native fruit of North Sumatra, which will be planted in several areas in Greater Jakarta, targeting middle-class families.

  • 14 former councilors detained for corruption

    The Semarang Prosecutor’s Office has detained 14 former 19992004-term city councilors over their alleged roles in a bogus insurance case.

  • Amid K-Pop invasion, J-Pop still shines in Jakarta

    As most Indonesian children, especially those in urban centers like Jakarta, are exposed from a young age to manga (Japanese comic books) and anime (Japanese animation), J-Pop (Japanese pop culture) has established a loyal following that not even the recent invasion of K-Pop (Korean pop culture) can rival.

  • Cops discover family-run drug business

    The Cilandak Police arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning a husband and wife for possession of 3.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu, at a set of traffic lights in Fatmawati, South Jakarta.

  • Tolerant religion minister wanted

    As the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the United Development Party (PPP), both of which are Islamic-based parties, vie to place one of their members in the post of religious affairs minister in the new Cabinet, many have called on president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to retain the current minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, due to his progressive stance on many issues, especially religious minority rights.

  • Regent refuses to resign for alleged graft

    Sumedang Regent Ade Irawan has refused to step down from his position despite being named a graft suspect by the West Java High Prosecutor’s Office in relation to the alleged misuse in 2011 of Cimahi municipal council official trip funds amounting to Rp 1.7 billion (US$147,000).

  • Police arrest 30 motorbike gang members

    Police apprehended 30 members of a motorbike gang who were reportedly planning to drink alcohol at a housing complex on Jl. Adhiyaksa Baru in Makassar on Saturday night.

  • New Zealander arrested for stealing

    The North Kuta Police have arrested a New Zealand national, Richard James Wackrow, 40, for allegedly stealing his friend’s belongings.

  • Metallica bass to be auctioned off

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said over the weekend that an Ibanez bass guitar that was presented as a gift by Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo to president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may be put up for auction in the near future.

  • Aburizal to run for Golkar leadership in 2015

    Incumbent Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie is expected to seek reelection as party chairman in a congress scheduled for next year.

  • Pope says religion can't justify violence

    Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.