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  • Royal parade

    Several foreign tourists watch a parade during the opening of the Yogyakarta Art Festival 2014 on Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Yogyakarta, on Wednesday. The weeklong festival will also feature art performances from other provinces. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

  • Traditional racing

    Three jockeys ride their horses during the Gayo horse race as part of the Aceh Governor’s Cup held at HM Hasan Gayo field in Belang Bebangka, Pengasing district, Central Aceh regency, on Wednesday. To commemorate the recent Indonesian Independence Day, the jockeys, who were mostly children, took part in the traditional race, which was established in 1850 and has been conducted annually since 1930. (JP/Nurni Sulaiman)

  • Big catch

    Fishermen carry a large yellow fin tuna at the Samudera fishing dock in Lampulo, Banda Aceh, on Wednesday. The yellow fi n tuna is normally exported to Japan, China, Singapore and other Asian countries and is priced Rp 40,000 (US$3.4) to Rp 60,000 per kilogram. (Antara/Ampelsa)

  • Kalimantan opens first botanical garden

    A new botanical garden has opened in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, signifying a strong commitment toward nature conservation amid the excessive expansion of mining and oil-palm plantation sites in the province, a minister has said.

  • Nigerian scammers busted

    Jakarta Police arrested on Wednesday two Nigerians for online financial criminality.   

  • Disease outbreak control discussed at GHSA meeting

    Health experts have expressed their increasing concerns regarding the rise of infectious diseases and exchanged ideas on containment strategies during the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday.

  • Rupiah weakens to 11,696 per dollar at Wednesday's close

    The rupiah fell on Wednesday afternoon to 11,696 per US dollar, 17 basis points down from the previous day's 11,679 per dollar. 

  • Possible mass movement as court makes ruling on election dispute, says TNI

    The Indonesian Military (TNI) says it has detected indications of a mass movement being organized after the reading of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on a legal challenge to the presidential election results filed by the losing ticket, Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa, on Thursday.

  • Decisively managed AEC offers major benefits: Report

    Deeper regional integration within ASEAN holds great promise for shared prosperity if decisively managed, a newly published report has said.

  • JCI up 0.48% in afternoon session, highest record since last year

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a positive note in Wednesday's final trading session, rising by 0.48 percent to finish at 5,190.17.   

  • Tightening security

    West Java Police conduct a drill at the West Java Police headquarters in Bandung on Wednesday. A total of 20,944 West Java Police officers have been deployed in Jakarta to boost the capital’s security ahead of the Constitutional Court’s ruling in the presidential election dispute filled by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. (JP/Arya Dipa)

  • Jakarta Smart Card program to get more funds

    Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said Wednesday that the city administration would increase the budget for the Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) education allowance program, aimed at students from families with low income.

  • RI to rely on Oz for cattle supply until 2024

    Indonesia will depend on Australia for its beef supply within the next decade after both governments agree to a partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector that will last until 2024.  

  • Global stocks drift ahead of Fed minutes

    Asian stocks got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower ahead of Federal Reserve minutes.

  • Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly

    Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday.

  • Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

    Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

  • Soldiers to safeguard Constitutional Court ruling

    Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko has instructed on Wednesday all military personnel in the country to secure the outcome of the election dispute that will be announced by the Constitutional Court on Thursday.

  • Searching for survivors

    This handout picture taken by Japan's Joint Staff shows soldiers and rescue workers looking for survivors at the site of a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on Wednesday. The number of people known to have died when a hillside collapsed in western Japan has hit 27, the government said on August 20, with a further 10 people still unaccounted for. (AFP/Joint Staff)

  • Displaced children

    Displaced Palestinians are seen arriving with their belongings to the Al-Shifa hospital gardens in Gaza City, where families have set up a make shift camp fearing an Israeli military offensive, on Tuesday. Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border sparking panic across the war-torn enclave where residents fled for cover as Israeli aircraft struck, after Israel ordered its negotiators back from talks in Cairo following Hamas militant rocket fire that smashed into the country's south, violating a 24-hour truce. (AFP/Thomas Coe)

  • Tibet puts 20-person limit on tour buses

    Chinese authorities are limiting the number of passengers aboard tour buses on mountain roads of Tibet, following two fatal accidents involving such buses, two travel agencies and a man at the official Tibet Regional Tourism Bureau said Wednesday.

  • 111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

    A 111-year-old retired educator from Japan who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.

