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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note on Thursday, climbing by 0.30 percent to 5,464.58 points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
As the 2015 Jakarta budget dispute escalates, Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has encouraged his subordinates to join him in the fight for transparency.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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:
Cockfighting is an important element of Balinese caru rituals, which are sacrificial rites held prior to any major religious festival.
This refers to an article titled “Tax breaks for labor-intensive industries,” (The Jakarta Post, March 3, p1).
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.
This refers to an article titled “KPK to focus on Century, sidelines BLBI,” (The Jakarta Post, Feb. 27).
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.
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.
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.
Rock band /rif says it will collaborate with Tommy Lee, the composer and drummer of heavy metal band Motley Crue, for their latest album.
Bastian, a former member of local boyband Coboy Junior, says he is addicted to taking selfie pictures.
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.
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.
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.