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  • RI biggest laptop market in region

    In spite of recent technological advancements in mobile devices and consumer trends shifting toward the latest portable products, sales of laptop computers managed to hit nearly 4.9 million units in Southeast Asia’s six key markets in the first three quarters of this year.

  • Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat

    Britain's defense minister said Friday that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years.

  • Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down

    Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street. But its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.

  • Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote

    A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claims someone attempted to bribe him to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president.

  • Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out

    A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.

  • National Defense Day

    A military officer stands near a giant Indonesian flag during a National Defense Day ceremony at the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/DON)

  • Trade minister seeks to nominate Puan as 'jamu' ambassador

    Trade Minister Rahmat Gobel said on Friday that he would go all out to promote the consumption of jamu (Indonesian herbal and traditional medicine) domestically and abroad.

  • Temporary lake

    Residents wade through flood water in Sukaresik subdistrict, Tasikmalaya, West Java, on Friday. As many as 494 houses were submerged in floodwater after intense downpours caused the Cikidang River to overflow.(Antara)

  • Govt appoints Telkomsel chief to lead Telkom

    After his appointment during Telkom's shareholders meeting, Alex said he would lead Telkom to become a global player amid a challenging global environment.

  • Last respects

    Dancers perform the Rambu Solo funeral ritual in Ba’Tan village, North Toraja, South Sulawesi, on Friday. The ritual pays respects to the recently deceased. (Antara)

  • Star Alliance members to enhance networks to RI

    A number of Star Alliance member carriers are set to enhance their networks to Indonesia in 2015 in order to tap into the growth of travel demands from the country’s rising middle class and affluent consumers.

  • In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

    Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.

  • Australian Open goes back to The Australian course

    American Jordan Spieth will have an opportunity to defend his Australian Open title next year on the same course he won the tournament on three weeks ago.

  • Ex-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death

    A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported.

  • Pakistan: 59 militants killed after school massacre

    Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children -- in a school massacre.

  • Zodiac animal

    Window cleaners dressed as zodiac animal of horse, and sheep clean the glass exterior of a hotel in Tokyo, on Friday. During the year end “zodiac" hand over event, the outgoing Year of Horse handed a window wiper to successor the Year of Sheep. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

  • Demanding justice

    A woman who identified herself as the mother of missing student Adan Abarajan de la Cruz, 23, sits next to Mexican army soldiers standing in front of the entrance to the 27th Infantry Battalion base in Iguala, Mexico, on Thursday. Relatives of the 43 missing students blocked the entrance to the base in protest over the army's alleged responsibility or lack of response during the night of Sept. 26 when 43 students were taken by municipal police and then handed over to a drug gang to be killed and then the bodies burned, according to the results of the Attorney General's investigation. (AP/Felix Marquez)

  • Chinese businessmen urge establishment of China desk in Indonesia

    Chinese businessmen have underlined the importance of the establishment of a China desk at the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to provide guidance and facilitate their investments in Indonesia.

  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

  • Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge

    Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.

  • Guess what?: Andien’s new songs used on soundtracks

    Singer Andien says several songs from her newly released album, Let It Be My Way, have been used for soundtracks in several movies.

  • Guess what?: Karina wants to try to be a singer

    Actress Karina Salim says she is interested in expanding her career by trying out being a singer.

  • A night of Blues

    Two policemen and a soldier, still in their uniforms, challenged each other – not in a hostile way, but in a battle of guitar melodies.

  • A tribute to Gus Dur on the slopes of Merapi

    “Who is Gus Dur?” said Ina-yah Wahid, the daughter of the man better known as Abdurrahman Wahid, at the inauguration of Tombo Ati Mosque and a statue of her famed father in Sleman, Yogyakarta, in November.

  • In ‘santri’ country, a long-standing church thrives

    An abundance of Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) in Jombang has given it a reputation as a city of santri, or devout Muslims.

  • Soccer Friday: The homegrown coach who put pride back in the Malaysia shirt

    Dollah Salleh has a chance to earn Southeast Asian soccer immortality if he can turn around Malaysia’s 2-0 deficit against Thailand in the second leg of the AFF final in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. As his predecessor will tell you, lifting the Suzuki Cup can change your life.