  • Guess what?: Utopia switches to pop music

    JAKARTA: Bandung-based band Utopia says it will change its musical style following the arrival of its new vocalist, Novi.

  • Former wind surfing star eyes third gold

    Oka Sulaksana will be back to the Asian Games to look for his third gold medal when the quadrennial Asian multi-event sporting showcase takes place in Incheon, South Korea next month. However, he will be launching his hunt for gold as a coach this time around.

  • Govt has lined up three candidates to replace Karen: Dahlan

    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said that he has three possible replacements for Karen Agustiawan, who has resigned from her post as CEO of state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina.

  • Guess what?: Delon struggles to sell albums

    JAKARTA: Singer Delon plans to release a couple more new singles to promote his latest album, which was released at the end of last year.

  • The ‘maker’ of six presidents

    The artist has been entrusted to create statues of the country’s six presidents, from the country’s first president Sukarno to current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

  • Govt, Pertamina to discuss 12-kg LPG new price

    Economic Coordinating Minister Chairul Tandjung says that the state owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina will continue its plan to increase the price of the 12-kilogram LPG canister despite Karen Agustiawan resignation.

  • Dems' support of Jokowi depends on SBY: Ramadhan

    Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Ramadhan Pohan has said it is possible that his party will decide to throw its support behind the next government to be led by president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla.

  • No political pressure behind Pertamina CEO’s resignation: Minister

    Coordinating Economic Minister Chairul Tanjung has said state-owned gas and oil producer PT Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan resigned to pursue a teaching career at Harvard University and to spend more time with her family.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

  • At least 18 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

    At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, the government said Wednesday.

  • Banyu Urip field to get new floating storage facility

    A floating storage and offtake (FSO) vessel, which will be used to process oil produced from the Banyu Urip field in the Cepu oil block in East Java, will be delivered to Indonesia by the end of next month.

  • Major banks on track to use six-digit PIN for credit cards

    Major lenders — Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Mandiri — are on track to comply with the central bank’s regulation that will require the use of a six-digit personal identification number (PIN) for credit card transactions, their senior executives said.

  • Push for Malaysians to be more aware of Asean

    Malaysians have the lowest level of awareness of Asean among the 10-member countries’ citizens and the government is set on rectifying this, ahead of the country’s scheduled takeover of the grouping’s chairmanship next year.

  • BNI ready to launch ATMs in Hong Kong

    State lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) is looking forward to an increase in remittance transactions from Hong Kong, thanks to the company’s automated teller machines (ATMs) that are due to be installed there later this week.

  • Industry Ministry to focus on strategic sector

    The Industry Ministry has pledged to continue developing strategic sectors amid a shift of government priorities and a marginal increase in the ministry’s 2015 budget.

  • Regional funds surge despite their low economic impact

    Consuming one-third of total spending, transfer funds to regions are under the spotlight for their trivial role in propelling local economies, despite their enormous amounts.

  • Singapore among cities in the world with least hours of sleep

    Sleepless in Singapore? Apparently so, according to a study released recently.

  • Energy board raises alarm, demands breakthrough

    Indonesia’s National Energy Council (DEN) has warned the next administration that doing “business as usual” could trigger an “energy emergency” in the country and has provided policy recommendations primarily aimed at reducing the burdensome fuel subsidy and creating breakthroughs, especially in renewable energy.

  • Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech

    Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.

  • Govt to revise rules on modern retail shops, franchises

    The government plans to revise two trade ministry regulations on modern retail shops and franchises, which it claims will improve the business climate in the domestic retail industry.

  • S. Korea’s new ambassador prioritizes CEPA

    During his courtesy call to Industry Minister MS Hidayat on Tuesday, the new South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Cho Tae-yong, stated his intention to resume talks on a bilateral comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), which had reached a stalemate due to disagreements over a direct investment scheme.

  • No politics in budget design, says Finance Minister

    The incumbent government has no hidden agenda to cause problems for Indonesia’s future leader, Finance Minister Chatib Basri has insisted, referring to the proposed 2015 state budget.

  • Rupiah falls to 11,694 per dollar Wednesday morning

    The rupiah traded among banks in Jakarta on Wednesday morning depreciated by 15 points to Rp 11,694 per US dollar, down from the previous Rp 11,679 per dollar.

  • State companies asked to resist interference

    Senior executives of major state-owned companies said that political interference from either the government or major political parties has become common practice in most of the country’s state enterprises.

