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  • RI repatriates 27 Indonesians from Yemen

    The Indonesian government repatriated 27 students, some of whom were with their relatives, from Yemen on Thursday because of the deteriorating security situation in the Middle Eastern country, the Foreign Ministry has said.

  • Australia PM suggests MH370 search could be scaled back

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday suggested the search for missing Flight MH370 may be scaled back, while expressing hope the jet would be found a year after it vanished.

  • Delhi rape victim's father urges viewing of documentary

    The father of a woman who died after a savage gang-rape in Delhi said Thursday he thought everyone should watch a documentary about the attack broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.

  • January global passenger traffic signals suggest solid start to 2015

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced on Thursday that the global passenger traffic results for January 2015, showing 4.6 percent traffic growth, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), compared to January 2014.

  • External factors put pressure on rupiah

    Having held out from breaching the Rp 13,000 per US dollar level for days, the domestic currency finally breached the psychological threshold as economic concerns on China and the Ukraine affected investors’ appetite for emerging-market assets.

  • JCI climbs 0.30% at Thursday’s opening

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note on Thursday, climbing by 0.30 percent to 5,464.58 points.

  • Rupiah weakens to Rp 13,000 per dollar on Thursday morning

    The rupiah interbank trade rate on Thursday morning weakened by 25 basis points to Rp 13,000 per US dollar from the previous Rp 12,975 per US dollar.

  • Analysis: Desirable February deflation, undesirable rupiah weakness

    Beating our and market expectations, the country’s February Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed further deflation of 0.36 percent month-to-month (January: -0.24 percent), the lowest level in 15 years. February data also showed year-to-date (y-t-d) CPI deflation of 0.61 percent. We note that the last time, deflation for two consecutive months was recorded in March-April 2011.

  • RRI, TVRI: The forgotten agents of change

    Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), the national radio station, was established less than one month after president Sukarno announced independence on Aug. 17, 1945, and used the radio infrastructure left behind by radio stations previously run by the Japanese invaders.

  • Crew familiar with audio/video: RRI

    RRI president director Niken Rosalita Widiastuti has dismissed fears that the TVRI-RRI merger may flounder because of the distinctive characteristics of radio and television. Here are excerpts of the Post’s recent interview with Niken on the merger plan.

  • Merger could be very complicated: TVRI

    After the high-profile graft case involving comedian Mandra Naih came to light, TVRI directors were reluctant to talk to the media. After several attempts, The Jakarta Post managed to interview TVRI’s new director for general affairs, Eka Muchamad Taufani. He welcomes the merger plan with RRI but opposes the idea of merging all organizational levels. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

  • Policymakers envision RI version of BBC, NHK

    Television of the Republic of Indonesia (TVRI) and Radio of the Republic of Indonesia (RRI) usually rank well down the list of broadcasters that urban and young people discuss despite their vast networks covering almost the entire archipelago.

  • Greater Jakarta: Police arrest parents for dumping dead baby

    Police in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, have arrested a couple identified only as ST, 46 and R, 36, for dumping the body of their baby in a trash bin on Jl. DI Panjaitan in Jatinegara.

  • Greater Jakarta: City to pay out civil servants’ bonuses

    Regional secretary Saefullah has said that civil servants’ bonuses will be disbursed next week. The disbursement of the bonuses had been delayed for two months due to the city budget dispute.

  • Greater Jakarta: Brothers nabbed for stealing rearview mirror

    The Jakarta Police recently arrested a 17-year-old boy identified only as AH along with his older brother SA, 25, for allegedly stealing a wing mirror from a Toyota Harrier, worth Rp 15 million (US$1,154).

  • Greater Jakarta: Official admits proposing UPS procurement

    Former Central Jakarta Education Agency head Zainal Soleman said on Wednesday he had coordinated with former Jakarta Education Agency head Lasro Marbun to procure controversial uninterrupted power systems (UPS), at a cost of Rp 5.8 billion (US$446,600) per unit.

  • Nature lovers

    Foreign tourists preparing to enter the Cibodas waterfall site in West Java look for stout branches to assist their trek into nature. The tourist site attracts domestic and foreign tourists and is relatively deserted during the working week.

  • Ahok encourages subordinates to join fight for transparency

    As the 2015 Jakarta budget dispute escalates, Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has encouraged his subordinates to join him in the fight for transparency.