  • RI archery team emerges as overall winner

    Indonesia’s archery team emerged as the overall champion of the 17th ASEAN University Games (AUG) after snatching five out of 10 gold medals in the discipline during the 11-day multi-sport event in Palembang, South Sumatra.

  • Rupiah surges for 2nd consecutive days on easing Fed fears

    The rupiah strengthened for the second consecutive days as investors’ worry on tighter global liquidity has proven to be disproportionate, after the US central bank delivered a strong signal that they would not hike the interest rate very soon.

  • Stable market next year, says Allianz

    Private life insurer PT Asuransi Allianz Life Indonesia predicts the life insurance industry will become more stable in 2015 after suffering a sharp decline this year. However, it may lose some of its corporate clients to the national health insurance (JKN) program.

  • OCBC NISP to review bond-issuance plan

    Publicly listed bank OCBC NISP, part of Singaporean lender OCBC Bank, will review its plan to issue Rp 3 trillion (US$235.85 million) worth of bonds in 2015 due to recent volatility in the financial market, its top executive has said.

  • DBS aims 15% growth in wealth management

    Bank DBS Indonesia, part of the Singapore-based DBS Group Holdings Ltd., expects its newly launched currency linked investment to help boost the lender’s wealth management business next year.

  • A simple guide to doing yoga at the office

    Discover simple ways to make the most of your office space for practicing yoga.

  • Rupiah rises to 12,468 in opening session

    The rupiah opened at 12,468 per US dollar on Friday, up from 12,562 per dollar.

  • Analysis: Continued weakness for auto sales in Nov.

    Based on sales figures released by the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) and the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), four-wheel (4W) sales weakened further to 91,300 units in November, down 13 percent month-on-month (m-o-m) and 18 percent year on year (y-o-y), with motorcycle (2W) sales reaching 582,000 units, down 14 percent m-o-m and 15 percent y-o-y (table 1 and 2). We believe this is a move to lower inventory levels ahead of low demand in the coming months due to the subsidized fuel-price increase in November.

  • JCI extends gains, opening at 5,141

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) extended its gains on Friday, opening 0.55 percent higher in line with the regional trend, analysts said.

  • Reform team recommends end to RON 88 gasoline imports

    The reform team for the oil and gas sector has recommended that state-owned PT Pertamina stop importing the registered octane number (RON) 88 specification gasoline so as to diversify the company’s supply sources.

  • Ternate airport closed following volcanic eruptions

    Babullah Airport in Ternate, North Maluku, was closed on Friday due to thick clouds of volcanic ash from eruptions of Mount Gamalama on the island.

  • Govt passes import quota of 600,000 tons for first quarter

    The government issued an import quota of 600,000 tons of raw sugar on Thursday to fulfill the needs of the domestic refining industry in the first quarter of next year.

  • Duties on finished goods to be raised

    The government is assessing the possibility of raising import duties on a wide range of finished goods as part of its efforts to harmonize its tariffs.

  • Govt to speed up railway projects next year

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans on launching several major railway projects next year to connect cities and strengthen the logistics network across the archipelago.

  • IMF still upbeat on RI despite lower growth forecast

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut Indonesia’s 2015 economic growth forecast but maintains optimism over reforms that could unlock growth potential against the backdrop of sluggish global economic conditions.

  • Comments: China shocked by fatal riot in Madagascar

    Dec. 14, Online/APThe Chinese Embassy in Madagascar expressed shock Sunday at a deadly riot involving local workers at a Chinese-run sugar plant and criticized the island nation’s government for failing to protect Chinese interests.

  • Comments: Middle class adjusts to increased taxi fares

    Dec. 11, p2Less than one month after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo increased subsidized-fuel prices, a number of taxi operators in Jakarta have started to adjust fares by around 25 percent.

  • Comments: Half-hearted support for direct elections

    Dec. 14, p2Despite its pledge to support the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on direct regional elections, the opposition Red-and-White Coalition has indicated that it will not give the ruling coalition an easy ride during the deliberation of the Perppu at the House of Representatives next year.