  • Oz minister denies discussing WikiLeaks claim with KPK

    Australian Minister for Justice Michael Keenan visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta on Tuesday to talk about corruption issues facing the two countries.

  • City to improve Monas area by setting visiting hours

    In an attempt to better manage the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta, the city administration has planned to set visiting hours for the site, which has been troubled by the presence of street vendors, illegal parking attendants and hoodlums.

  • Experts reprimand city’s approval of six toll roads

    Experts have strongly objected to a decision made by the city administration to proceed with the long-stalled and controversial construction of six inner-city toll roads.

  • Capital to have world-class theme park

    Jakarta will have an international theme park built to lure upper class domestic tourists onto future artificial islets off the city’s coast.

  • Jakarta loses in land vow with Porta Nigra

    The Supreme Court has declined the city administration’s request for a case review in its land dispute with private-property developer PT Porta Nigra, which claims to be the legal owner of a 44-hectare plot of land in West Jakarta.

  • Comments on other issues: Dead body found in suitcase

    The dead body of a 62-year-old American woman, Sheila von-Weise Mack, was found in a suitcase on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Comments on other issues: Minister should not leave a party: PKB

    National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar has said that political party officials who have been appointed ministers do not need to leave their posts because they can still fulfill their ministerial duties, despite holding strategic positions in their political parties.

  • Issue of the day: Cabinet open to anyone: Jokowi

    President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Wednesday that ministerial seats in his upcoming Cabinet were open to anyone, including members of political parties outside his coalition.

  • Text your say: SBY’s farewell speech

    Your comments on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s final state of the nation speech at the House of Representatives and his performance in his 10 years in office:

  • JCI strengthens 0.28% in morning trade

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note in Wednesday's first trading session, climbing 0.28 percent to 5,179.46.

  • Your letters: Softening-up process under way

    If you thought we had seen the end of Western military involvement in Iraq, think again. US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have not ruled out a further escalation in the conflict as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters make further inroads.

  • Your letters: Take a clear stance on ISIL

    Having read numerous reports and comments on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, it is clear that a lot of bad feelings toward Islam are being generated worldwide. Some are saying that “moderate” Muslims are sitting on their backsides waiting for the US or the West to sort out this horrendous problem.

  • Citizen journalism: New banknote marks Independence Day

    In commemoration of Independence Day at my office, jubilant faces were lined on the field to witness a flag-raising ceremony led by Agus Martowardojo, the governor of Bank Indonesia (BI). In his speech, the BI governor disclosed that this Independence Day coincided with the issuance of the redesigned Rp 100,000 (US$8.56)banknote.

  • ‘Jilboobs’: A storm in a D-cup!

    Like most women, Muslim women want to be seen as physically attractive. Many also like to be seen as pious. These two things are often perceived as being contradictory, so how do we reconcile them? Simple: Wear a “jilboob!”

  • Stem-cell treatment: A Promothean promise yet to be delivered

    When cells were found in the 1990s to have the capability of multiplying infinitely, many people were astounded. Some dreamed of the dawn of a regenerative medicine era: when lost limbs were regrown using cells from petri dishes.

  • One sane man facing the insanity

    America’s 44th president is often cruelly hit, if sometimes quietly and behind his back, with the wicked “w” word.

  • Can the AEC deliver for ASEAN’s people?

    Policymakers talk a lot about the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. But the real question is, how will this AEC affect the 600 million people who live in the region? Together the International Labor Organization and the Asian Development Bank set out to find some answers, and this week we delivered our findings in a report presented to the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh in Jakarta.

  • Naming powerful suspects at the end of their terms

    All Indonesian citizens must give a thumbs up to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), particularly after the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced Budi Mulya, the former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia (BI), to 10 years in prison — a sentence that confirmed the roles of other individuals in the case of the Bank Century bailout in 2008.

  • Editorial: Karen throws in the towel

    Fed up with undue government intervention and pressure from corrupt politicians and a politically well-connected oil import and export cabal, Karen Agustiawan, chief executive officer of state-owned oil company Pertamina, has thrown in the towel, resigning from the lucrative post just a few months after starting her second five-year tenure.

  • Palembang urged to improve bus system

    Despite being named one of the seven most livable cities in the 2014 Most Livable City Index survey, Palembang, South Sumatra still faces challenges in a number of areas, especially with respect to public transportation.