  • Dance teacher stands trial for alleged sexual abuse

    A dance teacher at St. Monica’s early childhood education school in Sunter, North Jakarta, appeared before the North Jakarta District Court on Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a two-and-a-half-year-old male student.

  • Motorcyclists go extra mile against street crimes

    The number of violent motorcycle thefts that have occurred in Greater Jakarta in recent weeks has stirred unrest among residents. Some motorcyclists are taking extra precautions to maintain their safety during late night trips home.

  • Fresh welcome

    Workers clean the fountain area of the Welcome Statue in the middle of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Wednesday as part of routine maintenance

  • Comments on other issues: New police detectives may hamper KPK

    Doubts are mounting over the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) commitment to pursuing high-profile cases following a plan to assign new police investigators to assist the antigraft body at the request of its new leadership.

  • 90% off

    Consumers choose shoes at the 2015 Nike Football Bazaar at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan on Wednesday. The event, organized by Bank Mega and PT Altofit Berkat Abadi (Nike Indonesia’s retailer), provides discounts of up to 90 percent on products. For Bank Mega credit card holders there was an additional 10 percent off for each transaction using the card. JP/Ricky Yudhistira

  • Comments on other issues: Ticket counters to be scrapped at two airports

    Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, and Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, will no longer directly sell tickets as all ticket counters will be turned into customer service counters operated by airlines as of Sunday.

  • Issue of the day: KPK staff walk out in protest

    Hundreds of employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) staged a walkout for a quarter of an hour in protest at the commission’s decision to hand over the case on former National Police chief candidate Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

  • Photo expo

    A visitor checks out a video camera at FOCUS Jakarta Photo & Digital Imaging Expo 2015, the biggest photography exhibition in Indonesia with more than 100 brands and 28 companies participating, at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan on Wednesday. Photography equipment is getting more expensive as the rupiah weakens against the US dollar. JP/Ricky Yudhistira

  • Text your say: KPK sidelines BLBI, focuses on Bank Century

    Your comments on the statement made by leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that they will focus on investigating the Bank Century case, which occurred during Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s tenure, but will sideline a probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case, which occurred under Megawati Soekarnoputri’s presidency:

  • Calming ‘wild’ forces of nature

    Cockfighting is an important element of Balinese caru rituals, which are sacrificial rites held prior to any major religious festival.

  • Your letters: Offering tax incentives not enough

    This refers to an article titled “Tax breaks for labor-intensive industries,” (The Jakarta Post, March 3, p1).

  • Your letters: Challenge to clean officials

    Indonesia and its capital city, Jakarta, are undergoing changes after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama took up their respective positions.

  • Your letters: PDI-P owes Jokowi everything

    This refers to an article titled “KPK to focus on Century, sidelines BLBI,” (The Jakarta Post, Feb. 27).

  • For 74 years, serving one wonderful dish

    There is no beach view, no exotic luxury, no wide screen sports TV or free Wi-Fi at this no-frills warung in Sanur — yet the place is jumping.

  • Curb electoral graft through state funding of parties (Part 2 of 2)

    Electoral corruption, to cite the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), is part of political corruption committed by politicians prior to staying in power. The politician employs all legal and illegal means during the election period to persuade voters.

  • Addressing the Papua issue in the Pacific

    Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi visited three Pacific countries this week, namely Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Solomon Islands and Fiji, to strengthen relations between Indonesia and Pacific nations.

  • Guess what?: /rif to collaborate with Tommy Lee, Gwen Stefani

    Rock band /rif says it will collaborate with Tommy Lee, the composer and drummer of heavy metal band Motley Crue, for their latest album.

  • Guess what?: Bastian loves taking selfies

    Bastian, a former member of local boyband Coboy Junior, says he is addicted to taking selfie pictures.

  • Capital punishment — Jokowi’s twin policy positions

    As Indonesia moves into the final phase of its preparations for the execution of 10 convicted drug offenders, it’s worth pausing for a moment to ponder some disturbing statistics.

  • Netanyahu’s remote control

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fiery speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday was not only damaging and humiliating for US President Barack Obama but also effectively destroyed the already low trust of American allies and friends, especially among Arab countries and predominantly Muslim nations, in Washington.

  • Wanted: More politicians

    More political parties and politicians may not be a popular priority, but our parties are in limbo, with our smiling President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo perhaps eagerly seeking new parties to cross over to his coalition.