  • Comments: Ministry takes time to train teachers

    Dec. 15, p2Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan has said that it may be three or four years before a revised curriculum can be implemented nationwide.

  • Issue of the day: Rupiah plunges to 1998 crisis level

    Dec. 16, p1Despite Bank Indonesia’s (BI) continuous pledge to guard currency stability, the rupiah nosedived to the weakest level in 16 years, bringing the specter of the 1998 Asian financial crisis back into local policymakers’ minds.

  • Text your say: Dozens killed as landslide buries hamlet

    Your comments on a giant landslide that killed dozens of people in a hamlet in Banjarnegara, Central Java, and the government’s anticipatory measures as the rainy season continues and landslides and flooding remain a threat in many parts of the country:

  • Your letters: Expressing sarcasm through comedy

    There are many ways of expressing ideas, thoughts, opinions, feelings and emotions about something or someone. One way of doing so is by telling a joke. Stand-up comedy provides an outlet for people to share ideas and emotions in a humorous way.

  • Your letters: Principals and the curriculum

    This refers to an article “Ministry takes time to train teachers,” (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 15, p2)

  • KPK locks up ex-energy ministry secretary-general for graft

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained former Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry secretary-general Waryono Karno on Thursday night after questioning him for around 10 hours.

  • Your letters: Poor garbage management

    I refer to an article titled “Pekanbaru stiffens penalties against littering”, (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 17).

  • EU still focused on Aceh

    Leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Dec. 26, the European Union is still contributing to the development of Aceh by continuing projects on environmental sustainability and development, as well as trying to attract European investors to the province.

  • Weekly 5: Traditional markets around the clock

    While it is common for traditional markets to open from early morning to the afternoon, some traditional markets well-known for offering certain goods see more business in the evening and even until dawn. We list five traditional markets you can visit after office hours.

  • Police, locals clash over disputed land

    Police officers from the East Jakarta Police have been involved in a clash with hundreds of residents of Jl. Pemuda in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, in relation to a land dispute.

  • Startup company offers ‘easier, safer’ way to book taxis

    Amid growing concerns regarding security on public transportation, particularly in taxis, Southeast Asia’s leading taxi booking mobile application has introduced an “easier, safer and faster” way to access taxis in Jakarta.

  • Lessons learned from the Sydney hostage taking

    The siege involving a number of people by an armed man at the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia on Monday has come into the spotlight of the world community.

  • Promoting inclusive development

    As stated in his nine-point Nawacita agenda, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is introducing the idea of development starting from villages and peripheries — the areas that have been left far behind and neglected for decades. This seems to be a new policy so that underdeveloped groups in Indonesian society can benefit from development.

  • On the dwelling times of imported cargo

    Import cargo dwelling times are widely accepted as the main indicator of a port’s handling efficiency and have long been a central issue in debates on the high cost of logistics in Indonesia.

  • Avoid SBY’s mistake on fuel

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should not fall victim to the political temptation, as then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did in December, 2008, to cut the prices of subsidized fuels because international oil prices have declined to below US$ 55 per barrel now.

  • More residents moved under landslide threat

    At least 1,300 people in two districts of Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, have been evacuated following signs of possible landslides on a hill located above residential complexes.

  • Batam leases runway, Bandung eyes passengers

    Airports in Batam, Riau Islands province, and Bandung, West Java, are planning international cooperation as well as improved facilities to welcome an increasing number of passengers.

  • Press freedom remains under threat

    Years into the Reform era, representatives from international and regional freedom of expression organizations — grouped under the International Partnership Mission (IPM) — claimed that the freedom of the Indonesian press is still under threat.

  • Kalla re-elected as PMI chairman

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has been re-elected as the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) for a second term from 2015 to 2019 at the organization’s 20th national congress, defeating Golkar Party deputy chief Sri Hediati Haryadi, also known as Titiek Soeharto, the daughter of former president Soeharto.

  • Minister forces schools to quit curriculum

    Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Anies Baswedan has warned schools to follow his instruction to stop using the 2013 curriculum or the ministry will halt support for them.

  • Govt mulls raising JKN premium to control bills

    The government is tinkering with options in anticipation of looming financial trouble in the national health insurance (JKN) program caused by soaring medical bills submitted to the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).