  • Former Karanganyar regent tried for graft, money laundering

    Former Karanganyar regent Rina Iriani Sri Ratnaningsih underwent her first hearing at the Semarang Corruption Court on Tuesday regarding her alleged involvement in a graft and money-laundering case.

  • Another PKS member accused of corruption

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Tuesday that it would launch a probe against Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Fahri Hamzah, a fierce critic of the antigraft body, for allegedly receiving money from graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin.

  • Jokowi’s plan for restructured Cabinet could be blocked

    A plan to streamline the Cabinet may not be easy to achieve for president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla, who are having to work hard to convince a fragmented House of Representatives to support the proposal.

  • Police, KPK join forces to crack down on gratuities

    The National Police (Polri) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday signed an agreement that will allow the two institutions to jointly clamp down on gratuities received by police officers.

  • Council urges universal access to health coverage

    The National Social Security Board (DJSN) has complained that the national health insurance (JKN) program, which is managed by the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS), has yet to cover everyone, despite its mandate to ensure health coverage for all members of society.

  • Lovebirds face life sentences for murder

    Young couple Ahmad Imam Al Hafitd and Assyifa Ramadhani, who are standing trial at the Central Jakarta District Court charged with murdering 19 year-old Ade Sara Angelina Suroto, face life sentences if they are found guilty.

  • Two missing tourists ‘stranded on island’

    Fishermen living around Sangeang Pulo Island, Bima regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province, have informed police that the two remaining missing victims of Saturday’s boat sinking are stranded on a beach.

  • Discourse: More independent think tanks needed to project RI’s profile

    Indonesia’s continual adaptation of non-confrontational approaches to solving regional conflicts, as well as the stellar show of democracy presented through the country’s recent presidential election, have been gathering praise throughout the international community. However, despite these accomplishments, Indonesia’s progress as an emerging power tends to be overlooked. Author and professor of international affairs at the American University in Washington D.C., Amitav Acharya, spoke recently with The Jakarta Post’s Dylan Amirio on the issue. Below are excerpts from the interview.

  • No more land acquisition problems next year

    The government is hoping that the implementation of a law on land procurement for public infrastructure next year will be able to ease land acquisition problems that have delayed major infrastructure projects, including the US$4-billion Batang power plant in Central Java.

  • Jakarta may shut Uber over permit violation

    The Jakarta Transportation Agency will prohibit premium taxi service Uber from operating because it has not been issued a permit, according to a city official.

  • Prabowo won’t go quietly

    As the hearing on the July 9 presidential election dispute approaches its denouement at the Constitutional Court, the camp of losing candidate Prabowo Subianto vowed that if the court ruled in favor of president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, it would not acquiesce.

  • No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

    Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

    U.S. stocks gained Tuesday after investors got some encouraging news about home building, inflation and corporate earnings. Investors were encouraged by a bounce in home construction last month and news that consumer prices rose at the slowest pace in five months. Home Depot and TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other stores, both reported strong earnings.

  • No increase in Surabaya Zoo ticket price, says Risma

    Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini rejected a plan to raise the entrance fee at the Surabaya Zoo from Rp 15,000 (US$1.28) to Rp 25,000 per person after her administration gained full control over the zoo on Monday.

  • ICW draws recommendations on abolishing corruption

    Jakarta-based watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) will submit 20 recommendations to the next presidential administration to help it root out the country's systemic corruption within the first 100 days.

  • Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

    A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now.

  • AirAsia increases KL-Balikpapan flights

    Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost carrier AirAsia Berhad announced on Tuesday its plan to increase its Kuala Lumpur-Balikpapan flight service from three times a week to once a day in mid-October this year.

  • BPDs lack access to new capital

    Access to new capital and corporate governance continue to be the biggest challenges that Indonesia’s regional banks (BPDs) face in supporting their rapid growth in loans, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest report.

  • Businessmen arrested over toxic waste

    The Jakarta Police have arrested five owners of companies that allegedly dumped hazardous waste in Marunda, Cilincing, North Jakarta.

  • Further arrest made during Unas raid

    Police arrested on Tuesday a man who is believed to be key witness to a drug ring at the National University (Unas).

  • 36 feared missing in Mount Gambuta

    As many as 36 people from two outdoor activity groups in Gorontalo have been reported missing on Mount Gambuta, located in the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (TNBNW) in Bone Bolango regency, Gorontalo province.