  • TNI joint commands face many hurdles, say experts

    The plan to establish joint area defense commands (Kogabwilhan) among forces in the Indonesian Military (TNI) faces many challenges, experts say.

  • New AGO team to tackle graft

    In a bid to improve its reputation for graft prosecution, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), once deemed the country’s most corrupt institution, has established a special taskforce consisting of dozens of its best prosecutors to expedite investigations into high profile cases.

  • British, Dutch envoys submit credentials

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo received letters of credentials from four new foreign ambassadors in a ceremony at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.

  • Jokowi heading to Papua for Christmas

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is slated to go to Papua to celebrate Christmas this year and also plans to meet local residents to hear their aspirations on various issues.

  • Tough Ahok shows softer side to high-school students

    To the public, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has a tough image, often reprimanding his officials in front of the cameras.

  • Dispute strips glory from Golkar HQ

    With the Golkar Party leadership dispute intensifying in recent weeks, Polo, a receptionist at the party’s headquarters in West Jakarta, now has an additional task when receiving incoming correspondence.

  • In surprise move, govt bankrolls Bakries in Lapindo disaster

    The government has finally agreed to go another extra mile to bail out the powerful Bakrie family to settle the remaining compensation for victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java.

  • Jokowi lays out reform agenda

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo unveiled on Thursday his ambitious medium-term economic agenda, which includes plans to boost domestic production, spur growth and improve the fiscal balance to levels that Indonesia has not seen in decades.

  • Growing metropolis

    Casablanca non-tollroad overpasses easing congestion around the Kuningan and Sudirman business districts are seen from a bird’s-eye view on Thursday. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

  • Christmas business

    A worker puts the final touches on pieces at the Algonz collection workshop in South Tangerang on Thursday. The workshop is readying its collections to be supplied for Christmas celebrations. (JP/AWO)

  • Park improvement

    Children play on a mound of soil at Viaduct Park near the Parks and Cemetery Agency on Thursday. The soil is to be used to rejuvenate the park in Jatinegara, East Jakarta that is usually used by the homeless and sex workers at night. (JP/P. J. Leo)

  • CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters returns in April

    The fifth CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will be held on April 23-26, 2015 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, East Jakarta, the organizers announced on Thursday.

  • SNI-non-compliant importers punished

    The Trade Ministry has frozen and revoked dozens of goods identification numbers owned by importers that sell products that do not comply with National Indonesian Standards (SNI).

  • RI fisherman dies in freighter collision off Japan

    A Japanese fisherman and his Indonesian crewmate died off western Japan after their boat collided with a cargo ship, Japan’s coastguard said Thursday.

  • 50 buildings along Anyar River demolished

    In order to anticipate rainy-season floods, Menteng district officers have demolished 50 illegal buildings along the banks of the Anyar River in Central Jakarta.

  • City installs hundreds of cute waste bins

    In a bid to encourage residents not to litter, the Sanitation Agency is installing 1,809 attractive waste bins in various forms in five municipalities.

  • Fort Vastenburg to be bought before July 2015

    Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo, better known as Rudy, is optimistic he can take over the management of Fort Vastenburg from the private sector before his term ends in July 2015.

  • 5-month sentence sought for Facebook user

    Prosecutors at the Bantul District Court on Thursday sought a five-month sentence for Ervani Emy Handayani, 29, who is accused of insulting behavior on Facebook.

  • Mayor wants better air with Thursday car ban

    Pekanbaru Mayor H. Firdaus launched the “Kamis Bersih Tanpa Asap” (Clean, Smog-Free Thursdays) movement on Thursday, abbreviated as Kasih Papa (Papa’s Love), banning all civil servants in Pekanbaru municipality from using private vehicles to go to their offices every Thursday.

  • Minister welcomes probe on regional heads

    Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has encouraged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to prosecute regional heads whose bank accounts are subject to suspicious transactions of up to trillions of rupiah, as earlier detected by the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).

  • Govt considers keeping four leaders of KPK

    Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto said the government would consider a request from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to keep its remaining four leaders until the end of their tenure.

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.